1. Corps of Engineers "Hurricane Sandy" Web Portal
There is a wealth of information on this website, most notably the "NACCS" Comprehensive Study with its many volumes of underlying data and analyses. Read it here
2. Institute for Water Resources
This website is your starting point to delve into the research, analyses, and reports of the Corps of Engineers' "think tank".
3. Tales of the Coast
The Coastal Role of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including information on environmental resources, coastal dynamics, and discussions of each of the nation's coastal regions. Read it here
4. Coastal Storm Risk Management National Economic Development Manual
Everything you could possible want to know about calculating National Economic Development (NED) benefits for Hurricane and Coastal Storm Damage Prevention Studies. Read it here
5. Regionality: The Path to a more Sustainable Water Resource Future
This article highlights the significant benefits of planning, budgeting, and implementing Corps of Engineers water resources projects on a regional, rather than a project-by-project basis.
6. How Beach Nourishment Works
If you think that beach nourishment is pumping sand onto a beach, this easy-to-read publication will let you in on a secret: It's a lot more scientific than you thought! Read it here
7. An In-Depth Look at Coastal Benefits and Risks
This article highlights the importance of America's coastal economy to the nation's economic and societal welfare. Read it here
8. A Methodology to Measure Community Flood Resilience
Zurich North America and Wharton School of Finance & Commerce teamed up to produce a report to help communities become more resilient. Read it here
9. NAS' Latest Report on Reducing Coastal Risk
In July, 2014, the National Academy of Sciences released it most important report to date on coastal risks with principles to guide future investments. Read a short summary here or go to the NAS website to download a free copy of the full report.
10. New Jersey's Coastal community Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping Protocol
11. New Jersey Manual for Coastal Hazard Mitigation
Published by the Office of Coastal Management of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in 2011. Download it here
12. How High is your SVI?
SVI stands for Social Vulnerability Index and the vulnerability is to various environmental hazards, including storms. You can calculate and then compare your community's SVI to other localities here. Then look at this video about the Nature Conservancy's Coastal Resilience 2.0 online app that enables the overlay of SVI, storm, and other data to put planning tools in the hands of local communities.
13. NACo Promotes Resilience Among Coastal Counties
The National Association of Counties has produced this publication to help coastal communities assess and respond to risk vulnerabilities.
14. Beach & Nearshore Placement of Material Dredged from Federally Authorized Navigation Projects
This publication is a bit dated. Sadly, however, so is Federal policy on this subject. It hasn't changed much in the 25 years since this report was written. In fact, given the increasing shortage of beach-quality sand, our nation's failure to husband this precious resource is a tragedy.
15. Shore Protection and Beach Erosion Control Study: Final Report
An analysis of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Shore Protection Program. This report responds to concerns about the shoreline protection program, particularly concerning costs, benefits, environmental effects and the related influences on shoreline development. See Appendix D for a rare listing of Corps "shore protection" projects as of the 1996 date of this publication.
16. Hurricane Fran Effects on Communities With and Without Shore Protection: A case Study at Six North Carolina Beaches
This is the only study to examine the value of federal coastal storm damage reduction projects using a devastating hurricane as the basis for its case study.
17. National Shoreline Management Study
The IWR produced a series of reports in 2003-2004 including our favorite, The Economics of the Shoreline. Read it here
18. Review of Monetary and Non-Monetary Valuation of Environmental Investments
This study tackles the difficult issue of valuing the benefits of environmental resources for the purposes of justifying Federal investments in environmental restoration.
19. Regional Sediment Management Primer
This is an excellent, albeit somewhat dated, background document on RSM. Read it here
20. Corps of Engineers RSM Portal
Get current information about this Corps program. Read it here