Advancing Coastal Monitoring and Shaping Future SAR Satellite Systems

Figure 1. workflow of computational pipeline for generation of monthly coastal indices (MCIs) and management reports This figure has the Jupiterhub logo at the top left. Column a shos a header titled "User inputs". Below that is 3 boxes, labeled "POI", "AOI", and "Data output options". Column b has a bubble titled "NASA DAAC/USGS Earth Explorer/Google EE API" with 3 boxes below, labeled "Imagery Search", "Imagery Preprocessing", and "Processed imagery download". Column c shows a bubble labeled "Coud server, below which are 4 boxes, labled "Index extraction", "Error modeling", "Management report (Q2)", and "Export data". Arrows connect POI and AOI to Imagery search. An arrow connects Processed imagery download to Index extraction. An arrow connects Data output options to Export data. Two arrows connect Export data and point down to 2 graphics, a series of overlapping squares, labled "MCI gridded time series (netCDF)" and a yellow rectangle labeled "Report data (.csv and geotiff)".

Coastal stakeholders need monitoring solutions to evaluate the effectiveness of dredged material for combating sea level rise in back-bay environments. In response, EWN researchers have partnered with Syracuse University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department to explore the viability of employing satellite-derived data for studying back-bay sediment nourishment, linking USACE needs with NASA’s working group tasked […]

Innovative Nearshore Data Collection for EWN Research

August 2023. An Engineering with Nature research team is field testing a novel approach to gathering geological data in the challenging nearshore environment. The team utilized the Coastal Research Amphibious Buggy (CRAB) at CHL’s Field Research Facility in Duck, NC. The CRAB provided stability in this dynamic zone, enabling the successful collection of geologic data […]

Wrackcycling Research in Mobile District Leverages Natural Materials and Natural Processes

A recent article by the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center features EWN research on wrackcycling to build stronger dune systems. “Wrack” is the term for seaweed, driftwood, and other organic materials produced by coastal ecosystems that wash ashore on the beach. EWN Researchers are partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Mobile District […]

Shoreline Stabilization and Habitat Enhancement at Nolan River Lake

EWN researchers alongside personnel from the USACE Louisville District (LRL) Nolan River Lake, embarked on a series of site visits during the week of January 30, 2023. The objective was to conduct comprehensive assessments of existing shoreline protection strategies, discuss adaptive management approaches, and lay the groundwork for future EWN applications. One of the central […]

EWN Researchers Conduct Full-Scale Investigation to Characterize Dune Geophysical Properties

Dunes are one of many natural features that provide a critical line of defense from coastal storms while also providing habitat and often recreation possibilities. This research project is characterizing the diverse range of geomorphic and geotechnical properties associated with natural, restored, and highly engineered dunes in Northeast Florida. The 5-site field study conducted in […]

Federal Construction: Holding the Line

US Army Corps of Engineers heads natural solutions for coastal flooding in New York and New Jersey Read the article by Dr. JoAnne Castagna, Ed.D. Learn how USACE is using nature-based solutions (NBS) informed by The International Guidelines on Natural and Nature-Based Features for Flood Risk Management in the New York District—TheFire Island Inlet to […]

EWN and University of Florida Researchers Characterize Dune Geophysical Properties

In May 2023, Drs. Justin Shawler and Brian Harris (ERDC-CHL) led a pilot field study in partnership with collaborators at the University of Florida (UF) to investigate dune geophysical properties. This research, led by Leigh Provost (ERDC-CHL) as part of the Network for Engineering With Nature (N-EWN), focuses on sand dune restoration strategies and the […]

Remembering a Great Partner and Friend

It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of Justin Ehrenwerth, a much-respected friend to the Engineering With Nature community. Justin’s contributions to EWN and the broader field of natural infrastructure are immense. Justin’s kindness towards people and enthusiasm for his work were inspiring. One of Justin’s most recent contributions to Engineering […]

Re-Initiating the Miami-Dade Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Study

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Norfolk District and Miami-Dade County, its non-federal sponsor, are re-initiating the Miami-Dade Back Bay Coastal Strom Risk Management Study. The purpose of the study is to reduce coastal storm risk in Miam-Dade County through the implementation of coastal storm risk management features. However, the study is being updated […]

Synergizing to Understand Ecological Drivers of Coastal Dune Stability

The Network for Engineering With Nature brought together researchers from the University of Florida and the Engineer Research and Development Center to evaluate ecological drivers of dune stability to better inform restoration design and coastal dune management guidance. The two organizations will synergize field experiments, observational surveys, physical modeling, and numerical modeling. The workshop was […]