Rejoinder to: Sam Smith, A.W., 1994. Reply-Editorial: The Coastal Engineering Literature and the Field Engineer. Journal of Coastal Research, 10(2), iii-viii.


  • James R. Houston


I read with interest the Editorial by SMITH (1994). I have heard the basic contents of his discussion regarding the publication of "pure science" versus the "pragmatic field approach" from other practicing engineers and scientists. The Coastal Engineering Research Center (CERC), U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station (WES), is a research and development (R&D) laboratory of the United States Army Corps of Engineers that attempts to conduct research to advance fundamental understanding of processes that affect the coast and at the same time to provide pragmatic guidance for engineers and scientists to plan, design, construct, and maintain coastal projects. It is a challenge for researchers to perform research  to advance the state of the art and at the same time to keep in mind that the state of practice should be advanced with new technology transferred to non-researchers.







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