Coastal Hazards : Expert Reports

The division produces 60-70 reports per year. These reports are unique, authoritative expert evaluations. Each report is produced by a committee of experts selected by the Academy to address a particular statement of task and is subject to a rigorous, independent peer review. The experts who volunteer their time participating on study committees are vetted to make sure that the committee has the range of expertise needed to address the task, that they have a balance of perspectives, and to identify and eliminate members with conflicts of interest. All reports undergo a rigorous, independent peer review to assure that the statement of task has been addressed, that conclusions are adequately supported, and that all important issues raised by the reviewers are addressed. Thus, while the reports represent views of the committee, they also are endorsed by the Academy.

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Global Change and Extreme Hydrology: Testing Conventional Wisdom (2011)

As climate change warms the atmosphere, Earth's hydrology is shifting—with the potential to make floods and droughts more extreme. There is now a pressing need for decision-makers to better understand the ongoing changes in hydrologic extremes in order to make preparations for changing conditions. This report assesses changes in the frequency and severity of floods and droughts, abilities of communities to understand and forecast these changes... More >>

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Tsunami Warning and Preparedness: An Assessment of the U.S. Tsunami Program and the Nation's Preparedness Efforts (2010)

The nation's ability to detect and forecast tsunamis has improved since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, but current efforts are still not sufficient to meet challenges posed by tsunamis generated near land, which leave little time for warning. This National Research Council report reviews progress made to strengthen the nation's tsunami warning and preparation systems, and identifies ways to further improve tsunami preparation efforts. Minimizin... More >>

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Final Report from the NRC Committee on the Review of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration (LACPR) Program (2009)

This second and final report from the National Research Council on the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration (LACPR) Program reviews a 2009 draft report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on hurricane protection and coastal restoration for southern Louisiana. The National Research Council finds that the lack of a comprehensive protection and restoration plan for southern Louisiana constitutes a major shortcoming in the Corps' report. I... More >>

First Report from the NRC Committee on the Review of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration (LACPR) Program (2008)

In response to the destruction caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the U.S. Congress requested that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to produce a comprehensive technical report for future protection and design against Category 5 hurricanes in southern Louisiana. Entitled "Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Technical Report," the Corps' draft technical report offer many alternatives for the restoration o... More >>

Drawing Louisiana's New Map: Addressing Land Loss in Coastal Louisiana (2006)

During the past 50 years, coastal Louisiana has suffered catastrophic land loss due to both natural and human causes, and this loss has increased storm vulnerability and amplified risks to lives, property, and economies--a fact underscored by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This report reviews a restoration plan proposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Louisiana, finding that, although the individual projects in the study ar... More >>

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