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About Us

Learn more about how COPRI functions, read our governance documents, and our policy on Sustainability.


COPRI serves as a multidisciplinary and international leader in improving knowledge, education, development and the practice of civil engineering and other disciplines in the sustainable management of coastal, ocean, port, waterways, riverine and wetlands resources for the benefit of all society.


COPRI serves its membership and society by uniting the disciplines working to sustainably develop, protect and restore coasts, oceans, ports, waterways, rivers and wetlands; integrating the key stakeholders into decision making processes; advancing technological state of art and practice; and influencing public policy.

A Brief History

Created in 2000, the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI) is a semi-autonomous institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the country's oldest national engineering society. COPRI's services are designed to complement ASCE's traditional civil engineering base, and to attract new categories of members (non-civil engineer allied professionals) who seek to enhance their professional and technical development.

The Coasts, Ocean, Ports, and Rivers Institute of ASCE officially replaced the Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Division to serve as the multi-disciplinary and international leader in improving the knowledge, teaching, development, and practice of civil engineering and other disciplines working in waterway environments.

COPRI continues to advance and disseminate scientific and engineering knowledge for our members who are engaged in the sustainable development and protection of coastal, ocean, ports, waterways, and wetlands. We foster communication and cooperation between domestic and international members in government, industry, and education.