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Coastal Engineer

Coastal engineers study coastal and river systems, and are involved in protection and erosion work. They design coastal structures such as sea walls, marinas and ports, and assess the environmental effects these developments may have.

Coastal engineering combines oceanography and shoreline formation with engineering. Basically, coastal engineers are experts at designing and maintaining structures in a variety of underwater environments.

They may work for government agencies, educational institutions and private companies, and the work will vary accordingly. For example, coastal engineers working for government agencies may find themselves working more on projects that aim to conserve coastal environments. Engineers can also work in the area of navigation – making sure that the boats can navigate in coastal waters. This can involve dredging channels and making trenches. In any case, coastal engineers find themselves in the position of finding a balance between commerce, environmental conservation and making coastal waters useable for the public. 

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Coastal Oceanographer

From the moment Joanne O'Callaghan jumped aboard her brothers' dinghy at the age of 10, she was captivated. "I just loved sailing... read more »