Founded in 2000, the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute was formed in affiliation with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). As an institute of ASCE, COPRI focuses specifically on civil engineering specialties by centering on technical, educational, scientific and professional issues unique to coastal, ocean, ports, waterways, wetlands, and riverine environments. COPRI members are engaged in sustainable development and the protection of coasts, oceans, ports, waterways, and wetlands.
Membership includes engineers, scientists, researchers, managers, planners, contractors, lawyers, economists, oceanographers, meteorologists, and elected officials. These professionals are interested in a variety of offers that enhance their professional and technical development and allow them to stay current with the latest advancements in the field.