As the new Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the Journal of Coastal Research (JCR), it is with great appreciation and humility that I accept this distinguished position. I personally feel this post carries a responsibility to serve the coastal research community and to build professional linkages around the world by disseminating some of the most innovative and influential studies being carried out today. By creating an international forum for the littoral sciences, the JCR facilitates the progress of science by reporting new peer-reviewed scholarly research in both the printed journal and online electronic formats. It also enables researchers to contribute papers with updated methods, data, and findings, while keeping current with developments in their own specific disciplines. Because the information and views in the JCR are based on either theoretical, speculative, mathematical, empirical, experimental, or physical models, as well as approaches and techniques...

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