Welcome to the Corps National Economic Development Manual Series
You will find this web-published manual different enough from other U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Manuals that it warrants a welcome rather than an introduction. We invite you to explore our manuals and provide feedback to us on how to improve the content:
- Overview: This manual gives an Overview for conducting NED analysis. It defines the NED principle and articulates a framework to determine the Federal interest in a water resource project, how to value project outputs (benefits) and inputs (costs), and defines the economic principle.
- Primer: This Economics Primer presents the rudiments of the science of economics and its use in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. We hope it will be enlightening and useful to a wide audience.
- Coastal Storm Damage: The Coastal Storm Risk Management manual replaces the 1991 manual. It provides an updated method for the life-cycle approach as well as risk-informed decision making. Audiences for the manual focus primarily on economists, but also could include planners, project managers, hydrologists, hydraulic engineers and others involved in shore protection or coastal storm damage issues. This manual covers basic coastal processes and coastal engineering principles and models used in evaluating storm and long-term erosion. The manual also presents a framework for economic analysis of coastal projects and includes appendices with definitions of key coastal and planning terms.
- Deep Draft Navigation: This updated Deep Draft Navigation manual describes accepted economic analysis procedures for deep draft navigation projects. Topics include vessel and port basics, forecasting fleets and commodity flows, vessel operating cost calculations, with- and without-project conditions and more. It also describes the fundamentals of containership analysis. Field economists engaged in containership analysis should contact the Deep Draft Navigation Planning Center of Expertise for up-to-date methodologies and to get specialized planning expertise.
- Flood Risk Management: This updated Flood Risk Management manual begins by considering the elements of a flood problem at a level suitable for non-hydrologists. The manual concludes by considering how to use the information to estimate NED benefits for a flood damage reduction project. Topics include the hydroeconomic model, with- and without-project conditions, uncertainty, structural and non-structural measures.