Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Formerly the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

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IEPG8611

Sustainable Coastal Management

Coasts are an important source of native species diversity and provide a rich array of ecosystem services to humans. About forty percent of the world’s population lives within 100 km of a coast. Urban and economic development over the past fifty years has taken a heavy ecological toll on coasts and they are highly degraded. Going forward, coastal economies, communities and ecosystems are all highly vulnerable to the projected impacts of climate change, including flooding, storm surges, subsidence and sea level rise.



This course provides a foundation in the management challenges and governance frameworks of sustainable coastal management. The central focus of the course is on coastal climate vulnerability and resilience. Taught by a multi-disciplinary team, the course integrates science, economics, and policy perspectives on climate risk, adaptation, and resilience. Part One examines the socio-economic vulnerability of coastal communities to climate change, explores the benefits and costs of both top-down and bottom-up adaptation options, and considers the role of households and the private sector in promoting community resilience. Part Two examines current policy and legal frameworks for coastal management, explores ecological vulnerability to climate change and considers how current frameworks promote or impede adaptation.



Many of the readings focus on the California coast but we will examine case studies from other parts of the US and internationally. Students will work in teams to produce a Consultation Practicum and an Adaptation Options Analysis.

Subject:
Intl Environmental Policy
Department:
Intl Environmental Policy
Division:
Intl Policy & Management
Requirements Fulfilled:

Sections

Fall 2015 - MIIS

IEPG8611A-F15 Lecture (McGinnis, Zarsky)

Fall 2014 - MIIS

IEPG8611A-F14 Lecture (McGinnis, Zarsky)

Spring 2014 - MIIS

IEPG8611A-S14 Lecture (McGinnis, Revell)