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Sustainable Coastal Management

This two-part course provides a foundation in the management challenges and governance frameworks of sustainable coastal management. The overall focus of the course is on coastal climate vulnerability and resilience. Coastal climate vulnerability springs primarily from anticipated sea level rise, including increases in storm surge, coastal flooding, and wave heights. Part One examines the socio-economic vulnerability of coastal communities to climate change, explores the benefits and costs of "grey" and "green" engineered adaptation options, and considers the role of households and the private sector in promoting resilience . The central class assignment is a vulnerability assessment and adaptation options analysis of a major coastal city anywhere in the world.

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.

Intl Environmental Policy
Intl Environmental Policy
Intl Policy & Management
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Fall 2016 - MIIS

IEPG8611A-F16 Lecture (Zarsky, McGinnis)

Fall 2015 - MIIS

IEPG8611A-F15 Lecture (Zarsky, McGinnis)