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School of Marine Sciences: concentration in Integrated Coastal Management

College or University: University of Massachusetts

Type of degree: Ph.D.

Brief overview of program: Integrated coastal management (ICM) is a management strategy that has evolved over the past decade to embrace a broader, more systemic approach to the management of coastal environments. Recognizing the “reality of interdependence” of seemingly disjunct physical environments, such as coastal ecosystems and inland watersheds, and their anthropogenic influences, the goal of ICM is to integrate all levels of government (local, national, and international), natural and social scientific disciplines, appropriate spatial and temporal dimensions within natural systems, and broad sets of representative stakeholders to foster the sustainable development of coastal areas. It is a policy process that is information driven, inclusive of all factors that impact the coastal environment, and readily adaptive to changes in scientific information and social values and goals. Courses in the ICM concentration are drawn from both the natural and social sciences but build upon a foundation of coursework in environmental and natural resource management and policy, environmental, coastal, and ocean law (including international marine resource regimes), and environmental and marine resource economics.

Website: Click here for program website

Program Point of Contact: Robert Gamache


Department: Environmental, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences

Institution address: University of Massachusetts School of Marine Sciences 265 Riverside Street
                             Lowell,MA 01854

Phone: 978 934 3898


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