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Course Description

Coastal Zone Management is offered as an upper division course. It presupposes a knowledge of oceanography and marine science The course builds upon physical sites and the interaction between and among people and places or the situation.

This course will focus upon the geographers bi association of site and situation. The primary goal of the course is to increase the awareness of students through didactic knowledge that is necessary in the planning process. That leads to the course design which in the first part of the semester will focus upon site issues and the last part of the course will focus upon situation issues involving the interactions of the site.

Main issues examined will be local, regional and national; but, there will also be inferences drawn to specific international laws and locations. Organizationally we will go from physical to integration and local to international. We will observe aspects of our immediate coastal location that are illustrative of the location of the university as it reacts to its site and situation. At the conclusion of the Coastal Zone Management Course students will:

  • Integrate site and situation of coastal locations.
  • Develop an awareness of coastal issues and planning
  • Recognize the inter-relationships of physical and human interactions in geographic space.
  • Internalize the focus of wind and waves as they are critical to coastal processes.
  • Examine local interactions that impact national and international communities.
  • Become aware of the intricacies of the planning process at macro and micro-level.
  • Observe immediate and local planning processes and outcomes
  • Compare and contrast national and international programs from multiple approaches.
  • Apply an ecological perspective to all coastal zone issues.

Course Objectives

The objective of this course is to direct a small group of students to research and study special issues in coastal zone management. They are as follows:

  • Review Coastal Zone ( Fox - Ch. 1, Montgomery, Ch. 7)
  • Examine Typical and Historical uses of Coastal Zone (Reef, Wetland, Marsh, Mud Flat, etc)
    Cole Harris and Warkentin, Beston, Gugalunas, Gore, et. al
  • Contrast Development/problems in San Francisco, New Orleans, Zuider Zee (Schlee/Scheldt Rivers) Nova Scotia (Acadia), Great Barrier Reef, Long Island
  • Off Shore Locations - Marine Sanctuaries and Estuaries
    Gulf of Maine ( Stellwagen Waguoit Bay)
  • Beach Replenishment and Erosian
    Miami, Scituate, Revere (MA)
  • Role of Science and Management
  • Creation of Coastal Wetlands
  • Aquaculture in the Coastal Zone - Flora and Fauna
  • What are RSP's (Regional Seas Programs)
    How does the Law of the Sea and ECZ's (Exclusive Economic Zones)
  • Discuss selected aspects of coastal pollution (sewerage, metals, enrichment, petroleum, and solid waste)
  • Who are the major participants in coastal policy, planning resources and management.



Required Textbooks

Text: Carter, R.W. G.,Coastal Environment, (Academic Press:London) 1988

Copyright ©2010 John F. Looney Jr., Ed.D