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University of Rhode Island — Marine Affairs
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MAF 100 - Human Use and Management of the Marine Environment
Course Information

Professor: Tracey Dalton
Semester: Fall
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: N/A

Catalog Description: Lecture

Course Goals & Outcomes

By the end of the semester students will be able to:

  • Have a basic understanding of the natural features of the ocean;
  • Learn how coastal and marine resources are currently managed;
  • Be familiar with some of the policies that have been developed to manage human interactions with the ocean, the people who use and/or appreciate marine resources, and the different approaches available for managing human activities; and
  • Assess problems arising from those uses and attempts to conserve resources, protect the environment, and minimize use conflicts in the context of changing technological capabilities, knowledge, and values.
Course Syllabus

Class topics:

  • Management of human uses in the marine environment
  • Discussion of each management issue, accompanied by a case study
  • Comprehensive approaches to marine and coastal resource management including watershed management and marine spatial planning
About The Professor

Tracey Dalton is an associate professor in the Department of Marine Affairs. Her research interests include coastal and marine spatial planning and management; planning and management of marine protected areas; economic impacts of marine and coastal policies; public participation in resource management; and human dimensions of marine and coastal resource management. Professor Dalton has co-authored numerous articles regarding these topics.

Reasons To Take This Course

How do humans use the ocean? What are the potential impacts of such uses on other people and on the natural environment? In what ways (legal, economic, political, social) can we reduce or eliminate negative impacts and enhance positive impacts?

MAF 100, Human Use and Management of the Marine Environment, will begin to answer these questions by exploring coastal and marine resources and the ways in which humans interact with these resources. Throughout the semester, you will become familiar with some of the policies that have been developed to manage human interactions with the ocean, the people who use and/or appreciate marine resources, and the different approaches available for managing human activities.