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University of Rhode Island — Marine Affairs
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MAF 461 - Coastal Zone Management
Course Information

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

Catalog Description: Lecture

Course Goals & Outcomes

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

  • Explore how policies to manage human activities at the coast are developed, carried out, and evaluated.
  • Understand key concepts in the coastal policy process, such as adaptive management, stakeholder process, the integration of science and policy, and program evaluation.
  • Understand the U.S. Coastal Zone Management Program.


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
  • Coastal regions around the world are experiencing growing pressures from increased coastal populations and higher resource demands.
  • To ensure that coastal regions can meet the needs of this ever-growing population (i.e., food, transportation, recreation, etc.) while maintaining ecological structure and function, it is necessary to manage human activities at the land-sea interface.
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