Miami Resilience: Coastal Management

This advanced research seminar examines the science, policy, and planning practices defining coastal management in the U.S. The seminar commences with readings and lectures surveying coastal ecosystems and biophysical processes defining coastal zones, as both unique geographies and jurisdictions. Thereafter, land use patterns and human alternations of coastal geographies are explored to understand the nature of degradation, conservation, and management of everything from fisheries areas to recreational beaches. From this point, the seminar will shift to survey the wide range of coastal laws and policies that shape today’s current management practices—from the Coastal Zone Management Act to the National Flood Insurance Program. Through this lens, the seminar will explore how policy is translated into on-the-ground management practice in everything from building codes and managed retreat to aquaculture and off-shore wind regulation. Finally, the local regulatory paradigms will provide context for design, engineering and conservation practices that define and regulate professional services. The seminar will utilize Miami-Dade County, Florida as a case for an interdisciplinary exploration of the coastal challenges facing resilience and adaptation planning and policy efforts. In coordination with the Chief Resilience Officer’s Office for Miami-Dade County, students will have an opportunity to develop an independent research project that supports ongoing design, planning and policy efforts. With the generous support of the Knight Foundation, this seminar will travel to Miami to conduct fieldwork and engage local stakeholders. As part of this initiative, students may have the opportunity to continue the research developed in this seminar beyond the end of the term.