Management Science and Socioeconomics
Ongoing research in ocean management and coastal socioeconomics is highly inter-disciplinary. It involves the integration of fieldwork, remote sensing, modeling and decision-tool development, among its facets. This work is often conducted as a component of integrated coastal management initiatives, helping to identify realistic solutions, while taking into account various socioeconomic and cultural variables that may exist.
NCORE projects look to provide relevant information and scenario-testing models to resource decision-makers, including managers, educators, and the general public. A strong emphasis has been placed on providing information for adaptive management using different climate change scenarios, in response to growth trends in coastal zone population, and water quality changes. The scenarios and tools developed integrate biological and oceanographic characteristics that drive connectivity and affect overall coral reef recruitment.
Areas of past and current study at the University of Miami include the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, Panama, the Dominican Republic, areas in Southeast Asia and other sites where scientists are working alongside coastal community organizations to help build both immediate and long-term management and educational opportunities in an effort to improve each community’s unique relationship to their ocean environment, while empowering local residents to protect their precious coral resources.
What measures can be taken to ensure sustainable coastal development?
How do we manage and mitigate existing impacts in already disturbed areas and can reefs be restored once impacts have been mitigated?
What lessons can be drawn from management successes in other regions and from the past?
How should marine reserves be designed to maximize the recovery potential of reefs?