Environmental problems do not recognize geographic or disciplinary boundaries. In order to develop sustainable solutions to environmental challenges we must incorporate the natural and social sciences and also deeply engage local communities. Through the lens of coastal systems and the human communities dependent upon them, we will explore how coupled human-natural systems interact. 

Course ended on April 10, 2015. Join our mailing list to be informed of future offerings of the course.

Course Topics

Participants are introduced to fundamental concepts in coastal environmental science and learn how to collect and evaluate data to solve real-world local environmental problems, by focusing on the following topics:

  • The Natural History of Your Place
  • The Human History of Your Place
  • How Healthy and Resilient is Your Environment?
  • Global Change and Variation
  • How Can We Scale from Local to Global to Local?
  • How Can We Respond and Adapt to Changes?

The School for the Environment

Affiliated with the College of Science and Mathematics, the School for the Environment (SFE) is the University of Massachusetts Boston's premier interdisciplinary environmental school. SFE integrates the natural and social sciences to generate and apply new knowledge about the quality of our environment and the sustainable use of its resources. The research sites of our faculty and students range from local to global, from the health of the Boston Harbor to whale migration patterns in Antarctica.


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