Coastal Management Institute at CRC

Coastal Management Institute at CRC


Coastal Adaptation to Climate Change Course 2010

Coastal Adaptation to Climate Change Course

June 7-25, 2010
Rhode Island, USA
The “Coastal Adaptation to Climate Change” course is a three-week intensive for professionals working on coastal economies, environments and population/health. The course is designed to meet individual learning needs as well as to provide valuable and constructive feedback from peers and faculty. Advanced thinking and creative ideas emerging from coastal programs around the world are featured. This is a rare opportunity for reflection, learning, networking and access to leading coastal management thinkers and practitioners. The program is unique in offering both technical content, professional skills development, and individual post-course coaching by CRC experts.

This course is modeled off of our well known “Summer Institute” program that was offered every two years since 1991at the University of Rhode Island Narragansett Bay Campus. Participants and instructors from around the world attend the sessions, providing a wealth of real-life experience from which course participants can draw. Participants are trained in technical and management tools and techniques for tackling the multifaceted challenges facing the world’s coasts. CRC’s Guidebook for Coastal Adaptation to Climate Change will serve as the main instructional resource. The course also includes training in professional and leadership skills such as critical thinking, conflict resolution, group facilitation and effective communications.

Knowledge building sessions:

Adapting to the coastal impacts of climate change through understanding climate, assessing vulnerability, identifying adaptation options and developing strategies
Building community resilience to natural hazards
Assessing social and ecological factors through systems thinking and modeling
Integrating population, health and environment with coastal ecosystem management
Address the effects of climate change on the effects of coastal development activities such as mariculture, tourism and shorefront construction
Analyzing and designing governance frameworks
Identifying indicators for monitoring and evaluation

Professional skills-building sessions:

Leadership styles and personal performance
Clear and persuasive communication
Group dynamics and teamwork
Creating effective networks and social capital
Systems thinking

Who will benefit from attending?

Individuals will benefit from the course who are actively engaged in the field of management or whose work is increasingly affected by the issues of coastal development and climate change. They come from a wide range of organizations:
Professionals in natural resources, fisheries, hazards, population, health and environment
University lecturers, researchers and graduate students with extensive experience
Staff from non-governmental organizations addressing community development and the coastal environment
Project managers in development organizations and regional development banks
Businesses and corporations engaged in coastal development


Participants stay together on the URI Kingston Campus and have access to a wide range of facilities. Classes take place at the URI Bay Campus conference facilities on beautiful Narragansett Bay. URI is a 2 hour drive from Boston, 3 hours from New York City and is accessible by train and bus service. It is a 45-minute drive from the Providence Airport.


The fee for this course is US $7,000, which covers the cost of tuition, housing, field trips, reading materials, special events, post course coaching for 6 months and limited health and accident insurance (if needed). Fees do not cover personal expenses, meals (except class lunches) or the cost of travel to and from Rhode Island. Registration deadline is May 1, 2010.

Take advantage of an early registration discount of $1,000 if you register by April 1, 2010!

Click here to submit an online application. (This Course Was Fully Booked, Enquire about Future Course Options)

For information, please contact:

Kimberly Kaine
Coastal Resources Center
Telephone: (401) 874-6823