MarCoast Ecosystems Integration Lab – Michelle Portman Group

Marine litter

Marine litter is a huge environmental problem that threatens marine ecosystems and organisms. Particularly, plastic materials (many of the them micro-plastics) are found in the carcasses of marine mammals and
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Sustainable use

Coastal areas belong to all of us.  Therefore, we have both rights and responsibilities related to their use and protection.  Mostly importantly, we must strive to manage coastal and marine
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Coastal protection

Different types of coastal protection are employed to avoid erosion, characterized as “hard” and “soft” protection.  Hard protection refers to seawalls, piers, jetties, groynes, breakwaters and even artificial islands. Soft
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Urban waterfronts

Today more than 70% of the world’s population resides in large coastal metropolises.  Sustainable design and management of urban coastal structures are critical in an era of global coastal changes,
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Coastal erosion

Coastal cliff erosion is a serious problem for many coastal nations, exacerbated by climate change effects and coastal development.  Nature has the upper hand ̶ ̶   erosion and accretion are
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Marine & coastal resource use

Coasts are the interface between land and sea.  For several decades, integrated coastal management has been promoted as an alternative to sectoral management of marine and coastal resources.  Of late,
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Resources that belong to us all

Ocean and coastal policies draw authority from the public trust doctrine, modeled after ancient Roman Civil Law, which holds that the air, the sea and the shore belong to the
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The MarCoast Ecosystems Integration Laboratory, headed by Associate Professor Michelle Portmanstudies policy questions related to and influencing the interface of land and sea. Emphases of research projects are the well-being of ecological systems (including humans within them) that make up the natural world.  Questions of stewardship and environmental protection are at the core of research undertaken by group members, often combining mixed research methods and spatial analysis. Projects include research on coastal erosion, land-based marine litter in near shore environments, green-blue (marine) infrastructure, marine spatial planning, protected areas and stormwater management policies affecting marine and coastal environments.