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    The Urban Coast Institute

    Supporting Stewardship of Coastal Ecosystems

    Mission: To serve Monmouth University and the public interest as a forum for research, education, and collaboration in the development and implementation of science-based policies and programs that support stewardship of healthy, productive, and resilient coastal ecosystems and communities.

    • The Urban Coast Institute (UCI) was established in September 2005 as one of Monmouth University's "Centers of Distinction."
    • The UCI builds on the University's program in Marine and Environmental Biology and inter-departmental strengths in marine biology, environmental science, business, economics and real estate, public policy, and the arts and social sciences.
    • The UCI maintains a principal focus on the interactions between humans and the coastal and ocean environment, and sustainable coastal development along New Jersey's coasts and watersheds. Monmouth County and the New Jersey-New York region is an ideal "laboratory" for study of these issues.
    • The UCI has a unique focus on how good science can inform public policy and the "human dimensions" of coastal ecosystem-based management, including the impacts of human use and development on coasts.
    • The UCI seeks to foster collaboration among citizens, watershed and community organizations, governmental agencies, business, the scientific community, and other parties interested in coastal and watershed management, conservation, and restoration.
  • Neighbor to Neighbor Fall 2013

    President Brown of Monmouth University speaks with Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. and Tony MacDonald of the Urban Coast Institute about issues affecting NJ residents.
  • What's New

    Public Invitation to Participate in Webinar and Register for the Listening Sessions!

    Provide Input on the Draft Framework

    The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB) invites the public to provide input on the Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning Framework (Draft Framework) by participating in a webinar on Friday, February 14, and by attending listening sessions across the region in the coming weeks.

    The public is encouraged to provide input to the MidA RPB in the following ways:

    • A webinar will be held on February 14 from 10 to 11 a.m. to provide an overview of the Draft Framework, to offer an opportunity for public participants to pose questions and comment on the Draft Framework, and to describe a series of upcoming in-person public listening sessions. Click here to register for the webinar.
    • In-person public listening sessions will be held in Annapolis, Maryland on February 24; in Lewes, Delaware on February 27; in Norfolk, Virginia on March 20; in West Long Branch, New Jersey on March 27; and in Riverhead, New York on April 7. Details about the public listening sessions can be found on the MidA RPB website. Please note: registration is strongly encouraged for the public listening sessions, but is not required; please visit the website to register for the listening sessions.
    • The public is also encouraged to e-mail written comments to the MidA RPB at: MidAtlanticRPB@boem.gov.

    The Draft Framework proposes a draft vision, an initial geographic focus, and draft principles, goals, and objectives. The MidA RPB seeks robust public input and comments on the Draft Framework, which will provide guideposts for how the MidA RPB moves forward with regional ocean planning. The Draft Framework is available for public review and comment on the MidA RPB website through April 15, 2014.

    The MidA RPB will consider all comments received in revising the Draft Framework. The MidA RPB will discuss the revised framework during its in-person meeting in the Spring of 2014. Please check the website for additional information.

    The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB) was established in April 2013 to enhance collaboration on ocean and coastal issues in the Mid-Atlantic through regional ocean planning. The MidA RPB includes state, federal, tribal, and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council representation and is eager to engage stakeholders throughout the regional ocean planning process. Please visit the website regularly for updated related information.

    Employment Opportunity: Coastal Community Resilience Specialist

    New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC), in partnership with the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute (UCI), is seeking qualified candidates for a Coastal Community Resilience Specialist. This is a new position intended to help translate and apply the best available science and tools to assist communities in recovering from Superstorm Sandy and becoming resilient to coastal hazards, the impacts of sea level rise and changing climate. View the position description.

    Urban Coast Institute funds Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe Summer Student Research Grants

    The UCI provided funding to support student Summer Research Grants as part of the 2013 School of Science Summer Research Program (SRP).  Funds are supported, in part, by contributions to the Urban Coast Institute in memory of Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe who was a Monmouth County shore area resident her whole life who loved to surf and spend time at the beach with her family and friends. Ms. Sculthorpe’s father, Mr. Robert B. Sculthorpe is a graduate of Monmouth University and a member of the University Board of Trustees. For a list of this year’s recipients, click here.

    UCI partners with NJ Future and the Kislak Real Estate Institute to sponsor Rebuilding a Resilient NJ Shore

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    Tony MacDonald Video Capture

    In the News: The Federal Coastal Zone Management Act

    Urban Coast Institute Director Tony MacDonald is featured in The Federal Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) video.

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    Global Sustainability Globe in HandsThe new Global Sustainability Minor at Monmouth is designed to be accessible and complementary to students studying natural sciences, political science and public policy, social work, health studies, communications, business, and economics, or to any student that is interested in expanding their ability to analyze critical issues facing our society in a multidisciplinary and holistic way.

    Learn More About This Minor

    New Report Available

    School of Science Assistant Dean John Tiedemann has published a report and guide for best catch and release practices for striped bass anglers.

    Best Practices Catch and Release Preview

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    Catch and Release Brochure

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    Mission: To improve the management of coastal environments through science, education and stewardship.

    FEMA's Coastal Flood Mapping Website now LIVE!

    FEMA provides flood hazard information to help communities plan for and reduce the risk from flooding. As part of that effort, the FEMA Region II office has initiated a coastal flood study to update the information shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for 14 coastal New Jersey counties and New York City. The FIRM is used to determine who must buy flood insurance and where floodplain development regulations apply.

    FEMA now has a LIVE website, which will be updated as progress on the coastal flood study continues, will include links to the online preliminary FIRM panels (once completed), and details on public meetings to review those preliminary results.



    Conservation and Restoration and Priority Index to identify areas near the shoreline with potential for conservation and habitat restoration, and ecologically important estuarine areas where land management strategies may be improved.

    Download and Read the Initiative