Coastal Resilience Short Course for Graduate Students

The Sustainable Adaptive Gradients in the Coastal Environment (SAGE) program will offer a one-week short course on coastal resiliency, to be held at Northeastern University in Boston, June 3-9, 2018.

The course, which is part of a National Science Foundation project, is intended for graduate students (MS and PhD) who are working in any of the disciplines related to adaptation planning and implementation for coastline sustainability projects.

The course will combine classroom instruction, team project-based learning, and field experiential learning at coastal projects in the Boston area. Topics will include:

  • technical inputs and data collection for planning and design
  • short-term (storms and seismically-induced waves) and long-term (sea level rise) events
  • planning and land use using natural, social, economic, and cultural considerations
  • nature-based, engineered and hybrid infrastructure solutions
  • coastal zone management (policy and zoning) in the US and international settings

The course will be offered at no cost to the attendees with the exception of travel to and from Boston and incidental expenses. In addition, a limited number of travel grants to fund airfare will be provided to some attendees.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be given proof of participation, and are encouraged to seek credit from their home institution (e.g., directed or independent study).

Please visit the website for the course details and a link to the application page. Applications are due January 5, 2018. If you have questions about this course, please contact the short course coordinator at

This short course is an activity under a grant funded by the National Science Foundation Research Collaboration Network (RCN): Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES), “Sustainable Adaptive Gradients in the Coastal Environment (SAGE): Reconceptualizing the Role of Infrastructure in Resilience,” Award No. ICER-1338767.

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