Coastal and Marine Management: Theory and Tools

The course explores the concepts, principles, approaches, processes and issues related to integrated coastal and ocean management.

What is marine and coastal zone management? What do you need to know? What kind of tools and techniques are at your disposal? The reality is that marine and coastal zone management requires an interdisciplinary approach to work well. You need to understand the fundamentals underlying the local ecology, social aspects, economic drivers and implications and cultural norms and traditions. In this class we’ll explore a diversity of marine and coastal zone management elements, covering theory, ecology, policy, legislation and specific tools and techniques.

This course is designed to give students a solid breath of understanding to build upon throughout the rest of the program. Lecture, group work and practical and applied assignments are used as well as potential for local field trips.


Completed undergraduate studies, regardless of whether BA, BSc, BEd, or other equivalent study. It is important for applicants to have a good knowledge of English, as all teaching takes place in English.

Course details

Academic level(s)Master
Language of instruction
InstitutionUniversity Centre of the Westfjords
Begin date20.09.2021
End date01.10.2021
Registration deadline15.07.2021
ECTS credits4.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyEnvironmental protection (broad programmes)
Teaching placeÍsafjörður, Westfjords
Tagsnatural resourcesresource managementICZM
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