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Cluster Lead:

Christopher Emrich, Ph.D.

Interim Cluster Lead & Endowed Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Public Administration [email protected]

UCF’s Sustainable Coastal System Cluster serves as the research and educational component of The National Center for Integrated Coastal Research (UCF Coastal). UCF Coastal focuses on integrating science and societal needs to address coastal issues and teach students conservation and resource management.

By crossing disciplines, the cluster works to understand complex local, national and global problems related to natural changes in coastal systems and those caused by humans.

The threats and challenges Florida faces are the same that coastal communities around the world face.

The solutions, methods and technologies developed at UCF will have immediate application to other geographic locations, with the potential to be statewide and national models for how coastal states should address future environmental and economic challenges as well as growth opportunities.

NBC Coastal interview
UCF Coastal researcher Christopher Emrich speaks with NBC News about disaster preparedness in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We invite you to further explore UCF Coastal‘s offerings related to outreach and development activities with the ultimate goal to link the ecological security of coastal ecosystems with the economic security of coastal communities, ensuring the sustainability of our coastlines and economy for generations to come. If you wish to support this vital program, please visit Give – UCF Coastal.

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