The Institute of Ocean Technology and Marine Affairs (IOTMA) was established on August 1, 2006. The mission of the IOTMA is to provide leadership and capability in ocean and coastal management of contemporary problems and public service through distinguished teaching, research, and outreach programs. We offer Master’s and Doctoral degrees that focus on governance issues for both coastal and oceanic environments. The IOTMA fosters comprehensive, long term and proactive approaches to ocean technology, marine policy and ocean and coastal management. It also promotes interdisciplinary education, scientific research and public service. Curriculum options of IOTMA utilize the comprehensive course of scientific, management, and ocean policy and law across the university and within our institute.
Representative research topics include the following: Interactions among various ocean and coastal uses; Resolution of multiple-use conflicts; alternative management regimes and institutional arrangements for integrated management of ocean and coastal areas; Environmental impacts resulting from development of ocean and coastal areas; specific shoreline management issues such as coast protection policies, accelerated sea level rise, and marine protected areas; recreational development and conservation; physical constraints and natural hazards affecting resource use and development; technological solutions to problems of resource demand.