April 11, 2022
This course includes:
Badge on Completion
Certificate of completion
Coastal environments are by their nature ever-changing.
This course, Managing coastal environments, looks at the example of the Blackwater Estuary in Essex, England, describing how the current state of the estuary came to be. It examines the contests and conflicts that centre on the estuary in terms of managing the environment for human needs and the needs of the other species who make their habitat there.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- Recognise the interaction of human and physical processes in the making of environments and the understanding of environmental issues
- Understand coastal regions as dynamic and contested environments
- Consider the contested nature of coastal management policies using the case study of managed retreat.
- Introduction 00:10:00
- Learning outcomes 00:07:00
- The Blackwater estuary 00:40:00
- A balancing act: conservation and sustainable development 00:15:00
- Managing environmental risks and uncertainties 00:10:00
- Managing risk in conditions of uncertainty 00:07:00
- Change and response in the ‘meadows of the sea’ 00:20:00
- Climate change: survival at stake 00:30:00
- Conclusion 00:15:00
About the instructor
Open University UK