Dr. Steffen Schmidt, Ph.D.

Welcome to CoastalPolicy.com

Our Coastal Policy Blog - http://coastalzonemanagement.blogspot.com/

We have a series of tools and projects targeted at the study of coastal policy and coastal zone management (CZM). I am prof. of Political Science at Iowa State University. I am also an Associate of the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center in Dania Beach, Florida. Our consulting firm SEAS L.L.C. has designed and developed and holds copyright on the video's, graphics, and copyrighted material used in these programs or courses.

We are releasing our book on chartering sailboats "Other People's Boats" soon and our Intra Coastal Waterways Wiki, where guests can share their ICW experiences.

You may contact me at:

Below is one example of a coastal course I developed with Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center. This is offered as an undergraduate as well as graduate course at Iowa State University every summer. (Grad students do a very focused research project with me for this class).

"Port Security and Terrorism" is a new distance course that I am developing in partnership with an innovate East Coast law school. Stay tuned for announcement when this is ready for prime time.

Steffen Schmidt



International Integrated Coastal Zone Management - CZMT-0614-DE1
January 4-March 26,

With Special Coverage of Copenhagen Climate Change Conference Dec. 2009 - short video

Readings and Unit Assignments  
http://coastalzonemanagement.blogspot.com/ Please check our blog

 "Social demands for outputs from a coastal area usually exceed the capacity of the area to meet all demands simultaneously" from NOAA ICM web site ..........

First print this page and check off each assignment as it is completed. Please do this now! Assignments are also in WebCT the course management system we will use in this class.

The reading assignments in the table below are listed by the week. Please try to complete the work and, where appropriate, submit or do assignments. Also, please start a folder on your computer to keep all assignments in case something goes wrong in cyberspace.

Required Books:

Colin Woodard, Ocean's End: Travel Through Endangered Seas, (New York: Basic Books, 2000). Paperback or hardback edition.

Defying Ocean's End: An Agenda for Action, Edited by Linda K. Glover and Sylvia A. Earle, http://www.islandpress.org/DOE/book.html,

There are also required reading assignments from material that will be available on the Internet or pdf files inside the WebCT site for the class.


1. Weekly assignment journal worth 80 points of the final grade.

2. Short Research proposal.
8-10 pages on a topic on IICZM of interest to you. Topic must be approved by the instructor. 120 points of final grade.

3. Weekly Discussions WebCT. These are asynchronous (not real-time live chat). (100 points of final grade). Go to
WebCT. You will have been automatically enrolled in that web site as soon as you register and get an e-mail account. You must post your discussions the week of the assignment. You can and should post when you have ideas on the discussion topic. Read others discussions and respond to at least one per week. The postings should be as long as you want but at least a normal paragraph. The discussions are just like a good discussion in class. They should be honest, they could be "hot" and controvertial but respectful. You should look at them as a way to enhance your knowledge, test out your ideas, and engage in learning and educate others! They are NOT just a necessary assignment but are a vitally important part of your learning in this class.
...................................... Total Points Possible 300

This calendar is in revision so DO NOT USE IT Until this notice is deleated!

Other Assignments

Week 1

Start the Book:

Ocean's End

Foreword and Preface

Chapter 1
"Dead Seas"

Chapter 2 "Ocean Blues"

The death of the Black Sea is described in this first chapter. Forces and processes that contributed to the destruction of this body of water and the adjacent coastal systems are examined.

Chapter 2 is an overview of the oceans, how they contribute to life on earth and the current crisis of the oceans

The coastal disasters of recent years provide a rich new source of insights and theoretical questions about coastal management and policy. Check out these quickly:

Galveston Post IKE 2008 Video images

The Tsunami Explained - The BBC

Disaster Mapping - Tsunami - click on mapping application

Science on Line - Hurricane Material

Louisiana's Vanishing Wetlands

Solutions to Coastal Disasters

Week 2

Chapter 3
"Run on the Banks"

Chapter 4
"Muddied Waters"

Overfishing of the Newfoundland Grand Banks was not only an ecological disaster. It also had profound consequences on the coastal societies that were founded on cod fishing and related enterprises and institutions.

The drastic changes in the "engineering" structure of the Mississippi river triggered massive consequences in the Gulf of Mexico downstream and in the coastal zones of the Louisiana bayou coastal ecosystems are analyzed in this chapter.


Check out:

Principles of ICZM


Week 3

Chapter 5
"Fall of the Magic Kingdom

Chapter 6
"Paradise Lost"

5. The decline of the recently pristine coastal areas and coral reefs of Belize is documented in this chapter.

6. The Marshall Islands in the Pacific face almost certain destruction as a result of changes in global climate and the changes in sea levels. This chapter documents an example of the most extreme threat to a coastal zone - it's complete disappearance!

"Scientists Weigh In On The Politics Of Climate Change" or read pdf in webCt


Also listen to brief audio file in WebCT.



Week 4


Chapter 7
"Message from the Ice"

Chapter 8
"Sea Change


In Chapter 7 the same problems - global warming as well as ozone depletion - are further explored by examining the Antarctic Peninsula.

Ch 8 This final chapter suggests several strategies to slow and hopefully reverse some of the trends discussed in the previous pages of the book.

2009 Climate Change Conference Copehnagen- Please review this site. We will assign specific material -




Week 5


Start the Book: Defying Ocean's End

pp. xi - Chapter 1 - 2

Background. How can we challenge the issues identified in Ocean's End?

Chapter 1. The Caribbean

Chapter 2. Seamount Biodiversity, Exploitation and

 Conservation.org Home of Defying Ocean's End.

Week 6

Read: Defying Ocean's End Chapter 3-4






3. The Southern Ocean: A Model System for
Conserving Resources?

4. Coral Triangle

The "Climate Gate" e-mail controversy and the politics of climate change.

"Hacked E-Mail Is New Fodder for Climate Dispute" - The New York Times

Week 7

Read: Defying Ocean's End Chapter 5

Chapter 5. The Gulf of California: Natural Resource
Concerns and the Pursuit of a Vision

Week 8


Read: Defying Ocean's End Chapter 6-7

. Lines on the Water: Ocean-Use
Planning in Large Marine Ecosystems

7. Rationality or Chaos? Global Fisheries
at the Crossroads



More material coming!

Week 9 Read: Defying Ocean's End Chapter 8-9 8. A Global Network for Sustained
Governance of Coastal Ecosystems

9. Restoring and Maintaining Marine Ecosystem Function
Week 10 Defying Ocean's End Chapter 10-11 Chapter 10. Defying Ocean’s End through
the Power of Communications

11. Ocean Governance: A New Ethos
through a World Ocean Public Trust

Week 11 Defying Ocean's End Chapter 12 12. The Unknown Ocean  

Week 12

Read: Defying Ocean's End

Chapter 13-14 and conclusion



Chapter 13. Business Plan

Chapter 14. Technology Support to Conservation






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