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Ocean Debris Science

Course Numbers: CZMT - 0735

This class describes and analyzes coastal zone management and coastal policy through the analysis of human debris. Also called flotsam and jetsam, debris can be a valuable tool in the analysis of ecosystem degradation through human activity. The class will require each student to propose numerous concrete policy solutions to the problems of human garbage and debris in the coastal and ocean environments.

Students will:

  1. Be fluent in the terminology of coastal and ocean debris science
  2. Understand how to analyze debris for planning, management, restoration and analysis purposes.
  3. Have knowledge of the major international conventions and laws on ocean and coastal debris.
  4. Acquire policymaking conceptual tools for designing appropriate public policy responses to the challenges of coastal and ocean debris.


Ebbesmeyer, C. & Scigliano, E.(2009). Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How One Man’s Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science. HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN 978‐0‐06‐155841‐2

Moody, S. (2006). Washed Up: The Curious Journeys of Flotsam and Jetsam. Sasquatch Books. ISBN 978‐1‐57‐061463‐7. 2nd Ed. Rough Guides, Ltd. ISBN 1‐8582‐8105‐9

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