With growing demands for electricity and other forms of energy, marine and coastal environments are feeling increased pressure for energy development. In addition to the exploration for and transit of traditional fossil fuels, public policies and shifting social norms have spurred an interest in developing renewable technologies in marine settings. With its proximity to proposed offshore wind farms and abundant wave and tidal resources, the University of Rhode Island provides an ideal setting for studying the social, environmental, and technical aspects of these emerging sectors. Marine Affairs is an active participant in the Provost’s university-wide interdisciplinary ocean renewable energy initiative.
Faculty working in this area:
- MAF 415/515 Marine Pollution Policy
- MAF 475 Human Responses to Coastal Hazards and Disasters
- MAF 511 Ocean Uses and Marine Sciences