Marine Affairs Coastal Resilience Lab (MACRL)

Austin Becker
Professor and Chair,
Department of Marine Affairs

The Marine Affairs Coastal Resilience Lab (MACRL) works across the fields of planning, policy, design, and engineering. It contributes to untangling complex natural hazards problems and the resulting challenges in policy and planning. MACRL receives funding support from the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Dept. of Defense, and the Dept. of Homeland Security through the Center of Excellence in Coastal Resilience. In applied projects such as the Rhode Island Coastal Hazards Analysis Modeling and Prediction system (RICHAMP), Prof. Austin Becker and his team of research associates, graduate, and undergraduate students, conduct applied research using social science methods in close partnership with end users such as the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency and the Rhode Island Dept. of Environmental Management.

Prof. Becker currently serves as Dept. Chair of Marine Affairs and the Director of the Graduate Certificate in Coastal Resilience program.