The Economics of Coastal Climate Change Adaptation

A new special edition of the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics addresses the economic issues involved in the planning and implementation of climate change effects in coastal regions, with particular focus on sea level rise.

Arctic Policy and Governance Educational Partnership

A new, innovative collaboration between the Middlebury Institute (MIIS), the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, NOAA, the State of Alaska, and indigenous organizations is set to take off in February 2017.

"Local governments have a duty to protect the public from the impacts of hazards such as floods, hurricanes and stormwater events..."

Quote from "Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning for New England Communities" co-authored by the Center for the Blue Economy

“Not properly valuing nature is dangerous business.”

Dr. Scorse spoke at the 2012 TEDx Monterey "Sea Change."

The Monterey Bay is a nexus of marine research and policy studies

The Center for the Blue Economy is located steps away from the Monterey National Marine Sanctuary, a hub for research on the North American continent.

Donors make our work possible

Our generous donors make it possible to meet our mission.

Leadership in research, education, and analytics to promote a sustainable Blue Economy

The Center for the Blue Economy is a research and academic center developing innovative ways to address critical ocean and coastal resource management issues. The center’s research demonstrates the tremendous value of ocean and coastal resources and the interdependence of a healthy ocean, well-managed coastline, and strong economy. Our data shows that in 2014, the coastal economy contributed 83.7% of the total U.S. GDP and 81.5% of total U.S. employment. Rising sea levels, the impact of increasingly powerful and unpredictable storms, and the degradation of critical natural resources like coastal wetlands threaten to significantly diminish the economic drivers that the nation has historically relied on. Understanding the economic contributions of the oceans and coasts to human welfare and mitigating climate change are thus more important than ever.

The Center for the Blue Economy is based at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), blocks from the ocean in beautiful Monterey, California. MIIS is a sister institution to Middlebury College, home to the nation’s oldest undergraduate environmental studies program.