Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and Security

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

About Us

The Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security (CIOCS) is distinguished by its unique focus on the intersections of oceans, climate and security, and the resulting policy and management significance.

Founded on the principle that collaborative partnerships have the potential to better address the human and national security threats that will continue to surmount as climate and oceans drastically change, the Collaborative Institute exists to develop and communicate high-value intellectual, policy, and technical expertise to help stabilize the health of our atmosphere, marine ecosystems, and coastal communities, thereby influencing global human security, and associated national security, for all.

Humans and communities are threatened by climate-induced changes in marine and coastal ecosystems, upon which all life depends. Multiple threats such as environmental degradation, resource depletion and political instability heightened by climate change are emerging as national security issues, worldwide. With more than a third of the world’s population living within 100 miles of a coast, it is essential that the effects of climate change on oceans and humanity be better understood. Through strategic convening, research, and communication efforts the Collaborative Institute advances solutions to the complex problems and people most impacted by, or responding to, the linked ocean, climate and security challenges - preparing coastal communities for a safer, more productive, and healthy future.

The Collaborative Institute has been given enthusiastic endorsement from its prestigious Council of Advisors and Steering Committee. As Advisor Fred Byus, Vice President of the Navy, explains, “There are inflection points in history when ‘new' thinking is required to allow human kind to evolve and adapt. Now is one of those times.”

Founded in January 2010 under the leadership of then Executive Director Robbin Peach, UMass Boston Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives & Dean of Graduate Studies Zong-Guo Xia, former Dean Steve Crosby of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, Dean Andrew Grosovsky of the College of Science and Mathematics, and Founding Dean Robyn Hannigan of the School for the Environment, the Collaborative Institute draws on the existing entrepreneurial, policy, and ocean science strengths of UMass Boston, while strategically partnering with some of the best minds in the sector. Visionary, as well as opportunistic and flexible, the Collaborative Institute uses multi-sector engagement as a cornerstone of its work and uses public/private revenue to sustain its mission. We hope you will join us.

Panel from the Global Conference 2012 on Oceans, Climate, and Security


Council of Advisors

Our renowned group of advisors is comprised of military and defense systems experts, ocean conservationists, marine and climate scientists, and innovative communications professionals. Read More 

Steering Committee

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