Urban Harbors Institute

Advancing Ocean and Coastal Management

Maps & Directions

The Urban Harbors Institute (UHI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston utilizes policy, scientific, planning, and management expertise to assist governments and communities in addressing the complexities and issues associated with harbors and coastal areas.

As a research institute at the university, UHI brings a comprehensive well-balanced and academic approach to providing expert advice on environmental problems and issues. The institute offers technical assistance and advisory services in fields such as urban planning, coastal and harbor planning, natural resource management, marine industry master planning, water transportation, and geographical information systems.

While UHI generally focuses on urban marine and watershed issues in New England, we have worked with governments, non-government organizations, and marine industry representatives throughout the US and internationally.


  • 2015 State of Our Harbors Project »

    On behalf of MA DCR and MA CZM, UHI is preparing an update of the 1990 The State of Our Harbors report.

  • The purpose of the report is to document the dredging needs of Massachusetts harbors.

  • The report will also capture the nature, extent, and economic value of harbor activities.

  • Plymouth Harbor Management Plan »

    UHI is assisting with the development of the Plymouth Harbor Management Plan.

  • UHI is working with the Plymouth Harbor Committee, stakeholders, and the community to identify the plan's goals, objectives, and

  • recommendations.

  • Beacons For Blue »

    Our oceans need your help! About 8 million items of litter enter the marine environment every day. Show us how you are helping!

  • Tell the Urban Harbors Institute your #BeaconsForBlue story via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or email before October 7, 2016.

  • By submitting your photo, we will enter your name into a raffle for a chance to win a variety of prizes!

Picture of the Boston Harbor, including the downtown Boston skyline

Urban Harbors Institute

Publications produced by the Urban Harbors Institute are available on ScholarWorks. Publications date back to 1995. Read More 

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