Advancing Ocean and Coastal Management

The Urban Harbors Institute 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 U.S. and internationally.

Working Waterfronts
The history of the United States is closely tied to the nation’s early uses of the waterfronts, many uses that are prevalent along shorelines today. However, competing uses, changing economies, and the high cost of land are some of the factors threatening the continuance of working waterfronts.