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Social Coast Forum


February 05, 2018 - December 08, 2017


Charleston, SC


Francis Marion Hotel


Understanding people—where they live, what they do, what they value—is an important part of successful coastal management. Participate in the fourth biennial Social Coast Forum to see and share how social science tools and methods are being used to address the nation’s coastal issues. The forum will begin with optional training sessions on Monday afternoon, February 5 with the meeting formally kicking off on Tuesday morning, February 6.  The forum will end mid-day on Thursday, February 8.

The first three forums were standing-room-only events that focused on the application and integration of social science in coastal decision-making. Participants discussed the use of social science tools, data, and methods to address issues such as climate change, land use planning, ecosystem services, and human uses of the oceans.

High interest and strong demand for this meeting indicates the relevance of using and integrating social science in coastal management decision-making. In their evaluations, three-quarters of participants strongly agreed that they gained knowledge and skills from the forum that they could apply to their jobs.

If you want to be added to the mailing list for the forum, contact


Kirstin Dow, Lead PI

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