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Spring Break Field Course: Sea Level Rise and Coastal Cities: Science, Policy and Practice

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

Students will be introduced via lecture to fundamentals of the planning & design, law & policy, engineering, and communications challenges that sea-level rise presents for coastal cities, using St. Augustine, with its unique cultural heritage and resources, as a case study.  The course includes 6-7 pre-lectures in the first half of the semester with associated reading assignments.  During spring break, students will spend 5  intensive days in St. Augustine visiting relevant sites and hearing from experts in a variety of fields. Working in interdisciplinary teams, students will undertake a scenario analysis exercise in which they use knowledge gained from the readings and lectures and additional research to envision how two variables (pace of sea-level rise and adaptive interventions) affect the impacts that St. Augustine may experience as a result of sea-level rise.  From this scenario analysis exercise, student teams will develop alternative policy, design, infrastructure, and communication paths that this coastal city might pursue to address several discrete challenges and will assess the efficacy of these various paths.  Students will be assessed based on individual contributions to the group project and a presentation of this work, as well as through a content exam administered prior to the field portion of the course. There is a $50 lab fee and accommodations at the UF Whitney Marine Lab near St. Augustine will cost $30/night for 4 nights.