Coastal Ocean Assessment for Sustainability and Transformation (COAST Card)

Coastal Ocean Assessment for Sustainability and Transformation (COAST Card)

The Coastal Ocean Assessment for Sustainability and Transformation (COAST) Card is a transnational and transdisciplinary research program funded through the Belmont Forum, a consortium of research funders that have targeted funds towards research that engages stakeholders into a co-design and co-development process, to foster solutions to global sustainability challenges.

The project brings together researchers from the United States, Philippines, Norway, India, and Japan. COAST Card merges three tools: 1) stakeholder identification and societal guidance through socio-ecological network analysis, 2) status assessment using socio-environmental report card, and 3) prioritized and linked actions identified with system dynamics models. The framework is first developed for the Chesapeake Bay and is simultaneously being adapted for Manila Bay (Philippines), Tokyo Bay and Sekisei Lagoon (Japan), and the Goa Coast of India.

Our international team spans developed and developing countries, with a diverse suite of stakeholders. By utilizing a transdisciplinary and transnational approach and deliberately engaging diverse stakeholders, trusted relationships can be created, and local communities can be empowered by building capacity. Co-producing knowledge with stakeholders can serve as a foundation for social learning and collective action, allowing us to develop transformative solutions that will have global applicability and promote sustainability and transformation within other coastal and ocean systems.


Key Personnel

Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen
Science Integrator
Bill Dennison
UMCES Interim President
Sidney Anderson
Science Communicator
Lili Badri
Science Communicator
Kelly Dobroski
Science Communicator
Simon Costanzo
Science Integrator

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Engaging with the agricultural community in Fredericksburg (JULY)

Highlights from the 2024 Chesapeake Community Research Symposium (JULY)

Highlights from the SRI Conference in Helsinki, Finland (JULY)

COAST Card visits Goa, India for third meeting (MARCH)

COAST Card goes to India (FEBRUARY)

COAST Card Project Highlights (JANUARY)


COAST Card team's Tokyo experience: Amamo2023 and J-COAST Conference insights (DECEMBER)

Learning about reef recovery and conservation practices in Ishigaki Island (DECEMBER)

Another successful summer with the GSS Scholars (AUGUST)

Gaining Valuable Perspectives of the Potomac River and Watershed (JULY)

Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress in Panama (JULY)

Advancing the New Potomac Report Card through Listening Sessions (JUNE)

Welcome, Global Sustainability Scholars! (JUNE)

First COAST Card workshop in Manila, Philippines (MARCH)

COAST Card Stakeholder Listening Sessions (JANUARY)


COAST Card Annual Meeting (DECEMBER)

Farewell, Global Sustainability Scholars! (AUGUST)

The Potomac Open House was a success (AUGUST)

The Potomac River workshop was a success (JULY)

Global Sustainability Scholars Arrive (JUNE)


COAST Card: Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Workshop (DECEMBER)

COAST Card at the 24th International RiverSymposium (OCTOBER)

Subscribe to the COAST Card Research Consortium newsletter (MAY)

Subscribe to the COAST Card Research Consortium newsletter (APRIL)

COAST Card Research Consortium releases first newsletter (MARCH)

COAST Card international partnership continues to grow (FEBRUARY)

COAST Card project launched (JANUARY)


Kicking off the COAST Card project (NOVEMBER)