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Jerry Schubel

Dean and Director Emeritus



- Johns Hopkins University

Research Topics:

Science communication, coastal sedimentation and coastal zone management

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  • Bio/Research


    My research was concentrated in two general areas-coastal zone management in the broadest sense and marine policy. For many years, I have been frustrated by the long lag between advances in our unde rstanding of process , phenomena, and problems in the coastal ocean , and the translation and incorporation of that new knowledge into management policies and practices to conserve and, when necessary, to rehabilitate important coastal environments and their living resources. In an effort to shorten this lag, we created two new initiatives in 1989: the Coastal Ocean Action Strategies (COAST) Institute and the Long Island International Forum on the Environment (LIIFE) .

    Each autumn, leading environmental scientists and policy makers from around the world participate in the Long Island International Forum on the Environment. We meet in Montauk at Long Island's East End to focus our attention on a single major environmental problem. Each problem selected must be global in scope and expressed with pal1icubr clarity within this region. The goals of the session are to state the problem in tractable form, to identify the full range of alternatives for dealing with it, the advantages and disadvantages of each alternative, and to incorporate the findings into an appropriate plan of action. The output of LIIFE serves as the input to the COAST Institute.

    Each summer, the COAST Institute brings leading scientists together with important regional leaders to interact in an intensive one- to three-week session to produce a comprehensive short-term and long-term plan of action for the specific problem. The first problem that the COAST Institute tackled was f1oatable and medical-type wastes on the region's beaches, a problem which cost the Long Island economy an estimated $1 billion in the summer of 1988.

    The staff of the COAST Institute was successful in working with relevant agencies to craft a comprehensive plan to deal with floatables the fo lJowing summer and in the longer term. The second problem being attacked by LIIFE and the Coast Institute was eutrophication of coastal waters. The COAST Institute also takes on other activities and has been a pioneer in an emerging field known as information engineering--structuring information into forms and strategies to attach specific problems of the coastal ocean. COAST has been called upon to assist in resolving coastal problems throughout the U.S. and in

    many parts of the world. There are exciting opportunities for MSRC graduate srudent who are inte rested in working at the interfaces of science policy and management to be involved in most COAST projects.

  • Publications


    Kastens, K. A., C. T. Fray, and J. R. Schubel, 1978. Environmental effects of sand mining in the Lower Bay of New York Harbor, Phase 1. MSRC Special Rept. 15.

    Schubel, J. R. and B. Marcy(eds.), 1978. Power plant entrainment: A biological assessment. Academic Press, NY. 271 p.

    Schubel, J. R. and D. J. Hirschberg, 1978. Estuarine graveyards, climatic change, and the importance of the estuarine environment. Pp. 285-303 in Estuarine Interactions, M. L. Wiley (ed.), Academic Press, NY.

    Carter, H. H., J. R. Schubel, R. E. Wilson and P. M. J. Woodhead, 1979. Thermally induced biological effects caused by oncethrough cooling systems: A rationale :for evaluation. Environmental Management 3(4):353-368. Springer-Verlag, N

    B. Kinsman, J. R. Schubel, G. E. Carroll, M. Glackin-Sundell, 1979. A suggestion for anticipating alterations in wave action on shores consequent upon changes in water depths in harbors and coastal waters. MSRC Special Rept. #27.

    J. R. Schubel, W. M. Wise(eds.), 1979. Questions about dredging and dredged material disposal in the Chesapeake Bay MSRC Special Rept. #20.

    Schubel, J. R., H. H. Carter and W. I1. Wise, 1979. Shrimping as a source of suspended sediment in Corpus Christi Bay(Texas). Estuaries 2(3) :201-203.
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