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Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines

Science. Policy. Education. Outreach. Coastal.

The Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS) at Western Carolina University takes a worldwide view of modern coastal processes and geologic hazards, examines the scientific basis for managing developed shorelines in a time of rising sea level and advocates for the development and implementation of responsible strategies, plans, policies and actions that promote the long-term sustainability of our nation’s coastal ecosystems.

In the Spotlight

Rob Young at CivicCon in Pensacola

During a CivicCon presentation at The REX Theatre, Young talked about some of the problems caused by climate change and the problems with the economic approaches the U.S is using to address it. “If you want to make a difference about some of the (environmental) issues that we’re talking about tonight,” said Young, “keep in mind that you’ve got to make it real for people.”

Hallowed Ground

“What we do know is each grave represents someone who lived and who died before the Civil War. Someone who had an occupation, someone who drank from the spring, someone who looked up at the stars.”

NPR Weekend Edition

Is Rebuilding Storm-Struck Coastlines Worth The Cost?

Featuring Director Rob Young

Elwha River Restoration

Smithsonian Article: Preparing for a New River

Featuring PSDS and Director Rob Young

The Truth Is That You Can’t Protect Everything From Every Hurricane


Tools & Reports

PSDS Imagery

Folly Beach SC Nourishment
Black Sea Aerial Photos
Hurricane Sandy Imagery
SC Coast Aerial Images

Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines
Old Student Union
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28734