Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines

Science. Policy. Education. Outreach. Coastal.

About PSDS

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.

PSDS is a strong advocate for responsible management policies that consider and balance economic and environmental interests. We identify and recommend specific actions to elected/appointed officials, private sector representatives and others regarding public decisions and actions concerned with social, economic and physical changes in the public interest. We evaluate the environmental, social, economic/financial and governmental consequences of proposed resource management policies, decisions and actions.

One of the fundamental goals of PSDS is to serve as a primary technical and policy resource for a variety of beach management issues and to provide information, data and advice to federal, state and local government agencies; the media, concerned citizens; the scientific community; nonprofit organizations and other concerned stakeholders

Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines
Old Student Union
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28723