About ICN



Around the world, people are closely connected with coastal areas as places to live, work and relax. Coastal ecosystems are ecologically and socially valuable, but also highly susceptible to natural and human-induced changes. Sustainability of coasts and coastal communities requires that preparation for change take on integrative and proactive approaches and tools.

The International Coastal Network (ICN) at Memorial University of Newfoundland complements an interdisciplinary research program which aims at enhancing an understanding of the connectivity and interaction between natural and human systems in coastal areas. Through collaboration and exchange between researchers, community members and policy makers, ICN supports research and activities that lead to progress towards coastal sustainability, community resilience and good governance. 

ICN provides a platform for collaboration, exchange and discussion among researchers from the natural and social sciences interested in interdisciplinary coastal studies. ICN promotes research that cuts across a variety of environmental resource settings, data-rich and data-poor contexts, and more- and less-developed countries. Data and research results are produced and shared to enrich current knowledge about the coast and coastal communities at local, national and international levels. 

ICN is coordinated by the Canada Research Chair in Natural Resource Sustainability and Community Development, Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee. It is currently located at the Inco Innovation Centre, Room 3063, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s. For further information on ICN, contact Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee (ratanac@mun.ca; Tel. +1-709-737-3157).