Background of the CCS project:
An unofficial and semi-continuous project started in 1980 at
Millersville University, PA, and
----The World Wide Web...into which most elegant and worldwide
filing system we deposited not only our own excess 'stuff', in the form
of our Caribbean Coastal Studies homepage, but to which we also linked -
with the help of our students - the many useful documents already
available on the WWW as well as numerous 'gray literature' documents and
newspaper articles, photographs and maps which we assiduously scanned..
- the United Nations Development
- the Institute of Marine
Affairs, Chagaramas, Trinidad (July 1980 to July 1982)
- expert services in marine geology and coastal engineering; some
results published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin
and presented at the 10th
Caribbean Geological Conference in Carthagena de los Indes, Colombia, 1983
- the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Conservation and Cultural Affairs, and
- the University of the Virgin Islands
- contractual research on Toxic Substances in the Coastal
Environment of the USVI
Results presented at the 12th Caribbean
Geological Conference in St Croix, USVI, 1989.
- the United States Information Agency ( Barbados, Dominica, July, 1989)
- Environmental Education Workshop and public presentations in Barbados
- Radio interview, discussions and presentations
- Two field courses conducted by Dr. Ben
Oostdam and Professor Paul Billeter in
Trinidad and Tobago in January, 1992, and at Hofstra
University's Marine Laboratory (HUML), Jamaica for 21 Maryland High
School teachers in July, 1992 .
- The participants interviewed local visitors of beaches in Trinidad
and Tobago, and Jamaica.
- Results were presented at the 13th
Caribbean Geological Conference in Cuba, August 1992.
- Environmental Science Research Associates funded
the four prizes awarded in the 1995 C.C.S.
Questionnaire/Contest dealing with public perceptions of coastal area
management on the Caribbean Islands. (..and again funded the 1996
questionnaire/contest on Natural Hazard Emergency Management)
- Results were presented at the 14th Caribbean
in Trinidad, July 1995,
and was presented at the Second
Caribbean Conference on Natural Hazards
held in Kingston, Jamaica,
in October 1996
- A profusion of graphs and references related to Caribbean coastal
hazards and problems, tourism, marine pollution, environmental
education, marine protected areas, etc. was 'left over' and did not
fit in our paper. What to do? Fortunately, came to our very timely
- We then followed a suggestion by Dr.Gillian
Cambers to actually visit the Caribbean and talk with the experts in
person (not a bad idea since our deans failed to support our
The first visit was March 11-15, 1996, to Jamaica, followed by the second, May 23 - June 6,
to Dominica and Barbados with side-trips to
Guadeloupe and St.Lucia. Other visits will follow, d.v.
Stay tuned for more of our narratives of adventures and scans of useful
Happy surfing !!
We thank you for reading this and invite
your comments and active participation. New contacts and links, as well as
contributions of reports, reprints, tables and graphs suitable for
inclusion are very welcome and may be transmitted to :
first version: October 1995; second version: April 2, 1996:
third version: July 15, 1996; reorganized: January 13, 1999; BLO