Integrated Coastal and Marine (ICOM) Lab
Led by the Regents Professor, Dr. W. M. von Zharen, the Integrated Coastal and Marine (ICOM) Lab conducts applicable research and provides leadership intended to facilitate adaptive, holistic, and resilient environmental management strategies. We have a non-traditional lab, and working, open Graduate Researcher to Researcher (GR2R) Group. The ICOM Lab helps with promotion of integrated exploration and solution-oriented projects. The focus of this lab is not only research, but creating opportunities for career development and meeting professional goals.
The ICOM Lab involves the process of analyzing and allocating both the spatial and temporal distribution of human activities to achieve environmental, social, economic, and ethical objectives. Strategies are characterized as being ecosystem based, resilient, adaptive, integrated, and participatory, among others. The ICOM Lab involves multiple sector planning (e.g. fisheries, transportation, recreation, energy, preservation, etc.) that increases the compatibility among users and reduces conflicts.