Welcome to the Coastal and Oceans Resources Analysis Laboratory at the Department of Geography, University of Victoria.

CORAL researchers focus on marine protected areas and integrated coastal management, including developing approaches and techniques for sound management and assessing the effectiveness of MPAs and coastal plans in meeting established objectives. Our interests also extend to assessing and monitoring impacts of activities including mariculture, tourism, offshore hydrocarbon exploration and alternative ocean energy sources. We also study how geographic information is presented to and used by scientists, planners, policy makers and the public to make better decisions, and how the broader community is involved in such decisions.