The Current Coastal Resource Management Training Market in Ohio's Lake Erie Basin
This article describes research to characterize the current market for coastal resource training programs in the Ohio Lake Erie basin, which had not been comprehensively assessed previously. Identification of this diffuse market is challenging, as it was created by a wide range of organizations across a large geography. A telephone survey method was used to gather data. Results suggest that the market for coastal resources management training programs in Ohio reflects provider understanding of the knowledge base required for effective coastal resource management, the geographic and institutional distribution of provider responsibilities, and dominant population and economic base characteristics across the basin. The article's results and methodology regarding subfederal training providers in Ohio may be a model for other states in the Great Lakes basin and for training providers in other coastal areas.