Boating Research Center
The Boating Research Center is a research arm of the Division
of Marine Affairs and Policy at the University of Miami
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. It primarily
conducts boating research studies and manages boating related
data. Most of its research projects deals with boating and
boating related activities in South Florida, its environmental,
economic, and social impacts to the South Florida communities.
It maintains boating data such as registered boats in Florida,
boating accidents, census data, manatee statistics, and through
its projects, has compiled names and addresses of several major
marine related businesses in Florida and boat use and boat
traffic patterns in South Florida. It has a faculty and staff
from our Division of Marine Affairs, and the Business Schools
who are involved in boating related studies. Specifically,
The BRC faculty members have done various research studies and
published papers and reports on the field of boating and its
The center maintains and processes its databases through the
RSMAS Computing Facility, its VAX station, and through its
microcomputers and peripherals. The BRC also maintains an
ARC/INFO-based geographic information system (GIS).
- Edward K. Baker
B.S. Industrial Engineering, M.S. Management Science, Ph.
D., Management Science and Statistics
Expertise and Research Interests: Development of information
systems and large scale simulation models for government and
corporate agencies, Research in network models, simulation ,
and application of operations research techniques to problems
in land and sea transportation and finance. Economic impact
studies on boating related activities.
- Maria Villanueva
B.S. Industrial Engineering, M.B.A., M.A. in Marine Affairs
Expertise and Research Interests: Development and
management of marine geographic information systems, PC based
computer data processing, analysis and management. Research
on economic, environmental and social impacts of boating,
application of spatial analysis through GIS in marine policy.
Recent Related Grants and Projects
- Hurricane Preparedness of Dade County Boating Community in
Dade County, Florida, 1990. (Funded by Coastal Zone Management).
- Boat Traffic and Boat Use Patterns in Biscayne Bay, Dade
County Florida, 1991 (Funded by Metro Dade DERM)
- Economic Impact of Yacht Brokerage in Florida, 1991. (Funded
by the Florida Yacht Brokers Association).
- Marina Siting Model for Dade County, Florida, 1992. (Initial
funding by the University of Miami Research Council).
- Socio-Economic Study of Live Aboards in Dinner Key Anchorage,
Florida, 1992. (Initial funding by the University of Miami
- Analysis of Hurricane Andrew Economic Damage and Recovery
Options for the Boating, Marina and Marine Service Industries,
1993. (Funded by the Florida Sea Grant Program)
- Boating Study, Palm Beach County, Florida, 1993. (Funded by
the Florida Department of Natural Resources).
- Hurricane Andrew Aftermath Workshop, August 1993 (Funded by
the Florida Sea Grant College Program).
- Artificial Reefs, Dade County, Florida, 1995 (Initial Funding by the University of Miami
- Palm Beach Boating Study, Palm Beach, Florida, 1994. (Funded by the Florida DEP)
- The BRC has also done several projects with numerous marine
businesses and marine organizations in Florida. These projects
involved the generation and analyses of marine related data for
financial, marketing, and facility location purposes.
Ms. Maria Luisa E. Villanueva
RSMAS - University of Miami
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149