Coastal Zone Foundation names Dr. Patrick Friend as newest Certified Coastal Practitioner

Fort Myers, FL – The Coastal Zone Foundation (CZF) is pleased to announce that Dr. Patrick L. Friend has earned the designation of Certified Coastal Practitioner™ (CCP) professional credential.

Earning the CCP designation distinguishes Dr. Friend as having a broad knowledge base and understanding of the interrelationships that exist among different coastal professions. 

Dr. Friend is an international coastal and marine scientist, geologist, and business strategist with Integral Consulting Inc. He has more than 20 years of experience in project management and delivery for both the governmental and private sectors.  His primary areas of scientific expertise include bio-sedimentology, sediment transport, and coastal geomorphology.  Dr. Friend’s expertise as an economic geologist encompasses opportunity screening, strategic planning, probabilistic risk assessment, asset evaluations and acquisitions, quality assurance, and due diligence.

Dr. Friend has consulted extensively for port and harbor authorities, and coastal stakeholders.  He spent eight years as a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton’s world-renowned National Oceanography Centre, where he was scientific lead on three large, multidisciplinary European Union projects.  He spent 10 years in the global offshore energy industry, working in multiple countries as a senior geologist and senior basin analyst.  He returned to coastal and marine science in 2016 and is presently managing and developing projects in the Gulf of Mexico, Latin America, and West Africa.

To earn the CCP credential, candidates must complete a series of 10 short courses offered by the Coastal Zone Foundation in cooperation with ASBPA. The CCP program provides participants with multidisciplinary instruction on comprehensive coastal management and defines the body of knowledge, which reflects best practices for coastal practitioners. Dr. Friend says, “this is a great certification program that clearly defines best practices for coastal zone management – I can thoroughly recommend it to all coastal professionals.”

The Coastal Zone Foundation was formed in 1984 with the purpose of advancing scientific and related engineering and planning knowledge. Please visit to learn more.

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