Have you ever wondered what is inside the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) as you pass by the ECU Outer Banks Campus on your way to and from Wanchese, or wished you could visit it another time? If you answered yes, your chance to do so is just around the corner!
ECU’s Integrated Coastal Programs (ICP) and CSI will host their annual open house at the Coastal Studies Institute on the ECU Outer Banks Campus on February 29, 2020, from 1- 4 pm. Attendees will be able to tour the campus, grounds and facilities, learn about current research and education programs, take part in family-friendly activities, and interact with faculty and staff from ECU, CSI and partners including North Carolina Sea Grant, NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research.
ECU ICP is a leader in coastal and marine research, education, and engagement. The program uses an interdisciplinary approach and scientific advances to provide effective solutions to complex problems while helping coastal communities, ecosystems, and economies thrive. The program includes CSI as well as the newly formed transdisciplinary Department of Coastal Studies and a Ph.D. program in Integrated Coastal Sciences. ECU ICP and CSI research and education initiatives span a variety of coastal topics from nearshore coastal estuaries to the offshore waters along the continental shelf.
2020 Open House visitors will have the opportunity to interact with:
- Coastal geoscientists who are researching the processes that drive coastal change, their effect on our communities and ways we can become more resilient in the face of increasing hazards that threaten our coast.
- Ecologists who are studying our estuarine systems, their inputs and how we can ensure healthy coastal ecosystems for the future.
- Oceanographers and coastal engineers who are exploring ways to harness the power of the Gulf Stream, waves and other renewable ocean energy sources, using new technologies to broaden North Carolina’s energy portfolio.
- Social scientists who are working with coastal residents, visitors and relevant social statistics to better understand the impacts coastal change has on communities while working to develop new and prosperous economies for the future.
- Maritime archaeologists who are researching and discovering new shipwrecks using advanced technologies while celebrating the maritime heritage of eastern North Carolina.
- Faculty and staff who are engaging the local community and the next generation of scientists and decision-makers in education programming that fosters student interest in the fields of technology, engineering, art, math and science.
For a fun-filled Leap Day afternoon, visit the ECU Outer Banks Campus and Coastal Studies Institute on Saturday, February 29, 2020, from 1- 4 pm for a free experience you won’t soon forget!