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Croatan Sound Weather Station

The Coastal Studies Institute maintains a meteorological station located on a platform in the Croatan Sound just off the shores of the ECU Outer Banks Campus.  This meteorological station monitors wind spend, water and air temperature, atmospheric pressure, and water level.  Click on the widget to access historical data from the site.

Waverider Buoys

CSI has two waverider buoys deployed off the northern Outer Banks.  These buoys are operated in partnership with the Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP) at the Scripps Institution of OCeanography. Buoy 192 is located ~8 miles southeast of Oregon Inlet, while buoy, 243 is located 10 miles offshore of Nags Head, North Carolina.  both buoys monitor wave height speed and direction, as well as sea surface temperature.  Click on the buoys in the widget for more information.

Jennette’s Pier Webcam

CSI maintains a webcam at Jennette’s pier in partnership with the pier and Surfline.  Click on the stream to enlarge the image.

Led by East Carolina University (ECU), The Coastal Studies Institute is a multi-institutional research and educational partnership of the UNC System including North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington, and Elizabeth City State University.


ECU’s Integrated Coastal Programs (ECU ICP) is a leader in coastal and marine research, education, and engagement.   ECU ICP includes the Coastal Studies Institute, ECU’s Department of Coastal Studies, and ECU Diving and Water Safety.


The ECU Outer Banks campus is home to the Coastal Studies Institute.
Located on Roanoke Island along the banks of the second largest estuary
in the United States, this coastal campus spans 213 acres of marshes, scrub wetlands, forested wetlands, and estuarine ecosystems.




The faculty and staff at the Coastal Studies Institute come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, as well as departments and organizations including ECU Department of Biology, ECU Department of Coastal Studies, NC Sea Grant, the North Carolina Renewable Energy Program, and the UNC Institute for the Environment.


The CSI Board of Directors consists of professionals with strong backgrounds in coastal issues including research, development, outreach, education, and policies that affect coastal communities. The Board promotes the UNC System’s mission in helping it serve the people of North Carolina at a high level of excellence in every area of endeavor at the Coastal Studies Institute. The Board meets twice a year to discuss the projects and progress of CSI.


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The Coastal Studies Institute
850 NC 345
Wanchese, NC 27981



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