Coastal Engineering Research Program
The Coastal Engineering program at the Coastal Studies Institute is focused on investigating coastal processes that potentially have a significant effect on residents of Northeastern North Carolina. The barrier islands that make up the Outer Banks are both dynamic and complex systems which can be greatly affected by storm events and erosion. As our natural environment continues to change, new challenges arise for existing and future infrastructure along the economically important and developing coastline.
The coastal engineering program studies both human-induced and natural changes to coastal systems by investigating the complex interactions between land and ocean processes. Applied research on these important help policy and decision makers gain a clear understanding of what is happening to our dynamic coastal environment, and support their decision basis with meaningful engineering and science.
Research Focus: North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Research Program
Ocean waves, tides and currents offer significant potential for electrical power generation. The development of ocean energy technology is a critical step in the expansion of our nation’s energy portfolio. The Coastal Studies Institute, along with the Colleges of Engineering at North Carolina State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University, UNC Charlotte and East Carolina University are leading a research program designed to bring together the coastal, electrical and industrial engineering needed for the research and development of technologies to harness this form of energy and develop a strategy for future integration into the energy needs for the state of North Carolina. MORE INFORMATION
Whether you are a commercial fisherman or coastal scientist, the Gulf Stream is an expansive and versatile natural resource known to generations of Outer Banks residents and visitors for its historical, ecological, or economic significance. Within the last decade, the Gulf Stream has specifically caught the attention of ocean scientists and engineers from public and …Read More
Twenty Graduate and Undergraduate Students Compete in Poster Competition at 8th Annual NC Renewable Ocean Energy Symposium at CSI
Last week at the Coastal Studies Institute, the eighth annual North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program (NCROEP) symposium brought a range of scientists, students, and marine hydrokinetic energy industry professionals together from across the state, and beyond. The headcount rang in at 97 total attendees—the best number yet for this annual academic event. The two-day …Read More
Written by Julia Bachman, First Flight High School Here at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), scientists, engineers and researchers endeavor to answer pressing coastal questions with unbiased scientific methodology. This research integrates the expertise of scientific leaders across disciplines, including natural and social sciences, engineering, and health. Ian Conery, a PhD candidate and research assistant …Read More
By Julia Bachman On April 6, 2019, from 9:00-2:00, the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), located on the ECU Outer Banks Campus in Wanchese, NC, is hosting the Fourth Annual North Carolina Renewable Energy Challenge. CSI has partnered with KidWind, Jennette’s Pier and Appalachian State University for the NC qualifying event before the national KidWind competition. …Read More
Research Experiences of a High School Intern: Analyzing Lab Samples From Shoreline Stabilization Sills at CSI
By Julia Bachman, Photojournalism Intern The Outer Banks experiences constant challenges from shoreline erosion every year. With the continuation of coastal development, change in sea level rise, climate change, and intense storms, the configuration of our coast will change. Estuarine erosion is an obstacle that will proceed to impact coastal environments. We, humans, establish infrastructure …Read More