Join us for the January 2024 installment of the “Science on the Sound” Lecture Series at the Coastal Studies Institute on the ECU Outer Banks Campus. This monthly, in-person lecture series brings perspectives from all over the state and highlights coastal topics in northeastern North Carolina. This month, Dr. Rosana Ferreira, Professor of Atmospheric Science in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment, and Director of the Integrated Coastal Sciences Ph.D. program at ECU will present “Navigating Climate Change: Science, Prediction and Extremes” on January 18, 2024, at 6:00 PM.

Climate affects every corner of our world, shaping the very fabric of civilization. Earth’s changing climate poses a critical challenge to the planet, so it is important (and fun) to look a bit at the nuts and bolts of climate science. In this presentation, we will explore fundamental concepts of climate science, look under the hood of the computer models used in climate prediction, and consider how climate change might affect extreme weather events, particularly hurricanes here in North Carolina.

The program is free to attend and the public is encouraged to attend. The program will also be live-streamed, as well as archived for later viewing, on the CSI YouTube Channel.

Dr. Rosanna Ferreira

Dr. Ferreira’s research integrates observations and numerical model simulations of the atmosphere to study the variability and dynamics of regional climate. She has applied these tools to the study of phenomena such as Amazon and African squall lines, tropical cyclone formation and environmental interactions, African easterly wave dynamics, tropical-extratropical interactions in the Americas, and cut-off lows that produce extreme precipitation in Spain. More recently Dr. Ferreira’s NSF-funded research led to the discovery of a monsoon-like signal in the precipitation in the southeast United States. She is currently working on a modeling study of how this monsoon-like precipitation signal may change in a future warmer climate.

Dr. Ferreira’s work appears in various peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Climate, International Journal of Climatology, Monthly Weather Review, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Geography Compass, Atmosphere, Investigaciones Geográficas, Journal of Geophysical Research, Meteorologische Z., and Meteorológica. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Air and Space Administration (NASA). In 2014, Dr. Ferreira was recognized for her teaching and research through East Carolina University’s Scholar-Teacher Award.

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.



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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 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.


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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.