Over the past nine months, the Public Engagement and Outreach team at the Coastal Studies Institute has been working to bring the experiences of CSI to the virtual realm. In addition to the virtual content produced in 2020, such as the Kitchen ScienceSummer Science on the Sound, and Meet the Scientist series on Youtube, CSI has now released a full-length, virtual, 360-degree tour of the ECU Outer Banks Campus.

The team worked with 360 cameras and computer programs to capture the essence of CSI through photo, video, and text to make the virtual tour as interactive as possible. Viewers are able to move outdoor spaces, research labs, classrooms, and more. While participating in the tour, users will also have easy access to links, extra pictures, and videos which will provide even more information about the spaces they are in.

The Public Engagement and Outreach team is excited to continue to offer opportunities, such as this virtual tour, to the public in order to accommodate the new norms of life. Additional resources and information on upcoming events can be found via the CSI website and on CSI social media platforms.

See the tour below now,  or for future viewing, find it listed in the upper right menu of the CSI website.

Welcome to the CSI Virtual Tour!

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.


Based at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program (NCROEP) advances inter-disciplinary marine energy solutions across UNC System partner colleges of engineering at NC State University, UNC Charlotte, and NC A&T 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 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.


Tour the ECU Outer Banks Campus and learn about the research, education, and engagement projects of CSI and ECU Integrated Coastal Programs through our 360 virtual tour.


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.