North Carolina Sea Grant

January 17, 2020 | Chloe Tenn


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North Carolina Sea Grant’s core research projects for 2020 to 2022 will apply innovative approaches to coastal issues. Research teams across the state are starting new studies on coastal resilience, climate change, flooding, shellfish and aquaculture, environmental literacy and more.

“Our core research examines real-world needs of our coastal communities and ecosystems,” says Susan White, executive director of North Carolina Sea Grant. “We are pleased to have so many multidisciplinary collaborations that address our program’s strategic focus areas.”

The new projects include lead researchers from five universities in the state: North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, East Carolina University, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and Carteret Community College.

Seven of the projects feature collaborations with researchers at other universities and partner organizations, such as NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, the National Weather Service, the United States Geological Survey, The Nature Conservancy, Arizona State University, Duke University, and the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve. Some projects also include student support and training opportunities.

The following new studies will run through early 2022:

Watch for updates on these projects via North Carolina Sea Grant’s Twitter and Facebook feeds, the Coastwatch Currents blog at, and Coastwatch magazine at

These projects receive funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through the National Sea Grant College Program, as well as state funding through the University of North Carolina System. Each project also includes matching funds from the respective university.

photo: Albemarle Sound, Jed Record/CC-BY-2.0


North Carolina Sea Grant: Your link to research and resources for a healthier coast


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