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Coastal & Marine Science

North Carolina has hundreds of miles of ocean beaches, thousands of miles of estuarine coastline, and millions of acres of sounds, creeks, and marshes. As such, coastal and marine-related activities are important to the State’s economy, both in traditional sectors (e.g. tourism, fisheries, hazard resilience, and marine heritage), and in emerging areas (e.g. ocean energy and marine biotechnology).

UNC System researchers are leaders in areas such as marine biotechnology, wind energy, coastal sustainability, marine aquaculture, climate change and marine ecosystem health, and it is incumbent on UNC to be at the forefront of understanding our coast.


Rapid detection of pathogens in marine water and seafood

  • Revolutionizing and Commercializing Rapid Molecular Diagnostics for Viral and Bacterial Pathogen Quantification in Marine Waters and Seafood
  • $684,805
  • July 2014 - June 2017
  • Led by Rachel Noble, PhD, Professor of Marine Sciences, UNC Institute of Marine Sciences
  • UNC Institute of Marine Sciences
  • UNC Charlotte

Harvesting energy from mixing fresh and salt water

  • Salinity Gradient Energy: An Inexhaustible Clean Energy Resource for North Carolina
  • $997,966
  • July 2015 - June 2018
  • Douglas F. Call, PhD, Assistant Professor of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, NC State University
  • Orlando Coronell, PhD, Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, UNC-CH
  • UNC-Chapel Hill
  • North Carolina State University
  • Coastal Studies Institute
  • East Carolina University