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.