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    Marine Hydrokinetic Device Field Testing and Assessment

    Jennette’s Pier Renewable Ocean Energy Device Testing The UNC Coastal Studies Institute works closely with energy developers to assist in testing and monitoring their devices in real world ocean environments.  UNC CSI has developed two wave energy test centers at Jennette’s pier in Nags Head, a state owned pier managed by the by the NC Aquarium …Read More

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    From Hag’s Head to Nags Head: A Successful Coastal Study Abroad

    From the ancient stratigraphy of Hag’s Head (Cliffs of Moher, Ireland), the great halls of Trinity College Dublin, the waterfalls of the glacially carved Wicklow Mountains, the Titanic’s birthplace in Belfast, the fascinating volcanic columns of the Giant’s Causeway, and finally to UNC CSI and the wind-swept Jennette’s Pier here on the Outer Banks, a lucky group of …Read More

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    Learning the Rules and Regulations of UAS for Research and Education

    Drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), are a relatively new tool for many applications, including environmental mapping and change analysis.  Scientists at UNC CSI and ECU will be using them into the future for research and education. Faculty, staff and graduate students from the UNC Coastal Studies Institute attended training given by the …Read More

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    Sustainable Estuarine Shoreline Stabilization

    North Carolina has over 10,000 miles of estuarine shoreline or sheltered coast, which are distinct from ocean-facing beaches. Many NC estuarine shorelines are experiencing significant erosion, with average rates of over 20 feet per year in some areas. Estuarine shorelines in NC include some of the most biologically productive and ecologically valuable habitats in the …Read More

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    Groundwater – Seawater Interactions

    Groundwater – Seawater Interactions Groundwater is the largest store of freshwater in temperate latitudes and provides a vital resource for many coastal communities. The discharge and exchange of groundwater to the ocean is important for nutrient inputs and ocean productivity, and many factors affect its cycling, including precipitation, aquifer characteristics, extraction and coastal hydrodynamics. More …Read More

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