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CSI staff members bring together UNC researchers from different disciplines and campuses with state and federal government personnel, water-dependent and coastal industry and the public. Together, they ask questions and develop reliable, unbiased answers to pressing coastal and ocean concerns. Then they work to bring this information into resource management and local and state decision-making processes.

Coastal resource managers and decision makers need access to sound science and CSI and our partners supply that need with timely and rigorous interdisciplinary research.

Whether it's surveying shipwrecks off the coast of Ocracoke or deploying real-time coastal monitoring buoys, CSI researchers and partners are working to improve the lives of people who live, work and visit the coast.

Four main programs of research were identified by both experts in the UNC system and members of the Dare County community as topics in need of attention. CSI currently has projects initiated on several of the topics, with plans to expand to include others in the coming months.
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UNC Coastal Studies Institute
UNC Coastal Studies Institute
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