Science

  • Coastal Barrier Resources Act Focus of Study

    A team of researchers from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill will study the effect the Coastal Barrier Resources Act has had on development along the coasts of North Carolina, Texas, Florida, Alabama and Delaware.

  • Rising Seas: NC Coast Faces Chronic Flooding

    A new report on sea level rise indicates that at least 20 North Carolina communities could be regularly inundated with sea water within 15 years but local experts feel some areas are already suffering the effects.

  • Reefs As Carbon Sinks? Location Matters

    Researchers at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences have found that oyster reefs may help in mitigating climate change, but near-shore reefs sequester carbon better than others.

  • Study: Predicting How Seawalls Affect Ecology

    A new study provides insight into how different types of shoreline hardening affect the ecology across a variety of coastal settings, giving scientists a model for better predicting the effects.

  • Summer Recipe: How to Make An Algal Bloom

    Not all algal blooms are considered harmful, but the right mix of warmth and nutrients can yield a funky blue-green slime that is potentially toxic to humans, their pets and marine life.

  • Surfing Scientists Develop Wave Forecast Tool

    A team of coastal scientists and a computer engineer have combined their passion for surfing with decades of research to offer an online tool that promises more accurate forecasting of wave conditions along the N.C. coast.

  • MAGIC Team Reveals Algae’s Hidden Powers

    Duke Marine Lab researchers with the Marine AlGae Industrialization Consortium are developing ways to create both liquid fuel and livestock feed from naturally oily, nutrient-rich algae.

  • Cape Becomes Laboratory for Climate Study

    Historic structures that are part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore are being used to test a developing strategy for dealing with the vulnerability of cultural resources to climate change.