Water

  • Study: Climate Change Key in Cycle of Floods

    With six of seven of the highest rainfalls since 1898 occurring within the last 20 years, UNC researchers find that climate change may be stirring a feedback loop of flood-producing coastal storms.

  • New Tsunami Research Rides on Small Waves

    NOAA scientists studying meteotsunamis say learning more about these smaller tsunami-like waves that reach N.C. beaches generally unnoticed could help in forecasting storm surge and coastal flooding.

  • Study Eyes Tourism’s Effect On Groundwater

    Researchers studying groundwater quality on Bogue Banks, where there’s no central wastewater treatment plant, have shown correlations in nitrogen levels and seasonal population spikes.

  • Study: Expect Worsening Wastewater Woes

    Researchers say excessive rainfall, rising sea levels and other factors are compounding the problems that cause sewage spills, and towns may be overwhelmed trying to address more and more wastewater system failures.

  • Research: Hurricanes’ Effects on Estuaries

    Research by Hans Paerl and his colleagues at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences sheds new light on the effects increasingly frequent hurricanes could have on the Neuse River estuary and Pamlico Sound.

  • 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.

  • 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.