Research at the Center for Coastal Resources Management encompasses both basic and applied research, with the dual intentions of advancing scientific understanding of coastal resources as well as supporting management and policy decisions for private citizens, business, and all levels of government. Continuing work is conducted in tidal and non-tidal wetlands, estuarine and coastal shorelines, geographic and living resource inventories, and watershed management.
At CCRM, we use a cross-disciplinary, collaborative approach to address the research needs of coastal stakeholders from a local to international level. Fieldwork, computer modeling, geographic information systems (GIS), and statistical analyses are used in synchrony to identify and answer scientific and management questions, and to communicate those findings through a variety of our online tools and outreach materials.
As part of our formal mission to support informed decision-making on resource management issues, our current research focuses on these topics: