The Center for Coastal Resources Management focuses on applied research (a methodology used to solve a specific, practical problem) in support of government agencies and nongovernmental organizations involved in resource management. Continuing work is conducted in tidal and non-tidal wetlands, estuarine and coastal shorelines, geographic and living resource inventories, and watershed management.

A combination of software, fieldwork, and cross-disciplinary expertise are used to support research efforts.  Extensive use of geographic information systems (GIS) and statistical software are used to generate, display, and analyze large spatial datasets, and provide the data for many of our online tools and outreach education.  Fieldwork using traditional sampling methods as well as imagery and structure-from-motion data from a drone supplies additional data.

The Center operates a continuing inventory of conditions along all 10,000 miles of Virginia's coastal zone shoreline. Data are collected using Global Positioning System (GPS) and remote sensing technologies. It is managed in a Geographic Information System (GIS) and supports a variety of applications by local, state, and federal agencies, as well as researchers, the business community, and private citizens.