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Coastal Sustainability Institute

Northeastern University

Ocean Science & Technology | Ocean Policy & Sustainable Development


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Marine Science Center, 430 Nahant Rd
Nahant, MA USA

The Coastal Sustainability Institute focuses on creating cleaner, safer, smarter coastal communities. We are committed to uncovering new ways to adapt to and mitigate threats at the land-sea interface, including sea-level rise and storm surge, collapsing fisheries, and coastal pollution. Our multidisciplinary approach drives this mission. Our faculty members study critical ecosystems, working at the scientific, technological, societal, and policy levels to turn discoveries into solutions. They partner with colleagues across campus and around the world, including industry, nonprofits, and government agencies—examining not only important scientific questions, but also how the answers to those questions influence community perceptions and government policies related to protecting coastal resources. CSI’s collaborative research focuses on coastal communities that are particularly susceptible to threats such us rampant pollution, extreme weather, and loss of biodiversity. Our researchers take a multipronged approach to solve these and other coastal problems—utilizing environmental sensing, leveraging climate change science and modeling, and finding new ways to secure and sustain coastal resources. CSI’s home in Nahant, Massachusetts—located just 16 miles north of Boston—offers the opportunity to study coastal habitats firsthand. Our experts have access to shoreline, a research center with state-of-the-art labs and equipment, and an extensive repository of marine species for genomic studies.

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