Areas of Environmental Research
CEP Research Approaches
CEP Research Initiatives



The Carolina Environmental Program is engaged in multidisciplinary research, i.e., where groups of faculty, students and staff with diverse expertise work together to address complex multidisciplinary problems, with each researcher applying her or his special expertise to a specific component of the research issue.

ACE INC and the Caspian Sea Project are examples of CEP multidisciplinary research approaches.

Atlantic Coast Environmental Indicators Consortium (ACE INC)

The ACE INC group is developing and testing broadly applicable, integrative indicators of ecological condition, integrity and sustainability across four distinct and representative estuarine systems on the Atlantic Coast of the United States. This project focuses upon the nation’s two largest estuarine complexes, Chesapeake Bay (Maryland and Virginia) and Albemarle Sound (North Carolina). The project is funded by a United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) STAR Grant. The principal investigator is Kenan Professor Hans Paerl of the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City, North Carolina.

Caspian Sea Project

In December 1999, the Carolina Environmental Program and the Russian Academy of Sciences co-sponsored an environmental research workshop in Moscow. The workshop, made possible in part by the U.S. National Research Council, brought together scientists from the United States, Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to discuss growing pollution problems in the Caspian Sea and to develop a research agenda for cooperatively addressing them.
The resulting Caspian Sea Project research team is led by Principal Investigator David McNelis, deputy director and associate director of research programs for the Carolina Environmental Program. The project is funded, in part, by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The project will focus not only on pollution in the Caspian Sea, but also upon the economic, social and political areas impacting the area’s environment. Further information about the project is available in Environmental Security: an Evolving Concept, an article in the March 2001 issue of Environmental Science and Technology.

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