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)
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 nations 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 areas
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.