It is hard to know an appropriate introduction to our newsletter this season. The amount of change we have all experienced since our last publication in January is incredible…what a difference a few months can make!
First, I would like to state clearly our continued commitment to equity, diversity and access! As we continue to grow our coastal enterprise, Integrated Coastal Programs will follow the guiding words of ECU’s Associate Provost for Equity and Diversity, LaKesha Forbes, and work across our campuses and partner institutions to be a “facilitative force for positive, sustainable change - in our classrooms and workplaces, and in the region we serve.” It is critical that we continue to be a leader for change and help drive progress in the right direction. Together we will make a positive difference in our community, region, and State!
Like what most of you experienced, this Spring brought more than just rain, flowers and warmer weather…yes, I am referring to changes associate with COVID-19. I do not want to downplay this pandemic by any account…it has impacted our community and our nation on so many levels. I am thankful for ECU’s strong leadership as they have navigated many challenges these past many weeks and as they continue to prepare for the months to come!
You may recall that this spring semester marked the first ECU undergraduates to spend what was to be the entire spring semester on the Outer Banks Campus with a full load of coastal-focused experiential courses. The semester got off to a great start but was unfortunately cut short. However, the students still had an incredible coastal-focused semester and we are already preparing for next spring! You can learn more about the Semester Experience at the Coast in the Spring 2020 edition of East Magazine and in this newsletter. Rather than have me give you all the details and highlights…take a few minutes to learn more about what the students and faculty had to say about this unique opportunity.
Another great milestone for ICP was filling the CSI Research/Administration building full of new faculty and students. Over the last twelve months we really grew the enterprise! We have grown the number of faculty, staff, and students “permanently” located at the Outer Banks Campus. CSI is busy…stop by and see all the activity…well, wait until we have a more open campus, but then come by for sure because you might be amazed at the buzz! We are excited about the 5 new tenure-track and 3 fixed-term faculty that are now all in-residence at CSI. These bright, young, energetic, interdisciplinary new faculty will elevate our research and education beyond anything we have done in the past! In order to provide some sense of the interdisciplinarity of our team, I put a Wordle together of recent (5 years) publications of all our ICP faculty. Note, the word that really sticks out…COASTAL! But after that, the top 100 words are quite diverse, from Management to Treatment, Climate to Communities, and Risk to Protection. This exercise with words truly shows the breadth of our scholars. Please take the time to reach out and learn more about what our faculty are doing or how you might collaborate.
Although the events occurring this spring presented us with some challenges, they did not slow our progress nor squelch our determination. We have a great team, and an organization willing to make changes necessary to continue our growth. This is not the first time ECU has faced adversity…we are Pirates and we will continue to weather this storm, working together to create our path forward!
I hope you and yours are doing well and staying healthy and safe. Enjoy our Spring Newsletter and I hope you will stay informed through our social media platforms.
Initially, the competition was composed of four stages:
CONCEPT - Describe how the proposed solution meets the goals of the program. Provide details of the functionality of the wave energy generation technology, desalination technology, and proposed integration methods. The winners of this stage were announced on November 14, 2019. Each received a $10,000 prize.
DESIGN - Submit a plan and provide detailed modeling of the system.
CREATE - Build a functional prototype or proof-of-concept of the system and develop a plan to build and deliver the technology for the DRINK Stage.
DRINK - Winners of the CREATE Stage will build and ship their systems to a designated test site to conduct testing for up to five days. Competitors will compete on efficiency, logistics, and system integration metrics.
The grand prize-winning submission will meet the following objectives:
• Flexibility in varied wave conditions
• Easily deployed
• Ship in a standard container
• Meet a defined water quality standard
• Operate without environmental degradation
Upon completion of the DRINKS stage, the competitor with the best overall score will be determined and will receive an award of $500,000.
Now that is something to raise a glass of safe, drinkable water to! Cheers!
Student Marco Agostini was a big fan of spending time on the beach. “Our first field trip was a day trip to Jennette's Pier, where each professor taught a different subject based on what they taught us in class. We got to do beach profiling, we got to actually see coastal processes and how they affect a beach, we did CTD casts to measure water density off the pier, and we learned about taking Terrestrial Laser Scanner images of the beach, as well as the fishing culture around the pier.”
Speaking with local government and community members and with non-governmental agencies involved in coastal adaptation, data was collected regarding:
• perceptions of vulnerabilities and coastal hazards
• plans to respond to coastal hazards
• implemented adaptation responses
• perceived effectiveness of adaptation responses
• sources of adaptation funding
• incentives and dis-incentives for adaptation.