Formed in 2003, the UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC-CSI) is an inter-university research institute located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It is the mission of the UNC Coastal Studies Institute to undertake research, offer educational opportunities, provide community outreach programs, and enhance communication among those concerned with the unique history, culture and environment of the maritime counties of North Carolina.
UNC-CSI�s research focuses on five main areas:
* Estuarine Ecology and Human Health
* Coastal Processes
* Coastal Sustainability
* Maritime History
* Coastal Engineering