Sea Grant Focus Area: Sustainable Coastal Development
This focus area supports research and outreach that provide information and techniques that enhance waterfront-related economic activities. This includes engagement of coastal communities in planning processes that support the efforts of community leaders to identify and pursue sustainable economic development and recognition of the need to balance the multiple uses of these resources. Specific areas of interest to Delaware Sea Grant include:
- Research and outreach activities that provide local communities with information and techniques to enhance waterfront-related economic activities in a sustainable way (e.g., climate prosperity).
- Research and outreach activities that help coastal communities address issues related to natural resource planning from a multi-user perspective.
- Innovative research (science, engineering, policy) that quantifies and translates opportunities for coastal-ocean renewable energy technologies and promotes sustainable land-use practices.
- Partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies and others to enhance development of and support for best practices to foster sustainable economic development in coastal communities.
Details of the research projects funded by Delaware Sea Grant for the 2012-2014 period are listed below. For additional information, please also see our latest annual report.
Visit our research project archive to see previously funded projects.
Development of microalgae for bioremediation of flue gas coupled to production of renewable energy (R/SCD-2)
Investigators: Kathryn Coyne and Jennifer Stewart—University of Delaware Smokestack emissions contain contaminants that negatively impact human health and the environment....More
Jeremy Firestone, Willett Kempton, and John Madsen—University of Delaware
This project builds on earlier research on barriers to deploying large-scale...More
The economic impact of offshore wind farms on coastal tourism and beach use in the mid-Atlantic region (R/SCD-4)
Investigator: George Parsons—University of Delaware Rising energy prices and concerns over air quality from burning fossil fuels have led to increased interest in offshore wind...More