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Catalyzing Transformations

in a changing climate through community-engaged interdisciplinary efforts in
research and technological innovation, and education, training and workforce development

Our Vision

The Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative envisions a future where people, ecosystems, and economies are more resilient in the face of rapid social and environmental change. The CRSI seeks to leverage NC State’s interdisciplinary strengths to find actionable, innovative, and sustainable solutions necessary to inform the transformational choices we face in a changing climate.

Linking resilience with sustainability:

  • is the capacity of a socio-ecological system to handle disturbances and change by transforming to a more “just” and sustainable future state of environmental, social, and economic conditions.
  • recognizes the technological, ecological, biogeochemical, socio-economic, and cultural opportunities for mitigation and adaptation innovations.
  • increases quality of life for all beings by enabling continuity of ecosystem services for all present and future generations.

A Collaborative Interdisciplinary Team Approach

In keeping with the University’s Strategic Plan and charged by the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, this Initiative is deliberatively interdisciplinary. NC State has internationally recognized expertise in the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering and technology, and a long and vibrant history of sustained engagement with communities, businesses, and policy-makers. By building diverse teams that bring together different voices, perspectives, strengths and values, we can develop a clearer understanding of the forces that are reshaping our world and create solutions to address them.

Directory of Expertise and Interests

More than 225 NC State faculty members, representing all 10 Colleges, have expertise and interests in coastal resilience and sustainability.

Our searchable directory highlights these faculty members and their NC State College, areas of expertise, collaboration interests, relevant Initiative themes, publications and grants.

NC State faculty members may submit a request to be added to the directory. Faculty members already in the directory may also provide updated information.