Given that the majority of the world’s population lives along the coast, sea level is rising, and hurricanes are expected to increase in intensity in the future, it has become more important than ever to understand mechanisms driving coastal change.

In the Coastal Environmental Change Lab (CECL; directed by Dr. Laura Moore) our research focuses on the large-scale evolution of coastal environments with an emphasis on understanding the impacts of climate change on barrier coastlines.  Using a combination of field and numerical techniques we investigate:

    • Barrier island response to rising sea level, changing storm frequency and anthropogenic reductions in overwash
    • Coastal foredune dynamics
    • The role of ecomorphodynamics (i.e., interactions between ecological and physical processes) in the evolution of barrier island-marsh-bay systems
    • The effects of changing wave climate on patterns of coastline change
    • Couplings between natural coastal processes and human alterations to the coastal system.
    • Arts-based approaches to climate change education


C-CoAST, a new Research Coordination Network led by Moore, receives funding from the National Science Foundation.

NOAA NCCOS features a recent paper by CECL Ph.D. student Michael Itzkin, Moore and colleagues.

CSDMS awards CECL Ph.D. student Ian Reeves the Syvitski Student Modeler Award.

Barrier Island Dynamics edited by Laura J. Moore and A. Brad Murray released January 2018.

Endeavors Magazine features Moore’s Cape Lookout/Bogue Banks research.