Oceanography professor Art Trembanis displays a map of the seafloor

Research

Our researchers tackle complex environmental challenges by applying the latest technology to ocean, earth, and atmospheric topics. Marking a new age of environmental research, our scientists and policy specialists are using innovative tools like high-tech satellite images, environmental sensors and complex computer models to help enhance climate predictions, identify and mitigate pollution, improve resource management and more.

Climate Dynamics

satellite image of Hurricane Sandy offshore of Delmarva

From atmospheric modeling to the impacts of climate change on marine organisms, CEOE has a strong and interdisciplinary group of climate scientists investigating every aspect of the climate, ways it is changing, and the effects.

School of Marine Science and Policy
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
School of Marine Science and Policy
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
School of Marine Science and Policy
School of Marine Science and Policy
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
School of Marine Science and Policy
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
Delaware Geological Survey

 

Coastal Ecosystems and Fisheries

Faculty investigate all aspects of coastal ecosystems, from water quality to organisms. Researchers study physical processes affecting coastal environments, chemical factors influencing those areas, and the implications for human activity. Marine policy faculty study fisheries regulations and their impacts.

School of Marine Science and Policy
School of Marine Science and Policy
School of Marine Science and Policy
School of Marine Science and Policy
School of Marine Science and Policy
School of Marine Science and Policy
School of Marine Science and Policy
School of Marine Science and Policy
School of Marine Science and Policy
Department of Earth Sciences
School of Marine Science and Policy
Department of Earth Sciences
School of Marine Science and Policy
Department of Earth Sciences
School of Marine Science and Policy
School of Marine Science and Policy
School of Marine Science and Policy
Delaware Geological Survey
Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service
Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service
Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service
Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service
Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service
Students trawling from stern of R/V Joanne Daiber

Energy and Water Security

Wind turbines off Block Island

CEOE is at the forefront of technical and social science research in several current and future energy paradigms, particularly offshore wind. Other faculty study novel methods for electricity storage and grid balancing, the many complicated issues arising around our need for rare earth minerals, and the sustainability of both groundwater and surfacewater, for human and ecological use.

Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
School of Marine Science and Policy
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
School of Marine Science and Policy
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
School of Marine Science and Policy
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Department of Earth Sciences
Department of Earth Sciences
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service
Delaware Geological Survey

Environmental Biogeochemistry

In all three academic units of the college, geochemistry and biogeochemistry are strengths of our faculty, including the various ways in which it intersects with ecosystems and human society. Applied and basic research, in the field and in the lab, are equally represented by our faculty’s work.

Department of Earth Sciences
Department of Earth Sciences
School of Marine Science and Policy
School of Marine Science and Policy
School of Marine Science and Policy
Department of Earth Sciences
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
School of Marine Science and Policy
Department of Earth Sciences
School of Marine Science and Policy
Department of Earth Sciences
School of Marine Science and Policy
Department of Earth Sciences
School of Marine Science and Policy
School of Marine Science and Policy
Delaware Geological Survey
Delaware Geological Survey
Delaware Geological Survey
Student in the lab

Environmental Robotics and Sensors

Student working on instrumentation

In addition to using cutting-edge robotics and other technology to investigate questions of earth, ocean and atmospheric science, CEOE faculty are creating the scientific instrumentation of the future, along with the rigorous protocols required to use them in accurate and reproducible research. The strong background and partnerships with engineering in many faculty members’ backgrounds play a key role in this area.

Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
School of Marine Science and Policy
School of Marine Science and Policy
School of Marine Science and Policy
School of Marine Science and Policy
School of Marine Science and Policy
Delaware Geological Survey
Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis

Human Dimensions of Climate Change

As climate changes, the lives of everyone on the planet will change in various ways. Along the coast in places like Delaware, our interaction with our watery environment will intensify. Storms, flooding, food production and more will change. CEOE faculty and staff use techniques of political ecology, remote sensing, modeling, policy analysis, community engagement and more to help predict and adapt.

Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
School of Marine Science and Policy
School of Marine Science and Policy
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
School of Marine Science and Policy
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
School of Marine Science and Policy
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
School of Marine Science and Policy
Delaware Geological Survey
Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service
Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service
Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service
Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service
Pick-up truck driving through flooded road

Polar Science and Cryosphere

Professor Dana Veron on meteorological equipment tower in Antarctica

CEOE faculty in all academic disciplines research topics in both the Arctic and the Antarctic, investigating the biology, climate, ecology, oceanography, soils and other physical aspects of the environment. High-latitude science is a hallmark and unifying concern of the college.

School of Marine Science and Policy
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
School of Marine Science and Policy
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
School of Marine Science and Policy
School of Marine Science and Policy
School of Marine Science and Policy
School of Marine Science and Policy
Department of Earth Sciences
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis

Remote Sensing and Big Data

Together with the university’s Data Science Institute in which many CEOE faculty serve, research in the college collects and harnesses big data sets of environmental conditions, some gathered through remote sensing and some through field instrumentation. Using Geographic Information System and other computational solutions, CEOE faculty investigate everything from public health to ocean currents.

Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
School of Marine Science and Policy
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
School of Marine Science and Policy
School of Marine Science and Policy
Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
Delaware Geological Survey
Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
Delaware Geological Survey
Professor Pinki Mondal reviewing remote sensing image on computer screen