Our researchers study coastal ecosystems that are critical for aquatic organisms, plants, and human communities. This science contributes to decision-making related to protecting and restoring shorelines and aquatic habitats such as flood plains, marshes, and seagrasses.
Our team analyzes and uses technology in marine and coastal environments to conduct research related to environmental monitoring, characterization, biotoxins, and biotechnology. We are studying how to develop and apply marine energy. PNNL also uses remote sensing and autonomous vehicles, such as gliders, to monitor the ocean for potential threats.
Our researchers study microalgal biofuels and identify fast-growing algae strains. We examine how nutrient recycling can contribute to producing sustainable biofuels. We also investigate how seaweed can be used to generate biofuels and to accumulate critical minerals from seawater.
Our team supports national offshore wind deployment goals. We study and model the climate and dynamics of the shelf and coastal ocean, including surface waves, tides, and currents in the context of climate change, energy harvesting, and resilience. Our researchers lead efforts to understand potential environmental effects of offshore wind, develop technologies to autonomously measure wind/wildlife interactions, improve resource characterization, and develop platforms for stakeholder information sharing.