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About the Atlantic Coastal Environmental Sciences Division

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What We Do
Main Office Location


What We Do

The Atlantic Coastal Environmental Sciences Division (ACESD):

  • Conducts coastal watershed, freshwater, estuarine, and coastal ecological research;
  • Develops theories, methods, models, and data to better understand the cumulative effects of stressors and extreme weather events on the coastal waters and watersheds of the Atlantic seaboard;
  • Helps develop methods to measure the ecological effects of nutrients and other pollutants and to determine the effects of biogeochemical processes on stressors;
  • Uses social-ecological systems approaches to restore and enhance the resilience of the coastal environment and to characterize the tradeoffs inherent to decision making;
  • Conducts place-based research to resolve key problems identified by stakeholders and which are transferable to other parts of the nation; and
  • Provides research support to states and communities on issues related to the protection and restoration of coastal watersheds and marine ecosystems.

Relevant Research



Wayne Munns, Director



  • Ecosystem Management and Restoration Branch
  • Monitoring and Assessment Branch
  • Ecological Effects Branch
  • Watershed and Estuarine Diagnostics Branch

Main Office Location

US EPA Office of Research and Development
Atlantic Coastal Environmental Sciences Division
27 Tarzwell Drive
Narragansett, RI 02882