Lake Observations by Citizen Scientists & Satellites (LOCSS)

With support from NASA, Dr. Tamlin Pavelsky, Associate Professor of Global Hydrology in the Department of Geology, is teaming up with the Center for Public Engagement with Science to gain a more accurate picture of water storage in lakes around the globe. We are enlisting citizen scientists to help collect lake height measurements on over 60 lakes in the United States, France and Bangladesh. These measurements, paired with satellite imagery of changes in lake area, are helping us learn how water storage varies regionally and illustrate how water moves through Earth’s systems.

NC PFAS Testing Network

The NC PFAS Testing (PFAST) Network is a statewide research collaboration focused on improving understanding of exposure to PFAS chemicals across North Carolina, including testing for current PFAS levels in water and air samples. The Network is led by Dr. Jason Surratt (UNC Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering) and comprised of researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State, Duke, UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Charlotte, ECU, and NC A&T.

Nutrient Management Study

The Center for Public Engagement with Science engaged key stakeholders and lay publics in the work of the Jordan Lake Nutrient Management Study, which was led by Dr. Mike Piehler (UNC Institute for the Environment). In the first year, the Center for Public Engagement with Science conducted focus groups and interviews with key stakeholders to understand their views on how to best manage nutrients in the lake. In later years, CPES facilitated a series of research symposia, science seminars, and science cafes to enable researchers to share their findings with over 300 stakeholders and lay audiences.

ERP_stream sampleWatershed Stewardship

The Center for Public Engagement with Science, along with its partners, has developed a statewide watershed stewardship network to foster collaboration, cross-training, partnerships and local watershed stewardship capacity in North Carolina.



Well Empowered

The Center for Public Engagement with Science is collaborating with the UNC Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (Dr. Rebecca Fry) and Virginia Tech Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Dr. Marc Edwards) to document and respond to private well contamination in environmental justice communities in North Carolina. Over four years, we have tested wells and reported findings to over 1,200 private well users.