The Estuaries and Land Use Branch conducts interdisciplinary
research focused on identifying, quantifying and predicting the effects of chemical
and bacterial contamination associated with point and nonpoint source discharges
in marine and estuarine ecosystems.
Research findings are shared with the scientific community, coastal managers
and stakeholders to assist in decision-making that affects the coastal environment.
Programs and Research Capabilities
The ELU Branch is structured around three main programs:
- the Chemical Contaminants Research Program,
- the Environmental Microbiology Program, and
- the Toxicology Program.