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Nuclear Medicine Injection Quality

Researcher: Robert Hayes, Nuclear Engineering Department, North Carolina State University

Project Report: Nuclear Medicine Injection Quality

Metals and Radionuclides Analyses in Soil Cores from Mooresville, North Carolina

Faculty Researchers: Zhen Wang, Heather Stapleton, Avner Vengosh, Duke University; Wenshuai Li, Patrick Powers, and Xiao-Ming Liu, University of North Carolina

Project Report: Metals and Radionuclides Analyses in Soil Cores from Mooresville, North Carolina

Characterization and Quantification of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Landfill Gas and Estimate of Emissions from U.S. Landfills

Faculty Lead: Morton Barlaz, NC State University Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technology for Conservation Research

Faculty Leads: Kuldeep S. Rawat, Jinchun Yuan, Elizabeth City State University

This project is in partnership with Audubon North Carolina.

Project Brief

Assessing the Potential of Using New Technology for Conversion of Organic Waste

Faculty Lead: Mahmoud Sharara, NC State University Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Project Brief

Landslide Mapping in Western North Carolina

Faculty Lead: Cheryl Waters-Tormey, Western Carolina, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources

Understanding Longleaf Pine Fire Frequency

Faculty Lead: Monica Rother, UNC-Wilmington Department of Environmental Studies

Controlling Hemlock Wooly Adelgid in Western North Carolina

Faculty Lead: James Costa, Western Carolina, Department of Biology

Project is in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Potential Impacts of Alternative Fuel Vehicles on Transportation Revenue in North Carolina

Faculty Leads: Heather Brutz and Allison Carr, NCSU Clean Technology Center

Project Update

Capturing the Benefits of Hog Waste to Energy Systems

Faculty Lead: Mark Little, UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan Institute

Statewide Management of Invasive Aquatic Species

Faculty Lead: Rob Richardson, NC State University Department of Crop and Soil Sciences

Project Update

Controlling Hemlock Wooly Adelgid in Western North Carolina

Faculty Lead: James Costa, Western Carolina, Department of Biology

Project is in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Balancing Water Supply and Financial Risk for Water Utilities in North Carolina

Faculty Lead: Greg Characklis, UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Increasing Energy Conversion Efficiency in Solar Panels

Faculty Lead: Mike Aitken, UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Project Update

Restoring Native Longleaf Pine Ecosystem

Faculty Lead: Paul Knapp, UNC-Greensboro Department of Geography, Environment and Sustainability

Project is in partnership with the North Carolina Zoo.

Understanding Longleaf Pine Fire Frequency

Faculty Lead: Monica Rother, UNC-Wilmington Department of Environmental Studies

Project is in partnership with the North Carolina Zoo.

Assisting Local Governments in Managing Public Health and Drinking Water Issues

Faculty Lead: Jill Moore, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government

Project Update

Landslide Mapping in Western North Carolina

Faculty Lead: Cheryl Waters-Tormey, Western Carolina, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources

Improving Stewardship of Private Groundwater Wells

Lead Researcher: Jackie MacDonald Gibson, UNC Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

This project is helping local health departments educate private groundwater well owners about monitoring their water quality.
Project Update

Long-Term Planning to Improve Resiliency and Environmental Service of NC’s Water and Wastewater Utilities

Lead Researcher: Carol Rosenfeld, UNC Environmental Finance Center

This project enhances drinking water utilities’ resiliency to changes that could impair their financial resources and ability to effectively provide services by evaluating the long-term planning methods of utilities.
Project Update

Are Floodplain Buyouts a Smart Investment for Local Governments?

Lead Researcher: David Salvesen, UNC Institute for the Environment

This project is estimating the financial impacts of buyouts on local governments and explore the factors that incentivize participation in buyout programs.

The Origin and Fate of Lead in North Carolina Surface Waters

Lead Researcher: Drew Coleman, UNC Department of Geological Sciences

This project is investigating the source of lead in surface waters of North Carolina with a focus on the major rivers of the state.
Project Update

The Economic Impact of Invasive Species on Native Hemlocks

Lead Researcher: John Whitehead, Appalachian State University

This project is evaluating the economic impact of the Hemlock Wooly Adegid on the recreation and tourism industry.
Project Update

Saltwater-based Energy Storage

Lead Researcher: Orlando Coronell, UNC Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

This project is addressing the development of osmotic ballasts to enable saltwater based energy storage.

Hurricane Matthew Disaster Recovery and Resilience Initiative

Researchers from the Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence and students across several North Carolina universities are leading efforts to respond to Hurricane Matthew and plan for future disasters.  The three primary objectives of this Initiative are:

  • Serving as point of contact for UNC system faculty, students and staff, drawing on these resources to help the state address a range of policy and technical issues as identified.
  • Engaging with communities to assist them with identifying local needs and helping them develop post-disaster recovery plans.
  • Coordinating activities with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Planning and Capacity Building team, which strives to assist communities collect data, assess needs and facilitate recovery planning.

More information about the work of this initiative can be found at this blog post from the research team.

Project Update

Assessing Wildfire Impacts and Mitigation in North Carolina

This project was led by UNC’s Center for Environmental Model and Policy Development.  Researchers in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service quantified the impact of fuel load changes in response to weather on wildfires and air quality through a case study of the extreme fall 2016 fire season.

Project Update

North Carolina Real-Time High Resolution Flood Mapping

The Renaissance Computing Institute utilized real-time flood mapping data and develop inland flood maps of North Carolina for use by first-responders, emergency management staff, and policy makers.
Project Update

Public Health Impacts of Hurricane Matthew

Researchers at the School of Public Health worked with local health departments to conduct a public health needs assessment post Hurricane Matthew to prioritize and target community-level interventions in affected communities.
Project Update