Coastal Ocean Institute: Research



The Coastal Ocean Institute centers its research around three major themes: natural and anthropogenic threats to the coastal environment, the dynamic land/sea margin, and new tools and technologies for coastal research.


Learn more about current and previous projects funded by the Coastal Ocean Institute.

Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory

The MVCO is a research observatory located at South Beach and in the ocean a mile off the south shore of Martha's Vineyard. It provides real time and archived coastal oceanographic and meteorological data for researchers, students and the general public.

Coastal Research Lab

The Coastal Research Laboratory (CRL) provides space and equipment for experimental work and for instrument development, construction, and testing.

Instrument Pool

COI maintains a "virtual" instrument pool of sampling and measuring instruments that are available for loan within pool membership.