Research Reports

Environment: Gulf Coast Restoration

Geosynthetics: Coastal Management Applications in the Gulf

July 21, 2012   |   Durham, NC   |   Shawn Stokes, Susan Wunderink, Marcy Lowe, and Gary Gereffi
Coastal management projects to restore the Gulf Coast nearly all use geosynthetics-polymer-based materials that can improve structure performance, reduce project time and cost, and lessen environmental impact. This study analyzes 84 firms linked to geosynthetics and coastal management, providing jobs in the five Gulf Coast states and 31 others.
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Restoring Gulf Oyster Reefs: Opportunities for Innovation

June 5, 2012   |   Durham, NC   |   Shawn Stokes, Susan Wunderink, Marcy Lowe, Gary Gereffi
Several natural and manmade stressors are destroying Gulf Coast oyster reefs, jeopardizing a resource that protects the shore, filters water, and increases marine fisheries production. Restoring oyster reefs will maintain these valuable ecosystem services, and support a network of 132 innovative small and medium sized businesses across 22 states.
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Restoring the Gulf Coast: New Markets for Established Firms

December 5, 2011   |   Durham, NC   |   Marcy Lowe, Shawn Stokes, Gary Gereffi
Natural and human activities have damaged the Gulf Coast, threatening a valuable ecosystem vital to several billion-dollar industries such as seafood and tourism. Restoring the Gulf Coast can protect these assets while creating much-needed U.S. jobs, by engaging at least 140 firms across nearly 400 locations.
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