About Adam Gold

Adam Gold

Manager, Climate Resilient Coasts and Watersheds, North Carolina and Virginia


Areas of expertise:

Hydrology, water quality, coastal resilience, stormwater management, and natural infrastructure


Adam is the Manager, Climate Resilient Coasts and Watersheds, North Carolina and Virginia. He works with teams in both states to develop flood resilience planning and policy through research project development and management.


Prior to joining EDF, Adam was a postdoctoral researcher at the UNC Institute for the Environment where he researched the impacts of recurrent “sunny day” flooding on coastal communities.

Adam is from the Raleigh, NC area and attended UNC Chapel Hill for his undergraduate and graduate degrees. His research during graduate school focused on the impacts of land use change on coastal water quality and hydrology in North Carolina.


  • Ph.D. in Ecology, UNC Chapel Hill
  • M.S. in Ecology, UNC Chapel Hill
  • B.S. in Environmental Sciences, UNC Chapel Hill


Gold, A., Anarde, K., Grimley, L., Neve, R., Srebnik, E. R., Thelen, T., et al. (2023). Data From the Drain: A Sensor Framework That Captures Multiple Drivers of Chronic Coastal Floods. Water Resources Research, 59(4), e2022WR032392.https://doi.org/10.1029/2022WR032392

Gold, A.C., Brown, C.M., Thompson, S.P., & Piehler, M.F. 2021. Inundation of Stormwater Infrastructure is Common and Increases Risk of Flooding in Coastal Urban Areas along the US Atlantic Coast. Earth’s Future, https://doi.org/10.1029/2021EF002139

Gold, A.C., Thompson, S.P., & Piehler, M.F. 2021. Seasonal Variation in Nitrate Removal Mechanisms in Coastal Stormwater Ponds. Water Resources Research, 57(10). https://doi.org/10.1029/2021WR029718

Gold, A.C., Thompson, S.P., Magel, C.L., Piehler, M.F. 2020. Urbanization alters coastal plain stream carbon export and dissolved oxygen dynamics. Sci. Total Environ. 747, 141132. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.141132

Gold, A.C., Thompson, S.P., & Piehler, M.F. 2019. The effects of urbanization and retention‐based stormwater management on coastal plain stream nutrient export. Water Resources Research, https://doi.org/10.1029/2019WR024769

Gold, A.C., Thompson, S.P. & Piehler, M.F. 2019. Nitrogen cycling processes within stormwater control measures: A review and call for research. Water Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2018.10.03636

Cunningham, P., Piehler, M.F., Gold, A.C., Thompson, S.P., & Brush, M.J. 2017. Quantification of Nutrient and Suspended Solids Loading from Watersheds at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC.University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences. https://apps.dtic.mil/sti/citations/AD1057728

Gold, A.C., Thompson, S.P., Piehler, M.F. 2017. Coastal stormwater wet pond sediment nitrogen dynamics. Sci. Total Environ. 609, 672–681. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.07.213

Gold, A.C., Thompson, S.P., Piehler, M.F. 2017. Water quality before and after watershed-scale implementation of stormwater wet ponds in the coastal plain. Ecol. Eng. 105, 240–251. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2017.05.003

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