The Coastal and Marine Institute refers to the consortium of researchers, visiting scientists, students, and volunteers that work at the SDSU Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory (CMIL). CMIL was built in 2006 on a prime coastal site at the old Naval Training Center near the airport and San Diego Bay. CMIL was conveyed to SDSU by the City of San Diego for the purposes of functioning as a research facility for students and faculty. The mission of CMIL is to perform basic and applied coastal research and to share our knowledge of the marine environment with the community.
The Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory (CMIL) is a powerful tool for San Diego State University (SDSU) scientists who are researching environmental problems up and down the coast of southern California. CMIL offers interdisciplinary solutions to coastal zone problems in the San Diego region. The goals of CMIL are to perform research, to protect the coastal environment, and to educate scientists and students of San Diego.