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CoastalScience@Work E-Newsletter – Issue #6 ARCHIVED
 

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CoastalScience@Work: Update from S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

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student fellowshipsThe Consortium is pleased to announce the following graduate student fellowship opportunities:
 
The Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program provides graduate students who have an interest in ocean and Great Lakes resources the opportunity to work in the Legislative Branch, Executive Branch, or appropriate institutions located in the Washington, D.C. area. This one-year fellowship is funded by the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program. The application deadline is February 15, 2013.
 
The Coastal Management Fellowship program, sponsored by the NOAA Coastal Services Center (CSC), matches postgraduate students with state coastal resource agencies to work on coastal projects proposed by the state and selected by NOAA CSC. The application deadline is January 25, 2013.
 
The NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowship program is geared toward graduate students interested in researching fish population dynamics and marine resource economics. The application deadline is January 20, 2013.
 
The Kathryn D. Sullivan Earth and Marine Science Fellowship, a joint program of the Consortium and the S.C. Space Grant Consortium, enables one graduate student to conduct earth and marine science research relevant to NASA and NOAA Sea Grant. The application deadline is December 14, 2012.
 
More detailed information about these fellowships is available on the Consortium website or by contacting Susannah Sheldon, program manager, at (843) 953-2083.

Climate Grants securedClimate Adaptation Grants Secured
Three grants totaling over $190,000 were received by the Consortium to assist coastal communities with their climate change adaptation efforts. The grants were funded by the NOAA National Sea Grant Office and NOAA's Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications program.

In the first, Jessica Whitehead, the S.C./N.C. regional climate extension specialist, and April Turner, the Consortium's coastal community specialist, are working with partners from the Beaufort County Planning Department, the Social and Environmental Research Institute, and North Carolina Sea Grant to develop a plan to ensure that the county's zoning and future development will be more resilient to sea-level rise, more variable rainfall, and temperature extremes. A second initiative involves an investigation of the risks a changing climate may pose to Beaufort County's working waterfronts. And in a third effort, Consortium extension specialists will synthesize results of the working-waterfronts investigation and provide workshops to coastal communities that want to learn about the effects climate variability may have on currently thriving working waterfronts. Contact Jessica Whitehead at (843) 953-2090 or April Turner at (843) 953-2073 for more information. Visit the Coastal Climate webpage to learn more about Consortium climate programs.

beach sweep river sweep

24th Annual Cleanup a Success
Nearly 6,000 volunteers turned out statewide for the 24th annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep litter cleanup in September. Organized by the Consortium in partnership with the S.C.  Department of Natural Resources, the Sweep is the largest, volunteer-driven cleanup of South Carolina's beaches,  marshes, and waterways. The cleanup is supported primarily  by private donations; major sponsors were BP Cooper River Plant, Charleston City Marina and Boatyard, Charleston Water System, Coastal Expeditions, HDR Engineering, Inc., Lowcountry Cruises, Ocean Conservancy, The Duke Energy Foundation, and Walmart Market #34. The estimated value of volunteer time for this cleanup is $261,480, according to Independent Sector. Organizers expect data compilation to be complete by mid-December. Visit the Beach Sweep/River Sweep webpage for a list of cleanup locations, photos, and results from previous years.

Upcoming Event: Aquaculture and Restoration: A Partnership, December 12-15, 2012, Groton, CT

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Did You Know?
The Consortium was the first Sea Grant program to receive a grant from NOAA's National Sea Grant College Program and Climate Program Office to support regional coastal climate extension efforts.


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