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CoastalScience@Work E-Newsletter – issue #15 ARCHIVED

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

In This Issue:

Col. Alvin  A. TaylorSCDNR Director Re-Elected Board Chair
Col. Alvin A. Taylor, director of S.C. Department of Natural Resources, has been re-elected chair of S.C. Sea Grant Consortium's Board of Directors. Taylor began his second one-year term on January 1, 2016. "I am pleased to continue working with the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium by supporting research, education, and outreach to conserve coastal resources and enhance opportunity for the people of South Carolina," said Taylor.

Taylor serves as the chief administrator for the state's natural resources agency with a staff of over 900 located across South Carolina. He graduated from Clemson University in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in zoology. He completed training at the U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Training Center in Yorktown, VA, in 1976, and graduated from the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy in 1977.

"I look forward to working with Col. Taylor again this year in his role as board chairman," said Rick DeVoe, executive director of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium. "His leadership has been instrumental to the Consortium as we seek to further advance our programmatic efforts."

Flooding in Charleston, SCConsortium Wins Grant to Assess Health Risks of Vulnerable Water Infrastructure
The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium recently received a $270,606 NOAA grant to study public health risks when extreme floods, strong storm surge, or rising sea levels impact coastal drinking water and wastewater systems. Liz Fly, the Consortium's coastal climate extension specialist, will lead the two-year study in collaboration with researchers from University of South Carolina, East Carolina University, N.C. Sea Grant, and Saint Louis University. Charleston, S.C., and Morehead City, N.C., were chosen as the pilot study areas because they represent a cross section of the Southeast region.

The project team will gather data on water infrastructure and evaluate it under current conditions, higher sea levels, and a combination of storm surges and higher sea levels. The researchers then will use the data to generate maps of the most vulnerable areas and identify at-risk populations living and working near coastal waters. A simple, customizable tool--called a Susceptibility Index--will be developed for decision makers to assess the health risks of these populations under a range of weather and climate scenarios. In addition, a companion guidebook on how to use the Susceptibility Index tool also will be produced, so coastal communities in the Southeast will have the knowledge and tools to evaluate and respond to potential public health risks.

For more information about this project or other Consortium climate- and hazards-related programs, contact Liz Fly, coastal climate extension specialist, at (843) 953-2097.

Joey Holleman, WriterScience Writer/Public Information Coordinator Hired
Joey Holleman has joined the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium as its science writer and public information coordinator. Previously, he was a writer and editor for The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C.

Joey will be the primary writer and editor of Coastal Heritage, the Consortium's award-winning quarterly magazine. He also will write feature stories, web content, and other informational material about Consortium research, education, extension, and outreach programs. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina. Welcome Joey via email or at (843) 953-2090.

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Upcoming Event:  Southeastern Estuarine Research Society Spring Meeting
March 10-12, 2016 in Bluffton, S.C.

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Did You Know?
The NOAA National Sea Grant College Program is celebrating its 50-year anniversary in 2016.

Last updated: 5/19/2016 2:49:59 PM
CoastalScience@Work E-Newsletter – issue #15 ARCHIVED


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