CoastalScience@Work: Update from S.C. Sea Grant Consortium
In This Issue:
Message from the Executive Director
On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, I wish you, your families, and your friends a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year. Please feel free to share CoastalScience@Work with colleagues who you think would be interested in coastal and ocean issues and our efforts. And if you have any suggestions for how we can improve our e-newsletter, please let me know. --Rick DeVoe, Executive Director
Knauss Fellowship Students Selected
Two College of Charleston graduate students were recently selected as Knauss executive fellows in the 2012 class of the prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. Nominated by the Consortium, the students were among 42 selected from a nationwide pool of over 100 candidates. Jennifer Bennett recently completed a M.S. in marine biology, and she will serve at the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Ocean Acidification Program. Anna Manyak also completed a M.S. in marine biology, and she will serve at the NOAA National Ocean Service Office of Response and Restoration. For more information about the Knauss fellowship, visit the Fellowship section of the Consortium's website.
Social Vulnerability Data Now Available
The Social Vulnerability Index (SOVI) measures the susceptibility of U.S. counties to environmental hazards, shows how counties differ in their capacity to respond, and indicates where resources might be best used to reduce vulnerability. SOVI was developed through a partnership with the University of South Carolina (USC) and support from the Consortium and NOAA Coastal Services Center. The method has been applied to Census 2000 block groups for all coastal states, providing a more detailed look at a community's social vulnerability. All SOVI data and methods were developed by the USC Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute. Visit the NOAA Digital Coast website to view the data.
Computer Model Tests Building codes
Consortium researchers WeiChiang Pang and Scott Schiff of Clemson University created a computer model to test whether stronger building codes have improved the structural integrity of housing in coastal S.C. Builders in coastal areas are now required to attach a home's roof sheathing to rafters with additional nails. The scientists created a model that simulates a Hugo-sized storm hitting northern Charleston County. The study shows that if another storm the size of Hugo hit the coast, there would be less roof failure and less debris because of the improved roofing practices.
Upcoming Event: Social Science for Coastal Decision-Making Forum, February 15-16, 2012, Charleston, S.C.
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Over the last 10 years, the Consortium has supported more than 425 graduate and undergraduate students in the coastal and ocean sciences throughout the state of South Carolina.