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Coastal Climate and Resilience Program

Coastal South Carolina residents face a variety of weather- and climate-related hazards, including hurricanes, storm surge, beach erosion, and coastal flooding.

The Coastal Climate and Resilience specialists at the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium work to increase community resilience in the face of natural hazards, as well as develop, evaluate, and provide information on the impact of climate change on Coastal Carolina.

Partners include the Charleston Resilience Network, College of Charleston Lowcountry Hazards Center, and the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA) Program, a NOAA supported program housed at the University of South Carolina.

Contact

Landon Knapp
Coastal Resilience Specialist
(843) 953-2091
landon.knapp@scseagrant.org

Katie Finegan, PE
Coastal Processes Program Specialist
(843) 349-5017
katie.finegan@scseagrant.org

​South Carolina Resilience Planning

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium is working to compile a comprehensive survey of resilience planning efforts across South Carolina, including state agencies, counties, municipalities, non-governmental organizations, colleges and universities, and private companies.

Recent Projects in Coastal Climate and Resilience

Beaufort.

Beaufort County Adapts: Sea Level Impacts Beneath Our Feet

Beaufort County, with partners at the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, University of South Carolina, College of Charleston and S.C. Department of Natural Resources are engaging communities to monitor and characterize groundwater height and salinity to better understand the complex nature of how man-made infrastructure and social systems related to community function are impacted by changes brought about by sea level rise. The results will inform the development of impact timelines based on climate and sea level rise projections, giving decision-makers and residents a deep understanding of when changes to infrastructure and behavior are needed.

More about Beaufort County Adapts >

A solar powered water sensor affixed to a dock.

South Carolina’s New Water Level Monitoring Initiative

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, in partnership with the College of Charleston, American Shore and Beach Preservation Association, and the S.C. Beach Advocates is supporting water level monitoring initiative that has resulted in seven new water level gauges installed along the state’s coast, as well as seven gauges in North Carolina.

More about water level monitoring >

A group of people set up a monitoring station.

Kiawah Island Groundwater Monitoring and Marsh Vulnerability Studies

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, in partnership with the Kiawah Conservancy, Town of Kiawah Island, and the Lowcountry Hazards Center at the College of Charleston, is conducting two projects on Kiawah Island: one focused on monitoring the island’s groundwater table and another focused on studying the vulnerability of the island’s marsh habitat.

More about the Kiawah Island Studies >

Houses on Edisto Beach.

Town of Edisto Beach Flooding and Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium (SCSGC), Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA), and College of Charleston’s Lowcountry Hazards Center (LCHC) assessed Edisto Beach’s vulnerability to flooding and sea level rise using a variety of methods. SCSGC and LCHC developed a high-resolution flood model to assess vulnerability to properties and roads. SCSGC and CISA conducted workshops with town staff and residents to describe current challenges and experiences with flooding, and to identify concerns for the future.

More about the Assessment >

Water pipe infrastructure.

Susceptibility of Public Health Impacts from Flooded Water, Wastewater, and Public Health Infrastructure

This project assessed vulnerability to extreme events and rising sea levels by identifying the populations most susceptible to public health risks from infrastructure failure due to flooding. With input from municipal managers, health system managers, water utility specialists, health care experts, state agency managers, and others, the project developed an assessment tool to allow other communities to conduct similar assessments.

More about the Wastewater Infrastructure Assessment >

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