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Coastal Heritage Archive

Coastal Heritage is the quarterly publication of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, a science-based state agency supporting research, education, and outreach to conserve coastal resources and enhance economic opportunity for the people of South Carolina.

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Winter 2017

Trailblazers of the Reconstruction Era

Fall 2016

Communities Under Water: Lessons Learned from Extreme Floods

Summer 2016

S.C.’s Working Waterfronts: Fishing Villages Evolve

Spring 2016

Career Jump-Start: Cultivating the Future Workforce

Spring 2015

The Wonders of Discovery: Reviving Interest in Natural History

Fall 2014

Water Cities: Can We Climate-Proof the Coast?

Summer 2014

The Global Plastic Breakdown: How Microplastics Are Shredding Ocean Health

Spring 2014

On the Waterfront: Can Traditional Industries Survive Explosive Change?

Winter 2014

Carolina’s Gold Coast: The Culture of Rice and Slavery

Fall 2013

Red Lionfish: A “Super-Invader” for Supper?

Spring / Summer 2013

Climate Change and Extreme Weather

Winter 2013

Lowcountry Living Shorelines: Restoring Carolina’s Reefs

Fall 2012

Emancipation Day: The Freed People of Port Royal

Summer 2012

No Worries? The New Science of Risk and Choice

Spring 2012

Lowcountry’s Fishing Future: Are Locavores the Answer?

Winter 2012

Calm After the Storm? Disasters and Mental Health

Fall 2011

Urban Thinker with an Ecologist’s Eye: Jane Jacobs’ Legacy

Summer 2011

Water’s Edge: Managing Coastal Runoff

Spring 2011

Carolina Diarist: The Broken World of Mary Chesnut

Winter 2011

The Arts of Science: A Search for Visual Ecology

Summer/Fall 2010

Coastal Heritage: Celebrating 30 Years

Spring 2010

The Dynamic Coast: Living with Shoreline Change

Winter 2010

Offshore Wind: Testing the Waters

Fall 2009

The Lowcountry’s Jazz Age: Gift of Story and Song

Summer 2009

Sea-Level Rise: Adapting to a Changing Coast

Spring 2009

Disaster Resilience: 20 Years After Hugo

Winter 2009

Cold-Water Corals: Ancient Life in the Deep, Dark Sea

Fall 2008

Exploring Early Carolina’s Natural Riches

Summer 2008

Climate Change and Ocean Health

Spring 2008

Slowing Stormwater: Improving Water Quality by Imitating Nature

Winter 2008

Breaking the Chains: The End of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Our Changing Waterfronts

Fall 2007, Vol 22 #2 – An unprecedented demand for new homes along estuaries and tidal creeks is diminishing water access for commercial fisherman and recreational boaters alike.

Will Climate Change Devastate Coastal Property Insurance?

Summer 2007, Vol 22 #1 – Property insurers say that the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coastlines are increasingly becoming a more dangerous place for hurricanes – and that climate change is an important reason why.

Knocking Back Biological Invaders

Spring 2007, Vol 21 #4 – Global trade and travel are moving biological invaders around world, causing billions of dollars in damage and displacing native species.

Rising Tide: Will Climate Change Drown Coastal Wetlands?

Winter 2007, Vol 21 #3 – Rising sea level is forcing some salt marshes to migrate inland, exposing communities to more flooding. This process will almost certainly accelerate because of climate change.

Discovery Learning Comes of Age

Fall 2006, Vol 21 #2 – Many teachers are struggling with “discovery learning,” the strongest trend in science education. But help is on the way.

African Roots, Carolina Gold

Summer 2006, Vol 21 # 1 – The African contribution to the immensely lucrative South Carolina rice industry.

After the Storm

Spring 2006, Vol 20 # 4 – Why do so many coastal homeowners fail to purchase flood insurance?

Building Green: A New Path

Winter 2005, Vol 20 #3 – A new era of green design and construction has arrived on South Carolina campuses.

Keeping Watch: Technologies Track Forces of the Sea

Fall 2005, Vol 20 #2 – A revolution is coming to ocean science, allowing researchers to study the marine environment in a more detailed, timely fashion than ever before.

Old Cities, New Life

Summer 2005, Vol 20 #1 – Innovative developers and civic leaders are drawing residents back to older suburbs and formerly blighted areas.

Ancient Tools: Searching for the First Americans

Spring 2005, Vol 19 #4 – Small stone pieces excavated at the Topper site in Allendale County could be central to the story of Homo sapiens.

Gullah’s Radiant Light

Winter 2004, Vol 19 #3 – Gullah history is revealed in Lowcountry land held by families for generations.

The Coast’s Great Leap

Fall 2004, Vol 19 #2 – How fast is too fast? In a single generation, the South Carolina coast has been transformed.

Hanging in the Balance: America’s Fishing Industry

Summer 2004, Vol 19 #1 – American fishermen are battered by tough regulations intended to recover overfished stocks and by floods of cheap imported seafood.

Program Highlights 2000–2004

Spring 2004, Vol 18 #4 – This special double issue describes the major research, education, and outreach projects of S.C. Sea Grant.

A Line in the Sand: Nourishing South Carolina’s Beaches

Winter 2003, Vol 18 #3 – Many beach communities want to stop erosion in its tracks. How long can they hold back the sea’s advance?

Hothouse Planet

Summer 2003, Vol 18 #1 – Which wild creatures can adapt to accelerating climate change?

Nature or Nurture?

Spring 2003, Vol 17 #4 – What happens if we let wildlife go wild??

The Freeway City

Winter 2002-03, Vol 17 #3 – Is sprawl outsmarting “smart growth”?

Rise and Fall and Rise: South Carolina’s Maritime History

Fall 2002, Vol 17 #2 – South Carolina’s maritime history has been a roller coaster of success and failure.

Floyd Follies: What We’ve Learned

Summer 2002, Vol 17 #1 – A four-state evacuation from Hurricane Floyd caused massive traffic foul-ups. But South Carolina has since worked hard to improve evacuation planning.

Where Have All the Joiners Gone?

Spring 2002, Vol. 16 #4 – Advocacy organizations have taken over American political and civic life. Is it a good thing?

Triumph of the Weed

Winter 2001, Vol. 16 #3 – The biological invaders are coming! The Earth, conservationists say, could become increasingly dominated by hardy, prolific, adaptable exotic species such as the zebra mussel and the fire ant.

Coastal Growth Hits Home

Fall 2001, Vol. 16 #2 – Rural neighbors, developers, and conservationists wrangle over development and property rights.

Shrimp Aquaculture: Challenges and Potential

Summer 2001, Vol. 16 #1 – Booming global trade enables animal viruses to race around the world. Now aquatic farmers and researchers are finding new strategies to contain them.

The Bird Chase

Spring 2001, Vol. 15 #4 – During the twentieth century, many of South Carolina’s rice plantations were turned into hunting preserves, which later became a priceless necklace of wildlife along the coast.

The Salty Dogs

Winter 2000, Vol. 15 #3 – Would you notice if South Carolina’s commercial fishermen disappeared?

The Beauty of Sprawl

Fall 2000, Vol. 15 #2 – If new Urbanists got their way, sprawling suburbs would become an endangered species. But the public, so far, isn’t going along.

S.C. Sea Grant Consortium Five-Year Report

Summer 2000, Vol. 15 #1 – This special double issue describes the major research, education, and outreach projects of S.C. Sea Grant from 1994 to 1999.

Living Soul of Gullah

Spring 2000, Vol. 14 #4 – Created by Africa and Europe, by slavery and isolation, the Gullah culture is fading into the modern world.

Reviving Eden

Winter 1999-2000, Vol. 14 #3 – Are ecological restorers bringing back long-lost landscapes—or creating an artificial, costly “nature”?

Riches to Ruin: Pharaohs of the New World

Fall 1999, Vol. 14 #2 – Rice planters, who dominated the Lowcountry for almost two centuries, spawned the South Carolina coast’s distinctive culture and its most enduring conflicts.

Storm Front

Summer 1999, Vol. 14 #1 – Since hurricanes Hugo in 1989 and Andrew in 1992, government has taken steps to reduce loss of life and property during giant storms, but citizens should also accept more responsibility to learn about their vulnerability to hurricanes.

Nature’s Lessons: A Closer Look

Spring 1999, Vol. 13 #4 – Too many teachers, critics argue, promote a narrow ideology of doom and gloom about the planet’s future. But a growing number of schoolchildren are learning important lessons about complex issues such as global warming, educators say.

You Are Here: New Horizons for Geography

Winter 1998-99, Vol. 13 #3 – Government planners increasingly use new geographic tools to manage development, conserve natural resources, and protect lives and property during natural disasters.

Pfiesteria Hysteria: Just When You Thought It Was Safe

Fall 1998, Vol. 13 #2 – A famous new species of nuisance algae, Pfiesteria piscicida, is often described as a bizarre, freakish phenomenon, but it’s just one small part of an international problem.

Early Europeans in America: Hurricanes Steer the Course of History

Summer 1998, Vol. 13 #1 – From the Chesapeake Bay to the Carolinas to Florida, the dreams of explorers and colonialists were often capsized by giant storms, creating long-lasting impacts on our heritage.

New Visions for Growth: Investing in Open Spaces

Spring 1998, Vol. 12 #4 – Some South Carolina localities are considering innovative techniques to slow down suburban sprawl.

The ABC’s of Science Education

Winter 1997-98, Vol. 12 #3 – Educators and business leaders are initiating the first stages of ambitious reforms to change how young Americans learn math and science.

Armoring the Coast: Beachfront Battles Over Seawalls

Fall 1997, Vol. 12 #2 – How can South Carolina balance preservation of beaches against the rights of private landowners?

Hurricanes 101: Lessons on Saving Lives and Property

Summer 1997, Vol. 12 #1 – Someday we could receive a double whammy: a huge storm that kills thousands of Americans and destroys more property than hurricanes Hugo and Andrew combined.

Exotic Species: The Aliens Have Landed

Spring 1997, Vol. 11 #4 – Exotic species are ruining crops, forests and rangelands across North America, with a pricetag of millions of dollars a year.

Oyster Middens to Mosquito Fleet

November-December 1982