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2020-2022 Research Projects

Every two years, the Consortium asks researchers to submit proposals for the funding provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through the National Sea Grant College Program.

Each project undergoes a rigorous peer review. The selected projects support critical research goals for our state and region.

White egret wading.

Healthy Coastal Ecosystems

Research Vision: The ecological, social, and economic value of coastal and ocean ecosystem functions are documented and the resultant information and tools are delivered to state and local decision-makers, resource managers, and interested public.

Myrtle Beach development.

Sustainable Coastal Development and Economy

Research Vision: Decision-makers apply science-based information and tools to manage increased population growth and development resulting in sustainable communities, thriving economies, and healthy natural resources.

Lightning over Folly Beach.

Weather and Climate Resilience

Research Vision: Coastal communities, residents, and businesses understand the risks and vulnerabilities associated with chronic and episodic weather and climate events, and are prepared for and able to recover from and adapt to these hazards with minimal disruption to social, economic, and natural systems.

A school of crevalle jack fish under water.

Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture

Research Vision: Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in the coastal region are economically vibrant and are compatible with changing demographics, business development, regulatory environments, and long-term conservation of natural and cultural resources.

Educator holding blue crab.

Scientific Literacy and Workforce Development

Research Vision: A scientifically literate public, at both youth and adult levels, understands the value and vulnerability of coastal and marine resources, makes wise decisions regarding these resources, and supports the development of a well-trained and diverse workforce in coastal- and marine-related careers.