S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

The S.C. Sea Grant Extension Program

Scientists in coastal South Carolina are constantly answering important questions, but their findings may be hard to find, understand, and apply.

Our program specialists are trusted members of local communities who make science-based information, expertise, and education about coastal issues available to the public. They have specialized skills in a variety of areas.

How Our Program Specialists Help


Assisting communities in locating information.


Gathering complex scientific information and showing people how to use it to solve problems.


Building relationships with local communities and decision-makers.


Identifying and addressing local needs and issues.


Organizing and attending meetings, workshops, and conferences to provide and gather information.


Identifying research priorities for our coast based on community needs.

Lightning strikes over the ocean at Folly Beach.

Coastal Climate and Resilience

Working to reduce the loss of life and property in coastal communities from natural hazards such as wind, floods, storm surge, and beach erosion through planning.

Coastal Communities

Working with communities in land use planning, low impact development, regional infrastructure development, and nature-based tourism.

An aerial view of Beaufort, South Carolina showing houses with water in the background.
Wadmalaw Island marsh.

Coastal Environmental Quality

Helping communities enhance and conserve their environment through stormwater management, improving water quality, and preventing harmful algal blooms.

Coastal Economics

Tracking the economic benefits that the state’s coastal and ocean resources provide so that costs and benefits of land use and marine planning decisions are better understood.

A container ship unloads in a port.
Red snapper fish swimming.

Living Marine Resources

Addressing the socioeconomic, regulatory, research, and technology transfer issues facing commercial and recreational fisheries, and supporting economically and environmentally sustainable fisheries and fishing communities.