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White egret wading.

Program Focus Area

Healthy Coastal Ecosystems

The natural features of coastal South Carolina are diverse and striking, and include significant shoreline, tidal bottom, salt marsh, and freshwater wetland habitats. The coastline is characterized by more than 165 lineal miles of beaches and dotted with more than 40 barrier and sea islands.

How the Consortium Supports Healthy Coastal Ecosystems

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium supports research and outreach to generate and deliver science-based information and programs in response to the needs of local communities and decision-makers in the following areas:

  • Natural ocean processes such as tides and erosion.
  • The health and restoration of coastal and ocean ecosystems.
  • Changes in climate and weather patterns, and their impact.
  • Best management of stormwater ponds and other infrastructure.
  • Determining the ecological, economic, and social value of natural resources.
  • Monitoring water quality and water pollution.
  • Measuring impact of human activity on the coast and coastal waterways.
  • Minimizing the introduction, spread, and negative impacts of coastal and oceanic invasive species.
  • The long-term conservation and sustainable use of the coast’s natural resources.

Current Research and Outreach Projects

Aerial view of estuary.

Estuarine Water Quality

Research Project: Development of models for phytoplankton-nutrient responses in support of numeric nutrient criteria for estuarine water quality. Read More >

Marsh grass close up.

Salt Marsh Productivity

Research Project: Quantifying responses of salt marsh productivity to environmental variability over various time scales. Read More >

Marsh in evening.

Coastal Monitoring Datasets

Research Project: Synthesis of long-term coastal monitoring datasets to identify and model relationships between land cover, coastal ecosystem change, and weather. Read More >

2018-2019 Impacts and Accomplishments

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium’s report of our successes in advancing healthy coastal ecosystems in coastal South Carolina.

Resources by Topic

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium’s published information and project results in areas related to healthy coastal ecosystems.