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Special Research and Outreach Programs

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium supports a variety of focused initiatives.


Calling the Coast Home: Real Estate Professional Continuing Education Courses

This project developed four courses for Real Estate Professionals in coastal South Carolina that delivers scientific information on important coastal topics and issues relevant to coastal and ocean property ownership, maintenance, and use. Read More >

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National Infrastructure Protection Program Security and Resilience Challenge

This project developed the ChucktownFloods website, a tool to increase local flooding resilience by organizing the abundance of resources into an easily searchable public interface. Read More >

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Our Coastal Future Forum

Lack of communication between scientists, local decision-makers and the public causes misunderstandings and divisive opinions. Our Coastal Future Forum investigated new ways that communities can discuss important and sometimes sensitive topics. Read More >

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S.C. Stormwater Pond Research and Management Collaborative

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium convened the S.C. Stormwater Pond Research and Management Collaborative to further investigate and address the challenges associated with stormwater ponds in our coastal areas. Read More >


Community Science Salt Marsh Restoration and Monitoring Project

This project engages communities to support habitat resiliency and ecosystem services throughout the urbanized watershed in Charleston County, South Carolina. Volunteers participate in salt marsh restoration by creating oyster reefs and cultivating and transplanting smooth cordgrass (Sporobolus alterniflorus, formerly Spartina alterniflora). Read about the Salt Marsh Restoration and Monitoring Project >

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Susceptibility of Water Infrastructure

This project developed a method of assessing the resilience of public water systems to flooding as well as the access to health care facilities to improve the health outcomes of communities when faced with flooding issues. Read More >

The Charleston Resilience Network

CRN is a collaboration of public, private, and non-profit organizations seeking to foster a unified regional strategy and provide a forum to share science-based information, educate stakeholders, and enhance long-term planning decisions that result in resilience. Visit Website

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Working Waterfront Spotlight: McClellanville

Since 2017, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium has collaborated with the Town of McClellanville, its citizens, industry partners, watermen, and local nonprofit organizations to develop and implement a comprehensive master management plan and viable business model to protect and sustain the cultural and economic values of the town’s working waterfronts. About McClellanville Working Waterfronts >

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NOAA Regional Coastal Resilience Grant

This project was to create parcel-level flood maps to enhance the region’s response to current and future water hazards, to provide analysis to help multiple stakeholders move from resilience planning to implementation, and to create strategies and forums for sharing science-based information to educate stakeholders and enhance planning. Read More >

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Offshore Mapping and Analysis for Offshore Wind Energy Development

Officials from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Office of Renewable Energy Program provided funding to initiate a mapping and analysis program in the northern portion of the state’s coastal ocean. Read More >