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Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies
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Division of Geology & Geophysics

The Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine & Wetland Studies scientists are mainly interested in understanding the geologic framework of the nearshore regions of South Carolina. Current efforts emphasize integration of geologic and geophysical data to investigate patterns of coastal erosion along the Grand Strand region at several spatial and temporal scales. Ongoing collaborative efforts with government agencies and other academic institutions strengthen CMWS's research capabilities, and provide Coastal students with opportunities for involvement in applied studies of immense value in shaping their future careers.

Project Title: Project Description:
Long Term Management Strategies for Sediment Control
Distinguishing "Nourished" from "Natural" Sediments Along the Grand Strand, SC: Implications to the Beach Erosion Research and Monitoring (BERM) Program The Grand Strand is a heavily developed area that supports local populations, infrastructure, and tourism industry. Beaches in the Grand Strand, however, are very susceptible to storms and hurricanes...
Sand Resource and Habitat Mapping of the Grand Strand (INTERMAR) The South Carolina Task Force on Offshore Resources and the Minerals Management Service was organized through the US Mineral Management Service (MMS) INTERMAR program in 1992 to compile existing...
South Carolina Coastal Erosion The South Carolina-Georgia Coastal Erosion Study is a collaborative effort between researchers from the USGS, Coastal Carolina University, University of South Carolina, College of Charleston, and the...
Acquisition of instrumentation for the sediment analysis laboratory at Coastal Carolina University This grant supports acquisition of equipment to establish a sedimentology lab at Coastal Carolina University (CCU). Equipment that will be acquired includes a laser diffraction particle size analyzer...
Grays Reef
Horry County Beach and Nearshore Area Monitoring As part of the Grand Strand Nourishment Project, Horry County is obligated to undertake an annual monitoring program for its beaches. The cooperative agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers for...
Iceberg Scours Researchers from the Center for Marine and Wetland Studies at Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Scripps Institution of Oceanography have discovered...
Duplin River and Doboy Sound Multibeam Bathymetry The primary objective of the mapping project was to provide data in support of better understanding the sediment and water exchange process between intertidal areas and tidal creeks of the Duplin...
Geochemical Characteristics of Submarine Groundwater Seeps on the South Carolina Continental Shelf The Submarine Groundwater Discharge group at the Burroughs and Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies (BCCMWS) has recently begun assessing the characteristics of submarine groundwater in Long...
MRI: Acquisition of Marine Geophysical Instrumentation Suite for Seafloor Mapping and Bottom Boundary Layer Analysis Information regarding the evolution of the marine environment can be gained through analysis of seafloor morphology and the physical process controlling sediment and hard bottom distribution. Funds...
Mapping Nearshore Bathymetry Along the Coast of Fire Island National Seashore This study is designed to provide first-of-its kind data on the nearshore bathymetry within two sites (Lighthouse and Watch Hill) along Fire Island National Seashore (FIIS), to begin to address the...
Hard-Bottom Habitats The focus of this study is the shoreface and inner shelf of the Grand Strand region, located offshore of northeastern South Carolina in Long Bay. The Grand Strand is centered on a 54 kilometer-...
Grand Strand Renourishment Project: Beach, Nearshore Reef and Borrow Site Monitoring The Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies has developed partnerships with local, state, and federal resource management agencies to conduct applied beach and nearshore research...
Regional Sediment Management (Winyah Bay/Charleston Harbor) The Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies (BCCMWS) at Coastal Carolina University (CCU) conducted hydrographic surveys for the major tidal inlet features of Charleston Harbor...
Bathymetric Mapping of the Waccamaw River, Horry County, South Carolina The Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies conducted bathymetric mapping of the Waccamaw River (Oct. – Dec. 2010) from Enterprise Landing to Red Bluff Road in Horry County...
Spatial and Temporal Variability in Rate of Mean High Water Rise Along the South Carolina Coast Curing the Past 6,000 Years
Water Quality Dynamics in Long Bay, SC The nearshore region of Long Bay has been the site of a growing number of hypoxic events (dissolved oxygen [DO] <2 mg/L) primarily during summer months. Although anecdotal evidence...
Mississippi River Sedimentation The Mississippi River is experiencing a historic flood of major geological significance. The flooding provides an excellent chance to document sedimentation associated with the event and contrast it...
Submarine Groundwater Discharge to Long Bay, SC: Preliminary Assessment of Land Use Impact, Geological Controls and Nutrient Loads
Water Level and Salinity Variability Drivers in Singleton Swash, Horry County, South Carolina
MRI-R2: Acquisition of a Small Computing Cluster for Geophysical Research This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5). This award supports acquisition of a 24-node computing cluster system. The system will be housed in...
Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER Supplement 2011
Collaborative Research: Development of a Submersible, Autonomous Rn-222 Survey System Intellectual Merit: Submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) is quickly gaining recognition as an important delivery mechanism of new and recycled nutrients to the coastal ocean. Chemical tracers such...
Determining the Role of Estuarine 'Swashes' on Water Quality Impairment Along the Grand Strand of South Carolina: Impacts of Land Use and Stormwater
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