Welcome to the web site for Sediment and Solute Transport on Rivers and Margins (SSTORM) Research Group! Reide Corbett and J.P. Walsh from East Carolina University and the UNC Coastal Studies Institute lead the team.
Check out our research in/on wetlands, estuaries, barrier islands, shelves and groundwater.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Marsh Research in Georgia


This week a crew of us headed south to Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. J.P. had to attend a meeting for the BOEM project focused on sand resources in NC, and this travel provided a great opportunity to get our new MS student, Luke Stevens, in the field to collect some marsh cores.  In the morning of our first day we met with Dr. Clark Alexander and his super tech Mike Robinson to go over possible coring locations.  They are great collaborators on the research and even let us borrow their RTK GPS system.

That afternoon, Reide and Luke went out on a SkIO vessel to visit some marshes in hard to reach areas of the Ogeechee River.  At 2 sites they collected 6 cores and some gps measurements of elevation. 

While they did field work, J.P. had a 3 hr meeting with folks from BOEM, SC and GA focused on project efforts, reporting and account management.  

After an enjoyable night out in Savannah, Reide, Luke and J.P., explored by car and found another site where we collected more RTK data 3 more cores.

Despite getting a flat on the drive home, the trip had few hiccups and was a big success in a short time.  Thanks again to Clark and Mike. This work will ultimately help our collaborative SALCC project led by Tom Allen and involving Jim Morris from USC.

We look forward to heading south again soon to visit our SC collaboratirs at Baruch Institute  and obtain some additional samples and days to congrats with GA and NC.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Successful Recovery

We recovered our deployed instruments on the Monday following the weekend storm. Both remained well secured to their frames.  The water temperature was much colder, probably in the low 50s our lower because of the cold wind from the storm.  Thankfully, it was a calm evening and the recovery went smoothly.  It was a nice evening, and the best news...We got data!

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Deployed Instruments to measure storm waves in Croatan Sound

A coastal storm was forecasted for the weekend, so we decided to deploy some wave-current instruments in advance of the approaching storm.  We have been working on a project for The Nature Conservancy to evaluate if oyster reefs created at Point Peter Road, a location of high erosion in Alligator, so this developing strong storm offered a nice opportunity to evaluate waves during a Nor'Easter. Two instruments were deployed; one behind a reef and the other nearby in an exposed setting.  This was also a nice opportunity to get our new MS students, C.J. Cornette and Luke Stevens, into the field.

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Wild boar, raccoons, snakes, bugs and lots of smelly mud

So why was J.P. in South Carolina and Georgia?...I am currently working with Tom Allen (ECU Geography) and colleagues from South Carolina (Jim Morris, James Edwards, USC, Baruch Institute) and Georgia (Clark Alexander, Mike Robinson, UGA, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography) on some marsh mapping research across the Southeast. The research is funded by the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative   (http://www.southatlanticlcc.org/page/about) and involves remote sensing and field work.  This trip was needed to meet with scientists and select training sites for satellite imagery (LANDSAT) classifications. Also, it allowed us to discuss more fully where and what field work would be needed to measure elevations with RTK GPS and map vegetation.  While there has been a lot of work mapping marshes locally, this project is important as it is focused on examining the entire multi state region. Ultimately, the goal is to be able to use this methodology to evaluate marsh habitat change over time.  Fortunately the weather during the field visits was incredible (for August), although it rained most of the trip home.

Of course, the work exposed us to wild boar, raccoons, snakes, bugs and lots of smelly mud, but it wasn't all bad. We had nice visits to Charleston and Savannah and got primo tours of the Baruch (SC) and Skidaway (GA) institutes.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Fun with the Summester

We have a great group of ten students visiting CSI feir the month and taking classes on coastal processes.  Here's the group on the field trip to the open Atlantic Ocean.