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.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Researchers Take MOCC Training for Boat Operations

Several researchers from ECU and UNC CSI fought fires, tied knots, trailered boats and fired flares in the process of becoming certified to operate boats for coastal science work.  C.J. Cornette, Luke Stevens, Keith Garmire and J.P. Walsh from ECU Geological Sciences and CSI's Coastal Processes program and Stephanie O'Daly from the CSI Estuarine Ecology program were trained by John Woods (ECU Geological Sciences) and Mike Baker (ECU Dive & Water Safety).  The intensive class involves online reading, hands-on activities, boating and exams.  After some rescue review at the Minges ECU pool, the instructors and trainees braved well-below freezing temperatures to practice skills.  Thankfully, the instructors were clear and informative, and the students were attentive and quick learners.  Boating activities will occur in March at CSI.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Bonjour Emeric!: French Student Visits the Lab

There is a new face (with a funny accent) walking around the halls of the UNC Coastal Studies Institute.   Emeric Bourineau is a French MS student from the Universit√© de La Rochelle.  He is here to work with the Coastal Processes program (i.e., the SSTORM Lab) for a few months.  Although he has recently analyzed all the tide gauge data from the NC coast, his research here is just getting started.  But he’s already enjoyed some American traditions, including the Superbowl, a barbecue dinner and craft beer at the OBX Brew Station.  At a recent gathering at Trio, we even got him taste some California wines, but not surprisingly, he preferred the Bordeaux vintages.  He looks forward to seeing and learning more of the NC coast and its people; please stop in to say “Salut!”

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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