SCMSS Scientists Aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster

Monday, July 6, 2015

The School of Coastal and Marine Systems Science team is sailing with colleagues from NOAA on a collaborative research effort off the South Carolina coast.  Dr. Chris Taylor from NOAA's Beaufort Laboratory, National Ocean Service, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Sciences is Chief Scientist for the study and invited the CMSS team to include their geophysical capabilities to help test NOAA’s Thematic Habitat Mapper of potential hard bottom or essential fish habitat.  The Coastal team for the first half of the project include: Dr. Paul Gayes, Dr. Rich Viso, Dr. Jenna Hill, Shinobu Okano, Preston O’Brien-Gayes, Amanada Roach and Marylee King.  In addition to the regional geophysical framework of the central South Carolina continental shelf the team will also be collecting water samples for Clemson University colleagues studying microplastic distribution in the region.  Later in the cruise the collaborative team will conduct intensive habitat mapping offshore of the SC/NC border area, install one of the School’s met-ocean buoy at DNR’s Ron McManus Reef and wave and current meters near the Frying Pan Shoals Light tower for a different study in concert with Savannah River National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.