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.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Learning the Rules and Regs

Drones, a.k.a. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs, using FAA speak) are a relatively new tool for many applications, including environmental mapping and change analysis.  Scientists at UNC CSI and ECU will be using them into the future for research and education.

Today, we learned federal and state regulations and demonstrated our aircraft capability. 

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Estuarine Observing

The CSI Coastal Processes team is hard at work in the middle of Albemarle Sound. In collaboration with the Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility, we have re-established the Albemarle Sound Site...an observing site the monitors meteorological data and waves along one of the most treacherous sections of the intercostal waterway. We should have data streaming real-time very soon!!


D. Reide Corbett

East Carolina University

Department of Geological Sciences, Professor

Institute for Coastal Science & Policy, Senior Scientist

Greenville, NC  27858





UNC Coastal Studies Institute

Coastal Processes, Program Head

Wanchese NC 27981





Tuesday, May 31, 2016

CSI Boat Basin Survey

Our group had a bit of fieldwork to do last week on the water. First, we had to go to our Albemarle Sound Site, an autonomous observing system that is having some cellular connection issues (that we are still working on). Once we returned, we decided to outfit the "Sound Rover" with the RTK and single beam echo sounder and survey the CSI boat basin. The basin has been shoaling over the last few years, so CSI had a maintenance "dredge" operation recently. Our group wanted to provide CSI with some baseline information post dredging...that way we can get a better handle on how the basin changes with time AND, more importantly, what the depth is for the research vessels coming in and out of campus! Although the Sound Rover can travel upwards of 50 mph, we tooled around at about 3 mph throughout the boat basin to get this high-resolution bathymetric survey! My back sore the next day from just sitting on the SeaDoo for 3 hours...hard job, but someone has to do it!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Studying Abroad in Ireland

Getting a great chance to see and study the impressive geology and coast of Ireland.  Our group is traveling with another friendly crew of students from UNC Pembroke.  The weather has been good and highlights this far include a lecture at Trinity College in Dublin, hiking the Wicklow Mountains, studying coastal sedimentary processes and understanding Atlantic Ocean history and its predecessor, Iapetus.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Land Ho!

We've arrived to Norfolk...in some lovely weather on a quiet Easter Sunday morning.   It's been a great research cruise,  but all are excited to be back in port to get reunited with family and friends...and cell coverage and high-speed Internet.
Despite some days of inclement weather,  we accomplished all of our objectives and have had some fun along the way. 
We all are very appreciative of the fabulous Captain  and crew,  and based on our experiences,  we know the ship is ready for many years of exciting research on oceans around the world.

Cape Henry Lighthouse.

Arriving to the dock at the Nauticus Museum, Norfolk VA.

Chesapeak Bay Bridge Tunnel

Norfolk Harbor under overcast skies on Easter.