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.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Rodanthe Emergency Ferry Channel Research

Our group continues to work on a variety of projects in NC. Below is a link to a very nice video put together by John McCord and Dave Sybert which talks about some ongoing research on dredge disposal options near Rodanthe. Our lab group is fortunate to work with a great team of folks from the UNC Coastal Studies Institute also including Michael Piehler and Nathan Richards, and indeed much of the science was possible through the hard efforts of students: C.J. Cornette, Nick Kelly, Ryan Gibbons, Ian Conery and others.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Cores in Columbia

All we wanted for Christmas...was some good looking cores from the NC coast.

Our team enjoyed working with our SC, GA and BOEM colleagues.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Wizard Training for Sonar Secrets at CSI

It is Halloween season, and there’s no better time to learn the spells and secrets of wizards. On October 3rd and 4th, curious scientists and students gathered at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute to become competent users of SonarWiz, a sophisticated and sneaky software for collecting and processing marine geophysical data. Under the cover of darkness (in order to see the projected graphics), the coven of computer apprentices manipulated and sometimes mutilated seafloor sounding data to attempt to reveal its secrets. Aspiring sonar sorcerers traveled from near and far to become acquainted with an assortment of weird and magical methods of data discovery, including amplitude adjustments, reflector digitization and 3D rendering. The training involved a mélange of geoscientists from federal (BOEM), state (SC & GA), private (GeoDynamics) and academic entities (ECU and CSI). In truth, SonarWiz is a powerful yet very user-friendly software sold by Chesapeake Technology (https://www.chesapeaketech.com/products/sonarwiz-sidescan/). The trainees were fortunate to have John Gann, its primary developer and a patient and persistent instructor, in Wanchese to guide the Earth explorers in their educational efforts. J.P. Walsh, a faculty member in the ECU Department of Geological Sciences and a Program Head of Coastal Processes at CSI, coordinated the training and is the lead PI for the federal grant that enabled the opportunity. Participants will be using the software over the next couple years to better understand offshore sand resources potentially available for beach nourishment. And yes, even wizards have to eat…the group enjoyed a nice sunset dinner at Pamlico Jack’s.

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