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, 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





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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