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Short Citation:
Office for Coastal Management, 2023: Bringing Shorelines to Life in South Carolina - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative),

Item Identification

Title: Bringing Shorelines to Life in South Carolina - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative)
Status: Completed

In South Carolina, the Eastern oyster is an ecosystem “all-star.” It filters huge volumes of water, creates habitat for commercial and recreational fisheries, and is a local delicacy. Thriving oyster reefs serve as natural breakwaters protecting South Carolina’s fringing marshes from wave action and erosion. The loss of oyster reefs—whether caused by development, pollution, overharvest, disease, or sea level rise—accelerates coastal erosion and causes ecosystem health to decline. These impacts are especially apparent along the state’s heavily trafficked Intracoastal Waterway and its barrier islands, which historically have protected the mainland from the Atlantic’s waves and storms.


In response, the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve engaged community volunteers in a 2012 Collaborative Research project to restore vital oyster reefs and build coastal communities’ resilience to storms and sea level rise.

Supplemental Information:

Project Lead and Contact:

Blaik Pulley Keppler, ACE Basin NERR,

Project Type: Collaborative Research


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
None climate resilience
None habitat restoration
None living shoreline
None oyster reef
None shoreline stabilization

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Ashepoo Combahee Edisto Basin, SC

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Distribution Liability:

The distributor does not assume liability.

Support Roles

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 879316
Date Effective From: 2017-10-31
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Cothran, Jeremy
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 880943
W° Bound: -80.67
E° Bound: -80.2
N° Bound: 32.68
S° Bound: 32.33

Ashepoo Combahee Edisto Basin, SC NERR

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 879320
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2012-09-01
End: 2015-06-01

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

Cite this dataset when used as a source: NOAA retains the right to analyze, synthesize and publish summaries of the NERRS/NSC data. The NERRS/NSC retains the right to be fully credited for having collected and process the data. Following academic courtesy standards, the NERR site where the data were collected should be contacted and fully acknowledged in any subsequent publications in which any part of the data are used. The data enclosed within this package/transmission are only as accurate as the quality assurance and quality control procedures that are described in the associated metadata reporting statement allow. The user bears all responsibility for its subsequent use/misuse in any further analyses or comparisons. The Federal government does not assume liability to the Recipient or third persons, nor will the Federal government reimburse or indemnify the Recipient for its liability due to any losses resulting in any way from the use of this data. Requested citation format: NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative(NSC).



CC ID: 879317
URL Type:
Online Resource

This site provides a project overview and links to all associated products, including data.

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 57748
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:57748
Metadata Record Created By: Jeremy Cothran
Metadata Record Created: 2019-09-25 12:38+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-11-01
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2019-11-01
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2020-11-01