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Short Citation:
Office for Coastal Management, 2022: Understanding South Carolina's "Swash Cycle" - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative),

Item Identification

Title: Understanding South Carolina's "Swash Cycle" - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative)
Status: Completed

Myrtle Beach is an economic pearl in South Carolina’s grand strand, a sixty-mile stretch of beaches and resort communities that support a multi-billion dollar tourism industry. Fishing and water sports top the list of local attractions, making coastal water quality a priority concern. Addressing that concern, however, is a challenge along this heavily developed coast, where much of the polluted stormwater runoff flows into “swashes,” or tidal creeks that traverse beaches to connect directly to the ocean. To manage stormwater in a way that protects water quality, local decision makers need more information about the role that these swashes play in fueling hypoxia, or low levels of dissolved oxygen, in coastal waters.


In response, North Inlet-Winyah Bay Reserve spearheaded a project to investigate how swashes collect, transform, and export the nutrients and organic matter that fuel hypoxia in the coastal waters of the Myrtle Beach area.

Supplemental Information:

Project Lead and Contact:

Erik Smith, North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR,

Project Type: Collaborative Research


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
None hypoxia
None nutrient solution
None stormwater
None water quality

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None North Inlet-Winyah Bay, 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: 879806
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: 881010
W° Bound: -79.285
E° Bound: -79.15
N° Bound: 33.375
S° Bound: 33.204

North Inlet-Winyah Bay, SC NERR

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 879810
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2010-09-01
End: 2014-09-01

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: 879807
URL Type:
Online Resource

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Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 57774
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:57774
Metadata Record Created By: Jeremy Cothran
Metadata Record Created: 2019-09-25 16:53+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2021-11-30 16:27+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-11-01
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year