Previous SSTORM research news items ....



Corbett directs coring on the Roger Revelle.  SSTORM Researchers are studying strata development from storms offshore the Waipaoa River, North Island, New Zealand.


Posted March 1, 2010

New Zealand Expeditions Completed!

Over this past year, Corbett, Walsh and Joey Kiker (MS student) have traveled to New Zealand to participate in series of research cruises.  This NSF-supported project is part of the MARGINS Source to Sink Initiative and is collaborative effort involving a great team of scientists from New Zealand's National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (Dr. Alan Orpin, the University of Washington (Dr. Andrea Ogston and doctoral students Rip Hale and Dan Nowacki), and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (Dr. Courtney Harris and PhD student Julia Moriarity).  You can read about our adventure on our blog:


Clinoform researchers view an an outcrop of Cretaceous sedimentary rocks and a poster of interpreted stratigraphy. 

Posted October 15, 2008
Successful Clinoform Meeting in Wyoming
Clinoforms are sedimentary deposits with a characteristic shape and are known to be important building blocks of deltaic systems.  Geologists are interested in these features because of their significance to the oil and gas exploration and sediment (and carbon) cycling today.  SEPM hosted a productive meeting in August 2008 to bring together members of the geological community to discuss and explore these features (see left).   The meeting was an excellent opportunity for geologists who study the ancient to converse with those investigating clinoforms accumulating in the modern.  There were many great talks and lively discussions, too many to list.  SSTORM researcher J.P. Walsh presented some of his and his colleagues NSF-funded Source to Sink research on the Waipaoa River of New Zealand and questioned "What is a clinoform" using some example data.   Ron Steel and Chuck Nittrouer worked with SEPM staff to coordinate the event. THANKS to them and the guides!

Posted March 26, 2008

Inlet-opening is an important coastal hazard facing the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Stephen Sanchagrin, a recent graduate from the ECU Geography Department, is wo
rking with J.P. Walsh, Reide Corbett, Tom Allen and Tom Crawford to present maps of inlet-opening potential along the OBX using Google Maps.  The team is developing this and other products which communicate hazard vulnerability as part of the NC COastal HAZards decision portal This effort is for a UNC Competitiveness grant
coordinated by Steve Culver and Stan Riggs, involving a large team of researchers from UNC schools.   The State of NC is funding the grant. 

Posted Feb 1, 2008

Several processes critically control the evolution of barrier islands (i.e., those shown at left).  These processes also can act as or impact the effects of natural hazards.  A recent grant enables J.P. Walsh, Reide Corbett, Tom Allen and Tom Crawford to work together on developing a prototype NC coastal hazards database and decision  system.  The team also is focused on developing products which demonstrate how hazard datasets can be combined to understand and communicate hazard vulnerability on the Outer Banks of NC. This work is funded by the State of NC, but overlaps with the USGS-Cooperative, RENCI and other projects the researchers are actively involved with.

Posted June 1, 2007
The SSTORM Research Group is ready for hurricane season in eastern North Carolina. Two Instrumented TriPODs (ITPODs) were recently deployed and recovered in late May.  The ITPODs were out collecting data sediment, water-quality and fish sound data over the last 2 months in the Pamlico River estuary and will be over the next two years as part of the RENCI Program at ECU.

Learn more about the ITPODs or RENCI.
Research project support provided by:
Contact: J.P. Walsh or Reide Corbett
Department of Geological Sciences and
the Institute for Interdisciplinary Coastal Science and Policy

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