Geoscience in Your State: South Carolina

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Cover of Geoscience Policy State Factsheet. Image credit: AGI

By the numbers: South Carolina

  • 3,054 geoscience employees (excludes self-employed)1
  • 365 million gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal3
  • $784 million: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20174
  • 28 total disaster declarations, including 11 hurricane, 5 severe ice storm, and 4 fire disasters (1953-2017)⁶
  • $19.2 million: NSF GEO grants awarded in 2017...

Agencies Working on Geoscience Issues in south carolina

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

The SCDNR is to be a trusted and respected leader in natural resources protection and management, by consistently making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.

South Carolina Emergency Management Division

 SCEMD’s mission is to develop, coordinate, and lead the state emergency management program, enabling effective preparation for, response to and recovery from emergencies and disasters in order to save lives, reduce human suffering and minimize property loss.

South Carolina Geological Survey

The mission of the Geological Survey of South Carolina is to provide reliable, unbiased scientific information to public and private decision-makers involved with land-use planning, environment, and economic development.

South Carolina State Climatology Office

The South Carolina State Climatology Office strives to acquire, archive, process, and disseminate, in the most cost-effective way possible, all climate and weather information that is or could be of value to public officials, corporations, and private citizens in the state.

Case Studies & Factsheets

Cover of AGI Factsheet 2018-004 - Present Day Climate Change

Climate Science 101 Climate is the average of weather conditions over several decades.1,2 Geoscientists monitor modern climate conditions (1880 A.D. to present) in part by taking direct measurements of weather data (i.e., air temperature, rainfall and snowfall, wind speed, cloudiness, and so on)...

Cover of Geoscience Policy State Factsheet. Image credit: AGI

By the numbers: South Carolina 3,054 geoscience employees (excludes self-employed)1 365 million gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal3 $784 million: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20174 28 total disaster declarations, including 11 hurricane, 5 severe ice storm, and 4 fire disasters (...

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Introduction Dry wells improve stormwater drainage and aquifer recharge by providing a fast, direct route for rainwater to drain deep into underlying sediment and rock. Dry wells are most common in the western U.S. where clay or caliche layers slow down the natural drainage of water into underlying...

GOLI Online Courses

GOLI Course: Assessing, Mitigating, and Communicating Flood Risk. Image courtesy of Maria Coxx Lamm
Course Type: GOLI Online Course

Flooding is a perennial hazard for rivers and coasts alike. Every year, flooding results in billions of dollars of damage and the loss of dozens to hundreds of lives across the United States. Efforts to mitigate this hazard rely on the work of geoscientists, planners, and communicators to assess...