Skip to Content

Office of the Vice President for Research


Opportunities for Faculty

2015 SC Floods Research Initiative

The thousand-year flooding event South Carolina experienced in October 2015 presents a unique opportunity for USC faculty  to help our neighbors around the state through research, and examine all aspects of community resilience, including the immediate and long-term impacts on both natural ecosystems and human communities. The Office of the Vice President for Research is proud to support these efforts.

USC Flood research projects by category

USC research projects on the 2015 flood event are listed below in the following categories, which are arranged alphabetically: 

  • Biology
  • Communications
  • Disaster Experiences
  • Economic Impacts
  • Health
  • Impact Assessment 
  • Infrastructure
  • Recovery & Resilience
  • River Systems

 

Biology


Impacts of Rapid, Deep and Persistent Salinity Decrease on Fish and Invertebrate Populations and Ecosystem Function in the North Inlet Estuary, SC 

Principal Investigator:
Dennis Allen, Baruch Institute

Collaborator:
Matthew Kimball, Baruch Institute

Project Abstract [pdf]


Flooding Effects on a Newly Described and Very Rare Plant Species, Stachys caroliniana

Principal Investigator:
Carol Boggs, Biological Sciences

Collaborator:
John Nelson, Biological Sciences


Flood Mediated Removal of Introduced Black Basses from Select South Carolina Streams

Principal Investigator:
Joseph Quattro, Baruch Institute

Collaborator:
Matthew Greenwold, Baruch Institute


Conservation Biogeography of Freshwater Fauna: Community Dynamics and Habitat Shifts in Response to 1,000-Year Rainfall Event and Intense Flooding

Principal Investigator:
Virginia Shervette, USC Aiken


 

Communications


Examining the Use of Social Media as a Response and Recovery Strategy During the #SCFlood of October 2015

Principal Investigators:
•  Heather Brandt, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior 
•  Gabrielle Turner-McGrievy, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior

Collaborators:  
•  Daniela FriedmanHealth Promotion, Education and Behavior
•  Danielle GentileHealth Promotion, Education and Behavior
•  Tracey ThomasHealth Promotion, Education and Behavior 
•  Delia West, Exercise Science 

Project Abstract [pdf]


 

Disaster Experiences


Learning from Lived Experiences: Disaster Preparedness and Response During SC’s Historic 2015 Flood and Impacts on People with Disabilities

Principal Investigator:
Robert Dawson, Neuropsychiatry

Collaborator: 
Clayton Copeland, School of Library and Information Science


Mapping and Assessing the Health and Social Resiliency of the Flood-Affected Community-Dwelling Elderly Across Interpersonal and Organizational Networks

Principal Investigator: 
Douglas Moore, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior

Collaborators: 
•  Melinda Forthofer, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
•  Maggi Miller, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
•  Ana Teixeira, Epidemiology and Biostatistics


Experiences of Latinos Affected by the Floods in Columbia, SC

Principal Investigator:
Myriam Torres, Epidemology and Biostatistics

Collaborator:
Edena Meetze, Arnold School of Public Health


 

Economic Impacts


Indirect Costs of School Closures Triggered by the 2015 Flash Floods

Principal Investigator:
Melanie Gall, Geography

Collaborators:
•  Tamara Sheldon, Darla Moore School of Business
•  Larianne Collins, Geography

Project Abstract [pdf]


Transportation Network Fragility and Economic Losses

Principal Investigator:
Nathan Huynh, Civil Engineering

Collaborators:
•  Narges Kaveshgar, Civil Engineering
•  Joseph Von Nessen, Darla Moore School of Business


A Foundational Information Infrastructure for Future SCFLOODS Impact Research

Principal Investigator: 
Joseph Johnson, Physics

Collaborators: 
•  Kendra Albright, Library and Information Sciences 
•  Francisco Blanco-Silva, Mathematics 
•  Amir Karami, Library and Information Sciences 
•  Phillip Moore, University Technology Services


Rebranding South Carolina in the Aftermath of the Historic Flood: An examination of South Carolina’s Projected and Perceived Images on Travel Decisions of Potential Tourists

Principal Investigator: 
Ercan Turk, Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Administration


The Economic Impact of the 2015 South Carolina Flood

Principal Investigator:
Douglas Woodward, Darla Moore School of Business

Collaborator:
Joseph Von Nessen, Darla Moore School of Business


 

Health


Investigation of Mold Infested USC Buildings Affected by October 2015 Flood: Comparison with Original Mold Infested Areas

Principal Investigator: 
Anindya Chanda, Environmental Health Sciences

Collaborator: 
Geoff Scott, Environmental Health Sciences


The Effects of Historic Rainfall and Flooding on Virulent Vibrio Densities in Winyah Bay Waters

Principal Investigator: 
Charles Lovell, Biological Sciences

Collaborator: 
Daniel Tufford, Biological Sciences


School Mental Health Response and Resilience during the 2015 South Carolina Flood

Principal Investigator: 
Johnathan Ohrt, Educational Studies

Collaborators: 
•  Dodie Limberg, Educational Studies 
•  Ryan Carlson, Educational Studies


Sewage Overflows from the 1,000-Year Rain Event and Their Impacts on the Cycling of Carbon and Toxic Metals in the Congaree River Watershed

Principal Investigator: 
Sarah Rothenberg, Environmental Health Sciences

Collaborators: 
•  Congaree Riverkeeper
•  Mohammed Baalousha, Environmental Health Sciences 
•  Michael Bizimis, Earth and Ocean Sciences 
•  Susan Lang, Earth and Ocean Sciences

Project Abstract [pdf]


 

Impact Assessment


Cascading Spatial Impact of Rainfall Extremes on Residents

Principal Investigator: 
Susan Cutter, Geography


A Computational Framework for Tracking Reports, Opinions and Feelings of People in Social Media Before, During and After a Natural Disaster: Twitter Case Study in the 2015 South Carolina Flood

Principal Investigator: 
Amir Karami, Library and Information Sciences

Collaborator: 
Zhenlong Li, Geography


Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Flood Impact by Integrating Satellite, VGI and Social Media Data: Rapid Assessment of the October Flood

Principal Investigator: 
Zhenlong Li, Geography

Collaborators: 
•  Cuizhen Wang, Geography 
•  Diansheng Guo, Geography 
•  Christopher Emrich, Geography


SCFLOODS - Digitization and Geo-Rectification of Historic Aerial Photography of Richland County, South Carolina, 1938/39-1981

Principal Investigator: 
William Sudduth, University Libraries

Collaborators: 
•  Kate Boyd, University Libraries 
•  Ashley Knox, University Libraries


 

Infrastructure


Collection and Analysis of Perishable Data on Failure of Earth Dams and Their Impact on Water Quality

Principal Investigator: 
Hanif Chaudhry, Civil Engineering

Collaborators: 
•  Jasim Imran, Civil Engineering 
•  Enrica Viparelli, Civil Engineering 
•  Dwayne Porter, Environmental Health Sciences 
•  Robin Kloot, Environmental Health Sciences


Collection of Perishable Data from Failed Geosystems During a 1,000-Year Flood Event: Pipe Culverts

Principal Investigator: 
Sarah Gassman, Civil Engineering

Collaborators: 
•  Inthuorn Sasanakul, Civil Engineering 
•  Charles Pierce, Civil Engineering 
•  Enrica Viparelli, Civil Engineering 
•  Nathan Huynh, Civil Engineering


Collection of Perishable Data from Failed Geosystems During a 1,000-Year Flood Event: Dams

Principal Investigator: 
Inthuorn Sasanakul, Civil Engineering

Collaborators: 
•  Sarah Gassman, Civil Engineering 
•  Charles Pierce, Civil Engineering 
•  Enrica Viparelli, Civil Engineering 
•  Alicia Wilson, Earth and Ocean Sciences


Rapid Assessment of Bridge Scouring and Recovery Following Extreme Flood Events

Principal Investigator: 
George Voulgaris, Earth and Ocean Sciences

Collaborators: 
•  Enrica Viparelli, Civil Engineering 
•  Paul Ziehl, Civil Engineering 
•  Ioannis Rekleitis, Computer Science and Engineering

Project Abstract [pdf]


 

Recovery & Resilience


Creative Responsiveness: Connecting Stories of Resiliency in Crisis

Principal Investigator: 
Peter Duffy, Theatre and Dance

Collaborators: 
•  Allison Anders, Educational Studies 
•  Thaddeus Davis, Theatre and Dance 
•  Tanya Wideman-Davis, Theatre and Dance 
•  Kathleen Robbins, Art


Leveraging Perishable Impact Data into Long Term Recovery Forecasting

Principal Investigator: 
Christopher Emrich, Geography

Collaborators: 
•  Melanie Gall, Geography 
•  Nathan Huynh, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Project Abstract [pdf]


Roles of Public Libraries During A Natural Disaster: How Do Information, Technology and User Support Add Value to Communities

Principal Investigator: 
Samantha Hastings, Library and Information Sciences

Collaborators: 
•  Feili Tu-Keefner, Library and Information Sciences 
•  Jingjing Liu, Library and Information Sciences


Contexts of Recovery: Investigating Patterns of Social Support and Coping in Two Communities

Principal Investigator: 
Bret Kloos, Psychology

Collaborator: 
Anna Scheyett, Social Work


Building a Disaster-Resilient Community: A Study of Community Social Support During the 2015 Flooding

Principal Investigator: 
Xiaoming Li, Health Promotion, Education & Behavior

Collaborators: 
•  Shan Qiao, Health Promotion, Education, & Behavior 
•  Jianjun Hu, Computer Science and Engineering 
•  Sayward Harrison, Psychology 
•  Bijie Bie, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior


 

River Systems


River Gauge Estimation

Principal Investigator: 
John Grego, Statistics

Collaborator: 
David Hitchcock, Statistics


Mapping River Erosion and Geomorphic Change Caused by an Extreme Flood

Principal Investigator: 
L. Allen James, Geography


Non-Stationary Assessment of Rainfall and Runoff Intensity-Duration-Frequency (IDF) Curves for South Carolina with a Pilot Study on the October 2015 Catastrophic Floods

Principal Investigator: 
Seyedehzahra Samadi, Civil Engineering

Collaborator: 
Mike Meadows, Civil Engineering


Floodplain Geomorphology and Circulation

Principal Investigator:
Raymond Torres, Earth and Ocean Sciences