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Internal funding to pursue research on October 2015 catastrophic flooding

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the recipients of the South Carolina Resilience to Extreme Storms: Research on Social, Environmental, and Health Dimensions of the October 2015 Catastrophic Flooding funding initiative.

Investigator Names and Departments Project Titles
  • Dennis Allen, Baruch Institute
  • Matthew Kimball, Baruch Institute
Impacts of a rapid, deep and persistent salinity decrease on fish and invertebrate populations and ecosystem function in the North Inlet estuary, SC
  • Heather Brandt, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior
  • Gabrielle Turner-McGrievy, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior
  • Daniela Friedman, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior
  • Delia West, Exercise Science
Examining Use of Social Media as a Response and Recovery Strategy during the #SCFlood of October 2015
  • Carol Boggs, Biological Sciences
  • John Nelson, Biological Sciences
Flooding effects on a newly described and very rare plant species, Stachys caroliniana
  • Anindya Chanda, Environmental Health Sciences
  • Geoff Scott, Environmental Health Sciences
Investigation of mold infested USC buildings affected by October 2015 flood: comparison with original mold infested areas
  • Hanif Chaudhry, Civil Engineering
  • Jasim Imran, Civil Engineering
  • Enrica Viparelli, Civil Engineering
  • Dwayne Porter, Environmental Health Sciences
  • Robin Kloot, Environmental Health Sciences
Collection and analysis of perishable data on failure of earth dams and their impact on water quality
  • Susan Cutter, Geography
Cascading spatial impact of rainfall extremes on residents
  • Robert Dawson, Neuropsychiatry
  • Clayton Copeland, School of Library and Information Science
Learning from lived experiences: Disaster preparedness and response during SC’s historic 2015 flood and impacts on people with disabilities
  • Peter Duffy, Theatre and Dance
  • Allison Anders, Educational Studies
  • Thaddeus Davis, Theatre and Dance
  • Tanya Wideman-Davis, Theatre and Dance
  • Kathleen Robbins, Art
Creative Responsiveness: Connecting stories of resiliency in crisis
  • Christopher Emrich, Geography
  • Melanie Gall, Geography
  • Nathan Hunyh, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Leveraging Perishable Impact Data into Long Term Recovery Forecasting
  • Melanie Gall, Geography
  • Tamara Sheldon, Darla Moore School of Business
  • Larianne Collins, Geography
Indirect Costs of School Closures triggered by the 2015 Flash Floods
  • Sarah Gassman, Civil Engineering
  • Inthuorn Sasankul, Civil Engineering
  • Charles Pierce, Civil Engineering
  • Enrica Viparelli, Civil Engineering
  • Nathan Hunyh, Civil Engineering
Collection of Perishable Data from Failed Geosystems During a 1,000 Flood Event: Pipe Culverts
  • John Grego, Statistics
  • David Hitchcock, Statistics
River Gage Estimation
  • Samantha Hastings, Library and Information Sciences
  • Feili Tu-Keefner, Library and Information Sciences
  • Jingjing Liu, Library and Information Sciences
Roles of Public Libraries During A Natural Disaster: How Do Information, Technology and User Support Add Value to Communities
  • Nathan Huynh, Civil Engineering
  • Narges Kaveshgar, Civil Engineering
  • Joseph Von Nessen, Darla Moore School of Business
Transportation Network Fragility and Economic Losses
  • L. Allen James, Geography
Mapping River Erosion and Geomorphic Change Caused by an Extreme Flood
  • Joseph Johnson, Physics
  • Kendra Albright, Library and Information Sciences
  • Francisco Blanco-Silva, Mathematics
  • Amir Karami, Library and Information Sciences
  • Phillip Moore, University Technology Services
A Foundational Information Infrastructure for Future SCFLOODS Impact Research
  • Amir Karami, Library and Information Sciences
  • Zhenlong Li, 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
  • Bret Kloos, Psychology
  • Anna Scheyett, Social Work
Contexts of Recovery: Investigating Patterns of Social Support and Coping in Two Communities
  • Xiaoming Li, Health Promotion, Education & Behavior
  • Shan Qiao, Health Promotion, Education, & Behavior
  • Jianjun Hu, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Sayward Harrison, Psychology
  • Bijie Bie, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior
Building a disaster-resilient community: A study of community social support during the 2015 flooding
  • Zhenlong Li, Geography
  • Cuizhen Wang, Geography
  • Diansheng Guo, Geography
  • Christopher Emrich, Geography
Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Flood Impact by Integrating Satellite, VGI and Social Media Data: Rapid Assessment of the October Flood
  • Charles Lovell, Biological Sciences
  • William Tufford, Biological Sciences
The effects of historic rainfall and flooding on virulent Vibrio densities in Winyah Bay waters
  • Douglas Moore, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior
  • Melinda Forthofer, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Ana Teixeira, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Maggi Miller, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Mapping and assessing the health and social resiliency of the flood-affected community-dwelling elderly across interpersonal and organizational networks
  • Johnathan Ohrt, Educational Studies
  • Dodie Limberg, Educational Studies
  • Ryan Carlson, Educational Studies
School Mental Health Response and Resilience during the 2015 South Carolina Flood
  • Joseph Quattro, Baruch Institute
  • Matthew Greenwald, Baruch Institute
Flood Mediated Removal of Introduced Black Basses From Select South Carolina Streams
  • Sarah Rothenberg, Environmental Health Sciences
  • Mohammed Baalousha, Environmental Health Sciences
  • Michael Bizmis, Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Susan Lang, Earth and Ocean Sciences
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
  • Seyedehzahra Samadi, Civil Engineering
  • Mike Meadows, Civil Engineering
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
  • Inthuorn Sasanakul, Civil Engineering
  • Sarah Gassman, Civil Engineering
  • Charles Pierce, Civil Engineering
  • Enrica Viparelli, Civil Engineering
  • Alicia Wilson, Earth and Ocean Sciences
Collection of perishable data from failed geosystems during a 1,000-year flood event: Dams
  • Virginia Shervette, USC Aiken
Conservation Biogeography of Freshwater Fauna: Community Dynamics and Habitat Shifts in Response to 1,000-year Rainfall Event and Intense Flooding
  • William Sudduth, University Libraries
  • Kate Boyd, University Libraries
  • Ashley Knox, University Libraries
SCFLOODS - Digitization and Geo-rectification of Historic Aerial Photography of Richland County, South Carolina, 1938/39-1981
  • Myriam Torres, Epidemology and Biostatistics
  • Edena Meetze, Arnold School of Public Health
Experiences of Latinos affected by the floods in Columbia, SC
  • Raymond Torres, Earth and Ocean Sciences
Floodplain geomorphology and circulation
  • Ercan Turk, Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Administration
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
  • George Voulgaris, Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Enrica Viparelli, Civil Engineering
  • Paul Ziehl, Civil Engineering
  • Ioannis Rekleitis, Computer Science and Engineering
Rapid Assessment of Bridge Scouring and Recovery Following Extreme Flood Events
  • Douglas Woodward, Darla Moore School of Business
  • Joseph Van Nessen, Darla Moore School of Business
The Economic Impact of the 2015 South Carolina Flood


 26 October 2015


South Carolina Resilience to Extreme Storms: Research on Social, Environmental, and Health Dimensions of the October 2015 Catastrophic Flooding

We recently experienced a 1,000-year rainfall event that caused catastrophic flooding in South Carolina. This has led to breach in dams, damage to properties, roads and bridges, loss of homes, contamination of drinking water, and agriculture loss, to name a few of the calamities.

The 2015 October storm provides USC faculty a common platform to help our community 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 has created internal mechanisms of funding to support research that is relevant to the SC floods. Click here to download the request for proposals for this initiative [pdf]. Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 19, 2015. If you have any questions about this initiative, please contact Beth Herron (803-777-2885).

In addition, our office is planning to organize meetings to share data and information from participating faculty on various aspects of the flood disaster. To that end, all faculty who are interested in receiving emails and any relevant information about opportunities to pursue research on this topic are requested to send an email expressing their willingness to join the listserv to Debbie Gipson

12 October 2015

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