Cutting-edge research starts on Folly Beach County Park erosion

On a recent afternoon, Adam Griffith flew a kite at the county park here, a kite with an aerial camera attached.

Down the beach, College of Charleston geologists hoisted a surveying rod and set up imaging equipment, using lasers to put together precise, 4-D records of how much sand is on the beach. Later, they will use multi-beam sonar to map the sand channeling and silting in Stono Inlet.

Griffith is a research scientist with the developed shorelines program at Western Carolina University. The geologists are professors Leslie Sautter and Scott Harris.

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