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Coastal Dune Restoration on Tybee Island, GA

February 1, 2024

Evaluating Best Practices in Dune Restoration: Vegetation Research and Monitoring on Tybee Island, GA Tybee Island is home to Georgia’s most visited beach, but it has increasingly felt the effects of climate change and sea level rise. For years, Tybee has nourished its beaches with dredged sand, and in 2020 Tybee constructed an entirely new […]

The Long Journey

November 9, 2023

November 9th, 2023 The four-wheeler speeds down the deserted beach. It’s about 9:30 p.m. on a nearly moonless July night on the island of Wassaw—a 3-mile-wide piece of land 14 miles southeast of Savannah, Georgia. From the driver’s seat, Kris Williams Carroll scans the area ahead that’s lit through red filters on the Kawasaki’s headlights. […]

New Monitoring Equipment Deployed At Tybee Island, GA

August 8, 2023

August 6th, 2023 – CITRA’s PI, Dr. Felix Santiago-Collazo, and the summer intern from IRIS, Erin Gavin, went to Tybee Island in Georgia and deployed new monitoring equipment. They installed three new groundwater well loggers, a complete meteorological station, and a soil moisture sensor. Now the team can thoroughly investigate the relationship between groundwater, tides, […]

New federal laws have money for climate projects — if communities can actually get it

August 2, 2023

August 2, 2023 AILSA CHANG, HOST: Communities nationwide are trying to protect themselves from the effects of climate change. They’re shoring up coastlines, they’re making roads higher. And all of that is expensive. Now two new laws aim to help with tens of billions of federal dollars. But as WABE’s Emily Jones reports, that money […]

No butts on the beach: Tybee sees significant drop in cigarette waste

July 5, 2023

Jul 5, 2023 TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WSAV) – The initiative to reduce waste from cigarette butts on the Tybee beachfront in 2022 is working to protect wildlife and keep the beach clean. “Cigarettes have always been the number one thing, but since the passage of the no smoking ordinance from June last year it has […]

Why is Savannah’s sea level rising faster?

May 20, 2023

May 20th, 2023 Marisa Mecke, Savannah Morning News The Virginia Institute of Marine Science at William & Mary recently released its annual report card of sea-level rise in 32 coastal cities throughout the United States. Savannah holds the unfortunate position of third place, reaching about 1.5 feet of sea-level rise by 2050, but experiencing much of that rise earlier […]

Tybee prepares for hurricane season

May 18, 2023

May 18, 2023 FEMA funding & plans to build a huge hurricane shelter in the works just two weeks out from the start of hurricane season. Watch the broadcast here

Saving Half the Seas

April 10, 2023

April 10, 2023 In the Galapagos Islands, multi-national cooperation to save migrating animals from intense fishing pressures resulted in a new marine reserve; one fishing community in Cedar Key, Florida, managed to pivot when environmental pressures caused the oyster population to crash; experimenting with marsh and dunes to deal with sea level rise on Tybee […]

March 7 – ERDC-CHL researchers assess hazardous vessel wakes near Tybee Island

March 7, 2023

March 7, 2023 – Researchers from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL) partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District and the city of Tybee Island to measure vessel wakes near the island’s north shore in hopes of better understanding which ships and operating conditions are […]

Bigger ships mean bigger waves at Tybee’s beach. A recent ship wake study offers solutions

February 7, 2023

February 7th, 2023 – Tybee Island resident Joseph Yerchik was lounging on the north end beach near Polk Street when he heard his niece utter a profane expletive. When Yerchick turned around, his niece was already running up the shore. Then came the “smack” of a giant wave. “I was tumbling around in the water. […]

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