Updated September 2020
- Bacterial transport – hydrology studies; what are the bacterial sources? (Transport and time- of-travel studies to estimate when a pollution plume would reach a coastal swimming beach)
- How harmful to human health is enterococcus bacteria in beach waters?
- Epidemiology studies of recreational waterborn illness.
- Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA) studies for specific beaches
- Bacterial issues in and around Georgia coastal marinas
- How can we better detect pathogens in beach waters?
- Predictive modeling to correlate environmental factors to elevated levels of bacteria
- How best to implement enterococcus qPCR method
- Correlations between DO levels and tannins in Georgia coastal rivers
- Impacts of decreased fresh water inflow to estuaries
- Effects of wetlands and land use practices on instream flows (at multiple scales from site toregional)
- Direct and indirect influences various coastal and near coast forestry activities have on thecoastal waters of the state – Effects on nutrient loads
- Sand budget studies for Georgia sea islands, including shoreline erosion and accretion history and trends
- Beachfront shoreline change modeling/predictive ability considerate of natural and anthropogenic inputs
- Similar to predictive modeling as above in beach water pathogens but focused on point source discharges and accidental releases
- Appropriate DO criteria that is protective of aquatic species present