The South Carolina Shore

Charleston, SC

My partner and I had the privilege of recently visiting her friends in Charleston, South Carolina who graciously invited us to stay at their beach house on Edisto Island. While there I took advantage of photographing some of the area’s shorebirds (seen in the first seven photos).

Nearby was the South Edisto Inlet, also referred to as Dolphin Point. There, several dolphin pods could be seen surfacing as they fed. The easiest way to find them was to look for the shore birds flying low, overhead the dolphins.

IUCN designation: Least concern. Greatest threats are coastal development and pollution..

Like shore communities around the world, South Carolina is facing sea-level rise. This is happening a bit faster on the U.S. east coast due to the slowing of the Gulf Stream. According to Dr. Piecuch at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: …Earth’s rotation deflects flowing water to the right [east]; this causes the two sides of the current to have slightly different sea levels — and the faster
the current, the greater the difference. Tide gauge measurements going
back 110 years indicate that this contrast has declined, . . . , particularly in the past two decades.
The result is additional sea-level rise west of the current.

Edisto Island, SC

You can find out more about the weakening Gulf Stream, here.

Do share any of your experiences about South Carolina’s coastal environment.

Author: Stephen Fielding Images

I'm a retired medical sociologist from the University of Rochester. Climate change is one of the two great challenges facing humanity (the other is nuclear weapons). In writing about the impact of climate change I read reputable books and articles on the topic. So when I make statements about climate change you will see a link taking you to the scientific source(s) of the information I provide. As for my independently published photobooks, each has gone through several layers of editing and peer review for both readability and accuracy. This is not to say that everything I say is accurate. Even the New York Times makes mistakes. So, if you find something that is factually incorrect, let me know. I hope you find reading my blog a positive experience. If you do, please encourage your family and friends to have a look. You can find photos from my other photo work by clicking on the My SmugMug Gallery tab, above. Best wishes, -Steve

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