C of C coastal work wins grant

College of Charleston scientist Cassandra Runyon has won a NASA grant for satellite research on coastal waters. She is seen with Mitch Colgan, geology department dean, in 2011.

Research by the College of Charleston using color imagery from satellites to find problems in coastal waters has won a $150,000 grant from NASA.

Cassandra Runyon, geology and earth sciences professor, won the funding for “Using NASA’s Ocean Color Sensors to Identify Effects of Watershed Development and Climate Change on Coastal Marine Ecosystems of the US Virgin Islands.”

The college will work in partnership with the University of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The grant was among 15 awarded to further NASA’s current and future mission, as well as improve science and technology research and development at universities, according to NASA.