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Earth Sciences and Resources Institute (ESRI)

Earth Sciences and Resources Institute (ESRI)

Focusing on applied research and service, we study water, energy, conservation and more in the classroom, in the field and through leading edge computer modeling.

With the serious environmental challenges facing the world today, applied research and service is especially important to help us meet these challenges.  Enter the Earth Sciences and Resources Institute (ESRI) at the University of South Carolina.

Created in 1973 to conduct applied research and service in environmental geosciences, engineering, and computer applications, ESRI-SC undertakes research projects in the fields of:

  • Groundwater Hydrology
  • Environmental Geophysics
  • Surface Water Hydrology
  • Petroleum Geology
  • GIS Applications and Database Development
  • Watershed Studies
  • Conservation Education
  • Computer Modeling

Our applied research focuses on both site-specific and regional-scale projects that involve field, laboratory, and modeling activities. 

We receive our funding from the government and the private sector.  Our latest grant, $9.9 million over a three-year period from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, is aimed at geologically characterizing the South Georgia Rift Basin for source-promixal carbon dioxide storage. ESRI will conduct this research with the University’s Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences.

Please check out our website for more details on who we are and what we can do!