Norman S. Levine

Professor | Director, Santee Cooper GIS Laboratory and Lowcountry Hazards Center


The George Washington University
B.S. Geology, 1984

Purdue University
Ph.D. Applied Geology, 1995

Research Interests

  • Surficial Processes
  • Natural and Environmental Hazards
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Geospatial Informatics and Visualizations
  • Data Science applications in the Geosciences

Courses Taught

GEOL 103 Environmental Geology
GEOL 275 Geomorphology
GEOL 395 Special Topics: GIS & Watershed Management
GEOL 402 / EVSS 502 Geospatial Science
GEOL 442 / EVSS 642 Geologic & Environmental Remote Sensing
GEOL 449 / EVSS 649 Introduction to GIS
GEOL 469 / EVSS 669 Advanced GIS

Honors and Awards

Fellow of the Geological Society of America 
Past Chair Environmental and Engineering Geology Division of the Geological Society of America 
Meritorious Service Award for the Environmental and Engineering Geology Division of the Geological Society of America 
The Michael J Auerbach Awards for Excellence in Student Research Mentorship 
Editor of South Carolina Journal of Geology  
Associate Editor of the Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geology 
Associate Editor of Groundwater Journal 
Co-Chair of 2010 Association of Engineering Geologists National Meeting 
Steering Committee Charleston Resilience Network, 2016 – Present 
Steering Committee URISA Community Resilience Committee,  2020 – Present 


Williamson, D., Levine, N.S., Saari, B., & Knapp, L. (2023). The South Carolina Water Monitoring Portal – A Hub for South Carolina Water Quality Monitoring Data, Journal of South Carolina Water Resources, 9(1), in-press.  

Taylor, J., Levine, N. S., Muhammad, E., Porter, D. E., Watson, A. M., & Sandifer, P. A. (2022). Participatory and Spatial Analyses of Environmental Justice Communities’ Concerns about a Proposed Storm Surge and Flood Protection Seawall. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(18), 18. 

Knapp, L., Dow, K., Harris, M., Braud, A., Levine, N., & Watson, S. (2019). Flood Vulnerability Assessment: City of Beaufort, SC. S.C. Sea Grant Consortium. Charleston, SC  

Bouchilon, Hannah, Norman S. Levine, and Patricia A Fair. 2019. “GIS Investigation of the Relationship of Sex and Season on the Population Distribution of Common Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops Truncatus) in Charleston, South Carolina.” International Journal of Geographical Information Science, May, 16. 

Wall, J., Bohnenstiehl, D.R., Wegmann, K.W. and Levine, N.S. 2017. Morphometric comparisons between automated and manual karst depression inventories in Apalachicola National Forest, Florida, and Mammoth Cave National park, Kentucky, USA. Natural Hazards, 85(2): 729-749. 

Vulava, Vijay, Syreeta Dickerson-Vaughn, Larry McKay, Steven Driese, Lee Cooper, Fu-Min Menn, Norman S. Levine, and Gary Sayler. 2017. “Flood-induced Transport of PAHs from Streambed Coal Tar Deposits.” Science of the Total Environment 575 (September): 247–57. 
Newhard, James M., Norman S. Levine, and Phebus Danielle Phebus. 2014. “The Development of Integrated Terrestrial and Marine Pathways in the Argo-Saronic Region, Greece.” Cartography and Geographic Information Science 41 (September): 379–90. 

Metcaf, Nicole, David E Desplaces, and Norman S. Levine. 2014. “Geography of Trade in the Southeast: 2004 to 2008.” Global Business & Economics Anthology 1 (March). 

Newhard, James M., Norman S. Levine, Angelina Danielle Phebus, Sarah Craft, and John Littlefield. 2013. “A Geoinformatic Approach to the Collection of Archaeological Survey Data.” Cartography and Geographic Information Science 40 (1): 3–17. 

Doyle, B.C.; Levine, N.S.; Newhard, J.M.L.; and *Kyer, J.A., 2010, The Mahras Dağ Complex Landslide, Upper Göksu River Valley, Turkey: Environmental and Engineering Geoscience, Vol. XVI, No. 1.

Press & Media

Cunneff, T. (2019, December 17). CofC Geology Professor’s Career is the Gold Standard. The College Today 

scsgc. (2023, July 5). Consortium Assists Members of Rosemont Community to Assess Flood Risk and Water Quality. S.C. Sea Grant Consortium. 

T. B. (2020, December 12). Charleston area lost more than 10,000 acres of tree cover since 1992, making floods worse. Post and Courier.