Using a multidisciplinary research strategy, teams of scientists from the chemical, biological, environmental, and biomedical fields perform cutting-edge research that focuses on solving the Nation's coastal environmental- and health-related problems. Located on the Fort Johnson Campus at the South Carolina Marine Resources Center on the tip of James Island, in Charleston, SC, the HML is a unique partnership of governmental and academic agencies including NOAA's National Ocean Service, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the College of Charleston, and the Medical University of South Carolina.
By having part of its staff located at the HML and working collaboratively with scientists from the partner institutions, NIST is better able to develop programs within its mission that respond to the needs of the marine research community. It allows NIST to investigate new areas of scientific and technological development by taking advantage of the expertise of the diverse scientific community at HML. And finally, through its association with two institutions of higher learning at the HML, it allows NIST to influence the training and development of students who will be the future scientists of the nation.
The HML had a successful year continuing its mission of providing science and technology that sustains, protects and restores coastal ecosystems. Research efforts have emphasized an understanding of the linkages between the condition of the coastal environment and human health.