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Jaye E. Cable, Ph.D. - UNC-Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC, US

Jaye E. Cable, Ph.D. Jaye E. Cable, Ph.D.

Chair, Curriculum in Environment and Ecology & Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences | UNC-Chapel Hill


Jaye Cable focuses on groundwater discharge to the ocean, groundwater-surface water interactions, wetland hydrology and hydrodynamics,





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Jaye E. Cable is chair of the Curriculum in Environment and Ecology and a professor of Marine Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her research focuses on groundwater discharge to the ocean, groundwater-surface water interactions, wetland hydrology and hydrodynamics, and applications of geochemical tracers to study marine and environmental processes. In 2013 she was named a WOWS (Working on Women in Science) Scholar, an honor that is designed to foster the recruitment and advancement of women in the sciences and medicine. She is a 2016 Academic Leadership Program fellow of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.

Industry Expertise (1)

Environmental Services

Areas of Expertise (4)

Coastal Hydrology and Geochemistry Subterranean Estuaries and Groundwater Discharge Low Temperature Geochemistry / Biogeochemistry Wetland Hydrology and Hydrodynamics

Education (2)

Florida State University: Ph.D., Chemical Oceanography 1996

University of South Carolina: B.S., Marine Science 1989

Media Appearances (1)

New research: Ancient bayous pull water from the Mississippi, creating ‘missing river’

The Lens  online


“Because radon concentrations in groundwater greatly exceed those of surface waters, it can be used to quantify groundwater inputs if all other radon sources and sinks are budgeted,” Kolker writes in an article co-authored by research scientists Jaye Cable, Karen Johannesson, Mead Allison and Lorna Inniss and just published in the Journal of Hydrology...

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Event Appearances (1)

Can the Mississippi River Drive Groundwater Discharge into Deltaic Wetlands and Bays?

Curriculum in Environment and Ecology Seminar Speaker Series  UNC-Chapel Hill campus


Articles (6)

"Influence of sea level rise on iron diagenesis in an east Florida subterranean estuary" Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Journal of The Geochemical Society and The Meteoritical Society

Authors: Roy, M.; Martin, J.B.; Cherrier, J.; Cable, J.E.; and Smith, C.G.

Investigation of submarine groundwater discharge Hydrological Processes


ABSTRACT: Coastal hydrogeologists and oceanographers now recognize the potentially significant contribution that submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) could make to the coastal ocean. SGD may be both volumetrically and chemically important to coastal water ...

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Magnitude and variations of groundwater seepage along a Florida marine shoreline Biogeochemistry


ABSTRACT: Direct groundwater inputs are receiving increasing attention as a potential source of nutrients and otherdissolved constituents to the coastal ocean. Seepage into St. George Sound, Florida was measured extensively from 1992 to 1994 using seepage meters. ...

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Estimating groundwater discharge into the northeastern Gulf of Mexico using radon-222 Earth and Planetary Science Letters


Submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) may provide important chemical constituents to the ocean, but the dispersed nature of this process makes locating and quantifying its input extremely difficult. Since groundwater contains 3–4 orders of magnitude greater radon ...

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Application of 222Rn and CH4 for assessment of groundwater discharge to the coastal ocean Limnology and Oceanography


ABSTRACT: Groundwater discharge is a neglected source of freshwater and dissolved constituents to the ocean. It can occur via diffuse seepage and point source spring discharge. Two naturally occurring trace gases, 222Rn and CH41 are present in ...

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The importance of groundwater discharge to the methane budgets of nearshore and continental shelf waters of the northeastern Gulf of Mexico Geochima et Cosmochimica Acta


Methane concentrations in groundwater (wells, sinkholes, and springs) averaged 61±9 μM, while concentrations in nearshore and continental shelf waters within the study area averaged 62±7 nM and 27±5x nM, respectively. We tested the hypothesis that the three ...

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