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June 2017 Announcements

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Funding Opportunities

Research Experiences for Undergraduates; REU
  Biological Oceanography; Division of Ocean Sciences, NSF
  Chemical Oceanography; Division of Ocean Sciences, NSF
  Physical Oceanography; Division of Ocean Sciences, NSF
  Marine Geology and Geophysics; Division of Ocean Sciences, NSF
  Ocean Technology and Interdisciplinary Coordination; Division of Ocean Sciences, NSF

Position Vacancies

Coral Reef Conservation Program and Coastal Zone Management Liason; The Baldwin Group
  Research and Teaching Fellow in Quantitative Marine Spatial Conservation; University of Leeds
  Climate Adaptation Specialist; The Nature Conservancy
  Communications & Conservation Projects Coordinator; Marine Conservation Institute
  Community Relations Specialist; Project AWARE
  Project and Workshop Manager; SECORE International, Inc.

Post-Doc Position

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, microplastic in the Arctic; The Norwegian Polar Institute


Seafood Sustainability Intern; Playa Viva


REEF Marine Conservation Internship; REEF

Upcoming Conferences

11th Graduate Climate Conference; MIT


Estuarine Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA) 2017


New version of Coral Health Atlas is now live
  Improved Visualization of Community Level Impacts from Coastal Flooding or Sea Level Rise


Identification of Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Indicators using an Ecological Resilience Framework
  Completing and Using Ecosystem Service Assessment for Decision-Making: An Interdisciplinary Toolkit for Managers
  iMarine Data e-Infrastructure Initiative for Fisheries Management and Conservation of Marine Living Resources
  Marine and Coastal Datasets of Biodiversity Importance
  Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA)
  Takeaways from the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS)
  The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats
  NOAA Digital Coast Series and other NOAA Seminars

Student Resources

Online Environmental Science Programs and Resources; Affordable Colleges Online
  Outdoor Career Guidebook; Affordable Colleges Online
  Guide to Green Careers and Degrees; Affordable Colleges Online


Ocean Health Index-Science (webpage redesigned)
  GaClimate.org (website)
  Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene (journal)
  Water Quality Metadata Access
  Inundation Analysis Tool (NOAA)
  Social Coast Forum Presentations and Abstracts
  Abstracts from 23rd The Coastal Society meeting
  Marine GIS Training (Mappamondo)
  Marine Science Reviews (SeaWeb)
  Free book download: GIS for the Oceans
  Application: Fishery Analyst Online
  Tool: Marine Mapping Applications
  Tool: Vertical Datum Transformation (NOAA)
  Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network
  Coastal & Estuarine Science News (Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation)
  Materials Available: Planning for Climate Change (NERRS)
  Gulf of Mexico News (NOAA Ocean Service)    

Documents of Interest

Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection; CRC Press

  Living Shorelines Strategic Needs Assessment
  Summary of Coastal Management Policies Relevant to Sea-Level Rise in Georgia
  Living Shorelines in the Southeast: Research and Data Gaps
  Presentations from the South Atlantic Living Shoreline Summit, April 12 & 13, 2016
  Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card
  State of the Climate in 2014 (Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 96(7): S1–S267)
  Mapping Human Uses of the Ocean (MPA Center)
  Adapting to Climate Change: A Call for Federal Leadership (Policy paper from the Pew Center)
  Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers (NOAA)
  Working Waterways & Waterfronts Symposium
  Ocean Research Priorities Plan (National Science and Technology Council)
  Next Generation Strategic Plan (NOAA)
  Coastal Sea-Level Change Needs Assessment Report (NOAA)
  America's Ocean Future (JOCI)

Projects of Interest

South Atlantic Regional Research Planning

In the News


Regional Science and Research
  Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Information

- Funding Opportunity: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Program Guidelines: NSF 13-542

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.

Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.

Students do not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities. Students apply directly to REU Sites or to NSF-funded investigators who receive REU Supplements. To identify appropriate REU Sites, students should consult the directory of active REU Sites on the Web at http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm.

More at: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5517&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

Deadline for REU Site proposals:  August 23, 2017

- Funding Opportunity: Biological Oceanography; Division of Ocean Sciences, NSF

Full Proposal Target Date: August 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 98-1650

The Biological Oceanography Program supports research in marine ecology broadly defined: relationships among aquatic organisms and their interactions with the environments of the oceans or Great Lakes. Projects submitted to the program for consideration are often interdisciplinary efforts that may include participation by other OCE Programs. 

Apply to PD 98-1650 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.

For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)

For more information, contact:

David  L. Garrison     dgarriso@nsf.gov    (703) 292-8582   
Michael  Sieracki      msierack@nsf.gov (703) 292-7585   
Daniel  Thornhill        dthornhi@nsf.gov   (703) 292-8143   
Julie  B. Kellner        jkellner@nsf.gov    (703) 292-2688   
Gayle  Pugh             gpugh@nsf.gov     (703) 292-7589   
Joann  King              jking@nsf.gov        (703) 292-7596

More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11696&WT.mc_id=USNSF_46&WT.mc_ev=click

- Funding Opportunity: Chemical Oceanography; Division of Ocean Sciences, NSF

Full Proposal Target Date: August 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 98-1670

The Chemical Oceanography Program supports research into the chemical components, reaction mechanisms, and geochemical pathways within the ocean and at its interfaces with the solid earth and the atmosphere. Major emphases include:  studies of material inputs to and outputs from marine waters; orthochemical and biological production and transformation of chemical compounds and phases within the marine system; and the determination of reaction rates and study of equilibria. The Program encourages research into the chemistry, distribution, and fate of inorganic and organic substances introduced into or produced within marine environments including those from estuarine waters to the deep sea.

Apply to PD 98-1670 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)

For more information, contact:

Henrietta Edmonds hedmonds@nsf.gov (703) 292-7427

Simone Metz smetz@nsf.gov (703) 292-8582 

William Miller wmiller@nsf.gov (703) 292-8582 

Caroline Belleman cbellema@nsf.gov (703) 292-2611 

For further information visit the OCE Division Home Page located on the GEO Directorate Home Page
More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11698&WT.mc_id=USNSF_46&WT.mc_ev=click

- Funding Opportunity: Physical Oceanography; Division of Ocean Sciences, NSF

Full Proposal Target Date: August 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 98-1610

The Physical Oceanography Program supports research on a wide range of topics associated with the structure and movement of the ocean, with the way in which it transports various quantities, with the way the ocean's physical structure interacts with the biological and chemical processes within it, and with interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere, solid earth and ice that surround it.

Apply to PD 98-1610 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)

For more information, contact:

Eric  C. Itsweire           eitsweir@nsf.gov    (703) 292-8582   
Baris  M. Uz                 bmuz@nsf.gov     (703) 292-4557   
Alberto  Mestas-Nunez amestas@nsf.gov   (703) 292-7706
Xujing  J. Davis             xdavis@nsf.gov    (703) 292-7592   
Courtney  Ellliton          celliton@nsf.gov   (703) 292-2307

More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12729&WT.mc_id=USNSF_46&WT.mc_ev=click

- Funding Opportunity: Marine Geology and Geophysics; Division of Ocean Sciences, NSF

Full Proposal Target Date: August 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 98-1620

The Marine Geology and Geophysics program supports research on all aspects of geology and geophysics of the ocean basins and margins, as well as the Great Lakes.

The Program includes:

  • Structure, tectonic evolution and volcanic activity of the ocean basins, the continental margins, the mid-ocean ridges, and island arc systems
  • Processes controlling exchange of heat and chemical species between seawater and ocean rocks
  • Genesis, chemistry, and mineralogic evolution of marine sediments
  • Processes controlling deposition, erosion and transport of marine sediments
  • Past ocean circulation patterns and climates and
  • Interactions of continental and marine geologic processes

Apply to PD 98-1620 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines applies. (Note:

The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)

For more information, contact:

Candace  O. Major  cmajor@nsf.gov       (703) 292-8580   
Barbara  Ransom    bransom@nsf.gov   (703) 292-7792    
Deborah  K. Smith   dksmith@nsf.gov    (703) 292-7978   
Maurice  Tivey         mtivey@nsf.gov      (703) 292-7710   
Andrea  Portier        aportier@nsf.gov    (703) 292-8474

More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11726&WT.mc_id=USNSF_46&WT.mc_ev=click

- Funding Opportunity: Ocean Technology & Interdisciplinary Coordination; Div. of Ocean Sciences, NSF

Full Proposal Target Date: August 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 98-1680

The Oceanographic Technology and Interdisciplinary Coordination (OTIC) Program supports a broad range of research and technology development activities. Unsolicited proposals are accepted for instrumentation development that has broad applicability to ocean science research projects and that enhance observational, experimental or analytical capabilities of the ocean science research community. Specific announcements for funding opportunities are made for additional projects involving Improvements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSML) and the National Ocean Partnership Program.

Apply to PD 98-1680 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)

For more information, contact Kandace Binkley at kbinkley@nsf.gov or (703) 292-7577

More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12724&WT.mc_id=USNSF_46&WT.mc_ev=click

- Position Vacancy: Coral Reef Conservation Program and Coastal Zone Management Liason; The Baldwin Group

The Office for Coastal Management’s (OCM) Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) is looking for a management liaison to support two NOAA regulatory acts; the Coral Reef Conservation Act (CRCA) and the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA). The staff member will be employed through The Baldwin Group’s (TBG) contract with NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP). In support of the CRCA Act the liaison will deliver regionally relevant coral conservation services to the CNMI and their partners. The liaison will also support the implementation of the CZMA Sections 306, 306A, 309, 310, 6217, and 312. For both roles the liaison also provides place-based and regional technical assistance related to the CZMA and CRCA. The position will be located on Saipan, in the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI).

Core responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Serve as Liaison for CNMI Coral Reef Conservation Act state/territory cooperative agreements:

  • Provide management assistance to CNMI’s coral reef management program to maintain programs and meet all CRCA requirements.
  • Provide technical assistance in the areas of coral reef conservation, planning, and management, restoration ecology, climate change adaptation and planning, and watershed management.
  • Coordinate with jurisdiction coral reef points of contact and other appropriate agencies on NOAA CRCP activities in the region.
  • Coordinate with federal partners in the development and implementation of initiatives that are consistent with CRCP's goals and objectives in the priority coral areas.
  • Support annual CRCP spend plan process, including: answering questions from potential PIs, coordinating call with all PIs and local partners, coordinating meetings for potential partners, technical review of spend plan proposals, and potential implementation support to awarded projects.
  • Support development and implementation of local action strategies initiatives in coral jurisdictions.
  • Provide support for efforts to develop and manage marine protected areas (MPAs) and to build State and Territory MPA management capacity, when appropriate.
  • Conduct site visits or field work to assist or assess CRCP activities.
  • Assist the administration of NOAA CRCP State and Territory Cooperative Agreements, and assist as necessary with other CRCP and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)-associated coral grants.
  • Coordinate with the jurisdiction, federal program officer and the CRCP grants coordinator to negotiate, process, amend, and monitor the NOAA CRCP State and Territory Coral Reef Management Cooperative Agreement for the jurisdiction
  • Provide technical reviews of Domestic grants, NFWF grants, and NGO cooperative agreements.
  • Provide guidance to POCs on their responsibility to ensure documentation on all coral reef projects is complete, including permits; financial requirements for projects are met; compliance with applicable environmental laws is achieved; and adequate monitoring of ongoing coral reef management and restoration projects is realized.
  • Provide an interface between CRCP components and CZMP activities within each coral jurisdiction.
  • Provide information to CRCP outreach and communications staff for the development locally-tailored coral reef outreach and education materials related to CRCP activities, if necessary.

Serve as Liaison for CNMI Coastal Zone Management state/territory cooperative agreements:

  • Review CZM and NERR cooperative agreement and grant proposals and monitor implementation to ensure compliance with regulations.
  • Coordinate with the jurisdiction, federal program officer and the CRCP grants coordinator to negotiate, process, amend, and monitor the NOAA CRCP State and Territory Coral Reef Management Cooperative Agreement for the jurisdiction.
  • Review on-line submission of performance measures and provide comments as necessary.
  • Act as lead point of contact for the following activities: proposed program policy changes to state coastal programs working with the CZMA technical team to review for approvability and process as formal program changes, CZMA Section 312 evaluation for CNMI, Section 309 Assessment and Strategy development support and review for CZM Programs, and CZM Program Change analyses.
  • Provide subject matter expertise and regional coordination support.
  • Identify keystone partner highlights and other opportunities to communicate partner success stories.
  • Identify and facilitate programmatic synergies across keystone partner programs to enhance execution and results, and/or identify joint projects.
  • Provide information to OCM outreach and communications staff for the development of outreach and materials related to CZM activities, if necessary.



  • Master’s degree in coral reef conservation, marine science, coastal management, or related field plus three years of related experience
  • Knowledge of issues confronting coral reef conservation
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-starter with ability to work in a team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with management, colleagues, and external partners
  • Technical writing skill and ability to synthesize technical information


  • Knowledge of, and experience with, the Coastal Zone Management Act
  • Experience working with state and federal agencies, tribes, academia, and nongovernmental organizations
  • Experience developing and tracking project milestones and strategic planning

Job Location: Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands, Saipan, CNMI
Application Website: http://www.tbgva.net/careers.html#cnmi
See "Current Opportunities" to find this job after following the link.

- Position Vacancy: Research and Teaching Fellow in Quantitative Marine Spatial Conservation; University of Leeds

Are you an ambitious scientist looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in conservation science? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities?

The University of Leeds is a vibrant, multidisciplinary institution with extensive teaching and research programs in ecology, evolution, biomedical sciences, climate and conservation. 

You will apply quantitative ecological models to advance conservation prioritizations for larval dispersal and other types of connectivity, with a particular focus on the effects of climate change and the Coral Triangle region.

You will also teach conservation science to undergraduates (Advanced Topics in Conservation Science module), supervise undergraduate and masters-level student projects, and potentially provide supervision to PhD students.

This role contributes to the “Conserving marine biodiversity under climate change” family of projects; and through participation in the School’s academic activities you will also contribute towards learning and academic pursuit within the School of Biology, specifically the Ecology and Evolution group. 

You should possess a PhD in the area of conservation science, ecological modelling, Geographic Information System (GIS), big data manipulation, or a closely related discipline. You should be familiar with conservation planning tools and literature.

Job Location: Leeds, United Kingdom
Duration: Full Time - Two years
Salary: £32,004 to £38,183 p.a.
Application Deadline: Monday, June 19, 2017
Application Website: https://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=FBSBY1067

Application Information: PDF iconfbsby1067_rtf_in_quantitative_marine_spatial_conservation.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Project and Workshop Manager; SECORE International

Project and Workshop Manager SECORE International, Inc. is a renowned coral reef conservation and restoration organization with a global network of scientists, public aquarium professionals and local stakeholders. SECORE applies a holistic approach combining research, education, outreach and active restoration for the conservation of coral reefs. Together with the California Academy of Sciences and The Nature Conservancy, SECORE has recently launched the Global Coral Restoration Project to advance the science, technology and application of innovative coral restoration techniques. SECORE International, Inc. is seeking to fill the position of a Project and Workshop Manager (PWM).

Position Summary

The PWM oversees all project and workshop operations at SECORE International project sites around the globe and reports to the Executive Director (ED). The PWM coordinates all logistical aspects, works closely and cooperates with SECORE personnel, partners, and collaborators at field sites to accomplish the necessary and varied operations of organizing research and restoration projects as well as workshops. The PWM is responsible for ensuring the supply of materials and resources needed for our widespread research and restoration efforts, and supports our efforts to advance restoration technology.

Job Location: Negotiable
Duration: Full Time - Permanent
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Application Deadline: Friday, June 23, 2017
Application Website: http://www.secore.org/site/our-work/detail/job-opportunities-with-secore.38...
Application Information: PDF iconjob_opening_project_and_workshop_manager.pdf

For more information and to apply, see attached pdf or click on the link above (by application website) and navigate to 'Current job openings' then select 'Project and Workshop Manager Job Description.'

- Position Vacancy: Climate Adaptation Specialist; The Nature Conservancy

Program Team in Jamaica (Geography director/manager and administrative support staff), the RI Project Manager, the RI Program Management Unit, and regional staff.  This position reports to the Director of Climate Adaptation.

Essential Functions

The Climate Adaptation Specialist will be directly responsible for the following areas of work, in particular: 

  • With the support of the Program leadership (Director and Project Manager), develop country-level work plans.
  • Lead the implementation of approved country-level work plans.
  • Manage the technical aspects of the full range of activities in the country work plans in close coordination with the Director of Climate Adaptation, Project Manager, Jamaica Director/Manager, and relevant TNC project staff and partners.
  • In coordination with the Jamaica Program Director, manage relationships with relevant RI country partners and ensure their work is in line with overall project scope and on track for delivery as agreed in contracts.
  • Be main point of contact for program leadership on implementation issues.
  • With the support of relevant project technical teams (science and policy), plan and execute country project meeting/workshops logistics, create agendas and compile needed meeting materials beforehand.
  • Proactively alert the program leadership of any obstacles or delays in the project process and propose options for fixing.
  • Develop/manage contracts covering country-specific activities and checking that activity implementation is on track and any problems are identified in advance.
  • Support the RI Project Manager in the preparation of project deliverables required by the donor agency including annual work plans, semi-annual and year-end technical reports, financial reports.
  • Assist the Jamaica Program Director represent and coordinate the program with Jamaica government.
  • Identify/promote key stories and successes and liaise with program leadership and Marketing-Communications staff to ensure accuracy of content. 
  • Support strong RI related community relations, involving close liaison and coordination with TNC’s main local partners on the project.
  • Write and edit, as needed, select communication materials in order to fulfill the program’s contractual obligations to the funding agency and meet other TNC and external communications needs, in collaboration with Marketing-Communications staff.
  • Provide additional support as needed.

Responsibilities & Scope

  • Work with TNC team toward shared Resilient Islands program goals.
  • Gain cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals.
  • Support budget development and tracking.
  • Draft, negotiate and manage contracts.        
  • Communicate Resilient Islands plans and progress (written, verbal, presentations).
  • Ensure program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.           
  • Under minimal supervision, make independent decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BA/BSc, and 5 years of experience in natural resource management (ideally marine / coastal conservation).
  • Experience with communication via written, spoken and graphical means in English.
  • Experience with relationship building to facilitate effective partnerships (e.g. government officials, NGOs, community groups, scientific researchers, educators, and rural communities).
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements. 
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
  • Experience with completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).

Preferred Qualifications

  • MA, MsC and 5 years of experience in climate-related field, preferably Ecosystem Based Adaptation
  • Knowledge of marine / coastal conservation practice, conservation science and Ecosystem-Based Adaptation.
  • Knowledge of nature based solutions such as mangrove planting and reef enhancement techniques.
  • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Previous experience implementing projects funded by German federal grants
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in integrating people and nature, ecosystem-services and conservation, community-based resource management, participatory planning, and climate adaptation
  • Proven ability to write professional reports, assessments, proposals, fact sheets, letters to government officials, and other professional level communications.
  • Familiarity and experience with methodologies and tools related to the social science and economics dimensions of natural resources management.
Experience working with Humanitarian Organizations (e.g. Red Cross National Society)

- Position Vacancy: Communications & Conservation Projects Coordinator; Marine Conservation Institute

Marine Conservation Institute is a pioneering science and advocacy organization dedicated to securing permanent, strong protection for the oceans’ most important places.  Founded in 1996 by marine ecologist Dr. Elliott Norse, Marine Conservation Institute is working towards a global network of marine protected areas by identifying ecologically significant places deserving protection, advocating for their designation and ensuring effective conservation and management.

The Communications & Conservation Projects Coordinator reports to the President and works with Marine Conservation Institute’s staff to coordinate communications and programmatic efforts. This position is primarily a support role within the organization with a chance to grow into a more senior position. The ideal individual has a passion for ocean conservation, is detail oriented and exceptionally well organized.

Primary Responsibilities:

Communications Coordinator: 50% of time
The Communications Coordinator oversees the institute’s diverse communication platforms and maintains followership and keeps supporters up-to-date on conservation priorities and progress. This position requires in-depth understanding of Marine Conservation Institute’s mission statement, initiative objectives and program progress. Specifically, the Communications Coordinator’s responsibilities and duties include:

  • Creating, managing and supporting organizational communication platforms:
    • Monthly e-newsletters and quarterly GLORES e-newsletters (MailChimp);
    • Social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and LinkedIn;
    • Website(s), update program content on a quarterly basis;
    • Global Ocean Refuge System Partner Spotlight and On the Tide blogs and guest platforms;
    • Daily Newsclips using paperli; and
    • Online petitions/ action alerts.
  • Authoring and editing external reports;
  • Ensuring message consistency across major initiatives and with conservation partners;
  • Supporting fundraising communications as needed by the Development Director;
  • Supporting media releases in collaboration with the Director of Policy and Legislation; and
  • Recruiting, training and directing communications interns.

Conservation Projects Coordinator: 25% of time

  • The Conservation Projects Coordinator supports the progress of institute’s major conservation initiatives. This position requires in-depth understanding of our initiatives and program objectives. Specific responsibilities and duties include:
  • Working closely with the President and program staff to ensure that short-term and long-term milestones are clearly outlined and calendared;
  • Ensuring that program progress is timely and communicated both internally and to relevant external stakeholders;
  • Contributing to research and reporting (e.g., writing report content, internet research, etc.);
  • Representing the institute within coalitions and reporting back internally to update staff to see how the institute can support coalition efforts;
  • Researching marine conservation issues as needed or requested by the president and program staff; and
  • Manage the Seattle Headquarters Intern program: postings, interviews, training, mentorship, etc.

Administrative Responsibilities: 25% of time

This position provides administrative support to the President and Board of Directors and as such should demonstrate excellent judgment and discretion. Sensitivity to confidential matters is required.

Assisting the President:

Create a working environment in which the President can work effectively by helping to organize his schedule, calendar and program priorities; and

  • Assist with the President’s correspondence; and ensuring that computer, internet and phone systems are in good working order, including ability to work while traveling.

Assisting the Board of Directors:

  • Organize logistical and travel support for Board members and participants for Board meetings;
  • Maintain correspondence and support for Board members; and
  • Attend and record Board meeting notes and minutes.

Organizational Support:

  • Maintain organizational calendars, prepare agendas, keep meeting notes and action items;
  • Participate in the cash receivables internal control process;
  • Responsible for printed materials, reports, business cards, etc.; and
  • Organize staff events, retreats and Board of Director’s meetings.

Job Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: Full-Time - Permanent
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Application Website: https://marine-conservation.org/who-we-are/jobs/

- Position Vacancy: Community Relations Specialist; Project AWARE

Project AWARE (projectaware.org), a non-profit organization empowering a global community to be agents of positive change for the ocean, is seeking candidates for the role of Community Relations Specialist at our headquarters in Rancho Santa Margarita CA.  We are a passionate and committed organization seeking leadership that shares that passion and commitment for our mission and vision.

Originally formed in 1989 as an environmental initiative by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI®), Project A.W.A.R.E. existed to increase environmental awareness through diver education. In 1992, with tremendous support from the dive community, Project AWARE Foundation was registered as an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in the U.S. To further engage divers and activists around the world in conservation, Project AWARE became an established UK charity in 1999 and received formal nonprofit status in Australia in 2002.

For nearly 25 years, Project AWARE has grown and changed in response to emerging challenges facing the world’s underwater environments. Since 2011, we’ve focused on two top ocean issues where scuba divers are uniquely positioned to influence change – shark and ray conservation and marine debris.  We have been successful in achieving major successes in protecting marine wildlife and fragile marine habitats through science, education, influence and community action.

Reporting to the Director of Global Operations and the Communications Manager, the Community Relations Specialist will empower and activate a global community of volunteers and raise the profile of the organization by coordinating community, media and digital outreach efforts both online and offline. As a core team member to both the Communications and Campaigns team, he/she will support the development and implementation of global communications plans and serve as a primary liaison with Project AWARE supporters to help drive community engagement locally and globally.
The Community Relations Specialist will be thoroughly committed to Project AWARE’s mission. Areas of oversight will include Communications and Marketing, Community Engagement and Project Management.  All candidates should have proven and demonstrated skilled and experience in these areas. Specific requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university required, Communications, Public Affairs or Community Relations preferred
  • Three to five (3-5) years of experience in marketing, communications, community relations or advocacy – online and offline
  • Proven experience with a blend of community relations and community building for a non-profit, data-driven program/campaign setting and/or web/social media management
  • Excellent writing, editing and presentation skills
  • Database software, web, CMS and social media maverick; familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite and graphic design experience a plus
  • Is a strategic big picture thinker, a motivated self-starter with exceptional planning and organizational skills
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and thrive in a high change, multinational, cross-office work environment
  • Goal driven and results oriented professional that enjoys working both on a team and autonomously
  • PC literate: Microsoft Office, CRM, web & social media
  • Experience with marine conservation and scuba diving industry a plus, including a working knowledge of ocean issues and a passion for conservation
  • Working knowledge of other languages a plus
  • Willingness to travel

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.

Project AWARE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We offer our employees a unique culture driven by our shared passion for ocean health, competitive salaries, generous time off, outstanding benefits, flexible work schedule, onsite gym and pool, 401(k), with employer match and an opportunity to impact the planet for good.

For consideration please submit your Letter of Interest and resume to jobs@ProjectAWARE.org.
Visit Project AWARE Foundation’s website at www.projectaware.org for additional details on the Foundation’s environmental initiatives and activities. 

Job Location: Rancho Santa Margarita, California
Duration: Full time, permanent
Salary: $50,000 /year

Application Deadline: Thursday, June 22, 2017

- Post-Doc Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, microplastic in the Arctic; The Norwegian Polar Institute

The Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) in Tromsø, Norway invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellow position in development and mapping of microplastic in the Arctic. The work will be conducted in our Research Department, Section for Exotoxicology. The position is a fixed-term position for a period of 2 years with a possible extension of 2 years, depending on funding.

Work Content
Management of marine plastic litter, both nationally (the Norwegian Environment Agency and the Governor of Svalbard) and internationally (OSPAR and PAME), ask for improved methods in identification and quantification of plastic pollution to establish surveillance series related to plastic pollution.
The objective of the project is to develop and improve methods for identification and quantification of microplastics in seawater, sea ice and sediments from sea floor and beaches. These methods will be used to map the extent and distribution of microplastic in the Svalbard area.

Organization: The Norwegian Polar Institute
Job Location:  Tromsø, Norway
Duration: Full-time, 2-years+
Salary: NOK 486 100 – 556 700
Application Deadline: Friday, June 23, 2017
Application Website: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/138350/postdoctoral-research...

- Internship: REEF Marine Conservation Internship; REEF

Reef Environmental Education Foundation is a non-profit organization of divers and marine enthusiasts committed to ocean conservation through education, service, and research. Marine Conservation Interns support REEF’s three main conservation programs: the Volunteer Fish Survey Project, Invasive Lionfish Program, and Grouper Moon Program.

About the Internship:

Three times a year REEF accepts four individuals to intern at REEF Headquarters in Key Largo, Florida. Interns learn a variety of skills that include non-profit management, public speaking, conservation fieldwork, data management, and marine biology laboratory techniques. REEF interns build relationships with leaders in marine science and conservation, and leave the internship well rounded, experienced, and ready to begin careers in marine conservation. 


- Must have completed at least two years of college
- National and international individuals accepted
- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite 
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Excellent people skills – we work with the general public daily
- Detail oriented, ability to take direction and follow through with projects
- Enthusiasm to teach and instill a connection to the marine environment with the public
- Students from disciplines outside marine science are encouraged to apply
- Although not required, basic Open Water SCUBA certification preferred

Duties: Interns can expect to be exposed to a wide range of activities that vary from season to season. While each internship is unique, typical activities include:

- Performing fish identification surveys while SCUBA diving
- Assisting with invasive lionfish fieldwork, capture and dissection of lionfish
- Assisting with invasive lionfish education, outreach, and control programs
- Presenting seminars for school groups and dive clubs
- Planning and implementing special events like REEF Fest and Lionfish Derbies
- Assisting with Ocean Explorers Summer Camp and creating Camp Content (Summer Internship Only)
- Writing articles for websites, newsletters, blogs and social media
- Helping members of the public that come into REEF Headquarters for information
- Creating flyers and other promotional materials
- Responding to phone calls and emails from REEF members

In addition, interns are encouraged to implement independent projects related to their areas of interest. For example, a graphic design major could create new infographic posters or an education major could create fish identification lesson plans for grade school classrooms. Other past intern projects have related to biological assessment fieldwork and data analysis, language translations of REEF materials, writing, artwork, web design, and GIS mapping.

Time Commitment:

The internship program is a full-time position that is typically four months in length. Interns will work in the office, dive, or volunteer in the communityaround 40 hours per week. The office is staffed Monday through Friday during business hours, and weekend work is occasionally required in conjunction with special events like lionfish derbies and community outreach.

When not working at REEF Headquarters, interns are encouraged to dive and volunteer in the community. Each week interns can participate in REEF’s Volunteer Fish Survey Project and dive for a half-day (2 dives) at no cost with one of REEF’s partner Field Stations. Interns are also encouraged to volunteer with local environmental organizations for a full or half day each week.

Benefits:  Although the internship is unpaid, the benefits of interning at REEF are plentiful.

- Exposure to different non-profit educational and environmental organizations
- Experience in local Florida and Caribbean fish identification
- Opportunity to become a member of the Advanced Assessment Team
- Practical field experience in monitoring protocols, procedures, and data management
- Opportunities to teach others about the marine environment
- Treated as a valuable member of the REEF team
- Given diverse tasks and responsibility for important projects
- Networking with important figures in marine science, SCUBA diving, underwater photography, conservation
- Opportunities to dive in the Florida Keys
- College credit, if appropriate
- Letters of recommendation provided upon successful completion of the internship
- Dive training certifications from local dive shops and instructors, where applicable
- Making long lasting friendships with like-minded individuals
- Living in the beautiful, sunny Florida Keys, where the ocean is your backyard!

Equipment To Be Supplied By Intern:

- Reliable transportation (public transportation in Key Largo is limited and you cannot easily haul dive gear on a bike)
- Although not required, it is encouraged for interns to have their own dive gear. Diving is a benefit to the program and the cost of gear rental adds up quickly. 

Dates: Start and end dates are flexible depending on University schedules and other school or work commitments. The three semesters follow the general schedule:

- Spring semester: January to May
- Summer semester: late May/early June to late August/September
- Fall semester: August to December

Housing: REEF provides a furnished, four-bedroom house during the internship and covers a portion of the cost. Each intern contributes $400 each month toward the cost of housing and utilities. All utilities and high speed internet are included in this price. Any additional costs vary from intern to intern based on expenditures.

Supervisor:  Ellie Splain, REEF Education Program Manager

Job Location:  Key Largo, Florida
Duration: August 2017 - December 2017
Salary: Unpaid
Application Deadline: Monday, June 19, 2017

Application Website: http://www.reef.org/internship/description

- Internship: Seafood Sustainability Intern; Playa Viva

Playa Viva is a sustainable boutique hotel located on Mexico's southern pacific coast committed to regenerative development. We are seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic intern to support an important aspect of our sustainability concept: seafood purchasing. One of our goals in our food sourcing is to provide transparency in our menus, build strong relationships with local providers, and use ingredients that are seasonal, organic, and just. 

Phase 1 of the project involves tracing where the hotel’s seafood is coming from and investigating local fishing regulations and ensuring that we are purchasing seafood that is socially and ecologically sustainable.

Phase 2 of the project involves working with hotel management and local fishing cooperatives to source fish locally and from small-scale producers in order to support our local economy and regenerate healthy fisheries. Your work will be supported by Playa Viva’s Social & Environmental Impact Officer (SEI) and involve traveling to local seafood markets, talking with vendors, government officials, fishermen, other resource users and conservation actors in the area to ensure we are supporting sustainable fisheries. Phase 2 will involve implementation of research findings, building relationships with small-scale producers, and implementing changes in our seafood sourcing.

Phase 3 of the project will involve creating a responsible seafood guide for the Costa Grande region of Guerrero. This will entail researching government regulations, as well as interviewing local fishermen and conservation actors to determine what are the most responsible choices for seafood consumption in the area that support sustainable fisheries. This guide will be user-friendly with easily digestible information so that consumers, restaurants, hotels, and businesses alike can make responsible, well-informed choices.  

We are currently in phase 1 of the project and moving into phase 2. 

This is a great opportunity for graduate students looking for research projects or budding marine resource managers with an interest in the fishing industry and/or supply chains. 

Minimum Requirements

  • BA/BS in marine resource management, fisheries management, environmental economics, fisheries science, or a related field.
  • Strong knowledge of fisheries and marine conservation issues;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent research and writing skills;
  • Ability to exercise sensitivity among cultural differences;
  • Passion for the ocean, seafood, and sustainable fisheries a must;
  • Willingness and ability to work in remote communities and in a tropical, humid environment; 
  • Must have advanced-fluent oral Spanish skills.

In exchange for your service, we provide shared accommodation in the neighboring town of Juluchuca with fellow volunteers and 2 meals per day at Playa Viva hotel, 6 days per week. Currently, we cannot provide any financial compensation for your service. If you would like to fundraise for your position, you are more than welcome to!

Start and end dates

Ideal start date is late July. The position will be a three month minimum term.

How to apply

Please send a 1-page cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in the position and a copy of your CV/resume to mluna@playaviva.com by June 30 2017. Additionally, please indicate your level of Spanish fluency and the date you are available to start the position.

- Upcoming Conference: 11th Graduate Climate Conference; MIT

When: November 10-12, 2017
Where: MIT’s Marine Biological Laboratory, Cape Cod, MA

Graduate students in MIT's Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are pleased to announce the 11th Graduate Climate Conference! GCC 2017 is scheduled for November 10-12, 2017 at the Marine Biological Laboratory on the south shores of Cape Cod, MA. This is a conference for grad students, organized and run by grad students.

This year's conference is focused on bringing together graduate researchers who think about climate from all disciplines, including but not limited to atmospheric, biological, earth, and ocean sciences, geography, anthropology, public policy, and economics. The conference is unique because only students attend, providing a rare opportunity for the next generation of climate researchers to interact without the inhibitions that accompany the presence of faculty and senior scientists.

Applications are now open. The deadline for abstract submission is June 15th. Food, lodging, and conference registration fees are provided by our generous sponsors; travel grants will be provided on an as-needed basis to as many participants as possible.

For more information, and a link to the application page, visit the official website: http://gradclimateconf.mit.edu. Feel free to contact the organizing committee with questions at gcc-2017@mit.edu.

- Tool: Improved Visualization of Community Level Impacts from Coastal Flooding or Sea Level Rise

NOAA’s Sea Level Rise Viewer has a fresh new look and improved functionality. We’ve also increased the amount of local data available. Upgrades include:

  • Locally relevant scenarios (based on the Third National Climate Assessment) for most coastal locations
  • More intuitive links to map services and data download options
  • Improved marsh migration visualization
  • Larger photo simulations of local flooding
  • Ability to zoom to a specific location or address

Contact Doug.Marcy@noaa.gov should you have questions.

- Tool: New version of Coral Health Atlas is now live

Via Coral Health Atlas

"The goal of this website is to provide interactive access to coral health data and immersive data visualizations at study sites throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago. Users can also access information pertaining to the importance of corals and coral health, research methods, historical information about each study site, and recent news. Aims and applications of our research are contextualized in worldviews indigenous to Hawaiʻi. Cultural significance of study sites and relationship between coral and people is also included in this website to enhance our understanding of why it is important to study health of the coral and coral reefs.

The interactive map allows users to view each site in a spatial context and examine coral health data selecting multiple various parameters such as prevalence, severity, disease-type, and species. In order to enable users to virtually explore each location first-hand, we have embedded 360 panoramic videos for each location. Users can use their mouse to drag and look in any direction while the video plays, thus simulating the experience of diving at each study locations. The 360 videos are housed on YouTube, so they can also be viewed with smartphones and VR headsets. Lastly, we have embedded 3D reconstructions of the coral reef at each site. User can manipulate and explore each 3D reef model and view the various morphologies and habitat complexity among the sites."

Click here to read the full article from its source

- Webinar: Completing and Using Ecosystem Service Assessment for Decision-Making: An Interdisciplinary Toolkit for Managers

Event Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 1 pm EDT

This webinar will be presented by Susan Preston of Environment and Climate Change Canada.

This new toolkit contains key tools and resources for planning and undertaking an ecosystem services assessment and the analyses that contribute to such an assessment. It provides practical step-by-step advice on determining if an “ecosystem services” approach is needed in a given situation; completing a robust ecosystem service assessment; understanding what the results of such an assessment mean and what they do not mean; and incorporating ecosystem services analyses and considerations in a wide range of policy, decision, and management processes. The Ecosystem Services Toolkit is freely available for download at http://biodivcanada.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=B443A05E-1.

Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org) and MEAM.

To register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1707170305298006018

- Webinar: Identification of Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Indicators using an Ecological Resilience Framework

Event Date: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 1pm US EDT

This webinar will be presented by Kathy Goodin of NatureServe.

Resource managers must monitor ecologically appropriate indicators to effectively evaluate the performance of their activities and to guide adaptive management. To support indicator monitoring efforts, we developed a set of ecological condition and ecosystem service indicators for five ecosystems in the Gulf using an ecological resilience framework. With input from ecosystem experts, we created conceptual ecological models that identify the drivers, stressors, major ecological factors and their key ecological attributes. Using the models as a guide, we identified indicators, metrics and assessment points that will allow monitoring programs to better gauge ecological condition and ecosystem service provision. This work can be used directly by resource managers and restoration practitioners to guide and evaluate the performance of their efforts.

Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org) and MEAM.

To register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/461234515490711555

- Webinar: Takeaways from the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS)

This webinar originally aired on 14 July 2016.

The International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS), being held from June 19-24, 2016, in Honolulu, Hawai’i, is the primary international meeting focused on coral reef science and management. ICRS will bring together an anticipated 2,500 coral reef scientists, policy makers, and managers from 70 different nations to present the latest research findings, case histories, and management activities and discuss the application of scientific knowledge to achieving coral reef sustainability. This 13th iteration of ICRS expands outside its traditional science realm to also include policy and management with the overall theme of "Bridging Science to Policy." Alongside the symposium, a concurrent Leadership Forum with heads of state from the Pacific is convening to talk about the most pressing issues their local reefs are facing. The presentation will share outcomes from the Leadership Forum as well as high-level scientific findings from the conference, drawing direct links to management and policy. View the conference agenda at https://sgmeet.com/icrs2016.

This webinar was presented by Paulo Maurin, Jason Philibotte, and Bob Richmond; and it was co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, MPA News, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

Click here to download a copy of this webinar from our Vimeo page
Click here to watch this video on YouTube

- Webinar: The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats

This webinar was presented by Jen Plunket of the North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR, Scott Lerberg of the Chesapeake Bay NERR, and Robin Weber of the Narragansett Bay NERR. Changes in climate affect ecosystems directly and interact with current stressors to impact vital coastal habitats. Adaptive capacity imparted from a system’s natural traits or potential management actions can lessen these impacts. The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats (CCVATCH) is a spreadsheet-based decision support tool that utilizes a team of local experts - land managers and researchers - to assess the possible interactions of climate change, stressors, and adaptive capacity to understand the climate vulnerabilities of a habitat. The CCVATCH Guidance Document provides background information and assessment questions for each climate-stressor interaction and adaptive capacity considerations. The spreadsheet itself calculates scores for sensitivity-exposure, adaptive capacity, and overall vulnerability. Learn more at http://www.ccvatch.com. Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

- Webinar: Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA)

This webinar was presented by Jenny Merriman of BirdLife International. The Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA) provides practical step-by-step guidance for conducting an ecosystem services assessment at the site scale. TESSA particularly emphasizes the importance of comparing estimated ecosystem service values for alternative states of a site (for example, before and after conversion to agriculture) so decision-makers can assess the net consequences of such a change and better understand how decisions affect the ecosystem services that people depend on. The toolkit targets non-expert users with limited expertise and resources. The methods have been developed through expert consultation and are grounded in scientific approaches but are also designed to be simple enough to be useful to practitioners in the field. TESSA has been used across a range of habitats around the world. TESSA is available for download at http://tessa.tools. Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

- Webinar: NOAA Digital Coast Series and other NOAA Seminars

This series introduces Digital Coast tools and data through demonstrations, case studies, and opportunities to engage with field experts and colleagues. Recordings are posted for all webinars as soon as they are available.


- Webinar: iMarine Data e-Infrastructure Initiative for Fisheries Management and Conservation of Marine Living Resources

iMarine is an open and collaborative initiative aimed at supporting the implementation of an ecosystem approach to fisheries management and the conservation of living marine resources. iMarine provides an e-infrastructure that facilitates open access and the sharing of a multitude of data, collaborative analysis, processing and mining processing, as well as the publication and dissemination of newly generated knowledge. It is intended for practitioners from numerous scientific fields including fisheries, biodiversity, and ocean observation and has a variety of application bundles including ones for biodiversity (e.g. species distribution modeling), geospatial data discovery and processing, and statistics.

Learn more about iMarine at www.i-marine.eu.

This webinar originally aired on July 22, 2014. This webinar was presented by the EBM Tools Network and it was presented by Pasquale Pagano and Gianpaolo Coro of CNR-ISTI.

Click here to watch this webinar

Click here to download a copy of this webinar

- Webinar: Marine and Coastal Datasets of Biodiversity Importance

The availability and appropriate use of marine and coastal data form the foundation of effective decision-making. The United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre recently released a manual that provides an overview of global marine and coastal datasets of biodiversity importance. The intention is to address the fragmented information and guidance for users of marine data. Although not exhaustive, this review has resulted in the identification of 78 datasets and/or databases and data portals. The report also includes detailed standardized metadata for 45 of these reviewed datasets (annex 3). This webinar will present the manual and discuss the various challenges, gaps and limitations presented by coastal and marine data.

Download the manual at http://wcmc.io/01fc (Annex 3: http://wcmc.io/d6a1).

This webinar originally aired on July 1, 2014, was presented by Corinne Martin of UNEP WCMC, and co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

Click here to watch this webinar
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- Student Resource: Online Environmental Science Programs and Resources; Affordable Colleges Online

An environmental science degree can lead to a variety of careers: At the entry level, environmental protection techs perform inspections and investigations into the source of contaminants and pollutants. At higher levels, opportunities exist for environmental science specialists, research scientists, microbiologists, and experts in related disciplines such as oceanography or marine science.

This guide explores the various levels of degrees, types of available online programs, potential careers, and tips for academic success in web-based courses to help prospective students determine the best educational pathway.

For more information, go to:  http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/environmental-science-degrees/

- Student Resource: Outdoor Career Guidebook; Affordable Colleges Online

This website provides users with a list of prospective outdoor careers (including marine biologist) that provides an idea of the variety of careers available and some steps they can take to get them. It also lists scholoarships and job search resources.

- Student Resource: Guide to Green Careers and Degrees; Affordable Colleges Online

This website provides general information about environmentally friendly degrees (including marine science) and job options. The menu includes:

  • Reasons for pursuing a green job;
  • Popular green degrees;
  • A sustainable career map;
  • Top paying green careers; and
  • A list of job resources.
An interview with Nurit Katz, UCLA's first Sustainability Coordinator, is also posted on this site.

- Resource: Ocean Health Index-Science webpage redesigned

The Ocean Health Index team announced the launch of their redesigned OHI-Science.org website. OHI-Science.org is the primary resource for Ocean Health Index (OHI) scientific information, tools, and instruction. These resources can be used by anyone to lead independent OHI assessments, called OHI+ assessments.

Since the OHI framework was developed in 2012 (Halpern et al., 2012, Nature), eleven assessments have been completed, four of which were independent OHI+ assessments independently led by academic or government groups. The redesigned website incorporates knowledge and experience gained through these assessments to provide future groups with the best possible information and methodology for conducting an OHI+ assessment.

As the sister website to OceanHealthIndex.org, OHI-Science.org allows visitors to easily access our freely-available data and methods and explore completed and ongoing OHI assessments. New features include easy navigation and access to:

OHI-Science.org is a platform for tools used and developed by a very active open science and OHI+ community, and will be constantly updated. To receive updates, please email info@ohi-science.org or follow us on Twitter: @ohiscience.

- Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene

Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene is a trans-disciplinary, open-access journal committed to the facilitation of collaborative, peer-reviewed research. Divided into six "knowledge domains" (atmospheric science, ecology, sustainability transitions, earth and environmental science, ocean science, and sustainable engineering) Elementa strives to expertly publish timely, peer-reviewed articles and help authors present their work in a particularly engaging way, offering the opportunity to display additional materials such as slideshows and videos alongside their research; and making all articles available in multiple formats such as PDF, HTML, EPUB and Mobipocket.

As a nonprofit initiative, the support of our collaborators BioOne, Dartmouth, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Michigan, and the University of Washington ensures that we keep our focus on the publication of timely, high quality research to advance the intellectual agenda of science.

Journal website: https://www.elementascience.org/

- New Website: GaClimate.org

As part of the Southeast Climate Extension project whose goal is to advance climate extension in agriculture, a new website has been developed to serve as a clearinghouse for information on climate and weather in Georgia. The website is: www.GaClimate.org

The website provides the following information:

  1. A daily blog post on climate and weather from our agricultural climatologist, Pam Knox.
  2. A news feed of climate-related stories relevant to agriculture.
  3. Links to Extension fact sheets on climate (see link at top of page)
  4. A glossary of relevant terms (see link at top of page)
  5. State maps of 14 environmental parameters including soil temperature, soil moisture, air temperature, precipitation, wind direction, etc. from the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network (GAEMN).  The maps are created by Dr. Ian Flitcroft’s group with data collected from GAEMN weather stations.  The maps can be copied for use in presentations, etc. by right-clicking on the map. The maps are:
    1. 12 maps showing current conditions
    2. 14 maps showing yesterday’s average conditions
  6. Links to a variety of useful tools such as a Degree Day Calculator, Freeze Risk Probabilities, Chilling Hours Calculator, and many others.
  7. Current drought conditions in Georgia from the U.S. Drought Monitor
  8. El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate phase forecast.
The GaClimate.org website is a cooperative effort between www.AgroClimate.org, GAEMN, and the Southeast Climate Consortium. 

- Document of Interest: Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection; CRC Press

CRC Press announces the publication of Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection edited by Donna Marie Bilkovic, Molly M. Mitchell, Megan K. La Peyre, and Jason D. Toft. A new addition to the CRC Marine Science Series, this book compiles, synthesizes and interprets the current state of the knowledge on the science and practice of nature-based shoreline protection. This volume provides a background and history of living shorelines, understandings on management, policy, and project designs, technical synthesis of the science related to living shorelines including insights from new studies, and the identification of research needs, lessons learned, and perspectives on future guidance.

International perspectives are presented from leading researchers and managers in the East, West and Gulf coasts of the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia that are working on natural approaches to shoreline management. The broad geographic scope and interdisciplinary nature of contributing authors will help to facilitate dialogue and transfer knowledge among different disciplines and across different regions. This book will provide coastal communities with the scientific foundation and practical guidance necessary to implement effective shoreline management that enhances ecosystem services and coastal resilience now and into the future.

This book will serve as a valuable reference to guide scientists, students, managers, planners, regulators, environmental and engineering consultants, and others engaged in the design and implementation of living shorelines.
The publication date has been moved up to March 9. Log on to the CRC Press website to pre-order the book and receive a discount.

- Document of Interest: Living Shorelines Strategic Needs Assessment

The Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance (GSAA) supported a process to examine the appropriate role in the South Atlantic region (NC, SC, GA, FL) for estuarine shoreline management methods other than traditional means of shoreline hardening with particular focus on livings shorelines.  The assessment process included surveys, a summit attended by approximately 150 participants, and a workshop which all contributed to development of this strategic needs assessment. The Assessment’s intent is to highlight and prioritize the education, research, and policies needed to establish living shorelines as a desirable alternative for protecting eroding, flooding, or threatened shorelines, thereby providing better options for coastal protection that work in harmony with the land-water interface and the surrounding ecosystems.

Link: http://southatlanticalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/GSAA_LSStrategyFinal.pdf

- Document of Interest: Presentations from the South Atlantic Living Shoreline Summit, April 12 & 13, 2016

The South Atlantic’s first regional summit on living shorelines, was held April 12 – 13, 2016 and hosted by the GSAA with support from EPA Region IV and The Nature Conservancy. The Summit included expert panels and discussions examining current living shorelines practices, challenges, and opportunities in the South Atlantic States, followed by a Living Shorelines Academy Workshop and site visit at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve.

The purpose of the Summit was to share information on the management, research, regulation, and implementation of living shorelines in the South Atlantic region, building knowledge and relationships that expand the use of appropriate stabilization alternatives to traditional shoreline hardening. Researchers, regulators and policymakers, property owners and managers, planners, contractors, and non-profit organizations were all invited to attend and benefit from the expertise and networking opportunities at the Summit.

Presentations from the Summit are now available at their website: http://southatlanticalliance.org/?page_id=1635

- Document of Interest: Summary of Coastal Management Policies Relevant to Sea-Level Rise in Georgia

This document contains links to Federal and Georgia State statutes, regulations, and agencies important to responding to sea level rise. The document also contains links to Georgia coastal county and local government plans and ordinances concerning issues surrounding sea level rise such as community resilience.

Link: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/309431089_Summary_of_Coastal_Management_Policies_Relevant_to_Sea-Level_Rise_in_Georgia

- Document of Interest: Living Shorelines in the Southeast: Research and Data Gaps

The report, Living Shorelines in the Southeast: Research and Data Gaps, was prepared for the Governors South Atlantic Alliance by the GCRC. This report synthesizes scientific information relevant to living shorelines in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Whenever possible, we focus on research conducted in the Southeast although we also included work from the Gulf States and Chesapeake Bay. Where information on living shoreline was lacking, we drew on relevant material from studies of restored, submerged oyster reefs as well as natural and restored salt marshes and mangroves. Part One of the report provides a brief overview of the types of approaches that have been used in the region. Parts Two, Three and Four describe research on the physical, biological, and chemical characteristics, respectively, of living shorelines in salt marshes, which is the focus of the majority of the published studies. Part Five summarizes what little information is available regarding living shoreline projects in Florida mangroves. Part Six is a summary and a discussion of data gaps.

The report also includes information on 439 living shoreline projects in the southeastern region. Details about each project are included in Appendix A. Note that this list will likely grow as additional projects are identified.

Appendix B is an annotated bibliography of material relevant to living shoreline research in the southeast region. The bibliography contains 20 case studies of regional living shorelines, 5 databases of restoration/living shoreline projects, and information about 13 federal and state agencies and non-profit groups involved in living shorelines. It also provides summaries of 86 research papers and proceedings and 55 other publications including reports, books, book chapters, theses, and treatises.

The report can also be accessed at the Governors' South Atlantic Alliance website: http://southatlanticalliance.org/?p=1809

- Document of Interest: Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card; GA-DNR Coastal Resources Division

The Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card is an important tool for planning restoration activities and conservation. It provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of health in coastal Georgia. Coastal Georgia health is defined as the progress of indicators toward scientifically-derived thresholds or goals. The twelve indicators in the report card examine human health, fisheries and wildlife.

To view the report, go to: http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/uploads/crd/images/ReportCard/2014_Coastal_GA_Report_Card.pdf

For information about the developement process and methods that were used to draw up the Report Card, go to: http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/uploads/crd/images/ReportCard/Coastal_Georgia_Report_Card_White_Paper.pdf

To view the FAQ, go to: http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/uploads/crd/images/ReportCard/Report%20Card%20Key%20Messages%20and%20FAQs_Final.pdf

To watch the introductory webinar, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RoFB5th_ME

For the powerpoint presentation used in the webinar, go to: http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/uploads/crd/images/ReportCard/2014ReportCard.pdf

- Document of Interest: State of the Climate in 2014

Resource type: Report

Description: [From the webpage] "An international, peer-reviewed publication released each summer, the "State of the Climate" is the authoritative annual summary of the global climate published as a supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. The report, compiled by NOAA’s Center for Weather and Climate at the National Centers for Environmental Information is based on contributions from 413 scientists from 58 countries around the world. It provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable weather events, and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments located on land, water, ice, and in space."

"An overview of findings is presented in the Abstract and Introduction. Chapter 2 features global-scale climate variables; Chapter 3 highlights the global oceans; and Chapter 4 includes tropical climate phenomena including tropical cyclones. The Arctic and Antarctic respond differently through time and are reported in separate chapters (5 and 6, respectively). Chapter 7 provides a regional perspective authored largely by local government climate specialists. Sidebars included in each chapter are intended to provide background information on a significant climate event from 2014, a developing technology, or emerging dataset germane to the chapter’s content. A list of relevant datasets and their sources for all chapters is provided as an Appendix."

Reference: State of the Climate in 2014 (2015). Blunden, J. and D. S. Arndt, (eds.), Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 96(7): S1–S267.

Link: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/bams-state-of-the-climate/2014.php

- Resource: SE Coastal Water Quality Monitoring Metadata Project Web Portal

This website provides access to the Coastal Water Quality Monitoring Metadata Database for the Southeast region, encompassing the Department of the Interior’s South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SALCC) from Virginia to Florida (view maps). The database was designed with National Park Service funding to store detailed information on water quality monitoring programs operated by federal, state and municipal agencies, as well as by research institutions, including monitoring station locations, measured parameters, program contacts, and links to program web pages and data downloads.

Information from 43 monitoring programs operated in the South Atlantic region is currently registered in this database, including metadata on over 44,000 stations at which 1093 distinct parameters are measured. Additional programs and stations can also be registered by interested parties in the future. This database provides an ongoing inventory of monitoring activities for the southeast region and will help to facilitate identification of data gaps or under- or over-sampled areas. On a broader scale, the project’s water quality metadata database and web portal have timely relevance to the broad community of coastal managers, researchers, planners and constituents as they make significant progress in leveraging and focusing regional associations and partnerships.

- Resource: Social Coast Forum Presentations and Abstracts

Abstracts and presentations from the NOAA Coastal Services Center’s Social Coast Forum, which took place February 18-20, 2014 (Charleston, SC), are available here:


- Resource: Ocean Research Priorities Plan (National Science and Technology Council)

The National Science and Technology Council’s Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology recently released “Science for an Ocean Nation: Update of the Ocean Research Priorities Plan.” Structured around six themes: (1) Stewardship of Natural and Cultural Ocean Resources; (2) Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards and Environmental Disasters; (3) Maritime Operations and the Marine Environment; (4) The Ocean’s Role in Climate; (5) Improving Ecosystem Health; and (6) Enhancing Human Health, this report recommends research priorities designed to advance understanding of critical ocean processes that are relevant to human health, economic well-being, environmental sustainability, adaptation to climate and other environmental change, and national and homeland security. The report also provides updates on research progress in these areas. The full report is available online at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/ocean_research_plan_2013.pdf.

- Resource: The Coastal Society meeting abstracts

The Coastal Society's 23rd International Conference, “Our Coasts, Our Heritage: Ecosystem Services for the Common Good” took place June '12 in Miami, Florida. Presentation abstracts in each of the five tracks (listed below) can can viewed at: http://www.thecoastalsociety.org/conference/tcs23/Concurrent%20Sessions%20Schedule.html#concurrent1

  • Defining and Measuring Ecosystem Services in the Context of Ecosystem Based Management
  • Planning for Emerging Coastal Issues and Threats
  • Valuing Coastal Goods and Services
  • A Social Approach to Examining our Coasts
  • Ecosystem Services in the Real World-Policy and Management Trend

- Resource: Coastal & Estuarine Science News (Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation)

CESN provides summaries of selected articles from the Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation's journal, Estuaries and Coasts: An International Journal of Coastal Science. The summary articles emphasize management applications of the scientific findings.  These are some recent CESN summary topics:

To subscribe by email, or read prior articles, please visit, http://www.erf.org/cesn-list.

- Resource: Marine Science Review (by SeaWeb)

SeaWeb's Marine Science Review compiles citations and abstracts of marine science research. Their newsletters are organized by topic. The most recent reviews are highlighted in blue.

  • Special Issue: Issues and Trends in Seafood Sustainability. Posted September 7, 2012. Topics include: Fishery Reviews; Aquaculture Reviews; Food Security; Fish and Fishery Issues; Ecolabelling, Certification, and Performance Indicators; Seafood Traceability and Labelling; Climate Change and Ocean Acidification; Fisheries Management: MPAs and EAFs; Fisheries Governance. http://www.seaweb.org/science/MSRnewsletters/MSR_SI_SeafoodSustainability_9-2012.php

    To read past issues of Marine Science Review, visit their archives.

- Resource: Inundation Analysis Tool (NOAA)

NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) has launched an innovative new tool for coastal resource managers. The Inundation Analysis Tool is a web-based application that employs data collected at NOAA tide gauge stations to provide statistical summaries of the historical frequency and duration of observed high waters. The data input for this tool is 6-minute water level data time series and the tabulated times and heights of the high tides over a user specified time period, relative to a desired tidal datum or user-specified datum. The data output of this tool provides summary statistics, which includes the number of occurrences of inundation above the threshold (events) and length of duration of inundation of each events above the threshold elevation for a specified time period. http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/inundation/

- Training: Marine GIS (Mappamondo)

Mappamondo GIS is offering an online course intended to give an in depth overview of the application of GIS mapping and analyses to marine environments. The course will cover such subjects as marine GIS datasets and methods of data collection in the marine environment (LiDAR, Multibeam, ROV, satellite data), calculation of benthic complexity parameters, habitat suitability modeling, marine protected areas systematic design, GIS methods for fisheries dynamics studies, mathematical interpolation of point data, GIS for tracking marine fauna and the ArcGIS Marine Data Model. Course duration is 16-40 hours. Each module is completed by a hands-on tutorial in ArcGIS. To download a detailed description of the program go to: http://www.mappamondogis.it/pdf/MarineGIS_en.pdf.

- Resource: GIS for the Oceans (free book download)

This book is a collection of GIS case studies in marine science introduced by Dawn Wright (Professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State University and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science). The book showcases how GIS can assist meeting the challenges facing marine science. Download the book at: http://www.esri.com/library/ebooks/oceans.pdf.

- Application: Fishery Analyst Online

Fishery Analyst Online version 3.0 is an ArcGIS application developed to effectively analyze and visualize temporal and spatial patterns of fishery dynamics. The main functions are quantitative estimation and visualization of catch and effort and their variation in space and time, analysis of fishing vessel utilization, data quality control, and deriving information on the location of important economic and threatened species. Download a free trial with user manual, tutorial and demo dataset here: http://www.mappamondogis.it/fisheryanalystonline.htm.

- New Tool: Vertical Datum Transformation (NOAA)

NOAA has released the first edition of a free vertical datum transformation (VDatum) tool that allows users to produce a set of consistent geospatial data over coastal and interior areas of the contiguous United States, removing the differences between the vertical reference systems of land- and water-based data. For more information go to: http://vdatum.noaa.gov.

- Resource: The EBM Tools Network Launches New Coastal-Marine Tools Database

The Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Tools Network has launched a new online coastal-marine tools database - www.ebmtoolsdatabase.org. The database is free to use and can help you find tools for your coastal and marine management and conservation projects. In addition, you can find projects, resources, organizations, and practitioners related to tools and can contribute your own information and expertise. For more information about the database or the EBM Tools Network, contact Sarah Carr, EBM Tools Network Coordinator, at sarah_carr@natureserve.org.

- Document of Interest: NOAA Releases Coastal Sea-Level Change Needs Assessment Report

NOAA's “Coastal Sea-Level Change Societal Challenge Needs Assessment Report” focuses on the needs of the coastal managers, planners and decision-makers who are facing existing or emerging climate issues related to coastal sea-level change. The report is intended to provide NOAA with current information on the needs of coastal decision makers in order to guide its development of trainings, engagement efforts, decision-support tools, and applications. (Sept 2011)

- Document of Interest: America's Ocean Future (JOCI)

On June 7th (2011), the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Leadership Council (JOCI) released a new report calling on leaders to support effective implementation of the National Ocean Policy. The report, “America’s Ocean Future: Ensuring Healthy Oceans to Support a Vibrant Economy,” highlights three fundamental components JOCI believes are essential for the National Ocean Policy to achieve its potential to improve ocean governance: robust federal coordination; improved collection and delivery of science and data to support decision making; and immediate investments that increase government efficiency and effectiveness and strengthen critical information collection and delivery. The report is available on the JOCI website at: www.jointoceancommission.org.

- Document of Interest: NOAA Next Generation Strategic Plan

The NOAA Next Generation Strategic Plan (NGSP) is now available. The Plan conveys NOAA’s mission and vision of the future, the national and global issues NOAA must address, the specific outcomes NOAA aims to help society realize, and the actions that the Agency must undertake.  NOAA’s Long-term Goals (summarized in the Exec Summary):

  • Climate Adaptation and Mitigation - An informed society anticipating and responding to climate and its impacts
  • Weather-Ready Nation - Society is prepared for and responds to weather-related events
  • Healthy Oceans - Marine fisheries, habitats, and biodiversity are sustained within healthy and productive ecosystems
  • Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies - Coastal and Great Lakes communities are environmentally and economically sustainable  

To read the Summary, or the review the full document, please visit: http://www.ppi.noaa.gov/ngsp.html

- Documents of Interest: Working Waterways & Waterfronts Symposium

In 2010, the Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium was held in Portland, Maine. Participants came together to discuss the economic, social, cultural, and environmental values of waterfronts and the important role of water-dependent uses in sustainable coastal communities. PDFs of the presentations as well as the recently published "Sense of the Symposium" are now available online at: http://www.wateraccessus.com. The “Sense of the Symposium” document summarizes key themes that emerged during the three days of discussion, presentations, field trips, and interaction at the symposium.

-Document of Interest: Adapting to Climate Change (NOAA - OCRM)

NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management has developed “Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers” to help U.S. state and territorial (states) coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the risks associated with climate change impacts affecting their coasts. The guide was written in response to a request from state coastal managers for guidance from NOAA on adaptation planning in the coastal zone and is intended as an aid, not as a prescriptive directive, and a state may choose to use individual steps or chapters or the entire guide, depending on where they are in their planning process.

-Workshop Materials Available: Planning for Climate Change (NERRS)

Materials are now available for Planning for Climate Change, a workshop that was developed as a national project for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). The workshop is geared primarily toward shoreline planners and developed so that Coastal Training Programs (and other agencies) around the country can customize the workshop and use it as part of their educational efforts regarding climate change. It was piloted twice (in Washington State) and, while it lays a foundation in current climate research, it primarily addresses the fundamentals of how to prepare and adapt to the anticipated impacts of climate change. Workshop materials, evaluation results, lessons learned, PowerPoint presentations, and streaming video of the training sessions are all posted on the NERRS website: http://nerrs.noaa.gov/CTPIndex.aspx?ID=455 (link corrected March 6th).

-Policy Paper: Adapting to Climate Change (The Pew Center)

The Pew Center on Global Climate Change has released a policy paper, Adapting to Climate Change: A Call for Federal Leadership. The full document is available here (PDF).

-New Tool: Marine Mapping Applications 

An updated version of the Multipurpose Marine Cadastre is now available.  Organizations use this online marine information system planning tool to screen coastal and marine spaces for new uses (including renewable energy projects and other offshore activities).  Users can pinpoint a location on a map and quickly access the associated legal, physical, ecological, and cultural information.  The new version uses Web map services, an improvement on the static data files of the past.  The updated version also contains additional marine habitat and seafloor data and improved analysis and rendering tools.  The Multipurpose Marine Cadastre is a multi-agency effort led by NOAA and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service.  For more information, visit www.csc.noaa.gov/mmc.  Contact: Adam Bode, Adam.Bode@noaa.gov, (843) 740-1265.

-Resource: Gulf of Mexico News (NOAA Ocean Service)

There are many Gulf-specific items here, but this comprehensive, monthly resource (from NOAA Ocean Service, Office of Ocean & Coastal Resource Management) also has lots to offer GCRC website visitors: funding information, scientific entries, government updates, etc. http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/news/gomexnews.html.

- Document of Interest: Mapping Human Uses of the Ocean (MPA Center)

The National Marine Protected Areas Center has published a best practices manual on mapping human uses of the ocean using participatory GIS techniques. The report, “Mapping Human Uses of the Ocean: Informing Marine Spatial Planning Through Participatory GIS,” summarizes the Center’s mapping approach, provides detailed lessons learned from various participatory mapping projects throughout California, the Northeast, and Hawaii, and provides insight to the successful planning and implementation of mapping efforts to capture spatial data on human uses of the ocean in different regions and at varying scales.

- Project of Interest: South Atlantic Regional Research Planning

The National Sea Grant Program launched a program to create research plans for U.S. coastal and Great Lakes areas. Sea Grant Programs from the South Atlantic region of the coastal USA (NC, SC, GA, FL) worked together to identify priority regional-level research needs and then develop an action plan to address these needs. The project involves coordination with NOAA laboratories, state and federal agencies, and academic partners, as well as participation from politicians, representatives from industry, and other stakeholders from throughout the region. The GCRC managed this project in association with Georgia Sea Grant. Please visit the SARRP website.

In the News

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Visits Sapelo Island

April 24, 2014 - “U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island met with scientists, coastal managers and community leaders at the University of Georgia's Marine Institute on Sapelo Island April 23 as part of his Climate Change Road Trip, a multi-state tour along the Southeast Coast.” For the full story, see:

Change to Shoreline Protection Buffer Determinations for Tidal Creeks and Saltwater Marshes

Link to April 22, 2014 memorandum signed by EPD Director, Judson Turner:

Loss of Natural Buffers Could Double Number of People at Risk from Hurricanes

July 15, 2013 - A new study in Nature Climate Change (highlighted in Scientific American's ClimateWire) details how coastal wetlands and other natural barriers are disappearing, increasing the risk hurricane damage for coastal cities. The primary research was conducted through the Natural Capital Project.

Do-it-yourself CTDs?

July 5, 2013 - Nature News reporter Daniel Cressey writes, "Crowdsourcing may open up ocean science: DIY ocean instrument could create 'citizen scientists' of the seas."


Rate of Temperature Change Along World's Coastlines Changed Dramatically Over Past Three Decades

July 1, 2013 - Locally, changes in coastal ocean temperatures may be much more extreme than global averages imply. New research published in the June 18 edition of PLoS ONE entitled "Decadal Changes in the World's Coastal Latitudinal Temperature Gradients," is highlighting some of the distinct regional implications associated with global climate-change. Science Daily covered this research here.

New Secretary of Commerce

June 26, 2013 - Penny Pritzker was sworn in as the nation’s 38th Commerce Secretary. As a key member of President Obama’s economic team, Secretary Pritzker will lead the U.S. Department of Commerce (which includes NOAA, NIST, and the US Census Bureau) in carrying out the important work that gives entrepreneurs and businesses the tools they need to create jobs and keep the American economy growing, two of the administration’s highest priorities. She will also work extensively with the business community, bringing their concerns and ideas to the forefront.  

Joint Ocean Commission Report

June 20, 2013 - Today, the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative released a report entitled Charting the Course: Securing the Future of America’s Oceans, that calls on President Obama and Congress to improve the management of our ocean resources. The report describes specific recommendations for the Administration and Congress that prioritize areas where short-term progress can be readily achieved. The report outlines measures for immediate implementation that focus on four action areas:

  • Enhance the resiliency of coastal communities and ocean ecosystems to dramatic changes underway in our oceans and on our coasts
  • Promote ocean renewable energy development and reinvest in our oceans
  • Support state and regional ocean and coastal priorities
  • Improve Arctic research and management

If implemented, these measures will strengthen ocean-dependent economies, protect coastal communities and provide new opportunities for growth in thriving oceans. The Joint Initiative also urges that the Administration and Congress build off of the blueprint set by the National Ocean Policy and make oceans a priority. These recommendations set the stage for a future assessment by the Joint Initiative of progress in implementing actions that will ensure our oceans and coasts are healthy and vibrant to support our future.
Read the full report here
Read the press release here

OCRM Marks 40th Anniversary of the Coastal Zone Management Act

October 2012 - NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) joins state and federal partners in marking the 40th anniversary of the landmark Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA). The act was established by Congress on October 27, 1972, to preserve, protect, develop, enhance and restore the nation’s coastal resources. The CZMA created two cornerstone national programs in OCRM to better understand and manage our coastal areas: the National Coastal Zone Management Program and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.  Over the past forty years, OCRM has partnered with coastal and Great Lakes states and territories to address critical coastal issues, and has invested more than $1 billion in federal funds, matched by state funding, to develop and implement 35 state coastal management programs. OCRM has also established and funds 28 estuarine research reserves which are managed by a lead state agency or University, with input from local partners. The reserves have preserved more than 1.3 million acres of coastal habitat and provide ongoing vital research, education and stewardship activities and programs. For more information on the Coastal Zone Management Act, visit www.coastalmanagement.noaa.gov.

Coastal Blue Carbon Is Recognized Trading Category

October 4, 2012 - An initiative that was aimed at creating greenhouse gas offset opportunities is paving the way for increased private investment in wetland restoration and conservation projects. The new Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) requirements for Wetlands Restoration and Conservation create a project category for measuring and crediting climate benefits from a broad range of wetlands, including mangroves, freshwater tidal coastal wetlands, salt marshes, seagrasses, floodplains, peatlands, and other wetland types. The importance of the VCS wetland carbon credit registry cannot be overstated, according to Patrick Megonigal, Senior Scientist and Deputy Director, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. “This is the first carbon-crediting standard to advance conservation and restoration across the full diversity of the world’s wetlands,” said Megonigal. http://www.estuaries.org/vcs-recognizes-coastal-blue-carbon-as-new-trading-category.html

Aquatox Update

The EPA recently released an enhanced version of AQUATOX, which predicts the fate of nutrients and organic chemicals in water bodies, as well as their direct and indirect effects on fish, invertebrates and aquatic plants. Website: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/datait/models/aquatox/new.cfm
Fact sheet: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/datait/models/aquatox/upload/Factsheet-3-1.pdf

Status of US Fisheries Report Released

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service – 2011 Status of U.S. Fisheries report* has been released. The report includes some good news about relative increases in stock health over 2010 figures.       

  • Nationally
    • 86 percent of the populations examined for fishing activity (222 of 258) were not subject to overfishing, or not fished at too high a level, compared to 84 percent in 2010,
    • 79 percent of assessed populations (174 of 219) are not overfished, or were above levels that require a rebuilding plan, compared to 77 percent in 2010.
  • Regionally (Southern Atlantic Coast)
    • Tilefish – No longer subject to overfishing
    • Black sea bass – No longer overfished

*NMFS, 2012, Annual Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries-2011, U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Silver Spring, MD, 20 pp. http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/statusoffisheries/SOSmain.htm

Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon Detected By Acoustic Receivers At Gray's Reef

[quoting from Aug/Sept 2012 edition of Gray's Reef Bites:
Eight Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon Have Been Detected By Acoustic Receivers Deployed At Gray's Reef]

Healthy habitat is vital to abundant fisheries and marine life. Fish use habitat to feed, grow, reproduce, and raise their young so these places need to be in good condition for fish populations to survive and thrive. Fish that migrate between the ocean and freshwater streams, such as the Atlantic sturgeon, have declined as a result of culverts, weirs, dams, and man-made barriers to migration and spawning.

The first sturgeon was detected in the sanctuary by the receivers just over a year ago. The sturgeon count now includes one fish that was originally tagged in the New York Bight by Keith Dunton with Stony Brook University; three tagged in Delaware by Dr. Dewayne Fox with Delaware State University; three tagged in the Edisto River, S.C. by Bill Post with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources; and one tagged in the Altamaha River by Daniel Erickson, previously with University of Miami Pew Institute for Ocean Science, and Dr. Douglas Peterson, with the School of Forest Resources at the University of Georgia.

What the sturgeon are doing in Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is not yet clear. But detecting eight individuals, many tagged north of Cape Hatteras, is remarkable because acoustic tagging projects generally have a much smaller sample size than conventional tagging, and the population of Atlantic sturgeon for tagging is quite small. It is also noteworthy that Atlantic sturgeon have never been previously reported from Gray's Reef, in spite of many thousands of man-hours of SCUBA dives and recreational fishing conducted there annually.

Groundwater Monitoring on Tybee

Two groundwater wells in Chatham County* operated by the U.S. Geological Survey were recently instrumented for monitoring of specific conductance. According to the USGS press release, New System Helps Protect Tybee Island, Savannah Water),

"The U.S. Geological Survey designed and installed the innovative system that uses satellite telemetry to monitor groundwater levels and salinity daily. Tybee Island is the most seaward municipality in the Savannah area and is vulnerable to groundwater contamination from seawater.  This new system will serve as an early warning indicator of saltwater encroachment toward public supply wells.
      These real-time-monitoring wells are part of a larger network of wells that the USGS annually samples for chloride concentration to determine relative movement of saltwater in the Upper Floridan aquifer in the Savannah, Georgia area. The wells are part of a statewide groundwater level monitoring network funded by the USGS and the Georgia [sic] Environmental Protection Division. The City of Tybee Island provided funding to upgrade the wells to enable real time monitoring of groundwater levels and salinity.”

*Chatham County stations: 320127080511203 / 39Q026 & 320127080511301 / 39Q027.
Real time data for these and other well sites is available (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ga/nwis/current/?type=gw&group_key=county_cd)
For more information, contact USGS Supervisory Hydrologist (& GCRC affiliate!), John Clarke (jsclarke@usgs.gov, 770-903-9170)

USGS Report: Sea Level Rise Accelerating in U.S. Atlantic Coast

[text from the Coastal States Organization newsletter]

June 24, 2012 - Department of the Interior. According to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report published in Nature Climate Change, rates of sea-level rise are increasing three-to-four times faster along portions of the U.S. Atlantic Coast than globally. Since about 1990, sea-level rise in the 600-mile stretch of coastal zone from Cape Hatteras, NC to north of Boston, MA - coined a "hotspot" by scientists - has increased 2-3.7 millimeters per year, while the global increase over the same period was 0.6-1.0 millimeter per year. The report shows that the sea-level rise “hotspot” is consistent with the slowing of Atlantic Ocean circulation, which models show may be tied to changes in water temperature, salinity and density in the subpolar north Atlantic. See the full USGS press release to learn more and access the online version of the report.

Responding to Climate Change through Coastal Habitat Restoration

April 19, 2012 - Restore America's Estuaries released a new study (Restore-Adapt-Mitigate: Responding to Climate Change through Coastal Habitat Restoration) linking ecologically important coastal habitat restoration with adaptation and mitigation strategies as a way to reduce the impacts of ongoing global climate change. The report demonstrates that coastal wetland restoration--everything from restoring salt marshes, to protecting mangroves, and creating new coastal wetlands--can be an integral part of public and private initiatives to combat climate change.

NOAA’s Coastal Mapping Program Benefit to Taxpayers

March 28, 2012 - According to a recent independent socio-economic scoping study by Leveson Consulting, for every dollar American taxpayers spend on NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) Coastal Mapping Program, they receive more than $35 in benefits. Direct economic benefits of the program were estimated at $100 million, 15 times program costs. The study also estimated that NGS’s Coastal Mapping Program supports 1,500 jobs outside of the program. The Coastal Mapping Program provides critical baseline data for accurately mapping the nation’s official shoreline and provides geographical reference data needed to manage, develop, conserve and protect coastal resources. To learn more, see NOAA’s official press release: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2012/032812_coastalmapping-economicvalue.html

Draft EIS Released (assessing energy resource potential in the Mid- and South-Atlantic)

March 28, 2012 - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy P. Beaudreau announced the release of the draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) assessing the conventional and renewable energy resource potential in the Mid- and South-Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf planning areas as well as the potential impacts of the exploration and development of these resources. The draft PEIS - now open for public comment - will help inform future decisions about whether, and if so where, offshore energy leasing would be appropriate in these areas. To access the draft PEIS and see the complete schedule of upcoming public meetings, visit http://www.boem.gov/oil-and-gas-energy-program/GOMR/GandG.aspx. The PEIS and related documents are also available in the Federal Register at http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/public-inspection/index.html.

Atlantic Sturgeons Listed Under Endangered Species Act

February 2012 (ENS) - The federal fisheries agency today announced a final decision to list five distinct population segments of Atlantic sturgeon under the Endangered Species Act. The Chesapeake Bay, New York Bight, Carolina, and South Atlantic populations of Atlantic sturgeon will be listed as endangered, while the Gulf of Maine population will be listed as threatened, the Northeast Regional Office of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service said today. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says these listing decisions, which will take effect on April 6, will not have an immediate impact on fishing. It has been illegal to fish for, catch or keep Atlantic sturgeon, Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus, for more than a decade. Atlantic sturgeon are large, slow-growing, late-maturing, long-lived, estuary-dependent fish that live most of their lives in salt water, but hatch and spawn in freshwater. These sturgeons may live as long as 60 years, reach lengths up to 14 feet and weigh more than 800 pounds. While the historic range of Atlantic sturgeon included major estuary and river systems from Labrador to Florida, Atlantic sturgeon are now thought to be absent from at least 14 rivers they used historically, with spawning thought to occur in only 20 of 38 known historic spawning rivers. The most significant threats to the species are unintended catch of Atlantic sturgeon in some fisheries; dams that block access to spawning areas, poor water quality, which harms development of sturgeon larvae and juveniles; dredging of historical spawning areas; and vessel strikes. As a result, NOAA Fisheries determined that listing sturgeon under the Endangered Species Act is warranted. The complete article (as it appeared in the Environmental News Service) is available here (http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/feb2012/2012-02-01-091.html).

EPA Releases Climate Ready Estuaries Annual Progress Report

January 2012 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released “Climate Ready Estuaries: 2011 Progress Report”. This document reports on 2011 program accomplishments and the new NEP projects started during 2011. The progress report uses NEP projects from 2008–2010 to illustrate how the risk management paradigm can be used for climate change adaptation. The full report is available at: http://epa.gov/cre/downloads/2011-CRE-Progress-Report.pdf.

NOAA Establishes Research Area at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary

Under a new regulation that went into effect December 4th, 2011, the southern third of NOAA's 22-square-mile Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is now a research area where scientists will be able to study the impact of human activities on the sanctuary's marine resources. Fishing and diving is prohibited in the research area off the Georgia coast, but vessels are allowed to travel across the area as long as they don't stop. Roughly eight-square-miles and relatively free of human activity, the research area will allow scientists to design and implement habitat studies where critical variables can be controlled over long periods of time. http://graysreef.noaa.gov/management/research/research_area.html

Right Whales Return to Georgia Coasts

December 5, 2011 - The right whale, one of the world’s rarest marine mammals, is returning to Georgia’s coast. A North Atlantic right whale was seen off South Carolina on Nov. 22, the first of a watery winter migration. Biologists from Sea to Shore Alliance spotted the 29-year-old female right whale during an aerial survey offshore of South Carolina. The whale, known as “Half-Note” and identified by the unique white pattern on her head, has had four calves and could be pregnant with her fifth. Right whales swim from Canada and New England each year to bear their young along the coast of Georgia, South Carolina and northeastern Florida. Calving season is crucial for this endangered species, which numbers possibly as few as 400 animals. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Nongame Conservation Section, Law Enforcement Section and Coastal Resources Division help federal and other agencies monitor the population, respond to injured, entangled and dead whales, collect genetic samples for research, and protect habitat.

For more information about right whales and how you can help, visit the Department of Natural Resources.

Source: United States. Department of Natural Resources. “As Right Whales Return, Researchers Keep Watch”, Georgia. georgia.gov Interactive Office, November 29, 2011. Web Press Release.

Restore America's Estuaries Releases Coastal Jobs Report

On September 14th (2011), Restore America’s Estuaries released “Jobs & Dollars: Big Returns from Coastal Habitat Restoration.” The report draws on national and regional studies of coastal and estuarine restoration projects to make the case for government and private investment in the nation's coasts and estuaries. Among the key findings: coastal habitat restoration typically creates between 20 and 32 jobs for every $1 million invested; and restoration not only creates direct jobs, but also helps stimulate indirect jobs in industries that supply project materials and induced jobs in businesses that provide local goods and services to restoration workers. The full report and summary of findings are available here. To learn more about the economics of estuaries, visit:  http://www.estuaries.org/economics-of-estuaries.html.

NOAA Fisheries and USFWS Revise Loggerhead Sea Turtle Listing

On September 22nd (2011), NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) issued a final rule revising the listing of the loggerhead sea turtle under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Services have changed the listing from a single, globally threatened listing for all loggerheads to nine Distinct Population Segments of loggerhead sea turtles listed as threatened or endangered under the ESA, which the Services believe will help focus sea turtle conservation efforts in the United States and around the world. The final rule (Federal Register Vol. 76, No. 184, page 58868) is available here.

NOAA Releases "State of the Climate Report"

On June 28th (2011), NOAA released its annual "State of the Climate Report," describing trends in more than 40 climate variables. In addition to concluding that the 2010 global average surface temperature was among the two warmest on record, the peer-reviewed report also found that: Arctic sea ice shrank to its 3rd smallest area on record (for the first time in modern history, both the Northwest Passage and the Northern Sea Route were open for navigation in the month of September); the average sea surface temperature for 2010 was the 3rd warmest on record; the ocean heat content in 2010 was among the highest values in the record; sea level continued to rise across the world’s oceans on average; and the oceans were saltier than average in areas of high evaporation and fresher than average in areas of high precipitation, suggesting an intensification of the water cycle. The full report and a highlights document are available online: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/bams-state-of-the-climate/2010.php.

Policy Update: New Aquaculture Policies (Dept of Commerce and NOAA)

On June 9th (2011), the Department of Commerce and NOAA released new national sustainable marine aquaculture policies. The new policies focus on: fostering sustainable aquaculture that increases the value of domestic aquaculture production; advancing sustainable aquaculture science; ensuring aquaculture decisions protect wild species and healthy coastal and ocean ecosystems; developing sustainable aquaculture compatible with other uses; and working to remove foreign trade barriers and enforcing U.S. trade agreements. Along with its new policy, the Department of Commerce and NOAA announced additional steps to support the development of the aquaculture industry, including: a National Shellfish Initiative in partnership with the shellfish industry to increase commercial production of shellfish; and a Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Plan for Aquaculture, which would include the regulatory infrastructure needed for offshore aquaculture development in the Gulf. For more information, including links to the new policies, visit: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2011/20110609_aquaculture.html.

NOAA: El Niño Could Bring Increased Sea Levels, Storm Surges to East Coast

According to a new study by NOAA, coastal communities along the U.S. East Coast may be at risk of higher sea levels accompanied by more destructive storm surges in future El Niño years. The study examined water levels and storm surge events during the “cool season” of October to April for the past five decades at four sites along the East Coast: Boston, MA; Atlantic City, NJ; Norfolk, VA; and Charleston, SC.  From 1961 to 2010, it was found that in strong El Niño years, these coastal areas experienced nearly three times the average number of storm surge events. The research also found that waters in those areas saw a third-of-a-foot elevation in mean sea level above predicted conditions. The study was published in the American Meteorological Society’s Monthly Weather Review and can be found online here. The full NOAA press release is available at: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2011/20110715_elnino.html.

Offshore Energy Memorandum of Understanding

May 23, 2011- The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to increase coordination and collaboration on offshore energy development and environmental stewardship. This MOU, which is consistent with recommendations from the National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, specifies how BOEMRE and NOAA will cooperate and coordinate by:

  1. Defining specific processes to ensure effective and timely communication of agency priorities and upcoming activities;
  2. Identifying and undertaking critical environmental studies and analyses;
  3. Collaborating on scientific, environmental and technical issues related to the development and deployment of environmentally sound and sustainable offshore renewable energy technologies; and
  4. Increasing coordination and collaboration on decisions related to OCS activities, including with respect to research and scientific priorities.

Reports from the National Research Council

  • Critical Infrastructure for Ocean Research and Societal Needs in 2030

    The report identifies ocean science questions anticipated to be significant in 2030; defines categories of infrastructure needed to support ocean science research over the next two decades; identifies criteria to help prioritize the development of new ocean infrastructure or the replacement of existing facilities; and recommends ways to maximize the value of investments in ocean infrastructure. http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13081.

  • America's Climate Choices

    is part of a series of climate change studies requested by Congress. Recommendations include calling on the federal government to lead on efforts to combat climate change with emissions cuts and support adaptation programs. http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=12781.

  • Ocean Acidification: Starting with the Science (report & booklet)

    Last year, the National Research Council’s Ocean Studies Board produced a congressionally-requested report that reviewed the current state of knowledge and identified gaps in understanding ocean acidification. The report also provided scientific advice to help guide the national ocean acidification research program. Based on the report’s conclusions, the board recently released a booklet that describes the chemistry of ocean acidification and explores the many remaining questions about the impact of ocean acidification on marine life and coastal dependent industries. The full report and new booklet are available online at: http://oceanacidification.nas.edu/.

Coastal States Organization Submits Comments to National Ocean Council

April 28, 2011 - In response to its call for comments for the Strategic Action Plans on the National Ocean Policy’s nine priority objectives, Coastal States Organization (CSO) submitted seven sets of comments this week.  CSO’s comments focused on the seven priority areas of Ecosystem Based Management (Objective 1), Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (Objective 2), Coordinate and Support (Objective 4), Resiliency and Adaptation to Climate Change and Ocean Acidification (Objective 5), Regional Ecosystem Protection and Restoration (Objective 6), Water Quality and Sustainable Practices on Land (Objective 7), and Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Observations, Mapping and Infrastructure (Objective 9).  Many thanks to the work group chairs, members and CSO staff that contributed to the effort. The documents are available at www.coastalstates.org. All public comments are available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/oceans/comments.

NASA Satellites to Track Biological Impacts of Climate Change

April 22, 2011 - NASA announced 15 new research studies to examine how climate change will affect key species and ecosystems. NASA's Earth Science Division is funding the new research projects to see whether environmental data collected by satellites can be used to improve ecological models that predict the behavior of a species or ecosystem. Projects NASA and its partners are funding include efforts to understand how climate change will affect coastal salt marshes and Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico. A complete list of projects is available online at: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/climate_partners.html.


Regional Science and Research

Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Research Plan Available

The development of a Regional Ocean Research Plan for the Mid-Atlantic Region is a four-year project that began in August 2008 with funding support from the National Sea Grant College Program. The project has identified and analyzed research needs associated with ocean and coastal issues in the Mid-Atlantic Region along the Atlantic Coast from northern New Jersey to Cape Fear, North Carolina. The states in the Mid-Atlantic region face a number of similar challenges regarding the coastal ocean they share, including climate change impacts, offshore energy development, fisheries management, land-based pollution, and population growth. The project envisions to advance coordinated research that promotes economic and environmental sustainability in the Mid-Atlantic region.


South Atlantic Alliance Action Plan Finalized

December 2010 - The Action Plan of the four-state Governors' Alliance has been finalized and posted to the South Atlantic Alliance website (http://www.southatlanticalliance.org/documents.htm). The implementation plan is underway. For more information about the Alliance and other opportunities for collaboration in our region, visit the Alliance website (http://www.southatlanticalliance.org/).

Background: The South Atlantic Alliance was formally announced (link to news release) on October 19th, 2009 at a meeting of the Coastal States Organization in Charleston. Representatives from the four partner states (South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida) each had an opportunity for comment, and the federal government was represented by Mr. Michael Boots from the White House Council on Environmental Quality. GCRC staffer and SARRP Coordinator, Christine Laporte was also present: she is a member of the Alliance Executive Planning Team (representing SARRP).

The mission of the Alliance is to "significantly increase regional collaboration among South Atlantic states, with federal agency partners and other stakeholders, to sustain and enhance the environmental (coastal/marine), natural resource, economic, public safety, social, and national defense missions of the respective states and the South Atlantic region."

SARRP Research Plan Released

April 2010 - The South Atlantic Regional Research Priorities Plan 2010 has been posted here. This plan benefited from, and is intended for use by all federal, regional, state and academic partners. The document includes project background and methods along with the Regional Research Priorities identified by our partners in the region. Readers will also find a discussion of how the plan might be moved forward. For more information about SARRP, please visit our partner website.

Please contact Christine Laporte at claporte@uga.edu with questions or requests for hard copies.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Information


Online Clearinghouse for Education & Networking: Oil Interdisciplinary Learning

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) and our partners invite you to use and contribute to the most comprehensive, free, peer-reviewed resource troves about the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Online Clearinghouse for Education & Networking: Oil Interdisciplinary Learning (OCEAN-OIL):  www.eoearth.org/oceanoil 

Resources now available on OCEAN-OIL include:

South Atlantic Sea Grant, Oil Summit II - Chemical Considerations

June 29th 2010, the South Atlantic Sea Grant programs convened a second summit concerning the Deepwater Horizon (DH) oil, this time with petrochemical and chemical oceanographic experts from the region.  This panel met at the University of North Florida to discuss the chemistry of the DH material that might reach the East Coast. Discussion at the summit focused on three main areas: I) the properties of the compounds being released from the Gulf of Mexico spill site, II) the processes that will likely affect their form and composition before they reach the southeastern U.S., and III) recommendations for monitoring the presence of DH material in the region.   Workshop report (PDF).

South Atlantic Sea Grant, Oil Summit I - Physical Oceanography

June 9th 2010, at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah, GA, the four South Atlantic state Sea Grant programs jointly convened a roundtable of recognized physical oceanographic experts from the region to consider, discuss, and answer questions on if, how, and when Gulf of Mexico oil might arrive in regional waters.   Workshop report (PDF).

Video: Arthropod Studies

National Geographic has produced a short video on NSF-sponsored work by Steve Pennings (Univ of Houston professor & GCRC affiliated scientist: GCE-LTER). "Using huge hoses, researchers are vacuuming up marsh bugs along the oiled Gulf coast. By comparing their samples to bugs collected before the spill, teams hope to determine the effects of oil on creatures near the bottom of the food web."

Video: Effect of oil on coastal marshes

Irv Mendelssohn (LSU) and Karen McKee (National Wetlands Research Center) put together an informative video regarding the potential effects of oil on marshes.  (~10 minutes long.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syGM13egoc0

Oil and Dispersant Monitoring Report

December 17, 2010 - The Operational Science Advisory Team report, "Summary Report for Sub-sea and Sub-surface Oil and Dispersant Detection: Sampling and Monitoring" is available online.  It includes analytical chemistry data from 17,000 samples, making it the most comprehensive data set and analysis yet completed since the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill in April. To view the report and associated data, please visit

Oil Plume Research Blog

Mandy Joye, UGA Professor of Marine Sciences kept a weblog during her foray to the Gulf of Mexico to explore the plumes of oil drifts in the region affected by the Deep Horizon oil well. To read the blog, visit -- www.gulfblog.uga.edu

State of Louisiana Oil Trajectory Maps


Flow Rate Measurements

Daniela Di Iorio, UGA Professor of Marine Sciences was a member of the team of experts who used a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to collect flow rate measurements on May 31, 2010 (after the top-kill attempt had ended and before the riser was cut.)  For more information on this effort, please visit the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution site.

Additional Web Resources about the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster

University of Georgia Oil Spill Website


NOAA’s Emergency Response Program


Deepwater Horizon Joint Information Center

Restore the Gulf


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