October 2017 Announcements
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- Funding Opportunity: Developmental Evaluation of Oceans Initiative
Under its 2016-2020 strategic plan, the Walton Family Foundation Environment Program’s Oceans Initiative seeks to create healthy, sustainable fisheries that contribute to healthy ocean ecosystems and provide greater social and economic security to coastal communities and industries. The Initiative is focused particularly on strengthening fisheries management in the U.S., Mexico, Chile, Peru and Indonesia, and is employing six strategies:
- Developing the scientific information and tools to enable better fisheries management;
- Supporting the implementation of rights-based fisheries management to provide secure tenure rights to fishermen;
- Protecting critical fish habitats with marine protected areas and other spatial management tools;
- Strengthening the capacity of fishermen, governments and civil society to rebuild fisheries;
- Promoting fisheries policies and programs that create positive incentives to encourage responsible fishing; and,
- Engaging the supply chain to build support for healthy fisheries practices.
These strategies are being implemented at the national level and in select fisheries in each country. The fisheries have been selected to represent a range of scales and types, from large, industrial, pelagic fisheries to small, artisanal, coastal fisheries for benthic species. These include:
- Anchoveta, mahi-mahi, jumbo squid, and small-scale coastal fisheries in Peru;
- Anchoveta, hake and coastal benthic fisheries in Chile;
- Tuna, hake, shrimp and coastal benthic fisheries in Mexico; and,
- Tuna, deepwater snapper/grouper, and blue swimming crab fisheries in Indonesia.
Some of these fisheries export products to the U.S., Japan and the European Union. Accordingly, the Foundation is also working to build demand for sustainably sourced seafood in the U.S., Japan, and the E.U. (specifically, in Spain), and to ensure national policies and programs in those countries are stemming import of products from illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fisheries.
This work builds on more than 12 years of Foundation experience with fisheries improvement and marine protected areas (MPAs), but is nonetheless a significant pivot for the Initiative. We have not previously worked extensively in Chile or Peru, our work in Mexico was almost exclusively focused in the Gulf of California, and our focus in Indonesia has been on establishing MPAs in West Papua’s Bird’s Head region. As the Initiative is in its formative stages under this new goal, particularly outside the U.S., we are seeking a partner to design and implement a developmental evaluation so we can learn from and refine our approaches, within our priority countries and across the Initiative. We aim to advance learning and build knowledge within the Foundation, with our partners, and in the field more broadly.
Submission Due Date: Indication of interest by October 20, 2017 (questions and submissions should be sent to Cheri Recchia at firstname.lastname@example.org).
A pre-bid conference call will be held October 23, 2017; Proposal by November 3, 2017.
Application Files: wff_rfp_for_oceans_de.pdf
- Funding Opportunity: Papahānaumokuākea Research and Conservation Fund 2018
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals to conduct management driven research at French Frigate Shoals in the summer of 2018. A successful proposal will include a collaborative team of experts or scientists who will propose a body of research to address priority needs for management of key species such as sea turtles, monk seals, seabirds and coral in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (MNM) that will inform the management of these species both in the Monument and in the main Hawaiian chain. The goal of the Hawaii Conservation Program is to protect and conserve threatened and endemic species of Hawaii, from the slopes of Mauna Kea to the deep sea waters of Kure Atoll. This program builds on investments made since the early 1990s to support the conservation of Hawaiian forest birds, coral reefs and seabirds and expands to include other species like sea turtles, reef fish and monk seals across the main and northwest Hawaiian Islands to capture the full range for these populations across the archipelago.
Grant Application Deadline: Thursday, October 26, 2017
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- Position Vacancy: 5 Staff Scientists; Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) has openings for 5 Staff Scientists to pursue independent, internationally recognized research programs in the tropics. Previous tropical experience is not required. We are especially interested in hiring scientists in animal behavior, terrestrial microbial ecology, forest biology and marine science. We will consider exceptional candidates in any of our research areas. Positions are for full-time research and include internal research funds.
Job Location: Panama
Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Application Website: http://www.stri.si.edu/job-184/job-184.html
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- Upcoming Conference: Coastal Science at the Inflection Point: Celebrating Successes & Learning from Challenges; CERF
November 5-9, 2017; Providence, RI
The Coastal Estuarine Research Foundation (CERF) 2017 scientific program offers four days of timely, exciting and diverse information on a vast array of estuarine and coastal subjects. Presentations will examine new findings within CERF's traditional science, education and management disciplines and encourage interaction among coastal and estuarine scientists and managers. Additionally, the Scientific Program Committee plans to convene special sessions and workshops that promote intellectually stimulating discussions. Join us and over a thousand of your colleagues to network, celebrate our work, learn from each other and grow within our amazing profession.
To register online, go to: https://cerf.memberclicks.net/registration-2017-conference.
For conference details, go to: https://cerf.memberclicks.net/cerf-2017-biennial-conference
- 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. 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 email@example.com.
- Upcoming Conference: Tenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses
2018 Special Focus: Engaging with Policy on Climate Change • 20–21 April 2018
University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, USA
Call for Papers - We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses, held 20–21 April 2018 at the University of California at Berkeley in Berkeley, USA.
Founded in 2009, the conference aims to create an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of climate change, its causes, its eco-systemic impacts, and its human impacts. The conference also explores technological, policy, strategic, and social responses to climate change.
We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, innovation showcases, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes and the 2018 Special Focus: "Engaging with Policy on Climate Change."
For more information regarding the conference, use the link below to explore our conference website.
- Tool: Coastal Hazard Wheel; United Nations Environmental Programme
The Coastal Hazard Wheel is a universal coastal adaptation system that allows users to address all coastal challenges simultaneously with the aim of boosting adaptation action and bridging the gap between scientists, policy-makers and the general public.
The Coastal Hazard Wheel can be used for three main purposes:
- Multi-hazard-assessments at local, regional and national level;
- Identification of hazard management options for a specific coastline; and
- As a standardized coastal language to communicate coastal information.
The Coastal Hazard Wheel currently provides global coastal classification and adaptation information with low-moderate accuracy and will be continuously improved as various adaptation projects are implemented.
For more information, go to:
- 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."
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- Webinar: Landscape & Vertical Living Walls; filtrexx™
Wed. July 26, 2017, 11am-12pm EDT (offered multiple times)
Landscape & Vertical LivingWall Systems add unique, dramatic vertical greenery to interior or exterior walls. Attend this one-hour to learn more about the benefits and uses of Landscape & Vertical LivingWall Systems.
To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/1748216174603304193
- Webinar: Living Shoreline Restoration; filtrexx™
Wed. Aug. 2, 2017, 11am-12pm EDT (offered multiple times)
In this one-hour webinar, learn about emerging Living Shoreline restoration applications that mimic nature, utilizing locally available, sustainable materials. Living Shoreline systems are alternative shoreline stabilization techniques that help maintain the natural interface between land and water, while preserving the habitat, protecting the environment, and enhancing coastal resilience to reduce erosion.
Join us to learn more about the following systems/applications:
- Beaches: Prevent dune scarps and enhance new beach dune establishment
- Lakes & Ponds: Long-term protection against the elements with native vegetation
- Rivers & Streams: Maintain native vegetation and reduce erosion
To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/8334766913516154881
- Webinar: The new He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve
This webinar was presented by Matthew Chasse of NOAA and Robert Toonen of HIMB.
The newly designated He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve is the 29th in the National Estuarine Research Reserve system and the first in Hawaii. The 1,385-acre reserve includes upland forests and grasslands, wetlands, reefs, and seagrass beds, as well as the largest sheltered body of water in the Hawaiian Island chain. The reserve also includes significant historic and cultural resources. This webinar will cover the process leading to the designation, and the reserve’s partnerships and management goals, including the integration of traditional Hawai'ian ecosystem management with contemporary approaches. Learn more about the new reserve at https://coast.noaa.gov/nerrs/reserves/hawaii.html.
Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org).
- 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
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- 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.
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.
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- 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.
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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:
An interview with Nurit Katz, UCLA's first Sustainability Coordinator, is also posted on this site.
- Reasons for pursuing a green job;
- Popular green degrees;
- A sustainable career map;
- Top paying green careers; and
- A list of job resources.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter: @ohiscience.
- Hurricane Safety Guide
To help protect your home and your family from the dangers of a hurricane, here is a hurricane safety guide with step-by-step instructions for what to do at different stages of the storm as well as other important facts about hurricanes.
- 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:
The GaClimate.org website is a cooperative effort between www.AgroClimate.org, GAEMN, and the Southeast Climate Consortium.
- A daily blog post on climate and weather from our agricultural climatologist, Pam Knox.
- A news feed of climate-related stories relevant to agriculture.
- Links to Extension fact sheets on climate (see link at top of page)
- A glossary of relevant terms (see link at top of page)
- 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:
- 12 maps showing current conditions
- 14 maps showing yesterday’s average conditions
- Links to a variety of useful tools such as a Degree Day Calculator, Freeze Risk Probabilities, Chilling Hours Calculator, and many others.
- Current drought conditions in Georgia from the U.S. Drought Monitor
- El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate phase forecast.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Habitats and Ecosystems.
Posted Dec 13, 2012. Topic categories include: Reviews; Ecosystem Restoration and Remediation; Seagrasses; Tidal Marshes; Mangroves; Deep-Sea Environments; Other Marine and Coastal Habitats and Ecosystems. http://www.seaweb.org/science/MSRnewsletters/MSR_HE_12-2012.php
- Habitats and Ecosystems.
Posted July 31, 2012. Topic categories include: Reviews, Ecosystem Restoration and Remediation, Seagrasses, Tidal Marshes, Mangroves, Other Coastal Ecosystems, Deep-Sea Environments. http://www.seaweb.org/science/MSRnewsletters/MSR_HE_7-2012.php
- Habitats and Ecosystems.
Posted June 5, 2012. Topic categories include: Reviews, Ecosystem Restoration and Remediation, Seagrasses, Tidal Marshes, Mangroves, Other Coastal Ecosystems, Deep-Sea Environments.
- Human Health and Security II. Posted March 19, 2013. Topics include: Reviews; Human Livelihoods; Environmental Justice and Human Rights; Adaptive Capacity and Resilience; Food Production and Food Security; Climate Change; Natural Hazards and Disasters. http://www.seaweb.org/science/MSRnewsletters/MSR_HHS_PartII_3-2013.php
- Human Health and Security I. Posted March 7, 2013. Topics include: Reviews; New Perspectives; Environmental Contaminants and Human Health; Environmental Contaminants in Seafood; Marine Biotoxins; Pathogens and Disease; Beach Sand and Beach Water Safety and Monitoring; Marine Natural Products. http://www.seaweb.org/science/MSRnewsletters/MSR_HHS_PartI_3-2013.php
- Human Health and Security. Posted December 20, 2012. Topics include: Environmental Contaminants and Human Health (incl. Economic Impacts); Oil Spills and Human Health; Environmental Contaminants in Seafood; Marine Biotoxins; Pathogens and Disease; Beach Water Safety and Monitoring; Chemical Risk Assessment and Communication; Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Human Health. http://www.seaweb.org/science/MSRnewsletters/MSR_HHS_12-2012.php
- Human Health and Security. Posted October 2, 2012. Topics include: Environmental Justice and Human Rights, Food Production and Food Security, Climate Change, Human Well-Being, and Human Vulnerability. http://www.seaweb.org/science/MSRnewsletters/msr_HHS_6-9-2011.php
- Human Health and Security - Part B. Posted November 24, 2011. Topic categories include: Food Security; Climate Change; Human Security and Livelihood; Gulf Oil Spill and Human Health; and Marine Natural Products. http://www.seaweb.org/science/MSRnewsletters/msr_HHS_PartB_11-2011.php
- Human Health and Security - Part A. Posted November 22, 2011. Topic categories include: Reviews; Contaminants and Human Health; Contaminants in Seafood; Marine Biotoxins; Pathogens and Disease; Beach and Beachwater Safety and Monitoring; and Risk Assessment and Communication. http://www.seaweb.org/science/MSRnewsletters/msr_HHS_PartA_11-2011.php.
- Wildlife Pathogens and Disease. Posted on January 17, 2013. Topic categories include:
Coral; Sponges; Fish; Crustaceans; Echinoderms; Marine Mammals; Introduced Species and Wildlife Disease; Climate Change and Wildlife Disease; Disease Monitoring, Prevention, and Control. http://www.seaweb.org/science/MSRnewsletters/MSR_PD_1-2013.php
- Disease and Pathogens. Posted on August 29, 2012. Topic categories include: Emerging Threats and Reviews,
Coral, Sponges, Avifauna, Fish, Molluscs and Crustaceans, Sea Turtles, Marine Mammals, and Plants. http://www.seaweb.org/science/MSRnewsletters/MSR_PD_8-2012.php
- Disease and Pathogens - Part B. Posted November 17, 2011. Topic categories include: Fish, Molluscs, Marine Mammals, Introduced Species and Disease, Aquaculture and Sea Lice, Pollutants and Disease, and Climate Change and Disease. http://www.seaweb.org/science/MSRnewsletters/MSR_Pathogens_and_Disease_PartB-11-2011.php.
- Disease and Pathogens - Part A. Posted November 15, 2011. Topic categories include: General Overviews, Coral, Avifauna, Crustaceans, Sponges, Algae, and Seagrasses. http://www.seaweb.org/science/MSRnewsletters/MSR_Pathogens_and_Disease_PartA-11-2011.php.
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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.
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
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 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:
- Defining specific processes to ensure effective and timely communication of agency priorities and upcoming activities;
- Identifying and undertaking critical environmental studies and analyses;
- Collaborating on scientific, environmental and technical issues related to the development and deployment of environmentally sound and sustainable offshore renewable energy technologies; and
- 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 email@example.com 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:
- Reports from the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill - all 30 official reports and additional background
- Articles (100+) hyper-linked, encyclopedia style
- Videos (150+)
- Glossary (400+) related to oil spill causes, impacts, clean-up, and prevention
- Acronyms (75+) to help decode the language of oil spill science
- External links (80+) to government sites, image galleries, news sources, industry, environmental groups, education, and journal articles
- Photo galleries: Images by renowned photojournalist Gary Braasch and others
- Deepwater Horizon by the Numbers: Publication-quality graphs
- Databases - Statistics, technical diagrams, maps, and other data
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
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
- GCRC News Archives are now available...