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- GCRC Report: Offshore Wind Energy - Considerations for Georgia

This white paper, written by the GCRC in response to a request from the GA Dept. of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division, provides background about offshore wind energy, with a specific focus on its potential development in Georgia coastal waters. It includes an introduction to the use of offshore wind as a renewable energy source, an overview of the components of a wind installation, a discussion of factors that are considered in siting a wind facility, the environmental considerations associated with such a project, and planning tools and ongoing offshore wind energy initiatives. The full document is available here (http://www.gcrc.uga.edu/PDFs/GCRC_GA_OffshoreWind.pdf), or you may view the executive summary.


- Position Vacancy: Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance - Regional Coordinator

The Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance (GSAA) is a volunteer partnership led by the Governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida and supported by federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other partners. The mission of the GSAA is to increase regional collaboration among South Atlantic states, with federal agency partners and other stakeholders, and 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. GSAA will hire a full-time Regional Coordinator for one year to coordinate the activities of the GSAA and its Steering Group and Executive Planning Team. This is a full-time position. Time may be required outside the normal 40-hour week to meet obligations and deadlines. Travel throughout the four-state region, including overnight, is required as needed; out-of-region travel may also be required. Review of applications will begin on February 20, 2012. For more information, please view the complete announcement.



- Conference: Southeastern Estuarine Research Society Spring Meeting

The spring meeting of the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society (SEERS) will be April 11th –13th in Morehead City & Beaufort, NC. SEERS promotes discussion of estuarine research, science, and management; promotes discussion of current research projects and management issues; and encourages participation of student colleagues. Registration is open to members and non-members. For current SEERS members, the conference fee is only $110 (non-students, $50 for students). This includes a banquet, one lunch, and refreshments at the reception and breaks. Registration and abstract submission (http://host.coastal.edu/seers/index.php/meetings/meeting-registration) continue through Tuesday April 3rd at 10 PM. [note the new date and time].




- Funding Opportunity: Leopold Leadership Program

The Leopold Leadership Program (Woods Institute for the Environment) provides researchers with the skills, approaches, and theoretical frameworks for translating their knowledge to action and catalyzing change to address the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges. For its core training, the program selects up to 20 outstanding academic researchers from across North America who are working on environmental and/or sustainability issues. It provides these Fellows with two intensive leadership training sessions a year apart. The Leopold Leadership Program seeks candidates from a broad range of disciplines including the biological, physical, and social sciences, and technical, medical, and engineering fields related to the environment and sustainability. Graduate students and academic scientists with fewer than five years since earning their Ph.D. are not eligible. Deadline: April 16, 2012. http://leopoldleadership.stanford.edu/fellowship-information



- Funding Opportunity: Coastal Marine Fish Habitat Protection Program (NFHP)

NOAA Fisheries and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are soliciting projects to support the protection of coastal and marine fish habitats through National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP). Successful proposals will:

  • Provide protection of coastal and marine fish habitats through cooperative, non-regulatory approaches.
  • Demonstrate how proposed actions will result in quantifiable fish habitat protection
  • Address a strategic habitat protection priority of one or more of the eight coastally-focused Fish Habitat Partnerships (Atlantic Coastal FHP, California Fish Passage Forum, Hawaii FHP, Kenai Peninsula FHP, Mat-Su Basin Salmon Habitat Partnership, Pacific Marine and Estuarine FHP, Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership, and the Southwest Alaska Salmon Habitat Partnership).

The total funding available is $135,000. Awards are likely to fall within the $15,000 to $50,000 range. Preliminary Proposal Due Date: May 1, 2012 (full proposal due June 29, 2012). For more information, see http://www.nfwf.org/Content/ContentFolders/NationalFishandWildlifeFoundation/Programs/NFHPCoastalMarineFishHabitatProtection/NFHP_Coastal_Protection_RFP.pdf



- Upcoming Conference: Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 2012

The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation announces its first special conference in South America. The conference will take place in Mar del Plata, Argentina 11-14 November, 2012. The theme, The Changing Coastal and Estuarine Environment: A Comparative Approach, invites comparison on temperate, coastal systems within Southern and Northern Hemispheres. The conference organizers invite you to submit an abstract (by May 24, 2012) for an oral presentation for one of the following six specific topics:

  • Changing baseline populations
  • Land-sea couplings in rapidly changing environments
  • Fisheries exploitation
  • Impacts of UV on coastal waters
  • Acidification of coastal waters
  • Warmer climate, increased freshwater use on land and the hydrodynamics of estuaries.



- Webinar Series: OneNOAA and the NOAA Coastal Services Center's Digital Coast Series

The OneNOAA Science seminar series are designed to help share science and management information and to promote constructive dialogue between scientists, educators, and resource managers. The list prepared by NOAA includes the Digital Coast Webinar Series (hosted by the Coastal Services Center), a monthly webinar that focuses on coastal management topics. Upcoming webinars:

Ask the Experts: Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer
April 04, 2012, 14:00-15:00 Eastern Time Zone. The Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer is a next generation tool that allows users to visualize the potential height and inland extent of water resulting from SLR. For this webinar, participants will have the opportunity to log on for a live Q & A session with a panel of technical experts who developed the tool*. The panel will include experts in inundation mapping, elevation data, marsh migration modeling, and land cover data.    *Doug Marcy, Keil Schmid, Nate Herold, John McCombs, Matt Pendleton, William Brooks, and Mike Sutherland (NOAA Coastal Services Center). As a prerequisite, participants should view the recording of the November 2011 webinar, which features a demonstration of the Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer, as well as background on its development. The recorded webinar can be viewed here. To register, visit http://noaacsc.adobeconnect.com/apr2012digcst/event/registration.html?preview=false. If you have previously registered with us, click here. This webinar will be recorded for on-demand playback. For further information about this seminar please contact Krista.McCraken@noaa.gov.


Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard
May 02, 2012, 14:00-15:00 Eastern. To manage resources on a regional basis, coastal professionals must integrate data from various sources collected with different methods. The Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) provides a new national framework for incorporating data on all the major components of the landscape and seascape, collected by methods ranging from satellite imagery to grab samples. This webinar will introduce the structure of the CMECS system, describe how it can be used in the environment, and present examples of CMECS spatial data products. The webinar will also address ways that this national standard can be applied to coastal issues. In this webinar participants will

  • Learn how their data can be brought into the CMECS framework
  • Understand how this new standard might affect their work
  • Receive tips on how to engage the CMECS team for support and collaboration
To register, visit http://noaacsc.adobeconnect.com/apr2012digcst/event/registration.html?preview=false. If you have previously registered with us, click here. This webinar will be recorded for on-demand playback. For further information about this seminar please contact Krista.McCraken@noaa.gov.




- Upcoming Conference : Restore America's Estuaries

The 6th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration  will be held October 20-24, 2012, in Tampa, Florida. The Conference theme is "Restoring Ecosystems, Strengthening Communities." Poster presentations are still being accepted - any work relevant to coastal habitat restoration is highly encouraged, but there is particular interest in those dealing with the interface of the environment and the economy. For more information, visit: http://program.estuaries.org/. The deadline to submit a poster is March 15, 2012.


- Call for Abstracts, Workshops & Session Topics: Coastal Cities Summit

Registration and abstract submission is now open for the Coastal Cities Summit, which will be held April 30 to May 3, 2012, at the Bayfront Hilton Hotel in St. Petersburg, FL. Workshops, Plenary and Keynote speeches, and individual presentations are solicited in the following thematic areas: budgeting for smart development under a changing climate; coastal and port security; coastal energy alternatives; and urbanization, population growth and vulnerable communities. Submissions should be no more than 250 words for individuals or 800 words for panels and workshops.  Include contact information (name, affiliation, address, phone, and email) for individual participants. Include experience he/she brings to that session. The deadline for submitting abstracts has passed, but early registration continues through March 31st. For more information about the summit, visit: www.coastalcities-ioi.org. Contact Mara Hendrix at mara@usf.edu with further questions.



- Upcoming Conference: 23rd International Conference of The Coastal Society

The Coastal Society invites abstract submissions for presentations, panels and posters for its 23rd International Conference, “Our Coasts, Our Heritage: Ecosystem Services for the Common Good.”  Preference will be given to presentations, panels and posters that complement the conference’s theme of the importance of ecosystem needs and services in comprehensive ocean and coastal management and fit within one of the five conference tracks. Presentations and posters should provide case studies or offer innovative solutions in order to spark interactive discussion among conference attendees. Abstracts were due November 4th. Further guidance is available on the abstract submission page. June 3 to 6, 2012 in Miami, Florida.




-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. Recently posted reviews include:

  • Aquaculture and Hatcheries. Posted on December 8, 2011. Topic categories include: Reviews; Aquaculture - Trends and Developments; Aquaculture - Human Health and Social Impacts; Aquaculture - Environmental Impacts; Aquaculture Feeds - Issues and Developments; Disease - Threats, Management and Control, Aquaculture and Sea Lice; Hatcheries and Hatchery Impacts.

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


- Training: Marine GIS (Mappamondo)

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



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

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


- Application: Fishery Analyst Online

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



- New Tool: Vertical Datum Transformation (NOAA)

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


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

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



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

The “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. To view the report, go to: http://www.floods.org/ace-files/documentlibrary/committees/Coastal/NOAA_Coastal_Sea_Level_Change_Societal_Challenge_Needs_Assessment_Report.pdf




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

On June 7th, 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

Last September, the 2010 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: 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: 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

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 impacton 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.


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