Home > About the GCRC > Archives

News from July & August 2010



- Funding Opportunity: Climate Program, NOAA FY2011

The NOAA Climate Program Office's Announcement of FY2011 Funding Opportunity is now available, as well as information on how to submit a proposal. Full applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on September 10, 2010. In addition, the fiscal year 2011 funding opportunity is organized around a new structure for the Climate Program Office's grants programs. Applicants will find activities organized under four programs: Climate Observations and Monitoring; Earth System Science; Modeling Analysis, Predictions, and Projections; and Climate and Societal Interactions. The Climate Program Office is also introducing a new cross-cutting initiative focusing on "Improving NOAA's Climate services for the Coastal Zone."



- Call for Papers: A Special Theme Issue of the Journal Coastal Management: “Making the Connection: Translating Science into Effective Coastal Policy”

The Coastal Society’s TCS 22 Conference (June 13-16, 2010) in Wilmington, North Carolina explored the issues involved in translating scientific knowledge and perspectives into effective coastal management policies and practices in its Closing Plenary session. To more fully develop this theme, The Coastal Society invites submission of full-length manuscripts for publication in a special, theme issue of the journal, Coastal Management, a peer-reviewed international journal devoted to exploring all aspects of coastal management. Papers addressing all aspects of the application of scientific knowledge and perspectives to coastal management policy and practice at local, regional, national, and/or international scales are welcome. All submissions will go through standard double blind peer review.  The theme issue is scheduled to be published in early 2011 and is likely to receive special publicity coverage by Taylor and Francis, which should help raise the profile of theme issue papers.
Submissions should follow the format specified by Coastal Management in “Instructions to Authors” (http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/tf/08920753.html). Questions and submissions may be directed to theme issue Guest Editors: Lawrence Cahoon (Professor of Biology and Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC 28403 [Cahoon@uncw.edu]) and Christopher Dumas (Professor of Economics, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC 28403 [DumasC@uncw.edu]). Please notify one of the guest editors of your intent to submit. Full submissions are requested by Sept. 15, 2010.



- 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).



- Funding Opportunity: Broad Agency Announcement (NOAA FY2010-2011)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration invites proposals for extramural research, innovative projects, and sponsorships (e.g., conferences, newsletters etc.) that address one or more of the following five mission goals:

  1. Protect, Restore, and Manage the Use of Coastal and Ocean Resources through an Ecosystem Approach to Management;
  2. Understand Climate Variability and Change to Enhance Society’s Ability to Plan and Respond;
  3. Serve Society’s Needs for Weather and Water Information;
  4. Support the Nation’s Commerce with Information for Safe, Efficient, and Environmentally Sound Transportation; and
  5. Provide Critical Support for NOAA’s Mission.

This BAA is a mechanism to encourage research, education and outreach, innovative projects, or sponsorships that are not addressed through NOAA's competitive discretionary programs. Code: NOAA-NFA-NFAPO-2010-2002272. Deadline: September 30, 2011. http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=51101  Attachment(s):  [federalregister-NOAA-baa-2010-2011.pdf]


- Funding Opportunity: Keystone Initiative Grants (NFWF)

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation awards matching grants under the Keystone Initiatives to achieve measurable outcomes in the conservation of fish, wildlife, plants and the habitats on which they depend. Funding priorities fall in the following areas: Bird Conservation, Fish Conservation, Marine and Coastal Conservation, Wildlife and Habitat Conservation.
      In addition to these priorities, the Foundation also has an interest in projects that further a collective understanding of the most cost-effective opportunities to achieve measurable impact in the following areas: Control of invasive species, Enhancing delivery of ecosystem services in agricultural systems, Minimizing the impact on wildlife of emerging energy sources, Developing future conservation leaders and professionals.      Awards are made on a competitive basis to eligible grant recipients, including federal, tribal, state, and local governments, educational institutions, and non-profit conservation organizations. Next preproposal deadline: September 1, 2010. Proposal deadline: November 1, 2010. http://www.nfwf.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Keystone_Initiatives_Grant_Guidelines


- 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/Training/padillabay/project.html.


- Fellowship: Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program (National Academies)

The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program within the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Academies is designed to engage graduate science, engineering, medical, veterinary, business, public policy, and law students in the analytical process that informs the creation of national policy-making with a science/technology element. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and those who have completed graduate studies or postdoctoral research in any social/behavioral science, medical/health discipline, physical or biological science, any field of engineering, law/business/public administration, or any relevant interdisciplinary field within the last five years are eligible to apply. A stipend of $8,240 will be provided for the 12-week session to offset expenses. Deadline: May 1 and November 1, annually http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/policyfellows/index.htm


- 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 the most recent CESN summary topics:

To subscribe by email, or read prior articles, please visit, http://www.erf.org/cesn/march-2010


- 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  


- New Document: Water Resources Data for Georgia, Water Year 2009 (USGS)

The U.S.Geological Survey Georgia Water Science Center is pleased to announce the availability of "Water Resources Data for Georgia, Water Year 2009" annual report.  This is a compilation of all streamflow, groundwater, and
water-quality data collected by the USGS from October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009 throughout the State of Georgia. To access the interactive mapper function, go to: http://wdr.water.usgs.gov/adrgmap/index.html?state=ga


- New Technical Report: Ground Water Conditions and Studies in Georgia, 2006-2007 (USGS)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Georgia Water Science Center, announces a newly-published technical report entitled Ground Water Conditions and Studies in Georgia, 2006-2007, by Michael F. Peck, Jaime A. Painter, and David C. Leeth, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report, 2009-5070.  This publication presents an overview of groundwater levels and groundwater quality, water-use information, and hydrologic studies conducted during 2006 to 2007 by the USGS in Georgia. Summaries are presented for selected ground-water studies along with objectives and progress. This publication was prepared in cooperation with numerous local, State, and Federal agencies and is available on the Web at the following persistent URL: http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2009/5070/


- 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) are working 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 is managing this project in association with Georgia Sea Grant. Please visit the new SARRP website.


In the News


Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Well Leak Information


NEW University of Georgia Oil Spill Website



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: 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

State of Louisiana Oil Trajectory Maps


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.

NOAA’s Emergency Response Program


Deepwater Horizon Joint Information Center


SARRP Research Plan Released on April 12th, 2010

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

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


South Atlantic Alliance Established

A 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."

For more information about the Alliance and other opportunities for collaboration in our region, visit the Alliance website (http://www.southatlanticalliance.org/) and that of the South Atlantic Regional Research Project

Contact us
This page was updated February 4, 2016
September 20, 2010