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Announcements & News from August 2011




- 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. http://www.gcrc.uga.edu/PDFs/GCRC_GA_OffshoreWind.pdf



-Funding Opportunity: Climate Programs Announced (NOAA)

NOAA's Climate Program Office (CPO) has published its FY’12 federal funding opportunity announcement. $15.5 million expected to be available, up to 60 awards anticipated.  In FY’12, CPO will accept individual applications for 12 Competitions, organized around CPO's four major programs: Climate Observations and Monitoring; Earth System Science; Modeling Analysis, Predictions, and Projections; and Climate and Societal Interactions. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: Climate Impacts on Water Resources; Coasts and Climate Resilience; Sustainability of Marine Ecosystems; Changes in Extremes of Weather and Climate; and Information for Mitigating Climate Change. Letters of intent are due on July 26, 2011. Full applications for all Competitions (except for the International Research and Applications Project) must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on October 3, 2011. (Full applications for the International Research and Applications Project must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on November 2nd). The full announcement is available on the CPO Funding Opportunities page and on the Grants.Gov website. For more info, contact Diane Brown at diane.brown@noaa.gov



- Funding Opportunity: Harmful Algal Bloom Program (NOAA Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research)

The National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce, invites proposals for the ECOHAB: Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) program in the South Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, and Gulf of Maine. The major subjects of interest are: Bloom Ecology and Dynamics, Toxins and their Effects, and Food Webs and Fisheries. The ECOHAB program will consider support of studies ranging from relatively small, targeted laboratory or field studies by individual investigators or small teams, to regional scale studies involving larger teams of investigators conducting coordinated, well-integrated, multi-disciplinary field programs. Award amounts will be determined by the proposals and available funds, per the following guidelines:
1) ECOHAB Targeted: $100,000-$250,000/yr not including ship time;
2) ECOHAB Regional: $1,000,000/yr, not including ship time.
Deadline: August 24, 2011. Agency Code: NOAA-NOS-NCCOS-2012-2002987 http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=96835&mode=VIEW



- Funding Opportunity: Climate Adaptation FY 2012-2013 (NOAA-Sea Grant)

NOAA Sea Grant expects to make available up to $1,000,000 for a national competition to fund climate adaptation efforts for FY 2012-2013 as part of an overall plan to enhance climate adaptation in coastal communities. This Federal Funding Opportunity includes information on how to apply for this funding opportunity and criteria for climate adaptation projects requesting a total of up to $100,000 in federal funds. Matching funds are required. Climate adaptation projects are expected to be conducted in partnership with local community governments, state and Federal agencies. Deadline: November 22, 2011.  Projects selected in this competition will be awarded and funded in FY 2012-2013 and must be completed by January 31, 2014.  NOAA-OAR-SG-2011-2002930.  For more info, contact oar.hq.sg.competitions@noaa.gov or go to:  http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=103673.



- Funding Opportunity: Environmental Chemical Sciences (NSF)

The National Science Foundation - Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS) Program supports basic research in chemistry that promotes the understanding of natural and anthropogenic chemical processes in our environment.  The program is particularly interested in studying molecular phenomena on surfaces and interfaces in order to understand the inherently complex and heterogeneous environment. Award range/duration not stated, but recent awards have ranged from $33,000 – $509,000. Submission windows: July 1- 31, 2011; November 1-30, 2011, and July 1-31, annually thereafter. Agency Code: PD 09-6882 http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503416



- Funding Opportunity: Transit Climate Change Adaptation Assessment Pilots (USDOT)

The Federal Transit Administration is soliciting proposals for pilot programs that will fund transit agencies (or partnerships with transit agencies) to assess the vulnerability of transit agency assets and services to climate change hazards such as heat waves and flooding. Total funding available is $525K, with awards ranging from $50K to $175K. Eligibility: Either a public transportation provider, or a university, non-profit, or public entity working in partnership with a public transportation provider. The pilots will also assess initial adaptation strategies and link these strategies to transit agency organizational structures and activities. One of the pilots will focus on demonstrating the integration of adaptation assessment within an asset management system. Application deadline is Aug 25, 2011. Funding Opportunity Number: FTA-2011-016-TBP


- Funding Opportunity: Sustainable Communities Regional Planning (Dep't of Housing & Urban Development)

This grant program supports integrating housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure investments into metropolitan planning efforts. These investments incorporate the interdependent challenges of 1) Economic competitiveness and revitalization; 2) Social equity, inclusion, and access to opportunity; 3) Energy use and climate change; 4) Public health and environmental impact. This program will give priority to projects that include non-traditional partnerships (e.g. arts and culture, recreation, public health, food systems, regional planning agencies). There is a total of $67 million available for this program with grant amounts varying by population of applicant region. Eligibility: “Multijurisdictional and Multisector partnership consisting of a consortium of government entities and non-profit partners.” The pre-application deadline is 11:59pm EST on Aug. 25, 2011. Funding Opportunity Number: FR-5500-N-30PA


- Funding Opportunity: Water Sustainability and Climate (NSF)

The National Science Foundation requests proposals for Water Sustainability and Climate.  This RFP will support research to understand and predict the interactions between the water system and climate change, land use, (including agriculture and forest production systems), the built environment, and ecosystem function and services through place-based research and integrative models.  $31 million expected to be available, up to 26 awards anticipated.  Three categories of awards are anticipated:

  • Category 1: Small exploratory or incubation grants to develop teams, identify sites, hold workshops and develop plans for establishment or operation of a study site or modeling effort. These will be 1-2 years in duration for up to $150,000. An estimated 4-10 awards are expected to be made for Category 1 proposals.

  • Category 2: Place-based observational and modeling studies, up to 5 years in duration and for a maximum of $5 million for each award. An estimated 2-4 awards are expected to be made for Category 2 proposals.

  • Category 3: Synthesis, modeling and integration grants that will use existing data to integrate and synthesize across watershed and groundwater sites. Project duration of 3-5 years for a maximum of $1.5 million for each award. An estimated 6-12 awards are expected to be made for Category 3 proposals.

Responses due: October 19, 2011. Agency Code: NSF 11-551.   For more info, contact Enriqueta Barrera at ebarrera@nsf.gov or go to:  http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf11551http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11551/nsf11551.htm


- Fellowship: Early-Career Research Fellowships in Ocean Sciences (Sloan Foundation)

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation invites nominations of outstanding early-career scientists and researchers for its Early-Career Research Fellowships in Ocean Sciences. Department chairs or other senior scholars wishing to recognize and support those of their junior colleagues who demonstrate a unique potential to contribute significantly to marine research should submit nominations based on the nominees’ independent research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become leaders in the scientific community through their contributions to their field. Fellowships are in the amount of $50,000 and can be spent over two years for nearly any research-related purpose. All forms and materials are due by September 15th, 2011. http://www.sloan.org/assets/files/srf/call_for_nominations_vf.pdf


- Funding Opportunity: Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (NSF)

The Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) Program aims to support basic research and related activities that enhance fundamental understanding of the complex interactions within and among natural and human systems, with special emphasis placed on the coupling between human and natural systems. Through its annual competitions, CNH intends to support three types of activities:
A. CNH Large Interdisciplinary Research Projects. May be supported by awards from roughly $500,000 to no more than $1,500,000. Most projects will extend from two to five years.
B. CNH Interdisciplinary Team Exploratory Projects. Emphasis is on the conduct of research and potential outcomes, not on the preparation of plans and proposals for future research. Project support may range from roughly $150,000 to no more than $250,000. Most exploratory projects extend from one to two years.
C. CNH Research Coordination Networks (CNH-RCNs). These networks focus on the dynamics of coupled natural and human systems to advance CNH research or create new directions in research or education, with innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies especially encouraged. Project support may range from roughly $250,000 to no more than $500,000 for up to five years.
The proposal deadline is November 15, 2011 and the third Tuesday in November annually thereafter. Code: NSF 10-612  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10612/nsf10612.htm


- Conference: Societies, Estuaries and Coasts - Adapting to Change (CERF)

The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) is now accepting abstracts for the 21st biennial conference, "Societies, Estuaries and Coasts: Adapting to Change". The conference will take place November 6-10, 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The abstract submittal deadline was May 12th, but early registration continues through October 6.  From the CERF website, "This year's theme reflects a growing realization that human societies are an integral component of ecosystems and the dynamics of these societies and ecosystems are interactive - their futures are interdependent. Nowhere is this more evident than in the estuaries and coastal zones of the planet, where human populations are concentrated, typically dominating estuarine watersheds and affecting their linkage with the local, regional, and global dynamics of the coastal ocean." For more information, please visit the site, http://www.sgmeet.com/cerf2011/.


- Funding Opportunity: Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (NASA)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration has announced several funding opportunities through the 2011 Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences program (ROSES). This includes Land Use Land Cover Change (Deadline: Dec 1 , 2011).  Awards range from under $100K per year for focused, limited efforts (e.g., data analysis) to more than $1M per year for extensive activities (e.g., development of science experiment hardware).The full solicitation is NNH11ZDA001N.


- 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: 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


- Document of Interest: Climate Ready Estuaries Annual Progress Report (EPA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released “Climate Ready Estuaries: 2010 Progress Report,” which describes partner accomplishments related to vulnerability assessments, stakeholder engagement, climate change indicators and monitoring, and adaptation planning. The full report is available at: http://www.epa.gov/climatereadyestuaries/downloads/2010-CRE-Progress-Report.pdf.



- 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/Training/padillabay/project.html.





NOAA Releases "State of the Climate Report"

On June 28th, 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, the Department of Commerce and NOAA released new national sustainable marine aquaculture policies. The new policies focus on: fostering sustainable aquaculture that increases the value of domestic aquaculture production; advancing sustainable aquaculture science; ensuring aquaculture decisions protect wild species and healthy coastal and ocean ecosystems; developing sustainable aquaculture compatible with other uses; and working to remove foreign trade barriers and enforcing U.S. trade agreements. Along with its new policy, the Department of Commerce and NOAA announced additional steps to support the development of the aquaculture industry, including: a National Shellfish Initiative in partnership with the shellfish industry to increase commercial production of shellfish; and a Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Plan for Aquaculture, which would include the regulatory infrastructure needed for offshore aquaculture development in the Gulf. For more information, including links to the new policies, visit: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2011/20110609_aquaculture.html.


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

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


Offshore Energy Memorandum of Understanding

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

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



New 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.


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