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Announcements & News from August 2011
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
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 email@example.com
- 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=103673.
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
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
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:
Responses due: October 19, 2011. Agency Code: NSF 11-551. For more info, contact Enriqueta Barrera at email@example.com or go to: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf11551. http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11551/nsf11551.htm
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
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:
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/.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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):
To read the Summary, or the review the full document, please visit: http://www.ppi.noaa.gov/ngsp.html
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.
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.
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.
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.
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