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January 2012


- Funding Opportunity: Aquaculture Research Program 2012 (NOAA Sea Grant)

Depending on the availability of funds, NOAA expects to have approximately $3,200,000 available for a national competition to fund marine aquaculture research projects for FY 2012. Priorities for this FY 2012 competition include: Research to inform specific regulatory decisions; Research that supports multi-use spatial planning; and Socio-economic research targeted to understand aquaculture in a larger context. Proposals must be able to express how the proposed work will have a high probability of significantly advancing U.S. marine aquaculture development in the short-term (1-2 years) or medium-term (3-5 years). For more information including a synopsis, the full announcement, and the application, go to Grants.gov and perform a basic search using Funding Opportunity Number NOAA-OAR-SG-2012-2003249 or CDMA Number 11.417.  This is a two-stage competition, with preproposals and full proposals.  Each has specific guidance and deadlines, stated in the announcement.  As stated in the announcement, applicants must submit a preproposal in order to be eligible to submit a full proposals.  Please pay careful attention to the instructions and contact your state Sea Grant Program as soon as possible to discuss proposals. Deadline for receipt of preproposals via electronic mail at the National Sea Grant Office is 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 7, 2012.



- Funding Opportunity: Policy Analysis - Shellfish Conservation & Shoreline Protection (TNC)

The Nature Conservancy has released the attached Request for Proposals to support an “Analysis of rules, policies, and regulations related to shellfish conservation and shoreline protection in the southeast.”  The analysis will include the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida and is designed to support our ongoing conservation strategies related to oyster reef restoration and living shoreline implementation. The deadline for proposal submissions is February 13, 2012.  Please contact Mary Conley (mconley@tnc.org) if you have any questions or need additional information.


- 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.



- Upcoming Conference: Benthic Ecology

The 41st annual Benthic Ecology Meeting will be held in Norfolk, Virginia from March 21 to 24, 2012. The Benthic Ecology Meeting (BEM) is one of the largest scientific meetings for marine biologists in the USA. The 41st meeting will be hosted by Old Dominion University and held in the Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel. At the 2012 BEM we anticipate more than 700 registrants; a mix of the nation's top marine ecologists and up-and-coming graduate and undergraduate students. Abstracts for oral presentations will be accepted on the following topics: Chemical Ecology; Fisheries; Physical Processes; Behavior; Physiological and Molecular Ecology; Macroecology; Introduced Species; Life History Strategies; Recruitment/Larval Ecology; Restoration; Evolution; Conservation; Trophic Relationships; Community Ecology; Biodiversity; Ecosystem Functioning; Parasite-host Relationships; Anthropogenic Impacts; and Genetic Connectivity and Metapopulations. Abstract submission and early registration deadline: February 24th. For more information, visit http://sci.odu.edu/bem/



- Fellowship: Gilbert F. White Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (Resources for the Future)

Resources for the Future (RFF) will award resident fellowship to researchers who have a doctoral degree and wish to devote a year to scholarly work in areas related to natural resources, energy, or the environment. Social scientists as well as natural scientists interested in policy-relevant interdisciplinary research are encouraged to apply. Fellows are normally in residence at RFF for 11 months. Deadline: February 24, 2012. For more information, visit the RFF website.



- Action Item: National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan - Public Comments

On January 12th, the National Ocean Council (NOC) released a draft National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan. The plan, which is available for public comment through February 27th, outlines key milestones, identifies responsible Federal agencies, and indicates the expected timeframe for completion of Implementation Plan actions including: streamlining ocean and coastal permitting processes, beginning with aquaculture; improving water quality; providing climate-change forecasts and vulnerability assessments for coastal communities; and improving environmental response management in the Arctic. The actions reflect feedback provided to the NOC through two public comment periods and 12 regional listening sessions. To read the draft Implementation Plan, see the full range of proposed actions, and submit comments, visit: www.whitehouse.gov/oceans. Comments received will be posted on the NOC website, and the NOC will review and incorporate comments before finalizing the Plan in 2012.




- Fellowship: Climate and Global Change 2012 Postdoctoral Fellowships (NOAA & UCAR)

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is funding ten postdoctoral fellowships through the NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The program supports research on climate variations with time scales of seasons to centuries. Preference is given to applicants who have held a PhD for no more than three years. The application deadline is January 18, 2012. For more information, go to: http://www.vsp.ucar.edu/cgc/2012/2012_Program.html.




- Funding Opportunity: Ocean Acidification (NOAA)

NOAA/NOS/NCCOS/CSCOR is accepting proposals which address the potential ecosystem impacts of ocean acidification to fishery ecosystems of US waters. Research should focus on the development of ecological models (linked to biogeochemical models if possible) which can be used to predict population and/or ecosystem level effects (including potentially, socioeconomic impacts) of increasing ocean acidification on a) important US commercial and recreational fishery species and/or b) key organisms in the ecosystems on which these fishery species rely (e.g., zooplankton, forage fish). Deadline: January 30, 2012. The synopsis of the program RFP is available here.


- 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:

How Can we Deal with Data Gaps for Integrated Ecosystem Assessments?
January 25, 2012 (Wed), 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor (New Jersey) has been listed as 'highly eutrophic' according to the National Estuarine Eutrophication Assessment (NEEA). One challenge for assessing status of eutrophication in Barnegat Bay, as in many estuaries nationally and globally, is data availability. Non-continuous monitoring and temporal/spatial mismatches in data collection make it difficult to assess or weight different datasets. The current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment being conducted for Barnegat Bay includes a suite of 20 metrics that are organized into six components: 1) Ecosystem Pressures, 2) Water Quality, 3) Light Availability, 4) Seagrass Response, 5) Harmful Algal Blooms, and 6) Benthic Invertebrate Response. Here, we provide a potential solution to the issue of data gaps and a method to weight each dataset in a quantifiable, objective way to avoid bias and 'double counting'. We discuss this method in the context of other methods used both nationally and globally, with some emphasis on shallow coastal lagoons that differ in characterization from drowned river valleys.

Coastal County Snapshots: An Issue-Specific Data Communication Tool
February 1, 2012 (Wed), 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Eastern). Snapshots are currently available for most coastal counties in the contiguous United States and Hawaii, employing data from a variety of sources such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Census Bureau, Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP), and Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW). This session will introduce users to the Coastal County Snapshots product line, the data and information contained in these products, and other related Center products. - Digital Coast Webinar Series

Reef Fish Surveys at the Speed of Sound! Acoustic-Derived Metrics for Reef Fishery and Ecosystem ManagementFebruary 1, 2012 (Wed), noon to 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Speaker:  Chris Taylor (NCCOS). This presentation will highlight three areas of research that underscore advantages and challenges of using fisheries sonar in complex and diverse reef systems: extending interpretation of coral reef habitat maps, assessing efficacy of marine reserves, and contributing to ocean education and outreach. Chris Taylor is an ecologist in the Applied Ecology & Restoration Research Branch at National Ocean Service, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science at NOAA's Beaufort Laboratory. His primary area of research is in coastal fisheries ecology and specializes in the use of sonar to observe and assess fishes in estuarine and ocean habitats.

State Agency Engagement with Habitat Conservation
February 16, 2012 (Thurs), noon to 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Speaker: Ron Regan (Executive Director, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies). This seminar will focus on the work of state fish and wildlife agencies in habitat conservation through the lenses of the North American Model of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, the National Fish Habitat Partnership, and the work of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Policy and state-federal partnership opportunities will be explored.

The NOAA Habitat Blueprint: A Framework to Improve Habitat for Fisheries, Marine Life, and Coastal Communities
February 27, 2012 (Mon), 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Eastern). Speaker: Brian Pawlak (Acting Director, NMFS Office of Habitat Conservation). The NOAA Habitat Blueprint provides a forward looking framework for NOAA to think and act strategically across programs and with partner organizations to address the growing challenge of coastal and marine habitat loss and degradation. Through the Blueprint, we will increase the effectiveness of our efforts to improve habitat conditions for fisheries, coastal and marine life, and coastal communities, so habitats can continue to provide the economic, cultural, and environmental benefits our society needs and enjoys. Additional information (including the blueprint) can be found at http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/blueprint/index.html.

Digital Coast Data Access
March 7 (Wed) 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Eastern). Speaker: Erik Hund (NOAA). The Digital Coast Data page provides access to many of the coastal data sets most requested by Digital Coast partners, including land cover, elevation, and socioeconomic data sets. Access to data managed by the NOAA Coastal Services Center is provided through the Data Access Viewer (DAV), which allows for user-specified geographies, formats, and resolutions. Other data sets are provided through various mechanisms maintained by the responsible agencies. This session will introduce users to a number of the data sets available through the Digital Coast Data page and will provide a short demonstration of the Data Access Viewer. In this webinar, participants will; learn about Digital Coast data resources, see a demonstration of the Data Access Viewer, and learn about data provisioning options in the Data Access Viewer.


- Upcoming Conference: Social Coast Forum 2012 (NOAA CSC)

Social Science for Coastal Decision-Making. Understanding people - where they live, what they do, what they value - is an important part of successful coastal management initiatives. Participate in the first Social Coast Forum to see and share how social science tools and methods are being used to address the nation’s coastal issues. The NOAA Coastal Services Center is hosting the forum February 15 to 16, 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina. http://www.csc.noaa.gov/socialcoastforum/index.html   



- Call for Proposals: Restore America's Estuaries National Conference

Proposals for the 6th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration – which will be held October 20-24, 2012, in Tampa, Florida – are now being accepted. The Conference theme is "Restoring Ecosystems, Strengthening Communities." All proposals relevant to coastal habitat restoration are highly encouraged, but there is particular interest in proposals for sessions, presentations, and posters dealing with the interface of the environment and the economy. For more information, including a full list of Conference topics and details on submitting a proposal, visit: http://program.estuaries.org/. The deadline to submit a proposal is February 1, 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:

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/Training/padillabay/project.html.




-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.



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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