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July 2012 Announcements and News Items

- Position Vacancy: Communication Specialist (MARCO)

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) is seeking a Communication Coordinator/Specialist to assist MARCO with communications-related project tasks. The Communication Specialist will assist MARCO in advancing its priorities to address challenges facing the ocean, and engage diverse ocean stakeholders and decision makers in meaningful participation in MARCO’s initiatives. Specific responsibilities will vary and include: establishing and/or improving internal and external communications; assisting in the development and implementation of stakeholder engagement plans for MARCO’s ongoing and future projects; providing content and interacting with the media; developing web content and social media opportunities; assisting in grant writing; reviewing, editing and/or writing a variety of documents; and developing communication and promotional materials. Please see www.midatlanticocean.org for further background on MARCO. This is a half-time, one-year contractual position with the possibility of follow-on. To learn more, see the full position announcement: http://www.midatlanticocean.org/macro_CommSpec.pdf.


- Position Vacancy: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems Extension Specialist (NH Sea Grant)

New Hampshire Sea Grant is looking for an individual with a background in a biological field and an interest in working with volunteers to assume the role of Assistant State Specialist in Healthy Coastal Ecosystems. The primary role of the Healthy Coastal Ecosystems Specialist will be to meet the extension and outreach objectives of the Aquatic Invasive Species project. This will include: developing outreach and education plans that will prevent the introduction of the Chinese mitten crab; expand monitoring efforts in the Gulf of Maine Region; and working closely with the Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel (NEANS) to develop rapid response plans. In addition, the successful candidate will co-lead and coordinate the NH Sea Grant Citizen Research Volunteer program. For more information and to apply visit UNH Employment Opportunities at https://jobs.usnh.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp and select University of New Hampshire.



- Regional Meeting: South Atlantic / Caribbean Conference (Governors' South Atlantic Alliance)

The Governors' South Atlantic Alliance (Alliance) has organized a regional meeting to bring together scientists from the southeast coast of the US Atlantic and those from the Caribbean. The meeting will take place September 12 to 14, 2012 at the Center for Marine Science, UNC Wilmington (Wilmington, NC). Sessions are organized around the following themes:

  • Working Waterfronts /Marine Fisheries Management
  • Disaster Resilient Coastal Communities and Hurricane / Disaster Mitigation
  • Water Quality
  • Coral Reef Protection

There is some limited funding available for financial assistance on a first-come, first-serve basis to assist with travel and lodging. Travel expenses will be provided to presenters in some areas of coral reef protection, fisheries management, water quality and disaster mitigation. Please indicate relevant details on your registration form. The Alliance has arranged for a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Sunspree at Wrightsville Beach at a cost of $109 per night. Please contact Lynne Goodspeed (goodspeedl@uncw.edu) with any questions, and feel free to pass this information to colleagues. [General information sheet, Preliminary agenda and Registration sheet].


- Funding Opportunity: Lionfish Control Research (Florida Sea Grant)

Florida Sea Grant is pleased to announce a call for proposals for research on identifying methods to control the spread of and/or reduce the impacts of lionfish in the NOAA South Atlantic and Caribbean Regions. Florida Sea Grant requests that interested PIs carefully read the RFP in regard to: (a) the due date (July 16, 2012, 4 p.m. EST), because there will be no late proposals accepted; (b) the requirements about the location of lead PIs; (c) the desire to involve students; (d) the specific priorities for this RFP; and (e) the options about conducting research in one of the two NOAA regions for up to $150,000 or encompassing both regions for up to $300,000 total for projects lasting two years. This RFP is soliciting two year projects. The funding amounts listed are the maximum that can be requested and will be distributed over two years. The RFP requirements and application instructions can be found at the following link.


Questions regarding this RFP can be directed to Florida Sea Grant Director Dr. Karl Havens (khavens@ufl.edu) or to the Florida Sea Grant Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist Dr. Maia McGuire (mpmcg@ufl.edu).


- Funding Opportunity: Research Associateships (National Research Council)

The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $42,000 - $75,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience. Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals. Applicants should contact prospective Adviser(s) at the lab(s) prior to the application deadline to discuss their research interests and funding opportunities Detailed program information, including online applications, instructions on how to apply and a list of participating laboratories, is available on the NRC Research Associateship Programs Website.
Questions should be directed to the NRC at 202-334-2760 (phone) or rap@nas.edu.

There are four annual review cycles:
Review Cycle: August; Opens June 1; Closes August 1
Review Cycle: November; Opens September 1; Closes November 1
Review Cycle: February; Opens December 1; Closes February 1
Review Cycle: May; Opens March 1; Closes May 1


- Funding Opportunity: Geography and Spatial Sciences Program (NSF)

The National Science Foundation Geography and Spatial Sciences Program (GSS) sponsors research on the geographic distributions and interactions of human, physical, and biotic systems on the Earth’s surface. Investigations are encouraged into the nature, causes, and consequences of human activity and natural environmental processes across a range of scales. Projects on a variety of topics (both domestic and international) qualify for support if they contribute to scholarship by enhancing geographical knowledge, concepts, theories, methods, and their application to societal problems and concerns. GSS encourages projects that explicitly integrate undergraduate and graduate education into the overall research agenda. Regular research proposal deadline: September 13, 2012.  (other deadlines apply for DDRI proposals, etc.). http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12570/nsf12570.htm




- Save the Date: Southeastern Estuarine Research Society (fall meeting)

The Southeastern Estuarine Research Society (SEERS) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the informal exchange of interdisciplinary information related to estuaries of the southeastern United States. SEERS promotes discussion of estuarine research, science, and management; promotes discussion of current research projects and management issues; and encourages participation of student colleagues. The next SEERS meeting will be October 19-21, 2012 (Fri-Sun) at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville. http://host.coastal.edu/seers/




- 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:


The Social Coast - Social Science, Simply Explained and Applied
July 11, 2012, 14:00-15:00 Eastern. The Social Coast website provides data, tools, training, and stories on one of the most important aspects of coastal management - the people. The Social Coast filters out the relevant demographic and economic data sets available through the Digital Coast, provides examples of how to use them, and demonstrates their benefits. These data narrow in on the coastal components of a broad range of demographic and economic data sets from agencies such as the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and others. This webinar will provide a guided tour of the new resource and provide real-world success stories on using demographic and economic data in coastal management.

In this webinar participants will:

  • Explore the Social Coast website
  • Learn about the different demographic and economic data sets and some specific tools that have already incorporated these data for easy-to-use exploration
  • Hear about how these data sets have been used to address coastal issues

Registration information is on the OneNOAA Science Seminar page.


New Elevation Inventory for the Nation
August 01, 2012, 14:00-15:00 Eastern. The U.S. Interagency Elevation Inventory has just been completed in May 2012 and serves to display high-accuracy topographic and bathymetric data for the United States and its territories. The project is a collaborative effort of NOAA and the U.S. Geological Survey, with contributions from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This resource is a comprehensive, nationwide listing of known high-accuracy topographic data, including lidar and IfSAR, and bathymetric data, including NOAA hydrographic surveys, multibeam data, and bathymetric lidar. The information provided for each elevation dataset includes many attributes such as vertical accuracy, point spacing, and date of collection. Also provided are a point of contact for the data and a direct link to access the data, if available.

In this webinar participants will:

  • Find the location of existing high-resolution elevation data (lidar, IfSA R, bathymetry, etc.)
  • Locate critical information about datasets
  • Print data reports for a particular location




- Resource: BOEM Ocean Science Journal

The Science & Technology Journal of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has released Vol 9 (issue 1, Jan/Feb/March 2012). The theme of this issue is renewable energy. http://www.boem.gov/uploadedFiles/BOEM/Newsroom/Publications_Library/Ocean_Science/OS_0901_031512_FINAL_LINKED_WEB.pdf




- Resource: The Coastal Society meeting abstracts

The Coastal Society's 23rd International Conference, “Our Coasts, Our Heritage: Ecosystem Services for the Common Good” took place last month in Miami, Florida. Presentation abstracts in each of the five tracks (listed below) can can viewed at: http://www.thecoastalsociety.org/conference/tcs23/Concurrent%20Sessions%20Schedule.html#concurrent1

  • Defining and Measuring Ecosystem Services in the Context of Ecosystem Based Management
  • Planning for Emerging Coastal Issues and Threats
  • Valuing Coastal Goods and Services
  • A Social Approach to Examining our Coasts
  • Ecosystem Services in the Real World-Policy and Management Trends




- Upcoming Conference: Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 2012

The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation announces its first special conference in South America, The Changing Coastal and Estuarine Environment: A Comparative Approach. The conference will take place in Mar del Plata, Argentina 11-14 November, 2012. Early registration continues through October 11, 2012 . A program overview (including list of plenary speakers) is available at: http://www.erf.org/node/1074 .



- 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/.



-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: 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.


- Resource: Inundation Analysis Tool (NOAA)

NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) has launched an innovative new tool for coastal resource managers. The Inundation Analysis Tool is a web-based application that employs data collected at NOAA tide gauge stations to provide statistical summaries of the historical frequency and duration of observed high waters. The data input for this tool is 6-minute water level data time series and the tabulated times and heights of the high tides over a user specified time period, relative to a desired tidal datum or user-specified datum. The data output of this tool provides summary statistics, which includes the number of occurrences of inundation above the threshold (events) and length of duration of inundation of each events above the threshold elevation for a specified time period. http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/inundation/



- Funding Opportunity: Hydrologic Sciences (NSF)

This program encourages studies probing the spatial and temporal heterogeneity of water and chemical fluxes and storages from local to global scales, coupling for simulating residence times, interfacial fluxes, pathways among system compartments; and pursuing topics in ecohydrology, geolimnology, and hydrologic impacts on microbial communities. Hydrologic Sciences also supports research in aqueous geochemistry directly connected to hydrologic processes and the physical, chemical, and biological processes taking place as water bodies change. The Program is especially interested in proposals in emerging fields. Hydrologic Sciences accepts proposals that will contribute to the transformation of hydrologic research methodologies. Examples include field activities to assess methods for implementing watershed scale hydrologic observatories, hydrologic synthesis, instrumentation and sensor development, and cyberinfrastructure. Anticipated funding is $7,900,000, annually. The estimated number of awards is 30 to 40 standard or continuing grants or cooperative agreements per year. Awards are generally made within 6 to 7 months of the proposal submission date for successful proposals. Deadline: December 5 and June 1 annually. NSF 09-538. http://nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09538/nsf09538.htm

- 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: 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

Groundwater Monitoring on Tybee

Two groundwater wells in Chatham County* operated by the U.S. Geological Survey were recently instrumented for monitoring of specific conductance. According to the USGS press release, New System Helps Protect Tybee Island, Savannah Water),

"The U.S. Geological Survey designed and installed the innovative system that uses satellite telemetry to monitor groundwater levels and salinity daily. Tybee Island is the most seaward municipality in the Savannah area and is vulnerable to groundwater contamination from seawater.  This new system will serve as an early warning indicator of saltwater encroachment toward public supply wells.
      These real-time-monitoring wells are part of a larger network of wells that the USGS annually samples for chloride concentration to determine relative movement of saltwater in the Upper Floridan aquifer in the Savannah, Georgia area. The wells are part of a statewide groundwater level monitoring network funded by the USGS and the Georgia [sic] Environmental Protection Division. The City of Tybee Island provided funding to upgrade the wells to enable real time monitoring of groundwater levels and salinity.”

*Chatham County stations: 320127080511203 / 39Q026 & 320127080511301 / 39Q027.
Real time data for these and other well sites is available (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ga/nwis/current/?type=gw&group_key=county_cd)
For more information, contact USGS Supervisory Hydrologist (& GCRC affiliate!), John Clarke (jsclarke@usgs.gov, 770-903-9170)



USGS Report: Sea Level Rise Accelerating in U.S. Atlantic Coast

[text from the Coastal States Organization newsletter]

June 24, 2012 - Department of the Interior. According to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report published in Nature Climate Change, rates of sea-level rise are increasing three-to-four times faster along portions of the U.S. Atlantic Coast than globally. Since about 1990, sea-level rise in the 600-mile stretch of coastal zone from Cape Hatteras, NC to north of Boston, MA - coined a "hotspot" by scientists - has increased 2-3.7 millimeters per year, while the global increase over the same period was 0.6-1.0 millimeter per year. The report shows that the sea-level rise “hotspot” is consistent with the slowing of Atlantic Ocean circulation, which models show may be tied to changes in water temperature, salinity and density in the subpolar north Atlantic. See the full USGS press release to learn more and access the online version of the report.



Responding to Climate Change through Coastal Habitat Restoration

April 19, 2012 - Restore America's Estuaries released a new study (Restore-Adapt-Mitigate: Responding to Climate Change through Coastal Habitat Restoration) linking ecologically important coastal habitat restoration with adaptation and mitigation strategies as a way to reduce the impacts of ongoing global climate change. The report demonstrates that coastal wetland restoration--everything from restoring salt marshes, to protecting mangroves, and creating new coastal wetlands--can be an integral part of public and private initiatives to combat climate change.


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