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May 2011 Announcements
BP provided Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GRI) Year 1 funds to Gulf Coast State institutions for rapid-response studies in the immediate aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill. The purpose of RFP-I is to select the research activities for GRI Years 2–4 (1 June 2011– 31 May 2014) involving Research Consortia. For this solicitation, a Research Consortium is defined as having four or more institutions. Note that it is anticipated that the lead research institution will be located in a Gulf State. For a list of research themes to be addressed (and the full RFP) please visit: http://griresearchboard.org/rfp/RFP-I.html. The website also hosts a bulletin board for those "In Search of Consortia/Partnerships". LOI Deadline (required): May 9, 2011, 9:00 pm EDT. Proposal Deadline: July 11, 2011, 9:00 pm EDT
On May 11th, NOAA’s Coastal Services Center will host a “Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk Training” webinar. This three-hour training webinar will introduce the “Roadmap” assessment methodology designed to help communities characterize their exposure to current and future hazard and climate threats and assess how existing planning and policy efforts may integrate this information to address community issues. To learn more, visit: http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/training/roadmap/training.html. Additional information about the Digital Coast webinar series is also online at: http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/webinar/index.html.
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. Abstract submittal deadline is May 12th (at noon). Early registration ends 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/.
Please join us for Brownbag Presentation on May 18th at noon at the Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center at DNRs Coastal Regional Headquarters in Brunswick. Dr. William Savidge will be presenting the results of a Coastal Incentive Grant funded to study the "Effects of canal discharge on oxygen cycles on marsh platforms and its potential consequences for nekton use of marsh habitat." Please see linked document for more details.
Coastal Carolina University is accepting applications for an Environmental Laboratory and Field Technician. This position is a full-time annual appointment with benefits, working within the Center for Marine and Wetland Studies’ Environmental Quality Laboratory. This facility conducts research and monitoring in the coastal and inland waters of northeastern South Carolina. Overview of duties: Field sampling, sample processing and analysis, quality control procedures, instrument calibration and data management. Minimum requirements: Bachelor's degree in science and one year related job experience. Accepting applications until position is filled. Application process: Complete an on-line application at: http://jobs.coastal.edu. Coastal Carolina University is an EO/AA employer. To read more about the Burroughs and Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies and its Environmental Quality Lab, see http://www.coastal.edu/wwa/eql/index.html.
The University of Georgia’s (UGA) Marine Extension Service located in Brunswick, Georgia, is seeking applications for a full-time Coastal Resources Specialist. The position is integral to the UGA MAREX Coastal Sustainable Communities Program (CSCP) and will assist the CSCP Manager in the implementation of the CoastScapes Conservation Landscaping and Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials Programs on a variety of priorities related to sustainable land use, conservation landscaping, nonpoint source pollution, and habitat conservation. Further information on the job can be found online at: https://www.ugajobsearch.com/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp (position number 20101361). To learn more about the CoastScape program, visit: www.coastscapes.org.
The Marine Resources Research Institute (MRRI), which is located in Charleston, South Carolina, has an Assistant Marine Scientist position available for an individual with experience in marine invertebrate taxonomy/systematics, preferably with research interests in biodiversity and/or biogeography. This position involves directing operation of the Southeastern Regional Taxonomic Center (SERTC) including curating and expanding the Center’s specimen collection. The successful candidate will also be expected to conduct original research using the Center’s resources, pursue extramural funding to ensure the Center’s longevity and relevance, meet staffing needs, participate in educational activities, and represent the Center and promote its activities among staff of other institutions, universities and museums. For more information, please view the job ad, then visit SERTC and MRRI online.
The University of Rhode Island (URI) Coastal Resources Center and the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program are hosting a training opportunity for participants to learn firsthand about the Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) lessons, tools and techniques that Rhode Island is employing through the Ocean Special Area Management Plan (Ocean SAMP). The interactive workshop will take place May 3-5, 2011, at URI. Participants will be able to personalize the content for their own CMSP initiatives and gain valuable and constructive feedback from peers and key members of the Ocean SAMP team. Post-training mentoring will also be available for participants. The workshop reflects the current standards for CMSP policy, including the framework outlined in the National Ocean Policy. For more details and to register, visit http://seagrant.gso.uri.edu/coast/msp_training.html.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites proposals to develop a research program, including an effective community outreach program component, to mitigate the impact of oil spills. The research program must address one or more of the following topics: (1) development of cost-effective innovative technologies to mitigate the impact of oil spills; (2) development of effective oil dispersants, surface washing agents, bioremediation agents, and other mitigation measures (“dispersants/ agents/ measures”) with low environmental impact; and (3) investigation of the effects of oil spills and application of dispersants/ agents/ measures on the environment. N.B. The application must also include a plan for how the applicant will work with and involve at least 4 Gulf Coast communities affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in designing and participating in the research project. Award may total up to $500,000, including direct and indirect costs, with a maximum duration of three years. Deadline: June 22, 2011. EPA-G2011-STAR-F1. http://epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2011/2011_star_oilspill.html
National Aeronautics and Space Administration has announced several funding opportunities through the 2011 Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences program (ROSES). This includes Physical Oceanography (Deadline: June 30, 2011) and 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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