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October-November 2012 Announcements and News Items



- Position Vacancies: Biology Faculty Positions (UNC-Wilmington)

The Department of Biology and Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington invites applications for five tenure-track positions starting August, 2013. The successful candidates will contribute to undergraduate and graduate courses as well as maintain a vigorous, extramurally funded research program involving undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Three positions in Coastal and Marine Biology (Vacancy # 13F017, 13F018, 13F019, Position # 3565, 4730, 6947). Candidates in any area of Coastal and Marine Biology are encouraged to apply, and would be expected to contribute to one or more core courses in the areas of Marine Biology, Genetics, Physiology or Ecology.
  • Two positions in Microbiology (Vacancy # 13F015, 13F016, Position # 4160, 3535). Candidates in any area of microbiology are encouraged to apply, and would be expected to contribute to courses in microbiology, cell and molecular biology, or a related area.

The Department offers B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology and Marine Biology, and a Ph.D. in Marine Biology. The Department of Biology and Marine Biology values basic, applied, and translational research. Dual career couples are welcome to apply, and we encourage all job seekers to visit http://www.uncw.edu/hr/employment-epa.html to learn about other openings in our Department and at UNCW. Excellent support for research is provided in facilities on campus (http://www.uncw.edu/bio/) and at the Center for Marine Science (http://www.uncw.edu/cms/). Candidates must have a Ph.D., and post-doctoral experience is expected. Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and research. To apply, complete the online application available at: http://uncw.edu/hr/employment-epa.html. For questions about the positions, contact Dr. Larry Cahoon, Coastal and Marine Biology Search Chair, cahoon@uncw.edu, 910-962-3706 or Dr. Joe Pawlik, Microbiology Search Chair, pawlikj@uncw.edu, 910-962-2377. For questions about the online application process, contact Tracie Chadwick (Coastal and Marine Biology) at chadwickt@uncw.edu, 910-962-3536 or Debbie Cronin (Microbiology) at cronind@uncw.edu, 910-962-3707. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted before November 1, 2012. UNCW actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic, or other minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. UNCW is an equal opportunity employer.



- Position Vacancy: Instructor, Department of Integrative Biology (University of South Florida)

The Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida invites applications for a full-time, continuing, non-tenure earning Instructor (9-month appointment, 100% teaching) with promotional career path to begin Fall 2013. Summer appointments may be available. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in biology or a related discipline, and university-level teaching experience at the time of appointment. The candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the biology curriculum (http://biology.usf.edu/ib/) including General Biology, Marine and Advanced Marine Biology and Seminar. We especially encourage applicants who have experience teaching large biology courses, supervising graduate teaching assistants in the labs, and using instructional technology. Salary is negotiable. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, one-page statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness electronically to: https://employment.usf.edu/ . Three letters of reference should be emailed to: cas-bioibsearches@usf.edu Or mail to: Chair, Instructor Search Committee, Department of Integrative Biology, SCA 110, University of South Florida, 4202 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33620-5200. Review of applications will start December 15 and continue until the position is filled. University of South Florida is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Institution. Applications from minorities and women are encouraged. For disability accommodations, please call (813) 974-6210. According to Florida law, applications and meetings regarding them are open to the public.




- Conference: Georgia Water Resources Conference (request for abstracts)

Planning for the next biennial Georgia Water Resources Conference is underway. The meeting will be held in Athens on April 10 and 11, 2013. The Organizing Committee* encourages everyone to submit an abstract related to water resources; or organize a special session, panel discussion, or field trip. Abstracts will now be accepted through 9th November 2012.  "There are a wide range of water issues facing Georgia, and your participation will help identify and prioritize the issues, institutions, and speakers to help us address them. We also hope to get your ideas for important public figures to invite for their perspective on water resource issues."  --  *Napoleon Caldwell, GA Environmental Protection Division; Elliott Jones, U.S. Geological Survey, Georgia Water Science Center; Vechere Lampley, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Andrea Zimmer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Aris Georgakakos, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Water Research Institute; Todd Rasmussen, University of Georgia.

The conference website http://www.gawrc.org/ includes abstract submission information and links to proceedings & papers from prior events.



- Conference (Request for Abstracts): 4th National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems

LA Sea Grant is eager to get the word out about a conference they’re holding next year: Challenges of Natural Resource Economics & Policy, the 4th National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems. The meeting will be held in New Orleans (March 24-26, 2013). This triennial conference covers socioeconomic research in coastal systems. Potential session topics include, but are not limited to, environmental benefit-cost analyses, economic linkage/impact assessment, input-output modeling, and comparative assessments of resource management and restoration policy. Basic and applied research, extension-oriented, and policy discussion submissions are all welcome. The 2013 meeting will also feature a series of sessions and panels on ecosystem services and ecosystem service valuation (track underwritten by a regional grant funded in part by the National Sea Grant program office.) The deadline for abstract submission is November 12, 2012. The call for abstracts is available at: http://www.cnrep.lsu.edu Sponsor information: http://www.cnrep.lsu.edu/Sponsors%202013.html For information about CNREP, go to: http://www.cnrep.lsu.edu/AboutCNREP.html For additional information, contact:

Rex H. Caffey
Professor and Director
Center for Natural Resource Economics & Policy
Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter
179 Woodin Hall
Louisiana State University




- Funding Opportunities: Integrative Programs Section (NSF - Division of Ocean Sciences)

The National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Science funds several types of program through the Integrative Programs Section (NSF 04-052), http://www.nsf.gov/geo/oce/pubs/IPS_Guidelines.pdf. These include:

Shipboard Scientific Support Equipment: The Shipboard Scientific Support Equipment Program provides support to improve safety systems and enhance scientific capabilities and productivity of seagoing research projects that use major facilities, primarily research vessels. Proposals may include permanent installations and equipment required to outfit a vessel to conduct ocean science research. This includes such items as winches, cranes, the entire range of navigation and communication equipment, and safety items. Requests for both replacement and installation of new equipment are considered. Cognizant Program Officer: Ms. Emma (Dolly) Dieter, Program Director, Room 725, Division of Ocean Sciences, telephone 703-292-8583, email: edieter@nsf.gov. Due date: December 1, 2012.

Oceanographic Education: The Oceanographic Education program administers a variety of established education programs within OCE, which are NSF or GEO-wide, and have specific proposal deadlines. It also accepts unsolicited proposals for innovative education projects involving the ocean sciences community and the entire spectrum of formal education (K through graduate) as well as informal education activities. There are no specific deadlines for such proposals - contact the program officer. Cognizant Program Officer: Ms. Elizabeth Rom, Associate Program Director, Room 725, Division of Ocean Sciences, telephone 703-292-8583, email: erom@nsf.gov.

Other Oceanographic Facility Activities: OCE supports workshops, research and study projects, and some specialized facility operations related to quality control improvement, facilities enhancement and developmental activities. All projects must focus on shared-use facilities for the ocean science research community. There are no specific deadlines for such proposals - contact the program officer. Cognizant Program Officer: Ms. Emma (Dolly) Dieter, Program Director, Room 725, Division of Ocean Sciences, telephone 703-292-8583, email: edieter@nsf.gov.




- Members Sought: Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council

NOAA’s Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for three seats on its adviso ry council representing the K-12 education and non-living resources research communities and one citizen-at-large. The advisory council ensures public input in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent. An announcement of the open seats on the Advisory Council has been posted: http://graysreef.noaa.gov/management/sac/pdfs/sac_seat_10_18_2012.pdf

Questions may be addressed to Becky Shortland (Resource Protection Coordinator, Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary):912-598-2381 Becky.Shortland@noaa.gov


- Members Sought: Federal Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resources Science

The Department of the Interior is convening a Federal Advisory Committee to provide input and guidance on the establishment and operations of the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and DOI Climate Science Centers (CSC). NCCWSC and the CSCs have been established with a strong partnership orientation; the ACCCNRS will bring together representatives from key organizations and stakeholder communities. The Committee will have approximately twenty-five members from federal, state, tribal, nongovernmental, academic and private sectors. Nominations for membership will be open until November 19, 2012. An initial meeting is expected in early 2013 the Committee will meet 2-4 times annually. A fact sheet is available here.




- Funding Opportunity: Aquatic Habitat Restoration FY '13 (US FWS & SARP)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now accepting aquatic habitat restoration project proposals for FY 2013 funding through the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) and the National Fish Habitat Action Plan. Projects eligible for funding include those which directly restore or enhance aquatic habitat via on-the-ground modification. Our regional officer (Tripp Bolton) has identified priority areas in Georgia as: "the coastal area, Chattahoochee River Basin, Savannah River Basin, Mobile River Basin, and Tennessee/Cumberland River Basin." The 2013 Aquatic Habitat Restoration Proposal Form is found on the SARP website under the Opportunities and Grants page. All proposals should be developed in coordination with a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Resource Office. For questions, or to submit a proposal, please contact Tripp Bolton (walter_boltin@fws.gov, or 843-819-1229). Deadline: November 21, 2012.


- Fellowship: Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows (NSF)

Through the Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Fellows Program, the National Science Foundation seeks to advance science, engineering, and education to inform the societal actions needed for environmental and economic sustainability and human well-being while creating the necessary workforce to address these challenges. The Program's emphasis is to facilitate investigations that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and address issues of sustainability through a systems approach, building bridges between academic inquiry, economic growth, and societal needs. The Fellow's proposed investigation must be interdisciplinary and allow him/her to obtain research experiences beyond his/her current core disciplinary expertise. Note that the prospective PI must not have worked for more than 36 months in position(s) which required the doctoral degree and cannot be employed in a tenure-track (or equivalent) position.  Deadline: November 26, 2012.  Agency Code: NSF 12-601.  Link: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12601/nsf12601.htm#summary



- Funding Opportunity: Environmental Solutions for Communities (Wells Fargo, NFWF)

Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) are pleased to offer financial assistance through our new program, Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities, whose mission is to help communities throughout the United States create a more sustainable future through responsible environmental stewardship. Priority funding areas for 2013 include Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon and Savannah. Grants will typically range from $25,000 to $100,000 for projects of 18 months. The ratio of matching funds offered is one criterion considered during the review process, and projects that meet or exceed a 1:1 match ratio will tend to be more competitive. Priority for grants will be given to projects that successfully support one or more of the following:

  • innovative, cost-effective programs that enhance stewardship on private agricultural lands to enhance water quality and quantity and/or improve wildlife habitat for species of concern, while maintaining or increasing agricultural productivity.
  • community-based conservation projects that protect and restore local habitats and natural areas, enhance water quality, promote urban forestry, educate and train community leaders on sustainable practices, promote related job creation and training, and engage diverse partners and volunteers.
  • visible and accessible demonstration projects that showcase innovative, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly approaches to improve environmental conditions within urban communities by ‘greening’ traditional infrastructure and public projects such as storm water management and flood control, public park enhancements, and renovations to public facilities.
  • projects that increase the resiliency of the Nation’s coastal communities and ecosystems (including the Great Lakes) by restoring coastal habitats, living resources, and water quality to enhance livelihoods and quality of life in these communities.

Application Deadline: December 3, 2012 http://www.nfwf.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Charter_Programs_List&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=60&ContentID=26049




- Funding Opportunity: Ocean Acidification (NSF)

Dilvision of Ocean Sciences, National Science Foundation -- The need for understanding the potential adverse impacts of a slowly acidifying sea upon marine ecosystems is widely recognized and included as a priority objective in the new National Ocean Policy. The effects of ocean acidification could significantly affect strategies for developing practices towards the sustainability of ocean resources.  Basic research concerning the nature, extent and impact of ocean acidification on oceanic environments in the past, present and future is required.  Research challenges include: 

  • Understanding the geochemistry and biogeochemistry of ocean acidification;
  • Understanding how ocean acidification interacts with biological, chemical and physical processes at the organismal level, and how such interactions impact the structure and function of ecosystems, e.g. through life histories, food webs, biogeochemical cycling, and interactions with other changes in the ocean (e.g., temperature, stratification, circulation patterns); and
  • Understanding how the earth system history informs our understanding of the effects of ocean acidification on the present day and future ocean.

NSF 12-600. Deadline: December 4, 2012 http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503477&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click




- Funding Opportunity: Southeast Atlantic Marine Debris Initiative, '12-'13 (NOAA)

The Southeast Atlantic Marine Debris Initiative (SEA-MDI), in partnership with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program, is pleased to announce our 2012-2013 Funding Opportunity for projects addressing marine debris issues in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. We are soliciting proposals to address marine debris in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina in support of projects that work toward one or more of the following NOAA and SEA-MDI goals: 1) benefit living marine resources, 2) improve navigation safety, 3) help to restore NOAA trust resource species and habitats (e.g., http://tiny.cc/kx6enw), and 4) prevention, education, and outreach activities that aid in accomplishing the first three objectives. This competitive funding opportunity is open to investigators in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. SEA-MDI welcomes proposals from individuals, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, schools/teachers, tribal, state, and local governments from eligible states. Awards will be funded for one year up to $10,000 (no minimum required) with a total of $30,000 available in funding for this solicitation. Deadline: December 21, 2012. {Project initiation February 1, 2013}. Link: http://sea-mdi.engr.uga.edu/?page_id=204



- Funding Opportunity: Ocean Sciences Research Initiation Grants Broadening Participation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) offers Research Initiation Grants in an effort to increase the participation of under-represented groups in the ocean sciences. Research Initiation Grants provide start up funding for researchers who have been recently appointed to tenure track (or equivalent) positions, with the twin goals of enhancing the development of their research careers and broadening the participation of under-represented groups in ocean sciences. In this solicitation, the term under-represented groups will refer to and include the following: women, persons with disabilities, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders.
      OCE-RIG projects must address research activities that fall within the purview of OCE, which includes a diversity of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary areas. OCE supports research, infrastructure and education to advance understanding of all aspects of the global oceans and ocean basins, including their interactions with people and the integrated Earth system. OCE programs include Biological Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, Physical Oceanography, Marine Geology and Geophysics, Ocean Drilling, Ocean Technology, and Ocean Education. See the Division of Ocean Sciences website (http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=OCE) for further information about division programs and priorities. Deadline: January 14, 2013. Link: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13505/nsf13505.htm



- Funding Opportunity: Coastal Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (NSF)

   The National Science Foundation Coastal Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) program is focused on the sustainability of coastal systems. The Coastal SEES Program seeks proposals that create inter/trans-disciplinary research teams. Successful proposals will integrate across natural environmental and human dynamics of coastal systems and contribute to the understanding of complex systems. The initial competition provides two funding tracks:

Track 1: Incubator Research Proposals. These proposals bring new or emerging inter/trans-disciplinary teams together to develop ideas and approaches. Projects could, for example, do one or more of the following: mine, integrate, and synthesize existing data sets; collect new data; conduct modeling experiments, test new integrative approaches, and/or identify new conceptual ideas and key gaps in knowledge and methods. Incubator proposals should be in the range of $200-600K over 2 years.

Track 2: Research Proposals. These proposals support inter/trans-disciplinary teams to conduct major new integrated coastal systems research. These may include theoretical, field, laboratory and/or modeling activities. Research proposal budgets can be up to $3 million over 5 years.

Deadline: January 17, 2013. Link: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12594/nsf12594.htm



- Funding Opportunity: Coastal Incentive Grants (Georgia Coastal Management Program)

The Coastal Incentive Grants cycle 16 (grant year 2013 - 2014*) RFP and Grant Application are now available! Competitive grants are available for up to $100,000 per year ($50,000 for construction projects) for one or two year projects. Projects must be theme related (see list below) or a designated Critical Local Need (see website). *Grant year: October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014. Eligible applicants include county and municipal governments in the 11 coastal counties, regional and state agencies (other than DNR) and state affiliated educational and research institutions. Cycle 16 Coastal Incentive Grant Themes:

1) Protection, Conservation, Restoration and/or Management of Coastal Water Resources
    2) Protection, Conservation, Restoration and/or Management of Coastal Habitats
    3) Disaster-Resilient Communities and Coastal Hazards
    4) Improve and/or Create Public Access to Coastal Natural Resources
    5) Sustainable Community Development
    6) Promotion of Ecological and Heritage Tourism and/or Protection of Ecological and Heritage Resources
    7) Identification of current coastal threats, trends and conditions and evaluation of the effectiveness of current management practices

The deadline for application receipt at CRD Headquarters office in Brunswick is 4:30 pm, Friday, January 18, 2013. Further details (including forms, full RFP, and dates of upcoming informational meetings) can be found at www.coastalgadnr.org/cm/grants/cig.




- Funding Opportunity: Environmental Biology (NSF)

The National Science Foundation's Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) supports fundamental research on populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Scientific emphases range across many evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes at all spatial and temporal scales. Areas of research include biodiversity, phylogenetic systematics, molecular evolution, life history evolution, natural selection, ecology, biogeography, ecosystem structure, function and services, conservation biology, global change, and biogeochemical cycles. Research on organismal origins, functions, relationships, interactions, and evolutionary history may incorporate field, laboratory, or collection-based approaches; observational or manipulative experiments; synthesis activities; as well as theoretical approaches involving analytical, statistical, or computational modeling. Funding applications for core grants in this division require submission of a preproposal (Deadline: January 23, 2013). Please visit Program Solicitation NSF 13-508 for details or consult the FAQ for this solicitation: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13015/nsf13015.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click




- Fellowship: Marine Resource Economics (NMFS - Sea Grant)

The National Marine Fisheries Service / Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program generally awards two new Ph.D. fellowships each year to students who are interested in: careers related to the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources. Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education in the United States or its territories. Eligible applicants must apply on behalf of a prospective fellow who has been admitted or received provisional acceptance conditioned on obtaining financial support such as this fellowship, to a PhD degree program in natural resource economics or a related field Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to NMFS under the guidance of NMFS mentors at participating NMFS Science Centers or Laboratories. The award for each Fellowship is $38,500 per year for up to two years for graduate students working towards a Ph.D. in marine resource economics, natural resource economics, or environmental economics. Deadline: February 22, 2013. Agency Code: NOAA-OAR-SG-2013-2003524. Link: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=205393


- Fellowship: Population Dynamics (NMFS - Sea Grant)

The National Marine Fisheries Service / Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program generally awards two new Ph.D. fellowships each year to students who are interested in: careers related to the population dynamics of living marine resources and the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing their status. At the time of application, prospective Population Dynamics Fellows must be admitted to a PhD degree program in population dynamics or a related field such as applied mathematics, statistics, or quantitative ecology, at an institution of higher education in the United States or its territories, or submit a signed letter from the institution indicating provisional acceptance to a Ph.D. degree program conditional on obtaining financial support such as this fellowship. Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to NMFS under the guidance of NMFS mentors at participating NMFS Science Centers or Laboratories. Prospective Fellows must be United States citizens. The award for each Fellowship is $38,500 per year for up to three years. Deadline: February 22, 2013. Agency Code: NOAA-OAR-SG-2013-2003529. Link: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=205393



- For Students: FY2014 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (Sea Grant)

Sea Grant has announced the FY2014 Knauss Fellowship program. These Fellowships offer graduates* the opportunity to explore a career in
marine policy at the national level. Georgia Sea Grant has had two Fellows accepted in each of the past three years. The program has an
excellent record of placing its alumni in desirable jobs throughout NOAA, other marine policy-related agencies and in Congressional offices.
And the experience of Fellows sponsored by Georgia Sea Grant indicates that the Knauss program does indeed offer an unparalleled opportunity
for placement in federal marine policy jobs.    *An eligible applicant is any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 15, 2013, is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate or professional program, that have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national
policy decisions affecting those resources. Deadline: March 29, 2013. Link to Full Announcement.



- For Students: Environmental Internship Clearinghouse Portal (NCSE & UPS)

As an extension of the National Council for Science and the Environment’s (NCSE’s) Campus to Careers (C2C) program, NCSE has created an environmental internship clearinghouse with support from the UPS Foundation. The clearinghouse enables university students to search for internships in the environmental field and provides a forum for internship providers to tap into a solid community of quality applicants. http://environmentalinterns.org



- Conference: Coastal GeoTools (NOAA Coastal Services Center)

Coastal GeoTools is a conference series that focuses on the technical information needs of the nation’s coastal programs. It is designed to help the coastal resource management community make better use of geospatial technologies and build partnerships. The 2013 conference will take place 25-28th March in Myrtle Beach, SC. The tracks being planned include: data access; geospatial applications; geospatial business cases; innovations in technology; uses of Digital Coast resources.




- 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. The full document is available here (http://www.gcrc.uga.edu/PDFs/GCRC_GA_OffshoreWind.pdf), or you may view the executive summary.

- 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. A program overview (including list of plenary speakers) is available at: http://www.erf.org/node/1074 .




- Resource: SE Coastal Water Quality Monitoring Metadata Project Web Portal

This website provides access to the Coastal Water Quality Monitoring Metadata Database for the Southeast region, encompassing the Department of the Interior’s South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SALCC) from Virginia to Florida (view maps). The database was designed with National Park Service funding to store detailed information on water quality monitoring programs operated by federal, state and municipal agencies, as well as by research institutions, including monitoring station locations, measured parameters, program contacts, and links to program web pages and data downloads.
   Information from 43 monitoring programs operated in the South Atlantic region is currently registered in this database, including metadata on over 44,000 stations at which 1093 distinct parameters are measured. Additional programs and stations can also be registered by interested parties in the future. This database provides an ongoing inventory of monitoring activities for the southeast region and will help to facilitate identification of data gaps or under- or over-sampled areas. On a broader scale, the project’s water quality metadata database and web portal have timely relevance to the broad community of coastal managers, researchers, planners and constituents as they make significant progress in leveraging and focusing regional associations and partnerships.




- 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: 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
Review Cycle: August; Opens June 1; Closes August 1



- 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:

Planning for Restoration Using the Habitat Priority Planner and Spatial Analysis

Date and Time: November 07, 2012, 15:00-16:00 Eastern Time Zone
Speaker: Lauren Long (Coastal Conservation Specialist, I.M. Systems Group at NOAA Coastal Services Center) will host a webinar describing how to set up a spatial analysis process to plan for habitat restoration. Ms. Long will also describe how to address restoration spatially using the NOAA Coastal Services Center’s Habitat Priority Planner tool.
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAA Coastal Services Center, Digital Coast Webinar Series



State of the Climate through October 2012

Date and Time: November 15, 2012, 11:00 - 12:00 Eastern Time Zone
Speaker(s): NOAA climate and weather experts
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAA NCDC Monthly Climate Updates


CanVis: A Tool for Visualizing Coastal Changes and Potential Adaptation Strategies

Date and Time: November 28, 2012, 12:00-12:30 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Speaker: Adam Bode, GIS Spatial Analyst, NOAA Coastal Services Center
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAA Climate Connection in collaboration with NWS Climate Services Division:

Adam Bode will share an overview of CanVis, software for generating photorealistic illustrations of potential changes in landscapes. The tool allows users to begin with a background photograph and insert visualizations of proposed objects or projected changes. CanVis images help stakeholders envision how existing views may change over time.

Remote Access and Notes:

Attend Remotely: Click on https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/850381232. For further information about this seminar please contact LuAnn Dahlman



Using Mobile Tide-Gage Networks to Observe Storm Surge

Date and Time: December 06, 2012, 11:00-12:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Speaker: Robert Mason Acting Chief of the USGS Office of Surface Water
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAA NOS Science Seminar Series and NOAA Coastal Services Center

Historically, hurricane-induced storm-tides were documented through analysis of the records from a select few tide gages and high-water marks. However, these sources provide limited information about the timing of the flood, the sequencing of multiple paths by which the storm-surge waters inundated inland areas, or the magnitude of waves and wave run-up comprising inland flood waters. Nor could highwater marks be used to evaluate storm-surge model performance along the dynamic track of a hurricane with its accompanying changes in wind strength and direction.

In response to these deficiencies, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) developed and deployed a mobile storm-tide network to provide detailed time-series data for selected hurricane landfalls (http://water.usgs.gov/osw/programs/storm_surge1.html). As part of this program, water-level and barometric pressure monitors are deployed to areas of forecasted hurricane landfall resulting in a concentrated network of as many as 260 temporary, tide gages placed along water channels and nearby overland features such as beaches, wetlands, and constructed environments. This presentation will provide an overview of the mobile network concept and a review of its deployment and some uses of the data including a discussion of deployment for Hurricane Sandy.

About The Speaker:

Robert Mason is the Acting Chief of the USGS Office of Surface Water where he oversees the USGS storm-tide monitor program and a staff who provide technical support to the USGS water science center hydrologists engaged in the study of various problems in surface-water hydraulics and hydrology.

Remote Access and Notes:

Presentations are available remotely via a combination of phone (US only) & webcast. Note that remote access is limited to 50 connections on a first-come-first served basis, so we cannot guarantee participation. To participate remotely, you must connect via the phone and internet:

Dial toll-free (U.S.) 1-877-708-1667. When prompted enter passcode 7028688 followed by the # sign. Please use your phone's mute button (*6 toggles on or off) during the presentation until you are ready to ask questions. The phone conference does not start until about five minutes before the seminar.

To access the webex meeting, go the to the webcast site at http://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?sigKey=mymeetings&i=744925156&p=&t=c. Enter meeting number 744925156 if needed; no passcode is required. Enter other required fields - First and last name. Check the box that that you have read the Privacy Policy, and click Proceed. To access the sound of the presentation, you must dial in using the instructions in #1, above. Important: If you have not used mymeeting, you willl need to download some files; you might need your administrator to do this for you, so do it well before the seminar.

For further information about this seminar please contact Tracy Gill; or if it is within 5 minutes of the seminar start, call the toll free number above and she will try to answer your questions


For more information, please visit the CSC's website: http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/webinar/



- 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





-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. The most recent reviews are highlighted in blue.

  • Special Issue: Issues and Trends in Seafood Sustainability. Posted September 7, 2012. Topics include: Fishery Reviews; Aquaculture Reviews; Food Security; Fish and Fishery Issues; Ecolabelling, Certification, and Performance Indicators; Seafood Traceability and Labelling; Climate Change and Ocean Acidification; Fisheries Management: MPAs and EAFs; Fisheries Governance. http://www.seaweb.org/science/MSRnewsletters/MSR_SI_SeafoodSustainability_9-2012.php
  • Aquaculture and Hatcheries. Posted on Sept 13, 2012. Topic categories include: Reviews; Aquaculture - Environmental Impacts and Monitoring; Aquaculture - Escapes; Aquaculture Feeds - Issues and Developments; Disease Threats, Management and Control, Aquaculture and Sea Lice; Transgenic Fish; Hatcheries and Hatchery Impacts. http://www.seaweb.org/science/MSRnewsletters/MSR_FA_AquacultureHatcheries_9-2012.php
  • 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.


- 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 cyber infrastructure. 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

NOAA's “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. (Sept 2011)



- 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


OCRM Marks 40th Anniversary of the Coastal Zone Management Act

October 2012 - NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) joins state and federal partners in marking the 40th anniversary of the landmark Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA). The act was established by Congress on October 27, 1972, to preserve, protect, develop, enhance and restore the nation’s coastal resources. The CZMA created two cornerstone national programs in OCRM to better understand and manage our coastal areas: the National Coastal Zone Management Program and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.  Over the past forty years, OCRM has partnered with coastal and Great Lakes states and territories to address critical coastal issues, and has invested more than $1 billion in federal funds, matched by state funding, to develop and implement 35 state coastal management programs. OCRM has also established and funds 28 estuarine research reserves which are managed by a lead state agency or University, with input from local partners. The reserves have preserved more than 1.3 million acres of coastal habitat and provide ongoing vital research, education and stewardship activities and programs. For more information on the Coastal Zone Management Act, visit www.coastalmanagement.noaa.gov.


Coastal Blue Carbon Is Recognized Trading Category

October 4, 2012 - An initiative that was aimed at creating greenhouse gas offset opportunities is paving the way for increased private investment in wetland restoration and conservation projects. The new Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) requirements for Wetlands Restoration and Conservation create a project category for measuring and crediting climate benefits from a broad range of wetlands, including mangroves, freshwater tidal coastal wetlands, salt marshes, seagrasses, floodplains, peatlands, and other wetland types. The importance of the VCS wetland carbon credit registry cannot be overstated, according to Patrick Megonigal, Senior Scientist and Deputy Director, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. “This is the first carbon-crediting standard to advance conservation and restoration across the full diversity of the world’s wetlands,” said Megonigal. http://www.estuaries.org/vcs-recognizes-coastal-blue-carbon-as-new-trading-category.html


Aquatox Update

The EPA recently released an enhanced version of AQUATOX, which predicts the fate of nutrients and organic chemicals in water bodies, as well as their direct and indirect effects on fish, invertebrates and aquatic plants. Website: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/datait/models/aquatox/new.cfm
Fact sheet: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/datait/models/aquatox/upload/Factsheet-3-1.pdf



Status of US Fisheries Report Released

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service – 2011 Status of U.S. Fisheries report* has been released. The report includes some good news about relative increases in stock health over 2010 figures.       

  • Nationally --
    • 86 percent of the populations examined for fishing activity (222 of 258) were not subject to overfishing, or not fished at too high a level, compared to 84 percent in 2010
    • 79 percent of assessed populations (174 of 219) are not overfished, or were above levels that require a rebuilding plan, compared to 77 percent in 2010.
  • Regionally (Southern Atlantic Coast) --
    • Tilefish – No longer subject to overfishing
    • Black sea bass – No longer overfished

*NMFS, 2012, Annual Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries-2011, U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Silver Spring, MD, 20 pp. http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/statusoffisheries/SOSmain.htm


Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon Detected By Acoustic Receivers At Gray's Reef

[quoting from Aug/Sept 2012 edition of Gray's Reef Bites:
Eight Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon Have Been Detected By Acoustic Receivers Deployed At Gray's Reef]

Healthy habitat is vital to abundant fisheries and marine life. Fish use habitat to feed, grow, reproduce, and raise their young so these places need to be in good condition for fish populations to survive and thrive. Fish that migrate between the ocean and freshwater streams, such as the Atlantic sturgeon, have declined as a result of culverts, weirs, dams, and man-made barriers to migration and spawning.
    The first sturgeon was detected in the sanctuary by the receivers just over a year ago. The sturgeon count now includes one fish that was originally tagged in the New York Bight by Keith Dunton with Stony Brook University; three tagged in Delaware by Dr. Dewayne Fox with Delaware State University; three tagged in the Edisto River, S.C. by Bill Post with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources; and one tagged in the Altamaha River by Daniel Erickson, previously with University of Miami Pew Institute for Ocean Science, and Dr. Douglas Peterson, with the School of Forest Resources at the University of Georgia.
    What the sturgeon are doing in Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is not yet clear. But detecting eight individuals, many tagged north of Cape Hatteras, is remarkable because acoustic tagging projects generally have a much smaller sample size than conventional tagging, and the population of Atlantic sturgeon for tagging is quite small. It is also noteworthy that Atlantic sturgeon have never been previously reported from Gray's Reef, in spite of many thousands of man-hours of SCUBA dives and recreational fishing conducted there annually.

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