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October 2011


- 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. http://www.gcrc.uga.edu/PDFs/GCRC_GA_OffshoreWind.pdf



- Funding Opportunity: Water Sustainability and Climate (NSF)

The National Science Foundation requests proposals for Water Sustainability and Climate.  This RFP will support research to understand and predict the interactions between the water system and climate change, land use, (including agriculture and forest production systems), the built environment, and ecosystem function and services through place-based research and integrative models.  $31 million expected to be available, up to 26 awards anticipated.  Three categories of awards are anticipated:

  • Category 1: Small exploratory or incubation grants to develop teams, identify sites, hold workshops and develop plans for establishment or operation of a study site or modeling effort. These will be 1-2 years in duration for up to $150,000. An estimated 4-10 awards are expected to be made for Category 1 proposals.

  • Category 2: Place-based observational and modeling studies, up to 5 years in duration and for a maximum of $5 million for each award. An estimated 2-4 awards are expected to be made for Category 2 proposals.

  • Category 3: Synthesis, modeling and integration grants that will use existing data to integrate and synthesize across watershed and groundwater sites. Project duration of 3-5 years for a maximum of $1.5 million for each award. An estimated 6-12 awards are expected to be made for Category 3 proposals.

Responses due: October 19, 2011. Agency Code: NSF 11-551.   For more info, contact Enriqueta Barrera at ebarrera@nsf.gov or go to:  http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf11551http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11551/nsf11551.htm


- Funding Opportunity: Hollings Ocean Awareness Trust Fund (NMSF)

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF) has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 2011 round of its Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Trust Fund. This year, the Foundation will award up to $125,000 in grants, between $10,000 and $25,000 each, to projects that help engage the public in ocean conservation and build public awareness of ocean issues, in five particular subject areas: Marine Debris, Human Interaction with Marine Mammals, Non-point source pollution and Runoff, the Ocean and Human Health, and Ocean Acidification. Projects that partner with national marine sanctuaries will receive priority. Review the full RFP and Frequently Asked Questions online at: www.NMSFocean.org/our-grants. Applications must be submitted by 5pm Eastern on October 24th. Contact grants@nmsfocean.org with questions.



- Call for Abstracts, Workshops & Session Topics: Coastal Cities Summit

Registration and abstract submission is now open for the Coastal Cities Summit, which will be held April 30-May 3, 2012, at the Bayfront Hilton Hotel in St. Petersburg, FL. Workshops, Plenary and Keynote speeches, and individual presentations are solicited in the following thematic areas: budgeting for smart development under a changing climate; coastal and port security; coastal energy alternatives; and urbanization, population growth and vulnerable communities. Submissions should be no more than 250 words for individuals or 800 words for panels and workshops.  Include contact information (name, affiliation, address, phone, and email) for individual participants. Include experience he/she brings to that session. The deadline for submitting abstracts, proposals for workshop topics and panel presentations is October 30th. Early registration ends March 31, 2012. For more information about the summit, visit: www.coastalcities-ioi.org. Contact Mara Hendrix at mara@usf.edu with further questions.



- Fellowship: Graduate Research Fellowship (NERRS)

The National Estuarine Research Reserves' (NERRs) Graduate Research Fellowship program offers qualified master's and doctoral students the opportunity to address to address natural or social science research questions at local, regional, or national scales. Proposals may be submitted for 1, 2, or 3 year projects and are based on the student's interest, the Reserve's local needs, and the Reserve System's national priorities.  Fellows conduct their research within a National Estuarine Research Reserve(s) and gain hands-on experience today for a better coast tomorrow.  The result is high-quality research focused on improving coastal management issues and enhancing our understanding of estuarine ecosystems. Interested students should contact the Research Coordinators at the National Estuarine Research Reserves where they propose to study - contact information for On-Site Reserve Staff is contained in the funding announcement.  NOAA-NOS-OCRM-2012-2003083. Deadline for applications is November 1, 2011.  Here is a flyer to print and distribute. The program coordinator (Alison JG Krepp) welcomes inquiries. Additional information (including Ms Krepp's contact info) is available at http://www.nerrs.noaa.gov/Fellowship.aspx



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

Social Science for Coastal Decision-Making. Understanding people - where they live, what they do, what they value - is an important part of successful coastal management initiatives. Participate in the first Social Coast Forum to see and share how social science tools and methods are being used to address the nation’s coastal issues. The NOAA Coastal Services Center is hosting the forum February 15 to 16, 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina. http://www.csc.noaa.gov/socialcoastforum/index.html    Abstracts are due by Nov 4th, 2011.





- Position Vacancy: Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Specialist (Pacific Islands Region)

Ocean Associates is hiring a Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) Specialist to support The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Pacific Islands Office. Duties include assisting NOAA’s Regional CMSP Lead (and designated federal Co-Lead) on the Regional Planning Body outlined in the CMSP Framework, serving as Executive Secretariat, assisting the federal and State Co-Leads to convene the Regional Planning Body (RPB), and helping to design and implement the regional CMSP planning processes. Minimum requirements include a Masters degree in a relevant natural resource or social science field, and a minimum of three years experience in coordinating natural or marine resources policy. Applicants must also have experience working in the Pacific Islands region, ideally in CMSP. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The full job description can be found here.




- Webinar: Mapping and Visualizing Sea level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts (NOAA)

The next webinar in the NOAA Coastal Services Center's Digital Coast series is November 2, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (eastern). Participants will learn about: the benefits of providing interactive maps online for visualizing inundation risks and potential impacts, new mapping techniques that incorporate high-resolution data sources, and the methods used to develop the Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer, its current status, and plans for expanding the tool to the rest of the coastal U.S. To register go to: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/slrviewerwebinar. Registration is also available at: http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/webinar/.



- Call for Abstracts: 23rd International Conference of The Coastal Society

The Coastal Society invites abstract submissions for presentations, panels and posters for its 23rd International Conference, “Our Coasts, Our Heritage: Ecosystem Services for the Common Good.”  Preference will be given to presentations, panels and posters that complement the conference’s theme of the importance of ecosystem needs and services in comprehensive ocean and coastal management and fit within one of the five conference tracks. Presentations and posters should provide case studies or offer innovative solutions in order to spark interactive discussion among conference attendees. Abstracts are due November 4th. Further guidance is available on the abstract submission page. June 3-6, 2012 in Miami, Florida




- Funding Opportunity: Environmental Chemical Sciences (NSF)

The National Science Foundation - Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS) Program supports basic research in chemistry that promotes the understanding of natural and anthropogenic chemical processes in our environment.  The program is particularly interested in studying molecular phenomena on surfaces and interfaces in order to understand the inherently complex and heterogeneous environment. Award range/duration not stated, but recent awards have ranged from $33,000 – $509,000. Submission windows: November 1-30, 2011, and July 1-31, annually thereafter. Agency Code: PD 09-6882 http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503416



- Conference: Estuarine and Coastal Modeling (ECM12)

The twelfth International conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling (ECM12) will be held November 7 - 9, 2011 in St. Augustine, FL.  The focus is on “Using Modeling to Solve Engineering and Environmental Assessment Problems”. Specific topics and sessions will be confirmed upon review of the abstracts. Suggestions for topics are welcomed. Sessions will be a mix of traditional technical sessions, panel discussions, poster/computer presentations, and mini-symposia.  To register online go to: http://www.regonline.com/920730.


- Conference: Harmful Algae (6thUSHAB)

The 6th Symposium on Harmful Algae in the US will be convened November 13-17, 2011 in Austin, Texas. This Symposium is open to all researchers and managers working on HABs in the US. For more information go to: http://oceanz.tamu.edu/~campbell/6thUSHAB/welcome.html


- Workshop: Undergrad Marine Resources Population Dynamics Workshop (NMFS and U of FL)

The National Marine Fisheries Service and the University of Florida are hosting a Marine Resources Population Dynamics Workshop at the Mote Tropical Research Lab (March 4-10, 2012 in Summerland Key, Florida). The workshop is intended for students with strong quantitative backgrounds and interests, and a basic understanding of ecology, who wish to explore the potential for a career in the management of marine resources. All expenses will be paid for the students selected to participate. For application materials or more information, visit: http://fishweb.ifas.ufl.edu/rtr/index.shtml. The deadline to apply is November 21st, 2011.



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

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Fellows Program is accepting funding proposals through December 5, 2011. 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.  SEES Fellows will receive up to 3 years of funding to conduct research, establish partnerships, and advance their professional development.  For more information, visit the SEES Fellows program webpage, solicitation and FAQs. General inquiries regarding the NSF SEES Fellows program should be made to seesfellows@nsf.gov.



- Webinar: Marshes on the Move: A Manager’s Guide to Understanding and Using Model Results Depicting Potential Sea Level Rise Impacts on Coastal Wetlands


Another webinar in the NOAA Coastal Services Center's Digital Coast series is December 7, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EDT). In this webinar participants will: gain a basic understanding of some key parameters and uncertainties associated with SLR models, hear from technical specialists regarding real world implications of model results, and learn how to more effectively incorporate modeling results into management initiatives. To register go to: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/decwebinar.


- Funding Opportunity: Coastal Incentive Grants (Georgia CMP)

The Georgia Coastal Management Program has issued the RFP for the next cycle of Coastal Incentive Grants.  The themes are:

  • Protection, Conservation, Restoration and/or Management of Coastal Water Resources
  • Protection, Conservation, Management and/or Restoration of Coastal Habitats
  • Improve and/or Create Public Access to Coastal Natural Resources
  • Disaster-Resilient Communities and Coastal Hazards
  • Sustainable Community Development
  • Promotion of Ecological and Heritage Tourism and/or Protection of Ecological and Heritage Resources
  • Identification of current threats, trends and conditions on the coast (as a foundation for planning by coastal managers and evaluation of the effectiveness of current management practices in addressing them)

Informational meetings are scheduled from 10am to 12 noon in Brunswick on Tuesday, November 15 and in Savannah on Thursday, November 17.  Please visit the CRD website (www.CoastalGaDNR.org) for additional program information, the RFP, and the Grant Application Packet.  Questions may be addressed to Susan Reeves at 912-264-7224. Application materials must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2012.

- Funding Opportunity: Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (NSF)

The Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) Program aims to support basic research and related activities that enhance fundamental understanding of the complex interactions within and among natural and human systems, with special emphasis placed on the coupling between human and natural systems. Through its annual competitions, CNH intends to support three types of activities:
A. CNH Large Interdisciplinary Research Projects. May be supported by awards from roughly $500,000 to no more than $1,500,000. Most projects will extend from two to five years.
B. CNH Interdisciplinary Team Exploratory Projects. Emphasis is on the conduct of research and potential outcomes, not on the preparation of plans and proposals for future research. Project support may range from roughly $150,000 to no more than $250,000. Most exploratory projects extend from one to two years.
C. CNH Research Coordination Networks (CNH-RCNs). These networks focus on the dynamics of coupled natural and human systems to advance CNH research or create new directions in research or education, with innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies especially encouraged. Project support may range from roughly $250,000 to no more than $500,000 for up to five years.
The proposal deadline is November 15, 2011 and the third Tuesday in November annually thereafter. Code: NSF 10-612  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10612/nsf10612.htm


- Conference: Societies, Estuaries and Coasts - Adapting to Change (CERF)

The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) is now accepting abstracts for the 21st biennial conference, "Societies, Estuaries and Coasts: Adapting to Change". The conference will take place November 6-10, 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The abstract submittal deadline was May 12th, but early registration continues through October 6.  From the CERF website, "This year's theme reflects a growing realization that human societies are an integral component of ecosystems and the dynamics of these societies and ecosystems are interactive - their futures are interdependent. Nowhere is this more evident than in the estuaries and coastal zones of the planet, where human populations are concentrated, typically dominating estuarine watersheds and affecting their linkage with the local, regional, and global dynamics of the coastal ocean." For more information, please visit the site, http://www.sgmeet.com/cerf2011/.



- Funding Opportunity: Community Climate Adaptation Initiative (NOAA Sea Grant)

NOAA Sea Grant is accepting requests of up to $100,000 in federal funds (matching funds are required) for community climate adaptation projects for FY 2012-2013. Projects selected in this competition are expected to be conducted in partnership with local community governments and state and federal agencies, and must be completed by January 31, 2014. The deadline to apply is November 22nd. To apply, go to http://www.grants.gov and search under NOAA-OAR-SG-2011-2002930.


- Funding Opportunity: Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (NASA)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration has announced several funding opportunities through the 2011 Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences program (ROSES). This includes Land Use Land Cover Change (Deadline: Dec 1 , 2011).  Awards range from under $100K per year for focused, limited efforts (e.g., data analysis) to more than $1M per year for extensive activities (e.g., development of science experiment hardware).The full solicitation is NNH11ZDA001N.


- Conference: Environment and Security (12th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment)

The 12th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: Environment and Security
will take place January 18-20, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Environment and Security Conference will provide a forum to explore the connections between environment and security issues, their common underlying scientific threads, and the policy and governance needed to address security risks posed by a rapidly changing environment. Please visit the conference website for more information: http://www.environmentandsecurity.org/

- 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: 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


- Document of Interest: Climate Ready Estuaries Annual Progress Report (EPA)

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.



- Documents of Interest: Working Waterways & Waterfronts Symposium

Last September, the 2010 Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium was held in Portland, Maine. Participants came together to discuss the economic, social, cultural, and environmental values of waterfronts and the important role of water-dependent uses in sustainable coastal communities. PDFs of the presentations as well as the recently published "Sense of the Symposium" are now available online at: http://www.wateraccessus.com. The “Sense of the Symposium” document summarizes key themes that emerged during the three days of discussion, presentations, field trips, and interaction at the symposium.



-Document of Interest: Adapting to Climate Change (NOAA - OCRM)

NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management has developed “Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers” to help U.S. state and territorial (states) coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the risks associated with climate change impacts affecting their coasts. The guide was written in response to a request from state coastal managers for guidance from NOAA on adaptation planning in the coastal zone and is intended as an aid, not as a prescriptive directive, and a state may choose to use individual steps or chapters or the entire guide, depending on where they are in their planning process.



-Workshop Materials Available: Planning for Climate Change (NERRS)

Materials are now available for Planning for Climate Change, a workshop that was developed as a national project for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). The workshop is geared primarily toward shoreline planners and developed so that Coastal Training Programs (and other agencies) around the country can customize the workshop and use it as part of their educational efforts regarding climate change. It was piloted twice (in Washington State) and, while it lays a foundation in current climate research, it primarily addresses the fundamentals of how to prepare and adapt to the anticipated impacts of climate change. Workshop materials, evaluation results, lessons learned, PowerPoint presentations, and streaming video of the training sessions are all posted on the NERRS website: http://nerrs.noaa.gov/Training/padillabay/project.html.




-Policy Paper: Adapting to Climate Change (The Pew Center)

The Pew Center on Global Climate Change has released a policy paper, Adapting to Climate Change: A Call for Federal Leadership. The full document is available here (PDF).



-New Tool: Marine Mapping Applications 

An updated version of the Multipurpose Marine Cadastre is now available.  Organizations use this online marine information system planning tool to screen coastal and marine spaces for new uses (including renewable energy projects and other offshore activities).  Users can pinpoint a location on a map and quickly access the associated legal, physical, ecological, and cultural information.  The new version uses Web map services, an improvement on the static data files of the past.  The updated version also contains additional marine habitat and seafloor data and improved analysis and rendering tools.  The Multipurpose Marine Cadastre is a multi-agency effort led by NOAA and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service.  For more information, visit www.csc.noaa.gov/mmc.  Contact: Adam Bode, Adam.Bode@noaa.gov, (843) 740-1265.



-Resource: Coastal & Estuarine Science News (Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation)

CESN provides summaries of selected articles from the Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation's journal, Estuaries and Coasts: An International Journal of Coastal Science. The summary articles emphasize management applications of the scientific findings.  These are some recent CESN summary topics:

To subscribe by email, or read prior articles, please visit, http://www.erf.org/cesn-list.



-Resource: Gulf of Mexico News (NOAA Ocean Service)

There are many Gulf-specific items here, but this comprehensive, monthly resource (from NOAA Ocean Service, Office of Ocean & Coastal Resource Management) also has lots to offer GCRC website visitors: funding information, scientific entries, government updates, etc. http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/news/gomexnews.html.



- Document of Interest: Mapping Human Uses of the Ocean (MPA Center)

The National Marine Protected Areas Center has published a best practices manual on mapping human uses of the ocean using participatory GIS techniques. The report, “Mapping Human Uses of the Ocean: Informing Marine Spatial Planning Through Participatory GIS,” summarizes the Center’s mapping approach, provides detailed lessons learned from various participatory mapping projects throughout California, the Northeast, and Hawaii, and provides insight to the successful planning and implementation of mapping efforts to capture spatial data on human uses of the ocean in different regions and at varying scales.



- Project of Interest: South Atlantic Regional Research Planning

The National Sea Grant Program launched a program to create research plans for U.S. coastal and Great Lakes areas. Sea Grant Programs from the South Atlantic region of the coastal USA (NC, SC, GA, FL) are working 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 is managing this project in association with Georgia Sea Grant. Please visit the SARRP website.


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