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March 2018 Announcements

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Important Deadlines

Funding Opportunities

2018 Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes National Aquaculture Initiative; NOAA - Sea Grant March 30, 2018
  MSC Scholarship Research Program March 31, 2018
  North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grants; FWS July 13, 2018

Position Vacancies

Economics and Policy Research Associate, Great Lakes; American Rivers

  Physical Scientist; U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) March 23, 2018

Invertebrate Ecologist Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology; Trinity College

  Coastal and Marine Scientist; Heal the Bay  
  Aquarium Operations Manager; Heal the Bay  
  Education and Office Coordinator; Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)  
  Earth Science Data System Program Support Scientist; ASRC Federal  
  Fiscal Officer, Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant March 30, 2018
  Fisheries Extension Specialist, Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant March 30, 2018
  Port Engineer; Sea Education Association April 5, 2018

Post-Doc Positions

Ecosystem indicators of the New York Bight and Northwest Atlantic; Stony Brook University April 2, 2018


Watershed Research Fellowship; Heal the Bay  



Volunteer Position

Shark Project Volunteer; Charles Darwin Foundation  

Upcoming Conferences

2018 Southeastern Biogeochemistry Symposium; Florida State University April 6-8, 2018
  Tenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses; UC-Berkeley April 20-21, 2018
  4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans June 4-8, 2018
  2018 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference; Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments September 17–19, 2018
  9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management Dec 8-13, 2018


Natural Shoreline Infrastructure: Working with Nature to Increase Coastal Resilience; OneNOAA Science Seminars  
  Optimizing Restoration Activities for Ecosystem Services: The Restoration Opportunities Optimization Tool (ROOT); EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OCTO)   
  Post Hurricane Irma Rapid Reef Assessment in South Florida and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary; NOAA  
  Natural Shoreline Infrastructure: Working with Nature to Increase Coastal Resilience; OneNOAA Science Seminars  
  Making estuarine shoreline science relevant to managers and policymakers; OneNOAA Seminars  
  Landscape & Vertical Living Walls; filtrexx™  
  Living Shoreline Restoration; filtrexx™  
  The new He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve  
  iMarine Data e-Infrastructure Initiative for Fisheries Management and Conservation of Marine Living Resources  
  Marine and Coastal Datasets of Biodiversity Importance  
  Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA)  
  Takeaways from the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS)  
  The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats  
  NOAA Digital Coast Series and other NOAA Seminars  


Green Infrastructure Effectiveness Database; NOAA  
  Coastal Hazard Wheel; UNEP  
  New version of Coral Health Atlas is now live  
  Improved Visualization of Community Level Impacts from Coastal Flooding or Sea Level Rise  

Student Resources

Online Environmental Science Programs and Resources; Affordable Colleges Online  
  Outdoor Career Guidebook; Affordable Colleges Online  
  Guide to Green Careers and Degrees; Affordable Colleges Online  


Ocean Health Index-Science (webpage redesigned)  
  Hurricane Safety Guide (webpage)  
  GaClimate.org (website)  
  Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene (journal)  
  Water Quality Metadata Access  
  Inundation Analysis Tool (NOAA)  
  Social Coast Forum Presentations and Abstracts  
  Abstracts from 23rd The Coastal Society meeting  
  Marine GIS Training (Mappamondo)  
  Marine Science Reviews (SeaWeb)  
  Free book download: GIS for the Oceans  
  Application: Fishery Analyst Online  
  Tool: Marine Mapping Applications  
  Tool: Vertical Datum Transformation (NOAA)  
  Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network  
  Coastal & Estuarine Science News (Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation)  
  Materials Available: Planning for Climate Change (NERRS)  
  Gulf of Mexico News (NOAA Ocean Service)      

Documents of Interest

Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection; CRC Press

  Living Shorelines Strategic Needs Assessment  
  Summary of Coastal Management Policies Relevant to Sea-Level Rise in Georgia  
  Living Shorelines in the Southeast: Research and Data Gaps  
  Presentations from the South Atlantic Living Shoreline Summit, April 12 & 13, 2016  
  Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card  
  State of the Climate in 2014 (Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc)., 96(7): S1–S267)  
  Mapping Human Uses of the Ocean (MPA Center)  
  Adapting to Climate Change: A Call for Federal Leadership (Policy paper from the Pew Center)  
  Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers (NOAA)  
  Working Waterways & Waterfronts Symposium  
  Ocean Research Priorities Plan (National Science and Technology Council)  
  Next Generation Strategic Plan (NOAA)  
  Coastal Sea-Level Change Needs Assessment Report (NOAA)  
  America's Ocean Future (JOCI)  

Projects of Interest

South Atlantic Regional Research Planning  

In the News  


Regional Science and Research  
  Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Information  

- Funding Opportunity: MSC Scholarship Research Program

The MSC Scholarship Research Program is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying problems and solutions in fisheries science and management and the integrity of the seafood supply chain.

Up to £4,000 per project is available for travel, equipment and other support.  

Grant Application Deadline: Saturday, March 31, 2018

Application Information: Application, FAQs, and Guidance ; YouTube

- Funding Opportunity: 2018 Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes National Aquaculture Initiative; NOAA - Sea Grant

Depending on appropriations, NOAA National Sea Grant College Program (NOAA Sea Grant) expects to have available a total of $7,000,000 to $11,500,000 across fiscal years 2018, 2019 and 2020 as part of the Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative (NAI). As part of the NAI, this competition is designed to foster the expansion of a sustainable U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture sector by addressing one or more of the following priorities:

  • (a) supporting the development of emerging systems or technologies that will advance aquaculture in the U.S. including projects that will help stimulate aquaculture production by nascent industries;
  • (b) developing and implementing actionable methods of communicating accurate, science based messages and information about the benefits and risks of U.S. marine aquaculture to the public; and
  • (c) increasing the resiliency of aquaculture systems to natural hazards and changing conditions.

Link to Federal Funding Opportunity
More on Sea Grant aquaculture work

Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to their Sea Grant Program one to two months prior to the program application deadline to receive guidance regarding proposal development and discuss their proposed project(s).

Proposals from Sea Grant programs are due in grants.gov by March 30, 2018.

- Funding Opportunity: North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grants; FWS

The U.S. Standard Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds.


Applicants submit project proposals to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Division of Bird Habitat Conservation (Division) for either of the program's two funding cycles per year. All proposals must be submitted through Grants.Gov. In order to apply for a grant, you and/or your organization must complete the Grants.gov registration process. The registration process for an organization or an individual can take between three to five business days or as long as four weeks if all steps are not completed in a timely manner. Please register early on  Grants.gov

After a preliminary review by Division staff, Joint Venture Coordinators, and North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) staff, eligible proposals are presented to the Council. The Council further reviews, ranks, and recommends projects to the  Migratory Bird Conservation Commission for final funding approval. The Division is responsible for administering the grants for the approved projects.


Contact the Joint Venture Coordinator in your project area for assistance with developing a project proposal, for information about how proposals are ranked, and/or for guidance on Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and National Historic Preservation Act compliance requirements.
For general program information, contact the U.S. Standard Grants Program Proposal Coordinator: Stacy Sanchez, (stacy_sanchez@fws.gov), 703/358-2017.

Grant Deadlines

July 13, 2018: U.S. Standard Grants, Cycle 2

- Position Vacancy: Fisheries Extension Specialist, Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant

Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant seeks a fisheries extension specialist with a broad interest in socioeconomic aspects of commercial and recreational fisheries. This is a full time, benefits eligible, non-tenured Public Service Faculty track position to be assigned to Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s Brunswick station. This position will be responsible for developing, maintaining, and evaluating a comprehensive extension and applied research program primarily focused on Georgia’s marine fisheries and the businesses and communities associated with them. The specialist will investigate how environmental, regulatory, social and/or economic factors affect the function and well-being of Georgia’s fishing sectors and the coastal communities that depend on them as well as identify sources of resiliency and vulnerability to help evaluate and inform management decisions. The position will develop close working relationships and engage regularly with industry, resource managers, researchers, public user groups and other relevant stakeholders to better understand trends in Georgia’s fisheries and coastal communities as well as assist these groups in their decisions to effectively manage, utilize and invest in Georgia’s coastal and marine resources.


  • Conduct socioeconomic analysis of fisheries-related issues to identify knowledge gaps, assess impacts, and meet the needs of relevant stakeholder groups. Topic areas could include, but not be limited to commercial and recreational fisheries management, aquaculture production, seafood marketing, coastal zone and marine resource management, working waterfronts and other water-dependent business, and/or environmental quality and change.
  • Design, implement and disseminate applied research projects and scholarly works focused on economic and social issues that will provide useful and relevant data for fisheries and marine resource management in Georgia and the region.
  • Facilitate the ability of fishery constituent groups to participate effectively and collaboratively in responding to pressing issues that impact their industries and livelihoods.
  • Provide outreach on fisheries and marine resource socioeconomics and management to fisheries constituents, agency staff, legislators, and other stakeholder groups through workshops, publications, demonstration projects, social media and other relevant extension methods.
  • Provide leadership among researchers and agency staffs working in fisheries and social science fields within Georgia and the region to share information and help to focus and coordinate research efforts.
  • Secure and manage extramural funds to support Extension and applied research efforts.
  • Collaborate with other Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant faculty and staff as well as Sea Grant faculty from other states on topics of common interest and applicability.
  • Represent Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant at community events, professional meetings, collaborative working groups and partnerships with other organizations in the field of fisheries/marine science.

Education/Experience Requirements

  • Master’s degree in a discipline relevant to the duties and responsibilities of this position such as fisheries, biology, marine/coastal policy, natural resource economics, ecology or similar.
  • At least 2 years of professional experience engaging commercial and/or recreational fishermen, resource managers, and/or policy and decision-makers.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • PhD in one of the disciplines relevant to the duties and responsibilities of this position such as fisheries, biology, marine/coastal policy, natural resource economics, ecology or similar.
  • At least one degree in a relevant social science discipline including, but not limited to: sociology, geography, psychology, anthropology, economics, political science, public policy and/or environmental studies.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding.
  • Familiarity with coastal and marine issues, particularly commercial and recreational fishing, fisheries management, working waterfronts, aquaculture, and/or seafood marketing.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to self-motivate, to work independently and as a member of a team, and to develop annual plans of work which include measurable outcomes.
  • Relevant skills applicable to educational and mass media outreach, public speaking, technical writing, statistical analysis and computer use.
  • Strong ability to communicate both verbally and in writing, particularly as it pertains to interpreting/translating research-based technical information for the understanding and use by decision makers, practicioners, and the general public.
  • Strong ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment and to develop productive partnerships and collaborations with diverse stakeholder.

To Apply

    The direct link to the posting is https://facultyjobs.uga.edu/postings/3470. Posting number is 2018_00602F
    Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and contact information, including phone numbers, for three professional references. All applications received by March 30, 2018, will be assured consideration.

- Position Vacancy: Fiscal Officer, Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant

Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant is seeking a administrative manager/fiscal officer to be based at the program's headquarters offices in Athens, Ga. The fiscal officer works closely with the Director of Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, the Sea Grant Associate Director, and the Administrative Financial Director in areas of program management and administration. Grant management responsibilities include serving as a liaison between Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, the UGA’s Sponsored Projects, and the National Sea Grant Office. This position is responsible for assisting faculty in proposal preparation, processing, and award administration. Fiscal Officer is also responsible for financial and administrative management of awards, including management of awards during pre-award stage; monitoring all stages of award implementation, preparing status updates for faculty; and termination of contract or grant. This position is responsible for coordinating accounting, budgeting, auditing, and other financial or related functions to ensure financial integrity of Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant.

  • Manage and provide oversight for all fiscal and accounting aspects of grants management for funds awarded to Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant from federal and other sources.
  • Maintain all summary accounting records for fiscal reports to awarding agencies.
  • Maintain database and grants management system for use by the Director and Associate Directors in monitoring project expenditures and cost-sharing commitments for all Marine Extension and Sea Grant awards.
  • Work closely with Sea Grant Associate Director to manage all awards using electronic Sea Grant (eSG) system.
  • Work closely with the UGA Sponsored Projects in writing and awarding subcontracts to all statewide university, agency and institutional recipients of Marine Extension and Sea Grant funds.
  • Prepare all fiscal documents and other certifying financial instruments and audit all grants awarded and provide responses to all audit questions relating to compliance with state or federal regulations.
  • Represent Georgia Sea Grant in Sea Grant’s Fiscal Officer network, serve as a fiscal liaison between Georgia Sea Grant and the National Sea Grant Office, represent Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant in UGA’s OneSource Grants assignments/training, other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or related field and four years management experience; OR eight (8) years related management experience; OR equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.
  • Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and/or Competencies
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office programs including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

To Apply
The direct link to the posting is: http://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/17779. Posting number is S00499P.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and contact information, including phone numbers, for three professional references. All applications received by March 30, 2018, will be assured consideration.

- Position Vacancy: Invertebrate Ecologist Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology; Trinity College, CT

The Biology Department invites applications for a full-time, two year visiting assistant professor position to begin in fall 2018. The primary teaching duties include Ecology (lecture and lab), Invertebrate Zoology (lecture and lab), and a non-majors or senior seminar course each year. The department is looking for someone who is committed to teaching and mentoring students at a liberal arts college. Candidates with an active field-based research program conducive to undergraduate participation are desirable.

Organization: Trinity College
Job Location: Hartford, Connecticut
Duration: Full Time - 2 years, Benefited
Application Website: Apply Here
Application Deadline: Open until filled

- Position Vacancy: Coastal and Marine Scientist; Heal the Bay

The Coastal and Marine Scientist is a key member of our science, programs and policy team and is responsible for a variety of technical and policy projects related to the Santa Monica Bay and greater L.A.’s coastal waters. This consists of critically evaluating proposed policies, permits, regulation, and legislation that stand to impact local coastal resources from both a scientific and policy perspective. Focal topics include plastic pollution, marine protected areas, fisheries, coastal development, sea level rise and climate change, oil and gas development, and others. The Coastal and Marine Scientist represents Heal the Bay at public meetings and in stakeholder groups, serving as Heal the Bay’s primary advocate for strong coastal and ocean protection policies and regulations. The Coastal and Marine Scientist will also support our Programs and Policy work through grant management, including budget oversight and reporting. The position may involve some field work.

Functions Include:

  • Track select science and policy issues at regional and state levels (e.g. coastal development permits, marine life management and marine life protection act implementation, plastic pollution legislation and ordinances, etc.) and ensure that deadlines are met for public comments and other products;
  • Critically analyze and provide written comments on scientific, technical and policy issues related to coastal and marine resources;
  • Represent Heal the Bay’s positions at public meetings, hearings and other forums;
  • Represent Heal the Bay on stakeholder groups and issue-related working groups;
  • Assist with leadership of Heal the Bay’s MPA Watch program and facilitate the integration of the organization’s citizen science programs and data into policymaking and larger statewide and regional programs;
  • Work closely with other Heal the Bay staff on inter- and intra-departmental projects and programs;
  • Manage project grants, including budget oversight and allocations, progress tracking and reporting;
  • Create and maintain relationships with government agency staff, nonprofit partners, scientific researchers and other environmental stakeholders;
  • Support organizational campaigns by developing strategy, and preparing supporting analyses and documents;
  • Develop issue paper topics to investigate coastal and marine resources management challenges from a scientific and policy perspective, and conducting supportive research and analysis;
  • Support educational and outreach campaigns with internal and external participants around key issues;
  • Distill policy and technical information into easily understandable written materials and oral presentations;
  • Support scientific field work, as needed;
  • Participate in weekly department meetings, regular meetings with manager, monthly staff meetings, and occasional board meetings.

Experience and Skills Required:

  • Strong passion for Heal the Bay’s mission and a love for the environment;
  • Bachelor’s degree in marine science, environmental science, coastal ecology, or related field is required at minimum; graduate degree is preferred;
  • Strong background in coastal and ocean policy; understanding of relevant laws, regulations, and policies; knowledge of policy-making processes; and experience with local issues relating to coastal and marine;
  • Strong interpersonal and oral communication skills, with public speaking experience;
  • Strong writing skills, with policy analysis or advocacy writing experience preferred;
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and project planning skills;
  • Strong problem solving skills;
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively as part of a team;
  • Proven ability to work under pressure, multitask and meet deadlines;
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Excel and Power Point), with CRM Salesforce experience a plus;
  • Ability to travel throughout the Los Angeles area, and occasional trips to Sacramento or other locations throughout the state;
  • Some evening and weekend work is required; and
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle.

Organization: Heal the Bay
Job Location: Greater L.A., USA
Duration: Full Time, Benefited
Salary: $50-60,000 annually
Application Website: Apply Here; More Info

- Position Vacancy: Aquarium Operations Manager; Heal the Bay

Heal the Bay is seeking a qualified and passionate Senior Aquarist and Operations Manager responsible for the operations and maintenance of aquaria exhibits, animal care, life support systems, scientific collections program, and general facility maintenance at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. The person will manage the exhibits, tanks and life support equipment; the collection and husbandry of specimens; and other duties related to aquarium operations. The position is full time. This position reports directly to the Aquarium Director and will play a key leadership role in the day-to-day operations, including oversight of interns and naturalists.


  • Maintain aquarium exhibits, holdings, water quality, and life support systems
  • Manage collection, husbandry, and care of marine fishes and invertebrates, including development of breeding programs, novel display opportunities, etc.
  • Manage the daily practical and logistical aspects of the aquarium
  • Facility maintenance including: repairs, fabrication, plumbing, maintenance, and project management
  • Participate in collection planning, and assist in development of new exhibits and support their establishment
  • Manage, track, and report on aquarium operations budget
  • Develop and implement standard operating procedures in compliance with aquarium and industry standards for best practices
  • Assist to ensure compliance with all applicable safety and security procedures and protocols
  • Work as part of the senior team to recruit, train, and manage Aquarist interns and volunteers, and advise staff
  • Operate and manage collecting activities, including boat-based surface and SCUBA collecting, as needed
  • Additional responsibilities may include assisting with Aquarium’s educational programming for students and visitors throughout L.A. County
  • Must be able to work weekends, evenings, and holidays as needed


  • Demonstrate commitment to Heal the Bay’s vision, mission and values
  • At least three years experience at a public aquarium in the collection and care of marine specimens and management of exhibits and life support systems
  • Experience and hands-on working knowledge of life support systems and aquarium operations infrastructure (approximately 11,000 gallon closed system), including bio tower filters, chillers, emergency power generators, raw seawater system, and protein fractionator
  • Experience with quarantine and holding protocols for aquatic animals
  • Bachelor’s degree in natural science, marine biology, environmental science and/or science related field preferred; relevant experience will be considered in lieu of a degree
  • Knowledge of Southern California marine flora and fauna
  • Extensive aquatic collection experience and strong swimming skills required
  • Must possess current SCUBA certification and First Aid certification, with a preference for Rescue Diver SCUBA certification (DAN Insurance required upon employment)
  • Boat handling experience in open water marine settings preferred
  • Works well both independently and as a team and able to work on several concurrent projects
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work under pressure
  • Strong communications and leadership skills, and ability to give and follow directions effectively
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. and able to work in Aquarium back areas which requires climbing and crawling under and around life support systems plumbing and tanks
  • Valid driver’s license required and auto insurance
  • All applicants must pass a background check

Organization: Heal the Bay
Job Location: Greater L.A., USA
Duration: Full-Time Benefited
Salary: $60,000 – $70,000
Application Website: Apply Here; More Info

- Position Vacancy: Earth Science Data System Program Support Scientist; ASRC Federal

Arctic Slope Technical Services (ASTS) provides IT and Intelligence services to the federal defense and intelligence communities. Our focused solutions offer efficiency, agility, and innovation. We resolve issues quickly and provide ideas and solutions to help our customers fix problems and overcome challenges.
ASTS is seeking a Support Scientist will be to support the Earth Science Data System Program (ESDS) in the Earth Science Division (ESD) of NASA's Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters.

The role of the Support Scientist will be to support the Earth Science Data System Program (ESDS) in the Earth Science Division (ESD) of NASA's Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. This role supports the ESDS Program Executive in carrying out tasks related to the planning, execution and overall management of the largest civilian Earth observation system in the world. For program information visit https://earthdata.nasa.gov.

The Support Scientist will support planning, coordination of programmatic studies, authoring documentation, tracking milestones and similar activities. They will serve as a liaison between ESDS, ESD Program Scientists and multiple projects at NASA centers. In addition, they will support the development of documentation, white papers, schedules and other program activities. Additionally, the support scientist will assist with the peer review process for ESDS solicitations.

The ideal candidate will have a solid earth science background with preferences given to candidates that have demonstrated experience in both computer and earth science.

Organization: ASRC Federal
Job Location: Washington D.C.
Duration: Full Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Education and Office Coordinator; Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)

The Education and Office Coordinator will report to the Education Program Manager, and will work closely with all REEF team members. The Education and Office Coordinator will assist with REEF’s growing Explorers Program, which includes informal education through a monthly seminar series, youth summer camps, a college-level field methodology course, and one to five-day workshops with visiting school groups, elder hostels, and scout troops. This rapidly-growing program engaged over 1,000 participants in 2017, aged 6 – 70. The Education and Office Coordinator will also be responsible for the operation of the physical and online REEF Store, along with assisting general facilities management.
Position Description and Responsibilities

Priority tasks and duties will include, but may not be limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Assist with the coordination and implementation of REEF’s Explorers education programs, including informal education programs and summer camps.
  • Contribute to the creation and updating of educational and training materials for REEF programs.
  • Work with REEF’s Education Manager to schedule and facilitate outreach and social events at the REEF Campus.
  • Manage all store transactions, including processing payments, packing, and shipping, for online and in store orders.
  • Train staff and interns to assist with store order fulfillment and inventory oversight, and ensure standards for quality and accuracy of order fulfillment, and overall customer service.
  • Handle customer questions, requests, complaints, and issues.
  • Update and maintain the REEF online store.
  • Oversee the general working environment of the REEF Headquarters office facility, including stock of office supplies, ensuring all equipment is in working order, and cleanliness.
  • Coordinate the REEF Campus property management and maintenance.
  • Assist with supervision and facilitation of the Marine Conservation Internship program, which hosts 4-6 college-age interns three semesters a year.
  • Assist with broader communication, outreach, and capacity building efforts to support REEF’s Volunteer Survey Project, Invasive Lionfish Program, and other related REEF activities. The staff member will work collaboratively with a dynamic team of REEF staff, interns, and volunteers.


  • Bachelors or higher degree in relevant field, or equivalent work experience in non-profit organizations, marine sciences, retail management, or teaching.
  • Proficiency with desktop computers and office software, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills are required.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with major social media platforms, and basic HTML and website content editing skills are desired.
  • Highly positive attitude and aptitude for working as a self-starter in a fast-paced non-profit organization is a must.
  • Strong interest in ocean life, marine conservation, citizen science, and diving a plus.
  • Ability to work in a diverse and collaborative team across multiple disciplines.
Position Term, Compensation, and Work Environment

This is a full-time position with a salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance, accrued paid time off (PTO), option for flex-time work weeks, and 7 paid holiday days per year. U.S. and International travel may be required, as well as some weekend, holiday, and after-hours work. The position will be based at REEF’s Key Largo, Florida Campus. The position will report to the Education Program Manager.

Organization: Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)
Job Location: Key Largo, Florida
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Further Information

- Position Vacancy: Physical Scientist; Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center, USGS

As a Physical Scientist within the Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center, some of your specific duties will include: 

  • Perform Lead Coordinator duties for Geographic Information System (GIS) and remote-sensing data to serve the research needs of various projects.
  • Acquire and maintain geospatial databases for various projects using ArcGIS and other various software packages.
  • Use ESRI and ArcGIS and other geospatial software to develop applications for coastal and near shore studies.
  • Process and manipulate various complex datasets to interpret geologic processes and identify benthic habitats.
  • Disseminate public information, write reports, and give presentations.
  • Perform Scientific Diving in order to lead underwater mapping field operations and perform underwater tasks needed by projects during fieldwork.

Organization: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Job Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Duration: Full-Time
Application Deadline: Friday, March 23, 2018

Application Website: Further Information

- Position Vacancy: Economics and Policy Research Associate, Great Lakes; American Rivers

American Rivers is the leading national organization dedicated to protecting and restoring our nation’s rivers. The hallmark of our work is combining our technical expertise and collaboration with local partners to solve some of the most pressing water-related issues facing our communities and waterways. Through our work, we have increased recreational access to treasured rivers, restored free flowing rivers to boost healthy fish populations, and assisted local governments in efforts to create more equitable, integrated water supply portfolios. American Rivers’ Clean Water Supply program is a leader in the development of green infrastructure solutions to the stormwater problems that plague many U.S. cities. We are particularly focused on reducing the pollution and flooding threats caused by stormwater in Great Lakes communities such as Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Grand Rapids. American Rivers is hiring an Economics and Policy Research Associate to work with a team of staff and consultants who are developing stormwater funding strategies for Grand Rapids, Michigan and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District in metropolitan Cleveland, Ohio.

This position will help us advance “green stormwater infrastructure” solutions in our two partner cities. As background, “green stormwater infrastructure” is a cost-effective approach to stormwater management that emphasizes natural hydrologic functions to reduce runoff volumes and pollutants. American Rivers’ is partnering with stormwater agencies and other stakeholders in Grand Rapids and Cleveland to pioneer innovative techniques for funding green stormwater infrastructure projects as part of private property development projects. This partnership is designing and implementing a stormwater volume credit trading program that will increase the sustainability of stormwater funding in Grand Rapids while providing regulatory flexibility to property owners and developers. We are also working with North East Ohio Regional Sewer District in Cleveland, Ohio to optimize an existing green infrastructure grant program. The Economics and Policy Research Associate will conduct economic analyses, program design, policy development, and stakeholder outreach to support the implementation of the trading program.
The Economics and Policy Research Associate will be a two-year position, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Associate will be the sole American Rivers staff in Grand Rapids, and will be housed in the offices of a partner organization. This position will be an active member of a national team of American Rivers’ staff and contract consultants, and will be expected to function both independently and under direction of the other team members.American Rivers is the leading national organization dedicated to protecting and restoring our nation’s rivers. The hallmark of our work is combining our technical expertise and collaboration with local partners to solve some of the most pressing water-related issues facing our communities and waterways. Through our work, we have increased recreational access to treasured rivers, restored free flowing rivers to boost healthy fish populations, and assisted local governments in efforts to create more equitable, integrated water supply portfolios. American Rivers’ Clean Water Supply program is a leader in the development of green infrastructure solutions to the stormwater problems that plague many U.S. cities. We are particularly focused on reducing the pollution and flooding threats caused by stormwater in Great Lakes communities such as Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Grand Rapids. American Rivers is hiring an Economics and Policy Research Associate to work with a team of staff and consultants who are developing stormwater funding strategies for Grand Rapids, Michigan and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District in metropolitan Cleveland, Ohio.

This position will help us advance “green stormwater infrastructure” solutions in our two partner cities. As background, “green stormwater infrastructure” is a cost-effective approach to stormwater management that emphasizes natural hydrologic functions to reduce runoff volumes and pollutants. American Rivers’ is partnering with stormwater agencies and other stakeholders in Grand Rapids and Cleveland to pioneer innovative techniques for funding green stormwater infrastructure projects as part of private property development projects. This partnership is designing and implementing a stormwater volume credit trading program that will increase the sustainability of stormwater funding in Grand Rapids while providing regulatory flexibility to property owners and developers. We are also working with North East Ohio Regional Sewer District in Cleveland, Ohio to optimize an existing green infrastructure grant program. The Economics and Policy Research Associate will conduct economic analyses, program design, policy development, and stakeholder outreach to support the implementation of the trading program.
The Economics and Policy Research Associate will be a two-year position, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Associate will be the sole American Rivers staff in Grand Rapids, and will be housed in the offices of a partner organization. This position will be an active member of a national team of American Rivers’ staff and contract consultants, and will be expected to function both independently and under direction of the other team members.

Organization: American Rivers
Job Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Duration: Nonexempt, Full-time
Application Information:  economics_and_policy_research_associate_great_lakes.docx

- Position Vacancy: Port Engineer; Sea Education Association

Sea Education Association (SEA) invites applications for a full-time position of Port Engineer. SEA is a non-profit educational institution located in Falmouth, MA. We offer innovative and rigorous environmental studies programs on our campus and aboard our Sailing School Vessels, the Corwith Cramer and the Robert C. Seamans, in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Position Summary

The Port Engineer is a member of the Marine Operations Department responsible for coordinating and implementing overall engineering and safety management of SEA vessels under the direction of the Director of Marine Operations.

S/he is responsible for facilitating technical and logistical support of engineering operations of SEA vessels and engineering staff. The Port Engineer leads efforts to plan the scope of projects and budget for each vessel’s yearly major yard maintenance periods.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Coordinates and implements overall engineering management of vessels, especially with respect to US Coast Guard and ABS regulatory requirements.
  • Facilitates technical and logistical support of engineering operations and engineering personnel for two 134’ tall ships in remote locations.
  • Plans and manages the scope of projects and budget for each vessel during major yard maintenance periods each year.
  • Trains and supervises activities of shipboard engineering personnel with respect to developing maintenance goals, modifications and/or repairs to shipboard systems, and inventory procurement.
  • May serve as Chief Engineer onboard the vessels for approximately 6 to 12 weeks per year (including some yard periods).
  • Works closely with Marine Operations staff, vessel captains and crew to effectively collaborate to best manage ABS, USCG, and IMO regulatory needs regarding vessel material condition and vessel systems.
  • Works closely with Marine Operations staff, vessel captains and crew to assist with engineering preventative maintenance needs and troubleshooting support of shipboard systems and equipment such as shipboard scientific equipment, deck equipment and rigging, safety equipment, etc.
  • Collaborates with Marine Operations staff and others to ensure timely planning and coordination of logistics for vessel arrivals and departures as well as other shipboard needs and activities.

Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

  • Qualified applicants will have BA/BS in transportation, engineering, naval architecture or a science-related field or equivalent combination of experience and education and minimum 1 year of practical experience in shipboard work. 
  • Minimum of 1 year of demonstrated management and project administration experience.
  • Must have a passion for SEA’s mission with excellent communication, interpersonal and administrative skills.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft suite of programs (Word/Access/Excel) and a willingness to become familiar with other engineering programs.
  • Familiar with research vessel or sailing school vessel operations.
  • The ability to multi-task effectively, be flexible and innovative, and work non-traditional hours to support ships operating in remote locations.
  •  A demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with colleagues, staff, students and outside agencies.
  • The ability to travel or go to sea for extended periods. The Port Engineer will have the opportunity to sail as Chief Engineer.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A 200 Ton Near Coastal Mate license with sailing endorsement and/or AB Sail with relevant STCW certifications or willingness to obtain one. 
  • Experience overseeing or managing staff and/or volunteers.
  • Familiar with oceanographic sampling equipment.

Salary & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience. Salary includes a competitive benefits package including Medical/Dental/Vision, & retirement benefits.  This position provides access to SEA sponsored trainings including but not limited to: Diversity training, Wilderness First Responder training, Leadership and Managerial Skills training, (STCW).

To Apply: A review of applications will commence on March 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit electronic copies of a cover letter, current resume, and the names and contact information for 3 professional references. Email materials to PortEngineerSearch@sea.edu. Questions about this position may also be sent to this address.

Organization: Sea Education Association
Job Location: Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Duration: Full time year 'round
Application Deadline: Thursday, April 5, 2018

- Post-Doc Position: Ecosystem indicators of the New York Bight and Northwest Atlantic; Stony Brook University

Applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher (PR) are invited to work with an interdisciplinary team of biological and physical oceanographers at Stony Brook University, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.The PR will work on a project funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to develop indicators to monitor the health of the New York Bight ecosystem.The PR will be working with large datasets on oceanographic and atmospheric conditions, nutrient dynamics, carbonate chemistry and living marine resources on the Northeast U.S. Shelf (NES) and with new data collected in the New York Bight.

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and writing samples (e.g. copies of relevant publications), and contact information for at least three professional references. Please contact Janet Nye (janet.nye@stonybrook.edu) or Lesley Thorne (lesley.thorne@stonybrook.edu) for further information. To apply please visit www.stonybrook.edu/jobs/ and follow the postdoctoral link. Review of applications will begin immediately, but the closing date is April 2, 2018

Organization: Stony Brook University
Job Location: Stony Brook, NY
Duration: Full-Time
Salary: $44,500 - $50,000
Application Deadline: Monday, April 2, 2018

Application Website: Apply Here

- Fellowship: Watershed Research Fellowship; Heal the Bay

Heal the Bay is seeking a watershed research fellow to assist in the following projects:

  • Developing a Report Card pilot project based on regulatory water quality monitoring data
  • Establishing metrics to be applied to Los Angeles River Revitalization planning efforts

This is a 12-month contract position that is ideally suited for a graduate student. The fellow will work closely with members of the Science, Policy, and Programs team and report directly to the Watershed Scientist. The fellow will also participate in other L.A. River restoration planning activities and discussions at Heal the Bay, and have the opportunity to work with partner organizations to learn more about environmental issues and advocacy needs facing urban river and wetlands restoration. Office space will be provided.


River Report Card Pilot Project:

  • Obtain water quality data from the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board
  • Clean data and format appropriately; create database to support report card
  • Use an established index method to grade sites, assessing assumptions of the index
  • Work with partners to visualize map-based grade display
  • Write a final report, including recommendations for future development of a River Report Card

L.A. River Revitalization Planning:

  • Conduct literature review of ecological criteria for river restoration
  • Review existing L.A. River data applicable to ecological condition and hydrological assessment
  • Develop a framework to apply ecological river restoration criteria to arid, urban systems
  • Complete a report outlining recommendations for integration of ecological and water quality criteria into L.A. River Revitalization Planning


  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, engineering, or related field is required; with a strong preference for a current graduate student
  • Experience in water quality and/or ecological sciences, and understanding of water quality parameters and biological indicators
  • Strong database and computational skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Access and Excel
  • Experience with GIS preferred.
  • Strong writing, problem solving, analytical, and communication skills
  • Ability to make pragmatic science-based recommendations for solutions to environmental problems
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines

Organization: Heal the Bay
Job Location: Greater L.A., USA
Duration: 12 months
Salary: $35,000 stipend
Application Website: Apply Here; More Info

- Volunterr Position: Shark Project Volunteer; Charles Darwin Foundation

The Charles Darwin Research Station is a not for profit organization based in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands. We are looking for a person with experience in marine sciences and related fieldwork to volunteer at our Research Station. The successful candidate will be an important team member of the Shark Project, which aims to conduct applied research that results in specific management actions towards shark conservation in the Galapagos Marine Reserve and the Tropical eastern Pacific. This project involves active research in the fields of shark ecology; habitat use and movement; citizen science; and socio-economics. Your key responsibility will be to analyze stereo-video footage that is used to quantify relative abundance and distribution of shark and fish communities as well as assisting with the logistics of field trips and equipment maintenance. Other roles may include helping out with our local outreach and education events and producing reports and outreach materials. You may support any other CDF’s activities when requested by the project coordinator. You will need to hold a qualification of minimum a BSc (Hons) in marine biology or a related field and have proven experience in related marine fieldwork. A minimum certification PADI Rescue Diver with at least 100 recorded dives is required to participate in field/diving trips. You should be proficient in both English and Spanish and have excellent inter-personal skills and be able to integrate into a multi-disciplinary team in an isolated environment.

The volunteer is responsible for their own travel costs to and from the Galapagos Islands and room and lodging costs during their stay. Accommodation in the CDF campus dorms can be arranged if available. The volunteer must provide their own accident, dive and life insurance coverage for travel to and from Galapagos and for the duration of their assignment in the Islands.

If you meet the above criteria and have always dreamed of getting to know and spending time in one of the most famous places for biologic studies and diving in the world, this is your ideal destination.

If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity please refer to the attachment on our website: http://www.darwinfoundation.org/en/get-involved/vacancies/volunteers

Application forms are available on our website: www.darwinfoundation.org. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact: vol@fcdarwin.org.ec

Organization: Charles Darwin Foundation
Application Website: For further information about this position
Application Information:  20180202_shark_project_volunteer_2018-2.pdf

- Upcoming Symposium: 2018 Southeastern Biogeochemistry Symposium; Florida State University

April 6-8, 2018; Tallahassee, FL

Registration deadline: March 16th, 2018 (No fee required)
Abstract submission deadline: March 16th, 2018
Travel award application deadline: March 16th, 2018

The objective of this symposium is to assemble early career scientists and faculty advisors for an informal weekend of scientific presentations and social activities with the goal of:

  • Improving early career scientific research, education and training in an informal and friendly conference environment
  • Establishing new collaborations with neighboring research groups, and
  • Gaining national recognition of the southeastern states as a center of excellence in biogeochemistry and geobiology research.

The symposium will begin with a mixer on Friday evening, and will formally begin on Saturday morning (please arrange to arrive by 9:00AM for registration) and wrap up in the early afternoon on Sunday, with 15-minute talks on Saturday and Sunday, poster sessions on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, and an awards ceremony on Sunday. Cash prizes for the best three talks and posters voted on by the faculty committee will be awarded to encourage participation. Faculty advisors of students and postdocs presenting are highly encouraged to attend with their lab groups. Symposium registration is free. Travel support is available for students and postdocs.

For more information and/or questions please email at: wlanding@fsu.edu or go to: https://sbs2018.magnet.fsu.edu/.

- Upcoming Conference: Tenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses: Engaging with Policy on Climate Change; UC-Berkeley

April 20–21, 2018, Berkeley, CA

Call for Papers  - We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses, held 20–21 April 2018 at the University of California at Berkeley in Berkeley, USA.

Founded in 2009, the conference aims to create an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of climate change, its causes, its eco-systemic impacts, and its human impacts. The conference also explores technological, policy, strategic, and social responses to climate change.

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, innovation showcases, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes and the 2018 Special Focus: "Engaging with Policy on Climate Change."

For more information regarding the conference, use the link below to explore our conference website.

- Upcoming Conference: 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans

June 4 – 8, 2018, Washington, D.C.,

The 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans (ECCWO) will explore the consequences of climate change for the ocean (both offshore and coastal waters), its ecosystems, and its dependent communities under a range of future scenarios and socioeconomic pathways. By convening a series of integrated discussions amongst an interdisciplinary group of ocean-oriented scientists, the Symposium will facilitate the synthesis of information on how climate-related changes will influence oceans, marine ecosystems and society. We expect this knowledge will be useful in informing societal choices for preparing for and responding to changing oceans including adaptation and management options. The Symposium outputs will provide information for use in a variety of national and international analyses of climate impacts on the world’s oceans.

Deadline for submitting proposals for Session and Workshop topics is extended to June 23, 2017.

The Symposium Organizers invite proposals (submit your proposal here) for session and workshop topics addressing the causes and consequences of changing climate on marine ecosystems within the context of evolving ecosystem drivers as outlined in the Symposium Scope.

The Symposium Organizers are looking for a broad range of topics and approaches to sharing, synthesizing and discussing information. We encourage applicants to consider innovative ways to communicate results and engage the scientific community, decision-making community and the public in dialog on the effects of – and responses to - changing climate on the world’s oceans including marine resources and resource dependent sectors, communities and economies.
The following are some key topic areas of interest to the Symposium Organizers to help inspire and guide proposals for sessions and workshops:

  • Characterization of ocean changes and the climate-ocean system
  • Extreme and abrupt changes in ocean systems
  • Impacts of changing climate on ocean physical, chemical and biological conditions
  • Impacts of changing climate on ocean-dependent sectors, societies and economies
  • Responding to climate-related changes in ocean conditions – Governance, institutional and sectoral adaptations
  • Advancing methods to project climate-related impacts in ocean ecosystems

Early registration ends on Jan. 12, 2018.
For more information and/or to register, please go to: http://meetings.pices.int/meetings/international/2018/climate-change/Background

- Upcoming Conference: 2018 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference; Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments

September 17–19, 2018; Columbia, South Carolina

The Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference seeks to assist by providing a platform to share experience and knowledge of opportunities, tools, resources, local initiatives, and expertise. Although research findings will be shared, this conference is intended to foster real-world solutions to climate adaptation in the Carolinas.
Sessions are designed to facilitate interaction, training, collaboration and discussion around topics including:

  • Updates about climate science and available resources
  • Communicating about climate in the Carolinas
  • Mainstreaming climate into ongoing activities
  • Case studies of local adaptation efforts underway
  • Climate connections with public health, tourism, recreation, natural resources, hazards management, water management, and other sectors

Interactive presentations and audience discussion improve understanding of our regional climate as well as information, services, and tools available to stakeholders and decision makers in the region. Climate tool demonstrations provide an opportunity for a hands-on experience to learn from tool developers and ask questions of users.
Submission Instructions

Individual presentation ideas should be submitted using the Presentation Submission Form.
Please use the separate Session Submission Form if you would like to organize a conference session. Proposed sessions can be either 1½ hours or 3 hours, for a longer workshop-style format

The submission deadline is Friday, April 13, 2018.

You will receive a confirmation e-mail once you have completed the submission form. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact Amanda Farris at (803) 777-6875 or afarris@sc.edu.

Registration will open in March 2018. Early registration fees apply until August 5, 2018.

For more information concerning the conference, registration, presenting, and accommodations, go to: http://www.cisa.sc.edu/ccrc/index.html

- Upcoming Conference: 9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management

December 8-13, 2018, Long Beach, California

Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) and the Coastal States Organization (CSO) are proud to host the 9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management in Long Beach, California. The six-day Summit will explore cutting-edge issues in coastal restoration and management, and will be comprised of a community restoration event, field sessions, plenary sessions, expert presentations, special evening events, workshops, a poster hall, and an award-winning coastal exposition hall. 

The Summit Program will address all aspects of coastal and estuarine restoration and management, in all ecosystems, at all scales, and in all regions, including the Great Lakes and international locales. These topics are crucial as coastal communities pursue new, more robust strategies to effectively manage, protect, and restore their resources in a changing climate. Ensuring these resources, and the communities that rely on them, are resilient now and into the future will be a particular focus.

Conference website: https://www.estuaries.org/2018-summit-general-info
Proposal submission information: https://www.estuaries.org/images/LB_Conference/2018_Summit_CFP_11-15-17_002.pdf
Proposal Submittal Deadline: April 6, 2018

For more information, please contact Courtney Lewis at clewis@estuaries.org or 703-524-0248 x5

- Tool: Green Infrastructure Effectiveness Database; NOAA

Search this online database of literature sources containing information on the effectiveness of green infrastructure to reduce the impacts of coastal hazards, such as inundation and erosion from tropical storms and cyclones, more frequent precipitation events, and sea level rise. The database contains records from a wide range of sources, such as peer-reviewed journals, online tools, and gray literature, and includes information on 32 different coastal green infrastructure types. The green infrastructure techniques referenced cover a full range of approaches to coastal management, including natural, nature-based (e.g., low-impact development), structural, and policies.

This Database Features

  • Literature sources that document the effectiveness of green infrastructure for coastal resilience
  • The ability to filter by coastal hazard type, green infrastructure approach, literature type, or geography
  • Descriptions, key findings, measures of effectiveness, co-benefits, and other helpful information about each literature source selected
  • Links to the full literature resource where available and the ability to share results of the search with others

Link to website: https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/training/gi-database.html

- Tool: Coastal Hazard Wheel; United Nations Environmental Programme

The Coastal Hazard Wheel is a universal coastal adaptation system that allows users to address all coastal challenges simultaneously with the aim of boosting adaptation action and bridging the gap between scientists, policy-makers and the general public.
The Coastal Hazard Wheel can be used for three main purposes:

  • Multi-hazard-assessments at local, regional and national level;
  • Identification of hazard management options for a specific coastline; and
  • As a standardized coastal language to communicate coastal information.

The Coastal Hazard Wheel currently provides global coastal classification and adaptation information with low-moderate accuracy and will be continuously improved as various adaptation projects are implemented.
For more information, go to:

- Tool: Improved Visualization of Community Level Impacts from Coastal Flooding or Sea Level Rise

NOAA’s Sea Level Rise Viewer has a fresh new look and improved functionality. We’ve also increased the amount of local data available. Upgrades include:

  • Locally relevant scenarios (based on the Third National Climate Assessment) for most coastal locations
  • More intuitive links to map services and data download options
  • Improved marsh migration visualization
  • Larger photo simulations of local flooding
  • Ability to zoom to a specific location or address

Contact Doug.Marcy@noaa.gov should you have questions.

- Tool: New version of Coral Health Atlas is now live

Via Coral Health Atlas

"The goal of this website is to provide interactive access to coral health data and immersive data visualizations at study sites throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago. Users can also access information pertaining to the importance of corals and coral health, research methods, historical information about each study site, and recent news. Aims and applications of our research are contextualized in worldviews indigenous to Hawaiʻi. Cultural significance of study sites and relationship between coral and people is also included in this website to enhance our understanding of why it is important to study health of the coral and coral reefs.

The interactive map allows users to view each site in a spatial context and examine coral health data selecting multiple various parameters such as prevalence, severity, disease-type, and species. In order to enable users to virtually explore each location first-hand, we have embedded 360 panoramic videos for each location. Users can use their mouse to drag and look in any direction while the video plays, thus simulating the experience of diving at each study locations. The 360 videos are housed on YouTube, so they can also be viewed with smartphones and VR headsets. Lastly, we have embedded 3D reconstructions of the coral reef at each site. User can manipulate and explore each 3D reef model and view the various morphologies and habitat complexity among the sites."

Click here to read the full article from its source

- Webinar: Optimizing Restoration Activities for Ecosystem Services: The Restoration Opportunities Optimization Tool (ROOT)

Date & time:   Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 2 pm EDT
Presented by Peter Hawthorne of the University of Minnesota and the Natural Capital Project

Restoration Opportunities Optimization Tool (ROOT) is a software tool that helps decision makers evaluate trade-offs among different ecosystem services and visualize where investments in restoration could be made to optimize benefits for multiple landscape goals. It uses information about the potential impacts of restoration or management activities together with spatial prioritization or serviceshed maps to identify key areas for ecosystem service provision. It then uses multi-objective analysis to allow users to consider how to best manage tradeoffs between different project goals. ROOT has been applied in Costa Rica, Myanmar, Malawi, Colombia, and Brazil’s Espirito Santo State to help these countries optimize the placement of restoration activities for ecosystem services in national and subnational conservation, development, and agricultural objectives in support of increased ecological function to benefit people and livelihoods. It has not yet been applied in a coastal context but is applicable to coastal areas as well.

The tool is free for download and use at https://www.naturalcapitalproject.org/root.

To register, visit: https://oct.to/Webinar160

- Webinar: Post Hurricane Irma Rapid Reef Assessment in South Florida and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Following Hurricane Irma, a multi-agency and partner effort was launched to conduct a rapid assessment of the Florida Coral Reef Tract, including areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Science divers surveyed more than 50 sites, from Biscayne Bay to the Marquesas, and found extensive shifting of sand and heavy sediment accumulation as well as some structural damage to individual corals and the reef itself. Using information from these surveys, a parallel effort to stabilize corals in the most impacted locations was also undertaken. Scientists will share preliminary findings from the assessment cruise and triage activities as well as how such a collaborative effort was coordinated.

This webinar originally aired on 11 January, 2018 and was presented by Steve Gittings, Science Coordinator NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and Tom Moore of the NOAA Restoration Center 

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).
Click here to download a copy of this webinar from our Vimeo page

Click here to watch this video on YouTube

- Webinar: Natural Shoreline Infrastructure: Working with Nature to Increase Coastal Resilience; OneNOAA Science Seminars

Date & time: February 15, 2018 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET 
Speaker: Jenna Judge, PhD, San Francisco Bay and Outer Coast Sentinel Site Cooperative, NOAA.
WebinarAccess: To be determined; probably an Adobe Connect webinar - check back within a week of the webinar.

Sea level rise and erosion are major threats to California's coast, requiring solutions that preserve the many benefits of a natural coast that Californians enjoy: flood protection, recreation, habitat for wildlife, water quality, and more. Seawalls are commonly installed in an attempt to keep the shoreline in place and hold back the sea; however, they ultimately worsen impacts by increasing erosion along the seawall and the shoreline adjacent to it, causing already vulnerable beaches to shrink more. Natural shoreline infrastructure is an alternative that is more likely to preserve the benefits coastal ecosystems provide while also maintaining coastal access. The California coastline is heterogeneous and no single solution will address all of the challenges we anticipate in the future. Dr. Judge developed detailed case studies highlighting a range of approaches and offering lessons related to the design, permitting, implementation, and monitoring challenges encountered when pursuing nature-based solutions to climate-related coastal hazards.

- Webinar: Making estuarine shoreline science relevant to managers and policymakers; OneNOAA Science Seminars

Date & Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET, February 7, 2018
Speakers:  Beth Turner, NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and Tom Jordan, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Shoreline management decisions are typically done on a local or state scale, but have implications for estuarine ecosystems at a wider regional scale. Our Mid-Atlantic shorelines project was developed from the need for better knowledge about how shoreline hardening influences the ecology of adjacent estuarine systems. But better knowledge does not automatically lead to better policy and management. We engaged an advisory group of managers to help guide the science towards regional management and policy goals. This seminar will discuss how the process worked to bring management and policy input to the science and vice versa. The science team was able to make modifications to their sampling and analyses based on manager’s recommendations, and the scientific results are being incorporated into the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Goal Implementation Teams, planning for NOAA Habitat Focus Areas, and state management efforts.

Remote Access: Mymeeting webinar uses phone for and internet. Audio is only available over the phone: dial toll-free from US or CAN: 1-877-708-1667. Enter code 7028688# 

For the webcast, go to http://www.mymeetings.com  Under "Participant Join", click "Join an Event", then add conf no: 744925156. No code is needed for the web. Be sure to install the correct plug?in for WebEx before the seminar starts - the temporary plugin works fine.

For more information on this or other webinars in the OneNOAA Science seminars series, go to: https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/seminars/

- Webinar: Landscape & Vertical Living Walls; filtrexx™

Wed. July 26, 2017, 11am-12pm EDT (offered multiple times)

Landscape & Vertical LivingWall Systems add unique, dramatic vertical greenery to interior or exterior walls. Attend this one-hour to learn more about the benefits and uses of Landscape & Vertical LivingWall Systems.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/1748216174603304193

- Webinar: Living Shoreline Restoration; filtrexx™

Wed. Aug. 2, 2017, 11am-12pm EDT (offered multiple times)

In this one-hour webinar, learn about emerging Living Shoreline restoration applications that mimic nature, utilizing locally available, sustainable materials. Living Shoreline systems are alternative shoreline stabilization techniques that help maintain the natural interface between land and water, while preserving the habitat, protecting the environment, and enhancing coastal resilience to reduce erosion.
Join us to learn more about the following systems/applications:

  • Beaches: Prevent dune scarps and enhance new beach dune establishment
  • Lakes & Ponds: Long-term protection against the elements with native vegetation
  • Rivers & Streams: Maintain native vegetation and reduce erosion

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/8334766913516154881

- Webinar: The new He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve

This webinar was presented by Matthew Chasse of NOAA and Robert Toonen of HIMB.

The newly designated He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve is the 29th in the National Estuarine Research Reserve system and the first in Hawaii. The 1,385-acre reserve includes upland forests and grasslands, wetlands, reefs, and seagrass beds, as well as the largest sheltered body of water in the Hawaiian Island chain. The reserve also includes significant historic and cultural resources. This webinar will cover the process leading to the designation, and the reserve’s partnerships and management goals, including the integration of traditional Hawai'ian ecosystem management with contemporary approaches. Learn more about the new reserve at https://coast.noaa.gov/nerrs/reserves/hawaii.html.

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org).

- Webinar: Takeaways from the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS)

This webinar originally aired on 14 July 2016.

The International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS), being held from June 19-24, 2016, in Honolulu, Hawai’i, is the primary international meeting focused on coral reef science and management. ICRS will bring together an anticipated 2,500 coral reef scientists, policy makers, and managers from 70 different nations to present the latest research findings, case histories, and management activities and discuss the application of scientific knowledge to achieving coral reef sustainability. This 13th iteration of ICRS expands outside its traditional science realm to also include policy and management with the overall theme of "Bridging Science to Policy." Alongside the symposium, a concurrent Leadership Forum with heads of state from the Pacific is convening to talk about the most pressing issues their local reefs are facing. The presentation will share outcomes from the Leadership Forum as well as high-level scientific findings from the conference, drawing direct links to management and policy. View the conference agenda at https://sgmeet.com/icrs2016.

This webinar was presented by Paulo Maurin, Jason Philibotte, and Bob Richmond; and it was co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, MPA News, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

Click here to download a copy of this webinar from our Vimeo page
Click here to watch this video on YouTube

- Webinar: The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats

This webinar was presented by Jen Plunket of the North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR, Scott Lerberg of the Chesapeake Bay NERR, and Robin Weber of the Narragansett Bay NERR. Changes in climate affect ecosystems directly and interact with current stressors to impact vital coastal habitats. Adaptive capacity imparted from a system’s natural traits or potential management actions can lessen these impacts. The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats (CCVATCH) is a spreadsheet-based decision support tool that utilizes a team of local experts - land managers and researchers - to assess the possible interactions of climate change, stressors, and adaptive capacity to understand the climate vulnerabilities of a habitat. The CCVATCH Guidance Document provides background information and assessment questions for each climate-stressor interaction and adaptive capacity considerations. The spreadsheet itself calculates scores for sensitivity-exposure, adaptive capacity, and overall vulnerability. Learn more at http://www.ccvatch.com. Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

- Webinar: Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA)

This webinar was presented by Jenny Merriman of BirdLife International. The Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA) provides practical step-by-step guidance for conducting an ecosystem services assessment at the site scale. TESSA particularly emphasizes the importance of comparing estimated ecosystem service values for alternative states of a site (for example, before and after conversion to agriculture) so decision-makers can assess the net consequences of such a change and better understand how decisions affect the ecosystem services that people depend on. The toolkit targets non-expert users with limited expertise and resources. The methods have been developed through expert consultation and are grounded in scientific approaches but are also designed to be simple enough to be useful to practitioners in the field. TESSA has been used across a range of habitats around the world. TESSA is available for download at http://tessa.tools. Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

- Webinar: NOAA Digital Coast Series and other NOAA Seminars

This series introduces Digital Coast tools and data through demonstrations, case studies, and opportunities to engage with field experts and colleagues. Recordings are posted for all webinars as soon as they are available.


- Webinar: iMarine Data e-Infrastructure Initiative for Fisheries Management and Conservation of Marine Living Resources

iMarine is an open and collaborative initiative aimed at supporting the implementation of an ecosystem approach to fisheries management and the conservation of living marine resources. iMarine provides an e-infrastructure that facilitates open access and the sharing of a multitude of data, collaborative analysis, processing and mining processing, as well as the publication and dissemination of newly generated knowledge. It is intended for practitioners from numerous scientific fields including fisheries, biodiversity, and ocean observation and has a variety of application bundles including ones for biodiversity (e.g. species distribution modeling), geospatial data discovery and processing, and statistics.

Learn more about iMarine at www.i-marine.eu.

This webinar originally aired on July 22, 2014. This webinar was presented by the EBM Tools Network and it was presented by Pasquale Pagano and Gianpaolo Coro of CNR-ISTI.

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- Webinar: Marine and Coastal Datasets of Biodiversity Importance

The availability and appropriate use of marine and coastal data form the foundation of effective decision-making. The United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre recently released a manual that provides an overview of global marine and coastal datasets of biodiversity importance. The intention is to address the fragmented information and guidance for users of marine data. Although not exhaustive, this review has resulted in the identification of 78 datasets and/or databases and data portals. The report also includes detailed standardized metadata for 45 of these reviewed datasets (annex 3). This webinar will present the manual and discuss the various challenges, gaps and limitations presented by coastal and marine data.

Download the manual at http://wcmc.io/01fc (Annex 3: http://wcmc.io/d6a1).

This webinar originally aired on July 1, 2014, was presented by Corinne Martin of UNEP WCMC, and co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

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- Student Resource: Online Environmental Science Programs and Resources; Affordable Colleges Online

An environmental science degree can lead to a variety of careers: At the entry level, environmental protection techs perform inspections and investigations into the source of contaminants and pollutants. At higher levels, opportunities exist for environmental science specialists, research scientists, microbiologists, and experts in related disciplines such as oceanography or marine science.

This guide explores the various levels of degrees, types of available online programs, potential careers, and tips for academic success in web-based courses to help prospective students determine the best educational pathway.

For more information, go to:  http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/environmental-science-degrees/

- Student Resource: Outdoor Career Guidebook; Affordable Colleges Online

This website provides users with a list of prospective outdoor careers (including marine biologist) that provides an idea of the variety of careers available and some steps they can take to get them. It also lists scholoarships and job search resources.

- Student Resource: Guide to Green Careers and Degrees; Affordable Colleges Online

This website provides general information about environmentally friendly degrees (including marine science) and job options. The menu includes:

  • Reasons for pursuing a green job;
  • Popular green degrees;
  • A sustainable career map;
  • Top paying green careers; and
  • A list of job resources.
An interview with Nurit Katz, UCLA's first Sustainability Coordinator, is also posted on this site.

- Resource: Ocean Health Index-Science webpage redesigned

The Ocean Health Index team announced the launch of their redesigned OHI-Science.org website. OHI-Science.org is the primary resource for Ocean Health Index (OHI) scientific information, tools, and instruction. These resources can be used by anyone to lead independent OHI assessments, called OHI+ assessments.

Since the OHI framework was developed in 2012 (Halpern et al., 2012, Nature), eleven assessments have been completed, four of which were independent OHI+ assessments independently led by academic or government groups. The redesigned website incorporates knowledge and experience gained through these assessments to provide future groups with the best possible information and methodology for conducting an OHI+ assessment.

As the sister website to OceanHealthIndex.org, OHI-Science.org allows visitors to easily access our freely-available data and methods and explore completed and ongoing OHI assessments. New features include easy navigation and access to:

OHI-Science.org is a platform for tools used and developed by a very active open science and OHI+ community, and will be constantly updated. To receive updates, please email info@ohi-science.org or follow us on Twitter: @ohiscience.

- Hurricane Safety Guide

To help protect your home and your family from the dangers of a hurricane, here is a hurricane safety guide with step-by-step instructions for what to do at different stages of the storm as well as other important facts about hurricanes.

- Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene

Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene is a trans-disciplinary, open-access journal committed to the facilitation of collaborative, peer-reviewed research. Divided into six "knowledge domains" (atmospheric science, ecology, sustainability transitions, earth and environmental science, ocean science, and sustainable engineering) Elementa strives to expertly publish timely, peer-reviewed articles and help authors present their work in a particularly engaging way, offering the opportunity to display additional materials such as slideshows and videos alongside their research; and making all articles available in multiple formats such as PDF, HTML, EPUB and Mobipocket.

As a nonprofit initiative, the support of our collaborators BioOne, Dartmouth, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Michigan, and the University of Washington ensures that we keep our focus on the publication of timely, high quality research to advance the intellectual agenda of science.

Journal website: https://www.elementascience.org/

- New Website: GaClimate.org

As part of the Southeast Climate Extension project whose goal is to advance climate extension in agriculture, a new website has been developed to serve as a clearinghouse for information on climate and weather in Georgia. The website is: www.GaClimate.org

The website provides the following information:

  1. A daily blog post on climate and weather from our agricultural climatologist, Pam Knox.
  2. A news feed of climate-related stories relevant to agriculture.
  3. Links to Extension fact sheets on climate (see link at top of page)
  4. A glossary of relevant terms (see link at top of page)
  5. State maps of 14 environmental parameters including soil temperature, soil moisture, air temperature, precipitation, wind direction, etc. from the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network (GAEMN).  The maps are created by Dr. Ian Flitcroft’s group with data collected from GAEMN weather stations.  The maps can be copied for use in presentations, etc. by right-clicking on the map. The maps are:
    1. 12 maps showing current conditions
    2. 14 maps showing yesterday’s average conditions
  6. Links to a variety of useful tools such as a Degree Day Calculator, Freeze Risk Probabilities, Chilling Hours Calculator, and many others.
  7. Current drought conditions in Georgia from the U.S. Drought Monitor
  8. El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate phase forecast.
The GaClimate.org website is a cooperative effort between www.AgroClimate.org, GAEMN, and the Southeast Climate Consortium. 

- Document of Interest: Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection; CRC Press

CRC Press announces the publication of Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection edited by Donna Marie Bilkovic, Molly M. Mitchell, Megan K. La Peyre, and Jason D. Toft. A new addition to the CRC Marine Science Series, this book compiles, synthesizes and interprets the current state of the knowledge on the science and practice of nature-based shoreline protection. This volume provides a background and history of living shorelines, understandings on management, policy, and project designs, technical synthesis of the science related to living shorelines including insights from new studies, and the identification of research needs, lessons learned, and perspectives on future guidance.

International perspectives are presented from leading researchers and managers in the East, West and Gulf coasts of the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia that are working on natural approaches to shoreline management. The broad geographic scope and interdisciplinary nature of contributing authors will help to facilitate dialogue and transfer knowledge among different disciplines and across different regions. This book will provide coastal communities with the scientific foundation and practical guidance necessary to implement effective shoreline management that enhances ecosystem services and coastal resilience now and into the future.

This book will serve as a valuable reference to guide scientists, students, managers, planners, regulators, environmental and engineering consultants, and others engaged in the design and implementation of living shorelines.
The publication date has been moved up to March 9. Log on to the CRC Press website to pre-order the book and receive a discount.

- Document of Interest: Living Shorelines Strategic Needs Assessment

The Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance (GSAA) supported a process to examine the appropriate role in the South Atlantic region (NC, SC, GA, FL) for estuarine shoreline management methods other than traditional means of shoreline hardening with particular focus on livings shorelines.  The assessment process included surveys, a summit attended by approximately 150 participants, and a workshop which all contributed to development of this strategic needs assessment. The Assessment’s intent is to highlight and prioritize the education, research, and policies needed to establish living shorelines as a desirable alternative for protecting eroding, flooding, or threatened shorelines, thereby providing better options for coastal protection that work in harmony with the land-water interface and the surrounding ecosystems.

Link: http://southatlanticalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/GSAA_LSStrategyFinal.pdf

- Document of Interest: Presentations from the South Atlantic Living Shoreline Summit, April 12 & 13, 2016

The South Atlantic’s first regional summit on living shorelines, was held April 12 – 13, 2016 and hosted by the GSAA with support from EPA Region IV and The Nature Conservancy. The Summit included expert panels and discussions examining current living shorelines practices, challenges, and opportunities in the South Atlantic States, followed by a Living Shorelines Academy Workshop and site visit at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve.

The purpose of the Summit was to share information on the management, research, regulation, and implementation of living shorelines in the South Atlantic region, building knowledge and relationships that expand the use of appropriate stabilization alternatives to traditional shoreline hardening. Researchers, regulators and policymakers, property owners and managers, planners, contractors, and non-profit organizations were all invited to attend and benefit from the expertise and networking opportunities at the Summit.

Presentations from the Summit are now available at their website: http://southatlanticalliance.org/?page_id=1635

- Document of Interest: Summary of Coastal Management Policies Relevant to Sea-Level Rise in Georgia

This document contains links to Federal and Georgia State statutes, regulations, and agencies important to responding to sea level rise. The document also contains links to Georgia coastal county and local government plans and ordinances concerning issues surrounding sea level rise such as community resilience.

Link: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/309431089_Summary_of_Coastal_Management_Policies_Relevant_to_Sea-Level_Rise_in_Georgia

- Document of Interest: Living Shorelines in the Southeast: Research and Data Gaps

The report, Living Shorelines in the Southeast: Research and Data Gaps, was prepared for the Governors South Atlantic Alliance by the GCRC. This report synthesizes scientific information relevant to living shorelines in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Whenever possible, we focus on research conducted in the Southeast although we also included work from the Gulf States and Chesapeake Bay. Where information on living shoreline was lacking, we drew on relevant material from studies of restored, submerged oyster reefs as well as natural and restored salt marshes and mangroves. Part One of the report provides a brief overview of the types of approaches that have been used in the region. Parts Two, Three and Four describe research on the physical, biological, and chemical characteristics, respectively, of living shorelines in salt marshes, which is the focus of the majority of the published studies. Part Five summarizes what little information is available regarding living shoreline projects in Florida mangroves. Part Six is a summary and a discussion of data gaps.

The report also includes information on 439 living shoreline projects in the southeastern region. Details about each project are included in Appendix A. Note that this list will likely grow as additional projects are identified.

Appendix B is an annotated bibliography of material relevant to living shoreline research in the southeast region. The bibliography contains 20 case studies of regional living shorelines, 5 databases of restoration/living shoreline projects, and information about 13 federal and state agencies and non-profit groups involved in living shorelines. It also provides summaries of 86 research papers and proceedings and 55 other publications including reports, books, book chapters, theses, and treatises.

The report can also be accessed at the Governors' South Atlantic Alliance website: http://southatlanticalliance.org/?p=1809

- Document of Interest: Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card; GA-DNR Coastal Resources Division

The Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card is an important tool for planning restoration activities and conservation. It provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of health in coastal Georgia. Coastal Georgia health is defined as the progress of indicators toward scientifically-derived thresholds or goals. The twelve indicators in the report card examine human health, fisheries and wildlife.

To view the report, go to: http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/uploads/crd/images/ReportCard/2014_Coastal_GA_Report_Card.pdf

For information about the developement process and methods that were used to draw up the Report Card, go to: http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/uploads/crd/images/ReportCard/Coastal_Georgia_Report_Card_White_Paper.pdf

To view the FAQ, go to: http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/uploads/crd/images/ReportCard/Report%20Card%20Key%20Messages%20and%20FAQs_Final.pdf

To watch the introductory webinar, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RoFB5th_ME

For the powerpoint presentation used in the webinar, go to: http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/uploads/crd/images/ReportCard/2014ReportCard.pdf

- Document of Interest: State of the Climate in 2014

Resource type: Report

Description: [From the webpage] "An international, peer-reviewed publication released each summer, the "State of the Climate" is the authoritative annual summary of the global climate published as a supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. The report, compiled by NOAA’s Center for Weather and Climate at the National Centers for Environmental Information is based on contributions from 413 scientists from 58 countries around the world. It provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable weather events, and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments located on land, water, ice, and in space."

"An overview of findings is presented in the Abstract and Introduction. Chapter 2 features global-scale climate variables; Chapter 3 highlights the global oceans; and Chapter 4 includes tropical climate phenomena including tropical cyclones. The Arctic and Antarctic respond differently through time and are reported in separate chapters (5 and 6, respectively). Chapter 7 provides a regional perspective authored largely by local government climate specialists. Sidebars included in each chapter are intended to provide background information on a significant climate event from 2014, a developing technology, or emerging dataset germane to the chapter’s content. A list of relevant datasets and their sources for all chapters is provided as an Appendix."

Reference: State of the Climate in 2014 (2015). Blunden, J. and D. S. Arndt, (eds.), Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 96(7): S1–S267.

Link: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/bams-state-of-the-climate/2014.php

- 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.

- Resource: Social Coast Forum Presentations and Abstracts

Abstracts and presentations from the NOAA Coastal Services Center’s Social Coast Forum, which took place February 18-20, 2014 (Charleston, SC), are available here:


- Resource: Ocean Research Priorities Plan (National Science and Technology Council)

The National Science and Technology Council’s Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology recently released “Science for an Ocean Nation: Update of the Ocean Research Priorities Plan.” Structured around six themes: (1) Stewardship of Natural and Cultural Ocean Resources; (2) Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards and Environmental Disasters; (3) Maritime Operations and the Marine Environment; (4) The Ocean’s Role in Climate; (5) Improving Ecosystem Health; and (6) Enhancing Human Health, this report recommends research priorities designed to advance understanding of critical ocean processes that are relevant to human health, economic well-being, environmental sustainability, adaptation to climate and other environmental change, and national and homeland security. The report also provides updates on research progress in these areas. The full report is available online at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/ocean_research_plan_2013.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 June '12 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 Trend

- 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

    To read past issues of Marine Science Review, visit their archives.

- Resource: Inundation Analysis Tool (NOAA)

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

- 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 (2011), 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

In 2010, the 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

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Visits Sapelo Island

April 24, 2014 - “U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island met with scientists, coastal managers and community leaders at the University of Georgia's Marine Institute on Sapelo Island April 23 as part of his Climate Change Road Trip, a multi-state tour along the Southeast Coast.” For the full story, see:

Change to Shoreline Protection Buffer Determinations for Tidal Creeks and Saltwater Marshes

Link to April 22, 2014 memorandum signed by EPD Director, Judson Turner:

Loss of Natural Buffers Could Double Number of People at Risk from Hurricanes

July 15, 2013 - A new study in Nature Climate Change (highlighted in Scientific American's ClimateWire) details how coastal wetlands and other natural barriers are disappearing, increasing the risk hurricane damage for coastal cities. The primary research was conducted through the Natural Capital Project.

Do-it-yourself CTDs?

July 5, 2013 - Nature News reporter Daniel Cressey writes, "Crowdsourcing may open up ocean science: DIY ocean instrument could create 'citizen scientists' of the seas."


Rate of Temperature Change Along World's Coastlines Changed Dramatically Over Past Three Decades

July 1, 2013 - Locally, changes in coastal ocean temperatures may be much more extreme than global averages imply. New research published in the June 18 edition of PLoS ONE entitled "Decadal Changes in the World's Coastal Latitudinal Temperature Gradients," is highlighting some of the distinct regional implications associated with global climate-change. Science Daily covered this research here.

New Secretary of Commerce

June 26, 2013 - Penny Pritzker was sworn in as the nation’s 38th Commerce Secretary. As a key member of President Obama’s economic team, Secretary Pritzker will lead the U.S. Department of Commerce (which includes NOAA, NIST, and the US Census Bureau) in carrying out the important work that gives entrepreneurs and businesses the tools they need to create jobs and keep the American economy growing, two of the administration’s highest priorities. She will also work extensively with the business community, bringing their concerns and ideas to the forefront.  

Joint Ocean Commission Report

June 20, 2013 - Today, the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative released a report entitled Charting the Course: Securing the Future of America’s Oceans, that calls on President Obama and Congress to improve the management of our ocean resources. The report describes specific recommendations for the Administration and Congress that prioritize areas where short-term progress can be readily achieved. The report outlines measures for immediate implementation that focus on four action areas:

  • Enhance the resiliency of coastal communities and ocean ecosystems to dramatic changes underway in our oceans and on our coasts
  • Promote ocean renewable energy development and reinvest in our oceans
  • Support state and regional ocean and coastal priorities
  • Improve Arctic research and management

If implemented, these measures will strengthen ocean-dependent economies, protect coastal communities and provide new opportunities for growth in thriving oceans. The Joint Initiative also urges that the Administration and Congress build off of the blueprint set by the National Ocean Policy and make oceans a priority. These recommendations set the stage for a future assessment by the Joint Initiative of progress in implementing actions that will ensure our oceans and coasts are healthy and vibrant to support our future.
Read the full report here
Read the press release here

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.

Groundwater Monitoring on Tybee

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

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

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

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

[text from the Coastal States Organization newsletter]

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

Responding to Climate Change through Coastal Habitat Restoration

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

NOAA’s Coastal Mapping Program Benefit to Taxpayers

March 28, 2012 - According to a recent independent socio-economic scoping study by Leveson Consulting, for every dollar American taxpayers spend on NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) Coastal Mapping Program, they receive more than $35 in benefits. Direct economic benefits of the program were estimated at $100 million, 15 times program costs. The study also estimated that NGS’s Coastal Mapping Program supports 1,500 jobs outside of the program. The Coastal Mapping Program provides critical baseline data for accurately mapping the nation’s official shoreline and provides geographical reference data needed to manage, develop, conserve and protect coastal resources. To learn more, see NOAA’s official press release: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2012/032812_coastalmapping-economicvalue.html

Draft EIS Released (assessing energy resource potential in the Mid- and South-Atlantic)

March 28, 2012 - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy P. Beaudreau announced the release of the draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) assessing the conventional and renewable energy resource potential in the Mid- and South-Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf planning areas as well as the potential impacts of the exploration and development of these resources. The draft PEIS - now open for public comment - will help inform future decisions about whether, and if so where, offshore energy leasing would be appropriate in these areas. To access the draft PEIS and see the complete schedule of upcoming public meetings, visit http://www.boem.gov/oil-and-gas-energy-program/GOMR/GandG.aspx. The PEIS and related documents are also available in the Federal Register at http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/public-inspection/index.html.

Atlantic Sturgeons Listed Under Endangered Species Act

February 2012 (ENS) - The federal fisheries agency today announced a final decision to list five distinct population segments of Atlantic sturgeon under the Endangered Species Act. The Chesapeake Bay, New York Bight, Carolina, and South Atlantic populations of Atlantic sturgeon will be listed as endangered, while the Gulf of Maine population will be listed as threatened, the Northeast Regional Office of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service said today. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says these listing decisions, which will take effect on April 6, will not have an immediate impact on fishing. It has been illegal to fish for, catch or keep Atlantic sturgeon, Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus, for more than a decade. Atlantic sturgeon are large, slow-growing, late-maturing, long-lived, estuary-dependent fish that live most of their lives in salt water, but hatch and spawn in freshwater. These sturgeons may live as long as 60 years, reach lengths up to 14 feet and weigh more than 800 pounds. While the historic range of Atlantic sturgeon included major estuary and river systems from Labrador to Florida, Atlantic sturgeon are now thought to be absent from at least 14 rivers they used historically, with spawning thought to occur in only 20 of 38 known historic spawning rivers. The most significant threats to the species are unintended catch of Atlantic sturgeon in some fisheries; dams that block access to spawning areas, poor water quality, which harms development of sturgeon larvae and juveniles; dredging of historical spawning areas; and vessel strikes. As a result, NOAA Fisheries determined that listing sturgeon under the Endangered Species Act is warranted. The complete article (as it appeared in the Environmental News Service) is available here (http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/feb2012/2012-02-01-091.html).

EPA Releases Climate Ready Estuaries Annual Progress Report

January 2012 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released “Climate Ready Estuaries: 2011 Progress Report”. This document reports on 2011 program accomplishments and the new NEP projects started during 2011. The progress report uses NEP projects from 2008–2010 to illustrate how the risk management paradigm can be used for climate change adaptation. The full report is available at: http://epa.gov/cre/downloads/2011-CRE-Progress-Report.pdf.

NOAA Establishes Research Area at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary

Under a new regulation that went into effect December 4th, 2011, the southern third of NOAA's 22-square-mile Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is now a research area where scientists will be able to study the impact of human activities on the sanctuary's marine resources. Fishing and diving is prohibited in the research area off the Georgia coast, but vessels are allowed to travel across the area as long as they don't stop. Roughly eight-square-miles and relatively free of human activity, the research area will allow scientists to design and implement habitat studies where critical variables can be controlled over long periods of time. http://graysreef.noaa.gov/management/research/research_area.html

Right Whales Return to Georgia Coasts

December 5, 2011 - The right whale, one of the world’s rarest marine mammals, is returning to Georgia’s coast. A North Atlantic right whale was seen off South Carolina on Nov. 22, the first of a watery winter migration. Biologists from Sea to Shore Alliance spotted the 29-year-old female right whale during an aerial survey offshore of South Carolina. The whale, known as “Half-Note” and identified by the unique white pattern on her head, has had four calves and could be pregnant with her fifth. Right whales swim from Canada and New England each year to bear their young along the coast of Georgia, South Carolina and northeastern Florida. Calving season is crucial for this endangered species, which numbers possibly as few as 400 animals. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Nongame Conservation Section, Law Enforcement Section and Coastal Resources Division help federal and other agencies monitor the population, respond to injured, entangled and dead whales, collect genetic samples for research, and protect habitat.

For more information about right whales and how you can help, visit the Department of Natural Resources.

Source: United States. Department of Natural Resources. “As Right Whales Return, Researchers Keep Watch”, Georgia. georgia.gov Interactive Office, November 29, 2011. Web Press Release.

Restore America's Estuaries Releases Coastal Jobs Report

On September 14th (2011), Restore America’s Estuaries released “Jobs & Dollars: Big Returns from Coastal Habitat Restoration.” The report draws on national and regional studies of coastal and estuarine restoration projects to make the case for government and private investment in the nation's coasts and estuaries. Among the key findings: coastal habitat restoration typically creates between 20 and 32 jobs for every $1 million invested; and restoration not only creates direct jobs, but also helps stimulate indirect jobs in industries that supply project materials and induced jobs in businesses that provide local goods and services to restoration workers. The full report and summary of findings are available here. To learn more about the economics of estuaries, visit:  http://www.estuaries.org/economics-of-estuaries.html.

NOAA Fisheries and USFWS Revise Loggerhead Sea Turtle Listing

On September 22nd (2011), NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) issued a final rule revising the listing of the loggerhead sea turtle under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Services have changed the listing from a single, globally threatened listing for all loggerheads to nine Distinct Population Segments of loggerhead sea turtles listed as threatened or endangered under the ESA, which the Services believe will help focus sea turtle conservation efforts in the United States and around the world. The final rule (Federal Register Vol. 76, No. 184, page 58868) is available here.

NOAA Releases "State of the Climate Report"

On June 28th (2011), NOAA released its annual "State of the Climate Report," describing trends in more than 40 climate variables. In addition to concluding that the 2010 global average surface temperature was among the two warmest on record, the peer-reviewed report also found that: Arctic sea ice shrank to its 3rd smallest area on record (for the first time in modern history, both the Northwest Passage and the Northern Sea Route were open for navigation in the month of September); the average sea surface temperature for 2010 was the 3rd warmest on record; the ocean heat content in 2010 was among the highest values in the record; sea level continued to rise across the world’s oceans on average; and the oceans were saltier than average in areas of high evaporation and fresher than average in areas of high precipitation, suggesting an intensification of the water cycle. The full report and a highlights document are available online: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/bams-state-of-the-climate/2010.php.

Policy Update: New Aquaculture Policies (Dept of Commerce and NOAA)

On June 9th (2011), the Department of Commerce and NOAA released new national sustainable marine aquaculture policies. The new policies focus on: fostering sustainable aquaculture that increases the value of domestic aquaculture production; advancing sustainable aquaculture science; ensuring aquaculture decisions protect wild species and healthy coastal and ocean ecosystems; developing sustainable aquaculture compatible with other uses; and working to remove foreign trade barriers and enforcing U.S. trade agreements. Along with its new policy, the Department of Commerce and NOAA announced additional steps to support the development of the aquaculture industry, including: a National Shellfish Initiative in partnership with the shellfish industry to increase commercial production of shellfish; and a Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Plan for Aquaculture, which would include the regulatory infrastructure needed for offshore aquaculture development in the Gulf. For more information, including links to the new policies, visit: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2011/20110609_aquaculture.html.

NOAA: El Niño Could Bring Increased Sea Levels, Storm Surges to East Coast

According to a new study by NOAA, coastal communities along the U.S. East Coast may be at risk of higher sea levels accompanied by more destructive storm surges in future El Niño years. The study examined water levels and storm surge events during the “cool season” of October to April for the past five decades at four sites along the East Coast: Boston, MA; Atlantic City, NJ; Norfolk, VA; and Charleston, SC.  From 1961 to 2010, it was found that in strong El Niño years, these coastal areas experienced nearly three times the average number of storm surge events. The research also found that waters in those areas saw a third-of-a-foot elevation in mean sea level above predicted conditions. The study was published in the American Meteorological Society’s Monthly Weather Review and can be found online here. The full NOAA press release is available at: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2011/20110715_elnino.html.

Offshore Energy Memorandum of Understanding

May 23, 2011- The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to increase coordination and collaboration on offshore energy development and environmental stewardship. This MOU, which is consistent with recommendations from the National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, specifies how BOEMRE and NOAA will cooperate and coordinate by:

  1. Defining specific processes to ensure effective and timely communication of agency priorities and upcoming activities;
  2. Identifying and undertaking critical environmental studies and analyses;
  3. Collaborating on scientific, environmental and technical issues related to the development and deployment of environmentally sound and sustainable offshore renewable energy technologies; and
  4. Increasing coordination and collaboration on decisions related to OCS activities, including with respect to research and scientific priorities.

Reports from the National Research Council

  • Critical Infrastructure for Ocean Research and Societal Needs in 2030

    The report identifies ocean science questions anticipated to be significant in 2030; defines categories of infrastructure needed to support ocean science research over the next two decades; identifies criteria to help prioritize the development of new ocean infrastructure or the replacement of existing facilities; and recommends ways to maximize the value of investments in ocean infrastructure. http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13081.

  • America's Climate Choices

    is part of a series of climate change studies requested by Congress. Recommendations include calling on the federal government to lead on efforts to combat climate change with emissions cuts and support adaptation programs. http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=12781.

  • Ocean Acidification: Starting with the Science (report & booklet)

    Last year, the National Research Council’s Ocean Studies Board produced a congressionally-requested report that reviewed the current state of knowledge and identified gaps in understanding ocean acidification. The report also provided scientific advice to help guide the national ocean acidification research program. Based on the report’s conclusions, the board recently released a booklet that describes the chemistry of ocean acidification and explores the many remaining questions about the impact of ocean acidification on marine life and coastal dependent industries. The full report and new booklet are available online at: http://oceanacidification.nas.edu/.

Coastal States Organization Submits Comments to National Ocean Council

April 28, 2011 - In response to its call for comments for the Strategic Action Plans on the National Ocean Policy’s nine priority objectives, Coastal States Organization (CSO) submitted seven sets of comments this week.  CSO’s comments focused on the seven priority areas of Ecosystem Based Management (Objective 1), Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (Objective 2), Coordinate and Support (Objective 4), Resiliency and Adaptation to Climate Change and Ocean Acidification (Objective 5), Regional Ecosystem Protection and Restoration (Objective 6), Water Quality and Sustainable Practices on Land (Objective 7), and Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Observations, Mapping and Infrastructure (Objective 9).  Many thanks to the work group chairs, members and CSO staff that contributed to the effort. The documents are available at www.coastalstates.org. All public comments are available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/oceans/comments.

NASA Satellites to Track Biological Impacts of Climate Change

April 22, 2011 - NASA announced 15 new research studies to examine how climate change will affect key species and ecosystems. NASA's Earth Science Division is funding the new research projects to see whether environmental data collected by satellites can be used to improve ecological models that predict the behavior of a species or ecosystem. Projects NASA and its partners are funding include efforts to understand how climate change will affect coastal salt marshes and Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico. A complete list of projects is available online at: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/climate_partners.html.


Regional Science and Research

Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Research Plan Available

The development of a Regional Ocean Research Plan for the Mid-Atlantic Region is a four-year project that began in August 2008 with funding support from the National Sea Grant College Program. The project has identified and analyzed research needs associated with ocean and coastal issues in the Mid-Atlantic Region along the Atlantic Coast from northern New Jersey to Cape Fear, North Carolina. The states in the Mid-Atlantic region face a number of similar challenges regarding the coastal ocean they share, including climate change impacts, offshore energy development, fisheries management, land-based pollution, and population growth. The project envisions to advance coordinated research that promotes economic and environmental sustainability in the Mid-Atlantic region.


South Atlantic Alliance Action Plan Finalized

December 2010 - The Action Plan of the four-state Governors' Alliance has been finalized and posted to the South Atlantic Alliance website (http://www.southatlanticalliance.org/documents.htm). The implementation plan is underway. For more information about the Alliance and other opportunities for collaboration in our region, visit the Alliance website (http://www.southatlanticalliance.org/).

Background: The South Atlantic Alliance was formally announced (link to news release) on October 19th, 2009 at a meeting of the Coastal States Organization in Charleston. Representatives from the four partner states (South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida) each had an opportunity for comment, and the federal government was represented by Mr. Michael Boots from the White House Council on Environmental Quality. GCRC staffer and SARRP Coordinator, Christine Laporte was also present: she is a member of the Alliance Executive Planning Team (representing SARRP).

The mission of the Alliance is to "significantly increase regional collaboration among South Atlantic states, with federal agency partners and other stakeholders, to sustain and enhance the environmental (coastal/marine), natural resource, economic, public safety, social, and national defense missions of the respective states and the South Atlantic region."

SARRP Research Plan Released

April 2010 - The South Atlantic Regional Research Priorities Plan 2010 has been posted here. This plan benefited from, and is intended for use by all federal, regional, state and academic partners. The document includes project background and methods along with the Regional Research Priorities identified by our partners in the region. Readers will also find a discussion of how the plan might be moved forward. For more information about SARRP, please visit our partner website.

Please contact Christine Laporte at claporte@uga.edu with questions or requests for hard copies.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Information


Online Clearinghouse for Education & Networking: Oil Interdisciplinary Learning

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) and our partners invite you to use and contribute to the most comprehensive, free, peer-reviewed resource troves about the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Online Clearinghouse for Education & Networking: Oil Interdisciplinary Learning (OCEAN-OIL):  www.eoearth.org/oceanoil 

Resources now available on OCEAN-OIL include:

South Atlantic Sea Grant, Oil Summit II - Chemical Considerations

June 29th 2010, the South Atlantic Sea Grant programs convened a second summit concerning the Deepwater Horizon (DH) oil, this time with petrochemical and chemical oceanographic experts from the region.  This panel met at the University of North Florida to discuss the chemistry of the DH material that might reach the East Coast. Discussion at the summit focused on three main areas: I) the properties of the compounds being released from the Gulf of Mexico spill site, II) the processes that will likely affect their form and composition before they reach the southeastern U.S., and III) recommendations for monitoring the presence of DH material in the region.   Workshop report (PDF).

South Atlantic Sea Grant, Oil Summit I - Physical Oceanography

June 9th 2010, at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah, GA, the four South Atlantic state Sea Grant programs jointly convened a roundtable of recognized physical oceanographic experts from the region to consider, discuss, and answer questions on if, how, and when Gulf of Mexico oil might arrive in regional waters.   Workshop report (PDF).

Video: Arthropod Studies

National Geographic has produced a short video on NSF-sponsored work by Steve Pennings (Univ of Houston professor & GCRC affiliated scientist: GCE-LTER). "Using huge hoses, researchers are vacuuming up marsh bugs along the oiled Gulf coast. By comparing their samples to bugs collected before the spill, teams hope to determine the effects of oil on creatures near the bottom of the food web."

Video: Effect of oil on coastal marshes

Irv Mendelssohn (LSU) and Karen McKee (National Wetlands Research Center) put together an informative video regarding the potential effects of oil on marshes.  (~10 minutes long.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syGM13egoc0

Oil and Dispersant Monitoring Report

December 17, 2010 - The Operational Science Advisory Team report, "Summary Report for Sub-sea and Sub-surface Oil and Dispersant Detection: Sampling and Monitoring" is available online.  It includes analytical chemistry data from 17,000 samples, making it the most comprehensive data set and analysis yet completed since the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill in April. To view the report and associated data, please visit

Oil Plume Research Blog

Mandy Joye, UGA Professor of Marine Sciences kept a weblog during her foray to the Gulf of Mexico to explore the plumes of oil drifts in the region affected by the Deep Horizon oil well. To read the blog, visit -- www.gulfblog.uga.edu

State of Louisiana Oil Trajectory Maps


Flow Rate Measurements

Daniela Di Iorio, UGA Professor of Marine Sciences was a member of the team of experts who used a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to collect flow rate measurements on May 31, 2010 (after the top-kill attempt had ended and before the riser was cut.)  For more information on this effort, please visit the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution site.

Additional Web Resources about the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster

University of Georgia Oil Spill Website


NOAA’s Emergency Response Program


Deepwater Horizon Joint Information Center

Restore the Gulf


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