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Important Deadlines

Funding Opportunities

Coastal Incentive Grant Request for Proposals

Dec 7, 2018

Position Vacancies

Sustainability Coordinator; City of Savannah

  Communications and Education Specialist; NOAA  
  Professor and Chairperson; The Department of Fish and Wildlife, Michigan State University  
  Research Associate; Northwest Fishery Science Center  
  Plastics Initiative Director; Oceans Conservancy  
  Program Coordinator; Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Foundation  
  Hydrodynamic Modeler; Coast Survey Development Laboratory  
  Environmental Specialist; Integrated Statistics  
  Communications Director for the Coral Reef Conservation Program; The Baldwin Group  
  Program Officer, Global Marine Conservation; Wildlife Conservation Society  
  Maritime Analyst; Vulcan  
  Resident Lecturer in Environmental Policy & Socioeconomic Values; The SFS Center for Marine Resource Studies  
  Program Director; Ocean Science Trust September 30, 2018
  Program Analyst III; Collabralink  
  Communications Specialist III; Collabralink  
  Ocean Initiative Program Officer; Walton Family Foundation  
  Deputy Director; Aspen High Seas Initiative  

Post-Doc Positions

Postdoctoral Associate; Mississippi State University  
  Postdoctoral Fellow; Fisheries and Oceans Canada  
  Post-Doctoral Fellowship; The Nature Conservancy  

Upcoming Conferences

2018 National Coastal Conference Resilient Shorelines for Rising Tides; ASBPA October 30-November 2, 2018
  9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management Dec 8-13, 2018


Post Hurricane Irma Rapid Reef Assessment in South Florida and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary; NOAA  
  Reducing Coastal Risk with Natural Defenses: The Latest Ecology, Engineering, and Economics of Natural Infrastructure Webinar  
  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  


South Atlantic Conservation Planning Atlas; South Atlantic LCC  
  Metadata List; Ocean+ Data  
  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  


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

Climate research priorities for policy-makers, practitioners, and scientists in Georgia, USA  
  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: Coastal Incentive Grant Request for Proposals and Workshop Schedule

The 2019-2020 Cycle 22 CIG Request for Proposal period is now open! Pre-applications will be due by 4:30pm on December 7, 2018.

Coastal Incentive Grant Application Materials

Please click one of the links below to access the associated document:

Geospatial Metadata Requirement

As per NOAA requirements, all geospatial data provided to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources as a CIG project deliverable must include metadata that is compliant with the Federal Geographic Data Content (FGDC) Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM). This metadata is most easily created using ESRI's ArcGIS 10.x software suite (specifically, ArcCatalog).  Click here for instructions on how to create FGDC CSDGM compliant metadata using ArcCatalog 10.1.  Additional resources, including steps for metadata creation in different versions of ArcGIS, are available online at http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/.

Pre-Application Review Process

The Coastal Incentive Grant opportunity will involve a competitive pre-application process followed by an invitation only competitive full application process. Pre-applications will be due via email by 4:30pm on the first Friday of December.  Following the submittal of the pre-application, the Pre-Application Review Team will review and competitively rank the pre-applications based on 1) applicability to the Georgia Coastal Management Program, 2) a demonstrated Coastal Need, 3) clear Project Goals, 4) Budget Soundness, 5) an applicant’s Past Performance, and 6) relationship to other federal funding.

By the second Friday in January, the Grants Coordinator will provide all applicants with either an invitation to submit a full application or a pre-application denial letter.  Either letter will also provide Pre-Application Review Team feedback to the applicant with information that may improve their full application or future re-submittal opportunity.

Full Application Review Process

Upon invitation, the CIG full applications will be due, by mail or hand deliver, at the front desk of the Brunswick CRD office by 4:30pm on the third Friday in February.  Full applications are also competitive and will be reviewed, scored and ranked by the CIG Technical Review Committee.  The 5-member CIG Technical Review Committee has representatives from coastal resource management, the scientific/research community, local government, non-governmental organizations, and citizens-at-large.  All applications are scored based on the applicable Project Evaluation Criteria for Research or Non-Research applications.

Applicants will be notified by the Grants Coordinator in early April 2018 if they are preliminarily chosen for funding.  Funding will be dependent upon NOAA approval in July/August 2018 for project terms of October 1st through September 30th.  Year 2 of any 2-year proposals preliminarily chosen for funding will be entirely dependent upon the favorable federal approval of NOAA's budget.

Low-Cost Construction and Land Acquisition Projects (306A)

Applications to support low-cost construction projects or acquisition of real property that provide access to coastal natural resources are accepted under the Coastal Incentive Grant program.  NOAA is currently revising 306A Guidance and Checklist documentation.  More information will be provided as documents are approved.  Applications for low-cost construction or land acquisition projects require a site visit by DNR staff prior to submission of the full application.  Additional requirements to the standard CIG Application for low-cost construction and land acquisition projects are as follows:

  • The Section 306A Construction and Land Acquisition Guidance document describes the Section 306A construction and land acquisition program, eligible project activities, and contains guidance for completion of the Section 306A Questionnaire, clearance letters, and title opinion or certification requirements.  Although this guide is currently in process of updating and approval by NOAA and will be provided upon official approval, please click here for the 1999 version to use at this time.
  • The Section 306A Questionnaire must be completed and returned with your full application (DO NOT sign the cover page).  Although this questionnaire is currently in process of updating and approval by NOAA and will be provided upon official approval, please click here for the 2016 version to use at this time.
  • Prior to beginning construction, all 306A projects must receive clearances from the State Historic Preservation Division and the US Fish and Wildlife Service stating that the proposed construction or land acquisition project will not have a significant impact, or specifying project conditions, upon Historic Resources, Endangered or Threatened Species, or Marine Fish.  For you convenience, form letters for requesting these clearances can be viewed and downloaded here
  • An Attorney Title Opinion or a Certification of Real Property Ownership must be included with your full application (only one of these is necessary).  Please click here to obtain templates of these documents.
  • Site plans and site maps must be included with your full application and illustrate in detail as described in the Section 306A Construction and Land Acquisition Guidance document.

- Position Vacancy: Sustainability Coordinator; City of Savannah

The City of Savannah is seeking a temporary Sustainability Coordinator. The paid position will average 15 hours per week for the next 1.5 years and will be based out of the Savannah Morning News Building on Chatham Parkway. Responsibilities include assisting the City in its new Green Infrastructure to Green Jobs Initiative, helping to communicate with project partners, the Advisory Committee and local stakeholders and ensuring that project deadlines are being made. The ideal candidate will be organized, proactive, have prior professional experience and excellent communication skills.

The City of Savannah’s Green Infrastructure to Green Jobs Initiative is an innovative pilot program creating urban tree nurseries on vacant FEMA lots in low-income neighborhoods. A portion of the plantings will be grown for City use in rights of way, while the remaining trees will become permanent green infrastructure, helping to mitigate flooding as pocket parks to be enjoyed by surrounding communities. The plantings will be paired with comprehensive green jobs training for unemployed and underemployed residents of Savannah, helping low-lying, socially vulnerable neighborhoods reduce their flood risk while providing STEM-based workforce development. Additional project partners include the University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, Savannah Tree Foundation, Victory Gardens, Work Source Georgia and the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission, with funding from The Kendeda Fund and the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network.

Interested applicants should contact Nick Deffley, Sustainability Director for the City of Savannah, at NDeffley@Savannahga.Gov.

- Position Vacancy: Deputy Director; Aspen High Seas Initiative

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

The Aspen High Seas Initiative is a new program at the Aspen Institute dedicated to raising awareness and increasing protection of the world’s ocean, particularly the 43 percent of the earth’s surface that exists outside any single country’s jurisdiction, which is more commonly referred to as the High Seas. Our work aims to collaborate with and inform international organizations and coalitions to improve management of all high seas areas; establish marine reserves and protected areas; increase attention to the ocean’s role in global climate change policy; facilitate development of technological solutions and innovative media to encourage exploration and ocean monitoring; and empower and educate youth to become the ocean advocates of tomorrow.

Primary Mission Accountability:

All Aspen Institute employees are expected to embody the Institute’s core mission, stated above. The primary aspects of the mission for which this position is held accountable are:

  • Providing a complete example of the Aspen Institute’s culture of excellence;
  • Advancing Aspen’s mission through cooperative efforts; and
  • Pursuing innovative and bold solutions to the High Seas and ocean issues described above.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The overarching role of the Deputy Director will be to support the Executive Director and help ensure that the program has a long-range strategy that achieves its mission to establish the AHSI as a go-to organization on issues related to international ocean management, exploration, science, technology, policy, and communications, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress. Specifically, the Deputy Director will:

  • Provide strong support in building and developing all program components in coordination with the Executive Director;
  • Assist in fundraising, preparation of the budget and draft grant proposals and interim reports.
  • Have primary responsibility for managing program spending and preliminary budgeting;
  • Supervise project managers for individual aspects of the AHSI once the program expands further;
  • Represent the AHSI in coalitions and at meetings and conferences as needed;
  • Prepare reports and presentation materials as needed for committee and board meetings;
  • Write original materials including reports from convenings, blog posts for the Aspen Institute website, op-eds, and other outward-facing materials as needed.
  • Oversee the development and management of the AHSI website and other communications tools, including social media;
  • Plan and execute convenings and expeditions, including serving a public as needed;
  • Serve as on-site liaison between AHSI and other departments and programs within the Institute;
  • Expand networking and collaboration within the ocean NGO, academic, and industry communities and with other key stakeholders. 
  • Some U.S.-based or international travel will be required.

Knowledge, Education and Experience:

  • Personal drive and commitment to the program’s mission of bringing strong protection and sustainable management to the High Seas.
  • Masters degree in environmental or ocean policy, science, international relations, business, or related field strongly desired. 
  • 5-8 years relevant work experience in ocean or environmental policy, science, communication, or business. 
  • A deep network of contacts within the ocean policy, science, or industry communities.
  • Experience managing multiple projects and supervising staff or consultants. 
  • Experience working with international and diverse groups of ocean leaders of various kinds, including academics, industry members, policy-makers, youth advocates, and other key stakeholders.
  • A proven track record of international business development or prior experience traveling/working with international counterparts. 
  • Strong organizational, communications, and problem-solving skills. 
  • A demonstrated team player, keen attention to detail, and a proven ability to successfully manage multiple projects to completion simultaneously. 
  • Ability to work independently—experience with remote management a plus.
  • A good sense of humor and positive attitude.
  • Experience analyzing budgets; experience using budget software is a plus
  • Experience in international policy development a plus. 
  • Fluency in a language or languages other than English a plus.

Organization: Aspen High Seas Initiative
Job Location: Washington, DC
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy:


- Position Vacancy: Ocean Initiative Program Officer; Walton Family Foundation

The Walton Family Foundation is seeking a skilled, highly motivated and entrepreneurial individual to join the foundation as a Program Officer for the Environment Program to direct the work on Mexico within our Oceans Initiative. 

The Program Officer would assist in the continued development and implementation of the Foundation’s Oceans strategy in Mexico, a country where the Walton Family Foundation has spent more than a decade working to protect some of the country’s most pristine and beautiful ocean and coastal areas. We recently completed a new strategic plan for our work between now and 2020. The goal of the Oceans Strategy is to create healthy, sustainable fisheries that provide greater social and economic security to coastal communities and contribute to healthy ocean ecosystems.   

We have chosen to focus on overfishing because it is one of the greatest, yet most tractable threats to our oceans. Overfishing has a direct impact on the health of fish populations and the overall health of the marine environment. Nearly two-thirds of all fish populations for which good information exists are over fished and need to be rebuilt, and all the other fisheries for which we have little information are suspected to be even worse. On the other hand, if properly managed, fisheries could provide increased income and stability for coastal communities and at the same time improve the health of the marine environment due to resurgent fish populations. 

Specific duties include the following

  • Oversee grant-making in Mexico including soliciting grant proposals, reviewing programs, developing internal grant documents and monitoring progress of grants. 
  • Engage with academics, NGO and industry partners from different parts of Mexico to hone strategy and solicit grant proposals. 
  • Conduct site visits to ongoing or potential project sites, attend public meetings and represent the foundation at conferences and other events. 
  • Identify potential new partnerships and opportunities, including identifying other funding partners to engage each country. 
  • Provide information and assistance as needed to Foundation board members. 
  • Work with WFF evaluation staff to implement and refine WFF’s monitoring and evaluation program. 
  • Execute special projects and other duties as assigned. 

Who we are looking for:
The position calls for an understanding of issues related to Mexican fisheries, fisheries management, fisheries policy, illegal fishing, and a familiarity with the use of market-based tools to ensure sustainable fishing and conservation goals. The role requires self-direction and decisiveness combined with flexibility and a capacity to give and receive feedback graciously. The Foundation seeks to recruit an individual with superior interpersonal skills, a respectful attitude for the work of grantees, and a demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team. 

Basic qualifications required for your success

  • Graduate degree in a related field 
  • At least 7 years of experience in natural resource management or fisheries, in either a policy or advocacy role, ideally with experience in grant-making or project management and evaluation 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Fluency in Spanish and English 

Personal attributes that support your success

  • Demonstrable time-management experience and ability to manage multiple projects for deadlines 
  • Proven capacity to work in a team as well as independently 
  • Intellectual agility and the ability to analyze, think critically, and understanding emerging issues that are directly relevant to programmatic funding areas 
  • Unquestionable ethics and personal integrity 
  • Experience working in Mexico or Latin America is desired 
  • Willingness to travel frequently, particularly to Mexico

Organization: Walton Family Foundation
Job Location: Washington DC
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website:  Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Communications Specialist III; Collabralink

The Communications Specialist II will provide support to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) Climate Program Office (CPO).

  • Provide expert-level written and oral communications to assist program in relaying clear, concise, understandable information to various target audiences.
  • Establish and maintain communications between NOAA, OAR, universities, academia, other government agencies and non-governmental agencies via newsletters, exchange of stories and features, etc.
  • Works with project managers to develop, execute and manage comprehensive long term strategic communications plan for the program and yearly actionable plan for development of suitable content.
  • Develop audience-appropriate talking points and written communication for the program’s senior management.
  • Support the program in planning and facilitating inter-agency and intra-agency working groups and collaborative projects for public engagements, events and displays for each instance.
  • Communicate scientific data and information through visual means. Such work includes but is not limited to the design, production, and display of photographs, illustrations, diagrams, graphs and graphics, data visualizations, data animations, videos, physical displays (such as models or live demonstrations), slides, and charts for publication on the Internet or in books, magazines, pamphlets, exhibits, live or video recorded speeches or lectures, and other means of communicating. Iterate with NOAA until the information is scientifically accurate, understandable, and usable by the targeted audience.
  • Upload stories, videos and pictures to NOAA and OAR/CPO websites on a daily and weekly basis.
  • Provide technical and scientific writing and editing expertise in support of public communication products for publication on the Web, digital media, and printed products - including audience-targeted descriptions of ocean knowledge, graphs, images, and other data; explanations of Website features and functionality; and scientist profiles.
  • Design a new OOMD website meets NOAA’s guidelines and coordinate its rollout with NOAA communications teams. Provide updates to this website with current project outcomes and program highlights.
  • Organize and facilitate workshops, town halls, seminars, and meetings with various target audiences and partner organizations to promote information exchange.
  • Provide expert level support and develop a visual information strategy for program emphasizing cross-platform visual and graphical consistency.
  • Attend necessary events and conferences to publicize project mission and purpose. Including making presentations on behalf of the program.
  • Develop and maintain content as needed for the monthly ocean observing community newsletter, highlighting recent news and feature stories and their related social media impact

Required Qualifications 

  • Experience developing/writing/editing web and social media content
  • 5+ years of experience in the field or in a related area
  • MS Office proficiency
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Master’s degree in Communications, Production, or other related field of study from an accredited University required

Preferred Experience

  • Knowledge of NOAA systems, services, research, and/or programs
  • Policy background experience at a Federal Agency

CollabraLink is a fast growing CMMI-DEV Maturity Level 3, Small Business professional services firm. Founded in 2003, CollabraLink has long established ourselves as a value-add partner assisting our customers in solving their most difficult problems.  We bring expertise across a wide variety of IT and Mission Support services driving significant results for our customers.

We actively practice the philosophy that empowered employees make successful teams. That’s why we strive to put employees in positions where they can grow, both personally and professionally. CollabraLink offers a full suite of benefits including comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, Flexible Spending Accounts, matching 401K, paid time off, tuition reimbursement plans and much more.

Organization: Collabralink
Job Location: Silver Spring, MD
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Program Analyst III; Collabralink

The Program Analyst III will provide support to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) Office of Lab’s and Cooperative Institute (LCI)

  • Develop white papers, fact sheets, information bulletins, educational materials, research reports, briefing papers, and other programmatic guidance on a wide variety of coordination and administration issues associated with NOAA’s R&D strategic planning and activities.
  • Coordinate email inquiries, draft initial responses to ad-hoc stakeholder requests for information and analysis, and develop internal and external web content, and schedules / timelines for drafting and finalizing strategic plan documentation.
  • Draft Portfolio-specific briefing materials and educational materials.
  • Provide input to ad hoc stakeholder requests for information and analysis regarding policy development, strategy, status, and assessment related to NOAA R&D strategy activities.
  • Design, implement, and manage mechanisms for collecting, tracking, and assessing information about a broad range of developments, activities, statements, and publications related to NOAA R&D strategy activities.
  • Create, edit, and conduct quality assessment of information resources such as on-line tools, educational products, templates, and handbooks to aid OAR leadership.
  • Provide daily general administrative and business oversight of various business items and processes for support to the R&D Enterprise Committee (RDEC) under the guidance of OAR leadership by reviewing, monitoring, and tracking correspondence, proposals, deadlines, and conducting research that supports the Committee Members.
  • Develop briefing packages in advance of RDEC meetings, including subject matter research as needed. Packages will contain the final agenda, logistics information, supporting materials, and background material as needed for understanding or follow-up on issues discussed during the briefing.
  • Provide logistics and coordination services for national and/or regional meetings related to NOAA R&D strategy activities, including the development of meeting materials, invitation and tracking of participants, coordination of meeting space and requirements, note-taking and facilitation services, and the drafting of after-action reports, as required.

Required Qualifications 

  • 6+ years of experience in the field or in a related area
  • MS Office proficiency
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Master or Doctoral degree in related area from an accredited University required
  • Clearable for Public Trust 

Preferred Experience

  • Knowledge of NOAA systems, services, research, and/or programs
  • Policy background experience at a Federal Agency

CollabraLink is a fast growing CMMI-DEV Maturity Level 3, Small Business professional services firm. Founded in 2003, CollabraLink has long established ourselves as a value-add partner assisting our customers in solving their most difficult problems. We bring expertise across a wide variety of IT and Mission Support services driving significant results for our customers.

We actively practice the philosophy that empowered employees make successful teams.That’s why we strive to put employees in positions where they can grow, both personally and professionally. CollabraLink offers a full suite of benefits including comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, Flexible Spending Accounts, matching 401K, paid time off, tuition reimbursement plans and much more.

Organization: collabralink
Job Location: Silver Spring, MD
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Program Director; Ocean Science Trust

Ocean Science Trust is a small non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating progress towards California’s vision for a healthy and productive coast and ocean with salient and rigorous science. Our collaborative team - with diverse science, policy and management expertise - pursues projects and initiatives that draw together diverse perspectives to synthesize, interpret and share science that can inform and advance policy, funding and management decisions. For more information, please visit http://www.oceansciencetrust.org/

Program Director
The Program Director plays a senior leadership role on a cross-functional and multi-disciplinary team to ensure rigorous and unbiased science is integrated into policy and management decisions impacting California’s ocean and coastal areas. Through a partnerships-based approach to all projects, s/he will work closely with stakeholders and partners to synthesize, interpret, and share scientific information that is salient and credible, and will identify and pursue both programmatic and fundraising opportunities to advance science-informed decision-making.

We are seeking a collaborative team leader and an accomplished relationship builder to grow our climate adaptation work. The Program Director will develop and implement new initiatives that inform state, local, and community efforts to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of sea-level rise, ocean acidification, and other changing ocean conditions. We seek an entrepreneurial leader well-versed in current and emerging innovative climate adaptation science and practice, including strategies for financing adaptation actions and promoting positive social change for coastal communities. This is an exciting opportunity to build on OST’s initial work focused on fisheries and adaptation in a resource management context, and shape a strategic vision that supports state adaptation needs and priorities. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Director will work closely with a peer Program Director.


Leadership and Management

  • Provide a clear vision, strategic direction, and oversight for programmatic work, with a focus on mission alignment and sustainability.
  • Lead the development, design, and execution of new projects and initiatives.
  • Ensure programmatic work is aligned with organizational, business, and financial needs and priorities, as well as staff capacity and expertise.
  • Ensure ongoing program excellence, integrity and transparency, through productive partnerships and rigorous project management.
  • Lead, coach, and develop OST’s high-performance science staff, engaging them in grant, workplan, and budget development for projects and initiatives.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to inform and advance the organization’s strategic vision and plan as part of the senior management team.

Partnerships and Communications

  • Maintain, cultivate, and advance productive partnerships and collaborations with all stakeholders, including tribes and tribal communities, community leaders, industry, state, and federal government decision-makers, NGOs, the academic scientific community, and, most prominently, members of the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team.
  • Represent the organization in diverse venues, such as community meetings, academic conferences, and State partners meetings.
  • Ensure the successful delivery of high quality products that meet the needs and expectations of clients and key audiences.

Fundraising and Development

  • Identify and pursue funding opportunities to advance the mission of the organization and meet the needs of the State.
  • Maintain and develop relationships with existing and new state, federal, and philanthropic funders.

Intellectual Foundations and Organizational Culture

  • Guide the integration of state-of-the-art science into OST programming.
  • Foster intellectual development and staff contributions through activities such as conference presentations and publications and by fostering strong internal communications and transparency of process.

Desired Skills and Attributes

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Possess an entrepreneurial spirit and be a creative and flexible thinker
  • Possess a collaborative and service-oriented focus, with ability to balance multiple perspectives.
  • Demonstrated strategic, analytic, and synthetic abilities
  • Ability to design and implement collaborative processes and engage effectively with a diverse portfolio of public and private contractors, partners, and collaborators
  • Possess an extensive network of science, management, and policy experts
  • Strong networking and relationship building skills
  • Outcome-driven project management skills
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills; ability to translate scientific and technical concepts and organizational messages for diverse audiences
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and remain flexible when faced with short or changing timelines
  • Authorized to work in the United States

Desired Knowledge and Experience

  • 7+ years of substantive and relevant experience; familiarity with California’s marine and coastal human-natural ecosystems preferred
  • Advanced degree in climate science, social science, political science, public policy, natural resource management, or other relevant field
  • Demonstrated success fostering professional growth of staff
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in fundraising and managing relationships with funders to build excitement for and successfully frame mission-driven work
  • Extensive knowledge of the science and practice of climate adaptation. Familiarity with current and emerging approaches to adaptation in coastal and ocean contexts.
  • Extensive knowledge of policy processes and management approaches to ocean and coastal resources
  • Familiarity with California’s human interface and social implications relative to marine and coastal policy and management preferred
  • Familiarity with new approaches for adaptation financing, fostering social resilience, and diversifying community adaptation options preferred

Compensation and Location
Ocean Science Trust offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. The benefit plan, upon completing the qualifying period, includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, and up to 3.5% employer matching 403b plan.

The preferred location for this position is Sacramento, CA, however Oakland, CA will be considered as an alternative. OST is amenable to considering the option of some remote work. Travel within California and possibly elsewhere in the U.S. will be required. Applicants must possess a valid drivers' license permitting driving within the U.S. and may be required to use their own vehicle for travel, reimbursable at the state rate.

To Apply
CEA Recruiting is assisting Ocean Science Trust with this search. To be considered for this position, interested candidates must follow the link below to submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements through CEA’s job portal. Please direct all applications and inquiries to CEA Recruiting. 

Organization: Ocean Science Trust
Job Location: Sacramento, CA or Oakland, CA
Duration: Full-Time
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Application Deadline: Sunday, September 30, 2018
Application Website: Online Application

- Position Vacancy: Oil Spill Preparedness Planner; Washington State Department of Ecology

The Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response program (SPPR) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an Oil Spill Contingency Plan Compliance Specialist (Environmental Planner 2) position. The position will be located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The purpose of this position is to ensure that the Spills Program has a focus on preparedness for oil spills to Washington waters and land, as well as effective and aggressive responses to oil and hazardous substance spills whenever they occur. The duties also ensure that all program activities and interactions with internal and external stakeholders comply with program expectations. The position develops planning processes for approval of oil spill contingency plans for facility and commercial vessel operators statewide; uses written criteria and judgment to ensure that the plans are tested and improved during drills. The position assists in the maintenance of the Northwest Area Contingency Plan and is responsible for successfully maintaining stakeholder, tribal and local government relationships.
We are looking for an engaged and proactive individual interested in being part of dynamic team. Ideal applicants possess effective skills in organization, tracking processes, understands how to manage projects and timelines, eye for detail, able to review long and technical documents, process information and make recommendations.

As a member of the Oil Spill Preparedness Planners, you will be a key resource in the following activities:

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of oil spill contingency plan, response equipment, and personnel capability through oil spill drills.
  • Reviews, analyzes and recommends approval of industry oil spill contingency plans.
  • Collaborate with local, state, federal, tribal governments and communities on development of geographic response plans.
  • Support program in 24/7 oil spill response capability as a member of the Incident Management Team.

This position has been identified as a Critical Agency positions and the incumbent in this position is expected to work during facility closures and natural disasters. This position may also be required to act as duty officers for after-hours pager duty on rotation.


Required Qualifications 

  • A Master's degree or above with major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field AND two years of professional experience in land use, urban regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.   OR  
  • One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 2. Two years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development, will substitute for the Master's degree provided a Bachelor's degree in a field of natural science has been achieved.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of planning principles, government administrative structure at federal, state and local levels, of oil issues affecting spill trends and the ability to accurately analyze observations/data and write clearly.
  • Familiarity with ESRI ArcGIS platform including web-based mapping and basic database management.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:  

The position normally works in a relatively sedentary open office environment, working with computers and other office equipment for long periods of time. However, position also may require spill response in field work which could involve several hours of standing, walking, or squatting each day. This position is part of the Spills Program Incident Management Team (IMT) and Crisis Management Team and is required to complete Incident Command System (ICS) training at the level of 100, 300, 700 and 800. Maintain HAZWOPER certification annually and continual training as required by the Program as they come available to maintain IMT position qualifications. Be able to obtain the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC card) which entails a detailed background check. Hold and maintain eligibility and certification to permit travel to and from Canada, including passport or Enhanced Driver's License. Hold and maintain a valid Washington driver's license and be able to operate a motor vehicle.  

Application Instructions:
Please include the following documents as an attachment to your application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
  • A resume outlining your professional experience..

Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources at (360) 407-6186.
If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit www.careers.wa.gov to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."

Other Information:
If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not call this number or send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page. If you have specific questions about the position, please email Nhi Irwin at: kimberly.wagar@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Nhi to inquire about the status of your application.  

Organization: Washington State Department of Ecology
Job Location: Lacey
Application deadline: July 18, 2018; open until filled
Application Website: Oil Spill Preparedness Planner (Environmental Planner 3)

- Position Vacancy: Maritime Analyst; Vulcan

As an Analyst - Maritime at Vulcan, your analytical and technical skills will make a difference and a real impact. You will work with our team to conduct statistical analyses to learn from unstructured, real-world data from Vulcan’s skylight project and external data sources. You will present your analysis to the broader team and develop and maintain a data and computing infrastructure.


  • Reports directly to the Principal Analyst as part of the Skylight Operational Center
  • Perform daily situational awareness for customer areas of interest
  • Conduct strategic vessel research in cooperation with other members of the Skylight team
  • Evaluate and use satellite imagery (EO, SAR, emerging technologies) to detect and identify targets
  • Synthesize public information sources such as social media, ship spotters etc.
  • Assist in establishing functional requirements and informing system design for Skylight.global
  • International travel with other members of the Skylight team to engage customers and make presentations.
  • Able to lead customer on-boarding activities and deliverable creation working with other Skylight team members.
  • Interface with enforcement personnel from partner governments and provide actionable intelligence around maritime security issues

Required Experience and Skills:

  • 5-8 years of experience in producing actionable intelligence regarding illegal fishing and/or similar maritime domain awareness analysis activities
  • Military experience as a USN/USCG Operational Specialist or Intelligence Specialist, or Civilian Fishing Fleet experience
  • Experience collecting and analyzing relevant data from multiple disparate sources
  • Familiarity with technology used in ingesting and analyzing data (particularly SQL)
  • Experience with producing analytical reports using maritime domain awareness data
  • Highly collaborative and works well in a cross functional team setting
  • Strong customer facing and presentation skills 

Desirable Experience and Skills:

  • Expertise with international fisheries, satellite data, and various modes of vessel detection.

Special Remarks Regarding Work Environment, If Applicable

  • Travel estimated to be 10%
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Vulcan is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply without regard to race, age, gender, religion, disability, LGBTQ status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

If you need accommodation during the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at jobs@vulcan.com or your recruiter.

Organization: Vulcan
Job Location: Seattle, WA
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Program Officer, Global Marine Conservation; Wildlife Conservation Society

WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. Started in 1895 (as the New York Zoological Society), WCS has a long history of ocean conservation and exploration, from its role in the first international wildlife treaties of the 1910s, the earliest deep-sea dives in the 1930s, the first land-sea parks of the 1950s, to the discovery of whale song in the 1970s. Today, the WCS Global Marine Conservation Program supports the conservation of coastal seascapes, coral reefs, mangroves, and iconic marine species, such as sharks, rays, and marine mammals, in the waters of 24 countries around the world. WCS focuses on protecting areas with the greatest biodiversity and aggregations of marine wildlife, as well as important habitats and fisheries on which coastal communities depend. WCS is based at the Bronx Zoo, and operates the four zoos and the New York Aquarium in New York City, collectively visited by 4 million people annually. For more information about the Marine Program, visit www.wcs.org/Marine.

Position Overview

The primary objective of the Program Officer position is to provide general programmatic, financial, communications, and administrative support to the Global Marine Conservation Program. The program staff consists of a core team of seven New York-based staff and a large team of 250+ field-based staff across 24 countries. The Program Officer will be part of the WCS's Global Marine Conservation team based at the headquarters of WCS at the Bronx Zoo in New York City. This is a full-time position.

Position Responsibilities


  • Support WCS’s marine conservation portfolio, activities, and senior leadership across HQ and regional programs. This includes programmatic and administrative work for WCS Global Marine Conservation, which comprises of global marine initiatives relating to marine mammals, sharks and rays, coral reefs, fisheries, and marine protected areas.
  • Support Global Marine Conservation staff in New York in program implementation, including: preparation and management of consultancy contracts and sub-grant agreements; processing payments for invoices, reimbursements, stipends, and other paperwork; assisting in procurement orders, mail, etc.
  • Coordinate and provide logistical support for Global Marine Conservation personnel and activities, including: organize meetings and travel; assist with presentations; coordinate marine insurance; assist with forms for human resources, payroll and other departments; manage all marine files and data, etc.
  • Regularly meet with administrative staff across WCS, including other programs in Global Conservation, to coordinate administrative processes.

Finance and Grants Management

  • Support finance, grant and budget management on centralized grants and programs, specifically to assist in the preparation and review of proposals, reports and budgets.
  • Oversee tracking for Global Marine Conservation grants in coordination with the Global Marine Conservation Program Manager and other WCS departments and regional offices, and track compliance with deadlines, guidelines, and requirements.
  • Support the Program Manager in general finance and operations, including compiling financial reports, accounting adjustments, monitoring expenses and revenue, and setting up new grants in the accounting system.


  • Write and edit reports and communications relating to Global Marine Conservation activities for internal and external audiences, including staff, donors, and general public.
  • Support the web-based and social media presence and public face of Global Marine Conservation, in conjunction with Public Affairs and Communications Departments.  
  • Manage the Global Marine Conservation digital file system and image library and serve as point person for distribution of promotional materials.
  • Serve as primary programmatic lead and point of contact for media and communications among HQ and regional programs, including other divisions of WCS, such as the Zoos and Aquarium, Communications and Media Production, Public Affairs, Education, etc.

Minimum Qualifications and Skills

  • BA or BS required.
  • 2-4 years of experience in project or non-profit management; grant writing, budgeting and reporting desirable.
  • Ability to work in a team (which is largely based outside of the NY office).
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to work with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and cultures.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, including responsiveness to multiple, simultaneous projects and demands; ability to set and follow priorities, and to meet deadlines.
  • Strong writing skills required. Ability to produce clear and concise communications.
  • Commitment to follow through and quality control; excellent attention to detail.
  • Proactive and good problem-solver.
  • Understanding of general conservation issues desirable, but not mandatory.
  • Foreign language fluency desirable, but not mandatory.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Suite and social media platforms.

To Apply
To apply, email CV and cover letter to marineprogram[at]wcs.org and apply online at http://www.wcs.org/about-us/careers.aspx/.  Preference will be given to applications received by July 13, but the position will remain open until filled. WCS is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from diversity candidates.

Organization: Wildlife Conservation Society
Job Location: Bronx, New York
Duration: Full-Time

- Position Vacancy: Communications Director for the Coral Reef Conservation Program; The Baldwin Group

The Baldwin Group, Inc. (TBG), seeks an experienced Communications and Outreach Director to support our contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) for Coastal Management (OCM). The successful candidate will lead communications on behalf of the Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) and will liaise with the OCM Communications Division. The Communications Director for the Coral Reef Conservation Program will develop and implement a forward-looking communications strategy for the program, advancing its mission and goals. The Communications Director will work with matrix program offices, grantees, partners, and other NOAA offices to develop strategies, content, and tools that reflect the program’s communications needs and priorities. The successful candidate will plan, organize, and oversee communications, messaging, and branding activities for the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program.

Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following tasks:

  • Develop a strategic communications action plan annually with regular monitoring and updates.
  • Foster the CRCP communications team spanning the NOAA coral matrix offices.
  • Engage partners, both internal and external, to support and enhance communications efforts and raise awareness of the program.
  • Highlight news and program highlights on social media channels.
  • Support communications efforts for headquarters-level initiatives.
  • Coordinate outreach efforts to the press through National Ocean Service Public Affairs.
  • Update coalreef.noaa.gov with fresh content from the matrix offices and grantees.
  • Work with partners and NOAA Communications staff to submit updates on program news to NOAA, National Ocean Service, and OCM leadership.
  • Continue enhancement of coralreef.noaa.gov through the development of graphics, maps, and other visuals.
  • Produce short videos to strategically highlight Coral Program efforts.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least five years of experience in the field, with at least three years of demonstrated communications and outreach effort leadership experience.
  • Masters Degree in English, journalism, communications, etc., or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of NOAA programs, coral reef, or coastal management topic area expertise preferred.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
  • Self-starter with timely responsiveness and a service attitude.
  • Significant experience with MS Word and PowerPoint.

How to Apply
To apply for this position, please email your resume with a cover letter outlining your qualifications to: 
hr@tbgva.com with the subject line: "Communications Director for the Coral Reef Conservation Program Silver Spring, Maryland"

Organization: The Baldwin Group
Job Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
Duration: Full-Time https://tbgva.net/careers.html#communications-director
Application Website: More Information

- Position Vacancy: Research Associate; Northwest Fishery Science Center

ECS has an immediate opening for a person to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC). The Economics Team at the NWFSC in Seattle, WA, is seeking support to work on the Economic Data Collection Program (EDC). The EDC program is an annual, mandatory, economics survey of all participants in the West Coast Trawl Catch Share Program, including catcher vessels, catcher processors, motherships, first receivers, and shoreside processors. This is an important program that collects and analyzes data to report on the economic effects of catch shares.


  • Assist in administering the data collection and database maintenance. Specific activities include processing forms and entering data, verifying data accuracy, contacting participants to correct submissions, development of data quality checks, and other logistical items.
  • Conduct statistical analyses of the data to report and analyze catch share performance. This includes performing exploratory data analysis, summarizing data, statistical modeling, and calculating or estimating performance metrics. Products include analyses for annual reports, analyses for the Pacific Fishery Management Council, and stand-alone papers.

More information about the EDC program can found at: www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/edc

More information about the West Coast Trawl Catch Share Program can be found at: http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/fisheries/groundfish_catch_share...

Required Skills:

  • Bachelor's Degree, but a Graduate Degree is preferred
  • At least 4 years of experience conducting data and statistical analyses
  • Proficient in R and/or SQL programming.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences via email and telephone.
  • Ability to think creatively in terms of approaches and tactics and deal successfully with ambiguities and unknowns.
  • Motivated, proactive, and self-starter.
  • Ability to perform multiple simultaneous functions with critical deadlines.
  • Proven ability to work on a team.

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of West Coast fisheries.
  • Experience conducting economic, financial or fishery related analyses.
  • Experience developing and working with databases.
  • Experience using rmarkdown, LaTeX, and/or knitr

Organization: Northwest Fishery Science Center
Job Location: Seattle, WA
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Program Coordinator; Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

These organizations have similar missions with projects specific to meeting their goals. The applicant would be an employee of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and 50% of their time would be designated to serving as the Foundation’s Olympic Coast Chapter Coordinator and 50% of their time designated to serving as the Washington CoastSavers' Coordinator. This individual should be passionate, conservation-driven, have excellent time management and people skills, and be able to develop and maintain working relationships with numerous partners.The Program Coordinator will be housed in NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary's office in Port Angeles.

Organization: Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
Job Location: Port Angeles, WA
Duration: Full-Time
Salary: $35,000 with benefits
Application Information: PDF iconprogram-coordinator-job-posting-6.1.18.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Hydrodynamic Modeler; Coast Survey Development Laboratory

The candidate will collaborate on coastal ocean modeling with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coast Survey Development Laboratory (CSDL), which is located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Will provide hydrodynamic modeling support, evaluation, and expertise to NOAA's VDatum program. VDatum (vdatum.noaa.gov) is a national vertical datum transformation tool developed by NOAA. Will work with CSDL personnel on the development, evaluation, and reporting of tide modeling by using the ADCIRC model to compute spatially varying tidal datum fields and their associated uncertainties. Will work with a team of scientists across NOAA's National Ocean Service, the candidate will develop these tidal datum products for use in the VDatum software.

Organization: Coast Survey Development Laboratory
Job Location: Silver Spring, MD
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

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- Upcoming Conference: 2018 National Coastal Conference Resilient Shorelines for Rising Tides; ASBPA

October 30-November 2, 2018
Galveston Island Convention Center and San Luis Resort
Galveston, Texas
Call for Abstracts now available!
Registration opens May 18.

The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA), in cooperation with the Coastal Zone Foundation, announces the Call for Abstracts for its 2018 National Coastal Conference, Oct. 30-Nov 2 at the Galveston Island Convention Center on Galveston Island, TX.

ASBPA is the nation’s first organization to promote science-based policies for the preservation of coastal areas. The National Coastal Conference provides an opportunity for coastal stakeholders and managers to develop collaborative networks to promote best management practices, while learning the latest science, engineering and policy needed to maintain and improve the health of our beach-front and estuarine shorelines and ecosystems.

This year ASBPA’s conference has a dedicated call for presentations on the day to day operations of public beaches and coastlines. Parks and recreation professionals who manage beaches and coastal areas and are responsible for their general upkeep, profitability, and community engagement are invited to present on their successes and challenges. It is hoped that the scientific, engineering and restoration community can learn about the challenges of a managing a coastline after restoration or between nourishments and coastal managers can learn more about the physical and biological processes that impact their coastline.

Technical, policy-oriented, and “operational” presentations or posters are invited for a broad range of coastal & estuarine ecology, science, engineering, economics, and policy.

For more information about the conference, go to: http://asbpa.org/2018/03/22/asbpa-2018-national-coastal-conference-call-for-abstracts-due-may-4-2018/

- 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

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

- Tool: Metadata List; Ocean+ Data

Ocean+ Data provides an overview of global marine and coastal datasets of biodiversity importance, including some datasets of regional interest. Resource material can be filtered by category (e.g., biodiversity, ecological status and impact), metadata, factsheets, or themes (e.g., marine planning, ecosystem assessment) and includes contact information for the source organization.

To view the Metadata List page, go to: https://data.oceanplus.org/metadata

- Tool: South Atlantic Conservation Planning Atlas; South Atlantic LLC 

The South Atlantic CPA is a free mapping portal designed to share regional spatial data. Users can overlay multiple layers, create and export maps, and download data. In addition to the Conservation Blueprint, users will find information about connectivity, protected lands, urban growth, and much more.

The Conservation Planning Atlas (CPA) is a science-based mapping platform where conservation managers and LCC members can go to view, retrieve, and perform analyses on spatial information with specific conservation goals in mind.

Three portals have been created for the LCC network:

Spatially explicit datasets, galleries, and maps are available in a hierarchical system:

Data can be searched, viewed, and used in analyses. Additionally, users can upload their own data to their account to be used in conjunction with these datasets.
The CPA provides a platform for LCCs to create galleries to showcase a cohesive collection of spatial information and supporting documentation. Several galleries are being showcased at each portal.

The CPA also allows its users to create groups of members from several organizations who may have the same conservation goals. Within a group, you can perform analyses, upload data, and share information for other group members to use.

The CPA was created in an effort to fulfill the mission of the SALCC: to create a shared blueprint for landscape conservation actions that sustain natural and cultural resources.

For more information about projects related to the South Atlantic LCC, please visit the Projects page on the South Atlantic Conservation LLC’s main website.

If you have questions about the South Atlantic CPA, please email us at southatlanticlcc@gmail.com

- 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: Reducing Coastal Risk with Natural Defenses: The Latest Ecology, Engineering, and Economics of Natural Infrastructure Webinar

Wetlands and reefs serve as barriers, buffers, and breakwaters from rising seas, swell, and storm surge. Until recently, it was not possible to put a value on the flood damages – to people and property – that these coastal habitats avert. This is changing rapidly, however, and recent studies are showing surprising results. Salt marshes can reduce annual flood damages by at least 15 percent. Mangroves can reduce annual flood damages to people and property by 25 percent across the entire nation of the Philippines – a nation that sees more super storms and typhoons than almost anywhere else. And coral reefs reduce up to 97 percent of wave energy that would otherwise hit coastlines, averting hundreds of millions of dollars in flood in flood damages every year. The protection from coastal habitats is cost-effective as well, particularly when compared to built or gray infrastructure such as seawalls or dikes. A new study uses insurance industry-based models to show that every 1 (US) dollar spent on restoring marshes and oyster reefs on the American Gulf Coast reduces storm damages by 7 (US) dollars. This talk will summarize high-level findings from the latest research on the ecology, engineering, and economics of natural infrastructure. Webinar Link

Presented by Mike Beck of TNC and UCSC.

Webinar hosted by 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: 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: 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
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- 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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- 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: Climate research priorities for policy-makers, practitioners, and scientists in Georgia, USA; Environmental Management

Climate change has far-reaching effects on human and ecological systems, requiring collaboration across sectors and disciplines to determine effective responses. To inform regional responses to climate change, decision-makers need credible and relevant information representing a wide swath of knowledge and perspectives. The southeastern U. S. State of Georgia is a valuable focal area for study because it contains multiple ecological zones that vary greatly in land use and economic activities, and it is vulnerable to diverse climate change impacts. We identified 40 important research questions that, if answered, could lay the groundwork for effective, science-based climate action in Georgia. Top research priorities were identified through a broad solicitation of candidate research questions (180 were received). A group of experts across sectors and disciplines gathered for a workshop to categorize, prioritize, and filter the candidate questions, identify missing topics, and rewrite questions. Participants then collectively chose the 40 most important questions. This cross-sectoral effort ensured the inclusion of a diversity of topics and questions (e.g., coastal hazards, agricultural production, ecosystem functioning, urban infrastructure, and human health) likely to be important to Georgia policy-makers, practitioners, and scientists. Several cross-cutting themes emerged, including the need for long-term data collection and consideration of at-risk Georgia citizens and communities. Workshop participants defined effective responses as those that take economic cost, environmental impacts, and social justice into consideration. Our research highlights the importance of collaborators across disciplines and sectors, and discussing challenges and opportunities that will require transdisciplinary solutions.

Authors: Authors: Murray A. Rudd, Althea F. P. Moore, Daniel Rochberg, Lisa Bianchi-Fossati, Marilyn A. Brown, David D’Onofrio, Carrie A. Furman, Jairo Garcia, Ben Jordan, Jennifer Kline, L. Mark Risse, Patricia L. Yager, Jessica Abbinett, Merryl Alber, Jesse E. Bell, Cyrus Bhedwar, Kim M. Cobb, Juliet Cohen, Matt Cox, Myriam Dormer, Nyasha Dunkley, Heather Farley, Jill Gambill, Mindy Goldstein, Garry Harris, Melissa Hopkinson, Jean-Ann James, Susan Kidd, Pam Knox, Yang Liu, Daniel C. Matisoff, Michael D. Meyer, Jamie D. Mitchem, Katherine Moore, Aspen J. Ono, Jon Philipsborn, Kerrie M. Sendall, Fatemeh Shafiei, Marshall Shepherd, Julia Teebken, and Ashby N. Worley

Reference: Rudd, M.A., Moore, A.F.P., Rochberg, D. et al. Environmental Management (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-018-1051-4

Link to article: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-018-1051-4

- 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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