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Extreme Weather: A Mixed Bag for Dead Zones | WRI Insights

This post was co-authored with Bob Diaz, a WRI partner and professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. This year’s extreme weather events—a warm winter, even warmer summer, and a drought that covered nearly two-thirds of the continental United States—has certainly caused its fair share of damages. But despite the crop failures, water shortages, […]

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Modeling Efforts Aim to Improve Chesapeake Bay Seasonal Hypoxia Forecasts

Ecological forecasts help resource managers better understand their management options, the likely effects of their decisions, and consequences of their actions.  In the Chesapeake Bay, deep portions provide more habitats for fish, shellfish and crabs.  However, during the summer, deeper waters are too dark for plants to grow and create oxygen by photosynthesis so oxygen […]

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Fire destroys research vessel – The Star Democrat: Local News

A fire Monday morning (June 25, 2012) destroyed a 55-foot research vessel owned by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration undergoing repairs at the Cambridge Yacht Maintenance boatyard on Cambridge Creek. The RV Laidly caught fire around 8:56 a.m. Monday, according to investigators for the Maryland State Fire Marshal(…) NOAA’s (National Ocean Service) had operated […]

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Latest Oxford Day Shines Light on Laboratory

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science’s Cooperative Oxford Laboratory (COL) recently conducted an open house in conjunction with the Town of Oxford’s yearly Oxford Day event. The Cooperative Oxford Laboratory is a partnership among NOAA, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and U.S. Coast Guard. The open house is a means to inform the public […]

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Europe loses sight of Earth : Nature News & Comment

With hopes fading fast for the crippled Earth-observing satellite Envisat, researchers are warning that delays to its replacements will leave Europe lacking vital monitoring data for years to come. Launched in 2002, Envisat is the largest environmental satellite ever built and the mainstay of the Earth-observing programme for the European Space Agency (ESA). The 8.2-tonne […]

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Satellite’s Silence Jeopardizes Algal Bloom Forecasts

On April 8, 2012, the European Space Agency lost contact with its main environmental monitoring satellite, a key data source for developmental harmful algal bloom forecasts in Lake Erie, the Chesapeake Bay, and Florida’s east coast. The satellite–Envisat 1–houses the only instrument able to discriminate cyanobacteria from other algae, as well as find intense blooms […]

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NOAA Supports Regional Science Fairs

NOAA “Taking the Pulse of the Planet” award is at regional and state science fairs affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) to students (one middle, one high school) whose research best supports NOAA’s mission “To understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts…” At the Montgomery County Regional Science […]

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Hardening of Shorelines in the Mid-Atlantic Focus of Meeting

Management agencies are struggling to balance the pressures of coastal development with the conservation and protection of the coastal environment. Representatives of several management groups convened on February 29 to review progress on a NCCOS project studying the ecosystem effects of shoreline hardening, and offer suggestions on linking research results to regional management and policy. This marked the second […]

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