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NOAA Environmental Cooperative Science Center Student Researches Blue Carbon

A graduate student at University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, Leticia Contreras, recently completed a month-long stay at NOAA’s Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research in Beaufort, NC.  Contreras worked with NCCOS scientist Carolyn Currin and NRC post-doc Nathan McTigue to test several hypotheses about factors influencing the rate of mangrove leaf decomposition, the subject of […]

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‘From Seeds to Shorelines’ Comes to North Carolina

NCCOS scientist, Dr. Carolyn Currin, North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve Education Coordinator, Lori Davis, and North Carolina Sea Grant Marine Education Specialist, Teri Kerby Hathaway, are bringing the successful “From Seeds to Shorelines” project to teachers in coastal North Carolina. Dr. Carolyn Currin conducted the initial training with 10 teachers that will implement the […]

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Marsh Hydrology Model Supports Hurricane Sandy Restoration

In support of restoration and resilience of marshes impacted by Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) chose an NCCOS-supported forecast model to predict marsh ecology and hydrology related to combined effects from storm surge and sea level rise. The model selected was developed as part of the NCCOS sponsored Ecological Effects of Sea […]

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Two Studies Show Mississippi River Diversions Could Harm Marshland

For decades, those leading efforts to keep southeast Louisiana from being swallowed by the Gulf of Mexico have supported “Putting the river back into the marsh.” The thinking is that the river should be allowed to build new land, just as it had done for millennia before flooding was controlled. But what if pollutants in the […]

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Scientists Determine Value of Habitat’s Ability to Remove Nitrogen

Humans have dramatically increased the nitrogen load to coastal systems leading to eutrophication. Putting a monetary value on an ecosystem’s ability to remove nitrogen is effective for communicating the significance of often overlooked shallow water systems that are in decline due to sea level rise, urbanization and bulkhead construction. Using the common regionally derived dollar […]

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