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Assessing Blue Carbon Storage at Sites Restored th...

To mitigate the impacts of climate change, there is a global initiative to quantify and award carbon credits for restoration and conservation of blue carbon habitats. These habitats are known ...

Assessment of the Beneficial Use of Dredged Sedime...

Navigation channels across the country require regular maintenance dredging to avoid infilling with sediments and becoming impassible. In an experimental strategy that is often referred to as “beneficial use,” sediments ...

Considerations and Tradeoffs of UAS-based Coastal ...

NCCOS researcher tests Unoccupied Aerial System at Swan Island in the Chesapeake Bay, August 2021. Credit: NOAA. Unoccupied Aircraft Systems (UAS) provide a low-cost approach to collecting high-resolution aerial imagery, ...

Evaluating Nature-Based Solution Performance

We are evaluating the performance of three types of nature-based solutions: oyster reefs, coral reefs, and wetlands created from dredged sediments. We will examine project sites five or more years ...

Evaluating the Efficacy of Island Restoration and ...

We are assessing how the effort to restore the footprint of Swan Island in Chesapeake Bay with dunes and dredged sediments is affecting ecosystems that surround the island and the ...

Keeping it in the System: Beneficial Use of Dredge...

We are developing a framework and process for matching dredging needs with opportunities for beneficial use of the sediment at local marshes, to help marshes keep up with sea level ...

Salt Marsh Ecology in an Era of Sea Level Rise

Under the right circumstances, salt marshes have the ability to increase their elevation, and therefore may be able to “keep up” with sea level rise. We are working to understand ...

Shoreline Habitat Types and Erosion Rates on Marin...

We determined rates of shoreline change in the New River Estuary and Intracoastal Waterway adjacent to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune over the past 50 years. We investigated the relationship ...

Supporting Redesign of Battleship NORTH CAROLINA P...

In response to repeated nuisance flooding events that have impacted operations and visitor access at the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA Park, NCCOS scientists are supporting park mangers in their efforts to ...

Synthesizing Evidence on the Performance of Nature...

We are summarizing existing information on how actions working with nature to meet society’s and nature’s needs, called nature-based solutions (NBS), help boost coastal resilience. We aim to collate global ...

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New Research Describes Performance of Nature Based...

One of the more significant impediments to the widespread adoption of Nature Based Solutions (NBS) for coastal protection is a lack of empirical evidence about how NBS perform. NBS involves ...

Flood Control Work Begins at USS North Carolina Ba...

Earlier this month, the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Living with Water® project, which will address nuisance flooding at the memorial and preserve visitor ...

Research Reveals the Potential of Nature-Based Sol...

As we confront the escalating threats of climate change, there is growing interest in the potential of restored nature to offer a sustainable and effective response to the challenges posed ...

Researchers Collect Field Data to Understand the L...

The six Chesapeake Bay sites researchers will visit to collect data on the long term performance of dredge applications. Fish Battery and Barren Island were visited on this trip. NCCOS ...

Researchers Document Recent Elevation Trends in No...

Quin Walker (NCCOS) reading a SET at Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge, North Carolina. Coastal managers need information about which wetlands are most vulnerable to sea level rise in order ...

The Role of Blue Carbon Ecosystems in Natural Infr...

Researchers collect vegetation samples in the high marsh habitat at Deal Island, MD A sediment core taken from 1m below the surface of the saltmarsh at Deal Island, MD. "Blue ...

Right Plants in Right Places Key to Island Restora...

Natural breakwaters — such as marshes, islands, and oyster reefs — help protect people and property from coastal flooding by damping wave energy and slowing storm surge. Despite these advantages, ...

Optimal Survey Designs for Use of Uncrewed Aircraf...

An uncrewed aircraft system takes flight to capture aerial imagery of a coastal wetland. Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) are often used in scientific observations of land- and seascapes, taking photographs ...

New Report Provides Performance Evaluation Framewo...

Aerial photograph of Swan Island in August 2022, three years after restoration. The town of Ewell on nearby Smith Island is shown in the distance. Credit NOAA Natural infrastructure, including ...

Thin Layer Sediment Placement Boosts Marsh Growth

A new NCCOS study shows that spreading a thin layer of sediment on low-lying marshes promotes vegetation growth that builds elevation. The technique may be an effective way to restore ...
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Ecological Assessment of the Beneficial Use of Dredged Sediments for Island Restoration: Mordecai Island, Barnegat Bay, NJ

Scientists from the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) documented sediment and soil characteristics, erosion rates and biological communities within the sediment placement region and in undisturbed inter‐and subtidal regions of Mordecai Island from 2017 – 2019. The ...

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Climate Change

Changes in climate and an increase in extreme events can alter coastal ecosystems and the services those ecosystems provide to support our coastal communities and economy. NCCOS’s research efforts seek ...

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