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The Economic Value of Natural Infrastructure for S...

This two-year project is determining the economic value of the reduction in storm impacts to coastal communities due to the presence of natural infrastructure in the region associated with the ...

Tracking Fish Use of Engineered Habitats

In partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineering With Nature® Initiative, we are using acoustic telemetry to track fish movements in engineered and restored habitats to determine how ...

Transportation Systems and Flood Resilience under ...

We are investigating how coastal flooding is impacting surface transportation networks in Hampton Roads, VA. This work combines hydrodynamic, morphodynamic,  pavement, and economic models to predict the effectiveness of natural ...

Understanding and Predicting Changes in Coastal Ma...

We are developing marsh conservation and restoration guidance for the central coastal region of North Carolina from eight years of yet unpublished, continuous water-level data combined with field measurements of ...

Understanding the Impact of Sea Level Rise on Cora...

We are evaluating sea level rise vulnerability and flooding risk in combined coral and mangrove ecosystems in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Results will inform nature-based solutions, adaptation planning, and coastal ...

Untangling How Canopy Kelp Contributes to Coastal ...

Kelp forests can support local communities in a variety of ways, including wave attenuation, food production, and erosion reduction. Yet, these submerged plants are not widely regarded as providing coastal ...

Using ESLR-funded Data Sets and Tools to Evaluate ...

We are assessing the environmental and economic tradeoffs of different nature-based solutions and traditional infrastructure for backshore dune environments in the Pacific Northwest. This will help communities identify land management ...

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New Report Presents Framework for Advancing the Pr...

Marsh habitat on Swan Island, MD in 2020, two years post-restoration. Credit: NOAA NCCOS NCCOS and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) scientists and engineers along with partners from Maryland ...

Researchers Evaluate Long-term Effect of Adding Sa...

NCCOS-sponsored research assessed the effectiveness of beach and dune nourishment on the morphological resilience of Dauphin Island, Alabama, for a 30-year period of beach management. Overall, the researchers found that ...

Wetlands in Intermittently Closed Estuaries Can Bu...

Along the U.S. Pacific Coast, many estuaries are not permanently open to the ocean, but shift between open and closed states. A NCCOS-supported study tested the hypothesis that intermittently-closed estuary ...

Communicating and Understanding Ecosystem Services...

NCCOS-funded researchers from six institutions report on insights and lessons learned from stakeholder engagement. The engagement was conducted during a multi-year transdisciplinary project focused on quantifying and communicating the benefits ...

Human Influences on Beach Loss (and Growth) in Ora...

Beaches are highly dynamic and their shape and size is the product of sediment being transported to the coast by rivers and bluff erosion and then shaped by physical forces ...

Swan Island Restoration Effort Featured in Enginee...

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineering With Nature® Initiative held an international virtual book launch ceremony on April 7, 2021 to celebrate the release of Engineering With Nature: ...

Predicting the Socioeconomic Impacts of Shoreline ...

The tradeoffs between protection of private property and management of the public commons along coastlines are a source of increasing conflict given the threats posed by erosion and sea-level rise ...

New Report Evaluates Benefits of Using Dredged Sed...

Mordecai Island, NJ and the developed shoreline looking south. The study area is in the center of the picture. Credit R. Giannelli, NOAA NCCOS. NCCOS scientists have released the results ...

Podcast Explores Economics of Natural vs Armored S...

Some oceanfront landowners in Neskowin, Oregon, have chosen to use rock revetments, or rip-rap, to protect their properties from erosion. Their decision has implications for property values, public access, and ...

Hydro-Financial Watershed Modeling for Environment...

NCCOS has sponsored a study to determine the fair interest rate and return period for a new type of financial instrument called an Environmental Impact Bond. The study examines feasibility ...

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