We are assessing the use of various shoreline stabilization approaches. We are focusing on: 1) the impact different methods of shoreline stabilization have on ecosystem function, and 2) the effectiveness ... Read More
Living shorelines are an increasingly popular shoreline stabilization strategy because they protect against shoreline erosion while also providing habitat and enhancing water quality. The widespread adoption of living shorelines is ... Read More
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 ... Read More
Salt marshes are an important part of coastal ecosystems. They provide habitat for wildlife, clean the water by filtering toxins and nutrients out, and help protect coastal infrastructure by absorbing ... Read More
SET locations in coastal North Carolina. Credit: NOAA Surface Elevation Tables, or SETs, are used to study changes in marsh surface elevation. These devices are attached to a fixed benchmark ... Read More
Scientists from NCCOS' Beaufort Laboratory recently teamed up with The Nature Conservancy to create a new Living Shorelines application (app) by bringing in their research on the relationship between salt ... Read More
NCCOS and The Nature Conservancy partnered to create a decision-support tool for North Carolina's coastal communities that identifies where shoreline conditions are suitable to ensure successful living shoreline projects. Living shorelines use native ... Read More
The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) promotes the educational and professional advancement of students and early-career scientists/scholars (e.g., postdoctoral) in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through mentoring ... Read More
Wilson Bay in Jacksonville, NC was transformed from a polluted waterway to a healthy wetland ecosystem by a community-wide partnership. To assess the success and future health of the restored ... Read More
A synthesis of recent thinking and results from practitioners and researchers of Living Shorelines just hit the stands. " Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection," details ... Read More
Riprap-sill shoreline at NCCOS lab in North Carolina. Credit: NOAA. In many places, estuarine shorelines are protected from erosion by riprap—a jumble of rock and other hard materials piled along ... Read More
A delegation from the Ecosystem Conservation Society of Japan (ECS-J) recently visited the NCCOS laboratory in Beaufort, NC to learn about living shorelines. ECS-J is the largest conservation group in ... Read More
The 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting this past winter featured the research of NCCOS scientists and sponsored principal investigators. Topics included ocean acidification, hypoxia, blue carbon, and harmful algal blooms. NCCOS ... Read More
The North Carolina Sentinel Site Cooperative (NCSSC) was established in 2012 as part of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) effort to provide coastal communities and resource managers with information on the potential impacts of sea level rise on coastal habitats. The ... Read More
Purports to develop a multiscale model to measure "the refuge effect" of a marine reserve by analyzing conditions in a relatively pristine marine reserve to compare with less pristine nearby marine park environments. Uses the Tortugas Ecological Reserve within Dry ... Read More
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