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Economic Analysis of Shoreline Treatment Options i...

Coastal communities are experiencing an increase in coastal hazard risk due to a variety of factors that include erosion and sea level rise. To reduce this risk, coastal communities can ...
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Economic Valuation of Shoreline Protection by Natu...

Natural infrastructure, such as seagrass beds, oyster reefs, and sand dunes can aid in protecting coastal communities. Without these natural defenses, storm surge, erosion, and sea level rise can have ...
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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 ...
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NOAA Completes First Full Round of Socioeconomic M...

The Socioeconomic Component of the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) gathers and monitors a collection of socioeconomic data in seven U.S. coral jurisdictions. The team recently released their latest ...
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Report Describes Socioeconomics of Human Communiti...

A new publication describes human dimension information related to coral reef resources in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) findings come ...
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NOS Science Seminar Highlights NCCOS Social Scienc...

This week's National Ocean Service Science Seminar features "An Overview of Social Science Research within the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science" on Thursday, May 5 from 12–1 pm ET ...
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NCCOS Social Science Highlighted at Social Coast F...

The Biennial Social Coast Forum held in Charleston, South Carolina earlier this month brought social scientists and coastal managers together to share information and research about people - where they ...
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International Resource Management Conference Featu...

The International Symposium for Society and Natural Resources held June 13-18, 2015 in Charleston, SC, featured several NCCOS social science research efforts ranging from socioeconomic monitoring in the US coral ...
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A coastal community vulnerability assessment for the Choptank Habitat Focus Area

This report presents a framework and provides findings from a community vulnerability assessment analysis conducted in the Choptank Habitat Focus Area (HFA) within the Chesapeake Bay. Due to the strong connectivity between Chesapeake Bay communities and their environment, the risks ...
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An Economic Analysis of Shipping Costs Related to Potential Measures to Manage the Co-Occurrence of Maritime Vessel Traffic and Whales in the Channel Islands Region

This report provides findings from an analysis and evaluation of the economic effects of potential measures to manage the co-occurrence of shipping traffic and whales in the Channel Islands region off the coast of California. These potential management measures are ...
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Characterizing participation in non-commercial fishing and other shore-based recreational activities on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Non-commercial fishing, which includes recreational and subsistence fishing activity, is part of the culture and heritage of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). Residents of USVI fish for enjoyment, to gather food, to bond with others, as well as for gifting ...
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Economic Valuation of Shoreline Protection within the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve

This study focuses on the ecosystem of coastal habitats (e.g., seagrass beds, marshes, and coastal forests), which operate as natural infrastructure, and can benefit coastal communities, other types of human development, and economic activity by reducing the impacts of coastal ...
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Ecosystem Services Valuation of the Central Georgia Coast, including Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary

This report details the results of a survey effort conducted by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science in coastal Georgia which included the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. The survey instrument ...
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Gauging the Social Values of Ecosystem Services in the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve

This report presents the findings of a survey initiative conducted to gauge the social values of ecosystem services of the visitors, seasonal residents, and permanent residents of the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (Reserve). In order to gauge the perceived ...
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National Coral Reef Monitoring Program Socioeconomic Monitoring Component: Summary Findings for Guam, 2016

This report outlines human dimensions information relevant to coral reef resources in Guam. The findings here are derived from a combination of data gathered through household surveys conducted from February to July of 2016, and additional secondary sources of socioeconomic ...
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National Coral Reef Monitoring Program Socioeconomic Monitoring Component: Summary Findings for Hawai’i, 2015

This technical memorandum presents the findings from the initial Hawaiʻi NCRMP socioeconomic data collection. The report presents preliminary social indicators and provides examples of how composite indicators can be used to analyze changes over time in a long term setting ...
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National Coral Reef Monitoring Program Socioeconomic Monitoring Component: Summary Findings for Puerto Rico, 2015

This technical memorandum presents the findings from the initial Puerto Rico NCRMP socioeconomic data collection. The report presents preliminary social indicators and provides examples of how indicators can be used to analyze changes over time in a long-term setting. The ...
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National Coral Reef Monitoring Program Socioeconomic Monitoring Component. Summary Findings for South Florida, 2014

This technical memorandum presents the findings from the initial South Florida NCRMP socioeconomic data collection. The report presents preliminary social indicators and provides examples of how indicators can be used to analyze changes over time in a long term setting ...
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