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NCCOS Delivers Hard Truths on Hardened Shorelines in the Mid-Atlantic

NCCOS-sponsored researchers have found that hardened shorelines have negative effects on fish; invertebrates, such as oysters and crabs; and submerged aquatic vegetation. Shoreline hardening is an attempt to stabilize coastal land and protect residential and commercial infrastructure along the coast by building structures, like seawalls, to hold back the sea and prevent the loss of sediment. […]

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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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NCCOS and Partners Conduct Ecological Assessment in NOAA’s Choptank Habitat Focus Area

NCCOS led a six month-long ecological assessment (EA) this year in the Tred Avon River, the largest tributary of the Choptank River in Chesapeake Bay. The Choptank River Complex is one of ten U.S. Habitat Focus Areas designated by NOAA for the purpose of concentrating agency investments and expertise at the landscape scale to improve […]

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NOAA Releases Guidance for the Use of Living Shorelines

NOAA released Guidance for Considering the Use of Living Shorelines today. This Guidance was developed in an agency wide effort to clarify NOAA’s encouragement for the use of living shorelines as a shoreline stabilization technique along sheltered coasts. Living shorelines can preserve and improve habitats and their ecosystem services at the land-water interface. Although erosion is […]

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Dolphin Entanglements Follow Historic 1,000 Year Rainfall in South Carolina

From October 1 through October 5, 2015 South Carolina experienced a catastrophic rainfall event that produced over 24 inches of rain in some areas from Columbia to Charleston. On October 8 a dolphin was found alive entangled in a crab pot line on the south side of Charleston Harbor where the Ashley River discharges. A […]

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Sea Level Rise Shoreline Model Reconstructs Past to Predict Future

A unique NCCOS sponsored study, recently published in Contenental Shelf Research, examined the influence of sea level rise (SLR) on historic mainland and barrier island beaches and salt marshes of Mississippi’s Grand Bay in Mississippi Sound. The research used historical data to investigate how excess erosion in Grand Bay and SLR will affect any future changes […]

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NCCOS Sponsors 20 New Research Projects

NCCOS awarded nearly $4.5 million in new research grants while maintaining sponsorship of 42 continuing projects during 2015 for a total of $8.2 million in funding for innovative research. All of the endeavors address significant and complex coastal issues. The projects were selected using a rigorous, competitive, and peer-review process. The cutting-edge research will provide critical […]

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Government Regulators Consider Negative Impacts of Shoreline Armoring

Results from a six-year NCCOS sponsored study on the impacts of different approaches to erosion control – seawalls, riprap, and “living” shorelines – on submerged aquatic plants, crabs, fish, ducks, and geese in Chesapeake Bay has prompted government regulators to consider the cumulative impacts of shoreline armoring projects in upcoming management decisions. Scientists have presented […]

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