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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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New FY 2016 Funding Opportunity Available to Research Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise

NCCOS has created a funding opportunity for Fiscal Year 2016 for researchers to assess the ability of natural and nature-based coastal features to mitigate the effects of sea level rise and coastal inundation. The geographic scope of this funding is limited to coastal regions of southern California (defined as San Louis Obispo County south to the U.S./Mexico border) and […]

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Hardened Shorelines Make it Hard for Submerged Aquatic Vegetation

A recent NCCOS-funded study found that shoreline hardening, particularly riprap, has a negative effect on the abundance of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV). Riprap, which is made up of rocks and boulders piled along the shoreline, is commonly used to prevent shoreline erosion, but once installed, alters the natural processes and composition of the land–sea interface. The […]

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Support Grows for Living Shorelines in North Carolina

In recent decades, increased development along our nation’s estuarine shorelines has led to shoreline hardening as landowners attempt to protect their properties from coastal erosion. Estuarine shorelines are a transition zone between open water and upland regions and provide a variety of ecosystem services, including essential habitat to commercially and ecologically important species, buffering storm-driven […]

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Storm Surge and Sea Level Rise Models Improved by Innovative Measurement of Coastal Marsh Elevation

Coastal marsh elevation, a measurement used in models to predict impacts of sea level rise and periodic flooding from storm surge, is commonly determined by remote sensing methods that have been found to overestimate marsh platform height. In order to address this inaccuracy, known as a “saturation problem” caused by dense vegetation, NOAA’s National Centers of […]

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U.S. Department of Transportation Updates Coastal Infrastructure Risk Assessment Using NCCOS Research

Modeling concepts developed by the NCCOS sponsored Gulf of Mexico Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise (EESLR) project are being used by the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as a case study in the latest DOT hydraulic engineering manual. The manual, “Highways in the Coastal Environment: Assessing Extreme Events,” provides technical guidance and methods […]

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Sea Level Rise Visualization Tool “Tells Story” of Climate Change

NCCOS sponsored researchers at the University of Central Florida (UCF) are developing an improved web-based interactive sea level rise viewer. Interactive sea level rise viewers (ISLRVs) are map-based visualization tools that communicate the impacts of climate change-related sea level rise (SLR), associated with increased flooding, coastal erosion, storm surge damage, and saltwater intrusion. Traditional story telling uses the printed word […]

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