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Researchers Develop Tool to Predict How Coast Recovers from Storms

Barrier islands and sand dunes have long been recognized as critical ecosystems that protect coastal areas from storms, while being home to many unique plants and animals. A team of NOAA-funded scientists from Oregon State University and the University of North Carolina is developing the Coastal Recovery from Storms Tool (CReST) for coastal North Carolina, a […]

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Research Links Land Use, Shoreline Hardening, and Species Abundance

Recent NCCOS research provides solid evidence that reduced aquatic species abundance in the Northeast is linked with increased agricultural land use and hardened shorelines. Results from the study are published in the September issue of Estuaries and Coasts and highlighted in Coastal & Estuarine Science News (CESN). The overall research project evaluated 587 sites, 39 sub-estuaries, and 15 […]

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NCCOS Shorelines Research Featured on NOAA Chesapeake Bay Website

Managers and policy makers concerned about shoreline hardening in the Mid-Atlantic region can now find pertinent research results summarized in an accessible document. NCCOS supported a multi-partner project conducted from 2009 to 2015 to investigate the ecological effects of hardened shorelines, watershed development and invasive marsh grass species on nearshore ecosystems. The NOAA Chesapeake Bay […]

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Multi-Agency Team Tracks Restored North Carolina Wetland

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 wetlands, a multidisciplinary team is tracking the habitat restoration site. Partners include NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences […]

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Small Fish Could Be In Big Trouble Without Wetlands

Coastal population growth and a desire to guard against sea level rise and coastal erosion has led to extensive conversions of natural wetlands and beaches to bulkheads and riprap. A new NCCOS-funded study recently published in Estuaries and Coasts explores how these changes are affecting fish and crustaceans in nearshore areas of Chesapeake Bay. Across all species, small […]

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A Primer to Living Shorelines Published

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 many aspects of the shoreline stabilization approach, and specifically includes: (1) background: history and evolution; (2) management, policy, and design; (3) synthesis of Living Shoreline science: physical […]

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NCCOS Research on Display at 2017 Aquatic Sciences Meeting

From February 26 to March 3, 2017 the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) held its biennial Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, Hawai′i. NCCOS scientists and sponsored investigators shared their research results with thousands of limnologists and oceanographers from around the world. Topics included harmful algal blooms, hypoxia, science to management applications, […]

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Hardened Shorelines Decrease Small Fish and Invertebrate Abundance

New NCCOS-sponsored research shows that shoreline hardening has mostly negative effects on estuarine animals. This is evident both at a local scale directly next to a hardened shoreline and at the larger system-wide scale as the percent of shoreline hardening accumulated in an estuarine area. Scientists examined 15 common fish and invertebrate species in tributaries of […]

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