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Monday, April 15th, 2013

Reducing Air Pollution, Chemical Coolants Can Quickly Cut Sea-Level Rise

Sea-level rise—a growing threat that washes away beaches, attacks costal development, and raises the platform for launching ever more damaging and deadly storm surges—can be cut significantly by reducing local air pollution from black carbon, methane, and tropospheric ozone, along with factory-made coolants called HFCs.

Friday, April 12th, 2013

New Sea-Level-Rise Modeling Forecasts Major Climate Impact to Low-Lying Pacific Islands

Dynamic modeling of sea-level rise, which takes storm wind and wave action into account, paints a much graver picture for some low-lying Pacific islands under climate-change scenarios than the passive computer modeling used in earlier research, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report.

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

USGS Finds No Influence of Oil Platforms on Contaminant Levels in California Fishes

Fishes residing near oil platforms in southern California have similar contaminant levels as fishes in nearby natural sites, according to two recent reports by the U.S. Geological Survey, which were conducted to assist the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in understanding potential consequences of offshore energy development.

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

SuperGIS Desktop Supports Marine Environment Protection for Woods Hole Group Middle East

Supergeo Technologies announced that Woods Hole Group Middle East, U.A.E, purchased SuperGIS Desktop 3 based on the recommendation of Evolving GeoSystems to carry out coastal and oceanographic projects such as coastal management, environmental assessment & remediation, and oceanography & measurement. 

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

USGS-NOAA: Climate Change Impacts to U.S. Coasts Threaten Public Health, Safety and Economy

According to a new technical report, the effects of climate change will continue to threaten the health and vitality of U.S. coastal communities’ social, economic and natural systems. The report, Coastal Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerabilities: a technical input to the 2013 National Climate Assessment, authored by leading scientists and experts, emphasizes the need for increased coordination

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Lidar Confirms Sandy’s Dramatic Coastal Change Impacts and Future Coastal Vulnerability

The extent of Hurricane Sandy’s wrath — and the future coastal vulnerability of the region — is clear in a new U.S. Geological Survey analysis of recently collected lidar coastal data. The research documented particularly dramatic impacts within the Fire Island National Seashore on Long Island, NY.

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Esri Supports Development of UCSB Ocean Use Application

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), has now officially launched SeaSketch, an ocean planning tool supported by Esri, the world leader in GIS. Conservationists, planners, and ocean resource managers will use the GIS application and Esri’s ArcGIS Online to plan sustainable ocean use management.

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

River Flow into Chesapeake Bay Following Hurricane Sandy Lower than Expected

The higher river flows following Hurricane Sandy will bring an increased amount of nutrient and sediment to the Chesapeake Bay; however these amounts will not approach the nutrient and sediment loads seen in 2011 from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, according to preliminary data released by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Oct. 29 Update: USGS Revises Coastal Change Forecasts

On Oct. 29, 2012, USGS revised its forecasts for coastal change due to Hurricane Sandy. Now, the forecasts are as follows: Delmarva Peninsula: 91 percent of the beaches are expected to experience erosion; 55 percent of the beaches are expected to experience overwash, and 22 percent are expected to experience inundation. Coastal New Jersey: 98

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Climate Impacts in New York City: Sea Level Rise and Coastal Floods

In the United States, approximately 53% of the population lives near the coast. Thermal expansion of the oceans and mountain glacier melting are the greatest contributors to present sea level rise. Continued global climate change could increase the intensity and frequency of storms along the East Coast, causing serious flooding. Damages to coastlines and infrastructure

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