Living Shorelines Help to Protect Coastal Communities from Impacts of Hurricanes

Posted Thu, 01/11/2018 - 19:20
By Leigh Habegger, Restore America’s Estuaries

By the second half of this century, more than half of the world’s population will live within 100 kilometers of a coastline. Maybe that’s not a startling fact for some, but when you stop to consider this in light of sea level rise, the predicted increased storm intensity and frequency, and other coastal hazards associated with heavy development, that’s putting nearly 4 billion people at risk. In the U.S. alone, approximately 163 million people could be impacted!

 

Our Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for 2018

Posted Wed, 01/03/2018 - 14:59

Another year has come and gone, and we’re starting the new year off right with a list of resolutions to make this one as great (if not better) than the last.

With a record number of incident responses and ongoing pollution response to an above-average hurricane season, 2017 was a busy year. We accomplished quite a bit last year, and while we always hope the new year will bring fewer oil spills and disasters than the year before, it’s our job to be prepared for whatever 2018 throws our way.

Incident Responses for December 2017

Posted Tue, 01/02/2018 - 18:55

Every month our Emergency Response Division provides scientific expertise and services to the U.S. Coast Guard on everything from running oil spill trajectories to model where the spill may spread, to possible effects on wildlife and fisheries, and estimates on how long the oil may stay in the environment.

Our Incident News website has information on oil spills and other incidents where we provided scientific support.

The Minds Behind OR&R: Meet ‘Fellow’ Ocean Lover Amanda Laverty

Posted Wed, 12/20/2017 - 14:33
By Emma Tonge, Marine Debris Program Communications and Outreach

This is the third in a 12-part monthly series profiling scientists and technicians who provide exemplary contributions to the mission of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R). This month’s profile is on 2017 Sea Grant Knauss Fellow Amanda Laverty.

NOAA and Coast Guard Save Threatened Coral from Submerged Sailboats after Hurricane Maria

Posted Wed, 12/13/2017 - 17:27
Office of Habitat Conservation

In early October, as many emergency workers responded to hurricane damage on land, NOAA Fisheries and our partners responded to damage in the water. In this case, powerful waves and winds from Hurricane Maria sent three sailing vessels on a collision course with Long Reef, home to protected corals like Acropora palmataOrbicella annularis and Orbicella faveolata, along the coast of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Unmanned Aircraft Exercise Delivers Near Real-Time Results for Improved Oil Spill Analysis

Posted Fri, 12/08/2017 - 17:34
By Mathew Dorsey and Laurie Sullivan

NOAA is constantly on the lookout for new ways to improve the speed and accuracy of the information we collect — for both oil spill response, and for the assessment phase that follows. In most spills, we search for the oil “footprint” on the water and shore via manned aircraft, boat surveys, satellite imagery, or deployed beach teams. Though they are capable of delivering good data, these methods can take half a day or more to deliver the imagery, data, or reports to spill responders and scientists.

Fiscal Year 2017: A Record Year for OR&R’s Emergency Response Division

Posted Wed, 12/06/2017 - 19:54
By Doug Helton

Each year during this time, NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) takes a step back to examine the previous fiscal year in its 2017 Accomplishments Report. Fiscal Year 2017 was a busy year for OR&R, but even more so for the Emergency Response Division, which responded to a total of 205 incidents — a new record.