Coastal Resiliency: SET Up for the Future

Posted Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:22
By Taryn Sudol, Maryland Sea Grant

Phillips Creek Marsh lies on the eastern seaside stretch of the Delmarva Peninsula in Virginia. The marsh is a swath of wetland grasses with patches of reeds and warped remnants of a boardwalk. Pines fringe the marsh, and a flock of seabirds socialize on a distant mudflat to the southeast.

NOAA Summer Intern Produces Story Map on Hazardous Waste Site Near Seattle

Posted Wed, 09/12/2018 - 13:44
By Vicki Loe, NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration

Washington resident Kavya Varkey joined NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration for an internship this summer at the NOAA Western Regional Center in Seattle. A senior this year at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, Washington, Kavya says she’s always been drawn to science. Her interest has continued to develop and come into focus, and she plans to pursue an education that will lead to a career in environmental science.

Exploring Science and Natural Resources at Risk in the New York-New Jersey Harbor at Upcoming Marine Science Festival

Posted Mon, 09/10/2018 - 17:47

Sitting at the mouth of the Hudson River where it empties into Upper New York Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the New York-New Jersey Harbor is located at the center of commerce. The harbor is a multi-billion dollar port, an industrial complex, and a transportation hub — but the natural resources both in and around the harbor are often overlooked.

Incident Responses for August 2018

Posted Fri, 09/07/2018 - 12:54

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.

This month OR&R responded to 13 incidents ...

Responders Turn Their Attention to Urban Marine Landscape During Chelsea River Exercise

Posted Wed, 09/05/2018 - 12:38
By Steve Lehmann, NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration

The Chelsea River, which sits at the northern end on Boston Harbor, is home to the vast majority of oil storage in the Boston area. Among other things, it supplies most of the fuel to Logan International Airport. While the currents are slow, the river is narrow and requires transit through two bridges, often with marine traffic in the area.

Minds Behind OR&R: Meet Marine Debris Scientist Sarah Lowe

Posted Fri, 08/24/2018 - 18:08
By Alexis Thorbecke, NOAA Marine Debris Program

This is the 11th in a 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 featured scientist is Marine Debris Program Great Lakes Regional Coordinator Sarah Lowe.

Is Marine Debris Impacting Your Beach Day, and Your Wallet?

Posted Thu, 08/23/2018 - 13:37

Imagine you’ve planned a big day at the beach with your family and friends, loaded up the car with supplies, and traveled out to your favorite spot, only to find a beach littered with plastic beverage bottles, stray fishing line, chip bags, cigarette butts, and other debris. Would you stay and play, or be on your way? This is the choice that many face when heading to their local beaches.

Improving Regional Preparedness for Future Oil Spills

Posted Tue, 08/14/2018 - 16:56
By Stephanie Smith, Gulf Research Program, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Since the Deepwater Horizon disaster occurred in 2010, the Gulf of Mexico has received much of the attention focused on the impacts of oil spills. Researchers have meticulously studied how spills affect the region, from public health effects, to social disruption, to economic impacts. However, oil spills occur throughout the country, with different areas facing unique issues and concerns. To improve preparedness for oil spills in additional communities, the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is collaborating with the Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Program on a series of workshops in coastal regions across the country.