News from Our Partners
The call for abstracts is now open for Social Coast Forum 2016. Come share social science tools and methods to address our nation’s coastal management issues. The first two forums were standing-room-only events; don’t miss your chance to be a part of the 2016 excitement!
NOAA has compiled a list of all climate-related funding opportunities available as of July 2015. This resource is hosted through the Collaboratory for Adaptation to Climate Change, which is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and focuses on facilitating interactions among researchers and decision makers in the climate realm.
Louisiana will get a $6.8 billion cut of the $18.7 billion global settlement from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the state already knows what the money will be spent on. The bulk of the money will be spent on a coastal master plan for the state. This will include building new barrier islands, marsh and wetland restoration, and sediment diversion. Most of these projects are shovel ready awaiting funds.
Because of the devastation caused by Post Tropical Cyclone Sandy, the Army Corps of Engineers is working on a new line of defense for the New Jersey shore. Many of the channels in the area are already dredged for safe passage of larger ships. Now, the material from those dredged channels will be used for creating marshes, beaches, barrier islands, and other forms of green infrastructure. The corps looked at how marshes and barrier islands mitigated the impacts of Sandy and realized the benefits of creating these forms of protection over concrete structures.
Climate adaptation and preparedness are issues that today’s planners need to be ready to handle. Knowing that, the American Planning Association has leveraged its partnership with the Digital Coast to highlight adaptation and planning tools and resources from the Digital Coast and beyond. Read the blog to learn more, and visit the association’s website to find other valuable resources.
Restore America’s Estuaries put together a report on the state of the nation’s living shorelines and what can be done to increase their usage. The report details what institutional barriers are hindering the broader use of living shorelines and recommends appropriate actions to remove those barriers. The report does not delve into the scientific benefits and technical merits of using living shorelines.
As the focus on hazards and resilience in the world of planning increases, so does the amount of literature on the subject. The American Planning Association posted a review of all of the books published in the last year on this topic. The reviews are intended to highlight new resources, while offering some comparisons on the focus and practical value the authors provide.
The Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council is hosting the 2nd Annual National Tribal Emergency Management Conference, August 10-14, 2015. The council is composed of and serves tribes in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska, while the conference is open to tribes throughout the nation. The conference allows tribes to gather and share information on homeland security, emergency management, and public health issues as they pertain to Native nations.
Summer in the Great Lakes is a time for fun in the sun on the shores of the lakes. But dangerous waves and currents can turn a wonderful relaxing day into a nightmare. A new initiative from Sea Grant programs and partners in the Great Lakes aims to educate young adults, parents, and children to “Be Current Smart.” The campaign includes tips, key messages, and additional resources for parents.
Coastal hazards are increasing in frequency, but using the Global Hazard Atlas could give you an edge in planning ahead. This tool allows users to see every current hazard throughout the world, including hurricanes, tsunamis, wildfires, earthquakes, and more. And there’s an app for that—for iOS or Android.