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Looking upriver at Ruby on the Yukon River on a sunny afternoon.

Newest Rain Gardens – Local Solutions

by Friday, October 31, 2014 @ .

I love the idea of rain gardens! Instead of expecting a government bureaucracy to spend my tax money to fix water quality problems, I can do something within my own yard that reduces the nutrients flowing into the watershed. So what is a rain garden? It's just an area that will hold the rain water for a few hours--allowing it to percolate into the ground--that is planted with pretty things that don't mind getting wet. There are lots of sites out there now that can tell you how to build a rain garden; an internet search for "how to build a rain garden" returned almost 400,000 links. Some r

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Don’t Stand in the Road: The Precautionary Principle and Overcoming Uncertainty

by Tuesday, October 14, 2014 @

If I were to say you had a 100 percent chance of being hit by a car if you stood in the road for 5 minutes, would you consider it? How about a 50 percent chance? A 10 percent chance? Even a 1 percent chance? What if there was some sort of incentive, like a new car? Although this scenario may seem a bit ridiculous, it is not so different from coastal management decisions. Residents place themsel

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Things to Consider Before You Acquire New Imagery

by Thursday, October 9, 2014 @

Have you ever wanted to purchase new imagery (or download free imagery from a government website) of your county or municipality? Here are just a few requirements you may want to think about before writing that big check for new data. Digital orthoimagery is the foundation for most public and private Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Orthoimagery refers to aerial and satellite imagery that has

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Digital Coast Lead Agency Changes Name and Gets Bigger – What’s Up?

by Wednesday, October 1, 2014 @

To maximize the nation’s coastal management efforts, NOAA has combined two of its primary coastal offices: the Coastal Services Center and the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. The basic missions remain intact, but the new structure and operational approach will increase efficiency and effectiveness. By operating more collaboratively, the new Office for Coastal Management and our

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes…

by Thursday, September 4, 2014 @

We’ve all heard stats about coastal populations increasing over time. As someone who reviews land cover imagery, I’m able to see how this plays out on the landscape. More people usually means more houses, roads, and shopping centers to accommodate the increasing numbers that either move to the coast or are born there. How are these two things related (i.e. does a certain amount of population g

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Aerial view of coastal waterway, Bald Head Island, North Carolina

Watershed or County Boundaries?

by Friday, August 15, 2014 @

Life and geophysical scientists like me know that natural systems rarely follow geopolitical boundaries, such as states and counties. Knowing how many square miles of wetlands or forest are present and have been lost in a particular county, for example, does not help us readily manage for the sustainability of the entire, connected wetland or forest system. And how we manage a connected system can

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The volcanic "log" city of Nan Madol. Photographer: Lieutenant Commander Matthew Wingate, NOAA Corps

It’s Not Me, It’s You; Breaking up with Traditional Gray Infrastructure

by Monday, August 4, 2014 @

Does this sound familiar? Them (let’s call s/he Gray): “I will always be there for you, I promise.” You: “I just don’t completely trust you anymore, this isn’t working out.” Gray: “But together, we can withstand anything!” You: “Yes, I know you defend me in most situations, but at what cost? I need something different.” Gray: “But who will take care of me when I’m

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