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Registration is now open for Social Coast Forum 2016, taking place February 9 to 11 in Charleston, South Carolina. Save your spot and discuss lessons learned from using social science for the field of coastal management. The past two meetings have been standing room only so don’t delay.
Communities across the country are searching for effective ways to build resilience to ever-increasing storms and hazards. New technologies can make that job easier by cutting costs and providing services. The National Association of Counties hosted a webinar with Horry County, South Carolina, to highlight how they’re using technology to prepare for and respond to emergency events.
As the climate changes and the frequency and intensity of storms increase, communities are looking for ways to protect themselves. Green infrastructure provides an effective option that helps to filter and store excess water. A recent study led by NOAA and funded by the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative dove into two cities in the Great Lakes and the ways in which green infrastructure could help benefit their economies.
According to a recent NOAA economics report, the Great Lakes water-dependent economy grew faster than other sectors in the region’s economy. The report broke the Great Lakes water-dependent economy into six sectors and analyzed wages, employment, and gross domestic product (GDP) for each. Michigan was the fastest-growing state in the U.S. in terms of water-dependent employment. One in five Michigan jobs are tied to water or water innovation, and Michigan’s water-dependent GDP grew by $238 million from 2011 to 2012, about 10% growth.
New Jersey’s economy depends on over a million tourists flocking to its shores and $30 billion in goods shipped through the Port of New York and New Jersey and the Port of Philadelphia and Camden. But all that traffic takes a toll on the ecosystem that is so vital to protecting the community from storms. The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey is working to mitigate the impacts and build resilience in the state through a NOAA-funded project. The conservancy is working with a variety of federal and nonprofit partners to bring tools to the area and help the community.
The resident ocean economy expert on contract with NOAA’s Office of Program Planning and Integration, Jeff Adkins, was interviewed by Speak Up for Blue’s Andrew Lewin to better understand ocean economics. Jeff educates the listeners about the importance of the ocean economy and how using that knowledge can further ocean conservation.
Help the National Estuarine Research Reserves and reserve partner association, NERRA, kick off National Estuaries Week with an ocean and waterways cleanup. Join the world’s largest volunteer effort by participating in the International Coastal Cleanup.
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.