Tagged with Oceans and Coastal Resources

When Rising Seas Hit Home: Hard Choices Ahead for Hundreds of US Coastal Communities

Union of Concerned Scientists / by Erika Spanger-Siegfried, et al. http://bit.ly/2vyakDt [Washington Post] …The study identifies 167 communities in 13 states that by 2035 will face chronic inundation — which it defines as when high tides flood 10 percent or more of the community’s usable, non-wetland area at least 26 times per year. Twenty-two of those communities … Continue reading

Coal Dust from Shipping Threatens Great Barrier Reef: Australian Study

Simulated Coal Spill Causes Mortality and Growth Inhibition in Tropical Marine Organisms Scientific American (2016, Article number: 25894; doi:10.1038/srep25894) / by Kathryn L. E. Berry, et al. http://www.nature.com/articles/srep25894 [Science Daily]  Australian researchers have raised fresh concerns that a major shipping disaster could harm the Great Barrier Reef, with new research revealing coal dust in seawater … Continue reading

Inundation of 5 Solomon Islands Linked to Climate Change: Australian Study

Interactions Between Sea-level Rise and Wave Exposure on Reef Island Dynamics in the Solomon Islands Environmental Research Letters (2016, v11 n5 p054011; doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/5/054011) http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/11/5/054011 Low-lying reef islands in the Solomon Islands provide a valuable window into the future impacts of global sea-level rise. Sea-level rise has been predicted to cause widespread erosion and inundation of … Continue reading

Coastal Landforms and Accumulation of Mangrove Peat Increase Carbon Sequestration and Storage

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (April 19, 2016 v113 n16; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1519774113 ) / Paula Ezcurra, et al. http://www.pnas.org/content/113/16/4404.short Despite their small height and stunted appearance, mangroves along the desert coasts of Baja California have compensated for sea-level rise during the last two millennia by accreting on their own root remains. In doing so, … Continue reading

Managing Coasts with Natural Solutions: Guidelines for Measuring and Valuing the Coastal Protection Services of Mangroves and Coral Reefs

World Bank |  Nature Conservancy http://bit.ly/20Ww6ek [From Press Release] This guidance note provides review and recommendations for how the protective services of mangroves and coral reefs can be measured and valued in a manner consistent with national economic accounts and included in other decision-making processes to support planning for development, disaster risk, and coastal zone management. It … Continue reading

Statistical Analysis of Straits of Mackinac Line 5 Worst Case Spill Scenarios

University of Michigan, Graham Sustainability Institute, Water Center http://graham.umich.edu/water/project/mackinac-oil-spill (full report) http://bit.ly/1MNZe4O (summary titled “Worst Case Oil Spill: High Risk Areas Near the Straits of Mackinac” [From Press Release] A new U-M Water Center report highlights the use of a computer model to predict the fate of a hypothetical oil spill in the Straits of … Continue reading