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What's New: August 2013

underwater image of the U.S. Coast Survey Steamer Robert J. Walker

Finding the Robert J. Walker

More than 153 years after it was lost in a violent collision at sea, NOAA and partners have identified the wreck of the ship Robert J. Walker, a steamer that served in the U.S. Coast Survey, a predecessor agency of NOAA. The Walker served a vital role as a survey ship, charting the Gulf Coast in the decade before the Civil War. More...

NOAA navigation response team vessel

Federal agencies remapping coastal areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy

On the heels of the Aug. 19 release of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force progress report, three federal agencies have announced plans for remapping parts of the East Coast, where Hurricane Sandy altered seafloors and shorelines, destroyed buildings, and disrupted millions of lives last year. NOAA, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are using emergency supplemental funds provided by Congress to survey coastal waters and shorelines, acquiring data that will update East Coast land maps and nautical charts. More...

Kemp's Ridley sea turtle tracks at Padre Island National Seashore (Courtesy: National Park Service)

New Additions to the National System of Marine Protected Areas

A total of 82 existing marine protected areas were recently added to the National System of Marine Protected Areas. This addition brings the total number of marine protected areas in the national system to 437. More...

Wounded Veterans Help Rebuild Coral Reefs at Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Vulneror non Vincor, the Latin motto of the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge , means "I am wounded, not conquered." The maxim is also applicable to coral reefs, which have declined worldwide in recent decades, but benefit from science and conservation efforts. To help bolster coral populations in NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, volunteer divers with the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge and the youth group SCUBAnauts recently joined scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory in reef restoration efforts. More...

Estuaries: Coastal Climate Change Bellwethers

The nation's 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) are experiencing the negative effects of human and climate-related stressors, according to new NOAA research. The national study, Climate Sensitivity of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, points to three East Coast reserves (Sapelo Island NERR in Georgia, ACE Basin NERR in South Carolina and Waquoit Bay NERR in Massachusetts) and the Tijuana River NERR on the California-Mexico border as the most sensitive to climate change. More...

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