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Features: August 2013

kayaks on the coast

Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail Conveys the Beauty of Conservation Partnerships

If you've ever had the notion to paddle an unbroken marsh and river trail that meanders for hundreds of miles down America's picturesque Southeast coast, check out the recently launched Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail (SECT) website. This new online resource provides maps and guidance for a 760-mile trail that extends from Virginia through the Carolinas and down into Georgia, and passes through several National Estuarine Research Reserves along the way. More...

Sea level rise planning maps display what the future 100-year floodplain boundaries could look like with sea level rise.

Planning Today for Sea Level Rise Tomorrow

The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy is a stark reminder of the vulnerability of coastal communities to damage from storms and flooding. As efforts continue to rebuild hard-hit areas along the East Coast path of the storm, a new tool is helping people make planning decisions that take into account future sea level rise.The sea level rise planning tool is designed to help state and local officials, community planners, and infrastructure managers understand possible future flood risks from sea level rise for use in planning decisions. More...

Three scientists from China's State Oceanic Administration are on one-year fellowships to NOS.

Chinese Scientists Acquire New Skills with One-Year Fellowships at NOAA

Three visiting scientists from China's State Oceanic Administration (SOA) will spend the next year contributing to NOAA projects while acquiring new skills that they will put to use when they return to their jobs in China. Their one-year fellowships to NOAA come under the auspices of the U.S.-China Protocol on Marine and Fisheries Science and Technology, a program of the U.S. State Department. More...