Scientists can’t tell whether sea-level rise will be bad or catastrophicby Sarah DeWeerdt | Dec 19, 2017
"A new study that combines an established method for predicting sea-level rise with recent insights about Antarctic ice-sheet dynamics suggests that breakup of these ice sheets in a warming world will lead to greater sea-level rise than previously predicted. But we won’t have a good idea of just how much the waters will rise for another few decades." Click here for the rest of the article.
Brenden Jongman from the World Bank presented “Scaling up nature-based solutions for flood risk management” for the Systems Approach to Geomorphic Engineering organization. The World Bank’s natured-based guidance materials are published here: http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/739421509427698706/Implementing-nature-based-flood-protection-principles-and-implementation-guidance.
The presentation slides can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pgbvqq58danjkov/BJongman_NBS_presentation.pptx?dl=0.
NOAA’s Office of Education is seeking reviewers for pre-applications and full applications to the 2018 Environmental Literacy Grants competition titled, “Supporting the education of K-12 students and the public for community resilience”. Due to a very large response to this funding solicitation, we are in need of additional reviewers with resilience expertise. Because we already have a sufficient pool of reviewers with education expertise, resilience experts do not necessarily need to have experience in education.
What a reviewer will do:
The review period for pre-applications will begin approximately January 8, 2018. Your written reviews and scores will be due by February 2, 2018. We may ask you to clarify your reviews between February 2 and February 16, so you will need to be available during this period as well. The review is entirely virtual and we will not convene a panel for this phase of the review.
The review period for full applications will occur April 16, 2018 - May 25, 2018, including a 2-day virtual panel meeting the week of May 21-25 (exact dates TBD).
If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please complete the following survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3Q5SFYB by January 3. Please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions or comments, email the NOAA Environmental Literacy Program at email@example.com.
Check out the news about the Netherlands planting Sampshire in order to encourage salt marshes.
"Spreading samphire seedlings may help in the development of salt marshes. Researchers at Wageningen Marine Research expect that accretion will go faster, that drainage channels will arise more quickly and that more salt marsh specific plants will settle after planting samphire plants that already grow in the local environment."
Check out the cool mapping portal the Nature Conservancy has developed. Set aside a few minutes to click around. There is a lot of interesting information available and it is inspiring to see what's being done around the world to increase our coastal resiliency.
"Coastal Resilience supports a community of practitioners around the world who are applying spatial planning innovations to coastal hazard risk, resilience and adaptation issues. This is a global network providing access to peer practitioners, tools, information and training focused on nature-based solutions. For more information see our Coastal Resilience website."