Tuesday, May 23, 2017

East Coast’s ‘hot spot’

Model 1st to show sea level rise accelerated in 1990

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge on Delaware Bay. (James O'Guinn/Flickr)

James O'Guinn

Phys.org & Yale Environment 360

For years, scientists have been warning of a so-called "hot spot" of accelerated sea level rise along the northeastern U.S. coast. But accurately modeling this acceleration as well as variations in sea level rise from one region to another has proven challenging. Now, an upcoming paper in Geophysical Research Letters offers the first comprehensive model for understanding differences in sea level rise along the East Coast, including ice mass change in Antarctica.

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Chesapeake Bay watershed funding threatened

Martinsburg Journal

Funding for Chesapeake Bay watershed protection and restoration may be in danger for the 2018 fiscal year. The EPA received $73 million from the in 2017 for the Chesapeake Bay Program which aids restoration and conservation efforts. However, the new administration has proposed to eliminate the funding for the program entirely in the 2018 fiscal year.

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NOAA dive tool lets you 'swim' these sanctuaries

The Verge

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just launched a virtual dive gallery that allows you to visit five national marine sanctuaries with your phone, laptop, or VR headset. The project provides a scuba diver’s view of American Samoa, Florida Keys, Flower Garden Banks in the Gulf of Mexico, Gray's Reef off Georgia, and Thunder Bay in Lake Huron.

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