Scientists at work: Sloshing through marshes to see how birds survive hurricanes

Birds found along the Gulf Coast have evolved to ride out hurricanes and tropical storms. But with development degrading the marshes where they live, it's getting harder for them to bounce back.

Mark Woodrey, Assistant Research Professor, Mississippi State University • conversation
Oct. 28, 2020 ~9 min

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Restoring seagrasses can bring coastal bays back to life

Healthy seagrasses form underwater meadows teeming with fish and shellfish. A successful large-scale restoration project in Virginia could become a model for reseeding damaged seagrass beds worldwide.

Karen McGlathery, Professor of Environmental Sciences and Director, Environmental Resilience Institute, University of Virginia • conversation
Oct. 20, 2020 ~11 min

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When hurricanes temporarily halt fishing, marine food webs recover quickly

Hurricane Harvey destroyed the fishing infrastructure of Aransas Bay and reduced fishing by 80% over the following year. This removed humans from the trophic cascade and whole food webs changed.

Joseph W. Reustle, SPIRE Postdoctoral Scholar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~6 min

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Biloxi's 15-year recovery from Hurricane Katrina offers lessons for other coastal cities

After the news media move on from a major disaster site, rebuilding continues for years.

Jennifer Trivedi, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Core Faculty Member for the Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware • conversation
Aug. 25, 2020 ~9 min

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Sea level rise: three visions of a future summer holiday at the coast

Sea levels could be two metres higher by 2100. How will our relationship to the drowned coast change?

David Jarratt, Senior Lecturer in Coastal Tourism, University of Central Lancashire • conversation
July 31, 2020 ~7 min

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Protecting mangroves can prevent billions of dollars in global flooding damage every year

A new study estimates that mangroves prevent over $65 billion in damage from coastal storms every year, and says mangrove protection should be funded in the same way as infrastructure like seawalls.

Pelayo Menéndez, Postdoctoral Fellow in Marine Science, University of California, Santa Cruz • conversation
March 10, 2020 ~8 min

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Climate change impacts in Bangladesh show how geography, wealth and culture affect vulnerability

Bangladesh is on the front lines of climate change, but factors including money, gender and religion make some Bangladeshis much more vulnerable than others. Can it find inclusive ways to cope?

Saleh Ahmed, Assistant Professor, School of Public Service, Boise State University • conversation
Feb. 11, 2020 ~8 min

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Study of sea-level rise finds land sinking along East Coast

A new study, which used everything from tide gauges to GPS data to paint the most accurate picture ever of sea-level rise along the East Coast of the U.S., is suggesting that in addition to rising seas, communities along the coast may also have to contend with the land sinking.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Feb. 19, 2019 ~5 min

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Study of sea-level rise finds land sinking along East Coast

A new study, which used everything from tide gauges to GPS data to paint the most accurate picture ever of sea-level rise along the East Coast of the U.S., is suggesting that in addition to rising seas, communities along the coast may also have to contend with the land sinking.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Feb. 19, 2019 ~5 min

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