Climate change is already disrupting US forests and coasts – here's what we're seeing at 5 long-term research sites

This kind of research, with consistent data collection at the same locations over time, helps support global understanding of climate change.

Peter Mark Groffman, Professor, CUNY Graduate Center • conversation
Aug. 3, 2021 ~10 min

A 20-foot sea wall won’t save Miami – how living structures can help protect the coast and keep the paradise vibe

Healthy corals and mangroves break waves and dissipate their energy. Paired with unobtrusive hardened structures, they can provide powerful storm solutions.

Brian Haus, Professor of Ocean Sciences, University of Miami • conversation
July 28, 2021 ~10 min

High-tide flood risk is accelerating, putting coastal economies at risk

NOAA's 2021 high-tide flooding outlook shows where the risks are highest and growing. Some communities are seeing 20 or more days of flooding a year now.

Renee Collini, Coastal Climate Resilience Specialist, Mississippi State University • conversation
July 14, 2021 ~7 min

Scientists at work: Helping endangered sea turtles, one emergency surgery at a time

For the endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle, every individual matters. A team of veterinarians and biologists has formed a network along the Gulf Coast to save injured sea turtles and the species.

Debra Moore, Assistant Clinical Professor of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University • conversation
May 13, 2021 ~8 min

Why ocean pollution is a clear danger to human health

Polluted oceans don't just harm wildlife, they are a source of ill health for humans too.

Philip Landrigan, Professor and Director, Global Public Health Program and Global Pollution Observatory, Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society, Boston College • conversation
Feb. 1, 2021 ~8 min

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

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

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

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

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