coastal ecosystem News

  • Coastal structures change marine ecosystems

    The urbanisation of coastal areas and introduction of man-made structures, such as jetties and seawalls, are changing marine environments. A new analysis highlights the impacts of these changes on marine plants and animals and suggests options to manage the detrimental effects. Many of the world's largest cities are in coastal zones and more than 75 per cent of people are expected to live within ...

  • Mexican Aquarium Joins Coastal Ecosystem Learning Network

    WASHINGTON, DC - Latin America's largest aquarium has become part of a network of 20 Coastal Ecosystem Learning Centers. At a ceremony Thursday in Veracruz, Mexico, Coastal America designated the Acuario de Veracruz, the Veracuz Aquarium, as its first International Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center. Bryon Griffith, director of the U.S. EPA's Gulf of Mexico Program and chair of the Gulf of ...

  • Mexican Aquarium Joins Coastal Ecosystem Learning Network

    WASHINGTON, DC - Latin America's largest aquarium has become part of a network of 20 Coastal Ecosystem Learning Centers. At a ceremony Thursday in Veracruz, Mexico, Coastal America designated the Acuario de Veracruz, the Veracuz Aquarium, as its first International Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center. Bryon Griffith, director of the U.S. EPA's Gulf of Mexico Program and chair of the Gulf of Mexico ...

  • Improving protection of coastal habitats

    Apartment blocks have sprung up across Southern Europe's coastlines in the last few decades, as tourists and residents alike vie for their patch of the shore. But as such human pressures increase, the expanse of unique natural habitats that Europe's coast holds are coming under increasing threat. A new framework suggests ways of categorising coastal habitats to allow them to be covered more ...

  • Choking coastal waters

    WRI, together with Dr. Bob Diaz at the Virginia Marine Institute, has identified and mapped 415 eutrophic and hypoxic coastal systems worldwide through an extensive literature review. Of these, 169 are documented hypoxic areas, 233 are areas of concern and 13 are systems in recovery. Our findings highlight the dramatic growth of areas receiving the endflows of nitrogen and phosphorus created by ...

  • WWF and Panasonic Start Yalu River Coastal Area Ecosystem Based Management Demonstration Project

    Osaka, Feb 2, 2010 - (JCN Newswire) - World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Panasonic Corporation announced that they started working together on the Yalu River Coastal Area Ecosystem Based Management Demonstration Project (the "Coastal Area Management Project") in January 2010. This project is in the second stage of the seven-year Yellow Sea Ecoregion Support Project, ...


    By Japan Corporate News - JCN

  • Restoring coastal wetlands? check the soil

    Rising sea levels and coastal development are threatening coastal freshwater wetlands with saltwater intrusion. While most ecosystem restoration projects have focused on surface water and groundwater, new research finds that conditions in the vadose zone, the unsaturated soil below the surface but above the water table, are of particular importance to seedling survival in coastal floodplain ...

  • Puget Sound Coastal Wetlands to Be Restored

    OLYMPIA, Washington (ENS) - The Washington state Department of Ecology will use $1.47 million in federal grants to help local partners return nearly 500 acres of coastal wetland habitat in Jefferson and Whatcom counties back to their natural conditions. About 70 percent of the land near the mouths of rivers throughout the Puget Sound region has been converted to residential, ...

  • Predicting sediment flow in coastal vegetation

    Original story at MIT News Seagrass, kelp beds, mangroves, and other aquatic vegetation are often considered “ecosystem engineers” for their ability to essentially create their own habitats: ...

  • Restoring ecosystems likely to be economically profitable

    The economic benefits of restoring natural ecosystems outweigh the costs, according to new research. The study examined the financial costs and benefits of restoring a range of ecosystems, including those found in marine, inland and coastal habitats, and concludes that in most cases the large value of ecosystem services provides a net economic benefit. Natural ecosystems provide a vast array of ...

  • DePinto and Redder Participate in Ecosystem Conference

    Limnotech staff members Joe Depinto, PhD, and Todd Redder, PE, will be attending and participating at a conference sponsored by A Community on Ecosystem Services (ACES) in Washington, DC, from December 8th to 12th. The conference, titled Linking Science, Practice, and Decision Making, will bring together leaders in government, NGOS, academia, Native ...


    By LimnoTech Inc.

  • Marine life in reefs and coastal waters critically endangered

    Many marine ecosystems are facing mass extinction as a result of human activity, such as habitat destruction, acidification of sea-water and overfishing. New research into the regions and species most at risk suggests that up to 90 per cent of large predatory fish stocks have disappeared, transforming complex food webs into simplified ecosystems dominated by microbes and algae. The research ...

  • Coastal Waters Most Sensitive to Acid Rain

    FALMOUTH, Massachusetts, September 11, 2007 (ENS) - The release of sulfur and nitrogen into the atmosphere by power plants and agriculture plays a small role in making the ocean more acidic on a global scale, but the impact is amplified in shallow coastal waters, finds new research by atmospheric and marine chemists. Ocean 'acidification' occurs when chemical compounds such as ...

  • EPA provides environmental monitoring of Maine’s coastal beaches

    With the summer beach season in high gear, EPA’s New England office is awarding a US$252,220 grant to help support the Maine Healthy Beaches Program to continue efforts to monitor water quality conditions at Maine beaches to ensure that people enjoying the beach are also enjoying healthy water conditions. This EPA funding was made available through the federal Beach Act of 2000, which requires ...

  • Tidal Marshes protect aquatic ecosystems and store carbon

    A team of scientists measured nitrogen and phosphorus retention and carbon sequestration by tidal marsh soils along the Georgia coast to document the role of these wetlands in storing carbon and removing nutrients at the landscape scale. The results suggest that tidal marches protect aquatic ecosystems from eutrophication, caused by the accumulation of nutrients that disrupts ecosystems and ...

  • Jamaica’s coastal capital at risk: report from the field

    A new economic valuation shows what Jamaica’s economy stands to lose if its coral reefs decline further. Last week, I traveled to Jamaica with my colleagues Lauretta Burke and Benjamin Kushner to launch a new analysis called Coastal Capital: Jamaica – The Economic Contribution of Jamaica’s ...

  • Study dispersant use and ecosystem impacts of dispersed oil

    Last Thursday, over fifty experts and practitioners from government, academia and industry finished a two-day meeting looking at the potential long-term impacts of the prolonged use of large volumes of dispersants in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. EPA and NOAA scientists are conducting rigorous ongoing monitoring and analysis of the effectiveness and ...

  • The Chelsea Mariner Shuttle for Large Marine Ecosystem Monitoring

    The new Chelsea Mariner Nu-Shuttle is based on the successful Nu-Shuttle towed oceanographic vehicle. It is a generic, robust monitoring system designed for regular monitoring of large marine ecosystems. Undulating behind a research vessel or ship of opportunity it enables a wide range of oceanographic measurements to be made underway from the surface to depths in excess of 150 metres. ...


    By Chelsea Technologies Group

  • Report calls for using ecosystems in disaster prevention

    More research is needed to understand how ecosystems can help reduce disaster risks around the world, according to a report launched in Brussels, Belgium, today. The World Risk Report 2012 says that human development activities have "massively raised the hazard potential". It cites the destruction ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Mountain ecosystems get boost from Rio+20

    Rio+20 has disappointed most observers. But it has created opportunities for constructive work in a few areas, says Joydeep Gupta, writing on the website The Third Pole. During the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) last week (20-22 June), country blocs protected their national interests, interest groups had mixed success, developing countries wanted money and richer countries ...


    By SciDev.Net

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