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Under the Antarctic Ice ~ Beauty of The Nature

https://www.seoclerks.com/linkin/35502/freemoney Under the Antarctic Ice - Beauty of The Nature The Antarctic ice sheet is one of the two polar ice caps of t...

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Cool show, focused on ice diving in Antarctica and our old friend Norbert Wu's most recent trip to use HD video to document subsurface antarctic environments.

 

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Coastal Restoration
Coastal management and restoration of our planet's coastlines with a particular focus on California, Louisiana and the Pacific.  Emphasizing wetland restoration, aspects of agriculture in the coastal plain, fisheries, dealing with coastal hazards, and effective governance.
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Welcome to Coastal Restoration

Welcome to Coastal Restoration | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

Welcome to my curation site for all things coastal management-related.

 

Here you will find an array of stories, media, factoids, and updates on current events spanning a range of coastal and marine issues.  While I am interested in a great many things, most of these entries center upon our work to restore coastal ecosystems and improve the management of these incredible, dynamic parts of our planet.

 

In particular, you will find postings here that reflect my deep, continuing interest in:

 

- coastal riparian restoration

- coastal wetland restoration

- subtidal reef restoration

- improved Coastal Zone Managment poilcies and proceedures 

- coastal agriculture/food systems

- sustainable fisheries management

- working ports and harbors

- vibrant ocean economies

- marine ecology

- natural history

- coastal energy production

- oil spills

- water quality and ecotoxicology in the coastal zone

- historic persepctives on our coast our our relationship to our world ocean

 

 

 

If you find my posts here of interest, you might also be interested in some of my other research, teaching, and updates elsewhere via my:

 

- iTunesU Coastal Management podcasts (lectures and field videos): https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/esrm-462-coastal-marine-management/id415880772?mt=10

- iTunesU Restoration Ecology podcasts (lectures and field videos): https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/esrm-352-theory-practice-ecological/id415881064?mt=10

- iTunesU Conservation Biology podcasts (lectures and field videos): https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/esrm-313-conservation-biology/id415881094?mt=10

- Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/user8078769

- lab's home page: http://faculty.csuci.edu/sean.anderson/Sean_Andersons_Home_Page/Welcome.html

- RestoringNOLA twiter feed (emphasizing Coastal Management in California and Louisiana): https://twitter.com/RestoringNOLA

 

 

Thanks for visiting.  Please enjoy and let me know if I can answer any questions or be of help.

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Trump to reconsider national monuments created by Obama, Bush and Clinton

Trump to reconsider national monuments created by Obama, Bush and Clinton | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The fierce debate over public land in the West is expected to further intensify with a Trump executive order reviewing national monuments created in last two decades.
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Our Climate Future Is Actually Our Climate Present

Our Climate Future Is Actually Our Climate Present | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
How do we live with the fact that the world we knew is going and, in some cases, already gone?
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A tiny Canadian town has a new best friend: This massive, gorgeous iceberg

A tiny Canadian town has a new best friend: This massive, gorgeous iceberg | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
It's iceberg season in Ferryland, Canada. Check out the photos!
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Turks vote by a slim margin to expand their president's powers, and dissent erupts on social media

Turks vote by a slim margin to expand their president's powers, and dissent erupts on social media | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
A razor-thin victory for Turkey's president seems to further destabilize a NATO ally.
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Sustainability requires democracy.  Without checks and balances, all our work in eastern Turkey and beyond is wasted effort.
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Serious design, construction and maintenance defects doomed Oroville Dam, report says

Serious design, construction and maintenance defects doomed Oroville Dam, report says | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Oroville dam spillway failure was caused by design defects that left it too weak to control rushing storm water this year.
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BP’s Alaskan Well Blowout

BP’s Alaskan Well Blowout | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
British Petroleum’s (BP) oil and gas well on Alaska’s Northern Slope (formally the BPXA Flow Station 1 Drill Site 2 Well 3 Release) that blew out on Friday continues to spill petroleum.  The …
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While this is a relatively minor release as of now, the fact we have not been able to get it under control points the logistic difficulties of extraction in polar environments.
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S-Town and the science of mercury poisoning

S-Town and the science of mercury poisoning | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Mad hatters, gold, clocks — and a dangerous cumulative toxin.
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Mercury poisoning was once a huge problem across the industrializing world.  We here in California had our fair share early on in the history of our state thanks to the gold mining fever that swept Alta California turned State of California and associated use of mercury to separate gold from sediments.  

These days, we in the "developed" economies see the mercury mostly in the context of bioaccumulation in sediments and fatty tissues (mostly methylated mercury) of critters in the higher tiers of our marine food webs who have accumulated the industrial runoff of our modern society.  Mercury (and other toxic metals and organic contaminants) remain a key challenge in much of the southern San Francisco Bay for example, an ever-present threat to migratory bird in our South Bay Salt Pond Restorations, for example.

We rarely hear about the more traditional, direct exposure to mercury as so much of this exposure has been regulated out of existence.  But we should not forget there are folks who still like to practice the old mercurial arts...
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State board calls Conejo Mountain key habitat

Cheri is a member of VC Star's investigative/watchdog team, covering the environment and data-driven stories. She also co-manages VCS Outdoors, the Star's special section on the outdoors. Before coming to Ventura County in 2005, Cheri covered education and the environment in California's Central Valley. 
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Study shows La Jolla beaches may disappear in a century

Study shows La Jolla beaches may disappear in a century | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
University of Illinois Engineering professor Sean Vitousek told La Jolla Light the computer model he developed for the study shows La Jolla’s sandy beaches will likely disappear in the coming years.

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San Francisco Bay: Plug stops fuel leak from sunken barge

San Francisco Bay: Plug stops fuel leak from sunken barge | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
So far, no visibly oiled wildlife has been reported or observed, but Coast Guard crews are monitoring for them, authorities reported Saturday. “We still have a crew on the scene ready to dep…
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This most recent San Francisco Bay oil spills seems under control.
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The genetic trait that makes octopuses so smart is just as ingenious as they are

The genetic trait that makes octopuses so smart is just as ingenious as they are | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
If you weren't amazed by octopuses before, you will be now. These tentacled cephalopods have always been somewhat mysterious to marine biologists, largely due to the logistical challenge of studying solitary creatures capable of blending in with their surroundings in the depths of the sea. We've marveled at their behavior in the past—like whe
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Interesting proposition, but there is much that is left out of they work.  This seems to smack of an incomplete understanding of "evolution" per se.  And the ability to "rapidly edit" code doesn't necessarily translate into rapid change or adaptability necessarily.
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First tests of Alaska gas leak shows worrying potential impacts

First tests of Alaska gas leak shows worrying potential impacts | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Low oxygen levels and high methane concentrations are found in initial tests, although full impact to marine life is yet to be determined.
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Recall the Deepwater Horizon spill was primarily a methane spill (not an oil spill per se).
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Trump order could open California coast, Arctic to new oil and gas drilling

Trump order could open California coast, Arctic to new oil and gas drilling | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
President Trump is expected to sign an order that could open up vast swaths of U.S. coastline to oil and gas drilling.
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We seem to have returned to the "drill baby, drill" mentality.
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Baby Humpback Whale Sounds

Baby Humpback Whale Sounds | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
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Newport lifeguards try to keep humpback whale carcass from reaching shore

Newport lifeguards try to keep humpback whale carcass from reaching shore | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Newport Beach lifeguards had their eyes trained on the horizon early Friday trying to make sure a 55-foot dead humpback whale that was seen Thursday afternoon didn't make its way to the beach.
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The trees that make Southern California shady and green are dying. Fast.

The trees that make Southern California shady and green are dying. Fast. | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Trees are dying at an unprecedented rate across urban Southern California a new study has found, and the potential effects trouble those who love trees and Southern California.
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It has been clear our urban forestry here in Southern California has been under assault for quite some time with this drought that just ended (maybe) the key driver of much of the unfolding problem.  When folks were told to cut back their watering of lawns and landscapes, these trees were a natural (although time delayed) casualty.
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EU MSCA Project "VOLES": Is rodenticide use disrupting the natural autoregulation of vole populations?

EU MSCA Project "VOLES": Is rodenticide use disrupting the natural autoregulation of vole populations? | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
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To Create a Sustainable Future Digitalize Offshore Energy

To Create a Sustainable Future Digitalize Offshore Energy | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Surrounded by some of the world’s most productive seas, the U.K. generates more electricity from offshore wind than any other country.
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One key way soggy California could save water for the next rainless days

One key way soggy California could save water for the next rainless days | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Why isn't California, newly awash in water, shoving more into what amounts to its biggest reservoir -- the depleted Central Valley aquifer?
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Northern California gets its wettest winter in nearly a century

Northern California gets its wettest winter in nearly a century | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
A record 89.7 inches of precipitation in Northern California during the 2017 water year, which began in October.
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42 arrested, 14 injured at annual Deltopia spring break party in Isla Vista

42 arrested, 14 injured at annual Deltopia spring break party in Isla Vista | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
More than 40 people were arrested and 14 others were injured during the annual spring break party in Isla Vista in Santa Barbara County.
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Another example of successful coastal management.  While arrests and disorderly conduct might not seem like a "success," compared to the 20,000-person insanity of years past it most certainly is. Less trash, less problems for the authorities, no one died this year, etc.
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Glaciers Melting in Glacier National Park

Glaciers Melting in Glacier National Park | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
“The poster child of the National Park Service for climate change is Glacier National Park,” said Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service. “Those glaciers are the ice-box storage facilities for downstream flow and cooling the environment for trout and other species. (Losing them) is going to completely change that environment.”

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Scientists have used repeated photographs to study glaciers for more than a century (Rogers et al. 1984). Arthur Johnson published the earliest photographic study of glacier change in Glacier National Park in 1980 (U. S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1180, 29 pp.). By 1980, the glaciers had already begun melting and shrinking. The photos in this article show that all the glaciers in Glacier National Park will soon be gone. As pointed out elsewhere, mountain glaciers store winter precipitation and release it during summer months. With more precipitation falling in winter as rain instead of snow, less water is stored in glacial ice, and this leads to shortages during summer.
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Gov. Brown declares California drought emergency is over

Gov. Brown declares California drought emergency is over | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Startlingly green hills, surging rivers and the snow-wrapped Sierra Nevada had already signaled what Gov. Jerry Brown made official on Friday. The long California drought is over.
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The SURFACE water drought may be (temporarily) over, but the groundwater overdraft is decades away from being over.
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Justin Nguyen's curator insight, April 10, 1:52 AM
it's almost surreal just seeing this. I was told a drought was always around before i was born and believed it because my parents worked with this subject hanging over their heads.
I almost didn't believe it until i saw the source.

It opens with words from senator brown himself who states that while the drought is over "Conservation must remain our way of life"... from that i can see not much will change for a few years but that's probably for the best.

it goes on and elaborates the effects for the drought. Then follows up on what happened during the drought. nting that we barely felt anything.

It also notes that we have done this before in the late 80s and early 90s. The article tells us we hav learned from the ordeal and it has helped us. water has become ery monitored these  days. It's an interesting science to how we react.
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Breaking: Oil Spill Dumps 27,000 Gallons Toward The Gravesend Bay - BKLYNER

Breaking: Oil Spill Dumps 27,000 Gallons Toward The Gravesend Bay - BKLYNER | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
A Brooklyn company quietly spilled thousands of gallons of heating oil into Gravesend Bay, BKLYNER has learned. The 27,000 gallon spill at Bayside Fuel Depot began before sunrise on Thursday, March 30, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYC DEC) official Rodney Rivera confirmed after we obtained photographs and video of the spill’s aftermath and …
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