Coastal Storms Initiative

A NOAA Pilot Project in the St. Johns River Watershed What is the Coastal Storms Initiative (CSI)? The Coastal Storms Initiative is a nationwide effort to lessen the impacts of storms on coastal communities. Federal, state and local organizations are cooperating in this first pilot project on the St. Johns River watershed in Northeastern Florida.…

Marine Biotechnology

The exciting discoveries of modern biotechnology are an extension of practices that are thousands of years old — such as using yeast in bread making, fermentation in wine and beer production, and even domestication of animals. Today, biotechnology is a term used to describe a broad range of technologies that modify living things for human…

FSG Earns Top Evaluation

Florida Sea Grant Earns Top Evaluation in National Review Over a four-year period, the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) evaluates each of the 31 Sea Grant programs through use of an external Program Assessment Team (PAT). About one-fourth of the programs are evaluated each year. This review is used by the NSGO in its overall…

A Wall of Wind!

Hurricanes are, by many measures, the most devastating of all catastrophic natural hazards affecting the U.S. In economic terms alone, the average annual loss of $1.3 billion recorded pre-1990 (in constant 2006 dollars) has spiraled to $35.8 billion post-2000. A first-of-its-kind wind machine at Florida International University, dubbed the Wall of Wind, is now enabling…

To speed or not to speed?

Recreational boating is a primary way residents and tourists use Florida’s estuarine resources. The state has more than 1 million registered recreational boats, an average of about 1 boat for every 17 residents. As recreational boating soars in popularity, so does the pressure on Florida’s coastal communities for public infrastructure, increased boater access, and more…

Regional Collaborations

Many of the issues affecting coastal residents and marine ecosystems are regional in scope, crossing the borders of many states. In the southeastern USA, examples of major regional issues include: protecting coastal communities from hurricanes; understanding the risk of sea-level rise and developing effective adaptation strategies; predicting the occurrence and impacts of harmful algal blooms;…