“I’m totally putting this on Instagram,” one third-grader said as he took out his smartphone to take a picture of the large aquatic mammal swimming along Blue Spring in Orange City, Fla. “Wow! That one is so big!” screamed another student while tapping his teacher to get her attention. Students’ faces were in awe as…Details
As planning gets underway for the 2015 Statewide Artificial Reef Summit, Florida Sea Grant continues to assist coastal communities with the deployment of new reef materials.Details
In response to Congressional action, NFIP stops planning for rate increases to "grandfathered" properties
Due to inclusion of language in an omnibus funding bill signed by President Obama on January 17, 2014, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recently released an advisory document which indicates that FEMA has stopped any planning to implement section 207 of the Biggert-Waters Act. Section 207 of BW12 instructed the National Flood Insurance Program to…Details
In late December of 2013, FEMA formally announced that it will now allow state, territorial, or tribal applicants for hazard mitigation assistance to include sea-level rise in their applications. Hazard mitigation assistance grant applicants have to demonstrate, via a benefit-cost analysis, that the proposed project will save as much or more money than it costs…Details
New Jersey is offering about $9.4 million to buy out 33 homeowners in a vulnerable part of New Jersey. Many of the homes for which the offer is extended were destroyed or severely damaged by Sandy. The article notes apparent unanimous support for the buyout by owners of the affected properties. This stems in part…Details
Here’s a word of caution about attributing any particular weather event to climate change. We’ve all seen stories in the popular press about weather events over the past few years, like the recent cold snaps, and how they may be some indication of climate change. In fact, it’s easy to find news and opinion articles…Details
NOAA Climate Connection this month features the 2013 Arctic Report Card, a new study on Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change, and a link to the interactive website, Global Carbon Atlas. Regular features include the November National Monthly Climate Report and a schedule of upcoming webinars. Click here for a link to the newsletter.