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Interim Framework for Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning

This report describes policy recommendations for coastal and marine spatial planning in order to protect ecosystems while continuing to allow economic activity. Read More

Interim Report of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force

This report discusses the direction of a national policy to protect oceans, coasts, and the Great Lakes while coordinating with national security and foreign policy interests. The priorities include ecosystem restoration, water quality, resiliency to climate change and acidification, and improved environmental observation systems. Read More

Books on Global Warming

A list of recommended books on global warming and climate change for science, business, and children. Read More

The Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Future

A 13-page report on the management of wastewater today and innovative technology for the future. Notebook: Scientific Chronicles, 17 Read More

Finding a Balance Between Land and Sea

An 80-page resource on environmental management of coastal areas. Read More

An Assessment of Coastal Hypoxia and Eutrophication in U.S. Waters

Library Holdings. This document is about hypoxia in aquatic ecosystems. Hypoxia is a depletion of oxygen caused by runoff, land cover change, and other factors associated with population growth and agriculture. The report discusses mitigation strategies and trends in managing this problem. Read More

Initial Science Plan of the Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study

This Initial Science Plan identifies key environmental changes that affect the people and societies of the regions of Asia affected by monsoons. The plan pinpoints people and environments which are most vulnerable to monsoon damage. The plan ends with a reflection on important scientific issues and lists a number of future actions for the Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study. Read More

Ground-Water Resources for the Future -- Atlantic Coastal Zone

Ground water is among the Nation’s most important natural resources. It provides drinking water to urban and rural communities, supports irrigation and industry, sustains the flow of streams and rivers, and maintains riparian and wetland ecosystems. In many areas of the Nation, the future sustainability of ground-water resources is at risk from overuse and contamination. Because ground-water systems typically respond slowly to human actions, a long-term perspective is needed to manage this valuable resource. This publication is one in a series of fact sheets that describe ground-water-resource issues across the United States, as well as some of the activities of the U.S. Geological Survey that provide information to help others develop, manage, and protect ground-water resources in a sustainable manner. Read More

Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic Invasive Species pose an ever-increasing threat to the health of our Nation’s ecosystems. NOAA’s mission to protect, restore, and manage the use of U.S. ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources drives its program to reduce economic and environmental impacts resulting from aquatic invasions. Read More

A Plan for a Comprehensive National Coastal Program

While the issues critical to coastal systems and the factors driving coastal change are national in scope, there are significant regional differences in coastal setting, climate, habitat, resources, and human impacts. Every region of the Nation faces a unique suite of issues and related societal costs. The assessment of critical issues and the development of appropriate responses requires engagement at the State and regional levels where problems are identified and solutions developed. The proposed Program will develop coordinated efforts in 10 coastal regions defined on the basis of oceanographic, geologic, political, and climatic boundaries. Program activities in each region will reflect the priority concerns and needs defined through stakeholder engagement. Figure 2 lists critical issues and priority studies for each of these regions. Throughout this report, brief examples are given illustrating some of the critical issues and science needs facing coastal regions. Program implementation will be designed to meet these regional needs while building the information and understanding required for broad application and policy development on a national scale. Read More


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