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Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies

This memorandum charges the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force with developing a national policy that ensures protection of oceans as well as a framework for effective coastal and marine spatial planning. Read More

Framing the Flow: Innovative Approaches to Understand, Protect, and Value Ecosystem Services Across Linked Habitats

This report presents a framework for understanding the connection between a variety of marine ecosystems such as mangroves, seagrasses, and coral reefs, across several contexts with policy recommendations for land use and management. Read More

Soil Quality Publications

A collection of downloadable resources on soil quality, biology, conservation, and management Read More

Water Where You Live

An interactive map of US states and territories. Click on a state to view map of rivers and access state water resources. 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

Bringing Dead Zones Back to Life

Peer-reviewed article, reprinted from “HMS Beagle” magazine. Also en español. Read More

Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone: Science Plan and Implementation Strategy

Library Holdings. Coastal zones play a key role in Earth System functioning, by contributing significantly to the life support systems of most societies. Human activities modifying riverine hydrology and riverine material fluxes to the coastal zone, have increased in both scale and rate of change in the last 200 years. The underlying processes that drive changes to coastal systems occur at a multiplicity of temporal and spatial scales. These changes alter the availability of ecosystem goods and services. However, disciplinary fragmentation impedes our ability to understand the regional and global changes that affect coastal systems, and thus limits our ability to guide management and decision making. Progress has been made in understanding the changes in Earth System processes that affect the coastal zone, and the role of coastal systems in global change. This includes identifying proxies that describe the state of coastal systems under existing conditions and change scenarios. Typologies have been developed to assist in the interpolation of results into areas where primary information is lacking. This has enabled a first-order up-scaling to a global synthesis. Read More

Coastal Sensitivity to Sea-Level Rise: A Focus on the Mid-Atlantic Region

Library Holdings. This document is part of the Synthesis and Assessment Products described in the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) Strategic Plan. The U.S. Government’s CCSP is responsible for providing the best science-based knowledge possible to inform management of the risks and opportunities associated with changes in the climate and related environmental systems. To support its mission, the CCSP has commissioned 21 “synthesis and assessment products” (SAPs) to advance decision making on climate change-related issues by providing current evaluations of climate change science and identifying priorities for research, observation, and decision support. This Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP), developed as part of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, examines potential effects of sea-level rise from climate change during the twenty-first century, with a focus on the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States. Using scientific literature and policy-related documents, the SAP describes the physical environments; potential changes to coastal environments, wetlands, and vulnerable species; societal impacts and implications of sea-level rise; decisions that may be sensitive to sea-level rise; opportunities for adaptation; and institutional barriers to adaptation. Read More

The North American Carbon Budget and Implications for the Global Carbon Cycle

Library Holdings. A primary objective of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) is to provide the best possible scientific information to support public discussion, as well as government and private sector decision making, on key climate-related issues. To help meet this objective, the CCSP has identified an initial set of 21 Synthesis and Assessment Products (SAPs) that address its highest priority research, observation, and decision support needs. This report-CCSP SAP 2.2-addresses Goal 2 of the CCSP Strategic Plan: Improve quantification of the forces bringing about changes in the Earth’s climate and related systems. The report provides a synthesis and integration of the current knowledge of the North American carbon budget and its context within the global carbon cycle. In a format useful to decision makers, it (1) summarizes our knowledge of carbon cycle properties and changes relevant to the contributions of and impacts upon North America and the rest of the world, and (2) provides scientific information for decision support focused on key issues for carbon management and policy. Consequently, this report is aimed at both the decision-maker audience and to the expert scientific and stakeholder communities. Read More

Ocean, Great Lakes and Coastal Research

A view of our world from space suggests that earth is very much a water planet. Our oceans comprise an astonishing 70 percent of the earth’s surface, lending our planet its vibrant blue hue. Yet, we are only beginning to understand how unique our oceans are. More than a century of oceanographic research has revealed that oceans play a critical role in regulating earth’s weather and climate, house extraordinarily diverse plants and animals, provide food and medicines, and significantly influence the creation and ever-changing appearance of our coastlines. However, we are still paddling at the surface of this immense resource. Knowledge of the oceans, their resources and their relationship to human activities is vital to our society — and to our planets existence. Read More

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