Students dip their toes into coastal science at Younger Lagoon

It’s a glorious spring day at Younger Lagoon Reserve, and Laura Chain is suited up and ready to go. Clad in black waders — voluminous rubber pants with boots attached, held up by suspenders — she steps gingerly into the yellow-green water. “It’s a little weird getting in because I don’t know where I’m putting … Read more

Center for Coastal Studies evolving into a powerhouse of science, education

Forty-four years ago, in 1976, three friends decided to start a research endeavor concentrating on marine biology and geology, in an attic storage room in the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce. Two of the founders, Dr. Graham Giese, and Dr. Charles “Stormy” Mayo, still contributes daily to the research, education, and outreach at what is now … Read more

Violent Coastal Storms Could Help Protect Beaches From Sea Level Rise

A new research study finds that extreme weather events could actually help protect beaches from the impact of sea level rise – by bringing in new sand from deeper waters or from nearby beaches. Images in the wake of violent coastal storms usually focus purely on the extensive damage caused to beaches, dunes, property, and … Read more

Sea Levels Are Creeping Up, But Some Beaches Are Getting Bigger. Here’s Why

In a warmer world, rising sea levels could render many coastlines, beaches, and reef islands uninhabitable, or destroy them altogether. The 1.09 ℃ Earth has warmed since pre-industrial times has already heightened seas by 20 centimeters. But curiously, research shows some coastlines and even low-lying coral reef islands are actually growing rather than eroding in … Read more

Coastal Rivers seeks volunteers for two citizen science programs

Coastal Rivers is seeking volunteers for two annual citizen science initiatives. One involves monitoring water quality in the Damariscotta River estuary, while the other collects data on horseshoe crab populations in Great Salt Bay. Coastal Rivers provides all technical training for both programs, which offer the chance to get out on the water and be … Read more

Coastal cities around the globe are sinking

Coastal cities around the globe are sinking by up to several centimeters per year, on average, satellite observations reveal. The one-two punch of subsiding land and rising seas means that these coastal regions are at greater risk for flooding than previously thought, researchers report in the April 16 Geophysical Research Letters. Matt Wei, an earth … Read more

The rise and fall of the land

We’ve all heard of ocean tides, but have you ever heard of Earth tides? Yes, just like the ocean, the Earth’s crust also moves up and down daily. What You Need To Know Land moves up and down just like our ocean The Sun and Moon cause these Earth tides Earth tides could affect volcanic … Read more

Corals may look healthy, but coastal urbaniza

image: Coral reefs in the Gulf of Eilat (also known as the Gulf of Aqaba) have been proven particularly resistant to global warming, rising water temperatures and bleaching events that are crippling their counterparts elsewhere around the world. But the findings of a long-term study, led by Bar-Ilan University researchers along with an international team … Read more

New evacuation models show tsunami risks, routes for more Oregon coastal communities

A young man shuffles through the tide pool in front of Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Ore. Miranda Daviduk / OPB How much time do you have to get out of the way of a tsunami? And what way should you go and how fast do you have to move? Earthquake experts in the Northwest … Read more

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Harmless Dyes Shed Light on Coastal Water Flows

Unmanned aerial vehicles and harmless dyes can be used to monitor the movement of water between habitats along the Red Sea coast. Credit: © 2022 KAUST Unmanned aerial vehicles show promise for monitoring coastal water flows over large areas. Runoff in coastal waters is linked to pollution and degradation of coral reefs and other marine … Read more