November 2013

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CZM Receives Grants to Identify Coastal Wetlands Vulnerable to Sea Level Rise

CZM recently received two grant awards to examine the vulnerability of salt marshes to sea level rise. The first award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will support model selection and initial data compilation, with a focus on the North Shore’s Great Marsh. A second grant award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will greatly expand the project to model salt marsh response and impacts under different climate and sea level rise scenarios and generate site-specific information and maps to identify and communicate vulnerability, risk, and impacts to Massachusetts coastal wetlands. CZM and partners, including investigators with the Plum Island Ecosystem Long Term Ecological Research program and staff at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, will work with a Technical Advisory Committee to integrate models that incorporate dynamic coastal and estuarine processes, including tides, sea level, and sediment transport (erosion and accretion), with long-term local data on soil saturation, salinity, land use, coastal engineering structures, and historical shoreline change. As part of this project, CZM will also work with regional and local groups to establish a network of long-term monitoring stations to track the movement of plant community structure and other changes in the salt marsh-upland transition zone. Physical parameters to be measured include survey-grade elevation, vertical accretion, soil salinity, and hydroperiod, among others. This effort will create a high resolution baseline to measure future sea level rise impacts to salt marshes. Over time, these field data will have the potential to help calibrate and verify the marsh migration models used in this project.

StormSmart Northeast Climate Change Adaptation Project Resources Now Online

As part of the national StormSmart Coasts Network, the Northeast Climate Change Adaptation website provides information on how coastal communities from the Bay of Fundy to Long Island Sound are adapting land use laws, policies, programs, and infrastructure to changing environmental conditions. The site features components of a two-year regional project funded by NOAA and co-managed by CZM including six municipal pilot projects, several local case studies developed by the Roger Williams University School of Law and Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program, and a resource room for journalists that was created by Clean Air-Cool Planet. In Massachusetts, the communities of Scituate, Marshfield, and Duxbury are highlighted for their efforts to map areas most vulnerable to sea level rise and identify potential adaptation strategies for public properties, infrastructure, and natural resources. See the Final Products page for the reports and maps from this project.

Visualizing Sea Level Rise in MORIS

Potential extents of high tides with sea level rise are now included in the Massachusetts Ocean Resource Information System (MORIS). NOAA coastal inundation data were added to MORIS to allow users to interactively view mean higher high water plus one foot increments of sea level rise (up to six feet) with other information such as aerial photographs, assessor maps, public facilities and infrastructure locations, and natural resource areas. With MORIS, users can quickly create and share vulnerability maps. To access this new tool, launch MORIS through the StormSmart Coasts - Visualizing Sea Level Rise web page.

CZ-Tip: Boat Winterizing—Keep It Green

As the cold weather settles in, most boat owners are removing their vessels from the water and storing them for the winter. Boats must be properly prepared for storage to ensure that all parts and systems are protected from the weather and are not harmed from the lack of use. This process, referred to as winterizing or decommissioning, can impact the environment if not done properly. Oil may spill during an oil change, fuel can degrade if not stabilized, soaps and detergents can harm marine life, bottom paint can wash into the water during pressure washing, and boat sewage can pollute coastal waters if not disposed of properly. For more information and specific tips to winterize your boat in an environmentally sensitive manner, see the CZ-Tip: Boat Winterizing—Keep It Green.

Grants/Funding/Proposal Opportunities

Mass Bays Research and Planning Grants - The Massachusetts Bays Program (Mass Bays) is seeking proposals for 2014 Research and Planning Grants. Up to $100,000 is available for estuarine protection and restoration initiatives located within the 50 coastal communities in the Mass Bays planning area. Eligible projects include research and planning initiatives that advance Mass Bays’ priorities, which focus on protecting, restoring, and enhancing coastal habitats, including shellfish and sea grass beds, salt marshes, and beaches, especially identifying and responding to projected impacts of climate change and sea level rise on those habitats. Eligible applicants include cities, towns, and other public entities, academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Up to $20,000 may be requested for each project and a minimum of 25 percent match of the total project cost (cash or in-kind) must be provided. All projects must be completed by December 31, 2014. For more information on the Mass Bays program, its partner communities and organizations, and previously funded projects, see the Mass Bays website. Grant applications are due by November 22.

Urban Waters Small Grants - EPA is seeking applications for 2013/2014 Urban Waters Small Grants to fund research, investigations, experiments, training, surveys, studies, and demonstrations that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities. Up to $1.6 million in funding is available for projects in 18 eligible geographic areas, including the Mystic River Watershed in Massachusetts. Grant awards will range from approximately $40,000 to $60,000. For more information, including the Request for Proposals, see the EPA website. The submission deadline is November 25.

BoatUS Grassroots Grants - The BoatUS Foundation is seeking applications for the 2014 Grassroots Grants. Up to $10,000 is available to local volunteer organizations to promote education on safe and clean boating. Applications are due by January 15, 2014.

Reminders - These opportunities, listed in the last CZ-Mail, are still available:

  • Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program - NOAA’s Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) has released a notice of availability for funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. CZM has posted the state’s Request for Responses (RFR) soliciting potential projects for this funding opportunity on the Comm-PASS website. CZM will review applications and select which project(s) the state will include in its nomination package to NOAA for consideration in the national CELCP ranking. Individual projects can request up to $1 million in CELCP funding and require non-federal matching funds on a 1:1 basis. RFR project applications are due to CZM by November 5. For more information on CELCP, project eligibility, and application guidelines, see CZM’s CELCP web page.
  • Municipal Coastal Resilience Initiative - The Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) is seeking proposals from coastal communities in New England to improve resilience to coastal storms and effects of sea level rise. Specifically, NROC seeks to fund activities that meet the requirements of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Community Rating System to improve participation in the flood insurance rate reduction program and prevent coastal storm damages. The estimated total award amount is $80,000, with a range of $5,000 to $20,000 per project. Proposals are due November 8. See the Request for Proposals for details.
  • 2014 Massachusetts Recreational Trails Program Grants - The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is currently seeking applications for the Recreational Trails Program, which provide from $2,000 to $50,000 for a variety of trail protection, construction, and stewardship projects throughout Massachusetts. DCR is also accepting applications for Statewide Trails Education Grants, which provide funding for statewide trail education initiatives. For more information on these grant programs, contact Amanda Lewis at amanda.lewis@state.ma.us. Applications are due by February 1, 2014.

Products/Publications

Beach Nourishment and Dune Construction Fact Sheet - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released Beach Nourishment and Dune Construction, a fact sheet that explains how these erosion-control techniques are addressed in FEMA's coastal mapping studies.

State of the Climate Report - NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, in cooperation with the American Meteorological Society, has released State of the Climate in 2012, a report that provides an update of global climate indicators, notable weather events, and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments.

Climate Adaptation Report - NOAA and Sea Grant have released Cost-Efficient Climate Adaptation in the North Atlantic, a report that looks at community-level coastal flood management and climate change adaptation best practices throughout the North Atlantic region of the United States.

Marine Planning Handbook - The National Ocean Council has released a Marine Planning Handbook, which provides information on how to advance marine planning priorities while ensuring a transparent, participatory, science-based process. The handbook supplements the discussion of marine planning in the U.S. National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan. For details, see the National Ocean Council website.

Climate Change Impacts on Streamflow and Water Quality Report - EPA has released Watershed Modeling to Assess the Sensitivity of Streamflow, Nutrient, and Sediment Loads to Potential Climate Change and Urban Development in 20 U.S. Watersheds, a report that provides details of watershed modeling in 20 large watersheds to characterize the sensitivity of streamflow, nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus), and sediment loading to a range of plausible mid-21st century climate change and urban development scenarios.

Climate Change Report - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis, the fifth assessment report of the IPCC that outlines the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change.

Ebb & Flow - The October 2013 issue of Ebb & Flow pdf format of Ebb and Flow Newsletter #17 October, 2013 file size 2MB , the eNewsletter of the Department of Fish and Game's Division of Ecological Restoration, features articles on numerous dam removal projects, an upcoming wetland restoration project at Tidmarsh Farms in Plymouth, and other updates, grant opportunities, events, and resource links.

Newswave - The summer/fall 2013 issue of NEWSWAVE, the quarterly newsletter on ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes activities from the U.S. Department of the Interior, features articles on Hurricane Sandy recovery, benefits of coastal economies, and other ocean and coastal news.

The Sandbar - The October 2013 issue of The Sandbar, a quarterly publication reporting on legal issues affecting the U.S. oceans and coasts by the National Sea Grant College Program, features articles on a U.S. Supreme Court takings claim ruling, seawall issues in Connecticut, and other ocean- and coastal-related legal issues.

Hazards Science Newsletter - A new quarterly newsletter from the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Science Application for Risk Reduction (SAFRR) project is focused on raising awareness about hazard science. The SAFRR project helps communities reduce their natural hazard threats by directing new and existing scientific research toward addressing gaps in vulnerability, producing innovative products, and connecting experts with users of their science. The newsletter provides updates on projects underway to help build resilience to natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods, wildfires, landslides, tsunamis, and coastal erosion.

Marine Protected Area Newsletter - The September-October 2013 issue of MPA News features articles on large no-take marine protected areas (MPA), MPA reviews in Australia, and other MPA news and notes.

Marine Ecosystems and Management Information Service - The October/November 2013 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management, the bimonthly information service on marine ecosystem-based management (EBM) from the University of Washington School of Marine Affairs, features articles on marine conservation and sustainable food production, the Ocean Health Index results, and other notes and news.

Web-Based Resources

MEMA Twitter Alerts - Massachusetts residents can now receive emergency alerts through Twitter. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is participating in Twitter’s new Twitter Alerts program, which allows MEMA to mark the most urgent tweets as “Alerts.” Twitter users can subscribe to receive MEMA’s Twitter Alerts as text messages, through a Twitter app notification, and as a highlighted tweet. To sign up see MEMA's Twitter Alert web page.

Coastal Resilience 2.0 - The Nature Conservancy has launched Coastal Resilience 2.0, a website that offers a suite of tools that enables decision makers to assess risk and identify nature-based solutions to reduce socio-economic vulnerability to coastal hazards. The site’s mapping tools allow users to interactively examine storm surge, sea level rise, natural resources, vulnerable communities, and assets and to develop risk reduction and restoration solutions.

FEMA Mapping Changes Webinar - FEMA’s popular Mapping Changes Course is now available online for viewing at anytime. This course, developed for insurance agents and lenders, covers the impact of National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Map Changes on rating and eligibility for coverage. As a result of initiatives such as FEMA Map Modernization and FEMA Risk MAP, communities throughout the country have been experiencing flood map changes over the past few years. Viewers will learn how to provide better service for clients and understand how map changes affect rates, premiums, and the mandatory purchase of flood insurance.

Climate Resources for Educators - ClimateChangeLIVE provides educators with a variety of free tools for teaching climate concepts through webcasts, webinars, and online climate education resources. The website features information gathered from 17 federal agency and non-governmental organization partners that is aligned with national science education standards. Electronic field trips are also available as a way to learn about climate change science directly from climate experts and educators and to have the chance to interact with them during the ClimateChangeLIVE webcasts and on social media.

Public Comment

Please note: All official CZM requests for public comment are published in the Public Notices section of the Environmental Monitor, the bi-weekly publication from the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) office. Available opportunities for public comment from other agencies and organizations are provided below.

General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Industrial Activities - EPA is seeking comments on the updated draft permit to regulate stormwater discharges from industrial activities to replace the current 2008 Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) when it expires later this year. The proposed permit will help protect U.S waterways from industrial sector pollutants, which can contribute to aquatic ecosystem degradation, increase drinking water treatment costs, and impair the recreational use and aesthetic value of waterways. The permit covers 29 different sectors of industrial activity and, once finalized, will be in effect in the four states and other territories and areas where the EPA is the permitting authority, including Massachusetts. For more information, see the EPA website. Comments are due by November 26.

Calendar

State of Wellfleet Harbor Conference - On November 2, the 11th annual State of Wellfleet Harbor Conference will be held at Wellfleet Elementary School. The goal of this free conference is to distribute information about current and ongoing research, monitoring projects, and issues related to Wellfleet Harbor and its watershed.

World Whale Conference - From November 4-7, the second World Whale Conference and inaugural meeting of the World Cetacean Alliance will be held in Gloucester. The first two days will feature the International Whale Watch Conference with discussions about the commercial advantages of a sustainable approach to whale watching. The final two days will feature the World Whale Conference with discussions of collaborative strategies for protecting the world's whales, dolphins, and porpoises.

Online Marine Science Workshop - From November 4-15, the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI) and the College of Exploration invite you to explore life on the dark side with the free online workshop Microbes Down Below! Exploring Life Beneath the Ocean Floor. Designed for community college instructors and high school teachers, the materials and content was especially designed for use in community college classes, with additional materials for high school classes. Participation is free and open to all.

Emergency Preparedness Summit - On November 5, the Emergency Preparedness Summit 2013 will be held at UMass Boston. The 2013 summit provides an open forum for leaders in emergency management and public safety to share current methodologies and discuss new solutions to tackle crisis situations. This event will provide all the tools, technologies, and best practices needed to better prepare facilities and staff for prevention, management, and response to viable threats.

Underwater Archaeology Presentations - In November, Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeology (BUAR) Director Victor Mastone will be on the road to talk about the latest BUAR efforts. On November 9, Vic will give a presentation to the Central Chapter of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society about the on-going research on dugout canoes in Lake Quinsigamond. The society meets at the Zion Lutheran Church, 43 Whitmarsh Avenue, Worcester at 7:00 p.m. with the talk commencing by 8:00 p.m. On November 25, he will give a presentation to the South Boston Historical Society on the Revolutionary War Battle of Chelsea Creek. The Society meets at the South Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library at 6:30 p.m.

New England Mariner and Global Ocean Lecture Series - On the second Sunday of each month through December, Sea Education Association is hosting a Fall Lecture Series with Dr. Mary Malloy featuring topics related to New England mariners and the global ocean. Topics that remain include: Pacific art and artifacts on November 10 and sustainability in Polynesian Island cultures and ecosystems on December 8. All lectures will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the James L. Madden Center Lecture Hall in Falmouth.

Sustainable Landscaping Webinar Series - The Ecological Landscaping Association is offering a free webinar series on sustainable landscaping for professionals. The interactive webinars will be taught by experts from across the country with expertise in specific areas of sustainability. Topics remaining include: soil amendments on November 12 and sustainability makes cents on December 11.

Great Marsh Sea Level Rise Symposium - On November 14, the Great Marsh Coalition will hold the Great Marsh Symposium 2013: The Value of Natural Systems in Protecting Great Marsh Communities at the Great House at The Trustees of Reservations' Crane Estate in Ipswich. This free, full-day workshop is for coastal decision makers from the region to explore, identify, and discuss the value of natural systems in mitigating sea level rise impacts in the Great Marsh—the largest continuous stretch of salt marsh in New England, extending from Cape Ann to New Hampshire. An optional "tour" of the Great Marsh from the roof of the Great House will immediately follow the workshop. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Coffee and lunch will be provided. For more information, see the Great Marsh website. For questions, contact Kathryn Glenn at the North Shore Office of CZM at (978) 281-3972 or kathryn.glenn@state.ma.us.

Impacts of Sea Level Rise on National Parks - On November 14, the National Park Service will present Impacts of Sea Level Rise on National Parks, a webinar on how several national parks are addressing the challenges to protect natural and cultural resources while providing visitor access and recreational opportunities.

MACC Fall Conference - On November 16, the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) will hold the 2013 Fall Conference, Invasive Plant Species: Pick Your Battles to Win!, in Worcester. Geared for conservation commissioners and agents, community preservation committees, planning boards, open space and land stewardship committees, land trusts, and interested citizens, the 2013 conference will focus on invasive plant species issues throughout Massachusetts.

Climate Change Workshop for Teachers - From November 16-17, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold How Climate Change Affects Life on Earth, a workshop on the effects of climate change on marine and land organisms with a focus on hands-on classroom science activities. Each participant will also receive a set of standards-based lesson plans, including classroom tools, video, teacher guides, and student worksheets.

GIS and Water Resources Conference—Call for Abstracts - From May 12-14, 2014, the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) will hold the Spring Specialty Conference GIS and Water Resources VIII - Data to Decisions in Salt Lake City, Utah. Researchers, practitioners, and academicians will come together to learn and share the latest and best practices on using GIS to make informed water resources decisions better. Abstracts are being sought for oral presentations, panels, and posters covering a wide range of topics. See the Call for Abstracts, which are due by November 18.

Climate Change in New England Lecture - On November 19, December 3, and 10, Salem Sound Coastwatch (SSCW) and the National Park Service will sponsor a lecture series, Climate Change in New England, about the effects of climate change in the region. For more information, contact info@salemsound.org or visit SSCW’s calendar. The lectures are from 7:30-8:45 p.m. at the National Park Service Regional Visitor Center in Salem.

Erosion Control Conference - From November 19-21, the International Erosion Control Association's Northeast Chapter will hold its Annual Conference and Trade Exposition in Warwick, Rhode Island. The 2013 conference—Changing Paradigms: Engineering for the Future—will include several erosion and sediment control and stormwater management technical sessions, certification review classes and exams, legislative updates, and a trade show.

Center for Coastal Studies Lecture Series - On November 20, the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) in Provincetown will kick off the 2013 Winter Lecture Series with Dr. Carole Carlson, who will present The Blue Whales of Chile: From Grass Roots Community Efforts to a National Sanctuary for Whales. Talks are held on the last Wednesday each month at Napi’s Restaurant, Freeman Street, Provincetown at 7:00 p.m. For details, please contact CCS at ccs@coastalstudies.org.

Marine Science Lectures - On November 21, the Northeastern University Marine Science Center will host A Conversation with Fabien Cousteau, World-Renowned Ocean Explorer at the Northeastern University Alumni Center, 716 Columbus Ave, 6th Floor, Boston. In 1963, oceanographer Jacques Cousteau spent 30 days at the bottom of the Red Sea, studying in an underwater habitat. In the coming months, his grandson Fabien Cousteau will embark on a 31-day project called Mission 31, to mark the 50th anniversary of his grandfather's underwater mission. Join Fabien Cousteau and Marine Science Center faculty for a discussion of Mission 31 and the impact of human activities on the marine environment. The event is free and open to the public, however, registration is requested. Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Climate Change Forum - On November 22, the Center for Coastal Studies will hold the 2013 Chase-Miller Forum, Shifting Coasts - Planning and Action in a Changing Environment, at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Bourne. This half-day forum will present information on the challenges and strategies to address the coastal impacts due to storms, changing shorelines, and sea level rise. Please register by November 12.

Coastal Zone Canada Conference—Call for Abstracts - From June 15-19, 2014, the Coastal Zone Canada 2014 Conference will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This conference is the leading interdisciplinary forum held for professionals from across Canada and around the world to meet and discuss all aspects of coastal and ocean management. See the Call for Abstracts, which are due by December 16.

International Disaster Conference - From January 7-10, 2014, the International Disaster Conference and Expo will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana. The 2014 conference will examine disaster policies, practices, and mitigation efforts with a focus on private and public sector collaboration. Topics include flood planning, animal decontamination, the psychological perceptions of Hurricane Sandy, disaster cost recovery and management, healthcare emergency management, shelters, modeling disasters, and developing an incidence action plan.

EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities Webinar Series - In collaboration with the Water Utility Climate Alliance, EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative will host a webinar series this fall. The webinars will explore planning and decision-making strategies to help drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities understand and adapt to the impacts of climate change. For more information about topics and schedules, to register, or to access past webinar recordings, view the “training” tab on the CRWU website.

Walks and Talks on Cape Cod - Throughout the fall, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold a series of walks, lectures, and special events with local naturalists where you can learn how to identify birds by sight and sound, recognize mushrooms in the woods, and join the Wednesday Walk series with Connie Boyce. For details, see their museum calendar.

Walks, Lectures, and Events on Outer Cape Cod - Throughout the fall, the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary will offer a variety of educational programs for children and adults, including naturalist-led bird walks, nature adventures for preschoolers, and scenic cruises on Cape Cod Bay. For more information, search their calendar of programs, classes, and events.

Ipswich River Wildlife Programs and Activities - Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary provides numerous fall nature walks, talks, and adventures, such as children’s wildlife-themed courses, birding programs, among others. See the program catalog for event and schedule information.

Morning Birding and Other Events on Plum Island - Throughout the fall, the Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center will host a Wednesday and Saturday morning birding series to explore some of Plum Island’s most productive birding hotspots. The center also hosts numerous other fall events, classes, and education activities. For event and schedule information, see the Joppa Flats program catalog.

Walks in Harwich - The Harwich Conservation Trust has posted its schedule of fall walks. All walks are free and open to the public. See the Trust's website for details.

Barnstable Land Trust Walks and Talks - The Barnstable Land Trust will hold numerous events as part of its Walks & Talks nature series from now until late fall. For details, see the Barnstable Land Trust website.

Reminders - The following calendar items posted in the last CZ-Mail are still to come:

  • Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference - From November 3-7, the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) will host its 22nd biennial conference, CERF 2013: Toward Resilient Coasts and Estuaries, Science for Sustainable Solutions, in San Diego, California. The four foundation topics include managing nutrients in a changing world, responding to sea level rise, acidification impacts on estuaries, and anthropogenic facilitation of species invasions.
  • Annual Water Resources Conference - From November 4-7, the American Water Resources Association is hosting the 48th Annual Water Resources Conference in Portland, Oregon. Join 500 multidisciplinary water resource professionals for exhibits, field trips, workshops, and presentations on science, engineering, policy, management, fisheries, and economics as they relate to current water issues. For a list of speakers and topics to date, see the preliminary program.
  • MEPA and Environmental Permitting Seminar - On November 7, Law Seminars International will host the 4th Annual MEPA and Environmental Permitting Seminar in Boston to provide information on new requirements and compliance strategies. Join experts to hear recent legislative and case law updates and practical first-hand lessons on topics such as adapting to sea level rise and climate change in Boston and initiating policies for casino permitting in Massachusetts. Continuing education credits are available.
  • StormCon Conference—Call for Abstracts - StormCon, the North American Surface Water Quality Conference and Exposition, is now seeking abstracts for presentations at their 2014 conference to be held from August 3-7 in Portland, Oregon. Topics for abstracts are requested in the following seven conference tracks: Best Management Practices case studies, green infrastructure, stormwater program management, water quality monitoring, industrial stormwater management, advanced research topics, and coastal protection. See the Call for Papers, which are due by November 14.
  • Cape Cod Field Schools - Through November, Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is offering a variety of 2-, 3-, and 4-day field courses for adults that focus on the unique coastal environment and wildlife of Cape Cod. Cape Cod Field Schools emphasize active, outdoor, "in-the-field" experiences and are taught by professional naturalists and scientists.

Other Items of Interest

Teacher at Sea Program—Deadline Extended - The NOAA Teacher at Sea Program is accepting applications for the 2014 field season. The program provides a unique learning and teaching environment for teachers, kindergarten through college, aboard NOAA research and survey ships to work under the direction of NOAA scientists and crew. Applications are due by November 18.

Ocean 180 Video Challenge - The Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence Florida has launched the Ocean 180 Video Challenge, a nationwide opportunity for ocean scientists and middle school students. In December, ocean scientists will submit 3-minute videos that explain their research. In January 2014, the top 10 video abstracts, targeted for middle school students, will be available to view by registered middle school classrooms who will select the winners. Middle school teachers are invited to register their classrooms by December 6. Judging will take place from January 3-February 1, 2014.

Ocean Science Opportunities - The Ocean Exploration Trust is seeking applications from educators and students for internships, educator fellowships, and the Honors Research Program. These exciting opportunities allow participants to gain exposure to and experience in the applications of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) in the field of ocean exploration. All travel and room and board costs associated with the program are covered for accepted participants. For details, see the Ocean Exploration Trust website.