Wednesday, March 30, 2011

SLAMM 2.0 Models Possible Impact of Rising Sea

From: EPOnline

The application, unveiled by Image Matters, confines itself to specific coastal wetlands such as Chesapeake and Delaware bays.

The newest version of a Web application enables researchers, managers, policymakers, and the public to explore impact scenarios of sea-level rise on specific coastal wetlands, including Chesapeake and Delaware bays and areas near Chincoteague refuge.

The user-friendly and visually dynamic Web application, Sea-Level Affects Marshes Model (SLAMM), was unveiled recently at NOAA’s Coastal GeoTools conference by Image Matters LLC, an award-winning provider of geospatial IT solutions, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, sea level is rising along most of the U.S. coast and around the world. Rising sea levels inundate wetlands and other low-lying lands, erode beaches, intensify flooding and storm damage, and increase the salinity of rivers, bays, and groundwater tables.

SLAMM-View 2.0 presents two types of predictions from studies of sea-level rise on coastal wetlands: "regional" and "site-specific". Up to this point in time, only SLAMM output from regional simulations have been available: for the Chesapeake, Georgia / South Carolina, and Puget Sound / Northwest Coast study regions.

In 2009, site-specific results for the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and surrounding area were made available through SLAMM-View. Note that although the entire Chincoteague study site lies within the Chesapeake study region, the results from the site-specific study originate from completely separate model runs.

More recently, SLAMM results from the Aransas / Whooping Crane Winter Habitat and Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve projects were made accessible through SLAMM-View 2.0.

To learn more about the tool, visit the Chesapeake Bay Field Office and test the tool at SLAMM's website.

Source: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Cuba Cooperates with Seychelles on Hazards of Sea-level Rise

From: CubaHeadlines

Por Martin Hacthoun.Victoria, Mar 26 (Prensa Latina) Seychelles' President James Michel welcomed a team of Cuban scientists that concluded the first phase of a study on the hazards of sea-level rise and coastal flooding in this island nation of the Indian Ocean.
Headed by Juana Serrano, the group of Cuban experts presented the results of the first stage of the project to President Michel, and discussed with him some preliminary ideas on the outcome of the second phase.
Present at the meeting on Friday at State House were Minister for Home Affairs, Environment, Transport and Energy Joel Morgan, director-general of the Climate and Environmental Services Division Wills Agricole, and Cuban ambassador to Seychelles Maria Aida Nogales.
Work on the one-year project started in September last year, and the Cuban team has been in the country since late February to carry out the next stage, recalled Seychelles Nation newspaper.
The second phase is based on the impact that climate change will have on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, and on the infrastructure in Seychelles, specifically on the coast.
On Wednesday, coinciding with World Meteorological Day, the Cuban scientists held a discussion meeting with people whose work is affected by climate change met yesterday for an update on the latest developments relating to the issue.
The Seychelles Nation reported that this year's event was themed "Climate for You", when communities around the world are striving to achieve the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals, as well as improve their resilience in the face of natural disasters.
In the keynote speech, Seychelles' representative at the World Meteorological Organisation Wills Agricole remembered that some 15 years ago the climate change pattern in Seychelles could be described as normal and well-defined.
But since then the climate has rapidly changed and it has become more challenging even for meteorologists to get the prediction right, Agricole warned.
Addressing the event, Cuban scientist Amaury Alvarez said his country's government has good relations with Seychelles and the study provides a chance for more interaction.
Dr Cruz presented a preliminary analysis on the hazards of sea-level rise and coastal flooding in the country, and climate change scenarios for the coming years.