2012 Resources on Global Change in Coastal Ecosystems

General | Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

General Reference Information

Can Journalists Better Capture the Nuances of Climate Science? | The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media

By: Keith Kloor


It’s Not (Always) About the Lorax : The Last Word On Nothing

By: Michelle Nijhuis


A Few Simple Checks Would Transform Science Reporting

By: Fiona Fox


The Rift Between Journalism and Science

By: Keith Kloor


Who Do You ‘Outsource” to on Climate Science?

By: Keith Kloor


Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S. A report of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Published in 2009.

By: Thomas R. Karl Jerry M Melillo Thomas C Peterson

PDF available here:



Watershed Count


Research Databases

National Ocean Economics Program

Established in 1999, the National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP) provides a full range of the most current policy-relevant economic and demographic information available on changes and trends along the U.S. coast, Great Lakes, and coastal waters. The NOEP delivers its information through searchable databases available on this site, as well as through published articles and reports.


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Sunday, June 3

On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research, Second Edition (1995)
Discusses of the social and historical context of science, the allocation of credit for discovery, the scientist’s role in society, the issues revolving around publication, and more.
National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine

Section on conflicts of interest in science

By: National Research Council


Potential Conflicts of Interest at the NIH : NPR

By: Joe Palca


Publication Ethics


Ethical Guidelines for Publishing (american Chemical Society)

By: ACS Publications


Jennings, C (2006) Quality and value: The true purpose of peer review. Nature


Sagan, C. (1997) Baloney Detection Kit, (Excerpted from The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark.) http://www.carlsagan.com

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Monday, June 4

Sea Level Rise

LaFrance, M. Heffner, L. (June 2009) Habitat Mapping and Evaluating Ecological Impacts of Sea Level Rise. URI Graduate School of Oceanography. (WED 2009 BINDER)
United States Geological Survey (2007) Map: National Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise

Annual Shoreline Change .

US Climate Change Science Program / US Global Change Research Program (2009) Map: Annual Shoreline Change (on same page as above)


Vinhateiro, N. (2008 September 11) Mapping technology needed to assess risk of sea level rise.

South County Independent. Retrived on May 18, 2009 from http://www.warwickonline.com/printer_friendly/1484389

(2009, Janurary 15) Coastal Sensitivity to Sea Level Rise: A Focus on the Mid-Atlantic Region. (US Environmental Protection Agency. http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/effects/coastal/sap4-1.html

Vinhateiro, N. & Rubinoff, P. (2007) The science of sea level rise: overview and policy implications for the state of Rhode Island. Rhode Island Sea Grant/Coastal Resources Center.


Brewer, J. (2008) New Directions in Climate Change: Vulnerability, Impacts, and Adaptation Assessment. National Research Council. Retrieved on May 27, 2009 from http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=12545&page=R1

(2009 January) Coastal Sensitivity to Sea-Level Rise: A Focus on the Mid-Atlantic

Region. USCCP Retrieved on June 1, 2009 from http://www.climatescience.gov/Library/sap/sap4-1/final-report/

Save the Bay


Coastal Resource Management Council


US EPA Sea Level Rise Reports


Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets


USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science


The Benefits of Computer-Assisted Reporting


Organizing a Campaign Toward Computer-Assisted Reporting Approaches


The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism


State of the News Media


Global Sea Level Likely to Rise as Much as 70 Feet in Future Generations

By: National Science Foundation


Surging Seas: A Project of Climate Central


Sea Level Rise Mapping and Data Tools

Visit your local Sea Grant web site to look for similar resources created for your region.


Restore-Adapt-Mitigate: Responding to Climate Change through Coastal Habitat Restoration


Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council

This page features links to reports and data on the effects of climate change and sea level rise, with a focus on Rhode Island and the Northeastern U.S.


(find similar state or region-specific resources for the areas that our AWJ fellows are coming from. Don’t worry about Singapore or Poland.)

RI Sea Level Rise & Climate Change Policy (I’ll want this PDF printed for the binder)


U.S. Climate Change Policy Action at the State Level

This list, compiled by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, provides links to climate change legislation, statewide climate change commissions, and climate action plans around the U.S. The list is not exhaustive, but provides a good starting point for additional information.


Benefits of Watershed Improvements Spill Over into Estuary and Coastal Refuge

By Ann Tihansky and Willard Smith


Science Translation:

Error Bars in Experimental Biology
By: Geoff Cumming, Fiona Fidler, and David L. Vaux


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Tuesday, June 5

Coastal and Open Ocean Hypoxia

Smith, Leslie and Emily Shumchenia. (2009). Impacts of Global Change on Coastal Water Quality. URI Graduate School of Oceanography. (NEED UPDATE)

Smith, Leslie and Emily Shumchenia. (May 2009) Measuring Water Quality in an Estuary: Sampling

Equipment. URI Graduate School of Oceanography. (NEED UPDATE)

(2000) Issues in Ecology: Nutrient Pollution off Coastal Rivers, Bays, and Seas. Ecological Society of America.

Duxbury, A., Duxbury, A. and Sverdrup. (2000) An Introduction to the World’s Oceans McGraw Hill, Boston, MA (pp 381-382 fig 14.5 and 14.6)

Diaz, R. and Rutger Rosenberg. (2008, August 15) Spreading Dead Zones and Consequences for Marine Ecosystems. Science. Retrieved April 23, 2009 from http://www.precaution.org/lib/marine_dead_zones_growing.080815.pdf

National Nutrient Database


National Estuarine Entrophication Assessment


Rhode Island Sea Grant




The Insomniacs

Large areas of open ocean starved of oxygen

By: Lisa Levin


Ocean deoxygenation: Past, present, and future


By: Paul G. Falkowski et al

Ocean Acidification Turns Projected Climate Change Winners Into Losers


By: Science Daily

Modeling hypoxia and ecological responses to climate and nutrients

Scientific Assessment of Hypoxia in U.S. Coastal Waters


The Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research

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Wednesday June 6


Bohaboy, Erin. (May 2009) GSO Fisheries Survey: Methods and Equipment.

URI Graduate School of Oceanography.

Laura Windecker. (May 2009) Narragansett Bay Phytoplankton: Net Tow and Microscope Lab. URI Graduate School of Oceanography.

Bell, Richard. (June 2006) Historical background and trends of Narragansett Bay. URI Graduate School of Oceanography.

Windecker, Laura. (June 2007) A Brief Annotated Guide to Narragansett Bay Phytoplankton.

URI Graduate School of Oceanography.

Collie, J., Wood, A., Jeffries, H. (2008). Long-term shifts in the species composition of a coastal fish community.

Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science, 65(7), 1352-1365.

Menden-Deuer, Susanne. (June 2009) Elements of Science Papers: Structure of a Paper. University of Rhode Island

FAO (2012). The state of world fisheries and aquaculture 2010. Rome. Retrieved May 22, 2009 from http://www.fao.org/docrep/013/i1820e/i1820e00.htm

(2009, February 4) Vulnerability of national economices to the impacts of climate change on fisheries. Fish and Fisheries. Retrieved on May 26, 2009 from http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/121681399/HTMLSTART

GSO Phytoplankton Survey: www.gso.uri.edu/phytoplankton

GSO Fish Trawl: www.gso.uri.edu/fishtrawl

Narragansett Bay: The world’s Finest Estuary
Perry Jeffries

Sampling the Bay Over the Long Term
By David Taylor

Ecosystem-based spatial planning and management of marine fisheries: why and how?

By: Elliot A Norse


What is it and what does it mean for marine policymakers?

By Mark T. Gibbs


Estuaries and Coasts, Volume 25, Number 4 – SpringerLink
“Sources of nutrient pollution to coastal waters in the United States: Implications for achieving coastal water quality goals“

By: Robert W. Howarth, Andrew Sharpley and Dan Walker


Summary about creeping dead zones produced by NASA’s Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center


Expanding Oxygen-Minimal Zones in the Tropical Oceans
By: Lothar Stramma , Gregory C. Johnson, Janet Sprintall and Volker Mohrholz


Thresholds of hypoxia for marine biodiversity

By: Raquel Vaquer-Sunyer and Carlos M. Duarte


Effects of Natural and Human-induced hypoxia on coastal benthos

By: L. A. Levin et al


Ocean oxygen minima expansions and their biological impacts

By: Lothar Stramma, Sunke Schmidtko, Lisa A. Levin, Gregory C. Johnson


Warming up, turning sour, losing breath: ocean

Biogeochemistry under global change

By: Nicolas Gruber


Deep-Ocean Life Where Oxygen is Scarce

By: Lisa A Levin


Oxygen Minimum Zone Benthos: Adaptation and Community Response to Hypoxia

By: Lisa Levin


Marine fisheries as ecological experiments

Olaf Jensen et al.


Effects of natural and human-induced hypoxia on coastal benthos

Levin, L. A.; Ekau, .W; Gooday, A. J.; Jorissen, F.; Middelburg, J. J.; Naqvi, S. W. A.; Neira, C.; Rabalais, N. N. Zhang, J.

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Thursday, June 7

Emerging Contaminants

The Endocrine System: The Good, The Bad, and The Regulations

This short course will be conducted by Lisa S. Ortego, PhD, DABT and Ann M. Blacker, PhD, DABT with the help of Tim Verslycke, PhD and Karen Kidd PhD. Consistent with SETAC’s mission, these instructors present a mix of academic, consultant, and industry representatives, resulting in a balanced course on this topic.


Research Projects – Emerging Contaminants in the Environment


Aquatic Life Criteria for Contaminants of Emerging Concern: Challenges and Recommendations
By: OW/ORD Emerging Contaminants Workgroup


EPA Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCP) Research Areas

This page features links to a wide variety of EPA research projects on PPCP, from issues of fate and transport to exposure pathways to assessment of ecological and human health effects.


PPCPs in Water

This page describes the EPA’s four-part strategy for responding to PPCPs in water.


EPA Regional and Program Office Contacts about PPCPs


What will be the Next Big Environmental Crisis and Are We Seeing Glimpses of It Now?

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Friday, June 8

Responding to Climate Change

In Glare of Climate Talks, Taking On Too Great a Task


Extreme Weather, Climate, and Preparedness

By: Anthony Leiserowitz et al


Education and Communication

By: National Academy of Sciences.


Perceptions of Scientific Consensus

By: Ding Ding1,2 , Edward W. Maibach3 *, Xiaoquan Zhao3 , Connie Roser-Renouf3

and Anthony Leiserowitz4

Climategate, Public Opinion, and the Loss of Trust

By: A. A. Leiserowitza*, E. W. Maibachb, C. Roser-Renoufb, N. Smitha, E. Dawsonc


Williams, M., (2009) Beyond Google: From Better Searches to Invisible Web.

(2008) NOAA’s Coastal Geospatial Data Project. National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration


Meyers, S. (2009, April 14). Using data visualization as a reporting tool can reveal story’s shape. Poynter Online. Retrieved May 4, 2009 from http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=101&aid=161675

Butler, R. (2009, March 26). Satellites and Google Earth prove potent conservation tool. Yale Environment 360. Retrieved April 1, 2009 from http://e360.yale.edu/content/feature.msp?id=2134


Climate Change 101

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