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  • Nighttime on the Albemarle Peninsula

    ECU geologist Stanley Riggs and astronomer Brian Baker of the science education and literacy nonprofit A Time for Science are leading a study to better understand the nocturnal environment and dark skies of the Outer Albemarle Peninsula. The study is designed to map and characterize the visual landscape and sounds of the region.

  • Southern Outer Banks Inspire Students

    This painting by a Swansboro High School student joins 60 other impressions of the Southern Outer Banks in a student art exhibit to be on display at Cape Lookout National Seashore’s two visitor centers through the summer.
    Themed “Connect with the Rhythms of Nature on the Southern Outer Banks,” the art exhibition will be on display at the Harkers Island Visitor Center March 9-Sept. 9 and the Beaufort Visitor Information Center starting March 25, when the park information center reopens for the season.

  • VIMS Develops Storm Surge Model

    Researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science are developing a modeling platform that they say provides a more detailed, accurate picture of the effects of storm surge on communities and their water quality. They say the SCHISM, or Semi-implicit Cross-scale Hydroscience Integrated System Model, which is an open-source, community-supported modeling system, may be used to build more resilient communities and improve the economic strength of coastal towns and counties.

  • EPA Announces PFAS Action Plan

    Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler announces Thursday EPA’s Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, or PFAS, Action Plan. EPA said its plan identifies both short-term solutions for addressing these chemicals and long-term strategies for providing clean, safe drinking water and addressing PFAS at the source. Critics say EPA could do more.