• NOAA Eyes Nutrient Credits for Oysters

    Because oysters are filter feeders, they are effective at removing nutrients and improving water quality, and researchers see opportunities to expand their economic value. Suzanne Bricker and her colleagues with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science are measuring the amount of nutrients removed by oysters along the East Coast to help states develop nutrient management plans that include oyster farms.

  • Why People Underprepare for Disasters

    Professor Howard Kunreuther discusses the processes and biases in decision-making under uncertainty in the video “Human Biases: Why People Underprepare for Disasters” released Tuesday by FEMA and its emergency management partners.

  • The Battle of Roanoke Island

    This month in Outer Banks History looks at the Battle of Roanoke Island that took place in the early stages of the Civil War. Outer Banks History Center Director Samantha Crisp details the February 1862 battle in this video produced by Dare County’s CurrentTV. 

  • ‘What Will You Tell Your Children?’

    “I wonder: What will you tell your children was the reason to fail and leave them facing a climate chaos that you knowingly brought upon them? That it seemed so bad for the economy that we decided to resign the idea of securing future living conditions without even trying?” Seventeen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg posed these questions this week to world leaders at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

  • New UNC Course Blends Science, Writing

    A new course offering at the University of North Carolina approaches the topic of the changing Carolina coastline in a different way, through a mix of marine sciences and creative writing. UNC professors Bland Simpson and Brent McKee seek to inspire a new generation of writers to discuss coastal issues and young scientists to effectively communicate their research. In addition to reading scientific articles and creative fiction, the course also includes excursions to explore the North Carolina coast firsthand.

  • Radio Pioneer Made Waves on OBX

    The Outer Banks History Center explores the early experiments of radio pioneer Reginald Fessenden on the state’s coast on This Month in Outer Banks History, produced by CURRENTtv.

  • New Duke Lab Vessel Delivery Underway

    The newly constructed aluminum research and survey vessel, R/V Shearwater, both a research platform and classroom at sea, is expected to dock by the end of November at the Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort, giving the university the capability to travel longer distances offshore or able to support overnight operations for the first time since the university’s two larger vessels were retired more than five years ago.

  • October is National Seafood Month

    Rob Ruiz, a chef and restaurant owner in San Diego, California, talks sustainability in this National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries video recognizing October as National Seafood Month 2019. Throughout the month, NOAA Fisheries will be publishing seafood stories, including science features, culinary Q&As, seafood videos and a podcast.

  • Thunberg Scolds Leaders for Inaction

    Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg scolded world leaders Monday at a United Nations summit calling for climate action, saying people are suffering and dying from the effects of global warming and that all the leaders have are empty words. She said the science has been clear for 30 years, and still they are not doing enough. The 16-year-old warned the more than 60 presidents and prime ministers gathered in the General Assembly hall for the summit that the youth would not let them “get away with this.” Video: Voice of America

  • Hurricane Florence: A Year Later

    This video shot Sept. 27, 2018, by Onslow County Government shows the coastal county just weeks after Hurricane Florence struck last year. This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of the Category 1 storm’s arrival in Eastern North Carolina, where it lingered for three days and bringing in rainfall up to 42 inches. The storm damaged more than 11,000 homes and businesses in Onslow County, costing residents more than $515 million and leaving behind more than 800,000 cubic feet of debris, according to the county.

  • Dorian’s Swells Arrive Ahead of Storm

    Long-period waves, those with a greater than normal distance from crest to crest, race up the beach to the dune line Sunday at Fort Macon State Park just before high tide, days before slow-moving Hurricane Dorian is forecast to reach the N.C. coast.

  • Nags Head Sand Project Ends

    This time lapse video of beach nourishment is from around Aug. 10 near Mile Post 18.5, Nags Head. Beach renourishment sand pumping operations were completed Aug. 18 in the 8200 block of South Old Oregon Inlet Road near Mile Post 17, the town announced Monday.