Keeping Watch on a Changing Coast | Fresh & Salty

May 26, 2021

Strategy: The key to surviving climate change.

If there’s one thing we can count on along our dynamic coasts, it’s change. With rising seas, warming waters, and extreme storms reshaping our shores, now more than ever, coastal communities need reliable data to make sense of the changes they can see, and those they can’t. In this episode, Reserve scientists Dr. Jude Apple (Padilla Bay) and Dr. Kari St. Laurent (Delaware) take host Peter Ravella on a tour of the NERRS System-wide Monitoring Program (SWMP)—the only national network to integrate the needs of coastal management with standardized, site-based monitoring. This capacity for long-term monitoring across a national system allows Reserves to track early warning signals and inform proactive strategies for climate change adaptation and other coastal resource management priorities.

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Peter A. Ravella

Founder and Publisher of Coastal News Today and ASPN, experienced business owner in coastal policy, land use, grants, permitting and financing with a demonstrated history of working in the environmental and coastal services industry. Skilled in Government, Community Engagement, Beach & Dune Restoration and Financial Planning, Natural Resource Management, Wetland Mitigation, and Environmental Education. Strong education with a BS in Marine Biology from Texas A&M and a JD with Environmental Law Certificate from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon.