Caribbean
Coastwide
Science

Leading scientists say NOAA plan to improve U.S. weather forecasting is incomplete

The latest U.S. government effort to better the nation’s weather forecast modeling may not be adequate to achieve its intended goal, according to leading scientists in the weather community. The effort, some say, lacks the necessary push for innovation.

Caribbean
Tourism

USVI - COVID-19 Costing the US Virgin Islands Tourism Tens of Millions

Tens of millions of dollars in revenue for the Virgin Islands are practically up in smoke as the COVID-19 pandemic forced cruise ship cancellations, a ban on hotel stays and a stay-at-home order that all but cut off the territory’s lifeblood: tourism.

Coastwide
Science

Rising Tides: Will Mangroves Keep Up as Sea Levels Climb?

Ahead of World Wetlands Day, research shows how protecting mangroves can mitigate sea level rise – while also helping them adapt to its effects.

Caribbean
Federal

NOAA seeks proposals to help develop world's best weather forecast model

A Request for Proposals (RFP) will be issued on Monday, March 23, and calls for an award of up to $45 million for 5 years. Offerors have until May 11, 2020 to submit proposals. For more information, please see the EPIC Synops

Caribbean
Tourism

Cruise ships kept sailing as coronavirus spread. Travelers and health experts question why.

It was one of the first outbreaks of the coronavirus to capture global attention: For weeks in February, the cruise ship Diamond Princess was moored off the shore of Japan with hundreds of infected people aboard.

Caribbean
Science

USVI - Some, But Not All, Virgin Islands National Park Coral Reefs Are Recovering From Hurricanes

After Hurricanes Irma and Maria delivered a one-two punch to Virgin Islands National Park in September 2017, the impacts to the park's coral reefs were significant. While research indicates that soft corals at the park are recovering, there has been a great decline in stony corals such as elkhorn corals that are the primary reef builders.

Coastwide
Science

Early Look: 2020 Hurricane Season Might Be Above Average

Preliminary 2020 Atlantic hurricane season forecasts are suggesting an above average hurricane season .

Caribbean
Engineering

USVI - UVI/DPNR Project Aims to Assess Coastal Vulnerability

Scientists at the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources and University of the Virgin Islands are teaming up to develop a locally relevant Coastal Vulnerability Index.

Caribbean
Engineering

Bahamas - Bahamas plans deep water oil drilling. First site is 150 miles off South Florida

The Bahamas plans to soon start drilling for oil -- just 150 miles off the coast of South Florida.

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