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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

UDaily: Study shows how some coral can survive annual bleaching events
11/19/2015 -

A year ago, researchers from University of Delaware and Ohio State University discovered that fat helps coral survive heat stress over the short term — and now it seems that fat helps coral survive over the long term, too.

The study offers important clues as to which coral species are most likely to withstand repeated bouts of heat stress, called “bleaching,” as climate change warms ocean waters worldwide.

UDaily: Professors launch DelawreView to improve public access to remote sensing and geospatial data
11/18/2015 -

Faculty members in the University of Delaware’s Department of Geography have launched the DelawareView (DEView) consortium to improve public access to remote sensing and geospatial data. DEView is an affiliate member of AmericaView, a national network of remote sensing scientists and GIS scientists, funded by the U.S. Geological Survey, who support the use of Landsat and other public domain remotely sensed satellite data for research, education and technology transfer.

UDaily: University's Di Toro honored for environmental research
11/18/2015 -

Dominic Di Toro, the Edward C. Davis Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences Foundation. 

The award was presented at the Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy, held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, from Oct. 19-22. The award recognizes individuals who have shown significant contributions to the field as well as outstanding environmental stewardship. 

11/17/2015 -

At 1,250 acres, the Roberts family farms were one of the last large holdings in southeastern New Castle County. Late last month, three conservation groups, The Mount Cuba Center, The Conservation Fund and Delaware Wild Lands, purchased the properties. The land, to be managed by Delaware Wild Lands, becomes part of a swath of thousands of acres of protected open space that stretches from the state-owned Augustine and Cedar Swamp wildlife areas south to Wild Land's 3,500 acres at Taylors Bridge and more state holdings at Blackbird Creek Reserve.

UDaily: Celebrate Thanksgiving by sharing gratitude for natural world
11/17/2015 -

As a way of observing the Thanksgiving holiday, the DENIN Ambassadors will be asking fellow students and other members of the University of Delaware community, “What on Earth are you thankful for?” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at a kiosk in the Trabant University Center. 

The DENIN Ambassadors are the official student representatives of the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN), an interdisciplinary environmental research and education institute with approximately 180 faculty affiliates at the University of Delaware.

UDaily: UD professor reports on coastal ocean response to global warming acceleration and hiatus
11/17/2015 -

In a new paper out in Nature Scientific Reports today, the University of Delaware’s Xiao-Hai Yan and colleagues report on the coastal ocean response to global warming acceleration and hiatus.

The so-called global warming “hiatus” refers to the possible temporary slow-down of the global mean surface temperature trend said to have been occurring since 1998. 

While many studies have focused on the mechanisms that caused the purported hiatus, few have paid attention to the coastal effects. Yan believes this area of study is critical as approximately 50 percent of the world’s population lives within 124 miles of coastal waters, with many more relying on the world’s coasts for commerce and natural resources. 

11/13/2015 -

Wind turbines seven miles off South Jersey’s coast got a step closer to reality Monday after two companies won a federal auction to lease a combined 344,000 acres for possible wind power development. RES Americas Developments Inc. bid $881,000 to lease 160,480 acres. US Wind Inc. bid about $1 million for 183,353 acres, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said. Cape May-based Fishermen’s Energy was the only other company to take part among 13 potential bidders.

UDaily: Delaware's real-time environmental monitoring system makes billionth observation
11/13/2015 -

Meteorological and atmospheric conditions are constantly fluctuating and are important to monitor in real-time. State agencies, the emergency management community, private companies and farmers all depend on environmental monitoring data on a day-to-day basis to make critical decisions. The Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS), “a real-time environmental data service provider for the state of Delaware and surrounding region,” recently reached its one billionth environmental data measurement. DEOS celebrated 10 years as Delaware’s real-time environmental data source in February 2014.

11/13/2015 -

A common bacteria in coastal waters, including Delaware's inland bays, may be an important tool to control harmful algae blooms that cause life-threatening illnesses like shellfish poisoning and trigger massive fish kills. The bacteria, called Shewanella, destroys the algae from the inside out, said Kathryn Coyne, a researcher on a project to learn more about the bacteria, the toxins it produces and the role it plays in the aquatic ecosystem.

UDaily: UD doctoral candidate investigates how rainwater travels in urban forests
11/13/2015 -

Forests cover approximately 30 percent of the Earth’s surface. They play an important role in purifying air, preventing soil erosion and maintaining proper balance in water resources. How rain makes its way into a forest’s soil can affect soil chemistry, groundwater recharge and, ultimately, forest health and productivity.