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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

06/02/2015 -

Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have predicted this year’s hurricane season may produce fewer storms than average, but that doesn’t mean the coast is safe from a major hurricane. NOAA has predicted a 70 percent chance that this season will bring six to 11 named storms. Scientists also predict three to six of those storms will develop into hurricanes, with up to two Category 3 or higher storms, with winds reaching 111 mph and higher. The official hurricane season began June 1 and runs through the end of November.

UDaily: UD researcher reports evidence that microbial algae found in Greater Caribbean originated from Indo-Pacific Ocean
06/02/2015 -

The University of Delaware’s Daniel (Tye) Pettay reports new evidence that Symbiodinium trenchii (S. trenchii), a stress-tolerant zooxanthellae alga found in coral communities across the Greater Caribbean, is actually an introduced species from the Indio-Pacific Ocean. The findings appeared in the June 1 online issue of the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) in an article titled “Microbial Invasion of the Caribbean by an Indo-Pacific Coral ‘Zooxanthella.’”

06/01/2015 -

Hurricane season rolls in Monday with Delaware and parts of the Mid-Atlantic headed for warmer, drier-than-normal conditions – early signs in some areas of serious drought. Northern and southern Delaware are both ending the month with temperatures 4.5 to 5 degrees above average, rainfall only about two-thirds of normal and above-normal temperatures predicted through mid-June.

06/01/2015 -

Some 50 feet below the surface of the ocean, a pool of frigid water lurks with the ability to lessen the intensity of hurricanes in the mid-Atlantic. This cold pool may influence everything from summer sea breezes – which serve as the seashore's natural air conditioner – to near-shore events where water temperatures drop from bathtublike one day to chilly the next.

06/01/2015 -

Kitt Heckscher's "office" over these last few weeks has been behind a fallen tree, in the woods at White Clay Creek State Park. There, he and two graduate students, set up nets to catch veery birds -- creatures with an international connection to Delaware. All winter long, these birds live in the Brazilian rain forest. Each spring, they migrate northern Delaware and the dense wooded areas along White Clay Creek where they build nests, lay eggs and raise their young. Some travel even further.

06/01/2015 -

For most of their lives, shad – a group of fish in the the herring family – live in the ocean. But each spring – or so the story goes – as the shadbush bursts into bloom, they run up the Delaware Bay, into the river and tributaries like the White Clay Creek, where, drawn by fresh water, the fish spawn. Or that's the way it's supposed to go.

05/18/2015 -

Broadkill Beach civic leader Jim Bailey knew his Delaware Bay community was getting a much wider beach and dune but now that crews have started pumping sand, even he has been surprised at the scope of the project. When bulldozers are working on the low side, closest to Delaware Bay, they are obscured by the mountain of sand. And it's not just tall – about 16 feet – it's also wide.

UDaily: Antarctic penguins focus of first installment in 2015 Ocean Currents Lecture Series
05/15/2015 -

Those who have wondered what it’s like to live in Antarctica won’t want to miss the opening lecture in the University of Delaware School of Marine Science and Policy’s 2015 Ocean Currents Lecture Series scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, May 21. Megan Cimino, a doctoral candidate in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, recently spent three months researching Adélie penguins at the Palmer Station research base on the West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP).

UDaily: Environmental humanities students get down-to-earth experience
05/15/2015 -

At the University of Delaware, public policy student Emily Floros is focused on public health and on finding ways to help people improve their nutrition and access to food. Aidan Leddy, with a major in criminal justice and a minor in journalism, is always looking for new experiences that he can incorporate into his writing. Now, thanks to an environmental humanities class in which students volunteer at a local organic farm, they both have new insights.

Delaware Public Media: DENIN director expresses concern over accelerating rate of land degradation
05/12/2015 -

A new paper published by the head of the Delaware Environmental Institute at University of Delaware expresses concern over the rising rates of soil erosion and its potential impact on the quality of human life in the future.

The review, “Soil and human security in the 21st century,” was published in leading journal Science. In many parts of the world, soil conditions are suffering from wind and water erosion, especially in areas are facing intense drought, flood patterns and weather conditions exacerbated by climate change.