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Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12.

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Shorelines Blog

Shorelines Newsletter

The Blue Carbon Market is Open.

For the first time, tidal wetlands can enter the carbon market. A new methodology co-authored by Smithsonian scientist Pat Megonigal offers a way to create carbon credits for restoring tidal wetlands.

News and Research

We've Underestimated Methane

Image: Frozen Methane Bubbles (Miriam Jones/USGS)

For years, scientists and policymakers reported that the greenhouse gas methane is 30 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. In a new study, scientists discovered it has an even stronger impact than we thought.
(Photo: Miriam Jones/USGS)

Spaghetti Bryozoan Found in Galápagos

Cownose ray

A snorkeling trip led to a surprise discovery off Santa Cruz Island in the Galápagos. Now scientists are working to uncover what the invasive spaghetti bryozoan's arrival could mean for this world heritage site.

(Photo: Dan Minchin/Marine Organism Investigations)

What Does Life in the Ocean Sound Like?

Ocean Noise

Erica Staaterman is helping uncover a wealth of noise from the ocean’s hidden creatures, first in California and now in the Chesapeake as a SERC postdoc.
(Photo: Erica Staaterman)

Education and Events

Full Calendar of Events

Click HERE to go to our public calendar.

--Thursday, December 03, 11:00AM– 12:00PM
Weekly Seminar
"Tracking wide-ranging marine species to go from data to decisions"

--Thursday, December 10, 11:00AM– 12:00PM
Weekly Seminar
"River Herring Conservation in the Chesapeake Watershed"

--Thursday, December 17, 11:00AM– 12:00PM
Weekly Seminar
"Ireland, Forests and Biodiversity"

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