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Vol. 43, No. 1, Nov. 2004

Coastal Ocean Institute

Coastal Ocean Institute

At the coast—where air, sea, land, and people meet Coastal waters are the ocean's first line of defense, and that line is showing many signs of stress. The first step in promoting effective stewardship is to recognize and document the problems; as you will read, we are far along in that regard. The challenge now is to move our scientific understanding forward to a point where we can reduce or eliminate some of these problems.

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Introduction

Dynamic Waters

Rising Sea Levels and Moving Shorelines

Rising Sea Levels and Moving Shorelines

New tools and techniques show promise for better predictions and decisions about coastline change

Shaping the Beach, One Wave at a Time

Shaping the Beach, One Wave at a Time

New research is deciphering how currents, waves, and sands change our shorelines

 The New Wave of Coastal Ocean Observing

The New Wave of Coastal Ocean Observing

Shore stations and seafloor nodes provide connections for long-term studies of coastal processes

Fertile Waters

 The Grass is Greener in the Coastal Ocean

The Grass is Greener in the Coastal Ocean

Coastal waters teem with life, but sometimes scientists can’t explain why

Where the Rivers Meet the Sea

Where the Rivers Meet the Sea

The transition from salt to fresh water is turbulent, vulnerable, and incredibly bountiful

Rites of Passage for Juvenile Marine Life

Rites of Passage for Juvenile Marine Life

Learning from the life-or-death journeys of barnacle, lobster, and clam larvae

 Water Flowing Underground

Water Flowing Underground

New techniques reveal the importance of groundwater seeping into the sea

Troubled Waters

The Growing Problem of Harmful Algae

The Growing Problem of Harmful Algae

Tiny plants pose potent threat to those who live in and eat from the sea

 A Fatal Attraction for Harmful Algae

A Fatal Attraction for Harmful Algae

Clay sticks to algae and sinks, offering a potential solution to an expensive and deadly problem

Red Tides and Dead Zones

Red Tides and Dead Zones

The coastal ocean is suffering from overload of nutrients

 Mixing Oil and Water

Mixing Oil and Water

Tracking the sources and impacts of oil pollution in the marine environment

 Oil in Our Coastal Back Yard

Oil in Our Coastal Back Yard

Spills on WHOI's shores set the stage for advances in mitigating and remediating oil spills

Strategic Waters

 Which Way Will the Wind Blow?

Which Way Will the Wind Blow?

Marine scientists have a key role to play in the debate over wind farms in the coastal ocean

 For the Navy, the Coast Isn't Clear

For the Navy, the Coast Isn't Clear

Oceanographers mobilize to help the Navy operate effectively in complex, shallow waters

Where Are Mines Hiding on the Seafloor?

Where Are Mines Hiding on the Seafloor?

New research reveals how waves, currents, and swirling sands can bury mines

New Instrument Sheds Light on Bioluminescence

New Instrument Sheds Light on Bioluminescence

A WHOI engineer invents a device to measure a critical but elusive ocean phenomenon

The Cacophony on the Coast

The Cacophony on the Coast

The Navy's deep-ocean acoustic detection methods don't apply in complex shallow waters

Robo-Sailors

Robo-Sailors

Navy-sponsored research spawns a new generation of underwater vehicles

 Down on the Farm...Raising Fish

Down on the Farm...Raising Fish

Aquaculture offers a sustainable source of seafood, but raises its own set of problems

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