Event Date & Time
The 2011-12 collapse of the oyster beds in Apalachicola Bay was a federal fisheries disaster. Lowered water levels contributed to spreading fires in the Picosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina in 2008, and smoke from the fires compromised air quality in the area. Blue crab landings in South Carolina have declined in recent years.
Drought was key to all of these events, yet monitoring and predicting drought in coastal areas is a challenge, as well as assessing the impacts of drought. Indices developed for upland areas – measuring rainfall, stream flow, soil moisture, groundwater levels and snow pack – may not tell a complete story about coastal conditions.
Geoff Scott (NOAA/CCEHBR)
Overview of the NIDIS-Carolinas Coastal Ecosystems Drought Early Warning Pilot and Challenges in Monitoring Coastal Drought and the Potential for Salinity Indices
Health, Water and Environmental Quality:
The Importance of Real-time Salinity Data for Vibrio Modeling and Other Issues