High-tide flooding has become a frequent problem in the Miami area.
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NOAA’s 2021 high-tide flooding outlook shows where the risks are highest and growing. Some communities are seeing 20 or more days of flooding a year now.
Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are an endangered species that live and nest in the Gulf of Mexico.
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For the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, every individual matters. A team of veterinarians and biologists has formed a network along the Gulf Coast to save injured sea turtles and the species.
A clapper rail with a fiddler crab in its bill.
Birds found along the Gulf Coast have evolved to ride out hurricanes and tropical storms. But with development degrading the marshes where they live, it’s getting harder for them to bounce back.
Hurricane Harvey set up a rare natural experiment to study the effects of fishing.
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Hurricane Harvey destroyed the fishing infrastructure of Aransas Bay and reduced fishing by 80% over the following year. This removed humans from the trophic cascade and whole food webs changed.
A demolished miniature golf course in Biloxi, Miss., in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Sept. 15, 2005.
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After the news media move on from a major disaster site, rebuilding continues for years.
Native American burial mound at Lake Jackson Mounds State Park, north of Tallahassee, Fla.
In just five Florida Panhandle counties, sea level rise could swamp more than 500 archaeological sites that tell the story of when and how Native Americans lived along the Gulf Coast.
Surf threatens beach houses on Dauphin Island, Alabama, September 4, 2011 during Tropical Storm Lee.
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‘Building back better’ refers to making communities more disaster-proof and resilient after they take a hit. But instead, some US owners are building back bigger homes in vulnerable places.
Gulf Coast oysters on the half shell at Wintzell’s, Mobile, Ala.
Oysters are big business along the Gulf Coast, but raising them off-bottom – which yields a premium product – is just starting there. Hurricane Michael showed it won’t be easy.
A motorist drives through “nuisance flooding” in Charleston, SC, Oct. 1, 2015.
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Climate change is raising global sea levels. Now research shows that ‘hot spots’ where seas rise another 4 to 5 inches in five years can occur along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, further magnifying floods.
Uncertainty over seafood safety caused anxiety in coastal communities in the wake of the spill.
Five years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, Gulf Coast communities are still grappling with the social and economic ills caused by the oil spill.