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To Better Understand Water Quality, Researchers Look to the Spineless

Scientists are on a quest to better understand the watershed of St. Thomas by cataloging the species of spineless creatures that dwell in it. 
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UVI Grad Student Testing New Techniques for Coral Restoration

Dan Mele, a graduate student working on a master’s thesis in the marine and environmental science program at UVI, is testing a new coral planting method.
Waves batter the Frederiksted seawall during a 2010 tropical storm. (Source file photo)

As Climate Change Laps Its Shores, USVI Will Face Tough Choices

The U.S. Virgin Islands is moving to identify public and private properties that lie in its mega-sized flood zone. Then all it will have to do is decide whether (and how) to protect individual structures or whether (and how) to remove them.

Opinion: I’ll Be Home for Earth Day

As Earth Day events have been cancelled in the Virgin Islands and around the world, can we find other ways to acknowledge this historic anniversary? Maybe a good start would be to review what Earth Day was originally about, and consider what has changed over the past 50 years.
Greg Guannel, director of UVI’s Caribbean Green Technology Center, measures sediment depth in the gut that empties near the seaplane terminal in Christiansted. (Photo submitted by Hilary Lohmann, DPNR)

UVI-DPNR Project Aims to Assess Coastal Vulnerability

Scientists at the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources and University of the Virgin Islands are teaming up to develop a locally relevant Coastal Vulnerability Index.

UNICEF: Hurricanes Are Scattering Caribbean Families

More than three million Caribbean people have suffered the permanent or temporary loss of their homes because of adverse weather events in recent years, and the numbers appear to be escalating dramatically.
UVI Researcher Kim Waddell speaks to the need for a territorial Hazard Mitigation and Resiliency Plan.

Researchers Say Resiliency Plan Will Save Future Disaster Dollars

Every dollar spent on mitigation pre-storm saves about $6 in post-recovery, University of the Virgin Islands’ researchers Greg Guannel and Kim Waddell said Tuesday, as they encouraged residents to give input on a draft Hazard Mitigation and Resiliency Plan.
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HUD Allocates Territory Another $53.59 Million

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated more than $2.3 billion Tuesday to support the long-term disaster recovery process in hard hit areas in 15 states and four territories. According to HUD, the U.S. Virgin Islands is getting $53.59 million of that, bringing HUD’s total USVI allocated funds to $1.92 billion.
Coral reef on the west end of St. Croix

Reflections of an Evolving Elder: Annihilation or Cooperation?

It’s hard to hear the universal Om when our ears are plugged with plastic buds and headsets. The cries of distress from the dying species around us are drowned out by dialogue and the explosions of the fabricated worlds of video games and other cyber creations this elder does not comprehend. What I do see is life beginning to shrink to the size of a personal device as the pulse of the planet becomes weaker.

NOAA Predicts ‘Near Normal’ Hurricane Season, But Data Are in Flux

While meteorologists continue to predict that the upcoming hurricane season, which officially starts Saturday, will be near normal to slightly below normal, some of the data supporting that prediction are changing, leading to the possibility of a more active season.

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