August 2016: Watershed Watch

drought map

Current Report & Forecast
Drought Impacts & Outlook for the Northeast Region, July 2016

NOAA Regional Climate Services, in collaboration with the Northeast and Southeast Regional Climate Centers, the National Weather Service offices in MA and NY, the NOAA/National Center for Environmental Information, the USDA Ag Hub, and the state climatologist from NH (phew!) released a short summary of the drought situation in the Northeast (New York to Maine).

Read the summary HERE.


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Story Map
Growth Rings: Patterns of Urban Development 
By NOAA Digital Coast

The nation’s population within urbanized areas (urban areas with populations over 50,000) grew by 14.3 percent from 2000 to 2010, outpacing the nation’s overall growth rate of 9.7 percent for the same period, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Much of that population growth has occurred within the nation’s coastal areas. Although coastal areas represent about 25 percent of land area in the lower 48 states, around 50 percent of the total population growth of urbanized areas in the nation was in the coastal regions. Here “coastal” is defined by the Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) footprint, outlined in yellow in the map.

As metropolitan areas grow and land values increase, new development typically occurs along the urban perimeter. This development often forms a halo pattern around a preexisting city core, reflecting the expansion of major roads and population growth away from the downtown.

These patterns can be seen in the time series of land cover change data shown in this story map. Urbanized areas where the population grew faster than the national growth rate are featured with green points and polygons in the map.

Explore the Story Map HERE.

PREP is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program, a joint program between local, state and federal agencies established under the Clean Water Act with the goal of protecting and enhancing nationally significant estuarine resources. PREP is supported in part by an EPA matching grant and is housed within the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.