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Press Release 08-173

NSF Awards 10 Grants for Studies of Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Future of coastal barrier islands; tree growth in changing agricultural areas; urban vulnerability to climate change among research projects

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Photo of a fragile barrier beach in Massachusetts, which is the site of CNH research.

The future of fragile barrier beaches like this one at Springhill Beach in Sandwich, Massachusetts, will be studied by CNH grantees.

Credit: P. Hoagland, WHOI


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Photo of tree regrowth in an area changing from agricultural to residential use.

CNH scientists will study tree regrowth and carbon storage near areas changing from agricultural to residential use.

Credit: University of Michigan


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Photo through a fence of a house and sandy lot.

Scientists awarded a CNH grant will investigate urban vulnerability to climate change in areas like Phoenix.

Credit: Sara Grineski, ASU


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Photo of early morning shrimpers congregating on Nicaragua's coast.

Early morning shrimpers congregate on Nicaragua's Caribbean coast. New market access may lead to intense competition, and the unsustainable harvest of shrimp.

Credit: Jerry Urquhart, MSU


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