ECO Partnering with NOAA and The Ocean Foundation for Special Edition on Sea-Level Rise

ECO Magazine is partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and The Ocean Foundation to produce a special edition on sea-level rise. The ‘Rising Seas’ edition is the second publication announced in ECO’s 2021 digital series, which aims to showcase solutions to the ocean’s most prevalent issues.

Global sea level has been rising during the past century, and the rate has increased in recent decades. Even a small increase in sea level can challenge coastal communities through increased erosion, habitat degradation, and more frequent and widespread flooding. Rising seas also contribute to devastating weather events, such as storm surges caused by hurricanes, threatening coastal communities and local livelihoods worldwide. Nature-based solutions can mitigate some of the worst effects of sea level rise by reducing wave energy and slowing erosion.

“Erosion, subsidence, and climate change are increasing the intensity, scale, and pace of these changes and risks associated with sea level rise,” said Ben Friedman, Acting NOAA Administrator. “NOAA is the national leader in sea-level rise projections, preparedness, and mitigation and the agency is working to improve partnerships to help the nation adapt to these changes now.”

Available July, The Rising Seas digital edition will review the international efforts underway to create resilient coasts with nature-based solutions and green coastal development, explore the societal impact of sea-level rise, and take a look at the latest modelling tools and data collection technology for measuring coastal change.

“The Ocean Foundation’s Blue Resilience Initiative is dedicated to restoring, conserving, and financing natural coastal infrastructure by equipping key stakeholders with the tools, technical expertise, and policy frameworks to achieve largescale climate risk reduction. As an organization championing nature and nature-based solutions, we are proud to partner with ECO and NOAA to advance the dialogue on multifaceted approaches to addressing sea-level rise.” said Mark J. Spalding, President, The Ocean Foundation.

ECO, NOAA and The Ocean Foundation invite ocean stakeholders participating in activities in all fields related to Rising Seas to submit a contribution.

How do I contribute?

We are interested in written, video, and audio submissions related to initiatives, new knowledge, partnerships, or innovative solutions that are relevant to the following:

  1. Our Rising Seas: The latest research on global sea-level rise and the current state of climate science.
  2. Tools for Measuring Coastal Change: Modelling, measuring, predicting rising seas and shoreline change.
  3. Nature and Nature-Based Solutions (NNBS) and Living Shorelines: Best practices and lessons learned.
  4. Sustainable Finance and Governance: Example models and calls for new policy, governance and regulatory frameworks; sustainable financing challenges and approaches.
  5. Rising Seas and Society: Challenges and opportunities in island communities, community-based solutions and economic vulnerability impacts of rising seas.

Due to the increasing popularity of ECO Magazine's digital series, spaces are limited. Those wishing to submit content should fill out the submission form as soon as possible here.

The editorial team will get in touch to discuss your submission and provide you with your allocated word-count and a style guide. On acceptance, we ask that you submit your completed article by June 14, 2021.

For more information about submitting a story to the Rising Seas Special Issue, contact ECO’s Senior Editor, Kira Coley, at editor@ecomagazine.com.

Become a Supporter

Through the production of these exclusive digital editions, ECO Magazine aims to help the discovery of viable solutions to the ocean’s most prevalent issues by facilitating knowledge-sharing and increasing topic awareness to a fast-growing international audience.

These special issues are free and only made possible through the generosity of organizations wishing to support these efforts through paid sponsorship. Sponsorship packages start from as little as $500

More information

NOAA's mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Explore NOAA at NOAA.gov The Ocean Foundation is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit international community foundation dedicated to support, strengthen and promote organizations that work to reverse the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world. It supports ocean conservation solutions globally, focusing on all aspects of a healthy ocean, at local, regional, national and global levels. The Ocean Foundation’s Blue Resilience Initiative provides instructional workshops and global educational outreach, and helps build local capacity by connecting experts with local practitioners to provide guidance and support at all stages of a natural infrastructure project. We amplify our impact by working with government officials and community leaders on developing policies that support the restoration and conservation of coastal ecosystems through new stewardship approaches and financial strategies.