York Beaches Nexus of New Sustainability Science Research

York Beaches Nexus of New Sustainability Science Research

When you think of York Maine you think of beaches and relaxation and typically not cool scientific research. Because of the progressive attitude of town managers and the town’s interest in coming up with a science-based water quality advisory protocol, York has attracted researchers from universities across the region who are using it as a case study on the economic impacts of water quality threats like increasing population, rising seas, and extreme weather, as well as troubling local issues like seaweed.

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New England Surfers Care about Water Quality, According to Preliminary Survey Data

New England Surfers Care about Water Quality, According to Preliminary Survey Data

Up and down the Maine and New Hampshire coastline researchers from Plymouth State University have been on a summer “surfari”, scouring beaches and vigilantly watching for primo weather forecasts. They want waves (not just ankle biters). Because they know when the surfs up, that’s where they’ll find surfers. They’ve interviewed almost 245 surfers this year from Scarborough, ME to Seabrook, NH.

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Beach Blitz Volunteers Provide a Water Quality Snapshot of New Hampshire Beaches

Beach Blitz Volunteers Provide a Water Quality Snapshot of New Hampshire Beaches

New Hampshire’s beautiful and highly rated 13 mile slice of the Atlantic coast is a popular vacation destination in New England. So how clean are its coastal beaches? This July, citizen scientist volunteers dodged sunbathers and boogie boarders as they blitzed the beaches looking for clues, collecting samples, and taking a water quality snapshot for researchers and beach managers at North Hampton State Beach (NHSB), Jenness, and Sawyer beaches.

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New NSF EPSCoR Grant Focused on the Future of Dams in New England

New NSF EPSCoR Grant Focused on the Future of Dams in New England

A new $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s EPSCoR program will fund a four-year study examining the future of dams in New England. This project marks an expansion in partners and scope for the New England Sustainability Consortium (NEST), adding Rhode Island to the existing partnership between Maine and New Hampshire.

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Too Much Salt!

Too Much Salt!

Reducing the use of road salt through research, stewardship, and innovative technologies could protect water resources in N.H. and save municipalities money. NH EPSCoR research results from 110 streams and rivers where volunteers are collecting data could be incorporated into new tech used by maintenance trucks.

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  • Nov 23 2015 - 2:40pm

    STEM Funding and Research Opportunities Available on PathwaysToScience.org

    Students: You can use PathwaysToScience.org to find programs such as undergraduate summer research opportunities, graduate fellowships, postdoctoral positions, as well as resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring. Find out more about available STEM funding and opportunities:

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  • Oct 21 2015 - 1:52pm

    Community College Innovation Challenge

    Teams comprised of community college students, faculty and community partners propose innovative STEM-based solutions for real-world problems they identify within the theme: Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems.  Deadline: Oct. 15, 2015, to Feb. 15, 2016.

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  • Oct 21 2015 - 1:50pm

     2015 NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge

    We are a co-host of the 2015 Social Venture Innovation Challenge! The challenge invites individuals and teams from across the state of New Hampshire to identify pressing social and/or environmental issues at the state, national or global level, and then find an innovative business-oriented approach to solving them.

  • Sep 24 2015 - 10:53am

    The NH WRRC is accepting applications for the FY2016 funding competition

    The NH WRRC invites proposals from researchers at any college or university in New Hampshire for consideration in the Center's FY 2016 research program. The proposed research must be directed at research priorities of New Hampshire, New England, or the northeastern United States. The NH WRRC has developed a list of these priorities (view). To be considered for funding, proposals must be must submitted online at www.niwr.net no later than Friday, November 6, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.


  • Dec 9 2015 - 4:00pm

    PSU Fall 2015 Environmental Science Colloquium Series - Patterns in Macroinvertebrate Abundance and Diversity

    You are invited to hear the latest on environmental research and topics of interest to our region at the Environmental Science Colloquium, hosted by the Center for the Environment at Plymouth State University. All talks will begin at 4:00 PM in the Boyd Science Center, Room 001.

    On December 9, Brigid O'Donnell from the Center for the Environment and Department of Biology, Plymouth State University, will present Patterns in macroinvertebrate abundance and diversity in a headwaters stream in Coos County.

  • Dec 18 2015 - 12:00pm

    UNH Fall 2015 Environmental Research Group Seminar Series - Dr. Hsi-Wu Wong

    Seminars are held on Fridays from 12:00 - 1:00 in Gregg Hall, Room 320.

    Our speaker for December 18 will be Dr. Hsi-Wu Wong from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

  • Mar 18 2016 - 8:00am

    The 2016 NH Water & Watershed Conference

    The 2016 conference theme is "Managing New Hampshire's Water for a More Resilient Environment." We will explore resiliency by looking at how it relates to water supply and demand, floods and flood hazards, energy, watershed management and planning, legal issues, the value of water, how New Hampshire communities are adapting, and the relationship between water and tourism in New Hampshire.

    Abstracts are due January 6, 2016 at 12:00 PM. You can submit an abstract here.

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CC Report

New 2015 Reports on Health Risks Associated with Rising Seas and Climate Change. Rising seas pose significant risks to New Hampshire coastal communities and ecosystems, cultural resources, and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and a host of climate change driven health impacts are a significant threat to Granite State and New England residents.

The Data Discovery Center (DDC) is a digital library that provides access to a broad suite of data sets generated by the New Hampshire and Maine EPSCoR programs. Current holdings include atmospheric, aquatic, and terrestrial sensor data, imagery, model results, and survey data, in support of the Ecosystems and Society Project, the New England Sustainability Consortium (NEST), and the Ecosystems Computing Challenge (ECC).

Want to help with science research on behalf of the environment? Citizen science projects need your help - counting species, monitoring water and weather and more. Sort by state, how much time you can spend, or topic to find the best project for you!



NH Science and Technology Plan

S&T Plan

Innovation and technological advances are the keys to economic prosperity for all New Hampshire residents.



2014 Data Toolkit for Key Indicators (including New Hampshire STEM Education Outcomes)


Strategic Economic Plan for NH

Economic Plan thumbnailThe Business and Industry Association’s new strategic economic plan for the state concludes that one of the best investments New Hampshire can make for a prosperous future is to develop a highly skilled workforce — one that is especially in tune with our burgeoning advanced manufacturing and high-tech sectors.


NH Environmental Literacy Plan