Sea Level Rise, or Fall?

Sea Level Rise, or Fall? Two men argue over sea level rise, one from Alaska, one from Alabama. The man from Alaska claims the sea level is falling while the man from Alabama claims the sea is rising. Both are correct. Many physical influences determine local sea level fluctuation. It’s a surprise to most that…

Those Notorious March Nor’easters

The following blog post was written by Dr. Thomas Herrington, UCI Associate Director, who generously let me share his thoughts with WaterLog readers:   Back-to-back nor’easters between March 1 and 8 had many residents along the Mid-Atlantic seaboard dreading the next high tide cycle. High astronomical tides combined with the powerful cyclone that developed off…

Let’s Get Rid of All Earmarks

I’ll bet you thought earmarks were already a thing of the past.  WRONG Most people say that the President’s budget is dead on arrival.  WRONG While Congress prohibited itself from congressionally-directed spending (aka earmarks) in 2011, they didn’t stop the President from earmarking.  I’m not talking about funding this program and not funding that one. …

Is the Planet Running out of Sand?

When you think of Earth’s dwindling supply of natural resources, a few things immediately spring to mind.  Clean air and water top the list when it comes to what we want to preserve for future generations.  There is little disagreement that forests and endangered species of animals must be protected, and then of course there’s sand… Wait, sand? …