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The Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC) was established as a partnership between the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), through the Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) and the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in 2004.

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The Center for Spills and Environmental Hazards (CSE) is a University center that expands the scope of interaction and cooperation with the private sector, other government agencies and universities.


The Centers are administered by, and located at, the UNH campus in Durham, NH.  Both centers are affiliated with the UNH School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering (SMSOE). Center one-pager here>>



  • “Feeling blue”? “In the doldrums”? Need a snack to “tide you over”? You’d be surprised how many phrases you use have a nautical origin
    Wednesday, April 1, 2020
  • Oil spills don't just impact the marine environment, they also greatly impact the animals that live there, too
    National Ocean Service, Wednesday, April 1, 2020
  • Oil Companies on Tumbling Prices: ‘Disastrous, Devastating’
    NY Times, Wednesday, April 1, 2020
  • Scientists Locked in Ice Planned for North Pole's Hazards. Then Came the Coronavirus.
    Anchorage Daily News, Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • Leveraging Satellite Sensors for Oil Spill Detection
    Eos Science, Thursday, March 26, 2020


Kate Wheelock, Chief of the National Ocean Service (NOS) Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP), shares what the DPP is doing to support all of the NOS offices in response to COVID-19, commonly known as the novel coronavirus. Learn more about those response efforts here.

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Your computer is now a portal to the North Pole. Explore one of the most remote, mysterious regions on Earth from the comfort of your own home with a new massive open online course (MOOC) featuring short lectures by researchers about their work, stunning footage from an Arctic icebreaker, 360 videos and more.

Uncovering never-before-seen deep sea coral habitat, applying machine learning to severe weather warnings and fish survey data, and upgrading the U.S. global weather forecast model — these are just a few of NOAA’s scientific achievements in 2019.

Calibration of ROV Sensor using UNH's MacFarlane Flume: Tests were conducted in a specially built flume (the MacFarlane flume, also known as ‘Florence’ or ‘Flo’ for short) built by UNH doctoral graduate student Missy Gloekler. The sensors being compared and calibrated can detect oil droplets, gas bubbles, and dissolved oil in the water column by measuring fluorescence, backscatter, and holographic images. These instruments can be deployed on remotely operated underwater vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, and for some, may be operated by hand shipboard. The research team tested several types of fresh and emulsified oils, with and without dispersants, to detect and compare a wide range of droplet sizes, and air/gas bubbles.