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    UNH student, Megan Verfaillie represents CRRC at First District USCG Change of Command Ceremony

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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>>



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    Pacific Standard, Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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    Alaska Public Radio, Wednesday, August 22, 2018
  • What is Causing Florida's Algae Crisis? 5 Questions Answered
    ECO Magazine, Thursday, August 16, 2018
  • The Arctic Seafloor is Being Mapped, Thanks to UNH Engineers.
    WOKQ, Monday, August 13, 2018
  • Grounded F/V Pacific Quest - Santa Cruz, CA
    NOAA Incident News, Sunday, August 12, 2018


What happens when oil comes into contact with marine snow and what are the ramification for Cook Inlet? Research by CRRC graduate student Jesse Ross.

In December 2017, for the first time ever in winter, a tanker sailed without an icebreaker through the Northern Sea Route, a shipping lane that runs along the Arctic coast of Russia. Newer, tougher ship hulls and shrinking Arctic ice are now opening up this shorter, cheaper shipping route for business. But as Nancy Kinner, director of the Coastal Response Research Center and Center for Spills in the Environment tells Living on Earth’s Jenni Doering, oil spills there could spell disaster for fragile Arctic ecosystems.

In response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, CRRC reconvened one of the Environmental Disaster Data Management (EDDM) Working Groups​ to quickly identify the environmental sampling tools that can be used by researchers in the post-hurricane setting. The EDDM Working Groups provided information and data services that improved the quality and speed of decision making in response to environmental disasters. The Working Groups, organized by CRRC, consists of scientists and researchers, industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), federal and state agencies, data managers, data collectors, and data retrieval personnel. The list of environmental sampling tools than can be used in response to a hurricane is posted on the U.S. Health and Human Services National Library of Medicine Disaster Lit website.

This is to announce that the 2017 International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) Proceedings are now available online.The IOSC body of knowledge, dating back to the inception of IOSC in 1969, is available free of charge online.