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  • Congratulations to graduate student, Jesse Ross who presented his MOSSFA work at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium.
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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>>



  • Texas A&M-led research team develops model for improved oil spill forecasts
    Texas A&M University, Monday, March 11, 2019
  • New Sea Grant Fact Sheet On Federal Laws and Policies that Govern Oil Spill Response
    Sea Grant Publications, Monday, March 11, 2019
  • NOS Continues to Provide Recovery Support in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico
    NOAA, Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Fisheries Management in the Case of a Major Pollution Event in the Gulf of Maine
    NOAA ORR, Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Exxon Valdez Oil Spill – Lessons learned 30 years after the event
    Environment, Wednesday, February 6, 2019


Two UNH CEPS students win ADAC fellowships!

The Arctic seems like a world away, but take a look at NOAA’s new story map and you’ll discover why the Arctic is closer than you think. From food security and safe maritime navigation, to our economy and national security, the Arctic has a profound global reach. Explore all the innovative and pioneering ways NOAA is working to understand and protect this dynamic and fast-changing ocean frontier.

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.