Environment and Science

Florida Institute of Technology’s Indian River Lagoon Research Institute (IRLRI) will convene its first annual Technical Conference on Solutions to Emergent Water Quality Issues Sept. 25-26 at the university’s Center for Aeronautics and Innovation, 1050 W. NASA Blvd. in Melbourne.

Are you interested in teaching guests and students about the East Central Florida environment and Enchanted Forest Sanctuary? The Environmentally Endangered Lands staff will be hosting two Guide Training classes—the first for Sanctuary Guides, and the second for Study Trip Guides.
On Saturday, Sept. 5, from 9 a.m. – noon, training focuses on giving a general hike to guests of the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary. This will include basic animal and plant ID, safety, interpretive tips, and more.
On Friday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m.

Rising Sea Levels

Aug 27, 2015
 UCLA's Laurence Smith deployed this autonomous drifter in a meltwater river on the surface of the Greenland ice sheet in July 2015 as part of an effort to understand the causes of sea level rise around the globe.
NASA / Jefferson Beck

Earth’s rising seas are some of most visible signs of our warming planet. Over the last 20 years, NASA satellites have shown a steady rise in global sea levels as the world’s polar ice sheets melt. As the Earth continues to warm, new research suggests sea levels could rise by as much as several feet.  WFIT’s Rick Glasby reports the big question is “when?”

Florida Institute of Technology assistant professor Spencer Fire and researchers from lead agency Georgia Aquarium and other conservation partners recently completed a study to better understand the health of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon.

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Why are NASA astronauts living 60 feet below the surface of the Atlantic off the Florida Keys? It’s part of a NASA mission called NEEMO, for NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations. The underwater astronauts (or aquanauts) find the isolated depths of the Atlantic about as close as they can get to spaceflight here on Earth.