Offshore Wind Power for Delaware in a Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) Context. In this project, with a particular focus on the potential for offshore wind power development in Delaware waters up to 50 meters deep, we are performing a synthesis of existing data and identifying data gaps to lay the groundwork for an MSP framework. We will generate interactive multi-layered maps and an accompanying policy document, that will incorporate current information about existing user and uses, wind resources, bathymetry and marine geology and ecolofical features. The project results will set the groundwork for future MSP efforts in Delaware and may serve to direct initial proposals for siting of new offshore wind developments.
Delaware Bay Benthic Mapping Project. This large-scale, multi-year mapping project is integrating data from a RoxAnn seabed classification system, a chirp sub-bottom profiler, a multibeam bathymetric mapping system, surface grab samples, push- and vibra-cores and selected video images to identify and map the benthic habitat and sub-benthic stratigraphy of Delaware Bay. This project has been funded, in part, through grants to the Delaware Coastal Programs and Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) from the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Development of K-8 Teachers’ Knowledge and the Transition from University Student to Professional. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation. Currently in a no-cost extension phase, it is a six-year project that has been using pedagogical context knowledge as a framework to examine changes in pre-service and in-service K-8 teachers’ understandings of science and pedagogy across a reform-based professional development continuum.