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NCCOS Scientists Attend ‘Climate Adaptation for Coastal Communities’ Course

This summer, a small group of NCCOS scientists completed an interactive training course intended to provide participants with the necessary skills to address climate adaptation planning within their local community. The course, developed by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management and local partners, included discussions on climate change trends and impacts, how to scope and conduct […]

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NOAA Hollings Scholars Research Oil Spill Dispersants

NOAA Hollings Scholars Charlotte Eckmann (University of South Carolina) and Pamela Betancourt (Florida State University) spent their summer at the NCCOS laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina researching the effects of oil spill dispersants on estuarine shrimp. Eckmann compared dispersant toxicity under different salinities, while Betancourt investigated dispersant effects on shrimp development. Their findings will be used […]

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NCCOS Prepares Toxin Sensor for Deployment in Puget Sound, WA

NCCOS scientist, Tina Mikulski, completed critical calibration of the domoic acid (DA) toxin sensor on an Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) platform located at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) in Seattle, Washington. This ESP (referred to as ‘ESPfriday’) will be deployed for the first time in Puget Sound beginning in early August and will generate autonomous, […]

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NCCOS Studies Effects of Dispersants and Weathered Oil

To study the impacts of dispersed oil on estuarine organisms and ecosystems, NCCOS scientists used tidal estuarine simulation units (called mesocosms) to mimic the conditions in an estuary affected by weathered crude oil. In the mesocosms, artificially weathered crude oil, with and without dispersants, was applied during three consecutive high tide events. The exposure phase lasted […]

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Expanding Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring in Western Lake Erie

The NCCOS Phytoplankton Monitoring Network, established to monitor phytoplankton and harmful algal blooms (HABs), is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to expand into the Western Basin of Lake Erie.  Monitoring stations were selected with input from NOAA’s Ecological Forecasting Services to provide strategic sites to support the NCCOS Lake Erie Experimental Forecast. Recently, the […]

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State-of-the-Knowledge Report: Ecotoxicology in a Changing Global Climate

NCCOS scientist, Marie DeLorenzo, used results of toxicity testing at the NCCOS laboratory in Charleston, SC, along with a compilation of peer-reviewed literature studies to summarize the state-of-the-knowledge of the impacts of climate change on the ecotoxicology of chemical contaminants in estuarine organisms. Trends in effect of temperature and salinity on chemical contaminant toxicity were […]

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NCCOS and NMFS Partner to Survey “Unprecedented” West Coast Toxic Algal Bloom

NOAA Fisheries announced it has mobilized extra scientists to join a fisheries survey aboard the NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada charting an extensive harmful algal bloom (HAB) that spans much of the West Coast. An NCCOS sponsored Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB) project in southern and central California comparing coastal HAB ‘hot spots’ analyzes water samples […]

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Persistent Organic Pollutants Unlikely Cause of Dolphin Health Issues after Deepwater Horizon

NCCOS scientists reported that persistent organic pollutants (POPs) were likely not a contributing factor to the poor health conditions and increased mortality observed in some populations of bottlenose dolphins following the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill.  This study, recently published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, analyzed 169 remote biopsy samples that were […]

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