Predicting future patterns of coastal inundation from sea level rise requires knowledge of changes in sea level and changes in elevation of land surface. Surface elevation tables—mechanical devices permanently installed in wetlands—allow scientists to measure small changes in surface elevation precisely and accurately. These devices have been installed in coastal wetlands across the U.S. by […]
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NCCOS-sponsored researchers recently explored several promising techniques to mitigate toxic cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) blooms in the Chesapeake Bay region. The team focused on sediment-flocculation, in which local sediments and commercial clays are combined with the flocculating compound chitosan to sink and bury Microcystis cyanobacteria blooms. Other techniques evaluated included post-bloom flushing and early spring deployment of […]
At the 2013 NOAA Administrator and Technology Transfer Awards ceremony, Acting NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan recognized four NCCOS employees for accomplishments that brought unusual credit to NOAA and the Department of Commerce. The following NCCOS employees received the Administrator’s Award: Kimberly Puglise, Felix Martinez, and Michael Dowgiallo for “leading foundational research and consensus building […]
On June 3, NCCOS’s Dr. Susan Baker met with 85 North Bethesda Middle School students during the 2013 career day. All middle school grades participated and students were able to select speakers based on their planned presentations. Dr. Baker’s presentation was selected by 85 budding marine biologist.
On May 9th NCCOS’s Dr. Matt Kendall engaged 16 kindergartners at Seneca Academy in Darnestown, MD by demonstrating his scuba gear and talking about what it was like working underwater. Dr. Kendall showed short videos of squid locomotion, squids changing color and shooting ink to protect themselves. The children then dissected real squid and studied major […]
Clearspring Elementary School in Damascus, MD held their career day on June 30, 2013. Susan Baker spoke to around 70 4th grade students about marine science. She illustrated life as a marine biologist by telling stories about her time in the ocean. A hand poll indicated about 2/3 of the students would consider becoming marine […]
On May 18, 2013, Prince Georges County, Maryland held their elementary school level (3rd-5th grade) regional science Fair. NCCOS’s Dr. Susan Baker volunteered as category chair for the life science projects and helped judge fourteen 5th grade projects.
On May 7, 2012, NCCOS’s Ms. Carol Auer received a NOAA Distinguished Career Award for her long-term commitment to advancing the Nation’s preparedness for the ecosystem impacts of sea level rise. Ms. Auer’s dedicated career in the National Ocean Service spanned thirty-five years analyzing tides and water levels for the Nation and pioneering studies on the […]