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NCCOS Open House at Cooperative Oxford Laboratory Gives Public Hands-on Access to Coastal Science

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science’s (NCCOS) Cooperative Oxford Laboratory (COL) hosted an open house on April 27, 2013. The event showcased the NCCOS’ unique research and science partnerships with Maryland Department of Natural Resources, NOAA’s National Ocean Service, National Marine Fisheries Service and the US Coast Guard Station Oxford. Nearly 600 visitors came […]

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Why Do Some Jellyfish Bloom? A New Theory Emerges

A recent article “Is Global Ocean Sprawl a Cause of Jellyfish Blooms?” proposes one possible cause for the apparent rise in this phenomenon that’s increasingly aggravating residents of coastal areas around the world. In the piece, based partially on research funded by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, the authors theorize that a major reason for these […]

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Recreational Water Pathogen Detection Workshops Build Skills for State Labs

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center funded NOAA and academic researchers to develop a training facility for public health officials and resource managers in advanced molecular methods to detect pathogens and harmful algae species more quickly and effectively. The first workshop, held March 11 – 15, 2013,  covered quantitative polymerase chain reaction techniques to detect Enterococcus, the […]

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Project Finds Fish Prefer Natural Shorelines

The U.S. benefits from a wealth of resources and activities that depend on healthy coastal habitats. However, these habitats are being degraded by extensive hardening of shorelines due to climate-driven sea level rise, increasing shoreline development, land use changes in coastal watersheds, pollution, and invasions of non-native species.  In the Mid-Atlantic region alone, coastal development […]

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Scientist Honored for Forging Internship Opportunities

On October 19, NCCOS scientist Dr. Teresa McTigue was awarded the University of Maryland’s 2012 Distinguished Alumna Award by the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences’s Department of Biology. Dr. McTigue was honored for her commitment to supporting and enhancing undergraduate programs and her work to establish NOAA internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students […]

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Extreme Weather: A Mixed Bag for Dead Zones | WRI Insights

This post was co-authored with Bob Diaz, a WRI partner and professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. This year’s extreme weather events—a warm winter, even warmer summer, and a drought that covered nearly two-thirds of the continental United States—has certainly caused its fair share of damages. But despite the crop failures, water shortages, […]

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Modeling Efforts Aim to Improve Chesapeake Bay Seasonal Hypoxia Forecasts

Ecological forecasts help resource managers better understand their management options, the likely effects of their decisions, and consequences of their actions.  In the Chesapeake Bay, deep portions provide more habitats for fish, shellfish and crabs.  However, during the summer, deeper waters are too dark for plants to grow and create oxygen by photosynthesis so oxygen […]

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Offshore wind farms will be encouraged in tracts along the East Coast – The Washington Post

The federal government is poised to auction to wind farm developers 2,434 square miles of the continental shelf in the Atlantic Ocean, which would allow wind farms to sprout 10 miles off the shores of six states, from Massachusetts to Virginia. Extensive efforts are underway to avoid the fiasco of the first proposed offshore wind […]

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