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Europe loses sight of Earth : Nature News & Comment

With hopes fading fast for the crippled Earth-observing satellite Envisat, researchers are warning that delays to its replacements will leave Europe lacking vital monitoring data for years to come. Launched in 2002, Envisat is the largest environmental satellite ever built and the mainstay of the Earth-observing programme for the European Space Agency (ESA). The 8.2-tonne […]

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Satellite’s Silence Jeopardizes Algal Bloom Forecasts

On April 8, 2012, the European Space Agency lost contact with its main environmental monitoring satellite, a key data source for developmental harmful algal bloom forecasts in Lake Erie, the Chesapeake Bay, and Florida’s east coast. The satellite–Envisat 1–houses the only instrument able to discriminate cyanobacteria from other algae, as well as find intense blooms […]

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NOAA Supports Regional Science Fairs

NOAA “Taking the Pulse of the Planet” award is at regional and state science fairs affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) to students (one middle, one high school) whose research best supports NOAA’s mission “To understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts…” At the Montgomery County Regional Science […]

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Hardening of Shorelines in the Mid-Atlantic Focus of Meeting

Management agencies are struggling to balance the pressures of coastal development with the conservation and protection of the coastal environment. Representatives of several management groups convened on February 29 to review progress on a NCCOS project studying the ecosystem effects of shoreline hardening, and offer suggestions on linking research results to regional management and policy. This marked the second […]

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Congressional Interest in Harmful Algae and Dead Zone Bill Prompts Hearing

In June 2011, a House of Representatives subcommittee on energy and environment unveiled a bill to reauthorize research on hypoxic “dead zones” and harmful algal blooms (HABs). During a hearing on the legislation, lawmakers listened to officials from NOAA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, experts on the Chesapeake Bay, and a scientist from the […]

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New Pollution Scoring System Helps Identify Top Targets for Clean-Up

New published research by scientists at the National Centers for Coastal Science demonstrates an improved approach for calculating and comparing bioeffects levels in different places. Using a single numerical score, rather than the traditional system based on 3 distinct data sets (benthic community structure, sediment contamination, and sediment toxicity, known as the sediment quality triad) […]

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‘Day-Night Swings’ of Low Oxygen Impact Shallow Water Habitats and Animals: Past and Future Investigations

Hypoxia is a major concern for many of the nation’s waters Hypoxia occurs when dissolved oxygen (DO) in the water becomes too low to support most life or compromises the growth, reproduction and immune responses of organisms.  Although some hypoxic zones can develop naturally, many such zones have worsened (and many others initiated) by excess […]

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