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NCCOS Expertise Contributes to U.S. National Climate Assessment

Four NCCOS scientists wrote a NOAA technical report on “Oceans and Marine Resources in a Changing Climate” that led to a chapter in the Third National Climate Assessment (2013), produced by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Carol Auer, Quay Dortch, Elizabeth Jewett, and Cary Lopez participated in this comprehensive review, wherein 63 experts examined […]

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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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New Report Helps Wind Farm Planners Avoid Bird Flyways

Researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science recently evaluated techniques to design robust marine bird surveys to support offshore wind energy sites that are in the same location as sensitive bird migratory pathways. Spinning turbine blades can kill birds outright or divert them from their natural routes which disrupt their fairly inflexible behavior. […]

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Coastal Ecosystem, Hypoxia and Harmful Algae Problems-Solutions Front and Center at Conference

The leading world venue for showcasing the latest research on oceans, coasts and lakes is the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Aquatic Sciences Meeting.  The research programs sponsored by the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) offer management solutions for harmful algae, hypoxia and regional ecosystem-scale research. At the 2013 […]

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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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Red Tide Appears Early This Summer – Southampton, NY Patch

Though no longer an uncommon occurrence each summer, a streak of red tide hit local waters as early as last week, a premature showing from the algal bloom that officials say is likely responsible for a fish kill in an Aquebogue creek. A spokesman with the Department of Environmental Conservation stated on Thursday that on […]

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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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Partnerships: Bringing Scientists and Resource Managers Together to Explore Opportunities for Using Fisheries Acoustics in the Southeast US

Underwater acoustics for mapping the water column Underwater acoustics (ie. fisheries sonars) uses sound to detect and map the presence of fish and other organisms in the water column.  An acoustic signal or ping is sent into the water column from an transducer.  The strength of the return signal is measured and is correlated to […]

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