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NOAA Hosts Students, Policy Makers, and Managers in North Carolina Aboard the R/V Nancy Foster

Last month, NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) hosted a series of outreach events aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster following the ship’s 10-day mission to map and study the hardbottom reefs and fish communities in a proposed wind energy area off Cape Fear, N.C. First in this series of events, NCCOS staff ran […]

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Potential Offshore Wind Energy Area in North Carolina Mapped

Earlier this month, NCCOS researchers and their partners mapped the seafloor and characterized the hardbottom habitat of the potential wind energy area off of Cape Fear, N.C. This final expedition of a four leg mission ran for 10 days aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster to provide a baseline biological assessment of the distribution of marine fishes […]

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NOAA Enlists Help from U.S. Army Reserve to Accomplish Science Missions off North Carolina

NOAA scientists teamed up with soldiers from the U.S. Army Reserve to conduct research off the North Carolina coast. The research was conducted aboard the Army vessel Missionary Ridge, a 175-foot landing craft utility. While approximately 40 miles off the North Carolina coast, Army reservists completed drill training while NOAA researchers collected fish and algae […]

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NCCOS Researcher Captures Winning Image

A photograph taken by NCCOS research ecologist Amy V. Uhrin was one of 10 images selected as a winner in the 2014 Cool Science Image Contest held by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where Ms. Uhrin is a PhD candidate. The contest is open to faculty, staff, and students at the university and is intended to […]

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Community Leaders Explore Coastal Ocean Science at Beaufort Laboratory

Ranked “America’s Coolest Small Town” in 2012 by Budget Travel Magazine, Beaufort, N.C., also boasts marine science research and education at the federal, state, and academic levels. Marine science, in particular, has become an economic driver for this coastal community. In response, the NCCOS Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research recently hosted a tour for Beaufort’s […]

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Surface Elevation Trends Help Us Prepare for Climate Change

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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Aqua Kids Features NCCOS Science on Marine Invasive Species and Aquaculture

A recent episode of Aqua Kids, a children’s television show that reaches over 90 million households, visited NCCOS’s Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research in Beaufort, N.C., to learn more about the center’s research. During the episode, the Aqua Kids explored NCCOS research on sustainable marine aquaculture and how invasive species, such as lionfish, […]

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Evidence of Climate-related Algal Community Shifts off North Carolina

At least seven species of marine algae previously restricted to more tropical waters have expanded their range northward to the temperate reefs off North Carolina. Reports of seven other new algae species are under investigation to determine if they also represent a tropical shift in North Carolina’s algal flora. Researchers from the National Centers for […]

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