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Support for Coastal Management at DOD Installation

During the week of April 2, researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science will present their first 5-year findings of their studies on shoreline erosion and military sustainability at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Through use of NCCOS’ Wave Exposure Model (WEMo) and a boat wake model (BoMo; under development), researchers were able […]

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NCCOS-supported Scientists Untangle Food Web, Habitat Value

Being able to numerically determine how much food is produced by different habitats in relation to each other helps habitat restoration and conservation managers put a price on the value of ecological services provided by the habitats. Scientists at the University of North Carolina supported by the Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Research Program developed data on habitat […]

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HAB Forecasts Featured in United Nations Newsletter

The January 2012 issue of the UNESCO  Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)’s Harmful Algae News No. 45 featured NCCOS harmful algal bloom forecasts–both under development and operational. The article, “Harmful Algal Bloom Operational Forecast System in the US,” describes each forecast, how far along it is in development, plans for the future, as well as why each system is […]

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Hard Clam Populations May Decrease Due to Stone Crab Range Shifts

NCCOS-funded research into the ecosystem effects of climate change may improve management of the commercially important shellfish populations in a warming climate. Stone crabs (Menippe mercenaria), normally found only in South Atlantic estuaries, are moving northward into the mid-Atlantic due to warming temperatures. This pole-ward range shift is predicted to increase interactions between stone crabs […]

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New wave forecasting tool – News-Times: News

Local scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration lab on Pivers Island are developing a model to forecast wave activity in Albemarle and Pamlico sounds. Dr. Mark Fonseca, chief of the Applied Ecology and Restoration Research Branch at the lab, and Amit Malhotra, geographic information system scientist at the lab, are developing a wave […]

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Wave Forecast Model Increases Accuracy for North Carolina Boaters

The National Weather Service in Newport, North Carolina is bringing our wave energy model (called WEMo) into its daily weather forecasts for the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds and their tributaries. Previously, boaters relied on forecasts based on only four locations over 3000 square miles, which led to hazardous situations for boaters encountering waves higher than those forecast. This month, […]

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Harmful Algal Bloom Operational Forecast System in the US | Harmful Algae News

It was October 31, 1987—Halloween Day in the U.S. It seemed to be an otherwise ordinary day, but people on the  beaches near Beaufort, North Carolina, were experiencing out of the ordinary respiratory distress. A bloom of “Florida red tide”, the toxic algae Karenia brevis, had unexpectedly appeared in North Carolina coastal waters for the  first time on record. It […]

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Making Waves: Powerful Fish-Killing Toxin May Lead to Human Health Benefits (Episode 36)

In 2002, a mysterious disease began killing fish at a commercial aquaculture facility in North Carolina. Lots of fish. Over 21,000 striped bass died during the outbreak. At the time, no one knew what caused this massive fish kill. Why did it happen? Would it happen again? We now know that the culprit behind the […]

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