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Study reveals link between dolphin skin disease and climatic factors

Skin lesions on coastal dolphins are associated with water that’s colder and has lower salinity, say researchers at the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. They analyzed photographs collected during routine monitoring studies of dolphins in estuaries and coastal waters of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida and found that in all three sites, the prevalence of skin lesions […]

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Rise in Asian Tiger Shrimp sightings prompts scientific look at invasion concerns | NOAA Press Release

The recent rise in sightings of non-native Asian tiger shrimp off the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts has government scientists working to determine the cause of the increase and the possible consequences for native fish and seafood in those waters. Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are […]

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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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External Panel Focuses on Laboratory’s Future

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science’s Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML) recently completed an onsite retreat as a means to integrate external expert recommendations and guidance to help develop future research investments for the laboratory. On February 28th and 29th, NCCOS administrators and scientists hosted four external panelists at the laboratory. The external panelists included: Dr. Tracy Collier (Science […]

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Cold Water Anomaly May Explain 2011 Unusual Bottlenose Dolphin Mortalities

While climate change is often associated with global warming and rising seawater temperatures, there are other climate-related anomalies that can adversely affect marine life. From February 27 to May 26, 2011, 37 bottlenose dolphins were found dead on South Carolina beaches primarily in the central and southern sections of the state. This level of mortality […]

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Social Coast Forum 2012, Social Science for Coastal Decision-making

Susan Lovelace, Maria Dillard and Trey Honeycutt participated in the Social Coast Forum hosted by the Coastal Services Center in Charleston, SC February 15-16. The purpose of the Forum was to gather management practitioners and social scientists to share information about management needs and social science research and capabilities for addressing those needs. Honeycutt served the Forum with IT […]

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NOAA Scientists Provide Technical Input to the Health Sector section of the National Climate Assessment 2013 Report

Climate change imperils human health, posing real and potential threats and costs. To gain a broader understanding of the health effects of climate change in the Southeastern United States and also to inform the 2013 National Climate Assessment report, a workshop under the auspices of the U.S. Global Change Research Program brought together biological, physical and social scientists and […]

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Easy-to-use Model for Predicting Sea Level Rise Impacts to Marshes Now Available Online

An NCCOS-funded researcher updated his innovative coastal marsh model and provided an interactive web based application. The web accessible zero-dimensional Marsh Equilibrium Model (MEM III) provides users a hands-on tool to simulate how a tidal marsh community interacts with the physical environment to maintain its functionality under various sea level rise scenarios. Dr. James Morris […]

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