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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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Invasive Sea Squirts Threaten Shellfish Aquaculture

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science researchers and their collaborators found that ten invasive tunicate species are fouling shellfish aquaculture operations along much of the U.S. East Coast, causing decreased growth rates, increased mortality, and high maintenance costs.  The survey identified the locations of highest fouling, which will be used to develop a plan to […]

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Lionfish Discovered along the South Atlantic Coast: A Curiosity … or a Wake up Call?

Local divers off the coast of North Carolina were not expecting to see what they found on that August day in 2002: exotic and beautiful lionfish, common to the warm waters of the western Pacific but non-native and unknown off the Carolina coast. A year later, scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science […]

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South Carolina Phytoplankton Monitoring Network: A Working Example of Coastal Stewardship

Phytoplankton, the tiny, floating plants that live in both freshwater and marine environments, can multiply into dense concentrations or blooms. A number of these species produce toxins that cause a variety of human diseases through inhaling toxins that might be in aerosol form along beaches or in consuming bivalve shellfish or some fish species which […]

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