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NOAA Scientists Develop First Comprehensive Habitat Maps for National Parks Service’s Buck Island Reef National Monument

Last week, scientists from NCCOS released new habitat maps for Buck Island Reef National Monument (BIRNM) describing the geology and biology of the seafloor from 0 to 1,830 meters (m) in depth. These maps were developed using a combination of manual and computer-based mapping methods, which integrated remotely-sensed images acquired by six different sensors. This effort marks the […]

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NOAA Partnership Research Fills Critical Data Gaps in the US Virgin Islands

To provide new high resolution data for the nearshore waters of St. Thomas, St. John, and St Croix, USVI, NCCOS scientists partnered with NOAA’s Office of Coastal Survey, Fugro LADS Corporation, and the US Virgin Islands Territorial Government. The new data filled what were previously significant data gaps in coastal waters (0-30 m water depth). NOAA’s Office of Coast […]

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Characterizing and Monitoring Coral Reef Ecosystems in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Collaborating with local partners, scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science recently completed annual research missions in St. John, USVI, and the La Parguera/Guanica region of southwest Puerto Rico, where they continue to evaluate the health of marine resources, including reef fish, corals and invertebrates. In both locations, dive teams surveyed habitats to […]

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Cost-effective Technique for Mapping Reef Fish Distributions to Support Coral Reef Management

Scientists from NOAA’s National Center for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) have developed a cost-effective modeling technique for mapping the most important coral reefs for keystone fish species in the U.S. Caribbean. The techniques used only two types of existing data: (1) a detailed map of the seafloor bathymetry collected from airborne laser altimetry, also known […]

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Research Mission Investigates Caribbean Mesophotic Coral Reefs; Puerto Rico and USVI

Investigating mesophotic coral ecosystems in the waters surrounding the Caribbean islands of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) is the purpose of a National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science-supported research mission. Mesophotic coral ecosystems – ‘meso’ for middle and ‘photic’ for light – are the deepest of the light-dependent coral reefs and are […]

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NOAA’s 8th year Mapping the U.S. Caribbean Sea Floor: Exploring Coral Reef Ecosystems and Fish Spawning Areas

Quick link to daily mission logs and related products NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science kicked off the eighth year of a mission to explore and map underwater realms of the U.S. Caribbean aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. For many of the areas visited during this expedition, it’ll be the first time they’ve […]

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NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Characterization Efforts Expand in the U.S. Virgin Islands

The 2010 Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystem Monitoring Project (CCREMP) surveys in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands mark an expansion of NOAA coral reef ecosystem characterization efforts into the East End Marine Park (EEMP). Established in 2003, the EEMP encompasses a mosaic of fringing reefs, mangrove forests, seagrass beds and nesting sites for endangered sea turtles. […]

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Preliminary Work in St. Thomas, USVI to Characterize Chemical Contaminants Completed

The St. Thomas East End Reserve or STEER, in the US Virgin Islands, is a collection of marine reserves and wildlife sanctuaries located on the eastern end of the island. Within the STEER, there are a variety of land use and maritime activities that have the potential to impact the natural ecosystem and its inhabitants. […]

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