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NCCOS and Partners Explore Climate-Related Thresholds and Tipping Points

Stakeholders expressed concerns related to climate thresholds and tipping points for coastal systems through a workshop held at the Hollings Marine Lab August 18-19, 2014. Representatives from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, other National Ocean Service (NOS) offices, coastal management groups, and academia discussed the application of tipping point concepts for coastal managers, and associated […]

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Atlantic Ocean Temperature Rise Could Favor Range Expansion of Invasive Lionfish and Native Species

Warming ocean temperatures could favor the expansion of the invasive Indo-Pacific Lionfish and native tropical species distributions within the Atlantic according to a recent study conducted by researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, National Marine Fisheries Service, and the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. The study was conducted from 2006–2010 in temperate rocky […]

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NOAA Data Support Groundwater Protection in Marshall Islands

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and the Coastal Services Center recently recorded underwater video and collected sonar data off Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands to produce bathymetry estimates and support mapping of coral reef communities in the region. Additionally, NCCOS will be using these data to […]

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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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Zooplankton Show Ability to Adapt to Stress of Starvation and Climate Change

NCCOS sponsored research on zooplankton response to Harmful Algal Blooms has also yielded information on how zooplankton respond to climate change and environmental stress. Zooplankton play a central role in food webs from phytoplankton to fish and are also important in the biogeochemical cycles of lakes and oceans. Two recent studies from Dr. Hans Dam […]

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NCCOS Participates in NAS Arctic Research and Coordination Meeting

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science participated in the May 30–31 meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, Polar Research Board in Washington, D.C.  Topics included updates for ongoing projects in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, new projects related to climate change, and recent oil spill preparation and Arctic ecological assessments. Discussions also focused […]

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Two Studies Show Mississippi River Diversions Could Harm Marshland

For decades, those leading efforts to keep southeast Louisiana from being swallowed by the Gulf of Mexico have supported “Putting the river back into the marsh.” The thinking is that the river should be allowed to build new land, just as it had done for millennia before flooding was controlled. But what if pollutants in the […]

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NOAA announces grants to predict ocean acidification’s effects on commercial fisheries

As scientists continue to research ways in which the oceans are changing – and what these changes mean for fish populations, three new research projects will receive funding to examine the effects of ocean acidification on fisheries, and the coastal economies that depend upon them. Ocean acidification occurs when the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide from […]

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