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Support Grows for Living Shorelines in North Carolina

In recent decades, increased development along our nation’s estuarine shorelines has led to shoreline hardening as landowners attempt to protect their properties from coastal erosion. Estuarine shorelines are a transition zone between open water and upland regions and provide a variety of ecosystem services, including essential habitat to commercially and ecologically important species, buffering storm-driven […]

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U.S. Department of Transportation Updates Coastal Infrastructure Risk Assessment Using NCCOS Research

Modeling concepts developed by the NCCOS sponsored Gulf of Mexico Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise (EESLR) project are being used by the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as a case study in the latest DOT hydraulic engineering manual. The manual, “Highways in the Coastal Environment: Assessing Extreme Events,” provides technical guidance and methods […]

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Ocean Acidification Concerns, Information to be Aired at NE Stakeholders Workshops

The Northeast Coastal Acidification Network (NECAN) is planning an “Ocean and Coastal Acidification Stakeholder Workshop” for December 10, 2014 at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine. As a member of NECAN, NCCOS is playing a major role in the development and facilitation of the upcoming workshop.  The purpose of the meeting is to inform […]

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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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