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Changes in Climate Could Make Pesticides More Toxic to Estuarine Organisms

During a recent climate webinar offered as part of the NOAA Science Day seminar series, NCCOS’s Marie DeLorenzo explained how changing climate variables may influence pesticide toxicity in the coastal zone. Pesticides enter estuarine waters via runoff and drift from agricultural, turf grass, home and garden, and mosquito control applications. DeLorenzo tested adult and larval […]

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NCCOS Expertise Contributes to U.S. National Climate Assessment

Four NCCOS scientists wrote a NOAA technical report on “Oceans and Marine Resources in a Changing Climate” that led to a chapter in the Third National Climate Assessment (2013), produced by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Carol Auer, Quay Dortch, Elizabeth Jewett, and Cary Lopez participated in this comprehensive review, wherein 63 experts examined […]

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NCCOS Research Underpins International Lake Erie Ecosystem Report

With Lake Erie threatened again by eutrophication and harmful algal blooms, the Great Lakes International Joint Commission (IJC) recently established a “Lake Erie Ecosystem Priority” (LEEP) initiative to provide advice to governments to develop policy and implement management approaches to restore the lake’s ecosystem. The IJC released the LEEP report on August 29, 2013 for […]

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Research Clarifies Causes and Future of Growing Dead Zone in Green Bay

NCCOS researchers from the Coastal Hypoxia Research Program (CHRP) are modeling the dynamics of hypoxia in Green Bay to better understand intensifying eutrophic conditions in the southern end of the bay in recent decades. Since 1990, the number of annual dead zone days in Green Bay resulting from eutrophication has increased from roughly 4 to […]

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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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NCCOS-sponsored Research Paper Receives Annual Award

An NCCOS-sponsored project publication was selected for the 2012 Chandler-Misener Award by the Journal of Great Lakes Research.   Titled “Historical pattern of phosphorus loading to Lake Erie watersheds,” the paper quantifies trends in phosphorus (P) loading to Lake Erie watersheds from 1935 to 2007. Over this 70-year period, P input to Lake Erie increased to peak values in […]

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NSF Study: Climate and Agricultural Practices May Contribute to Increase of HABS in Lake Erie

According to a new multi-investigator study, with contributions from researchers funded by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science’s (NCCOS) Ecological Forecasting Program in Lake Erie, the record-breaking 2011 Lake Erie cyanobacteria bloom was likely caused by a combination of changing farming practices and weather conditions; conditions predicted to continue under a changing climate. The study led […]

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