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NCCOS Hollings Scholar Wins Best Presentation Award

Emily Wallingford, a rising senior at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and a 2015 Hollings Scholar at NOAA’s Beaufort Laboratory, won the best oral presentation award at the 2015 Hollings Symposium on July 27–30. Wallingford’s presentation, “Development of lionfish aggregating devices (LADs) for use as a large-scale control technique,” reported on her research of […]

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NOAA Hollings Scholars Research Oil Spill Dispersants

NOAA Hollings Scholars Charlotte Eckmann (University of South Carolina) and Pamela Betancourt (Florida State University) spent their summer at the NCCOS laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina researching the effects of oil spill dispersants on estuarine shrimp. Eckmann compared dispersant toxicity under different salinities, while Betancourt investigated dispersant effects on shrimp development. Their findings will be used […]

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Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Larger than Predicted After Heavy June Rains

Scientists supported by NOAA NCCOS, EPA and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative have mapped the size of the 2015 Gulf of Mexico low-oxygen dead zone. The areal extent of hypoxia measures approximately 6,474 square miles, about the size of Connecticut and Massachusetts combined, exceeding the prediction from June. Nutrient run off from agricultural and other human […]

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NCCOS Studies Effects of Dispersants and Weathered Oil

To study the impacts of dispersed oil on estuarine organisms and ecosystems, NCCOS scientists used tidal estuarine simulation units (called mesocosms) to mimic the conditions in an estuary affected by weathered crude oil. In the mesocosms, artificially weathered crude oil, with and without dispersants, was applied during three consecutive high tide events. The exposure phase lasted […]

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NCCOS Hypoxia Forecasts Prove Accurate

For over ten years NCCOS has developed and improved hypoxia (dead zone) forecasts similar to seasonal weather forecasts. The accuracy of these forecasts is proving to be quite good. Professor Don Scavia of the University of Michigan tracks the accuracy of the NCCOS-funded annual forecasts and finds the models work well in years without hurricanes or […]

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