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NCCOS Sponsors 20 New Research Projects

NCCOS awarded nearly $4.5 million in new research grants while maintaining sponsorship of 42 continuing projects during 2015 for a total of $8.2 million in funding for innovative research. All of the endeavors address significant and complex coastal issues. The projects were selected using a rigorous, competitive, and peer-review process. The cutting-edge research will provide critical […]

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Metals in Dwarf Sperm Whales Provide Information on Ocean Health

A recent study found the presence of heavy metals in the kidney and liver tissues of dwarf sperm whales (Kogia sima) stranded along South Carolina’s coast. As long-lived high trophic level predators, dwarf sperm whales are exposed to environmental contaminants from anthropogenic sources and may serve as an indicator of offshore marine pollution. Between 1990 […]

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New Predictive Tool Helps Managers in Lake Michigan’s Green Bay

A new predictive management tool addresses an issue that confronts Wisconsin resource managers, farmers, environmentalists and fish scientists – too many nutrients, mainly phosphorus, from the Lower Fox River washing into Green Bay leading to hypoxia and harmful algal blooms. The model tool, developed by the Green Bay hypoxia and climate change project and funded by NCCOS’ […]

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Assessing the Health and Quality of Arctic Estuaries

NCCOS led a month-long sampling cruise in estuaries in the Arctic Ocean aboard the NOAA RV Ron Brown in August.  Sediment, biota and water samples were collected for chemical contaminant analyses, biological community health assessment, and stable isotope analyses and water quality parameters.  This project was a continuation of offshore analyses begun in 2010.  The target […]

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Emerging Techniques Help Guide Coral Reef Management

Although coral reefs are in rapid decline in most regions, new natural and social science research sponsored by NCCOS is helping to support successful coral reef management strategies and interventions. Recent and emerging molecular tools such as genomics (complete genetic mapping/DNA sequencing), proteomics (protein analysis), and transcriptomics (complete messenger RNA analysis) allow researchers to address […]

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