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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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Does Oyster Aquaculture Affect Nitrogen Loss From Sediments?

Off-bottom oyster aquaculture (Crassostrea virginica) is currently being investigated for possible effects on nutrient processes of surrounding sediments by  a Virginia Sea Grant Research Fellow, Abby Lunstrum, under the guidance of an NCCOS mentor. The research assesses whether, and to what extent, biodeposition from this type of aquaculture operations stimulates loss of nitrogen from the […]

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Oyster Gardening Improves Water Quality, Featured by National Geographic

The innovative “Maryland Grows Oysters” program, designed to use oyster restoration for improvement of water quality in Chesapeake Bay, was featured in a National Geographic video released on October 9. The project uses cages first produced by inmates at the Hagerstown Correctional Facility and then filled with baby oysters (or spat), which are attached to docks at volunteer study locations within the Chesapeake […]

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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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Hypoxia Task Force Makes Progress to Reduce Runoff Fueling Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

The Mississippi River Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force (“Hypoxia Task Force”) works to reduce and control hypoxia, or the dead zone, in the Gulf of Mexico. At the Fall Public Meeting in Alton, Illinois, the Task Force reported recent progress in dead zone reduction. New measures and actions were passed to control  nutrient runoff which […]

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NOAA and Partners Demonstrate Value of HAB Early Warning in Oregon

Early Warning of Oregon HAB Events In July 2010, NOAA and Oregon partners forecasted rising algae cell and toxin levels nearshore, providing state officials advance warning of a coast-wide harmful algal bloom (HAB) event and prompting proactive shellfish testing. The prediction was verified when further testing revealed that levels of the HAB toxin domoic acid […]

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Fish Farming Improvements Reduce Environmental Impacts of Aquaculture

Advances in fish farming technology and management practices significantly decreased the environmental footprint and increased economic performance of aquaculture in the United States in the last forty years. Marine aquaculture in the United States represents an opportunity to provide healthy, domestic seafood, create jobs, and contribute to coastal economies, likely supplying most of the expected […]

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Sea Level Rise Visualization Tool “Tells Story” of Climate Change

NCCOS sponsored researchers at the University of Central Florida (UCF) are developing an improved web-based interactive sea level rise viewer. Interactive sea level rise viewers (ISLRVs) are map-based visualization tools that communicate the impacts of climate change-related sea level rise (SLR), associated with increased flooding, coastal erosion, storm surge damage, and saltwater intrusion. Traditional story telling uses the printed word […]

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