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The Swiss Army Knife of Missions: Buoys, CHiRP, Drop Cameras, and MBES

An intern blog by Erika Koontz ‘17, Washington College. During the third week of July, I set sail on the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster with scientists from NOAA’s Beaufort lab, Coastal Carolina University (CCU), and Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) for leg two of a project to map essential fish habitat in the Southeast U.S. in support of offshore planning […]

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Expedition Marks Twelve Years of Discovery in the Caribbean

Scientists recently completed the 12th year of a research expedition to map seafloor habitats in the U.S. Caribbean aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. Researchers mapped nearly 200,000 underwater acres along St. Croix and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and completed 35 remotely operated vehicle dives. Key findings include the identification of three seamounts rising 25 […]

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Regional Water Management Practices Reduce Biscayne Bay Submerged Aquatic Vegetation

In subtropical Biscayne Bay, Florida, NCCOS research reveals decades of water management practices reduce freshwater flow, negatively impacting abundance and composition of the bay’s nearshore submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) communities, fish, and crustaceans. Over the last 50 years, a massive water management system modified the hydrology of the South Florida watershed by altering the quantity, […]

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NCCOS Collaboration Explores Previously Unmapped Seafloor Habitats of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Well over 50 percent of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary seafloor has yet to be mapped or characterized at a level suitable for resource management. Recently on board the NOAA ship Bell M. Shimada, NCCOS and partners worked to reduce that number. On this mission, 82 square miles were mapped and identified as priority […]

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2015 Nancy Foster Caribbean Mapping Mission: Expedition Marks Twelve Years of Discovery

NCCOS is preparing to embark on its twelfth year of an ongoing scientific research mission on board the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster, funded by NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program. The mission will combine methods of multibeam and fish sonar with video captured from an ROV (remotely operated vehicle) and environmental data collected from an autonomous glider from March 28 […]

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NCCOS Increases the Sonar Survey Accuracy of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

To ensure consistency in the quality of scientific echosounder and sonar data being collected by NOAA research ships, NCCOS has partnered with the Office of Exploration and Research to calibrate the scientific echosounder on the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.  Researchers from NCCOS joined the Okeanos in Puerto Rico to conduct the calibration and train the […]

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Research Cruise Investigates Ocean Acidification Effects on Deep Sea Coral

NCCOS, collaborating with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Office of Ocean Exploration Research, and Office of Coast Survey, embarked on the NOAA ship Bell M Shimada on March 13 in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS), conducting ROV surveys to characterize unexplored habitat and assess abundance and condition of deep sea corals in the face of climate […]

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NOAA Partnership Improves Accessibility to NCCOS Echosounder Survey Data

Seafloor maps that include fishery echosounder data from the NCCOS-led coral reef ecosystem characterization surveys of the US Caribbean (2010-2014) are now available to the public through the National Geophysical Data Center Water Column Sonar Viewer.  The original objectives of the echosounder and sonar surveys were to map habitats of the seafloor and distribution of reef […]

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