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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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Innovative Land Mapping Approach to be Adapted to Marine Environments for Improved Resource Management

Last week, software developer Esri and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) launched a new, international, public and private sector effort to map global ecological marine units (EMUs). The goal of the effort is to develop a statistically robust map of distinct marine environments to support marine spatial planning, resource management, and conservation. Esri and USGS recently produced a […]

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Innovative Management Approach Guides Marine Spatial Planning

NCCOS has developed an innovative decision support process, the Biogeographic Assessment Framework (BAF), for comprehensive and efficient management of coastal and marine environments around the world.  Two decades of close collaborations with scientists and marine resource managers have resulted in a tool that integrates multiple types of information, such as resource use and ecosystem characterization […]

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NCCOS Sets Context for the Second International Mesophotic Coral Ecosystem Workshop

Mesophotic coral reefs found at depths of 30-150 meters may not be as well understood as their shallower counterparts, but NCCOS is working hard to change that. Much progress has been made over the last six years, and that progress was the focus of the Second International Workshop on Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems, held at the Interuniversity […]

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‘Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2014′ Expedition Discovers New Coral Area in Gulf of Mexico

NOAA-sponsored scientists discovered a new coral area off the southwest coast of Florida near Pulley Ridge. The area is extensive and has the densest cover of plate corals (Agaricia spp.) known in the Gulf of Mexico. This is the most coral seen in the Pulley Ridge area since 2009. Scientists made the discovery in August […]

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