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NCCOS Completes Ecosystem Assessment of Chesapeake Bay Watersheds

NCCOS recently completed an assessment of three watersheds in the Chesapeake Bay region (Corsica, Magothy, and Rhode Rivers), exploring the linkages between dominant land-use type (agriculture, residential, and mixed-use, respectively) and aquatic ecosystem health. Habitat health was determined based on factors of water quality including dissolved oxygen, nitrogen, and phosphorous concentrations, and aquatic organism health […]

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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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Phytoplankton Monitoring Network Volunteers in Georgia Trained in Marine Debris Reporting

The NCCOS Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN) program recently trained volunteers from Georgia in harmful algal bloom and marine debris monitoring. Volunteers from Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, Burton 4-H, and the University of Georgia’s Marine Extension Service received instruction on target phytoplankton species for change detection, as well as how to identify microplastics in phytoplankton […]

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Sea Level Rise Scenario Project Wins Advanced Computing Award

The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) group awarded $56,000 to an NCCOS-sponsored project that is integrating models to assess the ecological impacts of sea level rise. XSEDE selected the project to facilitate modeling sea level rise and storm surge simulations in the Gulf of Mexico. XSEDE, a National Science Foundation initiative, boasts the most […]

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Scientists Develop Accurate Seafloor Habitat Map for Puerto Rico’s Northeast Grand Reserve

NCCOS scientists recently collected marine habitat data in Puerto Rico’s Northeast Grand Reserve to validate a draft seafloor map of this land and marine protected area in northeast Puerto Rico. Using high definition, underwater video cameras, the team surveyed four hundred sites within the reserve to document reefs and other critical habitats. The researchers will combine […]

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NCCOS, Partners Explore Deep Ocean in Proposed Expansion Areas of West Coast Marine Sanctuaries

NCCOS scientists and their partners recently explored deep-water reaches in the proposed expansion areas of the Cordell Bank and the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries to establish a baseline understanding of new habitats and species that may soon come under sanctuary jurisdiction. Using a video camera on a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), the […]

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Automated Sensor Provides Texas with Early Warning of Red Tide

Last week, an NCCOS-funded sensor installed on a Port Aransas pier alerted Texas agencies to rising concentrations of Karenia brevis, the marine dinoflagellate that causes red tides. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and other interested managers received a two-week early warning that a red tide bloom was […]

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NOAA Completes Extensive Study on Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

A recently completed three year assessment of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS) is the first to comprehensively describe fish and benthic communities across the full depth range of the sanctuary (60-400’).  Fish and benthic community information collected by three complementary techniques were employed to collect biological information to address the potential impacts of fishing activities […]

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