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Scenario-based Ecosystem Forecast Models Help Mitigate Hypoxia

Representing NOAA at the Ninth National Monitoring Conference, NCCOS’s Dr. Alan Lewitus spoke at a session focused on nutrient monitoring and modeling to restore and protect coastal water quality. His presentation described how scenario-based ecosystem forecast models can generate nutrient reduction targets to achieve hypoxia mitigation goals. NCCOS administers national competitive programs that assess the […]

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Traditional Palauan Practices Support Healthy Coral Reefs

A new study has demonstrated what Palauans have known for millennia—cultivated wetlands, in particular taro (Colocasia esculenta) fields, can control soil erosion and reduce the impact of watershed discharges on nearshore coral reefs. Taro fields in Palau are designed with embankments that allow a steady flow of water through the field, using the taro plants […]

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NCCOS Science Supports Management Review of Florida Keys Sanctuary

NCCOS is providing the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary with scientific and technical support that will enable the sanctuary to review and analyze information on human uses and natural resources and propose management alternatives for the region. The two groups recently co-hosted a workshop at the Key West Eco-Discovery Center, the fourth in a series of six […]

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High-tech Armada Links Toxic Algal Blooms and Nutrients from Sewage off Southern California

Last month, NCCOS-funded scientists deployed two Environmental Sample Processors, two research vessels, five autonomous underwater vehicles, and five drifters in the ocean around San Pedro Bay, off Southern California, seeking signs of harmful algal blooms (HABs). Not long after deployment, this high-tech armada detected a large phytoplankton bloom that included the diatom Pseudo-nitzschia and its […]

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Potential Offshore Wind Energy Area in North Carolina Mapped

Earlier this month, NCCOS researchers and their partners mapped the seafloor and characterized the hardbottom habitat of the potential wind energy area off of Cape Fear, N.C. This final expedition of a four leg mission ran for 10 days aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster to provide a baseline biological assessment of the distribution of marine fishes […]

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Glider Implementation Plan Provides Blueprint for Improved Monitoring of Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

The Glider Implementation Plan for Hypoxia Monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico is now available to guide the use of autonomous underwater vehicles for enhanced monitoring of seasonal hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The need for improved monitoring of the hypoxic zone (dead zone) has been repeatedly emphasized by the Interagency Gulf Hypoxia Task […]

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Partners in Puerto Rico Learn How to Conduct Coral Reef Monitoring Surveys

NCCOS researchers recently trained partners in Puerto Rico to collect fish and coral data for the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program, a core component of NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program. Thirty scientists received classroom and in-water practical instruction and are now prepared to participate in reef surveys planned throughout Puerto Rico in 2014. The National […]

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NOAA and Partners Improve Aquaculture Siting Decision Tool for Long Island Sound

A NOAA-led, multidisciplinary team is refining a tool used by farmers and regulators to choose locations of shellfish aquaculture farms in Long Island Sound. The updated tool will merge Farm Aquaculture Resource Management (FARM) model results with The Connecticut Aquaculture Mapping Atlas to better support aquaculture farm siting decisions. Specifically, a color-coded geospatial layer will […]

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