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Exploring and Characterizing the Seafloor of Chann...

We worked with staff at Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) on three mapping related efforts: 1) developed a map of existing data to plan for future data collections; 2) ...
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Habitat Mapping of Fish Bay, Coral Bay, and the St...

We developed benthic habitat maps for shallow-water (< 40 meters) areas in and around Fish Bay, Coral Bay, and the St. Thomas East End Reserve in the U.S. Virgin Islands ...
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Improving Species Distribution and Seafloor Maps t...

Our work provided the state of Washington and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary with new information to prioritize seafloor mapping, and to better understand seabird, pinniped and cetacean distributions ...
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Investigating Mesophotic Coral Reefs in Hawaii

We investigated Hawaii’s mesophotic coral ecosystems to better understand them and their relationship to shallower reefs. We found reefs off Maui’s southwestern coast at depths of 30–130 meters (98–426 ft) ...
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Mapping Coastal Elevations and Water Depths Using ...

Many organizations need imagery, and elevation and depth data to effectively manage our nation’s coastlines. However, coastal areas are expensive and challenging to map using conventional technologies. Here, we are ...
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Mapping Deep Corals in the U.S. South Atlantic to ...

Deep-sea corals provide important habitats for many marine species, including commercial fish. We collected available bathymetric information in the U.S. South Atlantic as part of an initiative of the Deep ...
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Mapping the Long Island Sound Seafloor

Long Island Sound is a region vital to our Nation’s economy, security, culture, and ecology. A new collaborative effort by state, federal and academic partners is helping managers and officials ...
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Patterns of Visitation at Gray’s Reef National Mar...

Basic statistics on visitor use are lacking at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS). High-resolution satellite data, buoy camera pictures, and weather patterns will be used to quantify and predict ...
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Predicting Coral Morphology to Inform the Protecti...

Saipan Lagoon, Saipan, CNMI. Credit: CNMI Division of Coastal Resources Management. Branching corals are valuable for coastline protection, but also highly vulnerable to a changing climate. We will predict the ...
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Predictive Modeling and Mapping of Hardbottom Seaf...

Detailed maps of seafloor habitats along the southeast U.S. coast are sparse. While efforts to explore and map fish habitats have increased, predictions of additional hardbottom locations would help regional ...
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NCCOS Trains Washington State Scientists in Improv...

NCCOS Biogeography scientist, Will Sautter, at the controls of an acoustic survey lab on the NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada. Sautter provided demonstrations and technical expertise to Washington State Department ...
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Expedition Marks Twelve Years of Discovery in the ...

Scientists recently completed the 12thyear 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 ...
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2015 Nancy Foster Caribbean Mapping Mission: Exped...

Reef habitat imagery captured with the ROV during the 2014 Nancy Foster mission. Credit: NOAA NCCOS is preparing toembark on its twelfth yearof an ongoing scientific research mission on board ...
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Scientists Develop Accurate Seafloor Habitat Map f...

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 ...
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2014 Nancy Foster Mission: Finding Fish and My 'Se...

Notes from the scientific expedition team currently aboard the NOAA ShipNancy Foster (March 15 -April 3): Finding Fish and My 'Sea Legs' by Jennifer Johnson, NOAA Hollings Scholar Guest Blogger ...
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2014 Nancy Foster Mission: Filling Data Gaps

Notes from the scientific expedition team currently aboard the NOAA ShipNancy Foster (March 15 -April 3): The United States Virgin Islands are home to a historic and extensive fishery, but ...
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Ocean Discoveries: 2014 Nancy Foster Sea Floor Map...

A team of scientists from NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and partner organizations has set sail for a three-week (March 15 -April 3) expedition aboard theNOAA ShipNancy ...
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Ocean Gliders Will Listen for Fish Spawning Aggreg...

NEW!!! Follow the glider in real-time, and see the ocean currents(Google Earth required) that the glider is using to travel the coast. Two autonomous ocean gliders will travel the waters ...
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NCCOS Researchers to Assist Washington State in Ma...

NCCOS scientists traveled to Washington State May 13-17 to support marine planning along the outer Pacific coast. NCCOS is helping inventory and assess key seafloor, groundfish, seabird and marine mammal ...
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NOAA's National Ocean Service: September 2012 Podc...

Looking for a little deep sea adventure? Today's Diving Deeper Shorts podcast explores how scientists map the sea floor and what a day is like on a research mission. Join ...
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Shallow-Water Benthic Habitats of American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands: Manual

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Ocean Service (NOS) initiated a coral reef research program in 1999 to map, assess, inventory, and monitor U.S. coral reef ecosystems (Monaco et al. 2001). These activities were implemented in response to ...
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Shallow-water benthic habitats of Northeast Puerto Rico and Culebra Island

This report describes the development and assessment of shallow-water (0<35 m) benthic habitat maps for Northeast Puerto Rico and Culebra Island. The objective of this effort, conducted by NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in partnership with the ...
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Shallow-water benthic habitats of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

This report documents the entire process of benthic habitat mapping in St. John. Chapter 1 provides a description of the benthic habitat classification scheme used to categorize the different habitats existing in the nearshore environment. Chapter 2 describes the steps ...
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Survey and impact assessment of derelict fish traps in St. Thomas and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Since 2001, NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) has been working with federal and territorial partners to characterize, monitor, and assess the status of the marine environment across the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). At the request of the ...
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Temporal Trends in Reef Fish Assemblages inside Virgin Islands National Park and around St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, 1988-2006

This report is a result of long-term fish monitoring studies supported by the National Park Service (NPS) at the Virgin Islands National Park since 1988 and is now a joint NPS and NOAA collaboration. Reef fish monitoring data collected from ...
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Water depth and acoustic backscatter data collected from Nancy Foster in Caribbean Sea from 2010-03-18 to 2010-04-06 (NCEI Accession 0131854)

The Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA) completed its seventh year of an ongoing scientific research mission on board NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. The objective of this project was to collect a multibeam bathymetry dataset with 100 percent seafloor ...
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Water depth and acoustic backscatter data collected from Nancy Foster in Caribbean Sea, Buck Island Reef and Virgin Islands National Coral Reef Monuments, U.S. Virgin Islands from 2004-02-18 to 2004-03-05 (NCEI Accession 0131850)

The Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA) conducted the first year of an ongoing scientific research mission on board NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. The purpose of this cruise was to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration?s research on ...
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Water depth and acoustic backscatter data collected from Nancy Foster in Caribbean Sea, Buck Island Reef and Virgin Islands National Coral Reef Monuments, U.S. Virgin Islands from 2006-03-21 to 2006-04-02 (NCEI Accession 0131851)

The Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA) conducted the third year of an ongoing scientific research mission on board NOAA Ship NANCY FOSTER. The purpose of this cruise is to support the benthic characterization of coral reef habitat in ...
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Water depth and acoustic backscatter data collected from Nancy Foster in Caribbean Sea, from 2015-03-18 to 2015-04-07 (NCEI Accession 0131859)

NOAA's NOS/NCCOS/CCMA Biogeography Team, in collaboration with NOAA vessel NOAA Ship Nancy Foster and territory, federal, and private sector partners, conducted the twelfth year of an ongoing scientific research mission onboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster, funded by NOAA?s Coral Reef ...
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Water depth and acoustic backscatter data collected from Nancy Foster in Caribbean Sea, Northeast Grand Reserve, Puerto Rico from 2013-03-05 to 2013-03-29 (NCEI Accession 0131855)

The Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA) conducted the tenth year of an ongoing scientific research mission onboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. The objective of this project was to collect a multibeam bathymetric dataset with 100 percent seafloor ensonification, ...
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