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Characterizing Benthic Habitats Around Saipan, CNM...

In 2019, NOAA launched the Pacific Mapping Cooperative: RICHARD (Rainier Integrates Charting Hydrography and Reef Demographics) Marianas Campaign to develop a plan to conduct much-needed mapping in the Marianas Archipelago ...
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Defining Future Seafloor Mapping Priorities to Inf...

NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) utilizes benthic mapping data to develop information on the condition of coral reef ecosystems to help inform science-based management decisions. They have identified a ...
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Identifying Priority Areas for Implementation of E...

In 2014, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) listed 15 Indo-Pacific reef-building coral species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Under this legislation, NMFS must develop and implement ...
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Prioritizing Areas for Future Seafloor Mapping, Re...

We developed a geospatial framework and online application to identify priorities for seafloor mapping along the U.S. Southeast Atlantic Coast (NC, SC, and GA). This project enables federal resource agencies ...
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Prioritizing Areas for Future Seafloor Mapping, Re...

NCCOS developed a spatial framework to identify common research priorities across partner organizations which has been successfully implemented on the U.S. West Coast, Florida, and Lake Michigan. NCCOS applied this ...
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Virtually Explore Shallow Water Mapping Priorities...

NCCOS scientists are working to conduct a data needs assessment for each of the seven U.S. coral reef management jurisdictions (Figure 1). The team has developed an interactive hub “Coral Reef ...
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StoryMap Highlights Boat Visitations at Gray’s Ree...

Fishing for red snapper at GRNMS. Credit NOAA ONMS. Information on the number and types of visitors to Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary is needed to inform management decisions. A ...
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NOAA Continues to Survey Essential Fish Habitat in...

Researchers with NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) Habitat Mapping team will conduct a scientific research mission within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary from March 19 to ...
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NCCOS Releases Priorities for U.S. Caribbean Seafl...

Results of the mapping prioritization effort are now published. Credit NOAA NCCOS. NCCOS scientists teamed with 15 participants from Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands local, federal, territory, and academic ...
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Spatial Analysis Completed to Prioritize U.S. Cari...

NCCOS recently completed the spatial analysis that will guide the prioritization of future seafloor mapping, research, and exploration in the U.S. Caribbean. With input from regional stakeholders, the research team ...
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NCCOS Team Surveys North Carolina Shipwrecks and R...

NCCOS scientists and partners surveyed rocky reefs and shipwrecks off the coast of North Carolina during September 2019 aboard the NOAA ship Nancy Foster. From left to right: Chris Taylor, ...
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Comprehensive Seafloor Substrate Mapping and Model Validation in the New York Bight

Prior to this study, NOAA NCCOS has conducted previous efforts to characterize the ocean floor offshore NY. For example, as part of the NY Department of State’s renewable energy planning efforts and its Offshore Atlantic Ocean Study, released in July ...
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NCCOS Mapping: Comprehensive Seafloor Substrate Mapping and Model Validation in the New York Bight from 2017-10-20 to 2019-03-27 (NCEI Accession 0204737)

This collection of benthic habitat mapping data is an inventory of hydrographic multibeam sonar surveys, georeferenced benthic photographs and video clips, seafloor morphometric analysis, and predictive models all collected in the New York Wind Energy Areas (NYWEA) designated by the ...
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NOAA NCCOS Assessment: Prioritizing Areas for Future Seafloor Mapping, Research, and Exploration Offshore of California, Oregon, and Washington from 2019-03-01 to 2019-04-01

Spatial information about the seafloor is critical for decision-making by marine resource science, management and tribal organizations. Coordinating data needs can help organizations leverage collective resources to meet shared goals. To help enable this coordination, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...
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Prioritizing Areas for Future Seafloor Mapping, Research, and Exploration Offshore of California, Oregon, and Washington

Spatial information about the seafloor is critical for decision-making by marine science, management and tribal organizations. While this type of information is important, its collection is expensive, time consuming and logistically intensive. Developing a network of partners and coordinating data ...
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