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Assessing the Ecological Function of Shipwrecks, A...

Increased calls for enhancing ocean habitats through artificial reefs and proposals for increasing offshore energy development require science to understand the impact and habitat value of these artificial structures on ...
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Deep Coral Predictive Habitat Modeling in the U.S....

We are using statistical models that combine databases of known deep-sea coral beds with information about key habitats to predict and map suitable habitat for deep-sea corals in the U.S ...
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Ecotoxicity of Perfluorooctane Sulfonate and Fluor...

Fire retardant foams currently contain fluorine-based chemicals known to be toxic and persist in the environment. Fluorine-free foams are now in development, but little is known about the environmental impacts ...
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Field-based Mesocosms: In Situ Deployments for Ass...

We are working to improve our ability to rapidly assess the impacts of oil spills by building on field and laboratory toxicity studies that were key to the Deepwater Horizon ...
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Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics (GLOBEC) Northwes...

Georges Bank, located off Cape Cod has long supported important commercial fisheries. From 1996 to 2008, NCCOS partnered with the National Science Foundation supporting the Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics Program ...
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Modeling, Visualizing, and Communicating Nor'easte...

We are working to inform and improve coastal resource management and resilience to extreme weather events (e.g., Nor’easters and hurricanes) whose impacts are magnified with sea level rise. The project ...
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National Analytical Response to Harmful Algal Bloo...

We use extreme events to research new or changing impacts of harmful algal blooms in coastal waters. The NOAA Analytical Response Team leverages cutting-edge analytical methods and collaborative relationships with ...
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Nutrient Dynamics and Changes to Benthic Communiti...

Eutrophication is the over-abundance of nutrients in a body of water that results in harmful algal blooms, fish kills, and in some cases ecosystem collapse. In coral reef ecosystems, excess ...
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Setting Shared Goals for South Florida’s Marine an...

We facilitated a process to identify the characteristics and key regulating processes of a sustainable South Florida coastal marine ecosystem. Using the best available science from academia, agencies, and non-governmental ...
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Technical Support for Inception of Florida DEP Cor...

Eutrophication is the over-abundance of nutrients in a body of water that results in harmful algal blooms, fish kills, and in some cases ecosystem collapse. In coral reef ecosystems, excess ...
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Cape Lookout National Seashore Environmental Quali...

NCCOS scientist collects samples at Cape Lookout National Seashore adjacent to the abandoned town of Portsmouth, NC. NCCOS scientists have released a final report assessing the environmental quality of sediment ...
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Consequences of a 'Forever Chemical' Exposure on E...

A research collaboration between NCCOS scientists and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has documented the negative effects of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) on the health of the Eastern ...
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Deep-Sea Benthic Surveys Inform Pacific Fishery Ma...

A map of new spatial management decisions off California. Seven new areas are closed to trawling, shown in pink. The closures are in areas known for "higher valued" or more ...
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NOAA's Deep-Sea Coral Study in U.S. Southeast Comp...

NOAA’s Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program recently completed its second year of the Southeast Deep Coral Initiative (SEDCI), a four-year effort to study deep-sea coral ecosystems throughout the southeast ...
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Researchers Develop Tool to Predict How Coast Reco...

Barrier islands and sand dunes have long been recognized as critical ecosystems that protect coastal areas from storms, while being home to many unique plants and animals. A team of ...
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Student Scholars Conduct Research with NCCOS Mento...

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) promotes the educational and professional advancement of students and early-career scientists/scholars (e.g., postdoctoral) in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through mentoring ...
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Hypoxia Leads to Atlantic Croaker Decline in Gulf ...

Distribution of bottom-water dissolved oxygen July 28-August 3, 2015 (west of the Mississippi River delta). Black line indicates dissolved oxygen level of 2 mg/L. (Data: Nancy R. Rabalais, LUMCON, and ...
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Southeast Deep Coral Initiative: NOAA Multi-Year E...

A new NOAA report outlines the objectives and activities of the Southeast Deep Coral Initiative (SEDCI). The initiative is a coordinated, cross-line office effort that includes partners from NOAA Fisheries, ...
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New Guidance for Standardized Deep-Sea Observation...

Deep sea corals observed with a remotely operated vehicle during the project in the Pacific. Credit: NOAA. A new NCCOS report analyzesthe application of the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification ...
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New Infographic Describes Socioeconomics of Guam C...

Scientists from NCCOS and NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program have released a new infographic that describes key findings from social surveys conducted in Guam. The infographic highlights the perceptions, values, ...
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Assessment of crude oil and a dispersant in a simulated Spartina alterniflora salt marsh ecosystem

NOAA's Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) lists saltmarshes along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts as the most vulnerable habitat to oil spills. As a result of the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig accident, more that 200 million gallons of crude oil ...
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Characterization of Toxic Impacts on Living Marine Resources in Tidal Rivers of the Chesapeake Bay

In 1999, the Chesapeake Bay Program completed a survey of existing data on chemical contaminants and the potential for bioeffects in 38 tidal river systems of Chesapeake Bay. This review led to the identification of 20 areas for which there ...
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Connectivity of Pulley Ridge with remote locations as inferred from satellite-tracked drifter trajectories

Using historical (1994–2017) satellite-tracked surface drifter trajectory data, we conduct a probabilistic Lagrangian circulation study which sheds light on the connectivity of Pulley Ridge with other locations in the Gulf of Mexico and adjacent areas. The analysis reveals that Pulley ...
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Cruise report : assessment of ecological condition and stressor impacts within Great Lakes region areas of concern (AOCs) : Ashtabula River and Milwaukee estuary

This cruise report is a summary of a field survey conducted within two Great Lakes Region Areas of Concern (AOCs), Ashtabula River and Milwaukee Estuary, August 18 – 25, 2012. Synoptic sampling of multiple ecological indicators was conducted in the ...
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Efficacy and Ecotoxicological Effects of Shoreline Cleaners in Salt Marsh Ecosystems

Salt marsh ecosystems are sensitive habitats that may be susceptible to oil and oil spill mitigation chemicals during clean up. This research project assessed the toxicity of three shoreline cleaners (SLC) in laboratory and mesocosm exposures, determined petroleum hydrocarbon distributions ...
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NOAA Internship Opportunities

Recolonization of the Cedar River by Pacific salmo...

Project description: We are seeking two interns that will be key members of a research team including scientists from the Northwest Fisheries Science Center and the University of Washington. Interns ...
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