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The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United S...

Reports in The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States series represent NOAA’s ongoing effort to assess the condition of the nation’s shallow-water ...
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Threatened Resources: Bank Systems of the Florida ...

We undertook an ecological assessment of bank systems in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) to determine what will be lost if these systems continue to be degraded by ...
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Tool to Forecast the Effect of Waves on Waterbodie...

We created a tool to help coastal community managers, resource managers, and biologists estimate the wave impact potential to a given area. Wave forms included in the tool range from ...
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Understanding Coral Ecosystem Connectivity in the ...

We investigated the role that the mesophotic coral ecosystems of Pulley Ridge (off the southwest coast of Florida) played in replenishing key coral, sponge, algal, and fish species in the ...
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Understanding Coral Ecosystem Connectivity in the ...

We are investigating population connectivity for key coral, sponge, and fish species between shallow and mesophotic reefs of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and its proposed expansion areas ...
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Using Satellite Imagery to Assess Impacts of Land-...

Rainwater runoff from coastal watersheds, especially during flood events, transports sediment and other pollutants into estuaries and nearshore marine environments that often have negative effects on plants and animals living ...
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Vulnerability of Deep-Sea Coral Ecosystems to Ocea...

The high acidity and high dissolved inorganic carbon of the California Current ecosystem make it a natural laboratory to study the effects of ocean acidification and ocean warming on deep-sea ...
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Western Pacific Coral Reef Institute (WPCRI)

The Western Pacific Coral Reef Institute (WPCRI) is a collaborative regional partnership whose mission is to protect and preserve Micronesia’s reefs through scientific research that is directly applicable to coral ...
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Where is the Fish Food? Chesapeake Bay Mesozooplan...

The purpose of this project is to collect and document the abundance and composition of Chesapeake Bay mesozooplankton, an important food source for juvenile fish in the region. The information ...
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NOAA Explores Habitats Around WWII Wrecks

Triton submersibles will serve as the primary means of collecting data from the wreck. Credit:Project Baseline/ Brownies Global Logistics. Seventy-four years ago, America was in the midst of World War ...
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NOS, NESDIS Expand Remote Sensing Collaboration to...

Under a grant from NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program, NCCOS and NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) have been using remote sensing technology to monitor efforts to ...
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NCCOS, BOEM Support Alternative Energy Development...

This month, NCCOS and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)signed a three-year agreement to support alternative energy development in the New York Bight region. Under this agreement, NCCOS will ...
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NCCOS Shares Ecosystem Services Project Results wi...

At this month's NOAA Social Sciences Committee meeting, Dr. Suzanne Bricker (NCCOS) highlighted a recent project on quantification and valuation of the nutrient removal capability of cultivated oysters in Long ...
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NCCOS Leads Key Topics at International Coral Reef...

This week, staff from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) led special sessions and gave individual presentations at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The ...
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Volunteers Train to Monitor Florida Red Tide in Re...

Citizen volunteers and college students are evaluating an NCCOS-funded portable sensor that easily and accurately calculates the number of Karenia brevis cells in a water sample, the algae that causes ...
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Ecosystem Services of Shellfish in the Chesapeake ...

NCCOSscientist Suzanne Bricker, along with project partner Matt Parker, aMaryland Sea Grant Aquaculture Business Specialist, kicked off their Shellfish Aquaculture and Payment for Ecosystem Services in Chesapeake Bay project on ...
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Work Begins to Assess Emerging Algal Toxin Threat ...

In early June 2016, NOAA and Washington State partners begin a four-month long effort to monitor shellfish and water every week at six locations around Puget Sound and on the ...
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Real-time HAB and Toxin Sensors Deployed in Pacifi...

An environmental sample processor (ESP) was deployed on May 23 to monitor for harmful algal blooms (HABs) and their toxins off the coast of La Push, Washington in the Olympic ...
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New Areas and Species of Cordell Bank and Greater ...

In a hallmark collaboration between scientists from National Marine Sanctuaries, NCCOS, USGS, and California Academy of Sciences, the characterization of seafloor habitats in newly expanded areas of two West Coast ...
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Island sources and destinations of virtual larvae for the Mariana region, simulation results (2004 to 2012) (NCEI Accession 0156648)

This tabular dataset is the result of computer simulations conducted by NOAA scientists and their partners to estimate the transport of marine larvae between islands in and around the Mariana Archipelago. The table consists of the number of virtual larvae ...
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Long-distance dispersal and vertical gene flow in the Caribbean brooding coral Porites astreoides

To date, most assessments of coral connectivity have emphasized long-distance horizontal dispersal of propagules from one shallow reef to another. The extent of vertical connectivity, however, remains largely understudied. Here, we used newly-developed and existing DNA microsatellite loci for the ...
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Long-term monitoring of ecological conditions in Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary: Comparison of soft-bottom benthic assemblages and contaminant levels in sediments and biota in spring 2000 and 2005

As part of an ongoing program of benthic sampling and related assessments of sediment quality at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS) off the coast of Georgia, a survey of soft-bottom benthic habitats was conducted in spring 2005 to characterize ...
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Long-term monitoring of ecological conditions in Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary: soft-bottom benthic assemblages and contaminant levels in sediments and biota (2000, 2005, and 2012/13)

Since April 2000, NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) have been engaged in a collaborative partnership to augment the management of National Marine Sanctuaries (NMS) through increased scientific understanding of ...
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Managers, modelers, and measuring the impact of species distribution model uncertainty on marine zoning decisions

Marine managers routinely use spatial data to make decisions about their marine environment. Uncertainty associated with this spatial data can have profound impacts on these management decisions and their projected outcomes. Recent advances in modeling techniques, including species distribution models ...
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Mapping Ecological Priorities and Human Impacts to Support Land-Sea Management of Puerto Rico’s Northeast Marine Corridor

This report describes a spatial characterization conducted to support the development of an integrated management plan for Puerto Rico's Northeast Marine Corridor. The Northeast Marine Corridor is a large, landsea reserve network, making it unique in the region for both ...
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Mapping Seafloor Relative Reflectance and Assessing Coral Reef Morphology with EAARL-B Topobathymetric Lidar Waveforms

Topobathymetric lidar is becoming an increasingly valuable tool for benthic habitat mapping, enabling safe, efficient data acquisition over coral reefs and other fragile ecosystems. In 2014, a novel topobathymetric lidar system, the Experimental Advanced Airborne Research Lidar-B (EAARL-B), was used ...
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Mapping southern Florida’s shallow-water coral ecosystems: An implementation plan

This Southern Florida Shallow-water Coral Ecosystem Mapping Implementation Plan (MIP) presents a framework for the development of shallow-water ( -0-40 m; 0-22 fm) benthic habitat and bathymetric maps of critical areas in southern Florida. It also discusses the need to ...
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Mapping the shallow-water coral ecosystems of the Freely Associated States: an implementation plan

This Freely Associated States Shallow-water Coral Ecosystem Mapping Implementation Plan (FAS MIP) presents a framework for the development of shallow-water (~0-40 m; 0-22 fm) benthic habitat and possibly bathymetric maps of critical areas of the Freely Associated States (FAS). The ...
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Marine biogeographic assessment of the main Hawaiian Islands: a collaborative investigation

The state of Hawai'i is working to develop local renewable energy sources to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. Most of the State's potential renewable energy resources (notably, wind) are located in federal waters from 3 to 200 nm offshore ...
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