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Creating a Baseline of Seafloor Fish, Features, an...

We conducted a baseline characterization of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, a protected natural reef on the continental shelf off the Georgia coast. We examined reef fish, bottom features, and ...
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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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Developing A Benthic Habitat Map for the Insular S...

The purpose of this project is to develop a benthic habitat map for uncharacterized mesophotic coral reef ecosystems (30 to 100 m deep) on the South Eastern Puerto Rican (Insular) ...
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Developing a Resource Assessment Tool for Marine P...

We worked with NOAA’s National Marine Protected Area Center (MPA Center) to develop new approaches to characterize natural resources (e.g., deep sea corals, fish diversity, submarine canyons) in marine-protected areas ...
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Developing and Scaling Up Emerging Image-based Tec...

Mission: Iconic Reefs in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) is the largest coral restoration project in the U.S. to date. Evaluation of the success of large-scale, long-term restoration ...
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Developing Spatial Products for the Kachemak Bay H...

We are developing a web-based, mapping application that will provide the public access to geospatial products for the shoreline, intertidal, and subtidal areas of Kachemak Bay, Alaska. The application will ...
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Development of Satellite-derived Bathymetry and Be...

We developed satellite-derived bathymetry and benthic habitat and hydrodynamic roughness maps for Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. These products are supporting a modelling effort led by ...
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EcoGIS: Tools for Ecosystem-based Fisheries Manage...

The EcoGIS project was launched to determine how geographic information systems (GIS) technology, marine data, and custom analysis tools could be leveraged to promote fishery management strategies based on the ...
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Ecological Assessment for Kachemak Bay, Alaska: Sc...

Kachemak Bay, a microcosm representing all of the estuarine and coastal habitats found in the Gulf of Alaska, has shown signs of reduced environmental integrity in recent years. Our ecological ...
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Ecological Characterization of Stellwagen Bank Nat...

We provided an ecological and oceanographic profile of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and Gulf of Maine region, including analysis of pollution levels. The project was designed to help ...
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NCCOS, Partners Publish Ecological Assessment of W...

NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 257. Credit NOAA NCCOS. NCCOS and its partners completed a comprehensive ecological assessment of Wisconsin – Lake Michigan and the findings are published in a new ...
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NOAA, Partners Map Lakebed in Michigan's Thunder B...

The NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab's R/V Storm (right) pulls into Roger City Yacht Harbor, Michigan, alongside the Bathymetric Explorer and Navigator (far center; small yellow vehicle) after transiting ...
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NCCOS Helps Define Best Practices for Modeling Dis...

Predictive habitat modeling for an example deep-sea coral species along the U.S. West Coast. From left to right, locations of observed coral occurrences, predicted distribution of relative habitat suitability, and ...
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NOAA CoastWatch (East Coast Region) Offering Secon...

CoastWatch Data Analysis Tool: Sea Surface Temperature. Credit NOAA CoastWatch Are you interested in using oceanographic satellite data in your work, but don't know where to start? The NOAA CoastWatch ...
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Bethany Williams Shares Experience as 2018 NCCOS S...

Bethany Williams recently completed her 2018 Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship with NCCOS's Biogeography Branch, which develops marine spatial maps, models, and assessments needed by decision-makers to manage coastal ocean space ...
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Drone Mapping Team Receives Inaugural NCCOS Innova...

Tim Battista and Bryan Costa received the first NCCOS Innovation Incentive Award for their work using airborne drones to map shallow-water habitats. Mapping shallow, near-shore areas for NCCOS's resource management ...
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NCCOS Tests Drones to Map Coastline and Nearshore ...

In December, NCCOS scientists and their partners used both airborne and water surface drones to map land elevations and water depths around Santa Cruz Island, the largest of the Channel ...
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Highlights of Southeast Deep Coral Initiative in 2...

A map showing 173 ROV and submersible dives completed in FY18 in the U.S. west Atlantic, as part of the NOAA Southeast Deep Coral Initiative, or SEDCI. Credit: NOAA The ...
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USVI, Puerto Rico Coral Data Collected in 2016–201...

Divers collect benthic data on St. John, USVI, reef during 2017 NCRMP mission. Credit: NOAA. Diver surveys fish community on patch reef in Puerto Rico during 2017 NCRMP season. Credit: ...
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NCCOS Supports Research Expedition in Gray’s Reef ...

Scientists place coral on plates adjacent to carbon dioxide sensors to study ocean acidification in Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, 2018. Credit: NOAA. Earlier this month, NCCOS staff provided diving ...
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Maps, Tools & Applications

This digital atlas, supporting the proposed Wisconsin – Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary, shows the location of cultural resources, environmental research and monitoring, and human activities. It allows managers, stakeholders, and the general public to see the location of important lake resources and how these resources are distributed relative to one another. The atlas was created to identify data gaps, help prioritize future lakebed surveys, and support a better understanding of the Lake Michigan ecosystem.
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Defining reef fish habitat utilization patterns in Hawaii: comparisons between marine protected areas and areas open to fishing

Over the past 4 decades, Hawaii has developed a system of Marine Life Conservation Districts (MLCDs) to conserve and replenish marine resources. These MLCDs vary in size, habitat quality, and management regimes, providing an excellent opportunity to test hypotheses concerning ...
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Depth specialization in mesophotic corals (Leptoseris spp.) and associated algal symbionts in Hawaii

Corals at the lower limits of mesophotic habitats are likely to have unique photosynthetic adaptations that allow them to persist and dominate in these extreme low light ecosystems. We examined the host–symbiont relationships from the dominant coral genus Leptoseris in ...
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Distribution of deep-water corals, sponges, and demersal fisheries landings in Southern California, USA: implications for conservation priorities

Deep-sea corals in Southern California are diverse and abundant but subject to multiple stressors, including bottom-contact fisheries using mobile and fixed gear. There is a need for more information on the distribution of these taxa in relation to the distribution ...
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Drones in the Coastal Zone: Report of a Regional Workshop for the US Southeast and Caribbean

This report summarizes outcomes from a series of virtual workshops for researchers and managers in the southeast US and US Caribbean entitled Drones in the Coastal Zone ...
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EcoGIS - GIS Tools for Ecosystem Approaches to Fisheries Management

The EcoGIS project was launched in September 2004 to investigate how Geographic Information Systems (GIS), marine data, and custom analysis tools can better enable fisheries scientists and managers to adopt Ecosystem Approaches to Fisheries Management (EAFM). EcoGIS is a collaborative ...
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Ecological Assessment of Wisconsin - Lake Michigan

This report is an assessment of key physical, chemical, and biological attributes that influence the natural and cultural resources of western mid-lake Lake Michigan. It is a synthesis of existing scientific literature and a collection of new ecological data that ...
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Ecophysiology of mesophotic reef-building corals in Hawai'i is influenced by symbiont-host associations, photoacclimatization, trophic plasticity, and adaptation

Mesophotic reef corals remain largely unexplored in terms of the genetic adaptations and physiological mechanisms to acquire, allocate, and use energy for survival and reproduction. In the Hawaiian Archipelago, the Leptoseris species complex form the most spatially extensive mesophotic coral ...
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Expedition Report: 2017 Southeast Deep Coral Initiative (SEDCI) expedition aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster (NF-17-08: August 12-31, 2017)

On August 12-31, 2017 the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) led a research expedition aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster supported by NOAA’s Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program (DSCRTP) through the Southeast Deep Coral Initiative (SEDCI). The ...
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Fish assemblages and benthic habitats of Buck Island Reef National Monument (St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands) and the surrounding seascape: A characterization of spatial and temporal patterns

Report provides a spatial and temporal characterization of Buck Island Reef National Monument and the surrounding seascapes of northeastern St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. The project is a component of NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program and the National Park Service ...
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Fish Habitat Utilization Patterns and Evaluation of the Efficacy of Marine Protected Areas in Hawaii: Integration of NOAA Digital Benthic Habitat Mapping and Coral Reef Ecological Studies

Over the past four decades, the state of Hawaii has developed a system of eleven Marine Life Conservation Districts (MLCDs) to conserve and replenish marine resources around the state. Initially established to provide opportunities for public interaction with the marine ...
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