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Emerging Algal Toxins in the California Current Sy...

Surveys in California have highlighted the occurrence of HAB toxins in estuarine waters and shellfish, but there is concern that current monitoring approaches under-report the threats. There is a need ...
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Estimating Economic Losses and Impacts of Florida ...

We are examining the economic impacts of Karenia brevis events across 80 different economic sectors, based on varied bloom occurrence and intensity. Understanding the true costs of harmful algal blooms ...
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Expanding the Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Resear...

This project expands existing harmful algal bloom (HAB) monitoring conducted by the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Environmental Research Laboratory (STAERL) to include testing shellfish for domoic acid and diarrhetic shellfish ...
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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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HABON-NE, An Adaptive Observing Network for Real-T...

New England coastal waters have long been impacted by Alexandrium, a species that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning.Other species have recently emerged in the Gulf of Maine, including Pseudo-nitzschia and Dinophysis, ...
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Harmful Algal Bloom Detection Instrument Validatio...

We are improving detection of species of the toxin-producing alga Alexandrium in the field by producing highly portable, efficient, and effective biosensors. Alexandrium can be hard to identify and sample, ...
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Harmful Algal Blooms Event Response: Responding to...

We helped Alaska state regulators, the shellfish industry, and community leaders initiate routine, rapid screening of noncommercial shellfish in southeast Alaska for paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins. We also worked ...
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Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative (HCRI)

The Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative (HCRI) research cooperative includes county, state, and federal agencies; community-based organizations; and the private sector working together to expand and coordinate monitoring and research activities ...
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How Will Changing Temperature and Oxygen Condition...

We are supporting the application of coastal ocean models to determine the vulnerability of important species to changing temperature and oxygen in the California Current. This will enable coastal managers ...
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How will Climate Change Affect Harmful Algal Speci...

We are supporting research that will determine how future increases in temperature and ocean acidity will affect harmful algal bloom species (HABs) and their grazers. Light micrograph of Karlodinium veneficum ...
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NCCOS, IOOS Award $11.6 Million for Harmful Algal ...

Harmful Algal Bloom in Western Basin of Lake Erie: September 2017. Photo Credit: Aerial Associates Photography, Inc. by Zachary Haslick NOAA has announced funding for 17 new research projects around ...
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Regional Ecosystem Research Program Announces FY21...

The NCCOS Competitive Research Program, in cooperation with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and National Marine Protected Areas Center, is pleased to announce its Fiscal Year 2021 Federal Funding ...
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Effects of Sea Level Rise Program Announces FY21 F...

Highway 12 along the Outer Banks of North Carolina after Hurricane Dorian. Credit: NCDOT. The NCCOS Competitive Research Program is pleased to announce its Fiscal Year 2021 Federal Funding Opportunity ...
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Lake Erie Hypoxia Forecast Helps Treatment Plant O...

Low dissolved oxygen (hypoxia) in a water body can certainly harm aquatic life, but it can also create problems for water treatment plant operators. Personnel have to respond quickly when ...
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Oxygen Loss and Ecosystem Impacts in the Californi...

Aerobic habitat compression for anchovy. Aerobic habitat compression in 2100 compared to 2000. Areas in red will lose the most habitat suitable for anchovy. Circles are anchovy observations, with larger ...
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Southeast Alaska Tribes Trained Virtually to Detec...

NCCOS’s Phytoplankton Monitoring Network trained over 30 environmental tribal personnel from Southeast Alaska and Kodiak Island in toxic phytoplankton sampling and identification. The training took part during the 8th Annual ...
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Study Identifies Causes of Toledo’s Unprecedented ...

Aerial view of the 2017 cyanobacteria bloom at the mouth of the Maumee River, Toledo, Ohio. Credit: NOAA. On September 20, 2017, an unprecedented cyanobacteria bloom was reported in the ...
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Virtual Training Workshop Instructs Volunteers on ...

A virtual workshop was convened at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), on July 23, 2020 to train regional stakeholder and volunteer groups in the operation of MBio Diagnostic’s LightDeck technology-based ...
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Smaller than Average Summer ‘Dead Zone’ Measured ...

NCCOS-supported scientists have determined that this year’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone”—an area of low oxygen that can kill fish and marine life—is approximately 2,116 square miles, equivalent to 1.4 ...
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Protocols for Conducting Dolphin Capture-Release Health Assessment Studies

The Bottlenose Dolphin Health and Risk Assessment (HERA) Project, initiated in 2003, is a collaborative effort between the National Ocean Service's Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. This comprehensive, integrated, multi-disciplinary research project ...
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Salish Sea Activity Book

An activity book designed to introduce elementary school children to the animal, plant life and ecology of the Salish Sea ...
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The Design, Construction, Operation, and Maintenance of the Replicated Modular Estuarine Mesocosm

The purpose of this document is to establish a consisten method for building and operating the mesocosms systems. Secondly, this document serves to transfer and promulgate the technology, knowledge and experience gained from the past 11 years of research to ...
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WEMo (Wave Exposure Model): Formulation, Procedures and Validation

This report describes the working of National Centers for Coastal Ocean Service (NCCOS) Wave Exposure Model (WEMo) capable of predicting the exposure of a site in estuarine and closed water to local wind generated waves. WEMo works in two different ...
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Why is Hawaii’s ocean important? A Keiki Activity Book

An activity book designed to introduce elementary school children to the coral reef ecology and coastal ecology conservation of Hawaii ...
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