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Biscayne Bay PhycoNet

Why We Care Biscayne Bay is a coastal embayment in southeast Florida that has experienced rapid human population growth over the last century, resulting in steady declines in water and ...
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Causes and Consequences of Hypoxic Events in Low-i...

We are investigating the processes that lead to hypoxia in Southern California’s lagoons, and identifying its ecological impacts. These small estuaries, which have tidal inlets that can close to the ...
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Climate Change and Acidification Impacts on Cyanob...

The Great Lakes experience recurrent toxin-producing cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (cHABs). While cHAB events have been well-studied in recent years, little attention has been given to acidification in the Great ...
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Coastal Acidification and Harmful Algal Blooms in ...

This project aims to determine how harmful algal blooms (HABs) in New York waters respond to coastal acidification, how current and future climate change conditions will affect these HABs, and ...
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Codevelopment of Modeling Tools to Manage Sediment...

We will advance scientific, engineering, and policy perspectives on how sediment can be managed in coastal lowlands to reduce flood risk, bank instability, and erosion risk. We will evaluate sediment ...
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Cross-Regional Comparison of Dinophysis Bloom Dyna...

Harmful algal blooms of Dinophysis have recently emerged as a human health threat in the U.S., resulting in closures of shellfish harvesting to prevent Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning. We are working ...
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Determining Habitat Requirements and Connectivity ...

We are investigating habitat requirements and connectivity for key reef-associated fishes in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and surrounding areas. Marine protected areas (MPAs) are designated to conserve ...
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Developing a Machine Learning-Based, High Resoluti...

Blooms of Alexandrium occur in the Gulf of Maine each year and produce toxins that can accumulate in shellfish, causing Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning. Regional management agencies conduct rigorous monitoring to ...
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Development and Implementation of an Operational H...

This project developed a prototype operational statistical nowcast/forecast system for three harmful algal bloom (HAB) organisms in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, specifically the dinoflagellates Karlodinium veneficum, Prorocentrum minimus, and the ...
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DinoSHIELD: A Slow-release Natural Algicide Produc...

We will field test an environmentally neutral method to control harmful algal blooms. Our work will provide managers with information on the applications of a natural algicide as an environmentally ...
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Southeast Alaska Tribes Trained to Detect Harmful ...

Southeast Alaska tribal members participating in HAB workshop. NCCOS’s Phytoplankton Monitoring Network trained over 40 environmental tribal personnel from Southeast Alaska in toxic phytoplankton sampling and identification. This workshop took ...
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NCCOS Awards $11 Million for Research to Enhance C...

Motorists crossing a flooded street in a low-lying Norfolk neighborhood called Colonial Place, which floods at every high tide. Credit: Chesapeake Bay Program/Will Parson NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean ...
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NOAA Coastal Hypoxia Research Program Announces FY...

The NCCOS Competitive Research Program is pleased to announce a Fiscal Year 2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for its Coastal Hypoxia Research Program (CHRP). This funding opportunity seeks to ...
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NCCOS Assists Response to Ongoing HAB in the Lower...

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) provided a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Event Response award of $6,820 to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) to respond to ...
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NOAA, FHWA Federal Agency Partnership Recognized w...

A NOAA partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) received a U.S. Department of Transportation FHWA Environmental Excellence Award, which recognizes outstanding transportation projects, processes, and organizations that incorporate environmental ...
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Researchers Identify Sources of Nitrogen in Macroa...

Scientific diver Randall Kosaki (NOAA, PMNM) collects green blades of algae at Manawai (Pearl and Hermes Atoll) at a depth of 295 feet. Credit: Stephen Matadobra, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument ...
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Model Predicts Reducing Only Phosphorus Will Make ...

Harmful algal bloom in Western Basin of Lake Erie. Credit: Aerial Associates Photography, Inc. by Zachary Haslick. A new model from NCCOS-funded researchers describes the cellular mechanisms driving toxin production ...
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Study Highlights Tipping Point in Sediment Transpo...

Newport Bay is an urban estuary of southern California where sediment is managed for water quality, wetland habitat, recreation, navigation and the provision of urban amenities. Dredging focuses on sediment ...
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Study Incorporates Uncertainty to Improve Projecti...

Figure 1: Study model projections of mean tidal marsh elevations (top) and carbon accumulation (bottom) across four sea level rise scenarios. Uncertainty is indicated by the shaded areas which represent ...
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Beach Width Provides Greatest Protection Against F...

Dune erosion, or scarping, caused by Hurricane Matthew along Shackleford Banks, North Carolina. Credit: Laura Moore. Beaches and sand dunes are critical to protecting coastal communities from storm surge, but ...
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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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