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Implementing the Karenia “Tricorder” to Improve Re...

The toxic dinoflagellate Karenia brevis blooms annually in the Gulf of Mexico and negatively impacts human and ecosystem health through production of brevetoxins. A rapid, sensitive, specific assay for the ...
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Integrated Modeling of the Effects of Sea Level Ri...

We are advancing coastal dune and marsh modeling of the barrier islands, estuary and interior marshes in the Mississippi Sound to evaluate trade-offs between coastal management strategies and proposed restoration efforts ...
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Interannual Variability of PSP Toxicity in Eastern...

The Gulf of Maine is impacted annually by Alexandrium fundyense blooms which can result in paralytic shellfish poisoning. Paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) leads to significant economic impacts. The paralytic shellfish ...
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Keeping it in the System: Beneficial Use of Dredge...

We are developing a framework and process for matching dredging needs with opportunities for beneficial use of the sediment at local marshes, to help marshes keep up with sea level ...
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Life and Death of a Karenia Bloom in the Western G...

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are increasing in frequency and pose a threat to human and environmental health. Blooms of Karenia brevis occur nearly annually along the Florida coast which has ...
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Life and Death of Karenia brevis Blooms in the Eas...

An extensive bloom of the brevetoxin-producing Karenia brevis occurred from 2017 to 2019 in Florida. The economic, environmental, and human health impacts were quite severe during this event. This regional ...
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Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems of American Samoa

We are investigating American Samoa’s mesophotic coral ecosystems (40–100 meters or ~130–330 feet deep) to better understand them and their relationship to shallower reefs. Nearly 80 percent of coral reef ...
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Microcystins in Bivalves: Optimizing of Monitoring...

This project addresses an emerging concern across the US - the transfer of freshwater algal toxins into the marine environment where they can infiltrate the food web and present a ...
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Multidisciplinary Approach to a Cross-Regional Pro...

Diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP) has emerged as a significant and expanding seafood safety threat in coastal regions across the United States. The harmful algal species Dinophysis produces toxins known to ...
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Oceanographic and Cellular Controls on Domoic Acid...

Domoic acid is a neurotoxin produced by some diatoms in the genus Pseudo-nitzschia. Domoic acid can accumulate in shellfish and fish, and cause illness or death in humans, marine mammals, ...
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NCCOS Research Explores New Approaches to Decoding...

A brown tide bloom in Great South Bay, Long Island, NY .Credit: Dr. Chris Gobler, Stony Brook University. Brown tides, caused by the algal species Aureococcus anophagefferens, have been plaguing ...
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Nanobubble Ozone Technology Shown to Eliminate Inv...

An independent quality control testing laboratory has validated NCOOS research findings on nanobubble ozone technology (NBOT), confirming it is highly effective in controlling algae, bacteria and motile zooplankton in ship ...
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Underwater Grasses Can Improve the Acid Balance in...

Surface view of the Vallisneria americana SAV beds at Susquehanna Flats. a broad, tidal freshwater region located near the mouth of the Susquehanna River at the head of the Chesapeake ...
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New Research Raises Questions About How, Where Cya...

Cyanobacteria bloom in Maumee Bay, near Toldeo, Ohio, July 2015. Credit: Toldeo Aerial Media. New NCCOS-funded research shows that microbes in the water column may not play a primary role ...
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NOAA Forecasts Larger than Average ‘Dead Zone’ for...

NCCOS scientists are forecasting this summer’s Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone or “dead zone”—an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life— to be ...
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NCCOS Funds Investigation of Bioluminescent Red Ti...

A surfer rides a bioluminescent wave from a bloom of L. polyedra. Credit: Dr. Michael Latz, Scripps Institution of Oceanography. NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science awarded $16,000 in ...
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The Effect of Sand Fencing on the Structure of Nat...

Sand fencing on Bogue Banks, NC. Photo: NOAA Figure 1. A conceptual model of the processes that influence dune formation of a fenced seaward dune in front of an existing ...
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NCCOS Publishes Findings on 2013 Karenia mikimotoi...

Karenia mikimotoi is a toxic dinoflagellate alga with a cosmopolitan distribution and is a commonly reported red tide species. Blooms of K. mikimotoi have caused large fish and benthic invertebrate ...
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Citizen Science and the Big Picture

To really understand the nature of ecosystems and quantify the impacts of disturbance to their function, we must collect as much data as possible. The clearer the picture the better ...
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NCCOS Research Provides Scientific Foundation for ...

A recent U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruling found that pollution discharge into groundwater from a Maui County (HI) sewage treatment plant (County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund) fueled macroalgal ...
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