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 ... Read More
In response to declines in fish habitat, the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Agreement set an objective to “continually improve the effectiveness of fish habit restoration and conservation efforts” (CBP, 2014). In ... Read More
Scientists collect monitoring data in Kachemak Bay, Alaska. Credit: Science and Stewardship: Keys to Restoring Kachemak Bay video, NOAA. The Kachemak Bay GeoHUB is a curated list of environmental research ... Read More
Results and products from NCCOS’s Kachemak Bay ecological assessment have generated new seafloor habitat maps and geospatial data viewers, developed “state of the bay” reports and made geospatial data more ... Read More
ESRI Story Map on Vibrio Predictive Models. Credit G. Messick, NOAA A story map has been created to describe the different Vibrio Predictive Models produced by NCCOS. These predictive models ... Read More
Aerial view of Oxford, Maryland. Credit: G. Messick. Story Map on Tred Avon River Coastal Ecological Assessment. The Tred Avon River Story Map highlights the results of an ecosystem assessment ... Read More
DNR Secretary Haddaway-Riccio, in-district legislative staff, and other local leaders pose for a photograph at the Cooperative Oxford Lab, Oxford, MD. Back row (l to r): Brian Richardson; James McKitrick; ... Read More
Visitors enjoy touching native species commonly found in Chesapeake Bay at the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory Open House held on Oxford Day (April 27, 2019). Credit: Suzanne Skelley, NOAA NCCOS. The ... Read More
UMES Geosciences Bridge Program students at the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory competing in building the least expensive buoy that will hold the most payload. Credit: NOAA The NCCOS Cooperative Oxford Laboratory ... Read More
In the Tred Avon River, an important tributary of the Choptank River, we assessed the impacts of land use on the health of the aquatic ecosystem in a 3-year field study (2015-2017). In our analysis of information collected during the ... Read More
This assessment explored linkages between land use and aquatic ecosystem health. Three watersheds (Corsica, Magothy, and Rhode rivers) with variable dominant land-use patterns (agriculture, suburban/residential, and mixed-use, respectively) were examined. The health of each habitat was assessed using a suite ... Read More
In coastal and estuarine regions, land use can have a profound impact on aquatic ecosystem health. In the Chesapeake Bay watershed, agriculture and urbanization have transformed major portions of the landscape, though some areas of undeveloped land remain. This document ... Read More
The purpose of this manual is to provide a framework for the assessment of ecosystem health that may be adapted, or used in whole or part for application to other regions. Methods are provided for all aspects from sampling design ... Read More
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