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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
There are no subtidal benthic habitat maps of Kachemak Bay, Alaska, to support essential fish habitat and place-based management needs. In response, we are developing benthic habitat maps for the ... Read More
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 ... Read More
Example of Kachemak Bay BIOMapper data, showing various benthic habitat characteristics. Credit: NOAA. The Kachemak Bay BIOMapper, launched this year, provides detailed geospatial information on marine benthic habitats in Alaska’s ... Read More
Kachemak Bay, Alaska, has experienced significant declines in shrimp and crab that have not recovered despite fishery closures. NOAA has designated the bay a Habitat Focus Area, bringing together science, ... Read More
The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) promotes the educational and professional advancement of students and early-career scientists/scholars (e.g., postdoctoral) in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through mentoring ... Read More
In an effort to provide forecasting and detection products that empower communities to take action on HAB issues,a new publication in Phycologia documents the presence of Alexandrium fundyense and A. ostenfeldii in Alaska and ... Read More
Alaska Sea Grant and the Alaska Ocean Observing System recently cosponsored a two-day workshop to develop an action plan for harmful algal bloom (HAB) monitoring, event response, outreach, and research ... Read More
The 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting this past winter featured the research of NCCOS scientists and sponsored principal investigators. Topics included ocean acidification, hypoxia, blue carbon, and harmful algal blooms. NCCOS ... Read More
The 2015 National Ocean Service (NOS) Employee Recognition and Award Ceremony honored seven NCCOS staff members for outstanding contributions, accomplishments, and coordination efforts within NOS and NOAA. Russell Callender, Acting ... Read More
Researchers from NCCOS and the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences found evidence of sea star wasting disease in Alaska while surveying intertidal areas near NOAA's ... Read More
Harmful algal blooms, particularly those that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning, pose a threat to human health, food security, and the economy of local communities in Alaska. There is a need ... Read More
This project provides a framework for developing the capabilities of using satellite and related oceanographic and climatological data to improve environmental monitoring and characterization of physical, biological, and water quality parameters in the National Marine Sanctuaries (NMS). The project sought ... Read More
Kachemak Bay, in Cook Inlet Alaska, is a rich, diverse marine ecosystem and contains all of the estuarine and coastal habitat types found in the Gulf of Alaska. However, the bay has experienced significant long-term and recent environmental and ecological ... Read More
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