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An Ecological Assessment to Support NOAA’s Choptan...

The Choptank watershed is an ecologically and economically valuable resource and designated Habitat Focus Area. We are collecting and synthesizing biological, chemical, and physical data to characterize the condition of ...
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Assessing Societal Impacts of Harmful Macroalgae B...

We will examine how Sargassum seaweed blooms and their mitigation in the Caribbean affect multiple dimensions of social resilience, including economic impacts, human well-being, local ecological knowledge, and individual attitudes, ...
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Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Database: Constructi...

We reviewed published information on the status of Atlantic coastal fish habitats and recorded it in a spatial bibliographic database for the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership. The results included ...
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Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise in North Caro...

We are developing mapping and modeling tools to provide the North Carolina coastal management community the most up to date research on the effect of sea level rise and storminess ...
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Forecasting Chesapeake Bay Fishery Resources

We are developing a model to forecast striped bass recruitment in the Chesapeake Bay and are partnering with NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service to incorporate the model in fish stock ...
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Integrating Cell and Toxin Cycles of the Dinoflage...

Blooms of Karlodinium veneficum can produce fish-killing toxins called karlotoxins. Toxicity varies over time, with karlotoxins increasing prior to blooms and under growth-limiting conditions. We are testing the theory that ...
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Karenia brevis Nutrient Dynamics in the Eastern Gu...

In the relatively nutrient-poor offshore waters of the eastern Gulf of Mexico, destructive blooms of Karenia brevis cause environmental and economic destruction. We studied how this marine alga initiates and ...
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Modeling and mapping marine bird distributions on ...

Seabirds and other marine birds are wide-ranging and highly mobile so mapping their at-sea distributions presents a significant challenge. The purpose of this project was to produce high-resolution predictive maps ...
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Modeling Hypoxia and Ecological Responses to Clima...

We are developing modeling tools that can be used to predict ecological responses to climate and nutrient input management in coastal systems. This project is part of NOAA’s Coastal Hypoxia ...
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NOAA Mussel Watch Program: An Assessment of Contam...

Since 1986, NOAA’s Mussel Watch Program has monitored the nation’s coastal waters for chemical contaminants and biological indicators of water quality. The program is being redesigned to adopt a rotating ...
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2020 Summary Findings and Infographic Released for...

Summary findings for Hawaii, 2020. Credit: NOAA. The Socioeconomic Component of the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) gathers and monitors a collection of socioeconomic data in seven U.S. coral ...
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Kiwanis Club Learns About Chesapeake Bay Oyster Aq...

Oyster growers harvest oysters from Chesapeake Bay. Credit: NOAA. Last week, NCCOS aquaculture researcher Dr. Suzanne Bricker gave the Kiwanis Club of Mt. Airy, Maryland, an overview of how oyster ...
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Lake Erie Eutrophication Exacerbated by Release of...

Lake Erie not only experiences eutrophication caused by runoff-laden phosphorus (P), but also by internal P loading caused by recycling of “legacy” P stored in bottom sediments. This phenomenon was ...
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NCCOS Partners with OCM to Host Coastal Management...

Coastal Management / Digital Coast Fellowship experiences (clockwise from top left): 2018-2020 Digital Coast Fellows meet with the Digital Coast Partnership at the National Association of Counties office in Washington, ...
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2020 State of Kachemak Bay Report Now Available...

The 2020 yearly status report on the marine ecosystem in Kachemak Bay, Alaska, is now available to the public. Kachemak Bay had a frigid start to 2020, followed by warmer ...
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New Publication Provides Insight into Resident Per...

A new NOAA publication suggests that outreach efforts have been successful in communicating to the public the benefits provided by coral reef ecosystems. Study results indicate that in the U.S ...
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NOAA Releases Infographic to Communicate Socioecon...

Caption: Screen grab of infographic for South Florida Trends, 2014-2019. Credit NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program. Click here to view the full infographic. The Socioeconomic Component of the National Coral ...
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Report on U.S. Marine HABs: History, Current Statu...

NCCOS recently supported a review of the status of marine HAB problems in the U.S., part of a global statistical analysis of harmful algal blooms (HAB) events. The study relies ...
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Data & Publications

Community ecology of mesophotic coral reef ecosystems

Given the global degradation of shallow-water coral reef ecosystems resulting from anthropogenic activities, mesophotic coral reef ecosystems (MCEs) are gaining attention because they are generally considered a de facto refuge for shallow-water species. Despite their inferred importance, MCEs remain one ...
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The Fate of Microcystins in the Environment and Challenges for Monitoring

Microcystins are secondary metabolites produced by cyanobacteria that act as hepatotoxins in higher organisms. These toxins can be altered through abiotic processes, such as photodegradation and adsorption, as well as through biological processes via metabolism and bacterial degradation. Some species ...
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The metabolism of aquatic ecosystems: History, applications, and future challenges

Measurements of the production and consumption of organic material have been a focus of aquatic science for more than 80 years. Over the last century, a variety of approaches have been developed and employed for measuring rates of gross primary ...
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General Pages

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Advancing Coastal ScienceThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) formed the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in 1999 as the focal point for NOAA’s coastal ocean science efforts ...
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HABHRCA

Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control ActThe Issue Harmful algal blooms (HABs) and hypoxic events (severe oxygen depletion) are some of the most scientifically complex and economically damaging ...
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Marine Spatial Ecology

Marine Spatial EcologyEcological and Biogeographic AssessmentsStewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources is one of the primary purposes of the National Ocean Service, and NCCOS’s nationally-recognized ecological and biogeographic ...
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Oxford

NCCOS Cooperative Oxford LaboratoryThe Cooperative Oxford Laboratory (COL) is a partnership between NOAA, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the USCG Station Oxford. COL partners combine science, response, and ...
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Rapid Response

Rapid ResponseNCCOS's rapid response provides state and local coastal public health and resource managers with ready access to critical data on the types of HAB species and toxins present during ...
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Targeted Efforts to Support Nutrient Management

Targeted Efforts to Support Nutrient Management NCCOS supports observations and monitoring for variables that are important to modeling hypoxia in time and space. These models are then used to inform ...
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NOAA Internship Opportunities

From data to insights: Utilizing exploratory geoph...

NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) is the only federal organization dedicated to exploring the ocean for the purpose of discovery and the advancement of knowledge. OER uses ...
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