We are trying to determine the best approach to replant a saltmarsh with native grasses after it has been heavily coated with fuel oil. Highly productive saltmarsh ecosystems (or estuaries) ... Read More
Mesocosm facility at the NCCOS laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina. Credit: Katy Chung, NOAA NCCOS. NCCOS and NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration (ORR) are conducting a joint investigation to ... Read More
NCCOS scientists Katy Chung, James Daugomah, Paul Pennington, and Joe Wade served as judges of the 2019 SeaPerch Charleston Challenge in South Carolina. NCCOS Ecotoxicology staff at 2019 SeaPerch Competition ... 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
NCCOS scientists recently used tidal estuarine simulation units (mesocosms) to study the crude oil-removal efficiency of shoreline cleaners and the potential impacts of removed oil on an estuary. Oil spills ... Read More
NCCOS researchers provided scientific support to the 2016 SeaPerch Challenge by serving as judges in the Charleston, South Carolina, competition this month. SeaPerch is an innovative, underwater robotics program that ... Read More
To study the impacts of dispersed oil on estuarine organisms and ecosystems, NCCOS scientists used tidal estuarine simulation units (called mesocosms) to mimic the conditions in an estuary affectedby weathered ... Read More
A study was conducted in October 2006 in the Charleston, South Carolina area to test the movements of three different buoy line types to determine which produced a preferred profile that could reduce the risk of dolphin entanglement. Tests on ... Read More
NOAA's Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) lists saltmarshes along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts as the most vulnerable habitat to oil spills. As a result of the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig accident, more that 200 million gallons of crude oil ... Read More
Estuaries provide critical nursery habitat for many commercially and recreationally important fish and shellfish species. These productive, diverse ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to pollution because they serve as repositories for nonpoint-source contaminants from upland sources, such as pesticide runoff. Atrazine, ... Read More
Salt marsh ecosystems are sensitive habitats that may be susceptible to oil and oil spill mitigation chemicals during clean up. This research project assessed the toxicity of three shoreline cleaners (SLC) in laboratory and mesocosm exposures, determined petroleum hydrocarbon distributions ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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