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Ocean Acidification More Rapid in Coastal Oceans

New research under the joint NCCOS Competitive Research Program and NOAA Ocean Acidification Program finds the combined effects of anthropogenic and biological carbon dioxide (CO2) inputs may lead to more rapid acidification in Chesapeake Bay and other coastal water compared to the open ocean. The results indicate that eutrophication can exacerbate ocean acidification (OA) where […]

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Portable Red Tide Detector Debuts at NOAA Emerging Technologies Workshop

A portable, hand-held instrument that uses genetics to detect the red tide-causing organism Karenia brevis in the field was featured at the second NOAA Emerging Technologies for Observations Workshop. The device, dubbed a “tricorder” after the fictional Star Trek hand-held life detector, is the first of its kind and is able to provide direct results […]

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Researchers Develop Tool to Predict How Coast Recovers from Storms

Barrier islands and sand dunes have long been recognized as critical ecosystems that protect coastal areas from storms, while being home to many unique plants and animals. A team of NOAA-funded scientists from Oregon State University and the University of North Carolina is developing the Coastal Recovery from Storms Tool (CReST) for coastal North Carolina, a […]

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Student Scholars Conduct Research with NCCOS Mentors

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 and participation in NOAA Office of Education programs. NCCOS’ goal is to educate present and future generations of scientists and coastal managers about the coastal […]

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Digital Atlas for the Northeast Marine Corridor of Puerto Rico Now Available

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and Office for Coastal Management (OCM) are pleased to announce two new decision-support products to assist managers in strategic planning for sustainable management of Puerto Rico’s Northeast Marine Corridor. The project team, guided by local partners, have created an online interactive Digital Atlas and an accompanying technical […]

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NOAA Completes Successful Coral Reef Monitoring Season in the Caribbean

NOAA completed two sampling missions in the U. S. Virgin Islands (USVI) this summer. The first mission was conducted in St. Croix from June 12-June 23, and the second in St. Thomas and St. John from July 24-August 4, 2017. The multi-organizational task force collected data concurrently on fish and benthic communities of coral reef […]

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Study Provides Nutrient Reduction Targets to Reach Gulf Dead Zone Goal

The Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force (HTF) has made major strides in reducing point source nutrient pollution in the Gulf of Mexico watershed, and had some success in mitigating nonpoint source pollution through targeted nutrient reduction projects.  However, despite this progress, research supported by NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) has […]

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Light Shed on Hawaiian Reef Fish Food Sources and Trophic Positions

NOAA-funded scientists studying the diets of 22 species of Hawaiian coral reef fish living at both shallow (0-30 meters) and mesophotic (30-150 meters) depths found that the food source differed for invertebrate-feeding and omnivorous fishes and remained the same for plankton-feeding fishes. Although the sources of food were different between shallow and mesophotic depths, the […]

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