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Offshore Sewage Release in Southern California Brings Unexpected Result

A scheduled sewage release off Los Angeles provided a unique opportunity to study before and after impacts of massive nutrient injection into coastal waters. Researchers hypothesized large, potentially harmful algal blooms (HABs), would result from the discharge. The sewage release was extensively studied by NCCOS scientists, sponsored researchers, and partner agencies, and the results were not […]

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New Species of Marine Sponge Discovered in Gulf of Alaska

NOAA scientists and their partners came across an unknown marine sponge last summer while conducting a survey of continental shelf features off the coast of southeastern Alaska. Using a remotely operated vehicle, the team collected a rock for geological analyses that contained numerous marine invertebrates—including an unidentified, yellow-orange, encrusting demosponge. Enrique Salgado, a coral biologist […]

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Webinar Provides Shellfish Managers with Vibrio Risk Guidance

At the request of stakeholders in the Northeast U.S., NCCOS and the National Weather Service Ocean Prediction Center hosted a webinar last month to demonstrate the suite of modeled guidance products the NOAA Ecological Forecasting (EF) Pathogens Team and partners have developed for assessing risk of Vibrio exposure. Vibrio species are naturally occurring bacteria that […]

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2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting Showcases NCCOS Research

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 scientists and sponsored researchers gave 24 oral and poster presentations and co-chaired six special sessions. The biennial Ocean Sciences Meeting consists of a diverse program covering […]

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NOAA Supports Middle School Career Fair

Taking advantage of an opportunity to inform the public about the importance of NOAA science, NCCOS staff participated in last month’s Fort Johnson Middle School Career Fair in Charleston, South Carolina. Approximately 525 students from grades 6–8 attended the career fair, which featured 30 different local agencies and companies representing government, industry, and academia. NOAA’s […]

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NCCOS Judges 2016 SeaPerch Challenge for Middle and High School Students

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 equips teachers and students with the resources needed to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Students build the ROV from a kit of low-cost, […]

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Robotic Environmental Sample Processor Conserves Samples for HAB Species Identification

Sponsored researchers with the NCCOS ECOHAB project looking at regional harmful algal bloom “hotspots” off coastal California are testing the feasibility of using a robotic water quality and toxin detection device, the Environmental Sample Processor or ESP, to collect the glass cells (silicon frustules) of the diatom Pseudo-nitzschia for species identification and assessing geographic distribution. Certain species […]

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Inspiring Future Scientists: NCCOS Participates in My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative aims to broaden participation of minorities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. As part of National Labs Week, volunteers from the NCCOS Charleston lab: Marie DeLorenzo, Maggie Broadwater, Cindy Cooksey, and Joe Wade, conducted a marine science education event with children in grades K-5 from a local […]

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