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Harmful Algal Cyst Sampling Lays Groundwork for 2017 Gulf of Maine Forecast

Scientists from NOAA and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) recently completed their annual harmful algal cyst sampling in the Gulf of Maine, a critical step for forecasting next year’s harmful algal blooms (HABs) of the toxic Alexandrium fundyense, commonly known as New England red tide. A. fundyense has both a vegetative stage, where cells grow and float in surface […]

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Choptank Ecological Assessment: Digital Atlas Now Available

A new Digital Atlas for the Choptank River Complex Habitat Focus Area is now available.  The Digital Atlas consists of a web-based mapping portal, a distributable geospatial database, and a Baseline Status Report. Each of these products is designed to support a greater understanding of the Choptank and Little Choptank River watersheds. Topics covered by […]

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Data Collected for Map of Deep Coral Reefs off St. John, USVI

This past summer NCCOS scientists collected underwater photos and videos from mesophotic ocean depths (30–100 meters) between Vieques Island and St. John in the U.S. Caribbean. The data will support the development of a new benthic habitat map that will depict the distribution of mesophotic coral reef ecosystems on the insular shelf. The new habitat […]

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NCCOS in the Caribbean: Arliss Winship Field Blog

How the travelling salesman saved a day of Caribbean field work | by Arliss Winship It’s not every day that an ecological modeler gets out in the field. I spend most of my time behind a computer synthesizing ecological data sets and conducting statistical analyses. Not the most fun activities one associates with marine science. […]

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NCCOS Completes Marine Biogeographic Assessment of Main Hawaiian Islands

The state of Hawai‘i is working to develop local renewable energy sources to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, primarily by exploring opportunities with offshore wind. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), responsible for regulating the leasing, construction, and operation of most renewable energy projects in federal waters, partnered with NOAA’s National Centers for […]

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NCCOS Begins Work to Support Wisconsin–Lake Michigan Sanctuary Designation

Last week, a team from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) met with Wisconsin stakeholders to help inform and design baseline socioeconomic and environmental assessments in support of the Wisconsin–Lake Michigan sanctuary designation. Meeting participants identified stakeholder research priorities and shaped plans to map important lakebed areas, […]

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New Benthic Habitat Mapping Technologies Evaluated

NCCOS scientists recently evaluated new, benthic habitat mapping technologies and methods during a five-day mission at Flat Cay in St. Thomas, USVI. Benthic habitats in the Caribbean—including, coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves—provide many important ecosystem services, such as fishing, tourism, and shoreline protection. Accurate maps of these habitats are integral to their management. The […]

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