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NCCOS Briefs Environmental Legislators on Harmful Algal Blooms

Earlier this month, Dr. Quay Dortch (manager of the NCCOS Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms Program) addressed the Oceans and Coast sub-group of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL). At the Chicago meeting of the sub-group, Dortch described the causes and impacts of harmful algal blooms, federal and state responses, and recommended incorporating […]

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NCCOS Supports ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ White House Initiative

President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative aims to broaden the participation of minorities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. Last month, NCCOS scientist Joe Wade participated in the first local “My Brother’s Keeper” summer camp held at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina. The camp, sponsored by Charleston-area government, academic, and industry […]

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NCCOS, Partners Prepare Harmful Algal Bloom Sensor for First-ever Deployment in Lake Erie

NCCOS scientists and their partners have completed technical preparations for the first deployment of an Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) in the Great Lakes. The ESP—already in use on the U.S. East and West Coasts—is an autonomous, underwater robot that can detect harmful algal bloom cells and toxins in water samples that it collects and analyzes. […]

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NOAA Hollings Scholars Provide New Toxicity Data on Oil Spill Dispersants

NOAA Hollings scholars Brittany Evans (Eckerd College) and Catherine Nguyen (University of Maryland) spent this summer at the NCCOS laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina, researching the effects of oil spill dispersants on estuarine species. Evans compared dispersant toxicity in snails under different salinities, while Nguyen investigated the effects of dispersants on grass shrimp development. Their findings will […]

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NOAA Student Scholars Present Summer Research With NCCOS

Ten student undergraduate scholars, most with the NOAA Educational Partnership Program and Hollings Scholarship Program, are interning this summer with the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in Silver Spring, MD, Oxford, MD, Beaufort, NC, and Charleston, SC. Their internship programs culminated with presentations by each scholar of their summer research at the Science and […]

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Improving Detection of Blue-green Algal Threats in Florida Through Remote Sensing

NCCOS scientists collected samples to provide field calibration data for MODIS satellite imagery products.  NCCOS provides these products to the South Florida Water Management District, which uses the imagery to track harmful algal blooms, including the Lake Okeechobee cyanobacterial bloom.  Samples were taken from Lake Okeechobee and in several locations of the St. Lucie River, […]

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NCCOS Supports Florida’s Martin County Assessment of Blue-green Algal Toxin Threat

NCCOS, through its HAB Event Response program, in response to a request from the Martin County Board of County Commissioners, has provided funds and identified experts to track the recent bloom in Lake Okeechobee that began in May and has expanded to the largest  cyanobacterial bloom in the state in at least 10 years.   […]

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Seaweed “Super Sucker”¯ Helping Restore Hawaii’s Kaneohe Bay

From 1998 to 2014, NCCOS supported the Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative (HCRI) to fund research on Hawaii’s coral reefs, including invasive algae and seaweed control measures. One outcome was the “Super Sucker”¯ in partnership with State of Hawaii and the Nature Conservancy (TNC) to remove invasive algae from Hawaii coral reefs and lagoons; the Super Sucker was […]

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