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Studying the Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Hawaii Habitats

An NCCOS-funded Ecological Effects of Sea level Rise (EESLR) project led by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) on the Big Island of Hawaii is working to understand and predict the effect of sea-level rise on unique and historic Hawaiian groundwater-fed  pools, wetlands, and fishponds. On September 7, scientists joined local stakeholders at a Change Tool Development Workshop and […]

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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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Extensive Hawaiian Reefs in Oceanic “Twilight Zone” Harbor Many Unique Species

NOAA-supported scientists working in the Hawaiian Archipelago documented some of the most expansive mesophotic reefs (deeper light-dependent reefs between 100-500 feet depths) in what some refer to as the oceanic “twilight zone.” The exploration revealed several large areas of 100-percent coral cover, particularly in Maui’s ʻAu‘au Channel. Of the fish species observed, 43 percent were unique to […]

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Bottlenose Dolphin Blood Gene Expression May Be Used to Assess Health

NCCOS scientists recently described the blood transcriptome of bottlenose dolphins with collaborators at Dolphin Quest in Hawaii. This study, published in BMC Genomics, is the first transcriptome-wide analysis of bottlenose dolphin blood and is a fundamental step in establishing reference data needed for future applications in health and exposure assessment. Because gene expression plays a crucial […]

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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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NOS, NESDIS Expand Remote Sensing Collaboration to Hawaii

Under a grant from NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program, NCCOS and NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) have been using remote sensing technology to monitor efforts to reduce land-based pollution runoff to the coral reefs of Guanica Bay, Puerto Rico. Leveraging experience gained on this project, the team recently met with partners […]

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NCCOS Leads Key Topics at International Coral Reef Symposium

This week, staff from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) led special sessions and gave individual presentations at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The symposium is one of the largest international gatherings that bring together researchers, managers, policy makers, non-governmental organizations, and the general public to share and discuss recent […]

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Four New Algal Species Discovered in Hawai‘i’s Mesophotic Waters

NOAA-funded scientists at the University of Hawai‘i have discovered and described four new algal species in Hawai‘i’s mesophotic coral ecosystems. The new species are commonly known as green sea lettuces (Ulva ohiohilulu, Ulva iliohaha, Umbraulva kuaweuweu, and Umbraulva kaloakulau). Sea lettuces are not well described in mesophotic environments (100–500 feet deep), but are known from shallow […]

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