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NCCOS Research on Display at 2017 Aquatic Sciences Meeting

From February 26 to March 3, 2017 the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) held its biennial Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, Hawai′i. NCCOS scientists and sponsored investigators shared their research results with thousands of limnologists and oceanographers from around the world. Topics included harmful algal blooms, hypoxia, science to management applications, […]

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New Guidance for Standardized Deep-Sea Observations

A new NCCOS report analyzes the application of the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) in Deep-Sea benthic surveys in the Northeast Pacific. The CMECS is intended to unify habitat classification efforts, in order to allow for broader integration and comparison of data. Habitat classification is important because it helps to identify deep-sea corals, hydrocarbon seep communities, […]

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Picking the Right Spot: Offshore Wind Energy

The recent NOAA Ocean Podcost, Picking the Right Spot: Offshore Wind Energy, features NOAA science of how to use marine biogeography – the study of marine species, the geographic distribution of their habitats, and the relationships between living organisms and the environment – to help locate the best locations to place potential future alternative energy sites in […]

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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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