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NCCOS Social Science Highlighted at Social Coast Forum

The Biennial Social Coast Forum held in Charleston, South Carolina earlier this month brought social scientists and coastal managers together to share information and research about people—where they live, what they do, and what they value—to aid coastal resource management. The forum highlighted several NCCOS social science research projects, including: the social valuation of ecosystem services […]

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Charleston Lab Adopt-A-Highway Participation Enters 26th Year

NCCOS’s Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research (CCEHBR) recently began its 26th year of volunteering in PalmettoPride’s Adopt-A-Highway program, an effort to fight litter and help beautify South Carolina. Over the past 25 years, the hard work of CCEHBR volunteers has produced 1,115 30-gallon bags of trash, weighing a grand total of 8.4 tons. […]

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Measuring Sunscreen Chemicals in South Carolina Coastal Waters

A recent NCCOS study in Marine Pollution Bulletin investigated the distribution of five sunscreen ingredients (oxybenzone, octocrylene, avobenzone, padimate-O, and octinoxate) measured in the coastal waters of South Carolina.  Sunscreen chemicals are increasingly used in personal care products to protect the skin from the damaging effects of UV radiation; however, laboratory studies showed that some of these chemicals […]

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Mesocosm Research Highlighted at International Meeting

Mesocosms are versatile test systems that can examine both structural and functional components of aquatic ecosystems in a laboratory setting. Since the late 1990s, researchers at NCCOS’s Charleston, South Carolina, laboratory have used mesocosms to evaluate the fate and effects of individual chemical contaminants and mixtures in a simulated salt marsh ecosystem. In a presentation […]

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NCCOS Research Shared with Public at South Carolina Outreach Event

Last month, NCCOS scientists staffed an exhibit at a weekend open house for the public held by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). The team conveyed the value of current research at the NCCOS Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research and the Hollings Marine Laboratory that focuses on the effects of natural and […]

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Dolphin Entanglements Follow Historic 1,000 Year Rainfall in South Carolina

From October 1 through October 5, 2015 South Carolina experienced a catastrophic rainfall event that produced over 24 inches of rain in some areas from Columbia to Charleston. On October 8 a dolphin was found alive entangled in a crab pot line on the south side of Charleston Harbor where the Ashley River discharges. A […]

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Metals in Dwarf Sperm Whales Provide Information on Ocean Health

A recent study found the presence of heavy metals in the kidney and liver tissues of dwarf sperm whales (Kogia sima) stranded along South Carolina’s coast. As long-lived high trophic level predators, dwarf sperm whales are exposed to environmental contaminants from anthropogenic sources and may serve as an indicator of offshore marine pollution. Between 1990 […]

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Workshop Develops Linkages between NOS and Environmental Cooperative Science Center Universities

Last week, the NCCOS Charleston laboratories hosted a workshop to develop linkages between the National Ocean Service (NOS) and NOAA’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center (ECSC) that will increase science capacity for both entities and create student training opportunities. The goal of the ECSC is to train a new generation of environmental scientists, particularly from under-represented minority groups, and […]

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