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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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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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Living Shorelines Provide Better Fish Habitats

In many places, estuarine shorelines are protected from erosion by riprap–a jumble of rock and other hard materials piled along the shore. More recently, living shorelines¯ have become the focus of study as an alternative approach that preserves ecological function as well as providing shoreline protection. For example, riprap-sill structures are a type of living shoreline¯ combining a rock […]

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NCCOS Studies Shoreline Cleaner Effects on Crude Oil

NCCOS scientists recently used tidal estuarine simulation units (mesocosms) to study the crude oil-removal efficiency of shoreline cleaners and the potential impacts of removed oil on an estuary. Oil spills that occur in estuaries, bays, or enclosed harbors have the potential to contaminate docks, bulkheads, ship hulls, and sensitive estuarine habitat. Depending on the situation […]

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Keeping Up With Rising Seas

Scientists predicted wetland soil accretion (or growth) rates in relation to predicted sea level rise using a model and data from numerous tidal salt and freshwater wetlands around the United States. The model results, published in Earth’s Future, suggested that, on average, softer organic components of East Coast marsh sediments do not accrete  fast enough in volume and height […]

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Students Learn the Value of Cetacean Strandings in Detecting Coastal Change

More than 20 students and faculty from the University of Georgia’s Maymester program visited NCCOS in Charleston, SC to learn how cetacean strandings can be used for coastal change detection. The lecture, discussion, and tour of the facility included information on recent unusual mortality events, weather anomalies, microplastic ingestion, coastal development, and shared spatial use for resources […]

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Regional Consortium Expands Acoustics in Ecosystem Science

The Southeast Acoustics Consortium (SEAC) held its third biennial forum at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission office in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 22-24.  Over fifty participants heard presentations on research applications using high-frequency sonars for surveying marine organisms, mapping seafloor habitats, enhancing ocean observatories, and using ambient noise to study natural soundscapes […]

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NOAA and BOEM Characterize Resident’s Attitudes Towards Offshore Wind Farms

For the first time, NOAA and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will work together to conduct a survey of North Carolina and South Carolina residents on their support of proposed wind farm development off their coasts. Theresa Goedeke, a social scientist with NCCOS, told Greenwire that they “would like to understand how residents’ knowledge, […]

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