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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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Together Hypoxia and Ocean Acidification Equal a Double Whammy for Marine Life

Conditions resulting in low dissolved oxygen (DO) in marine systems, also known as hypoxia, are a common occurrence in oceans around the world. Ocean acidification (OA), which results in lower pH, is a newer phenomenon, but often co-occurs with hypoxia due to elevated water temperatures and accelerated nutrient delivery from land. A new review of the effects of hypoxia […]

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Models Highlight Benefits of Aquaculture in Long Island Sound

Shellfish bioextraction has the potential to improve water quality and boost the economy Declining water quality from excess nutrient inputs, called eutrophication, is an issue of concern in estuaries and coastal waters around the world. These nutrients enter near-shore waters from land, typically from urban stormwater and fertilizer runoff and treated sewage outputs. The environmental […]

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Can Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems Serve as Lifeboats for Shallow Reefs?

On May 24, 2016, the United Nations Environment Programme released a new report on mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs) during a coral reef media roundtable at the second session of the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi, Kenya. The document, Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems: A lifeboat for coral reefs?, edited by GRID-Arendal and NOAA, represents contributions […]

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Acidification Increases Sensitivity to Hypoxia in Important Forage Fishes

NCCOS sponsored research focusing on the combined effects of low dissolved oxygen and ocean acidification finds that acidification can increase fish sensitivity to hypoxia. This has important implications for increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide effects on our marine systems and may indicate that official dissolved oxygen regulatory criteria do not protect living resources as intended. Hypoxia, or […]

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Offshore Sewage Release in Southern California Brings Unexpected Result

A scheduled sewage release off Los Angeles provided a unique opportunity to study before and after impacts of massive nutrient injection into coastal waters. Researchers hypothesized large, potentially harmful algal blooms (HABs), would result from the discharge. The sewage release was extensively studied by NCCOS scientists, sponsored researchers, and partner agencies, and the results were not […]

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NCCOS Projects at the Forefront of Numerical Estuarine Modeling

Scientists’ use of simulation models has increased during the past several decades as a widely accepted tool for investigations into estuarine dynamics. A recently published scientific review paper, authored by NCCOS-sponsored scientists, outlines the progress and accomplishments of coupled hydrodynamic-ecological estuarine modeling. Many NCCOS-sponsored foundational modeling studies are featured in the review paper. Findings show that while most […]

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Webinar Provides Shellfish Managers with Vibrio Risk Guidance

At the request of stakeholders in the Northeast U.S., NCCOS and the National Weather Service Ocean Prediction Center hosted a webinar last month to demonstrate the suite of modeled guidance products the NOAA Ecological Forecasting (EF) Pathogens Team and partners have developed for assessing risk of Vibrio exposure. Vibrio species are naturally occurring bacteria that […]

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