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Robotic Environmental Sample Processor Conserves Samples for HAB Species Identification

Sponsored researchers with the NCCOS ECOHAB project looking at regional harmful algal bloom “hotspots” off coastal California are testing the feasibility of using a robotic water quality and toxin detection device, the Environmental Sample Processor or ESP, to collect the glass cells (silicon frustules) of the diatom Pseudo-nitzschia for species identification and assessing geographic distribution. Certain species […]

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Envisioning a Plankton Imaging Network to Address Gulf of Mexico Coastal Management Needs

In mid-January, 2016, NCCOS funded investigators from Texas A&M University and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution convened a group of scientists and managers to produce a first-ever consensus vision for a network of real-time, continuous plankton imaging sensors or Imaging FlowCytobots (IFCB) in the Gulf of Mexico. The envisioned network will expand a harmful algal […]

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California Ocean Protection Council Briefed on Harmful Algal Bloom Impacts

At a recent meeting of the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC), a panel of researchers and managers briefed the council on the Summer 2015 West Coast harmful algal bloom (HAB) event and other troubling changing ocean conditions. The presentation highlighted the value of past and current NCCOS competitive HAB programs. These program investments in modeling, monitoring, observing and […]

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Gulf of Mexico Phytoplankton Communities Altered after Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform released millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, making it the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history with documented negative impacts to zooplankton, fish, birds, sea turtles, and marine mammals. Now, new research partially funded by NCCOS has disclosed negative impacts […]

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Scientist and Television Station Report Long Island Water Quality Index Weekly

An NCCOS-sponsored scientist partnered with a Long Island television station to create a public water quality index that keeps citizens informed of local water conditions. The online, interactive index provides weekly reports on six water quality parameters—dissolved oxygen, water clarity, temperature, chlorophyll, fecal bacteria, and harmful algal blooms (HABs)—in more than 25 water bodies in and […]

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New York Rapid Response Lab is a Valuable Tool in Mitigating HABs

Professor Greg Boyer, with the algal toxins laboratory at the Environmental Science and Forestry of the State University of New York (SUNY-ESF) continues to demonstrate a valuable capacity for the state’s monitoring of a suite of toxins produced by cyanobacteria blooms known to have human health implications. This monitoring is necessary for rapid response to toxic […]

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NCCOS Sponsored Scientist Honored with Prestigious Early-Career Award

Dr. Angelicque White, a NCCOS-sponsored researcher, received the 2016 Yentsch-Schindler Early Career Award for her groundbreaking, multidisciplinary research. The award, given by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), honors an early-career scientist for outstanding and balanced contributions to research, science training, and broader societal issues like resource management, conservation, policy, and public education. […]

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Research Gaps Identified to Improve Future Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasts

After a 2013 workshop at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories, NCCOS-sponsored researchers published a study in Harmful Algae addressing the current knowledge of climate change and how it could impact environmental conditions that favor harmful algal bloom (HAB) formation. The workshop gathered a diverse group of HAB researchers who summarized the state of knowledge and information gaps of the potential […]

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