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NOAA Evaluates Capabilities of Unmanned Surface Vessel

This week, the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) is partnering with the Office of Coast Survey, the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), NOAA Ship Nancy Foster, and ASV Global, an unmanned vehicle manufacturer, to conduct an operational evaluation of an unmanned surface vessel (USV) during a bathymetric and marine habitat survey […]

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NOAA Explores Habitats Around WWII Wrecks

Seventy-four years ago, America was in the midst of World War II. On July 15, 1942, German submarine U-576 sank the freighter SS Bluefields, just before the merchant ship convoy and its U.S. military escorts returned fire and sank the U-boat minutes later off of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Both the Bluefields and U-576 remained […]

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NCCOS, BOEM Support Alternative Energy Development in New York Bight

This month, NCCOS and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) signed a three-year agreement to support alternative energy development in the New York Bight region. Under this agreement, NCCOS will provide technical services and expertise to produce comprehensive seafloor substrate maps and model validation of the region. In 2011, BOEM received an unsolicited request for […]

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New Areas and Species of Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries Characterized in Report

In a hallmark collaboration between scientists from National Marine Sanctuaries, NCCOS, USGS, and California Academy of Sciences, the characterization of seafloor habitats in newly expanded areas of two West Coast sanctuaries is now available online. Remotely operated vehicle (ROV) surveys were conducted in September 2014 in the Cordell Banks National Marine Sanctuary (CBNMS) and the Greater […]

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NCCOS-led Collaborative Mapping Supports Washington’s Marine Spatial Plan and Sanctuary Science Needs

This month NCCOS scientists completed two collaborative mapping investigations undertaken to improve Washington State’s marine spatial plan and natural resource management of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. The investigations are intended to reduce conflicts among ocean users; encourage offshore renewable energy development; facilitate compatible uses; and preserve critical ecosystem services to meet economic, environmental, security, and […]

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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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Interagency Workshop Improves SE Atlantic Habitat Mapping Coordination

Increased use of our coastal ocean for energy, commerce, and recreation is calling for improved data to support ocean planning and ecosystem management.  The baseline condition and characterization of seafloor habitats is an important base layer needed for minimizing impacts to natural resources.  During the March 15-16 workshop hosted by NCCOS, Southeast and Caribbean Regional […]

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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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