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Data Collected for Map of Deep Coral Reefs off St. John, USVI

This past summer NCCOS scientists collected underwater photos and videos from mesophotic ocean depths (30–100 meters) between Vieques Island and St. John in the U.S. Caribbean. The data will support the development of a new benthic habitat map that will depict the distribution of mesophotic coral reef ecosystems on the insular shelf. The new habitat […]

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NCCOS in the Caribbean: Arliss Winship Field Blog

How the travelling salesman saved a day of Caribbean field work | by Arliss Winship It’s not every day that an ecological modeler gets out in the field. I spend most of my time behind a computer synthesizing ecological data sets and conducting statistical analyses. Not the most fun activities one associates with marine science. […]

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NCCOS Completes Marine Biogeographic Assessment of Main Hawaiian Islands

The state of Hawai‘i is working to develop local renewable energy sources to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, primarily by exploring opportunities with offshore wind. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), responsible for regulating the leasing, construction, and operation of most renewable energy projects in federal waters, partnered with NOAA’s National Centers for […]

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New Benthic Habitat Mapping Technologies Evaluated

NCCOS scientists recently evaluated new, benthic habitat mapping technologies and methods during a five-day mission at Flat Cay in St. Thomas, USVI. Benthic habitats in the Caribbean—including, coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves—provide many important ecosystem services, such as fishing, tourism, and shoreline protection. Accurate maps of these habitats are integral to their management. The […]

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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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