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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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NOS and NCCOS Leadership Experience Beaufort Lab Science

Last month, the NOAA Beaufort Lab received two high level visitors: David Holst, the Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator of NOS, and Mary Erickson, the Director of NCCOS. The NOAA campus in Beaufort, North Carolina houses researchers from the National Marine Fisheries Service, NOS’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, and the North Carolina Coastal Reserve and […]

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NCCOS Helps Prioritize Future Mapping Efforts in Southern California Bight

Staff from NCCOS and the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary have developed an inventory of existing spatial data sets depicting seafloor and habitats off the Southern California Bight to set priorities for future mapping efforts in the region. Last month, the team presented the information at a meeting of state, federal, and academic experts working toward consensus about where […]

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The Swiss Army Knife of Missions: Buoys, CHiRP, Drop Cameras, and MBES

An intern blog by Erika Koontz ‘17, Washington College. During the third week of July, I set sail on the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster with scientists from NOAA’s Beaufort lab, Coastal Carolina University (CCU), and Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) for leg two of a project to map essential fish habitat in the Southeast U.S. in support of offshore planning […]

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Expedition Marks Twelve Years of Discovery in the Caribbean

Scientists recently completed the 12th year of a research expedition to map seafloor habitats in the U.S. Caribbean aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. Researchers mapped nearly 200,000 underwater acres along St. Croix and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and completed 35 remotely operated vehicle dives. Key findings include the identification of three seamounts rising 25 […]

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