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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 Student Scholars Present Summer Research With NCCOS

Ten student undergraduate scholars, most with the NOAA Educational Partnership Program and Hollings Scholarship Program, are interning this summer with the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in Silver Spring, MD, Oxford, MD, Beaufort, NC, and Charleston, SC. Their internship programs culminated with presentations by each scholar of their summer research at the Science and […]

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NOAA Interns Support NCCOS Research in Choptank Habitat Focus Area

Five NOAA interns joined NCCOS scientists and partners in a demanding week-long field survey to groundtruth high resolution WorldView satellite imagery of wetlands in the Choptank Habitat Focus Area on June 20-24, 2016. Groundtruthing allows satellite image data to be related to real features on the ground, enables calibration of remote-sensing data, and aids in the […]

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Vegetation Surveys Validate Satellite Imagery in Choptank River Watershed

Field surveys of wetland habitats were conducted in the Choptank watershed on June 20-24, 2016 by NCCOS scientists, partners, students, and interns to groundtruth high-resolution WorldView satellite imagery of the watershed acquired in 2015. Analysis of vegetation communities will enable production of mapping products of wetlands in NOAA’s Choptank Habitat Focus Area. These data provide a […]

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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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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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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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