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Assessing the Social and Cultural Importance of Su...

We are developing and validating a survey to measure the social and cultural importance of subsistence salmon harvest and use in Alaska. In the event of an oil spill or ...
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Bioeffects Assessment in Bristol Bay, Alaska: Char...

Bristol Bay hosts the largest salmon fishery in the world, as well as a number of other important fisheries. We are studying sediment conditions that influence biodiversity and the distribution ...
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Bioeffects Program Reports: Kachemak Bay, Alaska

The Bioeffects program is a nationwide program of environmental assessment and related research designed to describe the current status of environmental quality in our nation's estuarine and coastal areas. Over ...
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Characterization of Benthic Habitats and Contamina...

We conducted an environmental characterization of lagoons and estuaries in northwest Alaska prior to oil and gas development in the region. Our results will provide natural resource managers and residents ...
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Climate Change Impacts on Intertidal Zone Populati...

The intertidal zone, which lies between the high and low tide marks on the shores of the world’s oceans, is a sensitive indicator of the effects of climate variability and ...
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Contaminant and Disease Assessment in Native Alask...

In rural Alaska, native communities rely heavily on subsistence fishing for food. To assess food safety, we tested salmon and shellfish harvested by tribe members for contaminants, parasites, and diseases ...
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Deep-sea Coral Ecology, Health, and Diversity

We conduct field surveys of the deep seafloor in the U.S. and neighboring waters to assess the distribution, health, and biodiversity of deep-sea coral ecosystems. We use remotely operated vehicles ...
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Developing Spatial Products for the Kachemak Bay H...

We are developing a web-based, mapping application that will provide the public access to geospatial products for the shoreline, intertidal, and subtidal areas of Kachemak Bay, Alaska. The application will ...
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Ecological Assessment for Kachemak Bay, Alaska: Sc...

Kachemak Bay, a microcosm representing all of the estuarine and coastal habitats found in the Gulf of Alaska, has shown signs of reduced environmental integrity in recent years. Our ecological ...
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NCCOS Assists Response to Multispecies Mortality E...

NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science provided a Harmful Algal Bloom Event Response award of $15,000 to NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center Wildlife Algal-toxin Research and Response Network (WARRN-West) to ...
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New Mapping Tool Lets Users Explore Bottom Habitat...

Example of Kachemak Bay BIOMapper data, showing various benthic habitat characteristics. Credit: NOAA. The Kachemak Bay BIOMapper, launched earlier this month, provides detailed geospatial information on marine benthic habitats in ...
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NCCOS Helps Define Best Practices for Modeling Dis...

Predictive habitat modeling for an example deep-sea coral species along the U.S. West Coast. From left to right, locations of observed coral occurrences, predicted distribution of relative habitat suitability, and ...
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NCCOS, Partners Publish Environmental Assessment o...

NCCOS and its partners have published an environmental assessment of Nushagak and Kvichak Bays, two of the most important salmon fishing grounds in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Bristol Bay supports the ...
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NCCOS, Partners Publish Environmental Assessment o...

Map of Alaska, with inset map of Kenai Peninsula study area. Credit: NOAA. NCCOS and its partners have published an environmental assessment of the bays and fjords on the Kenai ...
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NCCOS Funds $6.8M for New and Continuing Harmful A...

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) is pleased to announce support for 28 new and continuing harmful algal bloom (HAB) research awards in 2018. These awards, totaling $6.8M, ...
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NCCOS Helps Sitka Tribe of Alaska Respond to Harmf...

Phytoplankton sampling at Starrigavan Dock in Sitka, Alaska. Credit: Matt Gribble, Emory University. NCCOS has provided the Sitka Tribe of Alaska with funding to expand monitoring and toxin testing of ...
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Science and Stewardship: Keys to Restoring Kachema...

Kachemak Bay, Alaska, has experienced significant declines in shrimp and crab that have not recovered despite fishery closures. NOAA has designated the bay a Habitat Focus Area, bringing together science, ...
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Ocean Temperatures Could Influence Algal Bloom Occ...

Photomicrograph of Alexandrium catenella cells. Credit: NOAA In the first major study of the harmful algal bloom species Alexandrium catenella in Cook Inlet, Alaska, NOAA scientists found a link between ...
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NCCOS, Carnival Cruise Line Collaboration Identifi...

View of Noctiluca scintillans bloom from deck of Carnival Legend (July 10, 2018). Credit: Carnival Cruise Line. On July 10, passengers aboard the Carnival cruise ship Carnival Legend reported a ...
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Products

Maps, Tools & Applications

NCCOS runs the Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN) to link volunteers who monitor for marine phytoplankton and HABs in cooperation with professional scientists. We build a more informed public while expanding the reach and resolution of HAB monitoring. Over 200 PMN volunteers sample 140+ sites in 17 states and the US Virgin Islands.
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Data & Publications

Arctic & Antarctic Activity Book

An activity book designed to introduce elementary school children to the animal, aquatic and ecology of the Arctic and Antarctic ...
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Benthic habitat contaminant status and sediment toxicity in Bristol Bay, Alaska

A baseline environmental characterization of the northeastern reaches of Bristol Bay, Alaska was conducted using the National Status and Trends’ sediment quality triad approach. The study area was subdivided into 6 strata based on geophysical and hydrodynamic patterns (the upper ...
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Biological, chemical, and physical data from the Phytoplankton Monitoring Network from 13 Sep 2001 to 7 Mar 2013 (NODC Accession 0117942)

The Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN) is a part of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS). The PMN was created as an outreach program to connect volunteers and professional scientists in the monitoring of marine phytoplankton and harmful algal ...
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Change in Pacific Northwest Coastal Ecosystems. Proceedings of the Pacific Northwest Coastal Ecosystems Regional Study Workshop, August 73-14, 1996, Troutdale, Oregon

This document presents the results of a workshop conducted during August, 1996, to better define a research agenda to study the combined effects of natural variability and anthropogenic change in Pacific Northwest coastal ecosystems. It contains five complementary syntheses written ...
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Characterization of Benthic Habitats and Contaminant Assessment in Arctic Lagoons and Estuaries

Baseline environmental characterizations of the lagoons and estuaries in the northeastern Chukchi and western Beaufort Seas, were conducted using a sediment quality approach based on water quality, sediment chemistry, and benthic invertebrate community structure. Resident fish body burdens were also ...
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Characterization of Benthic Habitats and Contaminant Assessment in Kenai Peninsula Fjords and Bays

A baseline environmental characterization of the embayments and fjords on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska was conducted using a sediment quality approach based on sediment chemistry, and benthic invertebrate community structure. Sediment toxicity and resident fish body burdens were also assessed ...
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Cruise Report: Spring 2006 Survey of Ecological Conditions of the U.S. Middle Atlantic Bight, NOAA Ship Nancy Foster NF-06-06-NCCOS

This cruise report is a summary of a field survey conducted in coastal-ocean waters of the Mid-Atlantic Bight from Nags Head, North Carolina to Cape Cod, Massachusetts and from approximately 1 nautical mile (nm) of shore seaward to the shelf ...
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Cruise report: Spring 2007 survey of ecological conditions along the continental shelf off Florida from Anclote Key to West Palm Beach, NOAA ship Nancy Foster Cruise NF-07-08-NCCOS (May 15 – May 28, 2007)

This cruise report is a summary of a field survey conducted in coastal-ocean waters off Florida from Anclote Key to West Palm Beach and from approximately 1 nautical mile (nm) offshore seaward to the shelf break (100 m). The survey ...
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Environmental toxicology data collected by the National Status and Trends Program for monitoring contaminants in coastal United States marine water bodies from 01 Jan 1960 to 05 May 2010 (NODC Accession 0074376)

The National Status and Trends Program is comprised of three nationwide programs: Benthic Surveillance, Mussel Watch, and Bioeffects. These programs are in place to observe estuarine and coastal waters nationwide to describe the current status and detect changes in the ...
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Forestry Impacts on Freshwater Habitat of Anadromous Salmonids in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska – Requirements for Protection and Restoration

Presents a science overview of the major forest management issues involved in the recovery of anadromous salmonids afected by timber harvest in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. The synthesis reviews salmonid habitat requirements and potential effects of logging, describes the ...
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Facilities

NCCOS FacilitiesBeaufort, NCThe NOAA Beaufort LaboratoryThe NOAA Beaufort Laboratory, opened in 1899, is the second oldest federal marine laboratory and home to scientists from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service and ...
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NOAA Internship Opportunities

Develop computational methods for identifying irre...

The National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Region, relies on a near-real accounting of landing information. This large volume of data is spot checked by staff for accuracy, but computational methods ...
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Little Port Walter Chinook Salmon Research

The intern will assist researchers conducting studies on the marine environment and salmon returns to marine waters near Little Port Walter (LPW), a remote research station located in southeastern Alaska ...
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