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A Synthesis of Chemical Contaminants Monitoring Da...

Between 2007 and 2018, the National Park Service and its partners in association with NOAA’s National Mussel Watch Program collected bay mussel (Mytilus trossulus) tissue samples from Alaska's southeast and ...
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Application of Quantitative Molecular Methods to C...

This project supports development for two lab-based quantitative molecular methods for more rapid, accurate detection of Alexandrium catenella resting cysts in sediment from the Gulf of Maine, Puget Sound, and ...
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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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Suitable Habitat for Pacific Halibut Predicted to ...

Pacific halibut, Hippoglossus stenolepis, in Glacier Bay, Alaska. Credit: National Park Service A newly published study by NCCOS-supported researchers predicts that under a business-as-usual carbon dioxide emissions scenario, suitable habitat ...
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Southeast Alaska Tribes Trained to Detect Harmful ...

Southeast Alaska tribal members participating in HAB workshop. NCCOS’s Phytoplankton Monitoring Network trained over 40 environmental tribal personnel from Southeast Alaska in toxic phytoplankton sampling and identification. This workshop took ...
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New Tools Predict Sea Surface Temperature to Infor...

Two new tools — now available to growers, farmers, and managers in Alaska's coastal waters — will alert users when surface waters reach temperatures that favor Vibrio growth. The first ...
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New Virtual Workshop Expands Tribal HAB Sampling t...

Thomas Farrugia of AOOS demonstrating the digital microscope to be used by participants. NCCOS scientists from the Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN), in collaboration with the Alaska Ocean Observing System and ...
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Harmful Algal Blooms May Soon Wreak Havoc in Arcti...

Climatic changes in Arctic Alaska are resulting in more harmful algal blooms (HABs) for the region, signaling a potential growing threat to human and ecosystem health. Over the last decade, ...
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Workshop Empowers Southcentral Tribal Communities ...

NCCOS, Ocean and Earth Environmental Services, and the Chugach Regional Resources Commission (CRRC) have initiated their Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with a two day training workshop at the ...
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New Publication Reports Prevalence of Shellfish To...

Spring in the Bering Strait; several miles offshore, south of the community of Wales, Alaska. Credit: Gay Sheffield, University of Alaska Fairbanks/Alaska Sea Grant. The NCCOS Ecology & Oceanography of ...
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Compilation of Kachemak Bay Research, Monitoring P...

Scientists collect monitoring data in Kachemak Bay, Alaska. Credit: Science and Stewardship: Keys to Restoring Kachemak Bay video, NOAA. The Kachemak Bay GeoHUB is a curated list of environmental research ...
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New Study Finds Growing Potential for Toxic Algal ...

Satellite image of Bering Sea algal bloom. Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE. Changes in the northern Alaskan Arctic ocean environment have reached a point ...
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Now Available: Story Map Highlights Products from ...

Results and products from NCCOS’s Kachemak Bay ecological assessment have generated new seafloor habitat maps and geospatial data viewers, developed “state of the bay” reports and made geospatial data more ...
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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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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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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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