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A Baseline Chemical Contaminants Study of Marine S...

We are assessing the scope and extent of land-based sources of chemical contaminants in the marine sediments of Nu’uuli Pala Lagoon in American Samoa. Currently, there are no contaminant data ...
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Analysis of Marine Ecological Information Gaps in ...

We compiled and analyzed biological and ecological data to identify information voids in support of the National Park Service’s (NPS) management of marine resources within its jurisdiction. The biological and ...
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Benthic Habitat Mapping in American Samoa, Guam, a...

NCCOS produced a georeferenced, digital atlas of benthic habitat maps for the shallow-water (< 30m) coral ecosystem habitats around the U.S. Pacific Territories of American Samoa, Guam, and Commonwealth of ...
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Benthic Habitat Mapping of Coral Reefs in Florida,...

We are producing benthic seafloor habitat maps to help coastal managers assess, protect, and preserve the condition of coral reef ecosystems. Why We Care Coral reef ecosystems are enormously valuable ...
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Biogeographic Assessment of the Samoan Archipelago

We examined the marine biogeography of the Samoan archipelago in the south central Pacific Ocean, with a focus on regional ocean climate, island connectivity via ocean currents, distributions of reef ...
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Coral Watershed Monitoring Using Remote Sensing As...

Watershed runoff can adversely affect the health of coral reefs. Our work will provide coral reef managers with a method to monitor land-based runoff and, in conjunction with other data, ...
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Habitat Digitizer Extension

The Habitat Digitizer Extension is a GIS tool that was developed to delineate features by visually interpreting georeferenced images and also to select attributes using a dialog containing a custom ...
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Land Based Sources of Pollution in Faga’alu Bay, T...

Land based sources of pollution (LBSP) have the potential to adversely impact coral reef ecosystem, either by directly affecting coral health and reproduction, or by altering the surrounding ecosystem in ...
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Measuring the Human Dimensions of Coastal Ecosyste...

We are using social science to better understand the linkages between coastal ecosystems and human health and well-being, with the aim of providing information to managers responsible for natural resources, ...
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New Infographics Highlight Socioeconomics of Coral...

Fagaloa Bay, American Samoa. Credit: NOAA. Scientists from NCCOS and NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) have released new infographics that highlight key findings from social surveys conducted in American ...
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Assessing Contamination in Faga’alu Bay, Ame...

NCCOS, in collaboration with NOAA Coral Program partners, released a report assessingthe pollution in Faga'alu Bay, American Samoa (a US Coral Reef Task Force priority watershed). Faga'alu is a focus ...
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NOAA Conducts Field Mission to Assess Contaminants...

Researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), in collaboration with partners from NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program, recently completed a major field effort to quantify pollution in ...
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International MMA Managers Rely on NCCOS Study to ...

NCCOS's Biogeographic Assessment of the Samoan Archipelago served as the basis of some workshop activities at the "Two Samoas Reef Resilience Workshop for Marine Managed Area Practitioners" held recently in ...
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NCCOS, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Coral R...

On July 8-19, scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and the Southeast Fisheries Science Center joined researchers from the National Park Service, the University of the Virgin ...
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Maps of Coral Reef Ecosystem Habitats Enhance Cons...

Since 2000, the National Ocean Service and its partners have mapped more than 3 million acres (12,100 km2) of shallow-water (0–30 meters) coral reef habitats spanning the Pacific, Atlantic and ...
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NCCOS Scientist Recognized by NOAA’s Office ...

A scientist from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Matt Kendall, was recognized by NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS)for his efforts in support of the Fagatele Bay ...
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Biogeographic Assessment of the Samoan Archipelago...

The NOAA report, A Biogeographic Assessment of the Samoan Archipelago, examines the regional ocean climate, distribution of reef fish and coral communities, and the biological connectivity among the islands of ...
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Products

Maps, Tools & Applications

BIOMappers let you interactively view data, aerial imagery, dive photography, underwater video and related publications developed for the benthic habitat mapping of many U.S. coral reefs. In addition to viewing benthic habitat data, you can examine the attributes of the data and show different thematic representations. Photos and videos taken during dive missions are linked to the location of the dives.
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NCCOS produced a georeferenced, digital atlas of benthic habitat maps for the shallow-water (< 30m) coral ecosystem habitats around these U.S. Pacific Territories. The maps support a variety of management applications, including informing resource management decisions, ensuring safe navigation, supporting coastal communities, sustaining coastal habitats and mitigating coastal hazards.
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The Habitat Digitizer Extension is a GIS tool that was developed to delineate features by visually interpreting georeferenced images and also to select attributes using a dialog containing a custom hierarchical classification scheme. This GIS tool can be used to develop habitat map products for resource analysis and management.
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Data & Publications

A Benthic Terrain Classification Scheme for American Samoa

Coral reef ecosystems, the most varied on earth, continually face destruction from anthropogenic and natural threats. The U.S. Coral Reef Task Force seeks to characterize and map priority coral reef ecosystems in the U.S./Trust Territories by 2009. Building upon NOAA ...
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Baseline assessment of Faga’alu Watershed: a ridge to reef assessment in support of sediment reduction activities and future evaluation of their success

The primary purpose of this document is to provide local and federal partners with baseline information and survey methods to allow for continued monitoring efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of management actions taken at the Samoa Maritime quarry in Faga'alu, ...
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Developing Social and Economic Indicators for Monitoring the U.S. Coral Reef Jurisdictions: Report from a Scientific Workshop to Support the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program, Hollings Marine Laboratory June 13-15, 2012

To support the development of indicators, methods and measures for the National Coral Reef Monitoring Plan, the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program sponsored a workshop for scientists to review the socioeconomic plan, validate and refine the indicators and develop secondary ...
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Gap Analysis of Marine Ecosystem Data for the Department of Interior, National Park Service Inventory & Monitoring Program

The Gap Analysis of Marine Ecosystem Data project is a review of available geospatial data which can assist in marine natural resource management for eight park units. The project includes the collection of geospatial information and its incorporation in a ...
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National Coastal Condition Report IV

This document contains the results and analysis from the fourth national coastal assessment, published in 2012 ...
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National Coral Reef Monitoring Program Socioeconomic Monitoring Component. Summary Findings for American Samoa, 2014

This report outlines human dimensions information relevant to coral reef resources in American Samoa. The findings here are derived from a combination of data gathered through household surveys conducted in February 2014, and additional secondary sources of socioeconomic information for ...
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National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Socioeconomic surveys of human use, knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions in American Samoa

The socioeconomic survey data in this collection come from surveys of adult residents in American Samoa conducted as part of NOAA's ongoing National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP). Surveys are conducted on a recurring basis every 5-7 years for a ...
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National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Socioeconomic surveys of human use, knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions in Tutuila, American Samoa from 2014-01-28 to 2014-02-22 (NCEI Accession 0167228)

The data in this file come from a survey of adult residents in American Samoa. The survey was conducted for a random stratified sample of households on Tutuila in American Samoa in January and February of 2014. These data were ...
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Pollution in Surface Sediments in Faga’alu Bay, Tutuila, American Samoa

This document represents a portion of a larger study, which involves a comprehensive, integrated baseline assessment of Faga'alu Bay, Tutuila, American Samoa. This document focuses on the sediment contaminant portion of the larger effort. The report details: (1) contaminant (e.g ...
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Shallow-Water Benthic Habitats of American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Contact Tim.Battista@noaa.gov or nccos.data@noaa.gov for digital PDF copy. The purpose of this Atlas is to provide detailed maps depicting the GIS benthic habitat data produced, and outline the benthic habitat classification scheme and protocols used to map American Samoa, Guam ...
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