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A Chemical Contaminant Characterization of Waters ...

We are assessing the scope and extent of land-based sources of chemical contaminants in the marine waters surrounding Cocos Island, Guam. Previous NCCOS studies identified a gap in polychlorinated biphenyls ...
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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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Assessment of Chemical Contaminants in Sediments a...

Funded by NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), the goal of this project is to quantify the extent of chemical contamination in sediments and fish in Cocos Lagoon, Guam. Significant ...
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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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Ciguatera Fish Poisoning: Identifying Toxic Specie...

Ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) is the most common, non-bacterial, seafood illness. The condition is caused by toxins from the microalga Gambierdiscus, and can lead to diarrhea, paralysis, and, in worst ...
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Coral Disease and Health Consortium (CDHC) – Solut...

The Coral Disease and Health Consortium (CDHC) is a network of scientists and managers supporting conservation, restoration, and management goals to protect and restore coral reef ecosystems. Created in 2002, ...
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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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How do Ocean Currents Connect Coral Reefs among Is...

Coral ecosystems are sustained by young fish and corals born locally, and by those drifting from other reefs on ocean currents. Identifying and protecting sources of young corals and fish ...
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Linking Coral Reefs, Coastal Watersheds, and Human...

Our research project combines ecological studies, physical oceanographic research, and social science to reduce human impacts (e.g., runoff, sediment, and non-point source pollution) that threaten the coastal coral reefs of ...
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New Infographic Describes Socioeconomics of Guam C...

Scientists from NCCOS and NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program have released a new infographic that describes key findings from social surveys conducted in Guam. The infographic highlights the perceptions, values, ...
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NOAA Student Scholars Present Summer Research With...

Tenstudent 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, ...
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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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NCCOS Scientists Assess Chemical Contaminants in C...

NCCOS scientists recently traveled to Guam for a project funded by NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), to help quantify chemical contamination in Cocos Lagoon, located at the southern tip ...
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Studying Contaminants in Cocos Lagoon, Guam: Blog ...

Today, our sites included two areas within the Achang Reef Flat Marine Preserve. The preserve is on the northeastern end of Cocos Lagoon, a beautiful area that includes sea grass ...
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Studying Contaminants in Cocos Lagoon, Guam: Blog ...

For sediment sampling in Cocos Lagoon, we used what is known as a 'stratified -random design.' Basically, a series of strata (layers) were developed in consultation with local partners, and ...
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Studying Contaminants in Cocos Lagoon, Guam: Blog ...

Our first day of sampling in Cocos Lagoon. This morning, we drove to the Guam EPA operations building in Barrigada. There, we met up with our colleagues, loaded up the ...
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Studying Contaminants in Cocos Lagoon, Guam: Blog ...

Cocos Lagoon, Guam. Credit: NOAA Cocos Lagoon is an atoll-like coral reef lagoon located on the southwestern coast of the island of Guam in the South Pacific. The lagoon is ...
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New Protocol Allows Scientists to Monitor Toxic Bo...

Using little more than a window screen to collect algae, NCCOS scientists have developed a simple, low-cost protocol for monitoring harmful, bottom-dwelling algae in diverse marine habitats around the world ...
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Guam Students Learn About Coastal Resilience and C...

Over a decade ago, fishermen in the village of Umatac (Humåtak) off the southwest coast of Guam found they were not catching the same size and quality of fish. Researchers ...
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Products

Maps, Tools & Applications

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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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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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 & Reports

Island sources and destinations of virtual larvae for the Mariana region, simulation results (2004 to 2012) (NCEI Accession 0156648)

This tabular dataset is the result of computer simulations conducted by NOAA scientists and their partners to estimate the transport of marine larvae between islands in and around the Mariana Archipelago. The table consists of the number of virtual larvae ...
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National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Socioeconomic surveys of human use, knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions in Guam from 2016-02-06 to 2016-07-27 (NCEI Accession 0163205)

The data in this file come from a survey of adult residents in Guam. The survey was conducted for a random stratified sample of households on the island of Guam from February to July of 2016. These data were collected ...
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The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States: 2005

The purpose of this report is to provide an assessment of the current condition of coral reef ecosystems in U.S. jurisdictions, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Navassa, Florida, Flower Garden Banks and other banks of the Gulf of ...
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The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States: 2008

This report is the third in an ongoing series of assessments of the condition of coral reef ecosystems in the United States and Pacific Freely Associated states, and the second report to focus specifically on summarizing the results of coral ...
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