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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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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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The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United S...

Reports in The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States series represent NOAA’s ongoing effort to assess the condition of the nation’s shallow-water ...
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Western Pacific Coral Reef Institute (WPCRI)

The Western Pacific Coral Reef Institute (WPCRI) is a collaborative regional partnership whose mission is to protect and preserve Micronesia’s reefs through scientific research that is directly applicable to coral ...
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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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Palauan Researcher Receives Prestigious 2013 Pew F...

The Pew Charitable Trusts organization recently awarded Yimnang Golbuu, CEO and Chief Researcher of the Palau International Coral Reef Center a 2013 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation to assess the ...
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Tracking Coral Larvae Sources Helps Protection Pla...

NOAA investigators and their partners embarked on a year-long study to determine the origins of coral polyps and fish species seeding the reefs of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana ...
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Cheaper Ciguatoxin Assay May Rely on Proxy Molecul...

A scanning electron micrograph showing a ventral (topside) view of Gambierdiscus caribaeus collected from Marathon Key, Florida. A recently published finding may contribute to the development of a long-elusive affordable ...
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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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Innovative K-2 Marine Science Curriculum Expands P...

Reef Pulse Hawaii activities being used at Wai'alae Elementary, Hawaii (photo courtesy of Risa Minato, HCRI) Instilling an understanding and appreciation of Hawaii's islands and nearshore waters in the next ...
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National Coral Reef Institute Researchers Increase...

Staghorn Coral Staghorn coral, Acropora cervicornis, a former dominant reef building species in the Caribbean, provides habitat to thousands of invertebrate and fish species. Due to its dramatic decline throughout ...
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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 Guam, 2016

This report outlines human dimensions information relevant to coral reef resources in Guam. The findings here are derived from a combination of data gathered through household surveys conducted from February to July of 2016, and additional secondary sources of socioeconomic ...
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National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Socioeconomic surveys of human use, knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions in Guam

The socioeconomic survey data in this collection come from surveys of adult residents in Guam conducted as part of NOAA's ongoing National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP). Surveys are conducted for a random stratified sample of households on the island ...
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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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NCCOS Assessment: Measurement of Turbidity and Nutrients in Three Rivers that Drain to the Achang Reef Flat from Manell Watershed, Guam, from 2016-12-01 to 2018-12-31 (NCEI Accession 0204837)

This dataset contains results from the monitoring of nutrients and turbidity in three rivers in the Manell watershed in southern Guam, which drain to the Achang Reef Flat Marine Preserve. The dataset contains a series of data tables and a ...
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Organic chemical contaminants measured by PED (polyethylene device) passive water samplers deployed at Cocos Island, Guam from 2017-09-18 to 2017-10-30 (NCEI Accession 0184259)

The Cocos Island, Guam PEDs (polyethylene device) passive water sampler data set contains results of the analysis from Project 31181 funded by NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program. The project involved NOAA National Center for Coastal Ocean Science, Guam Environmental Protection ...
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Potential larval sources, destinations, and self-seeding in the Mariana Archipelago documented using ocean drifters

Identifying transport pathways and sources of reef larvae is an essential component of ecosystem science. Ocean drifters tracked by satellite around the Mariana Archipelago were used to evaluate the possible pathways of transport among islands for passive larvae of reef ...
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Predicting coral recruitment in Palau's complex reef archipelago

Reproduction and recruitment are key processes that replenish marine populations. Here we use the Palau archipelago, in the western Pacific Ocean, as a case study to examine scales of connectivity and to determine whether an oceanographic model, incorporating the complex ...
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Scientific Frontiers in the Management of Coral Reefs

Coral reefs are subjected globally to a variety of natural and anthropogenic stressors that often act synergistically. Today, reversing ongoing and future coral reef degradation presents significant challenges and countering this negative trend will take considerable efforts and investments. Scientific ...
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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 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 and the ...
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