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Projects

An Ecological Assessment to Support NOAA’s Choptan...

We synthesized biological, chemical, and physical data from six watersheds in the Chesapeake Bay to assess impacts of land use on aquatic ecosystem health. The findings from this study are ...
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An Ecological Assessment to Support NOAA’s Choptan...

The Choptank watershed is an ecologically and economically valuable resource and designated Habitat Focus Area. We are collecting and synthesizing biological, chemical, and physical data to characterize the condition of ...
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Bioeffects Program Reports: Mid/North Atlantic Reg...

The Bioeffects program is a nationwide program of environmental assessment designed to describe the current status of environmental quality in our nation's estuarine and coastal areas. Field studies examine the ...
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Characterization of an Algicidal Agent Produced by...

We examined a biological control agent isolated from a bacteria species that may provide a mechanism for halting the growth of certain types of toxic dinoflagellate harmful algal blooms. We ...
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Chesapeake Bay Climate Sensitivity Assessment

The Chesapeake Bay is one of the largest estuaries in the world, economically valuable for its productive habitats, valuable fisheries, and recreational opportunities. However, it is clear that climate changes ...
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EcoGIS: Tools for Ecosystem-based Fisheries Manage...

The EcoGIS project was launched to determine how geographic information systems (GIS) technology, marine data, and custom analysis tools could be leveraged to promote fishery management strategies based on the ...
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Eutrophication and Oyster Aquaculture in the Patux...

Eutrophication is the overabundance of nutrients in a body of water that results in harmful algal blooms, fish kills, and in some cases ecosystem collapse. We are investigating the feasibility ...
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News

Research Links Land Use, Shoreline Hardening, and ...

Recent NCCOS research provides solid evidence that reduced aquatic species abundance in the Northeast is linked with increased agricultural land use and hardened shorelines. Results from the study are published ...
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Where are Former NCCOS Cooperative Oxford Laborato...

Several students associated with the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory (COL) have graduated, are furthering their studies, or have published articles recently. Through their internships or time at COL, the students learned ...
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NCCOS Shorelines Research Featured on NOAA Chesape...

Managers and policy makers concerned about shoreline hardening in the Mid-Atlantic region can now find pertinent research results summarized in an accessible document. NCCOS supported a multi-partner project conducted from ...
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Small Fish Could Be In Big Trouble Without Wetland...

Coastal population growth and a desire to guard against sea level rise and coastal erosion has led to extensive conversions of natural wetlands and beaches to bulkheads and riprap. A ...
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NCCOS, Maryland Sea Grant Oyster Project Highlight...

A joint NCCOS and Maryland Sea Grant project that estimates the nutrient-removal benefits to the Chesapeake Bay provided by oyster aquaculture was highlighted in the Bay Journal last week.The project ...
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NCCOS Helps Evaluate Water Quality at Largest Oyst...

NCCOS scientists participated in a workshop last month in Annapolis, Maryland, to evaluate the relationship betweenwater quality and the restored oyster reef in Harris Creek, nearTilghman Island in Chesapeake Bay ...
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Identifying Coastal Vulnerabilities in Chesapeake ...

Post-storm flooding in Oxford, MD, within the project area. Credit: NOAA Scientists with NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science just completed a vulnerability assessment of the Choptank River Complex, ...
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A Primer to Living Shorelines Published

A synthesis of recent thinking and results from practitioners and researchers of Living Shorelines just hit the stands. " Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection," details ...
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HAB Study Confirms Alexandrium in Alaska, Develops...

In an effort to provide forecasting and detection products that empower communities to take action on HAB issues,a new publication in Phycologia documents the presence ofAlexandrium fundyenseandA. ostenfeldiiin Alaska and ...
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Hardened Shorelines Decrease Small Fish and Invert...

New NCCOS-sponsored research shows that shoreline hardening has mostly negative effects on estuarine animals. This is evident both at a local scale directly next to a hardened shoreline and at ...
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Products

Maps, Tools & Applications

This Data Explorer Map contains ecological and socioeconomic datasets including management boundaries, human use activities, fish and oyster surveys, and benthic habitats in the NOAA Choptank Habitat Focus Area (HFA) Ecosystem Assessment. The tool allows managers, stakeholders and the general public to visualize data that assists with decision-making about management of the ecosystem in the Choptank watershed.
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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 & Reports

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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Effects of Nutrient Enrichment In the Nation’s Estuaries: A Decade of Change

The National Estuarine Eutrophication Assessment (NEEA) is a tool for evaluating both current eutrophic condition and the effectiveness of management actions aimed at reducing eutrophic condition. Eutrophication is caused by excess nutrients and is expressed by symptoms such as increased ...
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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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Estuarine Living Marine Resources: Mid-Atlantic regional distribution and abundance (NCEI Accession 0162403)

This is the Mid-Atlantic regional component of NOAA?s Estuarine Living Marine Resources (ELMR) Project, a national database of ecologically and economically important fishes and invertebrates in the Nation's estuaries. The distribution and relative abundance are depicted in a consistent format ...
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Estuarine salinity zones in US East Coast, Gulf of Mexico, and US West Coast from 1999-01-01 to 1999-12-31 (NCEI Accession 0127396)

These unprojected (geographic coordinates) 3-Zone Average Annual Salinity Digital Geographies are based on analysis of long-term salinity data for 147 estuaries of the contiguous United States. Each estuary is subdivided into three zones between the head(s) of tide, and the ...
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Identifying priorities for adaptation planning: an integrated vulnerability assessment for the Town of Oxford and Talbot County, Maryland

The ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed is deeply intertwined in the history, culture, and economy of the communities in this region, and provides people with valuable ecosystem services. Due to the connectivity between communities and the environment, ...
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Model output for deep-sea coral habitat suitability in the U.S. North and Mid-Atlantic from 2013 (NCEI Accession 0145923)

This dataset was created for potential use as an environmental predictor in spatial predictive models of deep-sea coral habitat suitability. Deep-sea corals are of particular conservation concern due to their slow growth rates and vulnerability to disturbance. This is a ...
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Modeling at-sea occurrence and abundance of marine birds to support Atlantic marine renewable energy planning: Phase I report

This report describes the first phase of a project aimed at producing maps of the spatial distributions of marine bird species in U.S. Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) waters that can be used to inform marine spatial planning in the ...
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General Pages

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

National Marine Sanctuaries Accessibility Guide

The National Marine Sanctuary System is seeking a volunteer intern to help prepare a first ever Sanctuaries Accessibility Guide, providing information on the accessibility of sanctuary visitor centers, beaches, shore-side ...
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Technology Transfer: Promoting NOAA’s Inven...

The Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) in Silver Spring, MD, is responsible for promoting NOAA's new and commercially viable technologies to industry with the goal of getting these technologies out of the ...
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Rapid bathymetry for safer navigation: Developing...

Knowing water depth or bathymetry is critical for coastal navigation and management.  Hurricanes and winter storms can move channels and shoals, posing a risk to navigation.  Many remote areas of ...
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Helping unravel the complex aquaculture permitting...

NOAA Fisheries Service Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office is committed to supporting the development of aquaculture in the northeast United States. One area when we can be particularly helpful is ...
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Finding Harmful Algae with High Resolution Satelli...

Can high resolution satellite find harmful algae?  We are trying to identify cyanobacteria blooms in estuaries and the Great Lakes.  These blooms produce toxins, for example a bloom in Lake Erie in ...
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Where does atmospheric mercury come from? Trackin...

Mercury is a neurotoxin that poses threats to humans and wildlife. Mercury emitted to the air from power plants and other sources is transported downwind and ultimately is deposited to ...
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Internships, Maryland, Policy, Research

Advancing Integration of Natural Capital Principle...

The Natural Capital Intern will help in advancing the work that NOAA is doing with other Bureaus in the Department of Commerce to help businesses integrate natural capital into their ...
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Marine Mammal Monitoring Reports (MD)

The Office of Protected Resources (OPR) is a headquarters program office of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries Service, or NMFS) with responsibility for protecting, conserving, and recovering marine ...
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Destination Marketing and Outdoor Recreation, NOAA...

http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/involved/ We invite you to join a dedicated and enthusiastic team at the NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries where you will gain invaluable resume-building experience and an insider"s perspective ...
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Historical Review of Marine Mammal Public Display ...

Background NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) has jurisdiction over marine mammals including dolphins, porpoises, whales, seals and sea lions.  The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) allows marine mammals ...
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