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Tool to Forecast the Effect of Waves on Waterbodie...

We created a tool to help coastal community managers, resource managers, and biologists estimate the wave impact potential to a given area. Wave forms included in the tool range from ...
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Transitioning to Operations NOAA Supported Statist...

The Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act (HABHRCA) mandates the development of scientific tools for natural resource managers to address hypoxia in coastal ecosystems. In response, NCCOS ...
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Where is the Fish Food? Chesapeake Bay Mesozooplan...

The purpose of this project is to collect and document the abundance and composition of Chesapeake Bay mesozooplankton, an important food source for juvenile fish in the region. The information ...
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New Forecast Predicts Occurrence of Pathogenic Vib...

Vibrio vulnificus model results for Chesapeake Bay, May 23, 2019. Credit: NOAA. A new NOAA forecast shows public health officials in Maryland and Virginia when and where the pathogenic Vibrio ...
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Maryland DNR and NCCOS Cooperative Oxford Lab Host...

DNR Secretary Haddaway-Riccio, in-district legislative staff, and other local leaders pose for a photograph at the Cooperative Oxford Lab, Oxford, MD. Back row (l to r): Brian Richardson; James McKitrick; ...
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NCCOS Research Highlighted at Annual Oxford Day Op...

Visitors enjoy touching native species commonly found in Chesapeake Bay at the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory Open House held on Oxford Day (April 27, 2019). Credit: Suzanne Skelley, NOAA NCCOS. The ...
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Cooperative Oxford Lab Conducts Environmental Heal...

NCCOS Safety Officer Ron Gagnon looks on as Amy Freitag of NCCOS COL uses a fire extinguisher to put out a practice fire during Safety Training at Cooperative Oxford Laboratory ...
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NCCOS, Coast Guard Collaborate in Earth Day Cleanu...

COL and USCG Station Oxford staff participated in the 2019 Earth Day community wide trash pickup in Oxford, MD. Pictured are NCCOS’ A.K. Leight on left and Gretchen Messick second ...
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NCCOS Scientist Helps Maryland Oyster Grower Decid...

Scott Budden, owner of Orchard Point Oyster Company, checks mortality of oysters at his Chester River, Maryland, oyster lease site. Credit: S. Bricker, NOAA NCCOS. Earlier this month, Dr. Suzanne ...
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Algae with Mixed Feeding Capabilities May have Adv...

New NCCOS-sponsored research shows the importance of “mixotrophy”—the ability to photosynthesize like a plant and consume like an animal—to the growth of some single-celled organisms, such as the toxic dinoflagellate ...
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NOAA CoastWatch (East Coast Region) Offering Secon...

CoastWatch Data Analysis Tool: Sea Surface Temperature. Credit NOAA CoastWatch Are you interested in using oceanographic satellite data in your work, but don't know where to start? The NOAA CoastWatch ...
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Ecological Assessment of Maryland's Tred Avon Rive...

Map of Choptank River Watershed Habitat Focus Area. Credit: NOAA. NCCOS scientists have analyzed how land use has affected the aquatic ecosystem of the Tred Avon River, an important tributary ...
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Study Finds Pharmaceuticals, Other Contaminants in...

NOAA scientists recently completed regional assessments of contaminants of emerging concern (CEC) for Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, and Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. Conducted as part of NOAA’s Mussel Watch Program, these ...
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Movement of Juvenile Weakfish (Cynoscion regalis) and Spot (Leistomus xanthurus) in Relation to Diel-cycling Hypoxia in an Estuarine Tributary: Assessment Using Acoustic Telemetry

Fish movement and the spatial and temporal dynamics of hypoxia determine hypoxia exposure and the effect of poor water quality on nursery habitat function. Although water quality criteria for dissolved oxygen (DO) are well defined, hypoxia exposure of juvenile estuary-dependent ...
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National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) long-term monitoring: Regional Ecological Assessments and National Benthic Inventory (NCEI Accession 0202842)

The NCCOS Regional Ecological Assessments (REA) and NOAA National Benthic Inventory (NBI) include observations of water quality, sediment quality, fish and shellfish tissue chemical contaminants, and benthic infaunal abundance obtained from studies conducted since 1991 by NOAA and partnering institutions ...
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National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science Coastal Ecosystem Assessment Program: A Manual of Methods

The purpose of this manual is to provide a framework for the assessment of ecosystem health that may be adapted, or used in whole or part for application to other regions. Methods are provided for all aspects from sampling design ...
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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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Natural and human-induced hypoxia and consequences for coastal areas: synthesis and future development

Hypoxia has become a world-wide phenomenon in the global coastal ocean and causes a deterioration of the structure and function of ecosystems. Based on the collective contributions of members of SCOR Working Group #128, the present study provides an overview ...
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NCCOS Assessment: Modeling At-Sea Density of Marine Birds to Support Atlantic Marine Renewable Energy Planning (NCEI Accession 0176682)

This dataset provides seasonal spatial rasters of median predicted long-term (1978-2016) relative density of 47 marine bird species throughout the US Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and adjacent waters at a 2-km spatial resolution. Three indications of the uncertainty associated ...
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NCCOS Long-term Monitoring Project: Regional Ecological Assessments and National Benthic Inventory

NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) works in partnership with other federal agencies and coastal states to conduct assessments of ecological condition and potential stressor impacts throughout our Nation’s estuaries, coastal-ocean waters, and NOAA protected areas; carry out ...
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Nutrient budgets and management actions in the Patuxent River estuary, Maryland

Multi-year nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) budgets were developed for the Patuxent River estuary, a seasonally stratified and moderately eutrophic tributary of Chesapeake Bay. Major inputs (point, diffuse, septic, and direct atmospheric) were measured for 13 years during which, large ...
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Optimizing resource use efficiencies in the food-energy-water nexus for sustainable agriculture: from conceptual model to decision support system

Increased natural and anthropogenic stresses have threatened the Earth’s ability to meet growing human demands of food, energy and water (FEW) in a sustainable way. Although much progress has been made in the provision of individual component of FEW, it ...
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Oxygen - Dynamics and biogeochemical consequences

Dissolved oxygen is a keystone molecule that is involved in the production, consumption, and cycling of organic matter and inorganic elements in the aquatic environment. The majority of multicellular plants and animals in coastal aquatic ecosystems require oxygen for proper ...
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