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Projects

Linking Models and Field Experiments to Forecast A...

We are investigating the links between environmental variables and harmful algal bloom (HAB) toxins in Lake Erie to better understand the process of toxin development and to forecast HAB toxicity ...
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Portable Toxin Detection Technology to Support Gre...

This project improves the rapid detection of cyanotoxins in the field to provide managers with timely information on risk and minimize exposure to stakeholders. The team will pilot use of ...
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Rapid, Portable, Multiplexed Detection of Harmful ...

We are expanding algal toxin testing to include tests for saxitoxins and anatoxin-a. The new tool will give water managers and community-based monitoring networks the ability to rapidly quantify these ...
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Using Microcystin-degrading Bacteria and their Enz...

We will assess the potential that algal toxin–degrading bacteria have to degrade toxins from water treatment facilities. Why We Care Harmful algal blooms (HABs) occur in eutrophic waters across the ...
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NOAA Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Early Season Pr...

Western Lake Erie is expected to experience a lower than average harmful algal bloom (HAB) this summer, according to the first 2021 Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Early Season Projection ...
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Comparing Saginaw Bay and Western Lake Erie for Ha...

MODIS satellite image (undated) of Lake Huron/Saginaw Bay and the Western Lake Erie basin showing cyanobacterial blooms (greenish areas), Credit NASA. Scientists from NCCOS and the University of Maryland collaborated ...
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2020 Lake Erie Algal Bloom was Mild, as Predicted ...

Truecolor image of the Microcystis cyanobacteria bloom in western Lake Erie on August 22, 2020, produced using data derived from Copernicus Sentinel-3 data provided by EUMETSAT. October marked the end ...
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Lake Erie Hypoxia Forecast Helps Treatment Plant O...

Low dissolved oxygen (hypoxia) in a water body can certainly harm aquatic life, but it can also create problems for water treatment plant operators. Personnel have to respond quickly when ...
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Study Identifies Causes of Toledo’s Unprecedented ...

Aerial view of the 2017 cyanobacteria bloom at the mouth of the Maumee River, Toledo, Ohio. Credit: NOAA. On September 20, 2017, an unprecedented cyanobacteria bloom was reported in the ...
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Virtual Training Workshop Instructs Volunteers on ...

A virtual workshop was convened at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), on July 23, 2020 to train regional stakeholder and volunteer groups in the operation of MBio Diagnostic’s LightDeck technology-based ...
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NCCOS Sensor Measures Toxicity of Lake Erie Algal ...

Cyanobacteria in Lake Erie can sometimes grow out of control and produce toxins called microcystins that are harmful to people and animals. These harmful algal blooms, or HABs, can have ...
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Nanobubble Ozone Technology Shown to Eliminate Inv...

An independent quality control testing laboratory has validated NCCOS research findings on nanobubble ozone technology (NBOT), confirming it is highly effective in controlling algae, bacteria, and motile zooplankton in ship ...
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New Research Raises Questions About How, Where Cya...

Cyanobacteria bloom in Maumee Bay, near Toldeo, Ohio, July 2015. Credit: Toldeo Aerial Media. New NCCOS-funded research shows that microbes in the water column may not play a primary role ...
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NOAA Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Early Season Pr...

Western Lake Erie is expected to experience a lower than average harmful algal bloom (HAB) this summer, according to the 2020 Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Early Season Projection issued ...
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Long-term monitoring of ecological conditions in Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary: Comparison of soft-bottom benthic assemblages and contaminant levels in sediments and biota in spring 2000 and 2005

As part of an ongoing program of benthic sampling and related assessments of sediment quality at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS) off the coast of Georgia, a survey of soft-bottom benthic habitats was conducted in spring 2005 to characterize ...
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Molecular Response of the Bloom-Forming Cyanobacterium, Microcystis aeruginosa, to Phosphorus Limitation

Cyanobacteria blooms caused by species such as Microcystis have become commonplace in many freshwater ecosystems. Although phosphorus (P) typically limits the growth of freshwater phytoplankton populations, little is known regarding the molecular response of Microcystis to variation in P concentrations ...
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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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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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Predicting spread of aquatic invasive species by lake currents

Knowledge of aquatic invasive species (AIS) dispersal is important to inform surveillance and management efforts to slow the spread of established invaders. We studied potential dispersal of invasive Eurasian ruffe Gymnocephalus cernua and golden mussel Limnoperna fortunei larvae in Lakes ...
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Ship-borne Nonindigenous Species Diminish Great Lakes Ecosystem Services

We used structured expert judgment and economic analysis to quantify annual impacts on ecosystem services in the Great Lakes, North America of nonindigenous aquatic species introduced by ocean-going ships. For the US waters, median damages aggregated across multiple ecosystem services ...
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Sight-unseen detection of rare aquatic species using environmental DNA

Effective management of rare species, including endangered native species and recently introduced nonindigenous species, requires the detection of populations at low density. For endangered species, detecting the localized distribution makes it possible to identify and protect critical habitat to enhance ...
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Stepping stones for biological invasion: A bioeconomic model of transferable risk

We investigate three sources of bias in valuation methods for ecosystem risk: failure to consider substitution possibilities between goods, failure to consider nonseparability of ecosystem services with market goods, and failure to consider substitution possibilities between ecosystems. The first two ...
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Weed Risk Assessment for Aquatic Plants: Modification of a New Zealand System for the United States

We tested the accuracy of an invasive aquatic plant risk assessment system in the United States that we modified from a system originally developed by New Zealand’s Biosecurity Program. The US system is comprised of 38 questions that address biological, ...
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