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NOAA Partnership Improves Accessibility to NCCOS E...

Seafloor maps that include fishery echosounder data from the NCCOS-led coral reef ecosystem characterization surveys of the US Caribbean (2010-2014) are now available to the public through the National Geophysical ...
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NCCOS Hosts Visiting Scientists

Collaborationto Identify Ecologically Important Areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary NCCOS Biogeography Branch staff are working with visiting scholar Daniel Mateos-Molina, on methods to identify ecologically important areas ...
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Measuring Parasites and Disease in U.S. Oysters an...

Mussel Watch samples mussels and oysters from over 300 sites around the coastal U.S. and the Great Lakes. The site pictured here is at the base of the Statue of ...
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Mesophotic Habitats Are a Refuge for Large, Overfi...

NCCOS-supported research found that commercially important fish, such as snappers and groupers, off southwest Puerto Rico are more abundant at mesophotic depths (60 -80 meters) than shallow depths (30 meters ...
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Scientists Develop Accurate Seafloor Habitat Map f...

NCCOS scientists recently collected marine habitat data in Puerto Rico's Northeast Grand Reserve to validate a draft seafloor map of this land and marine protected area in northeast Puerto Rico ...
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Scientists Assess Contaminants in Vieques, Puerto ...

Caribbean Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus) and Queen conch (Strombus gigas) in the coastal waters of Vieques, Puerto Rico were tested for a suite of contaminants. A team of scientists from ...
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Scientists Name New Water Mite After Jennifer Lope...

NOAA-funded scientists have found a new species of water mite off the shores of Puerto Rico. As they wrote about their findings, the intrepid marine biologists listened to singer Jennifer ...
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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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Puerto Rico Coral Reef Surveys Support Conservatio...

An NCCOS diver surveys a Caribbean coral reef. Photo credit: NOAA. Puerto Rico's coral reefs play an important cultural and commercial role in the island's economy, but are under constant ...
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Wave and Current Sensors Deployed to Enhance Reef ...

Researchers have deployed five oceanographic moorings on the coastal shelf off of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, equipped with high-precision instrumentation to measure currents and waves. The data collected by the instruments ...
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Water depth and acoustic backscatter data collected from NOAA Ship Nancy Foster in the US Caribbean/ Puerto Rico and St. Thomas from 2016-04-07 to 2016-04-26 (NCEI Accession 0157612)

NOAA's NOS/NCCOS/CCMA Biogeography Team, in collaboration with NOAA Ship Nancy Foster, federal, academic, and private sector partners conducted the 2016 Seafloor Mapping of the US Caribbean project. Several areas of interest were explored and surveyd during the field mission in ...
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Water depth and reflectance collected from LADS Mk II Airborne System in Caribbean Sea and Puerto Rico from 2006-04-07 to 2006-05-15 (NCEI Accession 0153360)

These images represent LiDAR (Light Detection & Ranging) data collected by NOAA from the shoreline of southwestern Puerto Rico to about 50 meters in depth. Reflectivity was calculated for each sounding as the ratio of returned energy to transmitted energy, ...
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