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Ecotoxicity of Perfluorooctane Sulfonate and Fluor...

Fire retardant foams currently contain fluorine-based chemicals known to be toxic and persist in the environment. Fluorine-free foams are now in development, but little is known about the environmental impacts ...
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Evaluating Changes in Health and Well-being in Com...

We are exploring how environmental changes that resulted from the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster of 2010 are affecting human health and well-being in neighboring coastal communities. Federal, state, and academic ...
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Evaluating Risk of Tidal Marsh Inundation and Mone...

We are identifying the coastal wetlands in Georgia, South Carolina, and Delaware Bay that are most vulnerable to sea-level rise and quantifying the value of benefits they provide. We are ...
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Hand-held Sensor for Domoic Acid Poisoning of Mari...

The algal toxin domoic acid (DA) poisons hundreds of marine mammals each year. Presently, first responders do not have access to sensors capable of rapidly and accurately monitoring DA for ...
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Land-based Pollution Impacts on Ecosystem Services...

Environmental conditions in the coastal zone are in decline due to increased coastal development and pollution. Using land-use modeling and environmental observations, we are determining the specific links between coastal ...
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Mapping Deep Corals in the U.S. South Atlantic to ...

Deep-sea corals provide important habitats for many marine species, including commercial fish. We collected available bathymetric information in the U.S. South Atlantic as part of an initiative of the Deep ...
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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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Modeling and mapping marine bird distributions on ...

Seabirds and other marine birds are wide-ranging and highly mobile so mapping their at-sea distributions presents a significant challenge. The purpose of this project was to produce high-resolution predictive maps ...
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Brucellosis in Stranded SC Bottlenose Dolphins Coi...

NCCOS tested 282 stranded dolphins in South Carolina for brucellosis, caused by the bacterial pathogen Brucella ceti. Nearly 32% tested positive. Results show that Brucella ceti was detected in a higher ...
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Drone Workshop Grows Partnerships in U.S. Southeas...

Last month's Drones in the Coastal Zone virtual workshop kick-started efforts to establish a regional network and community of expertise in the Southeast United States and the U.S. Caribbean. The ...
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First Record of Microplastics in North American Bo...

College of Charleston graduate student Francesca Battaglia (now with Coastal Carolina University) demonstrates the process of sieving gut contents for microplastic detection during the filming of Blue Planet II. Credit ...
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Past, Present, and Future High Tide Flooding in Ch...

To aid in coastal planning, an NCCOS-sponsored study has developed a forecast of high tide flooding for the City of Charleston, South Carolina's historic peninsula section. In 1950, Charleston experienced ...
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Scientists Assess Toxicity of South Carolina's Est...

Collecting SCECAP sediment samples for analysis. Credit: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. This fall, NCCOS toxicologists supported the annual South Carolina Estuarine and Coastal Assessment Program (SCECAP) survey of ...
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Photographs of Stranded Dolphin with Lesions Empha...

Photographs of the flipper of a bottlenose dolphin stranded on Seabrook Island, South Carolina, show lesions likely to be that of the fungal disease commonly known as lobomycosis. Base of ...
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NOAA Refines Restoration Protocols for Oil-pollute...

Mesocosm facility at the NCCOS laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina. Credit: Katy Chung, NOAA NCCOS. NCCOS and NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration (ORR) are conducting a joint investigation to ...
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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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Highlights of the Southeast Deep Coral Initiative ...

Andrew Shuler (NCCOS) collects samples from the Mohawk ROV bio box during NF1901 as ROV operator, Eric Glidden, looks on. Credit NOAA NCCOS. The Southeast Deep Coral Initiative (SEDCI) completed ...
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NCCOS South Carolina Labs Host Congressman Joe Cun...

Congressman Joe Cunningham and the Charleston Lab Teams in front of Hollings Marine Lab in Charleston, South Carolina.  On September 10, 2019, the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) ...
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Data & Publications

Ecological condition of coastal ocean and estuarine waters of the U.S. South Atlantic Bight: 2000-2004

This document provides an assessment of ecological condition in coastal ocean and estuarine waters of the U.S. South Atlantic Bight from Cape Henry, Virginia, through the southern end of the Indian River Lagoon along the east coast of Florida. Data ...
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Environmental quality of estuaries of the Carolinian Province: 1994

This document is the first annual statistical summary for the Carolinian Province estuaries component of the nationwide Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP). EMAPEstuaries in the Carolinian Province is jointly sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and ...
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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: Southeast regional distribution and abundance (NCEI Accession 0163992)

This is the original (1991) Southeast 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 ...
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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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Fisheries Databases for Assessing Habitat Functions of Cape Romain NWR

The US Fish and Wildlife Service Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge (CRNWR) and the Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research (CCEHBR) at Charleston are interested in assessing the status of our coastal resources in light of increased coastal ...
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Literature Review for a Resource Characterization of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge

Through research aimed at understanding the coastal environment, surveys designed to help manage the resource, and national programs to monitor environmental condition, we see a picture of a dynamic ecosystem that is Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge (CRNWR). Currently, there ...
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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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Long-term, high frequency in situ measurements of intertidal mussel bed temperatures using biomimetic sensors

At a proximal level, the physiological impacts of global climate change on ectothermic organisms are manifest as changes in body temperatures. Especially for plants and animals exposed to direct solar radiation, body temperatures can be substantially different from air temperatures ...
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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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