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Nanomaterials in the Marine Environment: The Use o...

In our study of the movement and accumulation of gold and silver nanomaterials in simulated salt-marsh enclosures, we found that the particles moved from the water column and were taken ...
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NOAA Mussel Watch Program: An Assessment of Contam...

Since 1986, NOAA’s Mussel Watch Program has monitored the nation’s coastal waters for chemical contaminants and biological indicators of water quality. The program is being redesigned to adopt a rotating ...
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Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Coas...

We helped two South Carolina municipal water facilities evaluate the effectiveness of their treatment plants in removing pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) from wastewater. We found that both secondary-treatment-level ...
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Predictive Modeling and Mapping of Hardbottom Seaf...

Detailed maps of seafloor habitats along the southeast U.S. coast are sparse. While efforts to explore and map fish habitats have increased, predictions of additional hardbottom locations would help regional ...
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Prioritizing Areas for Future Seafloor Mapping, Re...

We developed a geospatial framework and online application to identify priorities for seafloor mapping along the U.S. Southeast Atlantic Coast (NC, SC, and GA). This project enables federal resource agencies ...
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Risk Assessment of Mosquito-control Agents

We are identifying the toxic effects that mosquito-control agents may have on estuarine species and the coastal environment. The information we gather is being placed in a database of mosquito-control ...
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Sharing Simple and Fast Algal Toxin Detection Test...

Toxins produced by harmful algae accumulate in shellfish, causing human illness and marine animal mortalities. We have developed a rapid, cost-effective test that measures algal toxins in shellfish to protect ...
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Stormwater Runoff in Coastal Watersheds: Predictin...

We developed a stormwater runoff modeling system to predict the impacts of development and climate change on stormwater runoff in small coastal watersheds. The model quantifies runoff using climate change ...
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Sharing Advances in Performance and Affordability ...

NCCOS funded improvements made to an in situ robotic biological sensing system, called the Environmental Sample Processor, are being shared at three major ocean science conferences in the fall of ...
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U.S. Coast Guard Tours NCCOS's Charleston Laborato...

USCG members view coral in NCCOS Labs. Credit NOAA/NCCOS. Earlier this month, NCCOS's Charleston, South Carolina, laboratories hosted the Prevention and Response Departments from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sector ...
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NOAA’s NCCOS Charleston Labs Host Senator Jerry Mo...

Senator Jerry Moran (top row, left) and Dr. Neil Jacobs (top row, 3rd from left) with Hollings Marine Lab Science Board in front of the HML, Charleston, SC. Credit NOAA ...
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NCCOS Hosts Ecotoxicology Conference in South Caro...

Last month, NCCOS hosted the 28th Annual Carolinas Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina. NCCOS's Tod Leighfield and Steve Morton helped kick off the ...
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NCCOS Researchers Judge Student Underwater Robotic...

NCCOS scientists Katy Chung, James Daugomah, Paul Pennington, and Joe Wade served as judges of the 2019 SeaPerch Charleston Challenge in South Carolina. NCCOS Ecotoxicology staff at 2019 SeaPerch Competition ...
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Study Assesses Social Values Related to Offshore W...

Block Island Wind Farm, coastal Rhode Island. Credit: Rhode Island Sea Grant. NCCOS researchers are using survey data to assess the social values and opinions of coastal residents in North ...
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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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NCCOS Trains, Supports South Carolina Harmful Alga...

Last week, NCCOS scientists trained fellow scientists from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to use the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to detect microcystins, toxins produced ...
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NOAA joins Google, Boeing, Bosch and 80 other exhi...

NCCOS' Steve Morton mans the NOAA booth with some friendly crustacean support at Charleston STEMfest. Credit: NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science staff were joined by colleagues from NOAA ...
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Data & Publications

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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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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Protocols for Conducting Dolphin Capture-Release Health Assessment Studies

The Bottlenose Dolphin Health and Risk Assessment (HERA) Project, initiated in 2003, is a collaborative effort between the National Ocean Service's Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. This comprehensive, integrated, multi-disciplinary research project ...
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Quantitative Assessment of Spatially-Explicit Social Values Relative to Wind Energy Areas

The tabular dataset is a product of household survey conducted in 2018. The sampling geography was a predefined coastal region of North and South Carolina adjacent to offshore wind development areas. The subject of the data collection was resident perceptions ...
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Spatial and temporal analysis of bottlenose dolphin strandings in South Carolina, 1992-2005

This report contains summary data of bottlenose dolphins stranded in South Carolina. The intent of this report is to provide data on bottlenose dolphin strandings in South Carolina to marine mammal researchers and managers. This report is an accumulation of ...
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Spatial and temporal characterization of water quality at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge

Coastal stewardship involves recognizing important aspects of landscape function in order to identify and mitigate impacts affecting the sustainability of ecosystems and communities. In collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), NOAA's National Ocean Service has worked to ...
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Temporal and Spatial Aspects of Bottlenose Dolphin Occurrence in Coastal and Estuarine Waters near Charleston, South Carolina

The spatial and temporal occurrence of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the coastal and estuarine waters near Charleston, SC were evaluated. Sighting and photographic data from photo-identification (ID), remote biopsy, capture-release and radio-tracking studies, conducted from 1994 through 2003, ...
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The Effects of Urbanization on Populations of Grass Shrimp Palaemonetes spp in Small, High Salinity Estuaries

High salinity estuaries in the southeastern U.S. have experienced increased inputs of contaminants from nonpoint source (NPS) urban runoff and decreases in habitat due to filling of wetlands and dock/bulkhead construction. Urbanization may pose significant risks to estuarine fauna, particularly ...
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Using wildlife activity and antibiotic resistance analysis to model bacterial water quality in coastal ponds

Models that help predict fecal coliform bacteria (FCB) levels in environmental waters can be important tools for resource managers. In this study, we used animal activity along with antibiotic resistance analysis (ARA), land cover, and other variables to build models ...
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