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A Baseline Chemical Contaminants Study of Marine S...

We are assessing the scope and extent of land-based sources of chemical contaminants in the marine sediments of Nu’uuli Pala Lagoon in American Samoa. Currently, there are no contaminant data ...
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A Chemical Contaminant Characterization of Waters ...

We are assessing the scope and extent of land-based sources of chemical contaminants in the marine waters surrounding Cocos Island, Guam. Previous NCCOS studies identified a gap in polychlorinated biphenyls ...
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A Geospatial Assessment of U.S. Atlantic and Gulf ...

Offshore sand resources, e.g., sand shoals, are increasingly being used for beach renourishment, barrier island restoration, and other uses to enhance resiliency of shorelines. However, the impact of sand dredging ...
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A Marine Biogeographic Assessment of the Northwest...

We conducted a biogeographic assessment of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the second largest marine protected area in the world. The effort was the most comprehensive view of the area’s oceanography, ...
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A Mechanism Based Intervention for Brevetoxin Indu...

The Florida manatee inhabits environments in which blooms of the toxic dinoflagellate, Karenia brevis, frequently occur. K. brevis produces brevetoxins, that result in fish kills, contamination of shellfish, and respiratory ...
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A Multidisciplinary, Integrative Approach to Valui...

We are estimating the economic value from natural and nature-based infrastructure investments to stabilize coastline. Using hazard risks along the U.S. Pacific Northwest coast, we are assigning a dollar value ...
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A Pilot Assessment of Fish Habitat in Choptank Riv...

Fish and shellfish populations depend on healthy habitats. To help understand and manage these habitats in the Chesapeake Bay, we will develop a GIS-based analytical framework that might be used ...
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A Study of Gambierdiscus 'Super Bugs' and Ciguatox...

Ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) is the most common algal-borne illness worldwide. It is a debilitating syndrome caused by consumption of fish contaminated with ciguatoxins (CTXs) produced by the dinoflagellate Gambierdiscus ...
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A Synthesis of Chemical Contaminants Monitoring Da...

Between 2007 and 2018, the National Park Service and its partners in association with NOAA’s National Mussel Watch Program collected bay mussel (Mytilus trossulus) tissue samples from Alaska's southeast and ...
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Historical Data Used to Analyze Red Tide Bloom Dyn...

Map of the study area. Nearly all annual blooms of the red tide-forming, toxic dinoflagellate Karenia brevis (K. brevis) pose a serious threat to coastal Southwest Florida. New research developed ...
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New Article Examines Spatial Variation in Past and...

Public engagement is a critical component of energy development processes because it enables communication between local communities and government agencies responsible for energy generation solutions. NCCOS researchers recently published an ...
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Modeling Coastal Contaminant Distribution from Lan...

The NOAA National Status and Trends Program (NST) monitors and characterizes the nation’s coastal waters at risk of contamination by anthropogenic inputs. NCCOS social scientists further characterize and model relationships ...
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Kiwanis Club Learns About Chesapeake Bay Oyster Aq...

Oyster growers harvest oysters from Chesapeake Bay. Credit: NOAA. Last week, NCCOS aquaculture researcher Dr. Suzanne Bricker gave the Kiwanis Club of Mt. Airy, Maryland, an overview of how oyster ...
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Modeling At-sea Density of Marine Birds Informs Pa...

Black-footed albatross off the central California coast in BOEM’s outer continental shelf region. Credit: NOAA. Map of study area and BOEM's Pacific Outer Continental Shelf Region. Credit: Leirness et al, ...
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Machine Learning Collaboration Yields New Methods ...

A high-resolution UAS image taken at Neptune Bay, Oregon, by OSU researchers and labeled by a machine learning algorithm. Marine debris is a global issue that threatens our environment, navigation ...
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Marine Benthic Algae of Puerto Rico Part I Publish...

Credit Smithsonian Contributions to Botany, Number 114. Smithsonian Scholarly Press. A new taxonomic study, “The Marine Benthic Algal Flora of Puerto Rico Part I” published by the Smithsonian Institution is ...
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Seasonal Differences in Gambierdiscus Abundance, T...

An NCCOS-sponsored study provides the most comprehensive and quantitative assessment to date of the in situ toxicity of Gambierdiscus marine dinoflagellates in the Caribbean. Study findings have implications for the ...
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Oxybenzone Sunscreen Threatens Hanauma Bay’s Coral...

Hanauma Bay. Credit: Nina Wu. A new study shows that swimmers and beach showers are sources of sunscreen pollution in Hanauma Bay, resulting in levels of oxybenzone that can threaten ...
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NCCOS Maps Options for Aquaculture Opportunity Are...

Finfish aquaculture off the coast of Kona, Hawai'i Island. Credit: Jeffrey Milisen. NCCOS has released two atlases that compile the best available science to inform the identification of Aquaculture Opportunity ...
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Maps, Tools & Applications

BIOMappers let you interactively view data, aerial imagery, dive photography, underwater video and related publications developed for the benthic habitat mapping of many U.S. coral reefs. In addition to viewing benthic habitat data, you can examine the attributes of the data and show different thematic representations. Photos and videos taken during dive missions are linked to the location of the dives.
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North Carolina has some of the best conditions to support offshore wind energy in the Southeast U.S. Three wind energy areas (WEA) identified by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) are being evaluated for potential commercial wind energy development: Wilmington-West and Wilmington-East near Cape Fear, and Kitty Hawk near the North Carolina-Virginia border.
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NCCOS produced a georeferenced, digital atlas of benthic habitat maps for the shallow-water (< 30m) coral ecosystem habitats around these U.S. Pacific Territories. The maps support a variety of management applications, including informing resource management decisions, ensuring safe navigation, supporting coastal communities, sustaining coastal habitats and mitigating coastal hazards.
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Benthic habitat maps for the Buck Island Reef National Monument, north of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands was developed. The bathymetry (depth) data we collected was used to update nautical charts in the area, and the related habitat maps we developed are being used by local managers to plan research projects and site-related infrastructure inside the monument, such as placing receivers for the acoustic tracking of fish and sea turtles.
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Deep-sea corals provide important habitats for many marine species, including commercial fish. This data will be used to target areas for deep-sea coral surveys and to develop a predictive model to identify where deep-sea corals are likely to occur. The information will help coastal managers conserve these fragile ecosystems.
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Benthic habitat maps were developed for shallow-water (< 40 meters) areas in and around Fish Bay, Coral Bay, and the St. Thomas East End Reserve in the U.S. Virgin Islands. These maps will help local managers and stakeholders develop place-based action strategies, providing road maps to address key threats to coral reefs in these areas. This effort marks the first time that high resolution depth imagery and digital maps describing over 85 percent of the seafloor are available to local managers.
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NOAA mapped the shallow-water (less than 25 meters deep) coral reef ecosystems of the Florida Keys to support research, conservation, and management activities of state and federal agencies, including the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program.
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In the Data Collection you will find data, maps, imagery and selected publications from the 2003 and 2007 phases of the Main Hawaiian Islands Benthic Habitat Mapping project.
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We developed benthic habitat maps for shallow (<30 meters) areas around the main islands of the Republic of Palau to help local managers and researchers develop reef fish management strategies, optimize biological monitoring sampling design, and develop place-based action strategies to address key issues and remedy specific threats to coral reefs. Project PageView Product

The first effort in this location, we mapped the waters surrounding Palmyra Atoll to help researchers develop reef fish management strategies, optimize biological monitoring sampling design, and evaluate natural and man-made changes over time (e.g., climate change, invasive species eradication, and lagoon causeway mitigation).
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Data & Publications

1983 Biscayne Bay Hydrocarbon Study

A two year, comprehensive, quantitative investigation was conducted to analyze and identify the spatial distribution of petrogenic and biogenic hydrocarbons in sediments, surface waters, fish and shellfish of Biscayne Bay, Florida. The goal for the first year of the project ...
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1987 Ecosystem View of Management Research in the Myakka River

This memorandum has four parts. The first is a review and partial synthesis of Phase 1 and Phase 2 Reports by Dr. Ernest Estevez of the Mote Marine Laboratory to the Board of County Commissioners of Sarasota County, Florida.1 The ...
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2000 years of sustainable use of watersheds and coral reefs in Pacific Islands: A review for Palau

In Palau and everywhere in the world, coastal coral reefs are threatened by sedimentation resulting from land clearing in the watersheds. Palau's largest island of Babeldaob is particularly susceptible to significant erosion due to its steep topography, high rainfall, and ...
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2012 Data Summary for the First Island-wide Fish and Coral Assessment in Shallow (1-100') Hardbottom Habitats of St. Croix, USVI

A collaborative research effort between the NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment’s (CCMA) Biogeography Branch (BB) and the National Park Service South Florida and Caribbean Network (NPS-SFCN) has been inventorying and assessing ...
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A Baseline Chemical Contaminants Assessment of Sediment from the Nu’uuli Pala Lagoon, American Samoa

Thirteen marine sediment samples were collected as part of an effort to characterize and assess chemical contamination in the Nu’uuli Pala Lagoon on the island of Tutuila, American Samoa. Overall, concentrations of organic contaminants in sediment from the Nu’uuli Pala ...
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A Benthic Terrain Classification Scheme for American Samoa

Coral reef ecosystems, the most varied on earth, continually face destruction from anthropogenic and natural threats. The U.S. Coral Reef Task Force seeks to characterize and map priority coral reef ecosystems in the U.S./Trust Territories by 2009. Building upon NOAA ...
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A biogeographic assessment of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary: A review of boundary expansion concepts for NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary Program

This biogeographic assessment represents the continuation of an ongoing partnership between the National Marine Sanctuary Program (NMSP) and the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS). The purpose of this collaboration is to provide sanctuary managers with basic information on ...
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A Biogeographic Assessment off North/Central California: In Support of the National Marine Sanctuaries of Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay. Phase II Environmental Setting and Update to Marine Birds and Mammals

This document is Phase II of a biogeographic assessment completed in 2004, described below. In the spring of 2001, NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary Program (NMSP) and National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) launched a project to assess biogeographic patterns ...
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A changing nutrient regime in the Gulf of Maine

Recent oceanographic observations and a retrospective analysis of nutrients and hydrography over the past five decades have revealed that the principal source of nutrients to the Gulf of Maine, the deep, nutrient-rich continental slope waters that enter at depth through ...
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A Comparison of Animal Abundance and Distribution in Similar Habitats in Rookery Bay, Marco Island and Fakahatchee on the Southwest Coast of Florida 1971 - 1972

The three areas in Rookery Bay, near Marco Island and Fakahatchee Bay were sampled from July 1971 through July 1972, and 1,006,640 individual animals were collected, of which the majority (55%) came from the Marco area. The large disparity between ...
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General Pages

2017 Archive

Harmful Algal Bloom ForecastsExperimental Gulf of Maine Alexandrium fundyense Nowcast/Forecast Simulation Results here represent model solutions initiated from a cyst abundance map from November 2016, with germination, growth, and transport ...
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2018 Archive

Harmful Algal Bloom ForecastsExperimental Gulf of Maine Alexandrium catenella Nowcast/Forecast Simulation Results here represent model solutions initiated from a cyst abundance map from February 2018, with germination, growth, and transport ...
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2019 Archive

Harmful Algal Bloom ForecastsExperimental Gulf of Maine Alexandrium catenella Nowcast/Forecast Simulation Results here represent model solutions initiated from a cyst abundance map from February 2019, with germination, growth, and transport ...
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Cyanobacteria Algal Bloom from Satellite in Albema...

Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring SystemCyanobacteria Algal Bloom from Satellite in Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, NCImages last updated: 01/15/2022 Click the next and previous arrows to view the most recent 11 ...
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Cyanobacteria Algal Bloom from Satellite in Green ...

Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring SystemCyanobacteria Algal Bloom from Satellite in Green Bay and Lake Winnebago, WI Images last updated: 01/16/2022 Click the next and previous arrows to view the most ...
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Cyanobacteria Algal Bloom from Satellite in Lake P...

Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring SystemCyanobacteria Algal Bloom from Satellite in Lake Pontchartrain, LA Images last updated: 01/16/2022 Click the next and previous arrows to view the most recent 50 usable ...
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Cyanobacteria Algal Bloom from Satellite in Sagina...

Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring SystemCyanobacteria Algal Bloom from Satellite in Saginaw Bay, MI Images last updated: 01/16/2022 Click the next and previous arrows to view the most recent 6 usable ...
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Experimental Nowcast/Forecast Simulation

Harmful Algal Bloom ForecastsExperimental Gulf of Maine Alexandrium catenella Nowcast/Forecast Simulation Results here represent model solutions initiated from a cyst abundance map from October 2020, with germination, growth, and transport ...
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Facilities

NCCOS FacilitiesBeaufort, NCThe NOAA Beaufort LaboratoryThe NOAA Beaufort Laboratory, opened in 1899, is the second oldest federal marine laboratory and home to scientists from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service and ...
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Florida Intensification Forecast

Harmful Algal Bloom ForecastsSouthwest Florida Intensification ForecastThis product is currently under development, please check back soon ...
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NOAA Internship Opportunities

Data Analysis Intern

The NCCOS Monitoring and Assessment Branch has over three decades of contaminant chemistry and ancillary data for bivalves and sediment collected throughout the United States and its protectorates. The collection, ...
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Science Sparks: Communicating science to diverse a...

This internship provides an opportunity for an applicant to work with BOTH a research team and a communications team to develop new products for communicating fisheries and ecosystem science to ...
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Whale Watching in Stellwagen Bank

The student would be responsible for going on at least 4-5 wildlife cruises weekly in the Boston or Provincetown Region. The student would collect data from respondents on wildlife viewing ...
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Water Level Decision Support Geospatial Analysis

CO-OPS has developed a geospatial inventory tool to evaluate its National Water Level Observation Network (NWLON). The tool was developed to assist planners in modernizing the NWLON network. The tool ...
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Experimental Quantification of Life History and Ec...

This project uses experimental methods to quantify the effects of environmental factors on success of early life-stages of marine fishes. Each year we are involved in new experimental studies that ...
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From data to insights: Utilizing exploratory geoph...

NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) is the only federal organization dedicated to exploring the ocean for the purpose of discovery and the advancement of knowledge. OER uses ...
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Comparative Morphology and anatomy of the new worl...

Comparative morphology and anatomy of the new world rhinopterid rays The extant rhinopterid (cownose) rays are a morphologically conservative group. Species within this family resemble each other so closely as ...
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Re-immersion time for reduction of Vibrio parahaem...

Vibrio spp. are naturally occurring, heterotrophic bacteria found world- wide in coastal waters. Some species, however, are pathogenic to humans leading to illness ranging from self- limiting gastroenteritis to mortality ...
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Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project

Note: This opportunity is for graduate students only. The Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project (MDMAP) is the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s flagship citizen science initiative, which engages volunteers in ...
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Analysis of Ocean Acidification and Co-stressor Ef...

This project evaluates the potential effects of ocean acidification and other environmental co-stressors on fish populations. The effects on fish of an increased level of ocean acidification –another consequence of ...
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