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Benthic Habitat Mapping in Puerto Rico and the U.S...

We conducted benthic habitat mapping of shallow-water coral reef areas off Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to inventory the coral reefs and related bottom types. Before this project, ...
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Benthic Habitat Mapping of Coral Reefs in Florida,...

We are producing benthic seafloor habitat maps to help coastal managers assess, protect, and preserve the condition of coral reef ecosystems. Why We Care Coral reef ecosystems are enormously valuable ...
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Benthic Habitat Mapping of Florida Coral Reef Ecos...

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 ...
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Benthic Habitat Mapping of Main Hawaiian Islands

NCCOS developed benthic habitat maps for shallow (<30 m) areas around the Main Hawaiian Islands to help local managers and researchers develop reef fish management strategies, optimize biological monitoring sampling ...
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Benthic Habitat Mapping of Palmyra Atoll

In the first such 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 ...
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Benthic Habitat Mapping of the Northwestern Hawaii...

NCCOS produced georeferenced, digital benthic habitat maps for the shallow-water (< 30m) coral ecosystem habitats around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, to provide baseline information for research, management, and conservation of ...
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Benthic Habitat Mapping off Southwest Puerto Rico

We mapped the shallow-water benthic habitats of two areas off southwest Puerto Rico. This effort improves on previous NOAA benthic habitat maps by using more recent imagery, a smaller minimum ...
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Benthic Habitat Mapping off St. John, U.S. Virgin ...

We developed benthic habitat maps for shallow areas (< 30 m) around St. John and moderate-depth areas (30–60 m) south of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. These maps ...
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Bioeffects Assessment in Bristol Bay, Alaska: Char...

Bristol Bay hosts the largest salmon fishery in the world, as well as a number of other important fisheries. We are studying sediment conditions that influence biodiversity and the distribution ...
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Bioeffects Program Reports: Gulf of Mexico and Pue...

The Bioeffects program is a nationwide program of environmental assessment designed to describe the current status of environmental quality in our nation's estuarine and coastal areas. Field studies examine the ...
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Climate Change Likely to Worsen Impact of Urban Ru...

The downtown Los Angeles skyline. Credit Wikimedia Commons. An NCCOS-funded study found that nutrient-laden, urban runoff is fueling algal blooms in Southern California's coastal waters that are acidifying the water ...
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Real-time Data Aids Managers in Timing Decisions o...

NCCOS-supported instruments in Los Peñasquitos Lagoon are providing real-time data to Southern California managers and regulators on key physical parameters (dissolved oxygen, salinity, and water level) enabling them to determine ...
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Understanding Blooms of Dinoflagellate Margalefidi...

Margalefidinium polykrikoides (previously known as Cochlodinium polykrikoides) is a toxic dinoflagellate algae found in Chesapeake Bay. NCCOS sponsored scientists at Old Dominion University used a time-dependent model to assess environmental ...
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2021 Lake Erie Algal Bloom More Severe than Predic...

Peak Microcystis cyanobacteria bloom biomass in western Lake Erie (Aug 30-Sep 08, 2021). The images used data derived from the Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission provided by EUMETSAT. Blue indicates low concentrations ...
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Lake Erie Eutrophication Exacerbated by Release of...

Lake Erie not only experiences eutrophication caused by runoff-laden phosphorus (P), but also by internal P loading caused by recycling of “legacy” P stored in bottom sediments. This phenomenon was ...
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NOAA Awards $15.2M for Harmful Algal Bloom Researc...

An LRAUV makes its way through the green, algae-rich waters of Lake Erie to track the 2019 harmful algal bloom.Credit: Ben Yair Raanan, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) NOAA ...
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National Marine Ecosystem Status Website Provides ...

NOAA has announced a re-launch of its National Marine Ecosystem Status website, a tool that provides easy access to NOAA’s wide range of important coastal and marine ecosystem data. The ...
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NOAA Scientists and Sponsored Researchers Particip...

The 19th International Conference on Harmful Algae (ICHA) was held remotely October 10th - 15th, 2021 from La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Almost 400 ICHA contributions from 47 countries ...
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Compilation of Kachemak Bay Research, Monitoring P...

Scientists collect monitoring data in Kachemak Bay, Alaska. Credit: Science and Stewardship: Keys to Restoring Kachemak Bay video, NOAA. The Kachemak Bay GeoHUB is a curated list of environmental research ...
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Aquatic invasive species transport via trailered boats: what is being moved, who is moving it, and what can be done?

Trailered boats have been implicated in the spread of aquatic invasive species. There has been, however, little empirical research on the type and quantity of aquatic invasive species being transported, nor on the efficacy of management interventions (e.g., inspection crews, ...
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Arctic & Antarctic Activity Book

An activity book designed to introduce elementary school children to the animal, aquatic and ecology of the Arctic and Antarctic ...
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Assessing biophysical controls on Gulf of Mexico hypoxia through probabilistic modeling

A mechanistic model was developed to predict midsummer bottom-water dissolved oxygen (BWDO) concentration and hypoxic area on the Louisiana shelf of the northern Gulf of Mexico, USA (1985–2011). Because of its parsimonious formulation, the model possesses many of the benefits ...
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Assessment of dredged material created habitat in the South Atlantic Bight - Fernandina Beach Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site (ODMDS)

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) collaborated with EPA Region 4 Water Protection Division of Coastal and Marine Resources and Wetland Enforcement Section to assess Ocean Dredge Material Dump Sites (ODMDS) as essential fish habitat off the coast ...
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Assessment of Ecological Condition and Potential Stressor Impacts in Offshore Areas of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

In June 2015, the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science conducted an assessment of the status of ecological condition of unconsolidated, soft-bottom habitat and overlying waters at 30 sites from 11 – 99 m depth in targeted shelf areas ...
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Assessment of ecological condition and stressor impacts within Great Lakes rivers and harbors: Milwaukee estuary, Wisconsin

The Great Lakes, the largest surface freshwater resource in the world, has long been recognized for its valuable natural resources and services vital to the wellbeing of our nation. In 2012 a probabilistic sampling component was included under an expanded ...
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Assessment of hypoxia-inducible factor-1α mRNA expression in mantis shrimp as a biomarker of environmental hypoxia exposure

Efforts to assess the ecological impacts of the marked increase in coastal hypoxia worldwide have been hampered by a lack of biomarkers of hypoxia exposure in marine benthic organisms. Here, we show that hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) transcript levels in the ...
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Asynchronous vertical migration and bimodal distribution of motile phytoplankton

Some motile phytoplankton have the capability to exploit deep sources of nutrients in a vertical migration cycle: photosynthesis in the near-surface layer, transit to depth, uptake of the limiting nutrient and transit back to the surface layer. If all four ...
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Azooxanthellate? Most Hawaiian black corals contain Symbiodinium

The ecological success of shallow-water reef-building corals (Hexacorallia: Scleractinia) is framed by their intimate endosymbiosis with photosynthetic dinoflagellates in the genus Symbiodinium (zooxanthellae). In contrast, the closely related black corals (Hexacorallia: Anthipatharia) are described as azooxanthellate (lacking Symbiodinium), a trait ...
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Baseline assessment of Faga'alu Watershed: a ridge to reef assessment in support of sediment reduction activities and future evaluation of their success

The primary purpose of this document is to provide local and federal partners with baseline information and survey methods to allow for continued monitoring efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of management actions taken at the Samoa Maritime quarry in Faga'alu, ...
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NOAA Internship Opportunities

Little Port Walter Chinook Salmon Research

The intern will assist researchers conducting studies on the marine environment and salmon returns to marine waters near Little Port Walter (LPW), a remote research station located in southeastern Alaska ...
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Evaluating the Impact of Informal Marine Science P...

In the summer of 2019, VIMS and CBNERR will host four week-long summer programs for students in grades 1-8, including possibly one week-long overnight camp to the Eastern Shore of ...
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Voices from the Fisheries (Remote)

The Voices from the Fisheries Project was initiated to create a central repository--the Voices from the Fisheries Database-- for consolidating, archiving, and disseminating oral history interviews related to commercial, recreational, ...
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Visualizing Oceanographic Data Collected by Commer...

Commercial fishermen on the Northeast Continental Shelf are now collecting valuable data such as bottom temperatures that is automatically telemetered to NOAA servers. As new vessels are fitted with equipment ...
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National Marine Sanctuary System Institutional His...

The Marine Protection Research and Sanctuaries Act was signed into law in 1972. The resulting National Marine Sanctuary System (NMSS) currently consists of 14 marine protected areas that encompass more ...
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