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New Indicator for Gulf of Mexico Toxic Alga Shows ...

NCCOS-sponsored scientists have discovered a simple indicator to predict one type of harmful algal species bloom or outbreak. The first potentially reliable biological indicator for forecasting a harmful algal bloom ...
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Palau Sustainable Fisheries Supported by NCCOS Sci...

Recent findings from research conducted in Palau show that in order to manage reef fisheries, both good water quality and an intact biological community are needed. Their results show that ...
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Sensor Provides Early Warning of Toxic Algal Bloom...

NCCOS-developed domoic acid sensors on board two Environmental Sample Processors (ESPs) deployed in Monterey Bay, California have provided early warning of a toxic Pseudo-nitzschiaalgal bloom. Only a week into the ...
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NCCOS Trains Partners to Conduct Coral Reef Monito...

NCCOS staffrecently trained partners in field operations and fish and coral data collection for theNational Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP), a core component of NOAA's Coral ReefConservation Program. Approximately seventy ...
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NOAA, Partners Start Early Season Forecast Updates...

This week, in response to increased demand for harmful algal bloom information, NOAA researchers and their partners at Heidelberg University began issuing new experimental, early season forecasts of the seasonal ...
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Harmful Algal Cyst Mapping in Washington Shows 10-...

An unprecedented bloom of the harmful alga Alexandrium occurred during Fall 2014 in Quilcene Bay, Hood Canal, Puget Sound, WA; the outbreak contaminated shellfish with potent biotoxins that can cause ...
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NOAA Releases Final Plan for RESTORE Act Science P...

On May 6, 2015, NOAA released the final version of the NOAA RESTORE Science Program plan. The plan establishes ten long-term research priorities that will guide how the program invests ...
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New Recruits Comprise most of Coral Area Found in ...

A completed analysis from the 2014 expedition to Pulley Ridge based on remotely operated vehicle (ROV) observations revealed significant areas of new coral growth. The findings were compiled from a ...
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Cooperative Oxford Laboratory Hosts Oxford Day Act...

On Saturday, April 25, NOAA's Cooperative Oxford Laboratory (COL), the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Coast Guard Station Oxford heldan open house in conjunction with the Town ...
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NCCOS Leads Efforts to Prioritize Cyanobacterial H...

In 2014 access to drinking water in Toledo, Ohio was shut downdue to cyanobacterial harmful algal bloom (HAB)toxins from Lake Erie. The National Science Foundation and NOAA responded with a ...
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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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Water depth, acoustic backscatter, and other data collected from Nancy Foster and Fugro LADS Mark II Airborne System in Caribbean Sea and US Virgin Islands - Shoals from 2011-03-29 to 2011-04-16 (NCEI Accession 0131858)

The Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA) completed its eighth year of an ongoing scientific research mission on board NOAA Ship Nancy Foster from March 29 to April 16, 2011. The objective of this project was to collect a ...
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Watersheds and coral reefs: conservation science, policy and implementation

Coral reefs worldwide are being degraded by human-induced disturbances, resulting in ecological, economic, and cultural losses. Runoff and sedimentation are among the greatest threats to the coastal reefs surrounding high islands and adjacent to continental landmasses. Existing scientific data identify ...
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Weed Risk Assessment for Aquatic Plants: Modification of a New Zealand System for the United States

We tested the accuracy of an invasive aquatic plant risk assessment system in the United States that we modified from a system originally developed by New Zealand’s Biosecurity Program. The US system is comprised of 38 questions that address biological, ...
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WEMo (Wave Exposure Model): Formulation, Procedures and Validation

This report describes the working of National Centers for Coastal Ocean Service (NCCOS) Wave Exposure Model (WEMo) capable of predicting the exposure of a site in estuarine and closed water to local wind generated waves. WEMo works in two different ...
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Where, what, when, and why is bottom mapping needed? An on-line application to set priorities using expert opinion

Globally there is a lack of resources to survey the vast seafloor areas in need of basic mapping data. Consequently, smaller areas must be prioritized to address the most urgent needs. We developed a systematic, quantitative approach and on-line application ...
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White paper on Gulf of Mexico mercury fate and transport: applying scientific research to reduce the risk from mercury in Gulf of Mexico seafood

This white paper provides back ground and rationale for the priorities laid out in the Action Plan and summarizes our current understanding of mercury in the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. In addition, the Action Plan emphasizes the identification of special ...
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Why is Hawaii's ocean important? A Keiki Activity Book

An activity book designed to introduce elementary school children to the coral reef ecology and coastal ecology conservation of Hawaii ...
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Wind-driven lateral circulation in a stratified estuary and its effects on the along-channel flow

In the stratified rotating estuary of Chesapeake Bay, the Ekman transport drives a counterclockwise lateral circulation under down?estuary winds and a clockwise lateral circulation under up?estuary winds (looking into estuary). The clockwise circulation is about twice as strong as the ...
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