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Scenarios and Tradeoffs: Providing Useful Models to Coastal Managers

Many agencies at the federal, state, and regional level need to use ecosystem models to help them predict the results of different management actions on coastal ecosystems. These models weigh the trade-offs of management decisions and resource use. This project gathers and organizes information concerning the modeling needs of these ...
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Science in Support of Adaptation Planning for Climate Variability and Coastal Hazard Vulnerability in the Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States, provides people with valuable ecosystem services. Impacts from climate change, including sea level rise and changes in precipitation, can threaten these services. We developed a framework to inform decision making for coastal flooding adaptation action through the development of community-level ...
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Sea-Level Rise Modeling as a Catalyst for Effective Coastal Management in West Hawaii

In collaboration with The Nature Conservancy and the Hawaii Sentinel Site Cooperative, we are evaluating the effects of sea level rise of unique coastal habitats on the west coast of Hawaii. Predictions of sea level rise impacts will guide updates to habitat management plans for the regions. Why We Care  ...
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Seafloor Characterization of the U.S. Caribbean

Since 2004, we have been conducting seafloor mapping of the U.S. Caribbean, to fill critical informational gaps to support improved management measures in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, targeting high priority sites identified by Jurisdictional managers. This project uses NOAA ship and aircraft to collect and provide detailed ...
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Seafloor Substrate Mapping and Model Validation in the New York Wind Energy Area

In support of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, NCCOS characterized seafloor habitats and fish distributions in coastal waters of New York. The New York Wind Energy Area (79,350 acres), located south of Long Island, was leased to Statoil North America on December 16, 2016 for commercial wind energy development ...
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Seasonal Forecasting of Karenia brevis Red Tide Blooms in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico

This project is developing modeling tools to improve short term and seasonal predictions of toxic red tide Karenia brevis blooms in the Gulf of Mexico West Florida Shelf. The project provides (1) a transferable tool for seasonal prediction to be used by management agencies and (2) further refines the short-term ...
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Setting Shared Goals for South Florida’s Marine and Estuarine Ecosystems (MARES)

We facilitated a process to identify the characteristics and key regulating processes of a sustainable South Florida coastal marine ecosystem. Using the best available science from academia, agencies, and non-governmental organizations, we developed visual representations, created integrated conceptual models, and identified ecosystem indicators. This lays the foundation for ecosystem-based management ...
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Shallow Water Hypoxia: Tipping the Balance for Individual Animals, Populations, and Ecosystems

We are investigating the impacts of extreme daily fluctuations in oxygen and pH on fish and invertebrates in the Chesapeake Bay. The modeling tools we produce will improve the ability to predict effects of nutrient enrichment and management actions on living marine resources at local and regional scales. In addition, ...
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Shallow-water Benthic Habitat Mapping of Northeast Puerto Rico and Culebra Island

We developed benthic habitat maps for shallow coral reef areas (< 35 m) around Northeast Puerto Rico and Culebra Island. These maps are helping scientists and local managers develop place-based strategies to address and remedy specific threats to coral reefs in and around the Northeast Reserves (Northeast Ecological Corridor Nature ...
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Sharing Simple and Fast Algal Toxin Detection Tests with Developing Countries

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 consumers from exposure to contaminated shellfish. Our goal is to transfer this technology to developing countries in need of testing ...
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Shellfish Aquaculture and Payment for Ecosystem Services in Chesapeake Bay

With U.S. capture fisheries in decline, aquaculture is being seen as a way to increase the domestic supply of seafood. However, total aquaculture production in the U.S. has not changed greatly in recent years. We are working with shellfish growers and an aquaculture business specialist to evaluate the potential compensation ...
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Shifts in Seagrass Species Composition: A Sentinel Indicator for Sea Level Rise and Climate Change

We are using aerial and satellite imagery, field surveys, and tank experiments to answer questions regarding climate change impacts to the coastal seagrass beds of North Carolina, particularly seagrass susceptibility to hurricanes. Our findings will identify areas vulnerable to change and enable managers to prioritize areas for regular mapping and ...
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Shoreline Habitat Types and Erosion Rates on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

We determined rates of shoreline change in the New River Estuary and Intracoastal Waterway adjacent to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune over the past 50 years. We investigated the relationship among shoreline habitat type, sediment supply rate, and long-term erosion rates. These data will help the base make informed decisions ...
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Social Values of Ecosystem Services in Marine Protected Areas for Management Decision-Making

We explored the connections between humans and the places they live, work, and play. Specifically, we looked at how people use, how they value, and how they depend on the ecosystem services of marine and coastal protected areas. We then combined social science methods with the latest in geographic information ...
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Southeast Bering Sea Carrying Capacity Regional Ecosystem Study

Approximately forty percent of total U.S. commercial fishery landings by weight come from the Bering Sea. In response to declining Walleye pollock abundance in the southeast Bering Sea, NCCOS supported the Southeast Bering Sea Carrying Capacity Regional Ecosystem Study from 1996 to 2002. SEBSCC researchers documented the role of juvenile ...
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Southeast Deep Coral Initiative (SEDCI): Exploring Deep-Sea Coral Ecosystems off the Southeast U.S.

In 2016, NOAA’s Deep-Sea Coral Research and Technology Program started a four-year initiative to study deep-sea coral and sponge ecosystems off the Southeast U.S., a region including the U.S. federal waters of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Bight. The initiative is a NOAA cross-line office effort that ...
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Spatial Analysis of Groundfish to Support Oregon’s Territorial Sea Plan

Coastal planners need accurate and accessible information on marine resources to make good management decisions. We analyzed groundfish trawl surveys to map groundfish abundance and diversity off the coast of Oregon. The maps are being used by the State of Oregon in its Territorial Sea Plan to balance the needs ...
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Spatial Characterization to Support Development of an Integrated Management Plan for Puerto Rico’s Northeast Marine Corridor

We synthesized data to support development of an integrated management plan for Puerto Rico’s Northeast Marine Corridor. We used spatial data to characterize the area, identify priority biological and ecological elements, and highlight possible threats from human activities. We built an online map-based tool, Digital Atlas, to make maps and ...
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Spatial Predictive Modeling of Threatened ESA Corals in the U.S. Atlantic and Caribbean

We are using predictive mapping to predict Threatened coral species distributions in the U.S. Atlantic and Caribbean and provide interactive maps of predicted distributions. Outputs are data-driven spatial predictions of coral presence/absence or abundance and associated estimates of predictive uncertainty in a readily accessible map format to inform management decisions ...
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Spatial Prioritization Widget: A Tool to Identify Mapping Priorities

The Spatial Prioritization Widget is a tool to gather mapping priorities from stakeholders in a study area. This customizable tool can be configured to identify not only the desired locations and the temporal priorities of the respondents, but also their rationales to justify these decisions or the type of mapping ...
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Statistical Guidelines for Marine Bird Sampling to Support Offshore Renewable Energy Planning

The purpose of this project is to develop statistical methods for marine bird surveys, to help guide placement of offshore renewable energy facilities, such as wind farms, to reduce potential impacts on birds. Marine birds are highly mobile animals, and detecting bird “hotspots” and “coldspots” in the ocean poses a ...
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NCCOS delivers ecosystem science solutions for stewardship of the nation’s ocean and coastal resources, in direct support of NOS priorities, offices, and customers, and to sustain thriving coastal communities and economies.

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