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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 Bibliography of Deep-water Exploration and Research in Alaska: an Intra-NOAA Collaboration

NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) and NCCOS partnered to create a publicly available spatial bibliography of Alaska's deep marine waters to support exploration and research in the region. Its purpose is to help identify scientific data and knowledge gaps, as well as unexplored and underexplored areas of ...
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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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Stormwater Runoff in Coastal Watersheds: Predicting Impacts of Development and Climate Change

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 projections and urban development scenarios and can be used for different regions by substituting local characteristics. Also, we are building ...
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Strengthening Early Warning and Forecasts of Domoic Acid Events in the Pacific Northwest: Using the Environmental Sample Processor to Close the Data Gap

In the Pacific Northwest (PNW), blooms of Pseudo-nitzschia that produce domoic acid (DA) are a significant human health threat and extremely costly to coastal communities. This project improves early warnings and forecasts of DA events in this region. Second generation Environmental Sample Processors will be modified to enable more frequent, ...
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Supporting Ecosystem Prediction and Environmental Management of Nutrients and Acidification in the California Current System

We are supporting research that will identify areas of the California Current that are susceptible to ocean acidification and low oxygen and how that susceptibility will change in future ocean conditions. Research findings will inform regional water quality and resource management. Why We Care The California Current System is one ...
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Supporting Redesign of Battleship NORTH CAROLINA Park to Reduce Flooding

In response to repeated nuisance flooding events that have impacted operations and visitor access at the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA Park, NCCOS scientists are supporting park mangers in their efforts to redesign the park surrounding the historic WWII battleship. Photo 1. The battleship and the adjacent flood-prone visitor parking lot. In ...
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Surface Transportation, Sea Level Rise, and Coastal Storms: A Sustainable Path to Increased Resilience

In collaboration with the Alabama Department of Transportation, we are evaluating the effects of sea level rise on road and ferry access infrastructure in coastal Alabama and determining the ability of natural and nature-based features to mitigate those effects. Why We Care Sea level rise and extreme climate events are ...
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Survey and Impact Assessment of Derelict Fish Traps in the U.S. Virgin Islands

In the waters surrounding St. Thomas and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, we conducted an assessment of the causes and effects of lost fish traps. We evaluated fish mortality, trap fouling and degradation, and assessed the efficiency of autonomous underwater vehicles in detecting and verifying derelict traps in a coral ...
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Synthesis and Integrated Modeling of Long-Term Data Sets to Support Fisheries and Hypoxia Management in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

We are integrating existing data sets collected in the Northern Gulf of Mexico to study hypoxia impacts on coastal ecosystems and associated fisheries. We are using probabilistic, data-centric modeling to assess the spatiotemporal dynamics of hypoxia and to understand and forecast fisheries and ecosystem impacts. Our research focuses on data-driven ...
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Technical Support for Inception of Florida DEP Coral Reef Nutrient Monitoring Program

Eutrophication is the over-abundance of nutrients in a body of water that results in harmful algal blooms, fish kills, and in some cases ecosystem collapse. In coral reef ecosystems, excess nutrients can impact the coral, or allow other organisms to outcompete the coral. The north Florida reef tract does not ...
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Testing Feasibility of Directly Seeding Oyster Reefs Using Marked Larvae as an Alternative to Traditional Method for Seeding Reefs

We are testing the feasibility of "direct setting," a new method for seeding oyster reefs. Traditional reef seeding in areas with low natural-recruitment uses hatchery-produced juvenile oysters attached to cultch (called "spat-on-shell"). Alternatively, the direct setting method allows oyster larvae to be released directly onto the reef. Our goal is ...
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The Coastal Recovery from Storms Tool (CReST): Modeling Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Natural and Managed Beaches and Dunes

We are developing a community modeling tool, based on field data, to inform impact and vulnerability assessments of dune and beach recovery following storms under a suite of sea level rise scenarios. The study represents collaboration between NOAA, Oregon State University, University of North Carolina, and the North Carolina Sentinel ...
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