Projects Explorer

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Value of the SoundToxins Partnership: An Early Warning System for HABs in Puget Sound

We will estimate the net economic benefits of the harmful algal bloom early warnings provided by SoundToxins and evaluate net economic benefits to recreational shellfish harvesters. Why We Care A national leader in shellfish farming, Washington state has been cultivating shellfish for more than 160 years, providing a safe, sustainable ...
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Vulnerability of Deep-Sea Coral Ecosystems to Ocean Acidification

The high acidity and high dissolved inorganic carbon of the California Current ecosystem make it a natural laboratory to study the effects of ocean acidification and ocean warming on deep-sea organisms. Using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), we are studying the health and condition of deep-sea Lophelia pertusa and gorgonian ...
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Water and Sediment Quality Assessment at Cape Lookout National Seashore

In 2018, Hurricane Florence caused historic flooding in North and South Carolina, potentially affecting coastal environmental quality in the region due to salinity changes and redistributed contaminants and bacterial pathogens. We assessed water and sediment quality within Cape Lookout National Seashore to determine the storm's environmental impact on the Outer ...
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Weather and Water: Using weather data to create models and tools to predict coastal impacts

Understanding and predicting climate-related issues along coastlines is important for management and coastal resiliency. We provide scientific information and tools on connections between climate, weather and coastal impacts from hazards including storms, rising seas, floods, and changing air/water temperatures. Satellite remote sensing technology and large-scale weather patterns are used to ...
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Western Pacific Coral Reef Institute (WPCRI)

The Western Pacific Coral Reef Institute (WPCRI) is a collaborative regional partnership whose mission is to protect and preserve Micronesia’s reefs through scientific research that is directly applicable to coral reef management, as well as training and education activities. The research focuses on climate change, land-based sources of pollution, fisheries, ...
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Where is all the Brevetoxin in Florida Dolphins?

After over 500 bottlenose dolphins washed ashore during a decade of Florida red tides, puzzled scientists measured little to no brevetoxin in them. An unusual mortality event occurred in 2004 leaving 100 dolphins dead after gorging on menhaden. We analyzed dolphin stomachs finding high levels of brevetoxin in the menhaden; ...
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Where is the Fish Food? Chesapeake Bay Mesozooplankton Abundance and Composition

The purpose of this project is to collect and document the abundance and composition of Chesapeake Bay mesozooplankton, an important food source for juvenile fish in the region. The information obtained will help establish the current status of mesozooplankton and provide science for ecosystem management in Chesapeake Bay. Why We ...
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