Category Archives: Benthic Mapping

Nancy Foster Mission 2015: Life on the Rocks

by Ryan McElroy, Student Intern Coral reef mapping efforts aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster this past week have been exciting for everyone involved. By night, survey specialists “mow the lawn,” collecting multibeam data they compile into bathymetry images. Geospatial … Continue reading

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Nancy Foster Mission 2015: Multibeam Sonar

Just because the sun has set on the Caribbean horizon and the ROV is put to bed, doesn’t mean work stops on the Nancy Foster. Overnight, another shift of scientists works diligently on mapping the seafloor with the ship’s multibeam sonar. For the purpose of … Continue reading

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A New Ridge-to-Reef Study of the St. Croix East End Marine Park Supports Local Watershed Management Actions

By Alicia Clarke, CSS-Dynamac contractor to NCCOS National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) researchers and managers from the St. Croix East End Marine Park recently teamed to characterize and assess the status of the park’s marine environment, as well … Continue reading

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Scientists Look at 10 Years of Data to Describe Aspects of St. John’s Coral Reefs and Fish Populations

  The coral reef ecosystems of St. John, U.S. Virgin islands play an important cultural and economic role for the region, so it was with great concern that both scientists and residents of St. John began noticing a decline in … Continue reading

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NCCOS Acknowledged for Development of Innovative Mapping Tool

NCCOS Receives Award for Excellence in GIS By Ken Buja, NCCOS/CCMA Biogeography Branch The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science were honored this year with the Esri Special Achievement in GIS award. This award, presented at the 2013 Esri International User Conference … Continue reading

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NOAA Completes Ship-based mapping of the Northeast Reserve, Puerto Rico

By Tim Battista Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science A team of scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and partner organizations just returned from a three and a half week … Continue reading

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PARTNERSHIPS: Mapping Puerto Rico’s Marine Resources: An Interview with John Christensen, Director of the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program

In an effort to give our readers a sense of why coral research in the Caribbean is so important, NOAA Ocean Science Blogger sat down with NOAA’s John Christensen, Program Director of the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, to discuss … Continue reading

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