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General thoughts from NOAA scientists and their partners.

2015 Nancy Foster Mission: 12 years of habitat mapping in the Caribbean

March 28th marks the beginning of the latest Caribbean Seafloor Mapping Mission on board the NOAA ship Nancy Foster. With nearly 3,430 square kilometers (1,324 square miles) mapped since 2004, scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and … Continue reading

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There is No HAB-cyst Cruise without the CREW: Reflections

After nine days at sea in the Gulf of Maine, our team of NOAA and WHOI scientists successfully completed our Alexandrium cyst collection cruise. We took sediment core samples from over 80 sites and processed them for future counts of … Continue reading

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‘What’s Cyst’ All About? Days 5-6 of HAB-Cyst Sampling

So there’s been a lot of talk about collecting sediment from the sea floor for processing and future analyses, but we haven’t explained the full importance of what NOAA’s scientists are actually after–the cysts! We’ve mentioned that they come from … Continue reading

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Playing in the Mud – Days 3-4 of HAB-Cyst Sampling

With our training complete and three days of sampling under our belts, the science team has settled into a routine, tackling an average of two sites in each four-hour shift, depending on the length of transit between them. This puts … Continue reading

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The Tide Rules This Place

By Ian Hartwell, NCCOS Oceanographer This project was designed to provide baseline data on the ecological health  and condition of the bottom dwelling communities in the Nushagak and Kvichak Bays in Alaska. Almost no information exists for this area despite … Continue reading

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Scientists Complete a Comprehensive Biological Study of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

By Randy Clark, NCCOS Marine Biologist An Ocean Oasis On the northern continental shelf of the Gulf of Mexico there are many banks that rise out of the depths. Many of these act as an oasis in a relatively deep … Continue reading

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Trying To Sample After the Equinox

By Dr. Ian Hartwell, Marine Biologist National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) This project was designed to provide baseline data on the ecological health  and condition of the bottom dwelling communities in the Nushagak and Kvichak Bays in southwestern Alaska. … Continue reading

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