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Research: coral reefs will be unable to keep pace with sea-level rise

Research: coral reefs will be unable to keep pace with sea-level rise

Many coral reefs will be unable to grow fast enough to keep up with predicted rising sea levels, leaving tropical coastlines and low-lying islands exposed to increasing erosion and flooding risk, new research suggests.

June 13, 2018 0 Comments
Study shows ocean acidification is two-front assault on coral reefs

Study shows ocean acidification is two-front assault on coral reefs

Scientists studying coral reefs in volcanically acidified water of the southwestern Pacific Ocean measured a net loss of coral reef skeletons due to increased bio-erosion, according to new research by NOAA, the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) and Australian scientists. 

November 15, 2016 0 Comments
Microscopic organisms increase coral erosion in acidic waters

Microscopic organisms increase coral erosion in acidic waters

A new NOAA-led study published online today in PLOS ONE demonstrates that in naturally highly acidified waters, coral skeletons face increased erosion or eating away of reef structure by microscopic organisms, called bioerosion. 

July 28, 2016 0 Comments
Extensive coral communities found in Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park

Extensive coral communities found in Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park

On a recent research expedition in Alaska, scientists aboard the R/V Norseman IIconducted the first-ever deepwater exploration of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Using both surveys by scuba divers and the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Kraken2, scientists found an abundance of cold-water corals and associated organisms that use these corals as habitat, from the very bottom to the top of the submerged portion of the fjords. Prior to the expedition, little was known about ecosystems in the depths of the fjord and records of corals were sparse. 
April 21, 2016 0 Comments
United States and Cuba open doors to marine science cooperation

United States and Cuba open doors to marine science cooperation

When Barack Obama becomes the first president to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge, his visit next week will highlight not only a new course in international relations, but showcase on-going scientific collaborations with the country only 90 miles off the Florida coast.
March 17, 2016 0 Comments
New high resolution projections of coral bleaching in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean will help managers better prepare for a more resilient future

New high resolution projections of coral bleaching in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean will help managers better prepare for a more resilient future

While research shows that nearly all coral reef locations in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico will experience bleaching by mid-century, a new study showing in detail when and where bleaching will occur shows great variety in the timing and location of these harmful effects.

The new research published today in Global Change Biology by NOAA scientists and colleagues provides the first fine-scale projections of coral bleaching, an important planning tool for managers.

April 1, 2015 0 Comments
Pacific island is natural laboratory to study ocean acidification

Pacific island is natural laboratory to study ocean acidification

Ian Enochs, a scientist with NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies at the University of Miami, traveled in May to the Island of Maug in the Pacific Ocean as part of a NOAA expedition aboard NOAA Ship Hi’ialakai to study coral reef ecosystems. We caught up with Enochs to learn about his research on underwater vents that seep carbon dioxide into the Pacific.

July 1, 2014 0 Comments
Joint BOEM, NOAA, USGS mission discovers record depth for Lophelia coral on Gulf of Mexico energy platforms

Joint BOEM, NOAA, USGS mission discovers record depth for Lophelia coral on Gulf of Mexico energy platforms

A team of federal and university scientists on a 10-day expedition in the Gulf of Mexico has discovered Lophelia coral growing deeper than previously seen anywhere in the Gulf. 

August 10, 2012 0 Comments
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