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Websites, Tools and Desktop Applications

NCCOS works directly with managers, industry, regulators, and scientists to deliver relevant, timely, and accurate scientific information and tools in various coastal states.


 Coral Disease and Health Consortium

The Coral Disease and Health Consortium is a network of field and laboratory scientists, coral reef managers, and agency representatives devoted to understanding coral health and disease. It is extensive, highly collaborative, and completely voluntary with over 150 partners.

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 Ecological Assessment of Storm Impacts

The Ecological Assessment of Storm Impacts website includes a database of chemical and toxicological information on contaminants permitted for use in the St. Johns River Watershed, Florida, and the lower Columbia River watershed in Oregon and Washington.

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National Benthic Inventory

The National Benthic Inventory's Benthic Specimen Collection (NBSC) is an object-based scientific collection focused on marine and estuarine benthic macroinvertebrates. The collection consists of two main components: voucher specimens and sorted lots.

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 Nutrient and Coliform Loading

The Nutrient and Coliform Loading website is a database of available fecal coliform bacteria, fecal streptococci bacteria, and nutrient loading data. Loading for contaminants other than fecal coliform bacteria and nutrients are included when values occurred coincidentally within the same literature. The website can be used to quickly identify available measures of loading from different landuses (bacteria and nutrients) and animals (bacteria only).

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 Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

The Pharmaceuticals in the Environment website is designed to provide available information for assessing risks to aquatic resources from drugs entering waterways from both point and non-point sources. The website includes information on frequently prescribed drugs as well as most antibiotics and lipid-lowering drugs.

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 Phytoplankton Monitoring Network

NCCOS runs the Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN) to link volunteers who monitor for marine phytoplankton and HABs in cooperation with professional scientists. We build a more informed public while expanding the reach and resolution of HAB monitoring. Over 200 PMN volunteers sample 140+ sites in 17 states and the US Virgin Islands. Since the program began in 2001, volunteers have reported more than 120 algal blooms and seven toxic events.

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Sampling Design Tool for ArcGIS

The Sampling Design Tool for ArcGIS randomly selects people, animals, objects, or places in a GIS environment to infer status or change. The tool was developed to create and implement a sampling design based on randomized sampling and test different sampling designs to see which is most precise and least costly. For example, the tool has been used to identify stratified random field sites for measuring fish and coral in support of the National Coral Reef Monitoring Plan.

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Wave Exposure Model (WEMo)

NCCOS scientists have developed an easy-to-use numerical wave exposure model (WEMo) that uses linear wave theory to calculate actual wave height and derived wave energy while taking into consideration wind generation and local water depth characteristics such as shoaling and dissipation from breaking waves. WEMo also provides predictions of seafloor sediment movement.

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