|Lionfish invasion: super predator threatens Caribbean coral reefs
Indo-Pacific lionfish are rapidly invading the waters of the Caribbean and tropical Atlantic. Due to their population explosion and aggressive behavior, lionfish have the potential to become the most disastrous marine invasion in history by drastically reducing the abundance of coral reef fishes and leaving behind a devastated ecosystem.
|Sonar reveals how herring respond to predators
NOAA's Undersea Research Program teamed up with other research organizations
to study how predators affect herring abundance in Alaska. Understanding
how predation affects a commercially and ecologically important species
in coastal communities throughout Alaska is critical for developing
ecosystem-based management approaches for herring populations.
the secrets of gas hydrates: bringing the laboratory undersea
In an effort to better understand gas hydrates and their makeup, scientists
and engineers from the Center for Hydrate Research at the Colorado
School of Mines and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)
have for the first time obtained data from a Raman spectrometer deployed
in the deep sea.
NOAA's Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, a natural lab for marine research
The Kasitsna Bay Laboratory (KBL) is a unique partnership between
NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS) and Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric
Research (OAR), through the National Undersea Research Program (NURP).
the birth of an undersea mountain
and other exciting discoveries!
Much of the South Pacific oceans remains scientifically unexplored.
Even less is known about the undersea landscape of this tectonically
active zone, and very few deep submergence research missions have
occurred due to the limitations imposed by distance from land, water
depth and availability of resources. This pioneering undertaking looked
at some of the greatest undersea volcanoes and associated ecosystems
between Hawaii and New Zealand
Long-Term Ecosystem Observatory A Key Piece of an Integrated
Observing Network Puzzle
NURP's Mid-Atlantic Bight Center operates a cabled ocean-based Long-Term
Ecosystem observatory (LEO-15), which provides real time capabilities
for rapid environmental assessment and physical/biological forecasting
the Coast to the Coral Reef Crest: Management of Back Reef Systems
The Caribbean Marine Research Center (CMRC), NOAA's Undersea Research
Program (NURP) Center for the Caribbean, has been at the forefront
of research pertaining to the restoration and management of back reef
to the Aleutian Islands: Understanding Alaskas Deep Sea Frontiers
The Aleutian Islands, most of which are part of Alaska, are located
2200 km (1200 nautical miles) west of the tip of the Alaska Peninsula.
Their waters are home to some of the most productive fisheries in
the world; and Dutch Harbor, on Unalaska Island, is currently the
largest fishing port in the U.S.
bottomfish play hide and seek in ancient reefs
These fish typically live in deep water (i.e., 250 to 1000+ feet)
and cannot be studied "in situ" using snorkel or SCUBA gear.
Thus, to investigate these fish and their habitats, we have used the
Pisces' submersibles to visit twenty-two different sites since 1998.
A Particular Concern: Protecting
Twenty miles off the coast of Florida, stretching from Daytona Beach
down to Ft. Pierce, close to the edge of the continental shelf, deep-water
coral reefs of Oculina varicosa, or the ivory tree coral, lie 150
to 300 feet beneath the waters surface.
Deep to Reach the Heavens
John F. Kennedy referred to space as the "new ocean." Today,
NOAA and NASA are underscoring the similarities of these two frontiers.
NASA and NOAA share much in common most particularly the environments
in which they operate.
The National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology and NOAAs
Undersea Research Program team up to answer some profoundly deep questions.
Unfolds the Mystery of Gas Hydrates
Gulf of Mexico - NOAA's Undersea Research Program supports an interdisciplinary
array of experts in researching gas hydrate ecosystems and their extraordinary
potential as a source of bio-products.
Connecticut - NOAA helps students from the American
School for the Deaf take a visual approach in teaching others about
the sea. The Classroom of the Sea program is conducted by NURP's National
Undersea Research Center (NURC) for the North Atlantic and Great Lakes
located at the University of Connecticut.
Observation of marine plankton
New Jersey- LEO-15 Observatory has become a major
resource for coastal research and has also provided important public
and educational outreach to an increasingly large community.
Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Michigan - NOAA Partnership Conducts Live Webcast
from The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve,
a sanctuary dedicated to the understanding and preservation of submerged
cultural resources lying on the floor of Lake Huron.
Dive Training for Scientists at CMRC Gets Underway
Caribbean - Marine scientists at the NOAA's Undersea
Research Program's (NURP) Center for the Caribbean, the Caribbean
Marine Research Center (CMRC), are using the latest technical diving
technology to explore deep tropical reefs and caves in the Bahamas
to depths as great as 90 meters (300 feet)
the Potential Impacts of Bottomfishing
A team of researchers led by NOAA's Hawaii Undersea
Research Laboratory (HURL) and the National Marine Fisheries Service
Honolulu Laboratory (NMFS-HL) used the Pisces submersible to study
the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem.
Sea Floor Fish Habitats
Big Creek Ecological Reserve, CA - Using laser line
scan imaging to better understand the range of habitats and ecosystems
on the seafloor.
the Nassau Grouper Spawning Aggregations
The Bahamas - The key to rebuilding and conserving
this important fishery resource.
Can We Still Fish for American Lobsters?
Maine - The search for the broodstock lobsters that
fuel recruitment patterns along the coast of Maine.
Edge of the Gulf
Deep sea expedition to the Gulf of Mexico
- A Submarine Volcano
Hawaii - A unique, natural extremophile laboratory
Caribbean - Marine reserve research
Maine - Studying the fish biodiversity of the deep waters
of Ocean Dumping
On deep-sea biodiversity
Explorers Go to Extremes
Florida Keys - A real and virtual exploration of sea and space
Whale's (After) Life
Santa Cruz Basin - Whale falls are biological stepping stones
the Octopus's Garden
Prince William Sound - In search of the Giant Octopus
Bright Side of Arctic Ice
Chukchi Sea - Researchers discover ice algae fuels ecosystem
Genetic study may help protect precious corals
Way They Move
Monterey Rockfish send a message to researchers at Moss Landing Marine
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Retreats from Rising Sea
A writer's view of living beneath the waves
Flypapers Hold Promise
Coral reefs are among the most fragile and rapidly disappearing ecosystems