Short Citation:
National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, 2020: NCCOS Long-term Monitoring Project: Regional Ecological Assessments and National Benthic Inventory, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/57167.

Item Identification

Title: NCCOS Long-term Monitoring Project: Regional Ecological Assessments and National Benthic Inventory
Short Name: NCCOS Project: REA/NBI
Status: In Work
Creation Date: 1991
Revision Date: 2019
Publication Date: 2003
Abstract:

NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) works in partnership with other federal agencies and coastal states to conduct assessments of ecological condition and potential stressor impacts throughout our Nation’s estuaries, coastal-ocean waters, and NOAA protected areas; carry out studies to determine environmental impacts of specific pollution events or natural disasters; and perform additional related research to develop new ecological indicators and improved diagnostic tools to assess, predict, and manage future conditions.

NCCOS has conducted a series of Regional Ecological Assessments (REA) aimed at evaluating condition of living resources and ecosystem stressors in estuarine and coastal areas including National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), National Marine Sanctuaries (NMS), and continental shelf regions of the Mid-Atlantic Bight, South-Atlantic Bight, Florida Shelf, and Gulf of Mexico. Information from these studies provides a means to assess the current status of ecological condition and stressor impacts throughout these areas, and serves as a baseline for evaluating future changes due to natural or human-induced disturbances.

The NOAA National Benthic Inventory (NBI) is a quantitative database on benthic species distributions obtained from studies conducted by NOAA and partnering institutions in estuarine and other coastal-ocean areas around the country.

A corresponding taxonomic voucher collection of preserved benthic specimens collected in studies conducted between 1991 and 2007 was maintained at the NCCOS Charleston lab until April 2019. The voucher collection was transferred to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in May 2019 and will be incorporated into their Non-Molluscan Invertebrate research collections. More information can be found at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences website.

Purpose:

NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) conduct a wide variety of coastal environmental monitoring and research studies that generate data sets on the biodiversity and abundances of marine benthic species. This work provides information to improve our understanding of the importance of coastal ecosystems and to help support effective management plans and actions for ensuring their wise use and protection. Results of this project are made available to increase public awareness about the extent and nature of pollution impacts and to support more informed management decisions and actions aimed at sustaining the health of these resources and the important services they provide.

The goal of the Regional Ecological Assessment (REA) project is to produce baseline assessments of coastal ecosystem conditions for decision-makers to evaluate their coastal management efforts and policies. Key to accomplishing this objective is to obtain spatial and temporal data on ecologically important habitats, species, and processes in biologically important marine and coastal areas.

The goal of the National Benthic Inventory (NBI) is to capture information on the occurrence of benthic species and to make the data available as a readily accessible resource to support the needs of other related programs dealing with important coastal management, research, and educational initiatives. The quantitative database provides information on benthic species abundances by species and location, thus providing a basis for addressing important coastal and marine spatial planning management and research questions, such as "what are the incidence and patterns of occurrence of a particular species of interest," or "what are the overall composition and diversity of species assemblages within any particular region of interest.”

Supplemental Information:

Partners:

• US DOC; NOAA; Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO)

• US DOC; NOAA; NESDIS; National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)

• US DOC; NOAA; NOS; ONMS; Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS); Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS); Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (SBNMS)

• US DOC; NOAA; NOS; OCM; North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve (NCNERR);

Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve (SINERR); Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR)

• US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

• South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Marine Resources Research Institute

• University of North Carolina - Charlotte; University of Maryland, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory; Texas A&M University, Geochemical and Environmental Research Group

• Barry A. Vittor and Associates, Inc., Mobile, AL; Alpha Scientific, Inc., Bedminster, NJ; Versar, Inc., Springfield, VA; Cove Corporation, Lusby, MD; Aquatic Research and Consulting, Duxbury, MA; Normandeau Associates, Inc., Bedford, NH; B&B Laboratories, College Station, TX; GPL Laboratories, Frederick, MD

• North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Non-Molluscan Invertebrate Collection

Funding:

• US DOC; NOAA; NOS; National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), NCCOS Project #139, “Coastal Ecological Assessments and Indicator Development”

• US EPA; ORD; Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program

DOI (Digital Object Identifier): PENDING

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords DOC/NOAA/NOS/NCCOS > National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, National Ocean Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords Earth Science > Biological Classification > Animals/Invertebrates
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords Earth Science > Biosphere > Ecological Dynamics > Community Dynamics > Community Structure
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords Earth Science > Biosphere > Ecological Dynamics > Ecosystem Functions
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords Earth Science > Biosphere > Ecological Dynamics > Ecotoxicology > Toxicity Levels
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords Earth Science > Biosphere > Ecosystems > Marine Ecosystems > Benthic
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords Earth Science > Biosphere > Ecosystems > Marine Ecosystems > Coastal
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords Earth Science > Biosphere > Ecosystems > Marine Ecosystems > Estuary
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords Earth Science > Oceans > Marine Sediments > Sediment Chemistry
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords Earth Science > Oceans > Ocean Chemistry
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords Earth Science > Oceans > Water Quality > Ocean Contaminants
NCCOS Keywords NCCOS Research Data Type > Field Observation
NCCOS Keywords NCCOS Research Data Type > Long-term Monitoring
NCCOS Keywords NCCOS Research Priority > Coastal Change: Vulnerability, Mitigation, and Restoration
NCCOS Keywords NCCOS Research Priority > Marine Spatial Ecology
NCCOS Keywords NCCOS Research Priority > Stressor Impacts and Mitigation
NCCOS Keywords NCCOS Research Topic > Biological Effects of Contaminants and Nutrients
NCCOS Keywords NCCOS Research Topic > Climate Impacts on Ecosystems
NCCOS Keywords NCCOS Research Topic > Ecological and Biogeographic Assessments
None Benthic Infauna
None Chemical Contaminants
None Nutrients
None Sediment Quality
None Toxicity
None Water Quality

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > Alabama
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > California
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > Delaware
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > Florida
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > Georgia
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > Great Lakes
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > Hawaii
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > Louisiana
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > Maryland
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > Massachusetts
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > Mississippi
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > New Jersey
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > New York
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > North Carolina
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > Ohio
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > Rhode Island
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > South Carolina
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > Texas
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > Virginia
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > Washington
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > Wisconsin
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Ocean > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Ocean > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Gulf Of Mexico
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Eastern Pacific Ocean
NCCOS Keywords NCCOS Research Location > Region > Atlantic Ocean
NCCOS Keywords NCCOS Research Location > Region > Great Lakes
NCCOS Keywords NCCOS Research Location > Region > Gulf of Mexico
NODC Sea Area Names Thesaurus Ashtabula River; Biscayne Bay; Chesapeake Bay; Delaware Bay; Dry Tortugas; Florida Bay; Florida Keys; Galveston Bay; Great Lakes; Gulf of Mexico; Hudson River; Manatee Bay; Massachusetts Bay; Milwaukee Estuary; Neuse River; Northwest Hawaiian Islands
NODC Sea Area Names Thesaurus Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS); Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS); Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (SBNMS)
NODC Sea Area Names Thesaurus Gulf of Mexico Coastal Shelf Waters; Southeastern U.S. Estuaries; U.S. Atlantic Near-Coastal Shelf Waters
NODC Sea Area Names Thesaurus North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve (NCNERR); Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve (SINERR); Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR)

Instrument Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Corers > BOX CORE
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Corers > SEDIMENT CORERS
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Profilers/Sounders > CTD > Conductivity, Temperature, Depth
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Samplers > Bottles/Flasks/Jars > NISKIN BOTTLES
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Samplers > Grabbers/Traps/Collectors > GRAB SAMPLERS

Platform Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords In Situ Ocean-based Platforms > SHIPS
NODC Platform Names Thesaurus NOAA Ship Nancy Foster
NODC Platform Names Thesaurus NOAA Ship Pisces
NODC Platform Names Thesaurus R/V Joe Ferguson (GRNMS)

Physical Location

Organization: National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
City: Silver Spring
State/Province: MD

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Data Presentation Form: Table (digital)

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 867264
Date Effective From: 2019
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address: NCCOS.data@noaa.gov

Distributor

CC ID: 868310
Date Effective From: 2019
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): National Centers for Environmental Information - Stennis Space Center, Mississippi (NCEI-MS)
Address: Building 1021, Suite 1003
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529
Phone: (228) 688-2936

Distributor

CC ID: 868311
Date Effective From: 2003
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)
Address: 1305 East West Highway, Rm 8110
Silver Spring, MD 20910
URL: http://coastalscience.noaa.gov/
Contact Instructions:

nccos.data@noaa.gov

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 867265
Date Effective From: 2019
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address: NCCOS.data@noaa.gov

Point of Contact

CC ID: 867263
Date Effective From: 2003
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Balthis, Len
Email Address: len.balthis@noaa.gov
Contact Instructions:

Point of Contact:

• Len Balthis, len.balthis@noaa.gov, US DOC; NOAA; NOS; National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), 2003 to present

Principal Investigator

CC ID: 867266
Date Effective From: 2003
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Balthis, Len
Email Address: len.balthis@noaa.gov
Contact Instructions:

Principal Investigator:

• Len Balthis, len.balthis@noaa.gov, US DOC; NOAA; NOS; National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), 2003 to present

Additional Principal Investigators:

• US DOC; NOAA; NOS; National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS): Mike Fulton, mike.fulton@noaa.gov, (retired); B. William Gottholm, b.william.gottholm@noaa.gov; Jawed Hameedi, jawed.hameedi@noaa.gov; Michelle Harmon, michelle.harmon@noaa.gov; Ian Hartwell, ian.hartwell@noaa.gov; Jeff Hyland, jeff.l.hyland@noaa.gov, (retired); W. Edward Johnson, ed.johnson@noaa.gov; Kimani Kimbrough, kimani.kimbrough@noaa.gov; Gunnar Lauenstein, gunnar.lauenstein@noaa.gov; Edward R. Long, ed.long@noaa.gov, (retired); Geoff Scott, geoff.scott@noaa.gov, (retired); Ed Wirth, ed.wirth@noaa.gov; Cindy Cooksey, cynthia.cooksey@noaa.gov

• South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Marine Resources Research Institute: Fred Holland, hollandf@dnr.sc.gov, (retired); Denise Sanger, sangerd@dnr.sc.gov; Bob VanDolah, vandolahr@dnr.sc.gov, (retired)

• University of North Carolina - Charlotte: Amy Ringwood, ahringwo@uncc.edu

Extents

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 867283
W° Bound: -178.4
E° Bound: -68.6
N° Bound: 49
S° Bound: 23.1

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 867282
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1991-03-18

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Procedure:

Download from website

Data Access Constraints:

None

Data Use Constraints:

None

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 868314
Start Date: 2003
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://products.coastalscience.noaa.gov/NBI/
Distributor: National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) (2003 - Present)
File Name: NBI Data
Description:

NOAA National Benthic Inventory

File Type: NCCOS Web Application

Distribution 2

CC ID: 868313
Start Date: 2003
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://products.coastalscience.noaa.gov/rea/
Distributor: National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) (2003 - Present)
File Name: REA Data
Description:

NCCOS Regional Ecological Assessments

File Type: NCCOS Web Application

Distribution 3

CC ID: 868312
Start Date: 1991-03-18
End Date: 2015-06-11
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Stennis Space Center, Mississippi (NCEI-MS) (2019 - Present)
File Name: REA/NBI Data (PENDING)
Description:

Balthis, L., J. Hyland, C. Cooksey, M. Fulton, E. Wirth, I. Hartwell, E. Johnson, K. Kimbrough, M. Harmon, J. Hameedi, B. Gottholm, G. Lauenstein, E. Long. 2019. NCCOS Long-term Monitoring: Regional Ecological Assessments and National Benthic Inventory (NCEI Accession XXXXXXX). NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://doi.org/XXXXXXX

File Type: NCEI Data Archive Accession

Distribution 4

CC ID: 868315
Start Date: 1991-03-18
End Date: 2015-06-11
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Stennis Space Center, Mississippi (NCEI-MS) (2019 - Present)
File Name: REA/NBI ERDDAP (PENDING)
Description:

Query and Download Data: REA/NBI ERDDAP Web Service

File Type: NCEI Web Service

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 867269
URL: https://coastalscience.noaa.gov/project/coastal-ecological-assessments-indicator-development/
Name: NCCOS Research Project Webpage: Coastal Ecological Assessments and Indicator Development
URL Type:
Online Resource
Description:

NCCOS Research Project Webpage: Coastal Ecological Assessments and Indicator Development

URL 2

CC ID: 868464
URL: https://products.coastalscience.noaa.gov/NBI/_images/thumb_benthic_datasets2.gif
Name: Browse Graphic: REA/NBI
URL Type:
Browse Graphic
Description:

Browse Graphic: REA/NBI

URL 3

CC ID: 876339
URL: https://naturalsciences.org/research-collections/nonmolluscan-invertebrates-collection
Name: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS) Non-Molluscan Invertebrate Collection
URL Type:
Online Resource
Description:

For more information, or to schedule a visit to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS) Non-Molluscan Invertebrate Collection, please contact 919.707.9957.

Data Quality

Completeness Report:

Project has created 72 observed datasets through 2015. Additional datasets from 2016-onwards are undergoing QA/QC. For details, see Distribution Information.

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

For details of data quality control methods, see Lineage Sources. All users should independently analyze the datasets according to their own needs and standards to determine data usability.

Data Management

Have Resources for Management of these Data Been Identified?: No
Approximate Percentage of Budget for these Data Devoted to Data Management: Unknown
Do these Data Comply with the Data Access Directive?: Yes
Is Access to the Data Limited Based on an Approved Waiver?: No
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Dissemination: Four years
Actual or Planned Long-Term Data Archive Location: NCEI-MS
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Archiving: Four years
How Will the Data Be Protected from Accidental or Malicious Modification or Deletion Prior to Receipt by the Archive?:

NCCOS IT Policy

Lineage

Sources

01. Balthis, W.L., C. Cooksey, M.H. Fulton, J.L. Hyland, L.A. May, E.F. Wirth, and C.M. Woodley. 2018. Assessment of Ecological Condition and Potential Stressor Impacts in Offshore Areas of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 254. Charleston, SC. 80 pp. https://doi.org/10.25923/vtsz-v706

CC ID: 868318
Citation URL: https://doi.org/10.25923/vtsz-v706

02. Balthis, W.L., C. Cooksey, J.L. Hyland, M.H. Fulton, and E. Wirth. 2017a. Integrated Assessment of Ecosystem Condition and Stressor Impacts in Submerged Habitats of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas (GTM) National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR). NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 231. Charleston, SC. 52 pp. http://doi.org/10.7289/V5/TM-NOS-NCCOS-231

CC ID: 868319
Citation URL: http://doi.org/10.7289/V5/TM-NOS-NCCOS-231

03. Balthis, W.L., J.L. Hyland, C. Cooksey, P.A. Montagna, J.G. Baguley, R.W. Ricker, and C. Lewis. 2017b. Sediment quality benchmarks for assessing oil-related impacts to the deep-sea benthos. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, 13(5):840-851. https://doi.org/10.1002/ieam.1898

CC ID: 868320
Citation URL: https://doi.org/10.1002/ieam.1898

04. Balthis, W.L., C. Cooksey, M.H. Fulton, J.L. Hyland, G.H.M. Riekerk, R.F. Van Dolah, and E.F. Wirth. 2015a. An integrated assessment of habitat quality of national estuarine research reserves in the southeastern United States. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, 11(2):266-275. https://doi.org/10.1002/ieam.1601

CC ID: 868321
Citation URL: https://doi.org/10.1002/ieam.1601

05. Balthis, W.L., J.L. Hyland, C. Cooksey, M.H. Fulton, and E.F. Wirth. 2015b. Long-term monitoring of ecological conditions in Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary: soft-bottom benthic assemblages and contaminant levels in sediments and biota (2000, 2005, and 2012/13). NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 206. Charleston, SC. 35 pp. http://doi.org/10.7289/V5/TM-NOS-NCCOS-206

CC ID: 868322
Citation URL: http://doi.org/10.7289/V5/TM-NOS-NCCOS-206

06. Balthis, W.L., J.L. Hyland, C. Cooksey, M.H. Fulton, and E.F. Wirth. 2013. Ecological condition of coastal ocean waters of the western Gulf of Mexico: 2011. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 171. Charleston, SC. 63 pp. https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/2709

CC ID: 868323
Citation URL: https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/2709

07. Balthis, L., J. Hyland, C. Cooksey, E. Wirth, M. Fulton, J. Moore, and D. Hurley. 2012. Support for Integrated Ecosystem Assessments of NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS): Assessment of Ecological Condition and Stressor Impacts in Subtidal Waters of the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 150. Charleston, SC. 79 pp. https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/2614

CC ID: 868324
Citation URL: https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/2614

08. Balthis, W.L., J.L. Hyland, C. Cooksey, M.H. Fulton, E.F. Wirth, D. Cobb, and D.N. Wiley. 2011. Ecological condition of coastal ocean waters within Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary: 2008. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 129. Charleston, SC. 59 pp. https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/2563

CC ID: 868325
Citation URL: https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/2563

09. Balthis, W.L., J.L. Hyland, M.H. Fulton, E.F. Wirth, J.A. Kiddon, and J. Macauley. 2009. Ecological condition of coastal ocean waters along the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Bight: 2006. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 109 and EPA 600/R-09/159. Charleston, SC. 63 pp. https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/9296

CC ID: 868326
Citation URL: https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/9296

10. Balthis, W.L., J.L. Hyland, C. Cooksey, M.H. Fulton, and G. McFall. 2007. Long-term monitoring of ecological conditions in Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary: Comparison of soft-bottom benthic assemblages and contaminant levels in sediments and biota in spring 2000 and 2005. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 68. Charleston, SC. 29 pp. https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/9288

CC ID: 868327
Citation URL: https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/9288

11. Balthis, W.L, J.L. Hyland, G.I. Scott, M.H. Fulton, D.W. Bearden, and M.D. Greene. 2002. Sediment quality of the Neuse River estuary, North Carolina: an integrated assessment of sediment contamination, toxicity, and condition of benthic fauna. J. of Aquatic Ecosystem Stress and Recovery, 9:213-225. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1021234816293

CC ID: 868328
Citation URL: https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1021234816293

12. Cooksey, C.L. 2016. Assessment of ecological condition and stressor impacts within Great Lakes rivers and harbors: Milwaukee estuary, Wisconsin. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 222. Charleston, SC. 64 pp. https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/12903

CC ID: 868329
Citation URL: https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/12903

13. Cooksey, C., J. Hyland, M.H. Fulton., L. Balthis, E. Wirth, and T. Wade. 2014. Ecological condition of coastal ocean waters along the U.S. continental shelf of northeastern Gulf of Mexico: 2010. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 188. Charleston, SC. 68 pp. https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/2723

CC ID: 868330
Citation URL: https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/2723

14. Cooksey, C., J. Hyland, M.H. Fulton., E. Wirth, and L. Balthis. 2012. Ecological condition of coastal ocean waters of the U.S. continental shelf off south Florida: 2007. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 159. Charleston, SC. 68 pp. https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/2715

CC ID: 868331
Citation URL: https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/2715

15. Cooksey, C., J. Harvey, L. Harwell, J. Hyland, and J.K. Summers. 2010. Ecological condition of coastal ocean and estuarine waters of the U.S. South Atlantic Bight: 2000-2004. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 114 and EPA 600/R-10/046. Charleston, SC. 88 pp. https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/9295

CC ID: 868332
Citation URL: https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/9295

16. Cooksey, C., J. Hyland, E. Wirth, W.L. Balthis, M. Fulton, D.Whitall, and S. White. 2008. Support for Integrated Ecosystem Assessments of NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserves System (NERRS), Volume II: Assessment of Ecological Condition and Stressor Impacts in Subtidal Waters of the North Carolina NERRS. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 83. Charleston, SC. 65 pp. https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/17787

CC ID: 868333
Citation URL: https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/17787

17. Cooksey, C., J. Hyland, W.L. Balthis, M. Fulton, G. Scott, and D. Bearden. 2004. Soft-Bottom Benthic Assemblages and Levels of Contaminants in Sediments and Biota at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary and Nearby Shelf Waters off the Coast of Georgia (2000 and 2001). NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 6. Charleston, SC. 55 pp. https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/17764

CC ID: 868334
Citation URL: https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/17764

18. Fulton, M.H., J.L. Hyland, P.B. Key, E.F. Wirth, L. Balthis, C. Cooksey, K. Chung, and A.K. Leight. 2007. Characterization of Toxic Impacts on Living Marine Resources in Tidal Rivers of the Chesapeake Bay. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 64. Charleston, SC. 80 pp. https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/17778

CC ID: 868335
Citation URL: https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/17778

19. Hyland, J., C. Cooksey, W.L. Balthis, M. Fulton, D. Bearden, G. McFall, M. Kendall. 2006. The soft-bottom macrobenthos of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary and nearby shelf waters off the coast of Georgia, USA. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 330(1):307-326. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2005.12.036

CC ID: 868336
Citation URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2005.12.036

20. Hyland, J.L., W.L. Balthis, M. Posey, C.T. Hackney, T. Alphin. 2004. The soft-bottom macrobenthos of North Carolina estuaries. Estuaries, 27(3):501-514. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02803541

CC ID: 868337
Citation URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02803541

21. Hyland, J.L., W.L. Balthis, V.D. Engle, E.R. Long, J.F. Paul, J.K. Summers, R.F. Van Dolah. 2003. Incidence of stress in benthic communities along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts within different ranges of sediment contamination from chemical mixtures. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 81(1-3):149-161. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1021325007660

CC ID: 868338
Citation URL: https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1021325007660

22. Hyland, J.L., W.L. Balthis, C.T. Hackney, and M. Posey. 2000. Sediment quality of North Carolina estuaries: An integrative assessment of sediment contamination, toxicity, and condition of benthic fauna. Journal of Aquatic Ecosystem Stress and Recovery, 8:107-124. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1011464609142

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Citation URL: https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1011464609142

23. Hyland, J.L., R.F. Van Dolah, and T.R. Snoots. 1999. Predicting stress in benthic communities of southeastern U.S. estuaries in relation to chemical contamination of sediments. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 18(11):2557-2564. https://doi.org/10.1002/etc.5620181124

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Citation URL: https://doi.org/10.1002/etc.5620181124

24. Hyland, J.L., L. Balthis, C.T. Hackney, G. McRae, A.H. Ringwood, T.R. Snoots, R.F. Van Dolah, and T.L. Wade. 1998. Environmental quality of estuaries of the Carolinian Province: 1995. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS ORCA 123. Silver Spring, MD. 143 pp.

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25. Ringwood, A.H., A.F. Holland, R. Kneib, and P. Ross. 1996. EMAP/NS&T pilot studies in the Carolinian Province: Indicator testing and evaluation in southeastern estuaries. Final Report under Grant NA90AAD-SG790 through S.C. Sea Grant College Program. S.C. Dept. of Natural Resources, Marine Resources Research Institute, Charleston, S.C. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS ORCA 102. 113 p.

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26. Ringwood, A.H., and C.J. Keppler. 1998. Seed clam growth: an alternative sediment bioassay developed during emap in the carolinian province. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 51: 247. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1005995521173

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Citation URL: https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1005995521173

27. Van Dolah, R.F., J.L. Hyland, A.F. Holland, J.S. Rosen, and T.R. Snoots. 1999. A benthic index of biological integrity for assessing habitat quality in estuaries of the southeastern U.S.A. Marine Environmental Research, 48:269-283. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0141-1136(99)00056-2

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Citation URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0141-1136%2899%2900056-2

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 868317
Description:

We have conducted a series of offshore surveys and reports assessing ecological conditions and stressor impacts throughout coastal shelf waters of the lower continental US, as well as NMSs, NERRs, and the Great Lakes.

• We have developed a dynamic quantitative database on benthic species distributions obtained from studies conducted by NOAA and partnering institutions in estuarine and other coastal-ocean areas around the country (http://nbi.noaa.gov/).

• We helped to develop the 2006 Management Plan and 2008 Sanctuary Condition Report for Gray’s Reef NMS off the coast of Georgia.

• We have worked in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop multi-agency National Coastal Condition Reports (NCCRs), which serve as environmental report cards of the health of our nation’s coastal resources. While previous NCCRs have focused primarily on estuaries, our scientists were given the lead to develop a new series of offshore sections assessing the health of our coastal-ocean waters.

• We have participated in a Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) study of potential effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on soft-bottom, deepwater benthic communities.

• We have assessed the environmental impacts of extreme natural events such as Hurricane Katrina (USEPA 2007, Engle et al. 2009) and other major hurricanes (Balthis et al. 2006).

• We have developed new ecological indicators and other diagnostic tools that improve our methods and abilities to assess coastal ecosystems.

We will:

• conduct additional surveys of ecological condition and stressor impacts in offshore coastal-shelf waters, Great Lakes, NMSs, and NERRS;

• continue to partner with the EPA to develop future National Coastal Condition Reports; and

• continue to advance the development of new indicators and data-analysis tools.

Process Contact: Balthis, Len
Email Address: len.balthis@noaa.gov
Source: 01. Balthis, W.L., C. Cooksey, M.H. Fulton, J.L. Hyland, L.A. May, E.F. Wirth, and C.M. Woodley. 2018. Assessment of Ecological Condition and Potential Stressor Impacts in Offshore Areas of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 254. Charleston, SC. 80 pp. https://doi.org/10.25923/vtsz-v706

Acquisition Information

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Related Items

Item Type Relationship Type Title
Data Set (DS) Cross Reference National Benthic Infaunal Database (NBID)

Deprecated: National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, 2019: National Benthic Infaunal Database (NBID), https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/38811

Catalog Details

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Metadata Record Created By: Jessica Morgan
Metadata Record Created: 2019-08-07 20:43+0000
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Metadata Record Last Modified: 2019-09-18 11:58+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-09-18
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Metadata Next Review Date: 2020-09-18