The Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division (OCED) is an interdisciplinary team of scientists working to support NOAA's mission to understand our oceans and coasts, to aid conservation and management of marine ecosystems, and to predict changes to these valuable resources. We focus on the forces and stressors that cause ecological responses and work on scales spanning from the local to the global. The Division works on a variety of important topics including the global rise of CO2, the ability of our ecosystems to support marine life, the safety of our swimming waters, and the health of coral reefs here and across the globe.
The OCED executes projects in an integrated fashion and in close collaboration with our partners (intergovernmental, academic, international, and NOAA). The OCED team includes scientists from the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS), an institution that includes nine of south Florida's and the Caribbean's premier universities. The scope and direction of research is guided by strategic plans developed by NOAA as a whole and by the Ocean and Atmospheric Research (OAR) Line Office.
- Understanding the ocean's role in removing excess carbon dioxide caused by burning fossil fuel.
- Understanding the process of ocean acidification and the consequences to marine life;
- Assessing environmental changes and the local and global consequences to coral reefs;
- Management of coastal resources based on understanding the ecosystem as a whole;
- Assessing the marine impacts from pollution flowing to the coasts from the land;
- Monitoring of pathogens, indicators of fecal pollution, and harmful algae and development of sensors and assays to improve detection of contamination;
Microbes help control the flow of energy and matter on the planet. They cycle nutrients, decompose pollutants, control the composition of the atmosphere, and produce medicines. Microbes also degrade water quality and cause infections in humans, protected species, and critical habitats such as coral reefs. The OCED Environmental Microbiology Laboratory uses traditional microbiology and cutting-edge molecular techniques for a variety of projects with a focus on coastal water quality. Applications of work include the following: provide new understanding of biodiversity to aid exploration and stewardship, improve evaluation of baseline and changed ecosystem function, and help stakeholders manage and mitigate contamination issues to protect health and economies. Click here to learn more about the AOML Environmental Microbiology Laboratory (NOAA Science Day Presentation, January 30, 2013). [pdf]
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