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DA Department of Agriculture
DA Domoic Acid
DA-BFAR Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
DAA Deputy Assistant Administrator (NOAA)
DAAC Distributed Active Archives Center
DAAD German-Academic Exchange Service
DAARWG Data Archiving and Access Requirements Working Group
DAC Damage Assessment Center (NOAA)
DAC Data Assembly Center
DADI Data Access and Database Interoperability (GBIF)
DAI Dangerous Anthropogenic Interference
DALYs Disability-Adjusted Life Years
DAMSL Digital Atlas of Marine Species and Locations (RSMAS)
DAN Diver's Alert Network
DANICS Delhi, Andaman Nicobar Island Civil Services
DANIDA Danish International Development Agency
DAO Data Assimilation Office
DAO Departmental Administrative Order (NOAA)
DAR Division of Aquatic Resources (Hawaii DLNR)
DAREP Department of Aquatic Resources Exploitation and Protection (Republic of Vietnam)
DARP Damage Assessment and Restoration Program (NOAA)
DARRP Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program (NOAA)
DART Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis
DAS Days At Sea
dATP Deoxyadenosine triphosphate
DAWR Guam Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources
DAWR Department of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources
dB Decibel
DBA Database Administrator
DBML Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory (Jamaica)
DBMR Division of Biomedical Marine Research (HBOI)
DBMS Database Management System
DC Dendritic Cell
DC Dead Coral
DCA Dominica Conservation Association
DCA Dead Coral with Algae
DCA Dutch Caribbean Airlines
DCCA Department of Conservation and Cultural Affairs
DCE Discrete Choice Experiment
DCES Decision Coordination and Executive Secretariat (NOAA)
DCI Decompression Illness
DCM Deep Chlorophyll Maximum
DCMC DC Marine Community (IUCN Washington, D.C office)
DCMI Dublin Core Metadata Initiative
dCMP Deoxycytidine monophosphate
DCNA Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance
DCP Data Collection Platform
DCS Decompression Sickness
DCS Data Collection System
dCTP Deoxycytidine triphosphate
DDBJ DNA Data Bank of Japan
DDC Deck Decompression Chamber
DDD Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethane
DDIP Data Documentation Implementation Plan
DDT Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane
DEA Draft Environmental Assessment
DECC Department of Energy and Climate Change (UK)
DECR Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (Turks and Caicos)
DEE Division of Environmental Enforcement (DPNR)
Deep-CRES-Caribbean Deep Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies: Caribbean
Deep-CRES-Hawaii Deep Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies: Hawaii
DeepCRES Deep Coral Reef Ecosystems Studies
DEFRA Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
DEIS Draft Environmental Impact Statement
DEM Digital Elevation Model (NOAA)
DEMA Diving Equipment & Marketing Association
DEMs Digital Elevation Models
DENR Department of Environmental and Natural Resources
DEOS Dynamic Earth Observatory System
DEOS Delaware Environmental Observing System
DEP Department of Environmental Protection
DEQ Division of Environmental Quality (CNMI)
DERM Department of Environmental Resources Management (Dade County, FL)
DEWHA Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (Australia)
DFA Discriminant Function Analysis
DFAR Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
DFG German Science Foundation
DFG Derelict Fishing Gear
DFID Department for International Development (UK)
DFO Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Canada)
DFRP Destructive Fishing Reform Program (Indonesia)
DFW Division of Fish and Wildlife
DG-DGGE Double-Gradient-Denaturing-Gradient Gel Electrophoresis
DGF Development Grant Facility (World Bank)
DGGE Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis
DGMC Davao Gulf Management Council (Philippines
DGN Drift Gill Net
DGS Diego Garcian Society
DGTP Deoxyguanosine triphosphate
DGVM Dynamic Global Vegetation Model
DH Deepwater Horizon (also DWH)
DHA Docosahexaenoic acid
DHD Degree Heating Days
DHHL Department of Hawaiian Homelands
DHHS Department of Health and Human Services
DHM Degree Heating Months
DHMs Degree Heating Months
DHN Dirección de Hidrografía y Navegación (Perú)
DHS Department of Homeland Security
DHW Degree Heating Week
DI Darwin Initiative
DIC Dissolved Inorganic Carbon
DIDIWG Disease Identification and Disease Investigation Working Group
DIF Data Integration Framework (IOOS-NOAA)
DIFD Department for International Development
DIGEPESCA Progarama Nacional de Pesca y Acuicultura
DIGIT Digitisation and mobilisation of primary biodiversity data (GBIF)
DIMACA Driftnet Impact Monitoring, Assessment and Control Act
DIMP Data and Information Management Panel
DIN Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen
DINRAC Data and Information Network Regional Activity Centre of NOWPAP
DIP Dissolved Inorganic Phosphorus
DIPNR NSW Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources (Australia)
DIREN Direction Régionale de l'Environnement (FWI)
DISCOVRE Diversity, Systematics, and Connectivity of Vulnerable Reef Ecosystems
DISL Dauphin Island Sea Lab
DIVA Dynamic Interactive Vulnerability Assessment
DIWPA DIVERSITAS Western Pacific and Asia
DKIRC Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center
DLA Defense Logistics Agency (DoD)
DLESE Digital Library for Earth System Education (USCB)
DLG Digital Line Graph
DLIST Distance learning and Information Sharing Tool
DLM Department of Land Management (Guam)
DLNR Department of Lands and Natural Resources (CNMI)
DLNR Department of Land and natural Resources (Hawaii)
DLP Digital Light Processor
DLR Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt (Germany)
DLS Digital Library System
DM Data management
DM Distance Matrix
DMAC Data Management Advisory Council
DMAC Plan Data Management and Communications Plan (IOOS)
DMAs Designated Monitoring Areas
DMB PLAN Day-Use Mooring Buoy 10-Year Strategic Management Plan
DMC Data Management Committee
DMIT Data Management Integration Team (NOAA)
DMML Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory (Jamaica)
DMOX Dimethyloxazoline
DMP Data Management Plan
DMPA Data Management Program Area
DMR Department of Marine Resources
DMS Dimethylsulfide
DMSC Data Management Stewardship Community
DMSO Dimethyl sulfoxide
DMSP Dimethylsulfonioproprionate
DMSP Defense Meteorological Satelite Program (DOD)
DMWG Data Management Working Group (CRCP/NOAA)
DMWR Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (American Samoa)
DN Digital Number
DNA Designated National Authority
DNA Deoxyribonucleic Acid
DNCs Dark Needle Conifers
DNER Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (PR)
DNLR Division of Lands and Natural Resources (HI)
DNR Department of Natural Resources
DO Diving Officer
DO Dissolved Oxygen
DOBOR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (Hawaii)
DOC Department of Commerce
DOC Dissolved Organic Carbon
DOC Denominazione di Origine Controllata
DOCARE Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (HI)
DOCD Development Operations Coordination Document
DOCG Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita
DoD Department of Defense
DoDBL Department of Defense Bathymetric Library
DODS Distributed Oceanographic Data System
DoE Department of Environment
DOE Department of Energy
DOFAW Department of Forestry and Wildlife (HI)
DOFI Department of Fisheries (Republic of Vietnam)
DOI U.S. Department of the Interior
DOJ U.S. Department of Justice
DOM Dissolved Organic Matter
DON Dissolved Organic Nitrogen
DOP Dissolved Organic Phosphorus
DOP Department of Oceanography and Fisheries (UA)
DOQ Digital Orthophoto Quad
DOS U.S. Department of State
DOS Dissolved Organic Solid
DOT U.S. Department of Transportation
DP Division of Planning
DPFTG Data Publishing Framework Task Group (GBIF)
DPI Discharge Prevention Investigation
DPNR Department of Planning and Natural Resources (USVI)
DPP Development and Production Plan
DPS Department of Public Safety
DPSIR Drivers, Pressures, State, Impact and Responses model
DPV Diver Propulsion Vehicle
DPW Department of Public Works
DQA Data Quality Act
DRC Dolphin Research Center
DRC Disaster Response Center
DRD Disaster Risk Reduction
DRER Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources
DRG Digital Raster Graphic
DRM Disaster Risk Management
DRP Division of Recreation and Parks (FDEP)
DRR Disaster Risk Reduction
DSC Deep Sea Clay
DSC Deep Sea Coral
DSCC Deep Sea Conservation Coalition
DSCE Deep Sea Coral Ecosystems
DSCRTP Deep-Sea Coral Research and Technology Program (NOAA)
DSCZ Deep Sea Coral Zone (NOAA)
DSD Dark-Spots Disease
DSDP Deep Sea Drilling Project
DSEIS Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (NOAA)
DSMP Draft Supplemental Management Plan
DSO Diving Safety Officer
DSP Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning
dsRNA Double Stranded RNA
DSS Decision Support System
DST Data Storage Tag
DST Decision Support Tool
Dst Mean Stratum Fish Density
DST Department of Science and Technology
DSTF Don’t Stop Talking Fish (Initiative)
DSTO Defense, Science and Technology Organization (Australia)
DT Dry Tortugas
DTER Dry Tortugas Ecological Reserve
DTIS Deep Towed Imaging System
DTM Digital Terrain Model
DTNP Dry Tortugas National Park
DTRU Dry Tortugas Recovery Unit
dTTP Thymidine triphosphate
DU Dobson Unit
DU Dalhousie University
DU Duke University
DUOY Down Under, Out Yonder
DUS Deputy Under Secretary
DUV Diffey-weighted UV irradiance (watts/m²)
DVD Digital Versatile Disc
DVL Doppler Velocity Log
DW Deep Water
DWAR Dive With A Researcher
DWC Deep Water Coral
DwC DarwinCore Group (TDWG)
DwC Darwin Core
DWG World Bank Coral Disease Working Group
DWH Deepwater Horizon
DWLC Department of Wild Life Conservation
DYNAMEC Dynamic Selection and Prioritization Mechanism for Hazardous Substances (OSPAR)