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Why do we name tropical storms and hurricanes?

Until the early 1950s, tropical storms and hurricanes were tracked by year and the order in which they occurred. Today, storms are given short names.

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Ocean Economy

Dive into our ocean economy in our latest podcast. We talk with NOAA economist Jeff Adkins to understand how we all benefit from our ocean economy.

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Corals Tutorial

Attention students of all ages! Get an overview of the biology of and threats to coral reefs, as well as efforts being made to conserve and protect them with our newly-revised corals tutorial.

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National Ocean Month

Join us on social media and our website during the month of June as we celebrate all that our world ocean has to offer during National Ocean Month.

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About NOS

We translate science, tools, and services into action to address threats to coastal areas such as climate change, population growth, port congestion, and contaminants in the environment—all working towards healthy coasts and healthy economies.

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Reef Etiquette

You can help protect coral reefs (even if you're not near the ocean). Take a look at this coral etiquette guide.

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Arctic Survey Season

In anticipation of growing vessel traffic in the Arctic, Coast Survey is increasing its charting services.

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