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The most infamous storm in U.S. history, Hurricane Katrina carved a path of destruction from Miami to New Orleans, and up the Eastern United States. The storm reached a maximum intensity of Category 5 status, with 175 mph sustained winds. Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the morning of August 29, 2005. This infrared satellite imagery shows the storm’s intensity: white is the most intense, followed by red, green, and blue. Exxon Valdez Lake Erie harmful algal bloom
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OCEAN FACT
What is coastal resilience?

Coastal resilience means building the ability of a community to "bounce back" after hazardous events such as coastal storms, and flooding — rather than simply reacting to impacts.

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View of Hurricane Katrina destruction in the City of New Orleans taken from a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter during an aerial pollution survey, September 5, 2005, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Hurricane Katrina

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, we talk with two pollution responders from NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration who were working in Louisiana after the storm.

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Deep Sea Exploration

Scientists on the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer are exploring the deep waters of the Hawaiian Archipelago. Watch live video streams as they explore the seafloor!

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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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Gulf Hypoxia Forecast

New report: 2015 Gulf of Mexico dead zone is 'above average' in size. Read the full report.

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Crossing the Line

The thermocline: the transition between warmer mixed water at the ocean's surface and cooler deep water below.

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