This stunning panorama of Gambell, located on Alaska's St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea, was captured in August, 2014, by NOS's Coast Survey navigation manager in Alaska. NOAA focuses a significant portion of our ocean mapping effort in Alaskan waters because dated nautical charts are inadequate for the increasing vessel traffic in this region. NOAA surveys are essential for providing reliable charts to the area’s commercial shippers, passenger vessels, and fishing fleets.
Sea otters can be spotted in National Estuarine Research Reserves in Kachemak Bay, Alaska and Elkhorn Slough, Calif. This otter was spotted in the Kachemak Bay Reserve, the largest reserve in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, encompassing over 360,000 acres of estuarine and upland habitats.
Habitat exhibit at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve's visitor center in Tuckerton, N.J. The Jacques Cousteau Reserve is the only reserve in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System to be named after an individual. This reserve includes a variety of terrestrial, wetland, and aquatic habitats within the Mullica River-Great Bay ecosystem.
Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services staff installs an air gap sensor on the Don Holt Bridge in Charleston, South Carolina. The sensor is part of the Charleston Harbor Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System, or PORTS®. Information from the sensor is critical for under bridge clearance, as ships continue to maximize channel depths and widths while, at the same time, push the bounds of bridge heights.