Feature Archive

Features: May 2010

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Newly Installed PORTS® Dedicated at Sabine-Neches Waterway

NOAA's Physical Oceanographic Real Time System keeps vessels of all sizes, and a sizable chunk of the U.S. economy, passing safely through the maritime waterways of the Lone Star State. More...

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One Ocean, One World: The NOS International Program Office Extends Helping Hands to the Global Ocean Community

NOS’s International Program Office (IPO) coordinates NOS’s International Coordination Council, which promotes multidisciplinary and integrated engagement to foster economic prosperity, protect marine biodiversity, and safeguard food supplies, both at home and abroad. More...

Tracking Contamination Following the Deepwater Horizon Incident

Tracking Contamination Following the Deepwater Horizon Incident

When a disaster like an oil spill occurs, one of NOAA’s important jobs is to measure and assess the impact on coastal and marine ecosystems so that measures can be taken to attempt to restore them to pre-spill conditions and to provide information for natural resource damage assessment. NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) plays a central role in this process. More...

Responding to the Deepwater BP Spill

Responding to the Deepwater BP Spill

As the nation's leading scientific resource for oil spills, NOAA has been on the scene of the Deepwater Horizon incident from the start, providing coordinated scientific services to federal, state, and local organizations. At the center of these efforts has been the Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R). More...

Supporting the Deepwater BP Incident Response with a View From Above

Supporting the Deepwater BP Incident Response with a View From Above

When responding to an oil spill the size of the one associated with the Deepwater Horizon incident, often the best perspective is from high above. NOAA's National Geodetic Survey (NGS) is on the scene of the spill providing just that by collecting aerial images to capture a bird's eye view of the spill and coastal areas in the Gulf of Mexico. More...

Impact Assessment Following the Deepwater BP Spill

Impact Assessment Following the Deepwater BP Spill

In support of the Deepwater Horizon incident, NOAA's Coastal Services Center is helping assess potential impacts and get information into the hands of the coastal communities who need it. More...

Ocean Observing Key to Oil Spill Response

Ocean Observing Key to Oil Spill Response

Following an oil spill, responders need information such as water levels, current speed and direction, wind speed and direction, and wave heights. This information is collected by a variety of organizations (including NOS) using satellites, buoys, tide gauges, radar stations, and underwater vehicles. The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) helps bring this information together, so that it can be coordinated and made available to those who need it. More...

Deepwater Horizon Incident: Delivering Ocean and Weather Data

Deepwater Horizon Incident: Delivering Ocean and Weather Data

Determining where oil will move following a spill requires knowing how the water and wind are moving as well. The Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) operates and maintains an extensive network of approximately 60 coastal measurement systems throughout the Gulf of Mexico that collect and provide this verified information. More...

Helping Gulf States Prepare for Potential Oil Spill Impacts

Helping Gulf States Prepare for Potential Oil Spill Impacts

In its role as NOAA's direct connection to state Coastal Zone and National Estuarine Research Reserves programs, the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) is helping states prepare for potential impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.More...

NOAA Nautical Charts Display Deepwater BP Oil Spill Projections

NOAA Nautical Charts Display Deepwater BP Oil Spill Projections

To help mariners safely navigate in the Gulf region following the Deepwater BP incident, the Office of Coast Survey is producing daily updates to nautical chart products that display the spill zone forecast based on current spill projections. The charts depict the 48-hour forecast for oil location, juxtaposed against the standard safety fairways that lead to port approaches. More...

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