Corals reefs have had a tough few years, and these ecosystems may not catch a break any time soon. NOAA researchers recently reported that the global coral bleaching event that started in 2014 could extend well into 2017. This is your chance to chat with three NOAA scientists on the longest global coral bleaching event on record and what we can, and are, doing to help during our June 30, 2016, Reddit 'Ask Us Anything' at 1:00 p.m. ET.
As a travel destination, few places on the planet can compete with the diversity of the National Marine Sanctuary System. On June 25-26, NOAA is hosting its second National "Get into Your Sanctuary" celebration. This system-wide event will raise awareness about the value of our sanctuaries as iconic destinations for responsible recreation through a series of special activities open to the public.
Climate change and ocean acidification are among the top threats harming coral reefs. Will our reefs recover? In the long term, coral reefs around the world will benefit the most from the reduction of greenhouse gases. In the short term, we can improve coral reef resilience by addressing local stressors, like runoff from land-based sources of pollution and overharvesting of fish.
How do scientists find the best places to put future wind energy sites in the ocean? See how researchers use hydrographic sonar survey methods to map the depth and texture of seafloor geological features, shipwrecks, and artificial reefs. The findings from these NOAA studies are used to review the size and boundaries of potential wind energy areas to minimize impacts to sensitive seafloor habitats.