Protecting the Nation's Coastal Ocean
NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration marks 25 years of service to coastal environments and communities.
The Inflation Reduction Act is a historic, federal government-wide investment that furthers NOAA’s efforts to build a Climate-Ready Nation. As part of this investment, NOAA will work with a variety of partners in coastal and Great Lakes communities to develop and support durable, local capacity to adapt to climate change impacts, while growing economies, protecting fisheries, addressing environmental justice, and developing a climate-ready workforce.
What's it like to work at NOAA? Our profiles of National Ocean Service employees showcase a variety of specialties — from marine biologists to chemists to geodesists. Our new batch of profiles for 2024 highlight people from across our many program offices. Each person shares their career paths, what they enjoy about working at NOAA, and advice for those starting out in ocean science careers. While you're visiting, don't miss our links to NOAA career resources, as well as our employee profiles from previous years.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a transformational opportunity to make an impact against the climate crisis across the country through multiple funding opportunities. As part of this law, $1.467 billion is being invested to help coastal communities build the future they want to see. Investing in high-impact natural infrastructure projects that build coastal resilience, create jobs, store carbon, and restore habitat.
In our latest podcast episode, we explore how scientists across the National Estuarine Research Reserve System conducted the first-ever North American wildlife inventory of these habitats. We chat with Dr. Kenny Raposa, research coordinator at Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and lead scientist for the study.
High-resolution land cover data is now available through NOAA’s Digital Coast. This data provides communities with the foundational data needed to assess coastal resources, analyze land use, prepare for disaster risks, and adapt to a changing climate. Shown here: In Connecticut, high-resolution land cover data was used, statewide, to identify, prioritize, and protect drinking water sources. The data were used to identify parcels with high amounts of impervious surface and turf and undeveloped parcels.
The National Ocean Service is stepping into a larger role relative to filling our nation’s needs for data, products, and services that protect our ecosystems and enhance climate and economic resilience. Get an overview of our four overarching goals in our strategic plan: increase U.S. coastal resilience, make equity central to our mission, accelerate growth of the Ocean Enterprise and the Blue Economy, and conserve, restore, and connect healthy coastal and marine ecosystems.
In 2023, NOS's Office of Response and Restoration provided scientific support to the Coast Guard and other federal responders for a wide range of scenarios — remotely when possible, and on-scene when needed. See how this support helped to protect our coastal communities following natural disasters and other incidents that result in marine pollution.
The construction of the Erie Canal was one of 19th Century America’s most significant feats of engineering. Built between 1817 and 1825, the canal provided a water route from Albany to Buffalo, New York, nearly 363 miles to the west. Today, NOAA is working on updating nautical charts of this important waterway to usher them into the digital era of electronic navigational charts.