Moving Safely Along our Marine Highways
From protecting kelp forests and corals to inspiring international collaboration with a common goal, Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) play a vital role in conserving our Earth’s special marine places. In this podcast, learn about the importance of MPAs, NOAA’s role in managing them, and what the future might look like for these special places.
NOAA and the State of Connecticut are asking for public comment on a proposal to designate a national estuarine research reserve in Long Island Sound. If designated, this estuarine reserve in the southeastern part of the Constitution State would become the 30th such reserve in the national estuarine reserve system and the first in Connecticut.
In this video message, NOS Assistant Administrator Nicole LeBoeuf celebrates the 36th year of the International Coastal Cleanup, which is hosted by NOS’s partner, The Ocean Conservancy. In it she shares information about this incredible event, and explains how you can get involved and make a difference.
The publication of the guidelines is the culmination of a five-year collaboration between NOAA, USACE, and many international partners, including more than 175 international authors and contributors from more than 75 organizations and 10 countries.
Powerful winds aren't the only deadly force during a hurricane. The greatest threat to life actually comes from the water — in the form of storm surge. Storm surge is the abnormal rise in seawater level during a storm, measured as the height of the water above the normal predicted astronomical tide. The surge is caused primarily by a storm’s winds pushing water onshore.
From August 23-24, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) collected aerial images in the aftermath of Hurricane Henri. Of note, the flight incorporated a new camera system that provides significant improvements in resolution and coverage. Imagery was collected in specific areas identified by NOAA in coordination with state partners.
Making sound decisions requires easy access to reliable and timely coastal predictions of environmental parameters such as water levels, currents, water temperature, salinity and others that are provided by the NOS modeling suite where they are most needed. This information will reduce risks to life and property, enhance the economy, and promote social well-being in concert with our treasured coastal environment.
The public comment period is open for the NOS Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Surveying and Mapping Activities through November 22, 2021.
coastal ocean science