Corals Week 2022
Join us December 5-9 to celebrate the beauty and importance of coral reef ecosystems.
Tune in to the first podcast in a three-part series from the U.S. Global Change Research Program that explores how we make coastal decisions. In this episode, hear an interview with coastal consultant Adam Parris on the topic of equity and justice in coastal planning.
The AMOC is a system of ocean currents that circulates water within the Atlantic Ocean, bringing warm water north and cold water south. The AMOC circulates water from north to south and back in a long cycle within the Atlantic Ocean. This circulation brings warmth to various parts of the globe and also carries nutrients necessary to sustain ocean life.
New! Modeling Marine Ecosystems with Virtual Reality helps high school students explore how scientific models work. Our new modules offer interactive investigations where students use real data and models to explore human-caused changes in ocean ecosystems and the impacts they have on the plants and animals.
There are some factors that cause the tides to be higher than what is "normally" seen from day to day. View our bulletin to see when you may experience higher than normal high tides for the period of time between December 2022 and February of 2023.
The NOAA Voices Oral History Archive is a collection of more than 2300 oral histories. In this episode, we explore how this valuable resource helps us better understand the impact of weather events, coastal changes, and climate change. Voices has over 2300 oral histories in its collection, dating from the 1800s to the present day, and featuring interview subjects located from Maine to Samoa.
Coastal management. While this may not be a widely understood term, the sentiments behind it are almost universally agreed upon, for coastal management represents the desire to protect people, infrastructure, habitats, economies, and communities. This list is obviously a tall order, but that’s what the Coastal Zone Management Act is all about.
Two years ago, there were no offshore wind farms in U.S. federal waters. Now, there are two farms, with a total of seven turbines in federal waters, producing roughly 32 megawatts of energy. These numbers are about to get a lot higher. The first two commercial-scale offshore wind projects, which will produce around 900 megawatts of energy, are both under construction. The U.S. government aims to deploy 30 gigawatts of wind energy production in federal waters by 2030. The National Ocean Service (NOS) is helping the nation achieve this goal.
Our new educators guide includes eight elementary school level lessons, inspired by topics from the IMAX film Ocean Odyssey and many NOAA mission critical areas. These lessons progress for use from younger to older grade bands (2-5), but all contain aspects and resources which may be adapted for all grade bands.
Mariners sailing in and around Port Freeport — the fastest-growing port in Texas — have something to celebrate. The seaport, located outside of Houston, is now fitted with a NOAA system that improves safe and efficient marine navigation. The technology is part of a nationwide network called Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System, or PORTS®.
This September marked the completion of the five-month expedition to the Mariana Islands on the NOAA ship Rainier. I’m proud to share with you a video message about this cruise. This innovative NOAA mission combined very different and historically siloed projects – mapping and charting in conjunction with coral reef ecosystem surveying.
In 1972, in response to growing public concern about the state of our environment, Congress enacted banner legislation designed to protect our nation’s ocean and coasts. The legislation shaped our past 50 years and will continue to shape the future. Learn more and find out how you can help.