NOAA Custom Chart
Podcast: How electronic nautical charts are the future, but easy-to-print charts are here to stay with NOAA Custom Chart.
For the first time, NOAA is launching a national rip current forecast model, aimed at saving lives of beach-goers around the country. This new model can predict the hourly probability of rip currents along U.S. beaches up to six days out. Similar to predicting weather or precipitation, the model predicts the likelihood of dangerous seaward currents on a sliding scale - from 0 to 100%.
The mainly rural nature of Virginia’s Eastern Shore differs significantly from the state’s fast-developing James City and New Kent Counties, which are part of the Lower Chickahominy River Watershed. Yet a pair of economic studies show that land conservation action in each region funnels millions of extra dollars into local coastal economies while it also safeguards migratory songbird habitat and boosts water quality.
NOAA has announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Ørsted Wind Power North America LLC, an offshore wind development company, to share physical and biological data in Ørsted-leased waters subject to U.S. jurisdiction. The MOA is the first of its kind between an offshore wind developer and NOAA, and it paves the way for similar data-sharing agreements with other developers.
Lidar stands for light detection and ranging. We explore how this popular remote sensing method supports NOAA’s mission and enables scientists and mapping professionals to examine both natural and manmade environments with accuracy, precision, and flexibility.
Barrier islands form as waves repeatedly deposit sediment parallel to the shoreline. As wind and waves shift according to weather patterns and local geographic features, these islands constantly move, erode, and grow. They can even disappear entirely. NOAA supports natural and nature-based infrastructure projects that restore and protect barrier islands and the benefits they provide to coastal communities and ecosystems.
2021 marks 30 years of NOAA’s Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program (DARRP) working to hold polluters accountable for the impacts of oil spills, hazardous waste, and ship groundings in waterways. NOAA has worked with co-trustees and industry to recover $10.4 billion from polluters to fund restoration projects that help ecosystems and coastal communities recover.
The 2020 NOAA Science Report celebrates NOAA’s vital ocean, weather, Great Lakes, and atmospheric research, and how it works to protect lives and property, support a vibrant economy, and strengthen national security.
tides and currents
coastal ocean science