Podcast: Diving for Data
How underwater missions help scientists study and protect coral reef ecosystems.
Each year as many as 90,000 students visit the 29 National Estuarine Research Reserves on field trips, summer camps, and other educational programs. But this year has been different. To continue giving children the environmental education experience, reserve staff got creative, developing robust virtual educational programs and activities for children, teachers, and the homeschooling parents.
Two new Physical Oceanographic Real-Time Systems, also known as PORTS
Earlier this year, geologists identified an unstable slope that has the potential to become a tsunami-generating landslide a glacial fjord 60 miles east of Anchorage, Alaska. One critical piece of missing information was water depth at the base of the slope. Given the importance of this data, the U.S. Geological Survey worked with Coast Survey to fund a bathymetric survey and expedited processing of the data.
From September 18-20 the National Geodetic Survey collected aerial damage assessment images in the aftermath of Hurricane Sally. Imagery was collected in specific areas identified by NOAA in coordination with state and federal partners. Collected images are available to view online via the NGS aerial imagery viewer.
New technologies are offering us ways to explore more of our ocean and coasts more often at lower cost. The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System's (IOOS®) Ocean Technology Transition project, an ongoing multi-year cooperative grant program, has announced six new grants to meet the need for new technology and novel approaches to address ocean observing needs.
The third week of September is National Estuaries Week, a time set aside to commemorate the remarkably productive estuaries found throughout the U.S. This year the recreational and aesthetic benefits seem particularly important, as so many of us have a renewed need for the natural environment to help sharpen our minds and nourish our souls. — Dr. Jeff Payne, Director, NOAA's Office for Coastal Management
coastal ocean science
tides and currents