Sea lions, seals, dolphins, and whales are some of the marine mammals at risk of oil spills and marine pollution. To prepare for future disasters, NOAA’s marine mammal and oil spill experts worked together to publish "Guidelines for Assessing Exposure and Impacts of Oil Spills on Marine Mammals."
At Swan Island, high rates of shoreline erosion and subsidence have deteriorated the island’s natural habitat and its ability to shelter the nearby town of Ewell, Md., from wave energy. This project will increase the long-term resilience of the island and its capacity to defend adjacent shorelines from wave energy.
The tourism and recreation sector is the largest employer in the ocean and Great Lakes economy. This sector relies heavily on healthy coastal and ocean resources as well as the aesthetic quality of the environment. Unfortunately, marine debris is a pervasive issue in many coastal areas of the United States.
The human dimensions of harmful algal blooms (HABs) are becoming more apparent as they increase in frequency, magnitude and geographic scope. Preparing coastal communities for emerging and growing hazardous HAB events is key to reducing their impacts. Learn more about how HABs affect coastal communities and economies.
The 1990 Oil Pollution Act significantly improved measures to prevent, prepare for, and respond to oil spills in U.S. waters. This historic legislation gives NOAA and other agencies the authority to address impacts to natural resources caused by oil spills in U.S. waters and shorelines, and to hold polluters accountable. Thirty years later, take a look back at the major spills in 1989 that led to the Act.
This story map outlines the history of U.S. marine boundaries, how they have changed over time, and how current boundary data have been developed in support of offshore energy and marine planning communities.
MPAs are special places set aside to help protect and restore marine life and habitats in the ocean and Great Lakes. These marine parks also provide countless opportunities to experience our ocean and coastal waters.
North Carolina has some of the best conditions to support offshore wind energy in the Southeast U.S. See how NOAA and partners mapped the sea floor in this area to find the best spots for potential wind energy sites.
Learn about efforts to preserve one of the nation's oldest survey baselines created by Alexander Dallas Bache, a pioneer in using geodesy to create accurate nautical charts along the Atlantic coast in the 1800s.
There are about 120,000 workers in the U.S. commercial fishing industry. Explore the diversity of commercial fishing activities with maps, charts, and photos to see how this is reflected in the workforce.
Understanding human use of the ocean is essential for making ocean and coastal management decisions. NOAA developed a participatory mapping process that engages ocean use communities in documenting their expert knowledge.
The health of our nation's economy is tied to the health of the oceans and Great Lakes. The resources of the oceans and Great Lakes create jobs across the country and increase the quality of life for all Americans.
From 1996-2010, about 50 percent of the total population growth of urbanized areas in the nation was in the coastal regions. Take a deep dive into coastal population growth patterns.
Scientists at Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary use unmanned submersibles to better keep track of changing conditions. Dive in to see how they do it and what they've found.
This story map takes you on a journey through some of the most remote and pristine locations on the planet. Follow along with researchers during an 88-day mission to survey and study coral reef ecosystems.
See how coastal water levels from southeastern Florida to Delaware were impacted by 2016's Hurricane Matthew as the storm traveled along the coast. Water levels at seven NOAA tide stations exceeded historical maximums.
Pacific Islander/Asian American Heritage Month was established to recognize the history, concerns, contributions, and achievements of Pacific Islander/Asian Americans.
In fiscal year 2018, NOAA reached agreements totalling $34.3 million with cooperating companies across America to restore natural resources damaged by oil spills and industrial pollution. View the year's restoration projects of public resources like fish, wildlife, habitats, and recreation.
In 2017, major hurricanes Irma and Maria had significant impacts on Puerto Rico, including their coral reefs. This story map highlights data and images collected as part of a recent study examining the impacts to the shallow water coral reefs surrounding the archipelago of Puerto Rico.
As sea levels rise in the 21st century, how will marsh productivity be impacted? And what management actions can be taken now to mitigate these future changes? See how the Hydro-MEM model aims to forecast marsh productivity and mean high water under various sea level rise scenarios.
NOAA provides scientific support to understand, predict, prepare for, respond to, and recover from severe weather events. As part of this, see how we gather and display information about boats that are displaced during hurricanes so responders can efficiently address these threats.