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One of three online Gulf of Mexico harmful algal bloom products now available to the public, the respiratory irritation forecast displays conditions at individual beaches over the next 30 hours. It is updated every three hours with any new information and supported by volunteer citizen scientists. Respiratory irritation risk is indicated by the color of the pins: blue (absent or low risk), yellow (low risk), orange (moderate risk), and red (high risk).
Now Available: Enhanced Gulf of Mexico Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasting Products

NOAA’s newly enhanced harmful algal bloom forecasts are now available to the public in real time. The forecasts are higher resolution, providing hourly observations at the individual beach level. Analysis of "red tide" algal bloom locations and reported impacts are now automated, and reports include forecasts of potential development, intensification, transport, and impacts of algal blooms.

A container ship enters the shipping channel at PortMiami, where vessel pilots now have access to real-time current information to help guide them safely into port. This NOAA system, called PORTS® (short for Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System), is deployed in many busy waterways throughout the U.S. to provide key environmental parameters — including water levels, currents, waves, salinity, bridge clearance (air gap), winds, air and water temperature, and visibility. Sensors are tailored to meet specific needs at each seaport.
NOAA Celebrates 30 Years of Safer Marine Navigation Through PORTS®

This July, PORTS celebrates 30 years of providing commercial vessel operators with accurate and reliable real-time environmental conditions to enhance the safety and efficiency of maritime commerce.

Coral in the Red Sea. Image credit: Tobias Friedrich
New Global Platform to Save Coral Reefs

G20 leaders recently created a new platform to improve coral conservation and restoration outcomes around the world with a suite of superior science and technology approaches.

Elkhorn Slough meanders seven miles inland from Monterey Bay, California, harboring the largest tract of tidal salt marsh in California outside of San Francisco Bay.
Celebrating 50 Years of Internationally Important Wetlands

2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, a treaty focused on the conservation and wise use of important wetlands.

collage of annual report images
Summer High Tide Bulletin

View our bulletin to see when you may experience higher than normal high tides for the period of time between June and August, 2021.

The Top 40

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  1. Now Available: Enhanced Gulf of Mexico Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasting Products
    21 Jul 2021
  2. NOAA Celebrates 30 Years of Safer Marine Navigation Through PORTS®
    19 Jul 2021
  3. Global Platform Initiates Plan to Save Coral Reefs
    7 Jul 2021
  4. Summer High Tide Bulletin
    11 May 2021
  5. Celebrating 50 Years of Internationally Important Wetlands
    7 May 2021
  6. NOAA Launches First National Rip Current Forecast Model
    6 Apr 2021
  7. Making Waves: Notable Women in Ocean Science
    1 Mar 2021
  8. Spring High Tide Bulletin
    26 Feb 2021
  9. 5 Ocean Terms You May Not Know — But Should!
    8 Feb 2021
  10. NOAA Tide and Tidal Current Predictions Available Online
    6 Jan 2021
  11. 2020 Year in Review
    4 Jan 2021
  12. Winter High Tide Bulletin
    10 Dec 2020
  13. A Tale of Three Datums: Keeping Up With an Ever-changing Earth
    16 Nov 2020
  14. Hurricane Zeta Emergency Response Imagery Available Online
    29 Oct 2020
  15. Hurricane Delta Emergency Response Imagery Available Online
    11 Oct 2020
  16. Estuary Education Goes Virtual
    21 Sep 2020
  17. Hurricane Sally Aerial Damage Assessment Imagery Available
    18 Sep 2020
  18. NOAA Improves Marine Navigation Near Georgia and New Hampshire Naval Bases
    10 Sep 2020
  19. Fall High Tide Bulletin
    1 Sep 2020
  20. Hurricane Laura Aerial Damage Assessment Imagery Available
    28 Aug 2020
  21. IOOS Ocean Technology Transition Project Grants Announced
    26 Aug 2020
  22. Common Misconceptions about the Ocean
    18 Aug 2020
  23. Isaias Damage Assessment Imagery Available
    4 Aug 2020
  24. Precision Navigation
    9 Jul 2020
  25. Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast Improved
    9 Jul 2020
  26. NOAA's Emergency Response Imagery
    1 Jul 2020
  27. U.S. Marine Biodiversity Observing Network
    5 Jun 2020
  28. Summer High Tide Bulletin
    1 Jun 2020
  29. Advances in Oil Spill Science and Technology
    19 Apr 2020
  30. What is a bilby tower?
    30 Mar 2020
  31. Spring High Tide Bulletin
    2 Mar 2020
  32. Exploring the Secrets of Marsh Happiness
    18 Feb 2020
  33. National Ocean Service Annual Report
    8 Jan 2020
  34. Winter High Tide Bulletin
    5 Dec 2019
  35. Corals Week 2019
    2 Dec 2019
  36. Native American Heritage Month
    5 Nov 2019
  37. Tracking Marine Animals Worldwide (on the World Wide Web!)
    28 Oct 2019
  38. A Tale of Two Feet
    7 Oct 2019
  39. NOAA 2020 Tide Tables are Available
    3 Oct 2019
  40. National Estuaries Week Gets Active
    12 Sep 2019