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marine life
U.S. Marine Biodiversity Observing Network

Changes in marine biodiversity—the variety and variability of life in the ocean—can be an early indicator of change, provided it's noticed. The U.S. Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) aims to ensure that scientists not only notice changes in biodiversity at locations around the nation, but also have the tools in place to better understand what these changes tell us about ocean health over time. But marine life doesn't know borders. That's why the U.S. network also supports international cooperation with other marine biodiversity networks, research institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations and stakeholders around the world towards development of a truly global MBON.

aerial view of Deepwater Horizon during the oil spill
Advances in Oil Spill Science and Technology

Ten years later, we look at a few examples of how lessons learned during and research following Deepwater Horizon have better prepared the agency to provide expert scientific support for future events.

two images of bilby towers, one showing two peoplE sitting on one high up in the air
What is a Bilby tower?

NOAA's National Geodetic Survey and its predecessor organizations have been using geodesy to map the U.S. shoreline, determine land boundaries, and improve transportation and navigation safety for over two centuries.

coastal flooding in South Carolina
Summer High Tide Bulletin

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 June and August 2020.

Researchers found that this marsh is 'unhappy' even though it appears to be vibrant and healthy. Persistent marshes all share common traits.
Happy and Unhappy Marshes

Researchers recently published a study that examines the secret to marsh happiness: “happy” marshes share similar characteristics, whereas “unhappy” marshes deteriorate in diverse ways. By understanding how marshes can deteriorate so differently, coastal managers can make wiser conservation decisions.

The Top 40

Looking for a recent story? Here are our latest 40 posts.

  1. NOAA's Emergency Response Imagery
    1 Jul 2020
  2. U.S. Marine Biodiversity Observing Network
    5 Jun 2020
  3. Summer High Tide Bulletin
    1 Jun 2020
  4. Advances in Oil Spill Science and Technology
    19 Apr 2020
  5. What is a bilby tower?
    30 Mar 2020
  6. Spring High Tide Bulletin
    2 Mar 2020
  7. Exploring the Secrets of Marsh Happiness
    18 Feb 2020
  8. National Ocean Service Annual Report
    8 Jan 2020
  9. Winter High Tide Bulletin
    5 Dec 2019
  10. Corals Week 2019
    2 Dec 2019
  11. Native American Heritage Month
    5 Nov 2019
  12. Tracking Marine Animals Worldwide (on the World Wide Web!)
    28 Oct 2019
  13. A Tale of Two Feet
    7 Oct 2019
  14. NOAA 2020 Tide Tables are Available
    3 Oct 2019
  15. National Estuaries Week Gets Active
    12 Sep 2019
  16. Harmful Algal Blooms: Regional Information
    12 Sep 2019
  17. Fall 2019 High Tide Bulletin
    9 Sep 2019
  18. Hurricane Dorian Damage Assessment Imagery
    9 Sep 2019
  19. NOAA Responds to Ongoing Outbreak of Coral Disease in Florida
    18 Jul 2019
  20. Assessing Barry's Damage to Coastal Communities from the Air
    17 Jul 2019
  21. NOAA report: Growth in U.S. Ocean Economic Sectors Continues to Outpace Overall Economy
    18 Jun 2019
  22. Summer 2019 High Tide Bulletin
    18 Jun 2019
  23. A Boatload of Nautical Products
    20 May 2019
  24. Skincare Chemicals and Coral Reefs
    13 May 2019
  25. Ocean Tourism and Recreation
    10 May 2019
  26. NOAA Science Helps Restore Coastal Places
    17 Apr 2019
  27. Citizen Science
    11 Apr 2019
  28. Protecting Our Ocean — and Our Bottom Line
    25 Mar 2019
  29. Reaching New Heights
    20 Mar 2019
  30. Making Waves: Notable Women in Ocean Science
    13 Mar 2019
  31. NOAA's Role in Dealing with Oil and Chemical Spills
    12 Mar 2019
  32. Spring 2019 High Tide Bulletin
    6 Mar 2019
  33. NOS Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report
    7 Feb 2019
  34. Winter High Tide Bulletin
    6 Dec 2018
  35. Corals Week 2018
    3 Dec 2018
  36. How do we make nautical charts?
    26 Nov 2018
  37. 2018 Pacific Expeditions: Corals and Clean-Up
    14 Nov 2018
  38. NOAA 2019 Tide Tables are Available
    8 Nov 2018
  39. Nature’s Power to Heal and Teach
    7 Nov 2018
  40. Top Five: Weird Ocean Phenomena
    24 Oct 2018