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There's a lot going on at NOAA's National Ocean Service.

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Save Spectacular

October 23, 2022, marks the 50th anniversary of NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary System. It’s a milestone in NOAA’s mission to conserve and protect some of the nation's most treasured wildlife, seascapes, maritime heritage, and cultural resources.

Surfers walking at sunset on Second Beach, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Credit: NOAA
Celebrating 50 years of landmark conservation legislation

This month, NOS celebrates the 50th anniversary of four major pieces of environmental legislation: the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, and the Clean Water Act. These historic laws provide a foundation for the nation’s ocean and coastal conservation efforts and shape how many Americans view the environment.

Sanibel Causeway, National Geodetic Survey aerial assessment imagery collected on Sept. 29, 2022.
Hurricane Ian: Aerial Imagery

From September 29 - October 3, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) collected aerial damage assessment images in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. Imagery was collected in specific areas by NOAA aircraft, identified by NOAA in coordination with FEMA and other state and federal partners.

Wind energy turbines
Ramping Up Renewable Energy

The U.S. government aims to deploy 30 gigawatts of wind energy production in federal waters by 2030. The National Ocean Service (NOS) is helping the nation achieve this goal.

Motorists crossing a flooded street in a low-lying Norfolk neighborhood called Colonial Place, which floods at every high tide.
NOAA Awards $11M for Coastal and Infrastructure Resilience Research

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) is announcing $11M in Fiscal Year 2022 to fund 18 coastal resilience research projects across the nation.

The Top 40

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  1. NOAA Winter High Tide Bulletin
    15 Nov 2022
  2. Save Spectacular: Celebrating 50 Years of National Marine Sanctuaries
    21 Oct 2022
  3. Looking Back and Looking Forward
    11 Oct 2022
  4. Hurricane Ian: Damage Assessment Imagery Available
    30 Sep 2022
  5. Ramping Up Renewable Energy: How NOS is helping boost offshore wind energy in the US
    21 Sep 2022
  6. NOAA Fall High Tide Bulletin
    16 Aug 2022
  7. 2021 National Ocean Service Science Report
    20 Jul 2022
  8. Mapping the Gaps in Our Ocean Knowledge with Seabed 2030
    29 Jun 2022
  9. Application Guide for the 2022 Sea Level Rise Technical Report Now Available
    22 Jun 2022
  10. NOAA Summer High Tide Bulletin
    16 May 2022
  11. Container Ship MV Ever Forward is Moving Again
    18 Apr 2022
  12. The NOAA Science Behind Marking the U.S. Census Center of Population
    21 Mar 2022
  13. NOAA Spring High Tide Bulletin
    16 Feb 2022
  14. 2022 Sea Level Rise Technical Report
    15 Feb 2022
  15. Major Update to NOAA's Coastal County Snapshots
    18 Jan 2022
  16. National Ocean Service Annual Report
    10 Jan 2022
  17. Winter High Tide Bulletin
    22 Nov 2021
  18. Over $130 Million to Restore 10 Polluted Waterways Across the Country
    9 Nov 2021
  19. NOAA Awards $15.2M for Harmful Algal Bloom Research
    27 Oct 2021
  20. NOAA Proposes Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve
    17 Sep 2021
  21. International Guidelines on Natural and Nature-Based Features for Flood Risk Management
    8 Sep 2021
  22. Hurricane Henri Emergency Response Imagery
    24 Aug 2021
  23. Fall High Tide Bulletin
    13 Aug 2021
  24. Coral Reefs and Coastal Communities: Trends from Socioeconomic Surveying in South Florida
    10 Aug 2021
  25. Now Available: Enhanced Gulf of Mexico Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasting Products
    21 Jul 2021
  26. NOAA Celebrates 30 Years of Safer Marine Navigation Through PORTS®
    19 Jul 2021
  27. Global Platform Initiates Plan to Save Coral Reefs
    7 Jul 2021
  28. Summer High Tide Bulletin
    11 May 2021
  29. Celebrating 50 Years of Internationally Important Wetlands
    7 May 2021
  30. NOAA Launches First National Rip Current Forecast Model
    6 Apr 2021
  31. Making Waves: Notable Women in Ocean Science
    1 Mar 2021
  32. Spring High Tide Bulletin
    26 Feb 2021
  33. 5 Ocean Terms You May Not Know — But Should!
    8 Feb 2021
  34. NOAA Tide and Tidal Current Predictions Available Online
    6 Jan 2021
  35. 2020 Year in Review
    4 Jan 2021
  36. Winter High Tide Bulletin
    10 Dec 2020
  37. A Tale of Three Datums: Keeping Up With an Ever-changing Earth
    16 Nov 2020
  38. Hurricane Zeta Emergency Response Imagery Available Online
    29 Oct 2020
  39. Hurricane Delta Emergency Response Imagery Available Online
    11 Oct 2020
  40. Estuary Education Goes Virtual
    21 Sep 2020