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Imagery of the Western Lake Erie harmful algal bloom from September 26, 2017. The scum shown here near downtown Toledo stretched all the way to Lake Ontario. This photo is from Landsat-8 (a NASA/USGS satellite).
Can we clean up, stop, or end harmful algal blooms?

Many people ask, “Why not just clean up the algae?” Unfortunately, the answer is not so simple. Harmful algal blooms are a natural process that have been occurring throughout history ‐ and many human activities cause environmental changes that promote the development of harmful blooms. However, there are ways to lessen the effects of these events.

A student helps plant manoomin at Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve
Native American Heritage Month

See how NOAA partners with state agencies and tribes to protect the natural resources that often represent the foundation of tribal communities and their traditions.

a sea turtle with a tracking device on its shell on a boat, before it is placed back in the ocean
Tracking Marine Animals Worldwide

After years in development, an online portal allows anyone to view the movement and behavior of tagged marine organisms worldwide.

NOAA surveyors Charles Geoghegan and Benjamin Erickson conducting a geodetic surveying project in Colorado in the summer of 2017.
A Tale of Two Feet

Why NOAA and the National Institute of Standards and Technology are preparing to drop the U.S. survey foot in favor of the international foot.

a rocky beach. Credit:
2020 Tide Tables

NOAA 2020 tide tables are now available. NOAA tide predictions are used by both commercial and recreational mariners for safe navigation. NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services produce these tide tables on an annual basis.

The Top 40

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

  1. Native American Heritage Month
    5 Nov 2019
  2. Tracking Marine Animals Worldwide (on the World Wide Web!)
    28 Oct 2019
  3. A Tale of Two Feet
    7 Oct 2019
  4. NOAA 2020 Tide Tables are Available
    3 Oct 2019
  5. National Estuaries Week Gets Active
    12 Sep 2019
  6. Harmful Algal Blooms: Regional Information
    12 Sep 2019
  7. Fall 2019 High Tide Bulletin
    9 Sep 2019
  8. Hurricane Dorian Damage Assessment Imagery
    9 Sep 2019
  9. NOAA Responds to Ongoing Outbreak of Coral Disease in Florida
    18 Jul 2019
  10. Assessing Barry's Damage to Coastal Communities from the Air
    17 Jul 2019
  11. NOAA report: Growth in U.S. Ocean Economic Sectors Continues to Outpace Overall Economy
    18 Jun 2019
  12. Summer 2019 High Tide Bulletin
    18 Jun 2019
  13. A Boatload of Nautical Products
    20 May 2019
  14. Skincare Chemicals and Coral Reefs
    13 May 2019
  15. Ocean Tourism and Recreation
    10 May 2019
  16. NOAA Science Helps Restore Coastal Places
    17 Apr 2019
  17. Citizen Science
    11 Apr 2019
  18. Protecting Our Ocean — and Our Bottom Line
    25 Mar 2019
  19. Reaching New Heights
    20 Mar 2019
  20. Making Waves: Notable Women in Ocean Science
    13 Mar 2019
  21. NOAA's Role in Dealing with Oil and Chemical Spills
    12 Mar 2019
  22. Spring 2019 High Tide Bulletin
    6 Mar 2019
  23. NOS Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report
    7 Feb 2019
  24. Winter High Tide Bulletin
    6 Dec 2018
  25. Corals Week 2018
    3 Dec 2018
  26. How do we make nautical charts?
    26 Nov 2018
  27. 2018 Pacific Expeditions: Corals and Clean-Up
    14 Nov 2018
  28. NOAA 2019 Tide Tables are Available
    8 Nov 2018
  29. Nature’s Power to Heal and Teach
    7 Nov 2018
  30. Top Five: Weird Ocean Phenomena
    24 Oct 2018
  31. NOAA Expands Coastal Opportunities for People with Disabilities
    15 Oct 2018
  32. Hurricane Michael: NOAA Damage Assessment Aerial Imagery
    12 Oct 2018
  33. A Guide to Plastic in the Ocean
    20 Sep 2018
  34. Hurricane Florence: NOAA Damage Assessment Aerial Imagery
    18 Sep 2018
  35. High Tide Bulletin: Fall 2018
    7 Sep 2018
  36. High Tide Bulletin: Fall 2018
    7 Sep 2018
  37. Responding to Severe Weather Events
    18 Jun 2018
  38. World Hydrography Day Reddit "Ask Us Anything"
    7 Jun 2018
  39. Hope for Corals: Growing Species Resilience in Coral Nurseries
    7 Jun 2018
  40. NOAA report: U.S. Ocean Economic Sectors Growing Twice as Fast as Overall Economy
    3 Jun 2018