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A Boatload of Nautical Products

NOAA's Office of Coast Survey, the nation's nautical chartmaker, provides a suite of products to help make maritime transportation safe for all users. The Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) is the authoritative source for accurate, reliable, and timely water-level and current measurements. Explore free NOAA products available from these offices to help make your next trip an enjoyable one.

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Skincare Chemicals and Coral Reefs

Scientists have discovered that some of the chemicals found in sunscreen and other personal health products also threaten the health of coral reefs.

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Travel and Tourism

Did you know that the last time you spent a night in a beachfront bed and breakfast or enjoyed a seafood meal overlooking the ocean, you were supporting an industry that employs millions of people?

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A new web-based interactive tool for ocean mapping and planning provides professional users and the general public with opportunities to explore the ocean from their own computer.

Garbage that isn’t properly disposed in cities often makes its way to the ocean via streams and rivers.
Restoring Coastal Places

Thousands of oil spills happen every year, and most pollution cases don’t make the news. See how NOAA uses science to figure out exactly what damage has been done so that ecosystems can be restored.

The Top 40

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

  1. A Boatload of Nautical Products
    20 May 2019
  2. Skincare Chemicals and Coral Reefs
    13 May 2019
  3. Ocean Tourism and Recreation
    10 May 2019
  4. NOAA Science Helps Restore Coastal Places
    17 Apr 2019
  5. Citizen Science
    11 Apr 2019
  6. Protecting Our Ocean — and Our Bottom Line
    25 Mar 2019
  7. Reaching New Heights
    20 Mar 2019
  8. Making Waves: Notable Women in Ocean Science
    13 Mar 2019
  9. NOAA's Role in Dealing with Oil and Chemical Spills
    12 Mar 2019
  10. Spring 2019 High Tide Bulletin
    6 Mar 2019
  11. NOS Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report
    7 Feb 2019
  12. Winter High Tide Bulletin
    6 Dec 2018
  13. Corals Week 2018
    3 Dec 2018
  14. How do we make nautical charts?
    26 Nov 2018
  15. 2018 Pacific Expeditions: Corals and Clean-Up
    14 Nov 2018
  16. NOAA 2019 Tide Tables are Available
    8 Nov 2018
  17. Nature’s Power to Heal and Teach
    7 Nov 2018
  18. Top Five: Weird Ocean Phenomena
    24 Oct 2018
  19. NOAA Expands Coastal Opportunities for People with Disabilities
    15 Oct 2018
  20. Hurricane Michael: NOAA Damage Assessment Aerial Imagery
    12 Oct 2018
  21. A Guide to Plastic in the Ocean
    20 Sep 2018
  22. Hurricane Florence: NOAA Damage Assessment Aerial Imagery
    18 Sep 2018
  23. High Tide Bulletin: Fall 2018
    7 Sep 2018
  24. High Tide Bulletin: Fall 2018
    7 Sep 2018
  25. Responding to Severe Weather Events
    18 Jun 2018
  26. World Hydrography Day Reddit "Ask Us Anything"
    7 Jun 2018
  27. Hope for Corals: Growing Species Resilience in Coral Nurseries
    7 Jun 2018
  28. NOAA report: U.S. Ocean Economic Sectors Growing Twice as Fast as Overall Economy
    3 Jun 2018
  29. Ten Common Words with Uncommon Meanings in Spill Response
    8 May 2018
  30. Travel and Tourism Week: Ocean Tourism and Recreation Spotlight
    7 May 2018
  31. New real-time data system helps Miami seaport safely bring in ships
    3 Apr 2018
  32. New NOAA Report Looks at National Coastal Flood Vulnerability
    19 Mar 2018
  33. Taking Data Further with Standards
    19 Mar 2018
  34. High Tide Bulletin: Spring 2018
    1 Mar 2018
  35. International Year of the Reef
    15 Feb 2018
  36. Celebrate Estuaries
    2 Feb 2018
  37. Sanctuary Ocean Count
    30 Jan 2018
  38. The Advent of the Modern-Day Shipping Container
    30 Jan 2018
  39. Common Phrases with a Nautical Origin
    24 Jan 2018
  40. Precision Navigation
    9 Jan 2018
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NOS Career Profiles

Marine Biologist. Geodesist. Graphic Designer. These are just a few of the wide variety of jobs held by people who work for the National Ocean Service. Head over to our Career Profiles to meet some of our staff and get quick links to NOAA careers, volunteerism, and internships.

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