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Features: March 2010

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NOAA’s Navigation Response Teams – Rapid Response for Disasters

When hurricanes make landfall, they often bring with them stronger-than-normal ocean currents that can shift navigational channels and bring debris that can threaten the ability of vessels to navigate safely along the coast. With U.S. ports being America’s lifelines for receiving critical supplies such as food and fuel, NOAA’s Navigation Response Teams work around-the-clock after a storm strikes to ensure safe maritime operations can resume.



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Incorporating the "People Factor" in Oceans and Coasts

As might be expected for an organization with the middle name of "ocean," the National Ocean Service (NOS) is heavily involved in the biological and physical aspects of our oceans and coasts. But did you know that NOS also is involved in social science research and applications?




The Anacostia: Partnering to Restore an Urban Estuary

Located only 3,000 yards from Capitol Hill, the Anacostia River is one of the Chesapeake Bay's most heavily altered and contaminated watersheds. Find out what's being done to clean it up.