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What's New: May 2012

NOAA nautical chart 16161 showing Kotzebue Sound

New Nautical Chart for Northwest Alaska Assists Growing Shipping in Arctic Region

NOAA released a new nautical chart for Kotzebue Sound in the Alaskan Arctic. This region is seeing increased vessel traffic because of the significant loss of sea ice. More...

NOAA’s Inundation Analysis Tool Places Flood Data at Planners’ Fingertips

NOAA’s Inundation Analysis Tool Places Flood Data at Planners’ Fingertips

NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) will launch an innovative new tool for coastal resource managers this week at the Association of State Floodplain Managers’ annual conference in San Antonio. Called the Inundation Analysis Tool, the web-based application employs data collected at NOAA tide gauge stations to provide statistical summaries of the historical frequency and duration of observed high waters. More...

Lewes and Rehoboth Canal in Delaware

The Nation’s Coastal Waters Receive a Fair Rating

The fourth National Coastal Condition Report (NCCR IV), part of a series of reports that rate the overall condition of U.S. coastal waters and the Great Lakes, was released in April. The overall condition of our coastal waters was rated fair based on data from 2003 to 2006. More...

images of boat in tropical waters

Thank Your Mother and Nurture a National Marine Sanctuary Near You

We celebrate our own mothers every year in mid-May, so why not nurture Mother Earth herself this month by participating or volunteering at a national marine sanctuary (NMS) near you? More...

images of ocean viewer showing sea floor

Explore Earth's Ocean Floor with NOAA's New Online Viewer

NOAA has made sea floor maps and other data on the world’s coasts, continental shelves, and deep ocean available for easy viewing online. Anyone with Internet access can now explore undersea features and obtain detailed depictions of the sea floor and coasts, including deep canyons, ripples, landslides, and likely fish habitat. More...