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What's New: June 2013

A CO-OPS employee installs an air gap sensor 160 feet above the water on the Don Holt Bridge in Charleston, South Carolina. The sensor, part of the Charleston Harbor Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (or PORTS), is critical for under bridge clearance, as ships continue to maximize channel depths and widths while, at the same time, push the bounds of bridge heights.

New PORTS® Dedicated in Charleston, S.C.

Charleston harbor, S.C., is home to the nation's 23rd Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS®). This NOAA system provides real-time information that determines bridge clearance measurements from special air gap sensors, as well as water level and meteorological information from long-term tide stations, providing users with critical data when transiting the harbor. Officials from NOS's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) and the South Carolina State Ports Authority dedicated the new system on June 27. More...

U. S. Army Air Corps photographs of the burning tanker Potrero del Llano in May 1942

Red Tide Robot: NOAA, Partners Test New Tool to Detect Shellfish Toxins

Recently, NOAA and partners conducted the first field test of an underwater robot using a NOAA-developed sensor that enables remote, automated measurements of paralytic shellfish toxins (PSTs).  PSTs are produced by the dinoflagellate Alexandrium, the algae that causes toxic red tides in the Gulf of Maine. More...