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What's New: September 2012

Coast Pilot magazine cover

NOAA's U.S. Coast Pilot Fosters Safe Navigation, Economic Stimulation

This week, NOAA launches weekly online updates of the U.S. Coast Pilot, which mariners have relied upon since the first American Coast Pilot was published in 1796! The free PDF updates will be published on the U.S. Coast Survey website every Tuesday. The U.S. Coast Pilot contains supplemental navigation information that is important to navigators of coastal and intracoastal waters and the Great Lakes, but which is difficult to portray on nautical charts. More...


New Seaglider Collects Data along Gulf Coast

A new underwater robotic vehicle is collecting important data along the Gulf Coast today, thanks to a partnership among Shell Oil Company, the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System, and NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center (NDBC). In July, scientists recently launched an iRobot seaglider approximately 24.1 kilometers east of Shell’s Auger platform, near Flower Garden Banks, in the Gulf of Mexico. More...

Truck driving down a flooded Highway 1 in Louisiana following Hurricane Isaac

NOAA Works to Resume Port Fourchon's Services to Energy Providers Following Isaac

Reports were already surfacing about hikes in gas prices because oil rigs were shut down in anticipation of a direct hit from Hurricane Isaac, when NOAA's Office of Coast Survey got the call. Their help was needed to speed the resumption of port operations at Port Fourchon, La., known as the "Gulf's Energy Connection." More...