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Elkhorn Slough meanders seven miles inland from Monterey Bay, California, harboring the largest tract of tidal salt marsh in California outside of San Francisco Bay.
Celebrating 50 Years of Internationally Important Wetlands

2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, a treaty focused on the conservation and wise use of important wetlands. To receive the honor of being designated a Ramsar wetland, candidate sites must fulfill at least one of nine specific criteria. Of the 2,400 sites around the world, 41 are found in the U.S. and three are within the NOAA family — each of which are major stopover points for migratory birds along the Pacific Flyway in California.

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Summer High Tide Bulletin

View our bulletin to see when you may experience higher than normal high tides for the period of time between June and August, 2021.

This image shows a rip current using a harmless green dye.
NOAA Launches First National Rip Current Forecast Model

For the first time, NOAA is launching a national rip current forecast model, aimed at saving lives of beach-goers around the country.

collage of NOAA pioneers featured in this article
Making Waves: Notable Women in Ocean Science

Women who defied social convention and paved the way for scientists, regardless of their gender, to protect, study, and explore the ocean and ocean life.

an aerial view of gravity waves
5 Ocean Terms You May Not Know — But Should!

Tidal Bore. Hadal Zone. Mixotrophy. Sneaker Wave. Gravity Wave. Here are five little-known but fascinating ocean phenomena that will leave you wanting to learn more.

The Top 40

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  1. Summer High Tide Bulletin
    11 May 2021
  2. Celebrating 50 Years of Internationally Important Wetlands
    7 May 2021
  3. NOAA Launches First National Rip Current Forecast Model
    6 Apr 2021
  4. Making Waves: Notable Women in Ocean Science
    1 Mar 2021
  5. Spring High Tide Bulletin
    26 Feb 2021
  6. 5 Ocean Terms You May Not Know — But Should!
    8 Feb 2021
  7. NOAA Tide and Tidal Current Predictions Available Online
    6 Jan 2021
  8. 2020 Year in Review
    4 Jan 2021
  9. Winter High Tide Bulletin
    10 Dec 2020
  10. A Tale of Three Datums: Keeping Up With an Ever-changing Earth
    16 Nov 2020
  11. Hurricane Zeta Emergency Response Imagery Available Online
    29 Oct 2020
  12. Hurricane Delta Emergency Response Imagery Available Online
    11 Oct 2020
  13. Estuary Education Goes Virtual
    21 Sep 2020
  14. Hurricane Sally Aerial Damage Assessment Imagery Available
    18 Sep 2020
  15. NOAA Improves Marine Navigation Near Georgia and New Hampshire Naval Bases
    10 Sep 2020
  16. Fall High Tide Bulletin
    1 Sep 2020
  17. Hurricane Laura Aerial Damage Assessment Imagery Available
    28 Aug 2020
  18. IOOS Ocean Technology Transition Project Grants Announced
    26 Aug 2020
  19. Common Misconceptions about the Ocean
    18 Aug 2020
  20. Isaias Damage Assessment Imagery Available
    4 Aug 2020
  21. Precision Navigation
    9 Jul 2020
  22. Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast Improved
    9 Jul 2020
  23. NOAA's Emergency Response Imagery
    1 Jul 2020
  24. U.S. Marine Biodiversity Observing Network
    5 Jun 2020
  25. Summer High Tide Bulletin
    1 Jun 2020
  26. Advances in Oil Spill Science and Technology
    19 Apr 2020
  27. What is a bilby tower?
    30 Mar 2020
  28. Spring High Tide Bulletin
    2 Mar 2020
  29. Exploring the Secrets of Marsh Happiness
    18 Feb 2020
  30. National Ocean Service Annual Report
    8 Jan 2020
  31. Winter High Tide Bulletin
    5 Dec 2019
  32. Corals Week 2019
    2 Dec 2019
  33. Native American Heritage Month
    5 Nov 2019
  34. Tracking Marine Animals Worldwide (on the World Wide Web!)
    28 Oct 2019
  35. A Tale of Two Feet
    7 Oct 2019
  36. NOAA 2020 Tide Tables are Available
    3 Oct 2019
  37. National Estuaries Week Gets Active
    12 Sep 2019
  38. Harmful Algal Blooms: Regional Information
    12 Sep 2019
  39. Fall 2019 High Tide Bulletin
    9 Sep 2019
  40. Hurricane Dorian Damage Assessment Imagery
    9 Sep 2019