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Coral reefs are among the most valuable ecosystems on Earth. Unfortunately, they are declining due to manmade and natural threats. NOAA’s National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) is a massive, collaborative effort that was developed to collect scientifically sound, geographically comprehensive biological, climate, and socioeconomic data in U.S. coral reef areas. In this episode, we speak with Shay Viehman, a Research Ecologist with NOAA’s National Ocean Service in the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, and a contributor to the NCRMP, to learn how NOAA divers turn the data they collect from underwater missions into usable summaries that help scientists study and protect U.S. coral reef ecosystems.
Kim Penn from NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management talks about how simple nature-based systems not only minimize coastal flooding, erosion, and runoff — but also form wonderful areas for recreation and tourism.
How ocean tides played a crucial role in the initial phase of D-Day. In this episode, hear the story of this historic day from the perspective of the science of tides and tide predictions.
The ocean is home to millions of different forms of life—yet we know surprisingly little about the creatures that live right along our shores, how they interact with each other, or how they're changing as the ocean environment they live in changes.
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From corals to coastal science, connect with ocean experts to explore questions about the ocean environment.
Are you looking for our Making Waves, Diving Deeper, or Ocean Shorts podcasts? We combined all three of these podcasts into one. Visit our archive to view links to audio files of our older podcast episodes.
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