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The NOAA Ocean Podcast

Connect with ocean experts and explore topics from corals to coastal science with our audio podcast.


Listen to episodes of the new NOAA Ocean podcast here—and subscribe to us in your favorite podcatcher so you never miss an episode. Just search for "NOAA Ocean."

photo of fox in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay Reserve
Say Cheese: Wetland Wildlife Inventory

In this episode, we explore how scientists across the National Estuarine Research Reserve System conducted the first-ever North American wildlife inventory of these habitats. We chat with Dr. Kenny Raposa, research coordinator at Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and lead scientist for the study.

This image shows a bleached brain coral. When bleaching occurs, a microscopic algae that lives inside of corals either dies or is expelled by the coral. The algae is what gives corals their colors.
Coral Bleaching

When temperatures rise, coral bleaching can occur. In this episode, we explore what happens during bleaching events, how corals are affected, and how we can help protect these important ecosystems. We’re joined by coral expert Dana Wusinich-Mendez, Atlantic and Caribbean team lead and Florida management liaison for NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program.

In this episode, we revisit a previous podcast on these storm-fueled waves and discuss how they differ from tsunamis. We're joined by Dr. Gregory Dusek, senior scientist with NOAA's National Ocean Service, to discuss his study on meteotsunamis.
Meteotsunamis

In this episode, we revisit a 2019 interview on meteotsunamis to learn how these storm-fueled waves differ from tsunamis. Meteotsunamis are a series of large waves fueled by area-pressure disturbances like storms, and can occur in many places around the world — including the Great Lakes. We're joined by Dr. Gregory Dusek, NOS senior scientist, to discuss his research on this phenomenon.

An oiled rock along the Mississippi River shoreline near New Orleans, Louisiana, following an April 2018 fuel oil spill. Oil can come in different forms, including tarballs, pancakes, and mousse.
Weird Facts About Oil and Oil Spills

When it comes to oil spills and their impacts on marine environments, water and oil don’t mix. In this episode, we chat with an oil spill response expert, Doug Helton, regional operations supervisor for NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration, Emergency Response Division, and discuss some weird facts about oil and oil contamination.

The rusty remnants of a Totten Beacon located near American Shoal lighthouse. Photo credit: M. Lawrence.
The Florida Keys: Dive into History

In this episode, we're heading to the Florida Keys, the only place in the continental United States with shallow water coral reefs. We're joined by Brenda Altmeier, maritime heritage coordinator for Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, to tell us the story of the Florida Keys through maritime history.

All Episodes

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  1. Say Cheese: Wetland Wildlife Inventory
    15 Feb 2024
  2. Coral Bleaching
    5 Dec 2023
  3. Meteotsunamis
    9 Nov 2023
  4. Weird Facts About Oil and Oil Spills
    29 Sep 2023
  5. The Florida Keys: Dive into History
    07 Sep 2023
  6. Digging into the Science of Sand
    31 Jul 2023
  7. Rip Currents: Preparedness and Prevention
    28 Jun 2023
  8. Gliders: Versatile Vehicles for Underwater Observation
    31 May 2023
  9. USACE: Foundational Research on Rebalancing with Blue Carbon
    27 Apr 2023
  10. Seagrass: Ecosystem Services Provider
    30 Mar 2023
  11. Perspectives on Coastal Decision Making
    23 Jan 2023
  12. Making Coastal Decisions
    15 Dec 2022
  13. Equity and Justice in Coastal Planning
    17 Nov 2022
  14. Recording Oral Histories
    27 Oct 2022
  15. Capturing Snapshots of the U.S. Population
    20 Sep 2022
  16. Understanding Disease Impacts to Long-Spined Sea Urchins
    28 July 202
  17. Surveying in the Great Lakes
    26 May 2022
  18. Engineering with Nature: USACE, NOAA, and the Value of Partnership
    31 Mar 2022
  19. Water Level Stations and their Role in Tsunami Detection
    31 Mar 2022
  20. Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve: A Living Laboratory
    24 Feb 2022
  21. 2022 Sea Level Rise Technical Report
    15 Feb 2022
  22. The Future Ocean Podcast
    16 Dec 2021
  23. Restoration: Replacing What Was Lost
    09 Nov 2021
  24. Marine Protected Areas: Conserving America’s Ocean and Coasts
    02 Sep 2021
  25. Connecting the Dots with Modeling (Part Two)
    20 May 2021
  26. Connecting the Dots with Modeling (Part One)
    20 May 2021
  27. NOAA Custom Chart Tool
    15 Apr 2021
  28. A Laser is Worth a Thousand Words
    25 Mar 2021
  29. Explore Your Ocean with NOAA Ocean Today
    04 Mar 2021
  30. Shipwrecks, Science, and Stewardship at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
    14 Jan 2021
  31. Protecting Culebra's Coral Reefs
    08 Dec 2020
  32. Precision Marine Navigation
    29 Oct 2020
  33. The Microplastic-Mussel Connection: Part Two
    30 Sep 2020
  34. The Microplastic-Mussel Connection: Part One
    30 Sep 2020
  35. From Diving to Data: Close-up with Coral Research
    27 Aug 2020
  36. Breaking Down Barriers: Natural Infrastructure
    30 Jul 2020
  37. Turning the Tide: D-Day from an Oceanographer's Perspective
    24 Jun 2020
  38. Marine Life Counts: The U.S. Marine Biodiversity Observation Network
    28 May 2020
  39. Education Resources
    24 Apr 2020
  40. Understanding Gravity
    19 Mar 2020
  41. Bringing Wetlands to Market
    20 Feb 2020
  42. The Nurdle Patrol: Citizen Scientists Fight Pollution, One Pellet at a Time
    23 Jan 2020
  43. After a Hurricane Hits: NOAA’s Emergency Response Aerial Imagery
    17 Dec 2019
  44. The Nautical Origins of 10 Popular Phrases
    23 Oct 2019
  45. NOAA's Disaster Preparedness Program
    07 Aug 2019
  46. Meteotsunamis: State of the Science
    11 Jul 2019
  47. Ocean Gliders: How NOAA uses autonomous technology to help predict hurricane intensity
    30 May 2019
  48. Navigating the Sea is Safer, More Efficient With Digital Charts
    25 Apr 2019
  49. Making it Count
    21 Mar 2019
  50. Lionfish Invasion
    28 Feb 2019
  51. Fa’a Samoa: The Samoan Way (Part Two)
    04 Dec 2018
  52. Fa’a Samoa: The Samoan Way (Part One)
    04 Dec 2018
  53. All About HABS: Uncovering the Mystery of Harmful Algal Blooms
    14 Nov 2018
  54. Remote Control
    24 Oct 2018
  55. Ocean Noise
    29 Aug 2018
  56. Breaking Down Barriers: Natural Infrastructure
    28 Jun 2018
  57. National Ocean Service's Role in Hurricane Prep, Response, and Recovery
    24 May 2018
  58. Motion in the Ocean: Tides and Currents
    26 Apr 2018
  59. Garbage Patches: How Gyres Take Our Trash Out to Sea
    22 Mar 2018
  60. Dealing with Dead Zones: Hypoxia in the Ocean
    22 Feb 2018
  61. Geodesy: The Invisible Backbone of Navigation
    18 Jan 2018
  62. Marine Debris in Alaska
    16 Nov 2017
  63. Reef Resilience
    23 Aug 2017
  64. Ocean Current Surveys 101
    27 Jul 2017
  65. Historical Maps and Charts
    21 Jul 2017
  66. Celebrating 100 Years of NOAA Corps
    25 May 2017
  67. Marine Animal Telemetry
    11 May 2017
  68. Restoration at Industrial Waste Sites
    04 May 2017
  69. Volunteering with our National Marine Sanctuaries
    17 Apr 2017
  70. GPS on Bench Marks
    23 Mar 2017
  71. Picking the Right Spot: Offshore Wind Energy
    01 Mar 2017
  72. Marine Life Counts: The U.S. Marine Biodiversity Observation Network
    19 Jan 2017
  73. Listen up: What you need to know about ocean noise.
    08 Dec 2016
  74. Bringing Wetlands to Market: the Power of Blue Carbon in a Changing Climate
    04 Aug 2016
  75. Connecting the Dots Between Corals and Humans
    24 Mar 2016
  76. Alaska: Marine Debris in the Wilderness
    28 Jan 2016
  77. Vertical Mapping and Atomic Clocks
    24 Sep 2015
  78. Exploring the Unknown in the Caribbean
    01 Apr 2015
  79. Shipwreck Detectives in California
    15 Jan 2015
  80. Arctic Shield
    01 Oct 2014
  81. Great Pacific Garbage Patch
    26 Jun 2014
  82. Coastal Blue Carbon
    08 May 2014
  83. The Exxon Valdez, 25 Years Later
    21 Mar 2014
  84. Connecting the Dots: Corals and Humans
    15 Sep 2016
  85. Ocean Economy
    18 Aug 2016
  86. Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasting
    05 May 2016
  87. Remembering the Titanic
    15 Apr 2016
  88. Shipwreck Detective
    17 Feb 2016
  89. How Invasive Species Are Introduced
    21 Jan 2016
  90. Marine Debris Movement
    24 Nov 2015
  91. A Healthy Eelgrass Meadow is Restored
    29 Oct 2015
  92. Coral Bleaching
    17 Sep 2015
  93. Hypoxia
    18 Jun 2015
  94. NOAA PORTS
    14 May 2015
  95. Tsunamis
    26 Mar 2015
  96. Four Corners
    19 Mar 2015
  97. Coastal Blue Carbon
    12 Feb 2015
  98. Invasive Lionfish
    06 Feb 2014
  99. Restoring Natural Resources
    16 Jan 2014
  100. Reef Resilience
    22 Sep 2016
  101. Microplastics
    30 Jun 2016
  102. Living Shorelines
    07 Apr 2016
  103. Exploring Hawaii's Coral Reefs
    03 Dec 2015
  104. Nuisance Flooding
    22 Oct 2015
  105. Hurricane Katrina: 10 Years Later
    27 Aug 2015
  106. Ocean Economy
    25 Jun 2015
  107. GPS on Bench Marks
    16 Apr 2015
  108. Invasive Species
    26 Feb 2015
  109. Coral Bleaching
    01 Dec 2014
  110. Tides and Currents
    18 Mar 2014
  111. The Intracoastal Waterway
    20 Feb 2014
  112. Planning Ocean Uses
    30 Jan 2014
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