The NOAA Ocean Podcast

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A landing craft on the way to Normandy during the Allied invasion, June 6, 1944. Credit: U.S. Army
Turning the Tide

D-Day, codenamed Operation Neptune, was the largest amphibious landing not only in World War II, but in history. It marked the start of the liberation of German-occupied France (and later western Europe) and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front. But what most people don't know is that ocean tides played a crucial role in the initial phase of this historic day. In this episode, hear the story of D-Day from the perspective of the science of tides and tide predictions. We interview Greg Dusek, a physical oceanographer and senior scientist at the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, or CO-OPS — the tides and currents office of the National Ocean Service.

Cordell Bank sanctuary corals
Marine Life Counts

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.

collage of education activities, events, people
Education Resources

Discover the many free lesson plans, tutorials, fun activities, and other educational material offered by the National Ocean Service for educators, for students, for parents — or for anyone who wants to learn about our ocean and coasts.

Jeff Kanney (left) and Derek van Westrum prepare to calibrate gravity meters in the high altitudes west of Boulder. Gravity and height are critical to mapping where water will flow.
Understanding Gravity

The National Geodetic Survey has been measuring land to determine points on the ground and the angles, distances, and heights between them since the 1800s. To do this accurately, you have to understand the force of gravity.

A graduate student at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve documents information gathered from a chamber set up to measure carbon dioxide and methane exchange within the marsh.
Bringing Wetlands to Market

A team of researchers is working at Waquoit Bay Research Reserve on Cape Cod in Massachusetts on the Bringing Wetlands to Market project to study the connections between coastal wetlands, carbon dioxide uptake and storage, and the global carbon trading economy.

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NOAA Ocean Podcast:

  1. Turning the Tide: D-Day from an Oceanographer's Perspective
    24 Jun 2020

  2. Marine Life Counts: The U.S. Marine Biodiversity Observation Network
    28 May 2020

  3. Education Resources
    24 Apr 2020

  4. Understanding Gravity
    19 Mar 2020

  5. Bringing Wetlands to Market
    20 Feb 2020

  6. The Nurdle Patrol: Citizen Scientists Fight Pollution, One Pellet at a Time
    23 Jan 2020

  7. After a Hurricane Hits: NOAA’s Emergency Response Aerial Imagery
    17 Dec 2019

  8. The Nautical Origins of 10 Popular Phrases
    23 Oct 2019

  9. NOAA's Disaster Preparedness Program
    7 Aug 2019

  10. Meteotsunamis: State of the Science
    11 Jul 2019

  11. Ocean Gliders: How NOAA uses autonomous technology to help predict hurricane intensity
    30 May 2019

  12. Navigating the Sea is Safer, More Efficient With Digital Charts
    25 Apr 2019

  13. Making it Count
    21 Mar 2019

  14. Lionfish Invasion
    28 Feb 2019

  15. Fa’a Samoa: The Samoan Way (Part One)
    4 Dec 2018

  16. Fa’a Samoa: The Samoan Way (Part Two)
    4 Dec 2018

  17. All About HABS: Uncovering the Mystery of Harmful Algal Blooms
    14 Nov 2018

  18. Remote Control
    24 Oct 2018

  19. Ocean Noise
    29 Aug 2018

  20. Breaking Down Barriers: Natural Infrastructure
    28 Jun 2018

  21. National Ocean Service's Role in Hurricane Prep, Response, and Recovery
    24 May 2018

  22. Motion in the Ocean: Tides and Currents
    26 Apr 2018

  23. Garbage Patches: How Gyres Take Our Trash Out to Sea
    22 Mar 2018

  24. Dealing with Dead Zones: Hypoxia in the Ocean
    22 Feb 2018

  25. Geodesy: The Invisible Backbone of Navigation
    18 Jan 2018

  26. Marine Debris in Alaska
    16 Nov 2017

  27. Reef Resilience
    23 Aug 2017

  28. Ocean Current Surveys 101
    27 Jul 2017

  29. Historical Maps and Charts
    21 Jul 2017

  30. Celebrating 100 Years of NOAA Corps
    25 May 2017

  31. Marine Animal Telemetry
    11 May 2017

  32. Restoration at Industrial Waste Sites
    4 May 2017

  33. Volunteering with our National Marine Sanctuaries
    17 Apr 2017

  34. GPS on Bench Marks
    23 Mar 2017

  35. Picking the Right Spot: Offshore Wind Energy
    1 Mar 2017

  36. Marine Life Counts: The U.S. Marine Biodiversity Observation Network
    19 Jan 2017

  37. Listen up: What you need to know about ocean noise.
    8 Dec 2016

  38. Reef Resilience
    22 Sep 2016

  39. Connecting the Dots: Corals and Humans
    15 Sep 2016

  40. Ocean Economy
    18 Aug 2016

  41. Bringing Wetlands to Market: the Power of Blue Carbon in a Changing Climate
    4 Aug 2016

  42. Microplastics
    30 Jun 2016

  43. Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasting
    5 May 2016

  44. Remembering the Titanic
    15 Apr 2016

  45. Living Shorelines
    7 Apr 2016

  46. Connecting the Dots Between Corals and Humans
    24 Mar 2016

  47. Shipwreck Detective
    17 Feb 2016

  48. Alaska: Marine Debris in the Wilderness
    28 Jan 2016

  49. How Invasive Species Are Introduced
    21 Jan 2016

  50. Exploring Hawaii's Coral Reefs
    3 Dec 2015

  51. Marine Debris Movement
    24 Nov 2015

  52. A Healthy Eelgrass Meadow is Restored
    29 Oct 2015

  53. Nuisance Flooding
    22 Oct 2015

  54. Vertical Mapping and Atomic Clocks
    24 Sep 2015

  55. Coral Bleaching
    17 Sep 2015

  56. Hurricane Katrina: 10 Years Later
    27 Aug 2015

  57. Ocean Economy
    25 Jun 2015

  58. Hypoxia
    18 Jun 2015

  59. NOAA PORTS
    14 May 2015

  60. GPS on Bench Marks
    16 Apr 2015

  61. Exploring the Unknown in the Caribbean
    1 Apr 2015

  62. Tsunamis
    26 Mar 2015

  63. Four Corners
    19 Mar 2015

  64. Invasive Species
    26 Feb 2015

  65. Coastal Blue Carbon
    12 Feb 2015

  66. Shipwreck Detectives in California
    15 Jan 2015

  67. Coral Bleaching
    1 Dec 2014

  68. Arctic Shield
    1 Oct 2014

  69. Great Pacific Garbage Patch
    26 Jun 2014

  70. Coastal Blue Carbon
    8 May 2014

  71. The Exxon Valdez, 25 Years Later
    21 Mar 2014

  72. Tides and Currents
    18 Mar 2014

  73. The Intracoastal Waterway
    20 Feb 2014

  74. Invasive Lionfish
    6 Feb 2014

  75. Planning Ocean Uses
    30 Jan 2014

  76. Restoring Natural Resources
    16 Jan 2014

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