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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."

Say cheese! Did you know that capturing snapshots of our U.S. population when the census is taken helps us use maps on our smartphones? Learn more in this podcast.
Capturing Snapshots of the U.S. Population

NOAA and the U.S. Census Bureau teamed up to capture snapshots of the U.S. population when the census is conducted. In this episode, we discover how this information reveals migration patterns over time, and how it helps you use GPS with your phone.

An expert from NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program discusses a disease affecting Long-spined sea urchin populations in the Caribbean.
Understanding Disease Impacts to Long-Spined Sea Urchins

In this episode, an expert from NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program discusses a disease affecting long-spined sea urchin populations in the Caribbean. We explore how disease has impacted these organisms in the past, their important role in keeping coral reef systems healthy, and how you can help save them.

NOAA and NOAA contractors will be conducting multiple hydrographic mapping missions in the Great Lakes this summer aboard NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson.
Surveying in the Great Lakes

Keeping our marine transportation system functioning in a way that is safe, efficient, and environmentally sound requires information about water depth, the shape of the seafloor, lakebed, and coastline, the location of possible obstructions, and other physical features of water bodies. Hydrography is the science behind this information, and surveying is a primary method of obtaining hydrographic data. In this episode, we learn about surveying and NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson’s survey missions in the Great Lakes.

Swan Island, Chesapeake Bay, after restoration efforts began.
Engineering with Nature: USACE, NOAA, and the Value of Partnership

In this episode, we present a podcast from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers called Engineering with Nature. Host Sarah Thorne and Todd Bridges, Senior Research Scientist for Environmental Science with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Lead of the Engineering With Nature® program, are joined by Steve Thur, Director of NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. Sarah, Todd, and Steve discuss how the practice of Engineering With Nature and the application of nature-based solutions are evolving and the importance of protecting critical coastal ecosystems. They also tell the story of the partnership between the Army Corps of Engineers and NOAA.

Water level stations, like this one located at Kiptopeke, VA, provide observations that help the tsunami warning centers issue accurate tsunami alerts.
Water Level Stations and their Role in Tsunami Detection

Tsunamis pose a threat to our nation’s coastal communities and can have devastating impacts to lives and property. Although they can’t be stopped, detecting and monitoring these waves when they occur can help warn the public of possible danger. In this episode, we speak with Paul Fanelli, Lead Oceanographer for NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services to learn how water level stations provide critical data to help issue alerts, and about the unique wave caused by the Tonga eruption.

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