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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."

Volunteers plant natural grasses safely behind a newly constructed breakwater, which is part of a living shoreline project, at Camp Wilkes in Biloxi, Mississippi. The breakwater’s role is to reduce erosion on the shoreline by decreasing the wave energy and allowing plants to grow on the shore. (Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant)
Equity and Justice in Coastal Planning

Our ocean and coasts affect us — and we affect them. Almost 40 percent of the country’s population lives in coastal shoreline counties. And these counties contribute more than 9 trillion dollars to the U.S. economy. But there are many challenges facing our coasts, like climate change, sea level rise, more intense storms, and population growth. So we need to make good decisions today to help our coasts continue to thrive tomorrow. This is the first podcast in a three-part series from the U.S. Global Change Research Program that explores how we make these decisions. In this episode, hear an interview with coastal consultant Adam Parris on the topic of equity and justice in coastal planning.

The NOAA Voices Oral History Archive is a collection of more than 2300 oral histories. In this episode, we explore how this valuable resource helps us better understand the impact of weather events, coastal changes and climate change.
Recording Oral Histories

The NOAA Voices Oral History Archive is a collection of more than 2300 oral histories. In this episode, we explore how this valuable resource helps us better understand the impact of weather events, coastal changes, and climate change.

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.

All Episodes

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