The NOAA Ocean Podcast

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


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Kurt Mann holding a pro camera on the deck of the NOAA ship Ron Brown
Explore Your Ocean with NOAA Ocean Today

Let's dive in to the ocean! NOAA Ocean Today offers more than three hundred exciting, scientifically vetted short videos on topics ranging from deep sea exploration to climate change to marine life. Visit Ocean Today online, participate in a monthly 'Full Moon' live online show, or visit one of the many Ocean Today interactive kiosks located in museums, aquaria, and zoos around the world. Kurt Mann, Ocean Today Executive Producer, joins us to tell us all about this program.

A snorkeler explores the shallow site of the sunken schooner Portland, lost in a Lake Huron storm in 1877. Credit: David Ruck.
Shipwrecks, Science, and Stewardship

In this episode, we speak with Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary's superintendent about world-class shipwrecks and the wealth of scientific research and recreational opportunities that the sanctuary has to offer.

Aerial view of the island of Culebra.
Protecting Culebra's Coral Reefs

In this episode, we speak with two experts to learn about how NOAA works alongside local partners on the island of Culebra to protect and restore the coral reef ecosystems and reduce the impacts of pollution.

Container ships at the Port of Oakland.
Precision Marine Navigation

Julia Powell and John Kelley from the Office of Coast Survey share how the team is working to foster innovation, improve navigation safety, aid in more efficient coastal route planning, and help mariners make informed decisions as they navigate our nation's waterways.

Amy Uhrin and Ed Johnson with mussel samples on boat
The Microplastic-Mussel Connection: Part Two

In this episode, we continue our conversation with two NOAA scientists about a study that looked at using mussels as "biomonitors" to measure microplastic pollution in the Great Lakes.

All Episodes

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