The NOAA Ocean Podcast

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Breaking Down Barriers

Beach dunes, mangroves, wetlands, rain gardens, and bioswales are just a few examples of what experts call natural and nature-based infrastructure. In this episode, Kim Penn from NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management talks about how simple nature-based systems not only minimize coastal flooding, erosion, and runoff — but also form wonderful areas for recreation and tourism.

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

How ocean tides played a crucial role in the initial phase of D-Day. In this episode, hear the story of this historic day from the perspective of the science of tides and tide predictions.

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.

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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.

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NOAA Ocean Podcast:

  1. Breaking Down Barriers: Natural Infrastructure
    30 Jul 2020

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

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

  4. Education Resources
    24 Apr 2020

  5. Understanding Gravity
    19 Mar 2020

  6. Bringing Wetlands to Market
    20 Feb 2020

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

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

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

  10. NOAA's Disaster Preparedness Program
    7 Aug 2019

  11. Meteotsunamis: State of the Science
    11 Jul 2019

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

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

  14. Making it Count
    21 Mar 2019

  15. Lionfish Invasion
    28 Feb 2019

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

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

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

  19. Remote Control
    24 Oct 2018

  20. Ocean Noise
    29 Aug 2018

  21. Breaking Down Barriers: Natural Infrastructure
    28 Jun 2018

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

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

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

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

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

  27. Marine Debris in Alaska
    16 Nov 2017

  28. Reef Resilience
    23 Aug 2017

  29. Ocean Current Surveys 101
    27 Jul 2017

  30. Historical Maps and Charts
    21 Jul 2017

  31. Celebrating 100 Years of NOAA Corps
    25 May 2017

  32. Marine Animal Telemetry
    11 May 2017

  33. Restoration at Industrial Waste Sites
    4 May 2017

  34. Volunteering with our National Marine Sanctuaries
    17 Apr 2017

  35. GPS on Bench Marks
    23 Mar 2017

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

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

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

  39. Reef Resilience
    22 Sep 2016

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

  41. Ocean Economy
    18 Aug 2016

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

  43. Microplastics
    30 Jun 2016

  44. Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasting
    5 May 2016

  45. Remembering the Titanic
    15 Apr 2016

  46. Living Shorelines
    7 Apr 2016

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

  48. Shipwreck Detective
    17 Feb 2016

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

  50. How Invasive Species Are Introduced
    21 Jan 2016

  51. Exploring Hawaii's Coral Reefs
    3 Dec 2015

  52. Marine Debris Movement
    24 Nov 2015

  53. A Healthy Eelgrass Meadow is Restored
    29 Oct 2015

  54. Nuisance Flooding
    22 Oct 2015

  55. Vertical Mapping and Atomic Clocks
    24 Sep 2015

  56. Coral Bleaching
    17 Sep 2015

  57. Hurricane Katrina: 10 Years Later
    27 Aug 2015

  58. Ocean Economy
    25 Jun 2015

  59. Hypoxia
    18 Jun 2015

  60. NOAA PORTS
    14 May 2015

  61. GPS on Bench Marks
    16 Apr 2015

  62. Exploring the Unknown in the Caribbean
    1 Apr 2015

  63. Tsunamis
    26 Mar 2015

  64. Four Corners
    19 Mar 2015

  65. Invasive Species
    26 Feb 2015

  66. Coastal Blue Carbon
    12 Feb 2015

  67. Shipwreck Detectives in California
    15 Jan 2015

  68. Coral Bleaching
    1 Dec 2014

  69. Arctic Shield
    1 Oct 2014

  70. Great Pacific Garbage Patch
    26 Jun 2014

  71. Coastal Blue Carbon
    8 May 2014

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

  73. Tides and Currents
    18 Mar 2014

  74. The Intracoastal Waterway
    20 Feb 2014

  75. Invasive Lionfish
    6 Feb 2014

  76. Planning Ocean Uses
    30 Jan 2014

  77. Restoring Natural Resources
    16 Jan 2014

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From corals to coastal science, connect with ocean experts to explore questions about the ocean environment.

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