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Sea Floor Mapping
Prince William's Oily Mess
The Lionfish Invasion
Ocean &Climate Literacy
Planet Stewards Program
Sea Level Rise
The Earth Scientist
Oysters In the Chesapeake Bay
Living in Weather
Ocean & Climate
Tides & Currents
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Discover Your Changing World
America's Great Outdoors
Explore our curated stories about NOAA outdoor recreational activities.
Nature’s Power to Heal and Teach
Learn how veterans benefit from nature’s power to heal and teach with three examples of NOAA outdoor activities.
National Marine Sanctuary System
NOAA sanctuary habitats include rocky reefs, lush kelp forests, whale migrations corridors, deep-sea canyons, and underwater archaeological sites.
National Estuarine Research Reserve System
The National Estuarine Research Reserves System protects more than 1.3 million coastal and estuarine acres in 29 reserves located in 23 states and Puerto Rico.
NOAA Expands Coastal Opportunities for People with Disabilities
Throughout the nation’s coastal zone, NOAA and its partners are breaking down barriers to coastal access.
Dive In: Underwater Adventure
NOAA's national marine sanctuaries and estuarine research reserves offer all this and more to diving enthusiasts in coastal U.S. states and territories.
Travel and Tourism
The ocean is our provider, from food and transportation to the endless opportunities for enjoyment that many Americans work so hard to achieve.
Keeping America's Beachgoers Safe
NOAA provides a variety of services that aim to help keep the coastal economy thriving, coastal communities safe, and your vacation enjoyable.
Sanctuary and Estuary Reserve Locations
Where are NOAA national marine sanctuaries and national estuarine research reserves located around the nation? Find a location near you with our handy map!
NOAA Sanctuaries and Estuarine Research Reserves