NOAA's National Ocean Service

Hardened and rocky shorelines, development, and recreation—this image of coastal Marblehead, Massachussetts, shows some of the many ways we use our nation's coastal resources.

Coastal Zone Management Act: Helping communities manage development, promote healthy economies and people, and reduce polluted runoff for 45 years.

NOAA Ship Rainier

NOAA Surveys Channel Islands to Support Safe Navigation and Habitat Mapping

NOAA Ship Rainier recently arrived off the Santa Barbara coast to complete hydrographic surveys at NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary as part of the Southern California Seafloor Mapping Initiative. Over the next month, the ship will use their new multibeam echo sounders to support safe navigation and update nautical charts for the sanctuary. In addition to providing data for crucial nautical chart updates, the surveys will also generate backscatter imagery, which the sanctuary uses for habitat mapping..