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NOAA Assets

This list is a sampling of some outstanding resources that are easily accessible via the web. This list is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all of NOAA's assets.

NOAA has a huge number of assets in ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, weather and climate sciences that include protected natural areas such as marine sanctuaries and estuarine research reserves, a large fleet of ocean-going ships, buoys, weather stations, and other monitoring devices, scientists, and a rich array of web sites in which data, data products and information about the research and monitoring can be found. Additionally, we have provided a summary of NOAA programs and activities sorted by the state or territory in which they are based or focused.

Categories of NOAA Assets

Education Resources and Programs (examples)


NOAA Educational Games:
Point of Contact: Peg Steffen,

Data in the Classroom:
Point of Contact: Atziri Ibanez,

Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program:
Point of Contact: Bronwen Rice,

Climate Program Office:
Point of Contact: Frank Niepold,

Coral Reef Conservation Program:
Point of Contact: Paulo Maurin,

Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions: http://www. /

National Estuarine Research Reserves System:
Point of Contact: Atziri Ibanez,

National Marine Sanctuaries:
Point of Contact: Claire Fackler,

National Ocean Service:
Point of Contact: Peg Steffen,

National Sea Grant Program:

NOAA Research:

Office of Ocean Exploration:

Satellite and Information Service:
Point of Contact: Nina L. Jackson,

Teacher At Sea:
Points of Contact: Jennifer Hammond, or Elizabeth McMahon,

Weather (JetStream):
Point of Contact: Ron Gird,

Data Visualizations and Satellite Imagery

Environmental Visualization Program

Global visualizations for NOAA's Science On a Sphere:

Pacific Marine Environmental Lab (PMEL)
El Nino, Tsunamis, Underwater visualizations (hydrothermal vents, etc) in virtual reality:

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab (GFDL)
Visualizations of climate change models, hurricanes, and other large-scale earth dynamic processes

Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Lab (AOML)

Significant Environmental Events Captured by satellite:

Historical Significant Environmental Events Imagery:

Geostationary-orbiting environmental satellite (GOES):

Polar-orbiting environmental satellite (POES):

Real-time Data and Data Archives

National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)
All of NOAA's real-time data on climate

National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC)
All of NOAA's real-time data on the ocean

Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS):

National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC)
Natural Hazards, Bathymetry and Global Relief, Space Weather and Solar Events

National Coastal Data Development Center
Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia monitoring, Harmful Algal Bloom monitoring, Coastal Risk Atlas

National Data Buoy Center:

National Snow and Ice Data Center:

Real-time Tide, Current and Water Level Data
Tidal Predictions:

River and Stream Gauges:

Climate and Other Atmospheric-Related Information

General Information about NOAA's Climate Resources:

NOAA's Climate Portal:

Global Climate Change Impacts in the US Report (2009)

Global Climate Change Indicators:

Carbon Tracker (CO2 monitoring and visualization)

Drought Monitoring:

U.S. Climate “at a Glance”:

Arctic Climate Change:
Sea Ice
The Arctic Environment in Historical Perspective

Ozone Hole Monitoring:

Global Visualizations of Climate Models, etc for NOAA's Science On a Sphere

Fisheries, Ocean and Coastal- Related Information

NOAA's State of the Coast:

Google Ocean:
Much of NOAA's ocean data is now in Google ocean

National Marine Sanctuaries:

Marine Protected Areas:

National Marine Sanctuaries

  • Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument
  • Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
  • Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
  • Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary
  • Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
  • Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
  • Gerry E. Studds/Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
  • Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
  • Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
  • Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
  • NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
  • Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
  • Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve

National Marine Fisheries:

  • Lydonia Canyon Gear Restricted Area
  • Norfolk Canyon Gear Restricted Area
  • Oceanographer Canyon Gear Restricted Area
  • Veatch Canyon Gear Restricted Area

National Estuarine Research Reserves:

Ocean Explorer:

Sea Grant:

NOAA's Fleet of Ships:

Coral Reefs (Coral Bleaching Monitoring, Visualization and Conservation)
Coral Reef Conservation Program:
Note Google Earth-ready data viz products:

National Marine Fisheries Service:

Oral History Database of U.S. Fisheries:

Fisheries Research:

Digital Coast (data and imagery):

Natural Hazards Assessments Tools and Historical Information:

Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring (CoastWatch):


Weather-Related Information

National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP)
All of the Weather Service's major national and global monitoring and forecasting efforts viewable in one place!

NOAA Watch
All hazards monitoring and news stories

Weather Forecast Offices:

Snow Cover Monitoring:

Precipitation Analysis:

Hurricane Data Visualizations:

Aerial surveys following major U.S. storms:

Historical hurricane tracks and coastal population tool:

Photos, Videos, and other multi-media

NOAA's Photo Library:

National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library:

Aerial Surveys of the U.S. coastline:

NOAA's New Ship Dedicated to Ocean Exploration-Okeanos Explorer:

Aquarius, Underwater Habitat with Live Broadcast Capability: