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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.

Throughout NOAA’s line offices, there are a large 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.

Last updated: February 2, 2016

Categories of NOAA Assets

Education Resources and Programs (examples)


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

Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing Resources:
Point of Contact: John McLaughlin,

Climate Program Office:
Point of Contact: Frank Niepold,

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

Educational Games:
Point of Contact: Peg Steffen,

Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions:

Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students (LiMPETS):
Point of Contact: Claire Fackler,

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 Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologists:
Point of Contact: Faith Borden,

Office of Coastal Management - Pacific Islands:
Point of Contact: Stephanie Bennett,

Office of Ocean Exploration and Research:

Research Labs:

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

Science On a Sphere (SOS)®:
Point of Contact: Beth Russell,

Sea Grant Education:

Teacher At Sea:
Point of Contact: Jennifer Hammond,

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

Data Visualizations and Satellite Imagery

Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Lab (AOML):

Environmental Visualization Program:

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab (GFDL):
Visualizations of climate change models, hurricanes, and other large-scale earth dynamic processes
Geostationary-orbiting environmental satellite (GOES):

Global visualizations for NOAA's Science On a Sphere:

Historical Significant Environmental Events Imagery:

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

Real-time Data and Data Archives

Digital Coast:

NOAA View:

National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI):
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

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

Arctic Climate Change:

Sea Ice
The Arctic Environment in Historical Perspective
Data and Graphics Access
Carbon Tracker (CO2 monitoring and visualization)

Climate Resilience Toolkit:

Drought Monitoring:

General Information about NOAA's Climate Resources:

Global Climate Change Indicators:

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

National Climate Assessment (2014):

National Sea Grant Resilience Toolkit:

NOAA's Climate Portal:

Ozone Hole Monitoring:

U.S. Climate “At a Glance”:

Fisheries, Ocean and Coastal- Related Information

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

Digital Coast (data and imagery):

Fisheries Research:

Google Ocean:
Much of NOAA's ocean data is now in Google ocean
Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring (CoastWatch):

Marine Debris Program:

Marine Protected Areas:

National Marine Fisheries Service:

National Marine Sanctuaries:

  1. Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument:
  2. Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary:
  3. Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary:
  4. Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary:
  5. Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary:
  6. Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary:
  7. Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary:
  8. Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary:
  9. Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary:
  10. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary:
  11. National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa:
  12. Monitor National Marine Sanctuary:
  13. Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary:
  14. Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve:

National Estuarine Research Reserves:

NOAA's Fleet of Ships:

NOAA's State of the Coast:

Natural Hazards Assessments Tools and Historical Information:

Ocean Acidification:

Ocean Explorer:

Oral History Database of U.S. Fisheries:

Sea Grant:

Sea Level Rise Viewer:



Weather-Related Information

Aerial surveys following Significant High Impact U.S. Weather Events:

Current Radar Data:

Current Satellite Data:

Historical hurricane tracks and coastal population tool:

Hurricane Data Visualizations:

Includes current river stages, forecasts, past precipitation analysis, etc

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

National Weather Service (NWS):

National Weather Service Local Office Contacts:

NOAA Weather-Ready Nation:

Sea Level Rise and Nuisance Flood Frequency Changes around the United States:

Snow Cover Monitoring:

Photos, Videos, and other Media

Aquarius, Underwater Habitat with Live Broadcast Capability:

Encyclopedia of the National Marine Sanctuaries:

NOAA Photo Library:

National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library:

National Geodetic Survey’sAerial Surveys of the U.S. coastline:

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