Archive for May, 2009

Virginia Honors NOAA’s Navigation Services on National Maritime Day

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On May 22, 2009, over 450 members from Virginia's maritime community and NOAA came together in Norfolk's brand new cruise terminal to celebrate the 76th annual National Maritime Day celebration....

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Of Seconds and Centimeters: How South Carolina Positioned Itself at the Forefront of Global Positioning [FEATURE]

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NOAA's National Geodetic Survey (NGS) develops and maintains a national system of positioning data needed for a range of applications, from navigation to mapping and construction. NGS's activities set the standards for other states to build their own statewide positioning networks. South Carolina is one state that is successfully pushing the limits of global positioning....

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Is change important to estuaries?

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Estuaries are tidally driven. Tides flush the system and provide nutrients to keep food webs functional. By doing this, tides create constantly changing conditions of exposure to air or increased levels of water in an estuarine environment. Because of tides, the water levels in an estuary are going up and down several times a day....

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What types of plants and animals live in an estuary?

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Estuaries - areas where fresh and saltwater mix - are made up of many different types of habitats. These habitats can include oyster reefs, coral reefs, rocky shores, submerged aquatic vegetation, marshes, and mangroves. There are also different animals that live in each of these different habitats. Fish, shellfish, and migratory birds are just a few of the animals that can live in an estuary....

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The National Ocean Service: Responding to Hurricanes [FEATURE]

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A hurricane has just ravaged the coast. Homes are damaged or destroyed. Family members are searching for loved ones. Ports are closed due to unknown hazards in surrounding waterways. Damaged vessels and chemical containers are leaking potentially hazardous material into the water. And in the background, NOS has sprung in to action, working to get things moving again...responding in the aftermath of the storm....

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What does an oceanographer do?

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Oceanography covers a wide range of topics, including marine life and ecosystems, ocean circulation, plate tectonics and the geology of the sea floor, and the chemical and physical properties of the ocean....

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New Web Site Offers Access to Climate Change Resources

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States and communities struggling with how to prepare for climate change have a new place to turn for answers--their peers....

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What is a rip current?

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Rip currents are powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water that are prevalent along the East, Gulf, and West coasts of the U.S., as well as along the shores of the Great Lakes....

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Ocean Observing Data Expected to Improve Coast Guard Search and Rescue Efforts

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A new set of ocean observing data is expected to improve search and rescue efforts along the coasts of the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region....

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Observing Land Motion and Water Level Change — Same Time, Same Place

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A Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) now sits next to one of the country’s longest standing tide gauges at Battery Park in New York City, New York....

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