National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Their reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as they work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them.

From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA's products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America's gross domestic product. NOAA's dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it.

NOAA's roots date back to 1807, when the Nation's first scientific agency, the Survey of the Coast, was established. Since then, NOAA has evolved to meet the needs of a changing country. NOAA maintains a presence in every state and has emerged as an international leader on scientific and environmental matters.

Splash – Monitoring Humpback Whales

Students learn the importance of monitoring endangered marine mammals like humpback whales and how monitoring can help marine conservation efforts.

Introduction to Coral Reefs

Students will identify the relative depth of corals in the ocean by observing the behavior of cold and warm saltwater in an experiment. Students will gain a global understanding of coral reef life by reading for information...

Symbiosis and Coral Anatomy

Students read and then present to the class about different types of symbiosis. They are then introduced through a PowerPoint presentation to the coral-zooxanthellae relationship.

Sea Surface Temperature and Coral Bleaching

Students will learn about the anatomy of coral bleaching, how ocean temperature increase can be a cause of coral bleaching and will try to predict general areas likely to be affected by coral bleaching by interpreting sea...

Coral Conservation

Students will learn about the natural and human threats to coral reefs including destructive fishing practices.

Who Has the Data?

Students learn what types of data scientists collect to monitor coral reefs, and how these data are used.

A Reef of Your Own

Students learn what physiological, ecological, and behavioral strategies contribute to the success of reef-building corals.

Caution! Do Not Bleach

Students learn why coral reefs are important, and what possible explanations are for the phenomenon known as coral bleaching.

Why Do We Explore the Ocean?

Students will be able to discuss why scientists believe there are important undiscovered features and processes in Earth’s ocean; discuss at least three motives that historically have driven human exploration; explain why...

Exploring Explorations

What discoveries and human benefits have resulted from exploration of the Earth’s deep oceans? Students will be able to describe at least three human benefits that have resulted from explorations of the Earth’s deep oceans...