Tag: Ocean Observations

Natural History / Natural History - 7 years ago

What is the EEZ?

This NOAA map shows the U.S. exclusive economic zone. The U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) extends no more than 200 nautical miles from the territorial sea baseline and is adjacent to the 12 nautical mile territorial sea of the U.S., includi...

Natural History / Natural History - 7 years ago

What is a navigation response team?

A NOAA Navigation Response Team vessel. These boats feature both depth-finding and sidescan sonar systems for detecting dangerous obstructions on the ocean floor. NOAA's navigation response teams, part of the Office of Coast Survey, survey the...

Natural History / Natural History - 8 years ago

What is an eddy?

Can you spot the eddies? This NASA image shows a field of eddies in the waters around Tasmania. The swirling motion of eddies in the ocean cause nutrients that are normally found in colder, deeper waters to come to the surface. Here, phytoplankto...

Natural History / Natural History - 8 years ago

What is a waterspout?

According to NOAA's National Weather Service, the best way to avoid a waterspout is to move at a 90-degree angle to its apparent movement. Never move closer to investigate a waterspout. Some can be just as dangerous as tornadoes. Waterspouts f...

Natural History / Natural History - 8 years ago

What is a tidal wave?

The rise and fall of the tides play an important role in the natural world and can have a marked effect on maritime-related activities. The image aboves shows the NOAA San Francisco Tide Station, in operation for more than 150 years. A tidal w...

Natural History / Natural History - 8 years ago

How is ocean observing data used?

Coastal communities use ocean observing data to prepare for floods and other natural disasters. NOAA orchestrates the collection of ocean data through a federal, regional, and private-sector partnership called the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observi...

Natural History / Natural History - 8 years ago

Where is all of the Earth's water?

Of the world's total water supply of about 332 million cubic miles of water, about 97 percent is found in the ocean. The ocean holds about 97 percent of the Earth's water; the remaining three percent is distributed in many different places, in...

Natural History / Natural History - 9 years ago

What is remote sensing?

A LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) image created with data collected by NOAA's National Geodetic Survey. Remote sensors collect data by detecting the energy that is reflected from Earth. These sensors can be on satellites or mounted on airc...

Natural History / Natural History - 9 years ago

What is IOOS?

Buoys are just one of the many tools needed to collect ocean observation data. This image shows three ten-meter hurricane buoys prior to deployment. IOOS coastal and marine data (e.g., water temperature, water level, currents, winds, and waves...

Natural History / Natural History - 9 years ago

What are El Nino and La Nina?

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Warmer or colder than average ocean temperatures in one part of the world can influence weather around the globe. Watch this Ocean To...