An Ode to Spring…

Spring is a time for rebirth. And life springs forth in the most unlikely places — in the blackest crevices of the ocean floor, on wind-swept mountain tops, and in the seemingly desolate frozen Arctic. Spring also is a good time to remember our Earthly duties to help the environment.

As the world celebrates Earth Day on April 22, NOAA wants to remind everyone there are many things – both big and small – you can do to protect the environment. From the choices you make in our homes, our travel, and the food we eat, to what we buy and throw away can help ensure a healthy planet for future generations.

Quiet bay in paradise.

High Resolution (Credit: NOAA)

Here’s what NOAA is doing everyday to improve our environment:

Caring for Coasts

NOAA protects and manages more than 95,000 miles of the nation's coasts. We support the environmental, social, and economic well being of the coast by linking people, information, and technology through NOAA products and programs that coastal managers, non-profits and other agencies have come to rely on.

Fish at coral reef.

High Resolution (Credit: NOAA)

Saving Our Seas

NOAA protects, manages, and enhances the resources found in more than 3 million square miles of coastal and deep ocean waters. We provide products, services, and information that promote safe navigation, support coastal communities, sustain marine ecosystems, and mitigate coastal hazards. NOAA explores the unknown ocean, using and developing advanced technology for discoveries including new undersea habitats, communities, species, phenomena and greater understanding of ecosystems.

Analyzing the Atmosphere

Hurricane Noel, November 1, 2007.

High Resolution (Credit: NOAA)

When you see weather pictures from around the United States or the world, you are seeing data from one of NOAA’s environmental satellites. These images provide data to analyze the ocean waters, track hurricanes, and even relay life-saving emergency beacon signals. NOAA also provides local and regional forecasts, and emergency alerts for severe storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, extreme heat, winter storms, fire threats, tsunamis and solar flares. 

Whether you live along the coast or up in the mountains, the stewardship of our planet is our common bond. This April 22, pitch in on an Earth Day project near you, whether it's a beach cleanup, a tree planting, or gathering debris along a local highway. NOAA logo.