NOAA in your backyard: Northeast
State by state listings of NOAA facilities and programs
A summary of NOAA facilities, staff, programs, or activities based in, or focused on, your state or territory.
School visits • Forecast office tours • Student and educator resources
The National Weather Service provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas.
- To find your local Weather Forecast Office (WFO), visit the National Weather Service local contact page and click on your state. There will be a name, email address, and phone number for the WFO that serves your area.
- Visit weather.gov and enter your zip code to find your local WFO.
Field trips • Professional development • Educator resources
The National Estuarine Research Reserves System protects more than 1.3 million coastal and estuarine acres in 29 reserves located in 23 states and Puerto Rico for purposes of long-term research, environmental monitoring, education and stewardship.
- Waquoit Bay Reserve (Falmouth, MA)offsite link – Joan Muller, Education Coordinator: Joan.Muller@state.ma.us
- Wells Reserve (Wells, ME)offsite link – Suzanne Kahn, Education Director: email@example.com
- Great Bay Reserve (Greenland, NH)offsite link – Kelle Loughlin, Education Coordinator: Kelle.Loughlin@wildlife.nh.gov
- Narragansett Bay (Prudence Island, RI)offsite link – Maureen Dewire, Education Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Field trips • Professional development • Educator resources
NOAA’s 14 National Marine Sanctuaries serve as the trustee for the nation’s system of marine protected areas, to conserve, protect, and enhance their biodiversity, ecological integrity, and cultural legacy.
Professional development • Curriculum • Student and educator resources
Sea Grant is a nationwide network of 34 university-based programs that conduct scientific research, education, training, and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources.
- Connecticut Sea Grantoffsite link – Diana Payne, Education Coordinator: email@example.com
- Lake Champlain Sea Grant (VT)offsite link – Nate Trachte, Education Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Maine Sea Grantoffsite link – Beth Bisson, Assistant Director and Marine Extension Program Leader: email@example.com
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grantoffsite link – Dr. Thomas Consi, Research Education Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org
- New Hampshire Sea Grantoffsite link – Mark Wiley, Assistant Director for Education: email@example.com
- Rhode Island Sea Grantoffsite link – Jennifer McCann, Director of Extension: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Woods Hole Sea Grantoffsite link – Jeffrey M. Brodeur, Communications and Outreach Specialist: email@example.com
Lesson plans and curricula • Stewardship projects • Media library
The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts free from the impacts of marine debris.
Student opportunities • Laboratory facilities • NOAA scientists • Educator resources
The NOAA Fisheries Service is dedicated to the stewardship of living marine resources through science-based conservation and management, and the promotion of healthy ecosystems. They have regional offices and several smaller field offices.
- Greater Atlantic Regional Office (Gloucester, MA) – Kate Swailes, Communications, Outreach, and Education: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Northeast Fisheries Science Center (Woods Hole, MA) – Cheryl Kitts, Communications Specialist: email@example.com
- Coasts, Oceans, and Stewardship Program (COAST)offsite link – Grace Simpkins, Woods Hole Sea Grant Educator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- New England Laboratory Facilities
- Students Collaborating to Undertake Tracking Efforts for Sturgeon (SCUTES) – Jean Higgins, SCUTES Head: email@example.com
Curriculum • Data • Multimedia
The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) is a national-regional partnership working to provide new tools and forecasts to improve safety, enhance the economy, and protect our environment.
- Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing System’s (NERACOOS) – Ru Morrison (Executive Director): firstname.lastname@example.org
- NERACOOS educationoffsite link (under construction, February 2020)
Competitive grants for educator watershed training programs
B-WET is an environmental educator program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment.
- Deirdre Kimball, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office: email@example.com
Student opportunities • Real-time data
The mission of CINAR is to conduct and coordinate cutting-edge research engaging both NOAA and academic scientists to enable informed decisions by NOAA for sustainable and beneficial management of the northwestern Atlantic shelf ecosystem.
- Mindy Richlen, Associate Director and Research Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional competitions in the ocean sciences
The NOSB is a national high school academic competition with regional competitions for student teams to test their knowledge of the marine sciences including biology, chemistry, physics, and geology.
- Quahog Bowl (CT, RI)offsite link – not held in 2020
- Blue Lobster Bowl (MA)offsite link – Tom Consi and Lori Tsuruda, Co-coordinators: email@example.com
- Nor’easter Bowl (ME, NH)offsite link – Mark Wiley, Competition Logistics: firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow current science off the Atlantic coast
- NOAA Teacher at Sea (follow teacher blogs onboard the ships)
- NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler (New Castle, NH) – Commander Mark Blankenship: email@example.com
- NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow (Newport, RI) – Captain William Mowitt: firstname.lastname@example.org
- NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer (North Kingstown, RI) – Commander Nicole Manning: email@example.com
Historical and real-time data
- Northeast recent marine data
- NOWData – Archived weather and climate data
- Northeast River Forecast Center
- Southern New England surf zone forecast
- Tide predictions map
- Narragansett Bay PORTS (Physical Oceanographic Real Time System)
- Northeast graphical weather forecasts
- Real-time Northeast ocean data portaloffsite link
- Wave and water level forecast viewer offsite link
- Northeast satellite sea surface temperature images offsite link
- National seasonal drought outlook
- Maine fire weather forecast
- Commercial fisheries statistics
- Fisheries landings reports
Local historical weather events and data
- Historical Burlington weather events
- Caribou, Maine, top ten weather lists
- Southern New England significant weather events
- Historical hurricane tracks
- New England effects from Hurricane Sandy
- Searchable storm events database
NOAA Science on a Sphere® (SOS) locations
Earth systems data projected on a six-foot globe
SOS is a room-sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display data onto a six foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe. It was developed by researchers at NOAA to help illustrate complex environmental processes in a captivating way.
- Discovery Museum (Bridgeport, CT)offsite link
- Buttonwood Park Zoo (New Bedford, MA)offsite link
- St. Paul’s School (Concord, NH)offsite link
Updated February 2020