NOAA in your backyard: Pacific Islands
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.
- Pago Pago Weather Service Office (Pago Pago, American Samoa) – Elinor Lutu-McMoore, Meteorologist in Charge: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chuuk Weather Service Office (Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia) – Johannes Berdon, Meteorologist and Weather Service Office Manager: email@example.com
- Pohnpei Weather Service Office (Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia) – Johnny Musrasrik, Meteorologist: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Yap Weather Service Office (Yap, Federated States of Micronesia) – Joe Lukangaw, Meteorologist: email@example.com
- Tiyan Weather Forecast Office (Tiyan, Guam) – Marcus Landon Aydlett, Meteorologist: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Honolulu Weather Forecast Office (Honolulu, HI) – John Bravender, Warning Coordination Meteorologist: email@example.com
- Koror Weather Service Office (Koror, Republic of Palau) – Maria Ngemaes, Meteorologist in Charge: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Majuro Weather Service Office (Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands) – Reggie White, Meteorologist in Charge and Director: email@example.com
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.
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.
- National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa – Nerelle Que, Communications & Outreach Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rose Atoll National Marine Monument (American Samoa)
- Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (HI) – Patty Miller (Education Specialist) – email@example.com
- Papahānaumokuākea National Marine Monument (HI)
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.
- Guam Sea Grantoffsite link – Laura Biggs, Professor and Education and Outreach Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hawaii Sea Grantoffsite link – Kanesa Seraphin, Director of the Center for Marine Science Education: 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. The Pacific Islands region, the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s largest geographic region, encompasses Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The Marine Debris Program works with local partners to address marine debris in the Pacific Islands through removals and prevention through education and outreach.
- Pacific Islands Region (Honolulu, HI) – Mark Manuel, Pacific Islands Regional Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org & Shanelle Naone, Pacific Islands Outreach & Communication Coordinator: email@example.com
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.
- Pacific Islands Regional Office (Honolulu, HI) – Celeste Hanley, Education and Outreach Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Field Offices
- Pago Pago, American Samoa – 684-633-5326
- Agana, Guam – 671-646-1904
- Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands – 670-234-0004
- Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (Honolulu, HI) – Ali Bayless, Cetacean Biologist and Outreach Coordinator: 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.
- Pacific Island Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) (Honolulu, HI)offsite link – Fiona Langenberger, Communications and Program Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- Māhealani Bambico, Hawaiʻi B-WET Coordinator: email@example.com
Curriculum • Data • Grants • Local resources
The Pacific Islands office delivers meaningful products and services to address the coastal resource management needs in the State of Hawai'i, territories of American Samoa and Guam, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).
- Pacific Island Office (Honolulu, HI)
Tsunami warnings, watches, and advisories • Office tours • Real-time and historic data
The PTWC office supports an increased capability of the tsunami warning system for the Pacific basin. This includes the observational system (sea level, seismic and GPS) and the continued enhancement of tsunami outreach and education capacity, including the implementation of the TsunamiReady® (US) and Tsunami Ready (International) Programs.
Hurricane information and data • Preparedness information • Educator resources
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center issues tropical cyclone warnings, watches, advisories, discussions, and statements for all tropical cyclones in the Central Pacific from 140 Degrees West Longitude to the International Dateline.
- Christopher Brenchley, Meteorologist in Charge: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facility tours • Data • Local events
MLO is a premier atmospheric research facility that has been continuously monitoring and collecting data related to atmospheric change since the 1950's. The undisturbed air, remote location, and minimal influences of vegetation and human activity at MLO are ideal for monitoring constituents in the atmosphere that can cause climate change.
- Aidan Colton, Atmospheric Scientist & Outreach Coordinator: email@example.com
Educator and student resources • Events • Student internships
The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands' Coral Reef Initiative is a cross-agency initiative to protect and preserve coral reefs and to ensure the responsible management of the resources associated with those habitats.
Pacific climate change resources • Case studies • Data
The Pacific RISA Program supports Pacific Island and coastal communities in adapting to the impacts of climate variability and change. They strive to enhance Pacific communities’ abilities to understand, plan for, and respond to changing climate conditions.
- Krista Jaspers, Project Assistant: jaspersk@EastWestCenter.org
Scientists • Local research • Student opportunities
JIMAR was established to pursue the common research interests of NOAA and the University of Hawaii-Manoa in oceanic, atmospheric, and geophysical research. Major areas of research include ecosystem forecasting and monitoring, protection and restoration of resources, equatorial oceanography, climate research and impacts, tropical meteorology, and tsunamis.
- Kevin Higaki, Assistant Director for Administration: 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.
- Aloha Bowloffsite link – Cindy Knapman, Co-coordinator: email@example.com & Heather Dudock, Co-coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow current science in the Pacific Ocean
- NOAA Teacher at Sea (follow teacher blogs onboard the ships)
- Marine Operations Center-Pacific Islands – Captain Joe Bishop: email@example.com
- NOAA Ship Hi‘ialakai – Commander Colin Little: firstname.lastname@example.org
- NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette – Commander Tony Perry III: email@example.com
- American Samoa weather data products
- Guam weather and climate data
- Majuro data products
- Palau data products
- Hawaiʻi tiger shark tracking data offsite link
- Wave buoy data offsite link
- Hawaii beach safety offsite link
- PacIOOS Voyager online mappingoffsite link
- American Samoa weather and climate data (NOWData)
- Pacific Tsunami Warning Center YouTube Channel
- Tsunami hazards interactive map
- Sea level rise and coastal flooding viewer
- NOAA Coral Reef Information System Pacific regional portal
- Pacific Islands tide predictions
- Benthic habitat mapping and dataoffsite link
- Hawaii regional climate summary
- Tropical atmosphere ocean array
- South Pacific recent marine data
- Hawaiian Islands recent marine data
- Hawaiian Island flood prediction
- Guam graphical weather forecasts
- Hawaii graphical weather forecasts
- Pacific Islands fisheries catch limits
- Pacific Islands remote sensing data
Local historical weather events and data
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.