NOAA in your backyard: Southeast

Educational opportunities and staff in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and eastern Florida

NOAA in Your State & Territory

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.

National Weather Service

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 and enter your zip code to find your local WFO.

National Estuarine Research Reserve System

Field trips • Professional development • Educator resources
The National Estuarine Research Reserves System protects more than 1.3 million coastal and estuarine acres in 30 reserves located in 24 states and Puerto Rico for purposes of long-term research, environmental monitoring, education and stewardship.

NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries

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 Sea Grant Program

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.

NOAA Marine Debris Program

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.

NOAA Fisheries

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.

Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)

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.

NOAA Center for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)

Data • Scientists • Laboratories • Publications
NCCOS works directly with managers, industry, regulators, and scientists to deliver relevant, timely, and accurate scientific information and tools to assist in coastal resource management and protection of coastal communities from harmful algae, water contamination, and climate impacts.

National Hurricane Center (NHC)

Educator and student resources • Tours • Hurricane information • Data
The mission of the NHC is to save lives, mitigate property loss, and improve economic efficiency by issuing the best watches, warnings, forecasts, and analyses of hazardous tropical weather and by increasing understanding of these hazards.

National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)

Student activities • Climate data • Educator resources
Formerly the National Climactic Data Center (NCDC), NCEI is the world's largest active archive of weather data. They produce numerous climate publications and respond to data requests from all over the world.

Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology (CIOERT) offsite link

Educator resources • Expeditions • Data
CIOERT is a cooperative institute between NOAA and several universities to explore and study the nation’s ocean frontiers using innovation and cutting edge technologies.

  • Florida Atlantic University (Fort Pierce, FL) – Dennis Hanisak, Education Director:

Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) offsite link

Student opportunities • Data • Laboratories
CIMAS is a cooperative institute between NOAA and ten partner universities to bring together the research resources of the partner universities with those of NOAA in order to develop a center of excellence that is relevant to understanding the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere within the context of NOAA’s mission.

  • CIMAS at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (Miami, FL) – Diana Udel, Director of Communications:

Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML)

Open houses • Multimedia • Laboratories • Scientists
AOML is a federal research laboratory that is part of NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. AOML's research spans hurricanes, coastal ecosystems, oceans and human health, climate studies, global carbon systems, and ocean observations.

National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB) offsite link

Regional competitions in the ocean sciences
NOTE: The NOSB national office offsite link will not support any 2022-23 regional competitions and there will be no national finals. 
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.

Local NOAA vessels

Follow current science in the Atlantic Ocean

Historical and real-time 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.