NOAA in your backyard: Southwest
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.
- Tijuana River Reserve (CA)offsite link – Anne Marie Tipton, Education Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Elkhorn Slough Reserve (CA)offsite link – Peggy Foletta, Education Specialist: email@example.com
- San Francisco Bay Reserve (CA)offsite link – Sarah Ferner, 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.
- Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CA) – Julie Bursek, Team Lead for Education and Outreach: email@example.com
- Greater Farallones Sanctuary (CA) – Carol Preston, Education Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Monterey Bay Sanctuary (CA) – Amity Wood, Education and Outreach Coordinator: email@example.com
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.
- California Sea Grantoffsite link – Monique Myers, California Sea Grant Extension Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- West Coast Regional Office (Seattle, WA) – Alicia Keefe, Education and Outreach Coordinator: email@example.com
Field offices in Long Beach, CA; Sacramento, CA; and Santa Rosa, CA
- Southwest Fisheries Science Center (La Jolla, CA) – Sarah Mesnick, Science Liaison: firstname.lastname@example.org
Laboratory facilities in La Jolla, CA; Santa Cruz, CA; and Monterey, CA
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.
- Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS) (Moss Landing, CA)offsite link – Alex Harper, Program Manager: email@example.com
- Southern California Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) (La Jolla, CA)offsite link – Megan Hepner, 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.
- Seaberry Nachbar, California B-WET Program Manager: email@example.com
Student opportunities • Real-time data
CIMEC is a partnership of ocean, climate and ecosystem research between NOAA and several key universities in California.
- La Jolla, CA – Rosemarie Keuler, Chief Administrative Officer: 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.
- Garibaldi Bowl (San Diego, CA)offsite link – Jennifer Prairie, Region Coordinator: email@example.com
- Los Angeles Surf Bowl (Pasadena, CA) – Kimberly Lievense, Region Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sea Lion Bowl (Seaside, CA)offsite link – Corey Garza & Laura Good, Region Coordinators: email@example.com
- Trout Bowl (CO, KS, NE, NM, SD, UT, WY)offsite link – Amanda Morton, Regional 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 (MOC-P) (Newport, OR) – Lieutenant Commander Carl Rhodes, MOC-P Chief of Operations: email@example.com
- NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker (San Diego, CA) – Captain Chad Cary: firstname.lastname@example.org
Historical and real-time data
- Albuquerque local studies and special features
- Phoenix area weather history
- Elko, NV local studies
- Flagstaff historic weather events
- Los Angeles weather events story maps
- San Joaquin Valley significant weather events
- Tucson monsoon statistics
Local historical weather events and data
- Central and Northern California ocean data portaloffsite link
- California seafloor mapping imageryoffsite link
- Pacific Ocean acidificationoffsite link
- Southern California ocean data portaloffsite link
- Refugio State Beach oil spill simulation offsite link
- Monsoon tracker
- California/Nevada River Forecast Center
- California fire weather map
- Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS) 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.
- Grand Canyon Visitor Center (Grand Canyon, AZ)
- Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach, CA)offsite link
- Discovery Cube Los Angeles (Sylmar, CA)offsite link
- Discovery Cube Orange County (Santa Ana, CA)offsite link
- Lawrence Hall of Science (Berkeley, CA)offsite link
- Great Valley Museum (Modesto, CA)offsite link
- NASA Ames Exploration Center (Moffett Field, CA)
- Climate Corporation (San Francisco, CA)offsite link
- The Tech Museum of Innovation (San Jose, CA)offsite link
- Orange Coast College Planetarium (Costa Mesa, CA)offsite link
- Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Lake Forest, CA)offsite link
- Santa Fe Community College (Santa Fe, NM)offsite link
- Clark Planetarium (Salt Lake City, UT)offsite link
Updated May 2020