NOAA assets for education grants

A sample of NOAA's outstanding online resources

Throughout NOAA’s line offices, there are a large number of assets in ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, weather, and climate sciences. These assets include protected natural areas such as marine sanctuaries and estuarine research reserves; a large fleet of ocean-going ships, buoys, weather stations, and other monitoring devices; scientists; and a rich array of websites that feature data and information about research and monitoring. Additionally, we have provided a summary of NOAA programs and activities sorted by the state or territory in which they are based or focused. This list is not a comprehensive list of all NOAA assets. Please also see the Environmental Literacy Program's Resilience Assets webpage.

Categories of NOAA Assets

Education resources and programs (examples)


NOAA Education Portal

Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program
Contact: Bronwen Rice,

Citizen science and crowdsourcing resources
Contact: Laura Oremland,

Climate Program Office:
Contact: Frank Niepold,

Data in the Classroom:
Contact: Atziri Ibanez,

Educational games:
Contact: Bruce Moravchik,

Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions

Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students (LiMPETS): link
Contact: Claire Fackler,

National Estuarine Research Reserves System:
Contact: Atziri Ibanez,

National Marine Sanctuaries:
Contact: Claire Fackler,

National Ocean Service:
Contact: Bruce Moravchik,

National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologists:
Contact: Faith Borden,

NOAA in your Backyard:

Office of Coastal Management - Pacific Islands:
Contact: Stephanie Bennett,

Office of Ocean Exploration and Research:
Contact: Contact: Susan Haynes,

Research labs:

Satellite and Information Service:

Science On a Sphere (SOS)®:
Contact: Beth Russell,

Sea Grant Education:
Contact: Brooke Carney, 

Teacher At Sea:
Contact: Jennifer Hammond,

Tri-Agency Climate Education Collection: link

Weather (JetStream):
Contact: Mary Fairbanks ,

Data visualizations and satellite imagery


Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Lab (AOML):

Environmental Visualization Program:

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab (GFDL):
Visualizations of climate change models, hurricanes, and other large-scale earth dynamic processes

Geostationary-Orbiting Environmental Satellite (GOES):

Global visualizations for NOAA's Science On a Sphere:

Historical significant environmental events imagery:

Pacific Marine Environmental Lab (PMEL):
El Nino, Tsunamis, Underwater visualizations (hydrothermal vents, etc.):

Real-time data and data archives


Digital Coast:

NOAA View:

National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI):
All of NOAA's real-time data on climate, ocean, and geophysics (bathymetry and space weather)

National Weather Service Flood Inundation Maps:

Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS):

National Data Buoy Center:

National Snow and Ice Data Center: link

Real-time Tide, Current and Water Level Data:
Tidal Predictions:

River and stream gauges:

Climate and other atmospheric-related information


Arctic Climate Change:
Sea Ice:
Historical Extent of Sea Ice:

Carbon Tracker (CO2 monitoring and visualization):

Climate Resilience Toolkit:

Drought Monitoring:

General information about NOAA's climate resources:

Global Climate Change Indicators:

Global visualizations of climate models, etc. for NOAA's Science On a Sphere:

National Climate Assessment (2014)

NOAA's Climate Portal:

Ozone Hole Monitoring:

U.S. Climate “At a Glance”:

Fisheries, ocean, and coastal-related information


Coral Reefs (Coral Bleaching Monitoring, Visualization and Conservation)
Coral Reef Conservation Program:
Reef Watch:
Note Google Earth-ready data visualization products:

Digital Coast (data and imagery):

Fisheries Research:

Google Ocean: link
Much of NOAA's ocean data is now in Google ocean

Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring (CoastWatch):

Marine Debris Program:

Marine Protected Areas:

National Marine Fisheries Service:

National Marine Sanctuaries:

  1. Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument:
  2. Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary:
  3. Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary:
  4. Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary:
  5. Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary:
  6. Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary:
  7. Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary:
  8. Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary:
  9. Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary:
  10. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary:
  11. National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa:
  12. Monitor National Marine Sanctuary:
  13. Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary:
  14. Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve:

National Estuarine Research Reserves:

NOAA's fleet of ships:

NOAA's consolidated information on the coast:

Natural Hazards Assessments Tools and Historical Information:

Ocean Acidification:

Ocean Explorer:

Oral History Database of U.S. Fisheries:

Sea Grant:

Sea Level Rise Viewer:

Weather-related information


Aerial surveys following significant high impact U.S. weather events:

Current Radar Data:

Current Satellite Data:

Historical hurricane tracks:

Hurricane data visualizations:

Includes current river stages, forecasts, past precipitation analysis, etc

National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP)
All of the Weather Service's major national and global monitoring and forecasting efforts viewable in one place!

National Weather Service (NWS):

National Weather Service Local Office Contacts:

NOAA Weather-Ready Nation:

Sea level rise and nuisance flood frequency changes around the United States:

Snow Cover Monitoring:

Photos, videos, and other media


Aquarius, Underwater Habitat with Live Broadcast Capability: link

NOAA Photo Library:

National Marine Sanctuaries Multimedia:

National Geodetic Survey’s Aerial Surveys of the U.S. coastline:

Okeanos Explorer - NOAA's Ship Dedicated to Ocean Exploration:

Last updated: November 1, 2019