NOAA kicks off virtual summer film festival

Take a tour of our mission, from the heartland to the coasts

A collage showing still images from each of the short films featured in NOAA's virtual summer film festival.
A collage showing still images from each of the short films featured in NOAA's virtual summer film festival. (NOAA)

Summer is the perfect time to kick back, relax and visit new places.

Can’t get away? Not to worry! You can explore NOAA’s eight regional focus areas from the comfort of your home! From the Pacific Islands to the Great Lakes and beyond, take a visual journey through our first-ever summer film festival. You’ll learn how NOAA’s work serves the public and the coastal and inland communities of the U.S. — and see some breathtaking imagery along the way.

We will release one new video featuring a distinct region each Wednesday, from August 3 – September 21. You can watch each video as they are released, or “binge watch” several at a time by visiting the NOAA Regional Collaboration Network website.

NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, ocean, and coasts, to share that knowledge and information with others and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.

NOAA’s mission reflects the different needs and priorities of the focus areas featured in these films. As you watch, you’ll see how NOAA tunes its mission to the wide variety of our nation’s natural resources, weather patterns, regional priorities and public safety challenges. 

A map showing NOAA's 8 regional focus areas.
NOAA will release a new video featuring one of NOAA’s eight regional focus areas each Wednesday, from August 3 – September 21. (NOAA)

We kick off the festival with NOAA in the Central Region, which tells the story of NOAA’s mission in the center of our country, an area known for its agriculture, rich history and dramatic weather. From the center, the series will take viewers on a tour of NOAA in the Great Lakes, the Pacific Islands, the North Atlantic, the West Coast, the Gulf of Mexico region, the Southeast and Caribbean, and, finally, Alaska. 

Sit back and enjoy this national tour of NOAA’s mission to serve our nation through science, service and stewardship.