Homewaters: Exploring Waterways that Inspire, from the Salish Sea to Our Nation’s Capital

Posted Fri, 05/22/2020 - 12:21

Everyone at NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration plays a crucial role in our mission. For many of us, our journey into the marine world can be traced back to a special place that first sparked a love of water and wild places. This installment of our monthly series “Homewaters” explores some of the waters that kindled a passion that would go on to last a lifetime.


What we do to Help Endangered Species

Posted Fri, 05/15/2020 - 11:00

For over 40 years, the 1973 Endangered Species Act has helped protect native plants and animals and that habitats where they live, and many government agencies play a role in that important work. That’s one reason the United States celebrates Endangered Species Day every year in May.

The Time to Start Preparing for Hurricane Season is Now

Posted Fri, 05/08/2020 - 11:43
By Charles Grisafi, Office of Response and Restoration Disaster Preparedness Program

With the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season less than a month away, the time to start preparing is now. The Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1 and runs through Nov. 30 each year. As the nation's premier science agency for oceans and coasts, we at NOAA understand that preparedness is not a one-time effort. When a disaster threatens, the National Ocean Service (NOS) must be prepared to provide a broad range of scientific, technical, and policy expertise to support response activities and to inform recovery. 

Incident Responses for April 2020

Posted Thu, 05/07/2020 - 14:56

Every month our Emergency Response Division provides scientific expertise and services to the U.S. Coast Guard on everything from running oil spill trajectories to model where the spill may spread, to possible effects on wildlife and fisheries and estimates on how long the oil may stay in the environment. This month OR&R responded to 11 incidents, including oil discharges, sunken vessels, and other pollution-related incidents ... 

Minds Behind OR&R: Meet Regional Marine Debris Coordinator Christy Kehoe

Posted Thu, 04/30/2020 - 11:55
By Jennifer Simms, Office of Response and Restoration Marine Debris Program

This feature is part of a monthly series profiling scientists and technicians who provide exemplary contributions to the mission of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R). This month’s featured is Christy Kehoe, OR&R Marine Debris Program Mid-Atlantic regional coordinator.

8 Advances in Oil Spill Science in the Decade Since Deepwater Horizon

Posted Tue, 04/21/2020 - 12:10
By Megan Ewald, Office of Response and Restoration

From March 30 to April 20, tune in as we go back in time to the day of our country’s largest marine oil spill, what’s happened since then, and how we’re better prepared for future spills. In our final blog we provide on overview of some of the advances in science we’ve discussed in-depth throughout the last three weeks.

How Thick is the Oil Slick?

Posted Fri, 04/17/2020 - 12:43
By Megan Ewald, Office of Response and Restoration

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill was the largest marine oil spill in U.S history, and responding to the disaster required the use of brand-new satellite technology to detect and map the footprint of oil on the surface of the ocean. A decade later a team of interdisciplinary scientists, many of whom worked on the historic spill, are developing ways to advance satellite technology to do something new — estimating the thickness of oil slicks from outer space.