NOAA’s Lophelia II — See/read her exploration accounts

“NOAA Ocean Explorer: Lophelia II 2010: Oil Seeps and Deep Reefs [pdf, Flash Player]

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been documenting the field mission of its ship, the Lophelia II, since 2001. In the fall of 2010, the Lophelia II went to cruise around the Gulf of Mexico conducting important experiments and analyses looking into the world of the deep-water coral communities there. The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement sponsored the project. On the site, visitors can read their exploration and research logs, take a look at their mission plans, and also view a slide show of images from their work. In the November 3rd log, visitors can read about the final dive of this expedition, which took the scientists over to an area near the site of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The site is rounded out by the “Ask an Explorer” section, which features answers to questions posed by curious visitors to the site. [KMG]

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Source: The Scout Report, Univ. of Wisconsin, 2/4/11

NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management

NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management
Source: the Scout Report, July 27, 2007, by KMG

“In light of a number of recent events, there is increased concern about the management of America’s coastal and ocean resources. It is a pressing issue for economic reasons, along with the simple fact that over fifty percent of the U.S. population lives close to the coastlines of two oceans and the Great Lakes. Persons interested in these matters will appreciate the NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management site, which features newsletters, information about their strategic plans, and copious amounts of material on their initiatives, which include dock management and community development partnerships. A basic overview of the issues facing coastal regions can be found in the “Coastal Issues” section of the site which contains brief summaries on marine debris, coastal hazards, water quality, and aquaculture. The site is rounded out by a “My state” section. Here, visitors can utilize a clickable map of the U.S. to learn about coastal management activities underway in their state.”

National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)

<a href="”target=”_blank”>NSIDC is the leader in the field of cryospheric data management and distribution. They also conduct research and education. These data come from the field or are relayed from Earth-orbiting satellites. “The NSIDC supports research into our world’s frozen realms: the snow, ice, glacier, frozen ground, and climate interactions that make up the Earth’s cryosphere.”

NSIDC is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

CIRES, in turn, is one of the 21 joint research institutes of NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
One of these is at GFDL (Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory) on Princeton University’s Forrestal Campus, the Cooperative Institute for Climate Science