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Health and Recreation
The National Oceanographic Data Center archives and disseminates historical and realtime global physical, chemical, and biological oceanographic data which contributes to research in both public health and recreation. Some of this data is available on the NODC website. The Coastal Water Temperature Guide's beach temperatures is one of the most frequently visited sites during the summer. Fisherman and recreational boaters also find our archive of coastal buoy data very useful. Other data sets including sea level, currents and waves are also available. Healthy coral reefs are representative of healthy oceans and ecosystems as well, and NODC plays a major role in the continued development and maintenance of the Coral Reef Information System (CoRIS).
Though the NOAA Central Library is a division of NODC, it has a major marine information collection that is open to the public. The Library's photographic site known as the NOAA Photo Library has photos in the public domain. The photos span centuries of time (and much of the natural world) from the center of the Earth, to the surface of the Sun.
division of NODC, the National Coastal
Data Development Center (NCDDC) provides for the archive of, and access
to, the long-term coastal data record. NCDDC works closely with Federal,
State and local agencies, academic institutions, non-profit organizations
and the private sector to create a unified, long-term database of coastal
data sets. In addition to researchers using the stored data, individuals,
insurance companies, and lawyers request specific data concerning their
needs for clients or cases. NCDDC also manages the Harmful Algal Blooms Observing System which can assist resource managers in making decisions such as closing fisheries or beaches in those areas containing high concentrations of toxic phytoplankton. Also at NCDDC, the Hypoxia Watch site uses near-real-time shipboard measurements of bottom
dissolved oxygen to develop Internet advisories on anoxic and hypoxic
conditions in the western and north-central Gulf of Mexico.
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