Coastal Zone Management Act Boundary

Posted December 12, 2013 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Coastal Zone Management Act Boundary is the state-identified landward and seaward boundary within which the state’s coastal zone management programs apply.(more...)

Wave, Tidal, and Ocean Current Sites

Posted November 25, 2013 by Caitlyn McCrary

Waves, tides, and ocean currents have been identified as potential renewable ocean energy sources. Energy development technologies are now being tested in U.S. waters.(more...)

High Frequency Radar

Posted June 5, 2013 by Caitlyn McCrary

High-frequency radar is an effective tool for measuring the speed and direction of ocean surface currents. The broad range of uses for this information on currents has motivated the development of a national network of surface current mapping systems as part of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).(more...)

Tidal Stream Resource Potential

Posted May 6, 2013 by Caitlyn McCrary

Tidal streams can be used as a form of alternative ocean energy. They are high velocity sea currents created by periodic movement of the ocean caused by the gravitational pull of the moon.(more...)

Habitat Area of Particular Concern

Posted April 3, 2013 by Caitlyn McCrary

A habitat area of particular concern is a designation that encompasses discrete subsets of essential fish habitat, which provide extremely important ecological functions or are especially vulnerable to degradation.(more...)

Zones, Limits, and Maritime Jurisdictions

Posted March 22, 2013 by Caitlyn McCrary

A boundary seems like a simple concept. Unfortunately, establishing boundaries is a complicated matter, especially in the ocean.(more...)

Ocean Wave Resource Potential

Posted February 5, 2013 by Jodie Sprayberry

Wave energy is a form of alternative ocean energy that can be harnessed for consumption. The Ocean Wave Resource Potential data set shows users the predicted mean wave energy density within U.S. waters.(more...)

Federal Radar and Impact Zones

Posted January 18, 2013 by Jodie Sprayberry

Weather radar stations are located all across the U.S., including the coastlines. Ocean uses, such as wind turbines, can impact its operation.(more...)