Images of the Ocean Blue: Photographs From NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an American scientific agency with roots that reach back to 1807. Its mission is to “understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts, to share that knowledge and information with others, and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.” Over the years, NOAA has amassed a sizable library of photographs of our natural world, some of which I've selected here. To explore more NOAA photos, be sure to browse their albums on Flickr.

Read more
Hints: View this page full screen. Skip to the next and previous photo by typing j/k or ←/→.

Most Recent

  • Gustavo Minas

    Brasilia's 1,000,000 Person Orchestra

    Photographs transform a bus stop into a symphony of commuters, buses, shadows, glass, and concrete

  • Marc Monaghan

    Americans at Work: Elementary and High-School Educators in Chicago

    Welcome to a new series of photo essays at the Atlantic titled Americans at Work. Our inaugural story about educators in Chicago comes from Chicago-based documentary photographer Marc Monaghan.

  • Raphael Dias / Getty for the International Paralympic Committee

    Hopeful Images From 2016

    After another year of news stories that produced photos that can often be difficult or disturbing to view, I thought I’d take the time to compose an essay of uplifting images from the past year.

  • Adam Rhew / Charlotte Magazine / Reuters

    2016: The Year in Photos, September–December

    Time to take a look back at some of the most memorable events and images of 2016. Among the events covered in this essay: the U.S. presidential election; continued wars in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen; a new view of the planet Jupiter; and much more.

Join the Discussion