Climate Change

The NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries’ video collection features different topics including climate change and its connection to marine biodiversity. Utilize these visual aids to bring the problem of climate change to life.

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Climate Change in National Marine Sanctuaries

Explore how climate change will affect marine sanctuaries in some of America’s most spectacular places. More acidic waters will impact ecosystems, more frequent and harsher storms are damaging historic shipwrecks, coral reefs and kelp forests are stressed by warmer waters, and much more.

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Coral Bleaching

What is coral bleaching and what can you do to help? Find out in our video!

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Big Momma

In the depths of the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa lives Big Momma, one of the largest coral heads in the world. What will you and your community do to help protect amazing corals like this one?

Red pelagic crab in tide pool in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Pelagic Red Crabs

In early October, thousands of pelagic red crabs washed ashore in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. These crabs usually live offshore of Baja California, but warm waters, likely linked to El Niño, have transported them north. The last time these crabs washed ashore in the sanctuary was 1982-83, also an El Niño year. Watch our video to learn more!

Beach with green hillsides overlooking the blue water.

International Partnership on Marine Protected Areas, Biodiversity, and Climate Change

We are pleased to announce the launch of the International Partnership on MPAs, Biodiversity, and Climate Change. The United States, United Kingdom, Chile, Costa Rica, and France announce this new global partnership as a resource to advance the role of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as a nature-based solution in the fight against climate change.

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I Live in the Eastern US - Does Climate Change Matter to Me? | Global Weirding

This video discusses impacts that the Eastern US is experiencing due to climate change. It describes the seasonal shifts that may affect tourism in New England, extreme heat in the Southeast, how rising sea level affects coastal areas, changes in hurricane intensity, the spread of invasive species and disease, as well as other topics.