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NOAA gives mariners new way to see surface and tidal currents

A new NOAA National Ocean Service website will provide mariners near real-time coastal ocean surface current observations and tidal current predictions in coastal waters using high-frequency radar, making marine navigation safer for mariners and commercial shippers.

The web-based observations are now available for the Chesapeake and San Francisco Bays in areas vital for marine navigation, with additional locations to follow.

"By partnering to create new tools like high-frequency radar surface currents, we are providing a more complete picture of a very dynamic environment." said Richard Edwing, director of CO-OPS. "This is a great example of how coastal environmental intelligence better enables informed decisions to be made for safe navigation and other uses."

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