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NOAA Photo Library
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) photo library contains thousands of images, divided into topical collections such as severe storms and weather (lightning, hail, tornados, clouds, Doppler radar), space (satellites, launches), undersea themes (coral, animals, coastlines, fisheries, marine sanctuaries), animals (polar bears, seals, walrus, birds, caribou, whales), flight, and historical images. The collections are browsable or searchable by keyword. The photos are downloadable and include date, photographer, and location, when available. Most also have a high-resolution version.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Map
    • Photograph
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Atmospheric science
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Biological oceanography
    • Physical oceanography
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Most NOAA photos and slides are in the public domain and CANNOT be copyrighted. Although at present, no fee is charged for using the photos credit MUST be given to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce unless otherwise instructed to give credit to the photographer or other source.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-001-380
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Mr Skip Theberge
NOAA Central Library

Publisher: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Central Library