12 January 2011
Archival Gold: The NOAA Photo Library
Posted by Jessica Ball
The next feature for “Archival Gold”, posts featuring public-domain Earth science images, is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Photo Library. Here’s a bit about it from their site:
The NOAA Photo Library has been built so as to capture the work, observations, and studies that are carried on by the scientists, engineers, commissioned officers, and administrative personnel that make up this complex and scientifically diverse agency. It also has been built in an attempt to capture NOAA’s scientific heritage, which is in fact a heritage shared by much of the physical and environmental science communities in the United States today.
The photos are organized by collection, but there is (of course) a search feature, and the photos aren’t all about oceanic and atmospheric subjects. Here are a few of my favorites:
Thanks for the notice. Perhaps you are aware of this, but the AGU’s most prestigious medal, the Bowie Medal, is named for William Bowie of the Coast and Geodetic Survey, NOAA’s oldest ancestor agency. If you went to the trouble to track down various photo libraries, you might also be interested in history of science. See: http://www.history.noaa.gov and http://www.lib.noaa.gov/noaainfo/heritage/coastandgeodeticsurvey/index.html . Saw a PBS special on Krakatoa last night. Hope you were able to see that at one time or another.
Skip Theberge, Capt. (NOAA Corps, ret.)
Chief of Reference, NOAA Central Library