NOAA sites get Web botox

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration turned a new face to the Web this week, after treating two sites to cosmetic surgery.

Yesterday, the Commerce Department agency launched a new site for the NOAA Ocean Service, at The site expands access to data from NOAA's 10 program and staff offices that handle ocean and coastal information.

The Ocean Service site covers marine life and ecosystem information, marine navigation, and tides and currents. It has an extensive collection of maps, many online publications and a news section.

Also this week, NOAA relaunched its home page, at The reshaped site maintains links that its users'who number in the millions annually, according to NOAA'have visited in the past, as well as new features to make it easier to navigate.

NOAA computer specialist Janet Ward redesigned the site with the assistance of the agency's CIO Office and high-performance computing and communications group.

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