From the Desk of the Assistant Administrator

The nation's ocean and coastal agency: Supporting coastal communities, promoting a robust economy, and protecting coastal and marine ecosystems.


Have your say! New guidelines allow American public to nominate new sanctuaries.

Did you know that all Americans can now nominate nationally significant marine and Great Lakes areas as potential new national marine sanctuaries? This new process, rolled out earlier this year, will not result in the automatic designation of any new national marine sanctuaries. However, the nomination process will result in an inventory of areas NOAA will consider for national marine sanctuary designation, taking into account input and support from various local, regional and national interests and organizations. Consideration also will be based on a proposed area’s national significance and the feasibility of managing it.

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Newest Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS®) Will Help Keep Economic Activity Flowing in the Port of Jacksonville

Today, I join NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan; Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services Director Rich Edwing; leaders from the Jacksonville Marine Transportation Exchange; and other local and state officials at the dedication of the newest Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System, or PORTS®. The new Jacksonville PORTS®, second largest ever established in the system, includes a broad suite of operational sensors with water level, meteorological, visibility, salinity, air gap (under bridge clearance), and tidal currents.

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Capitol Hill Ocean Week: Opportunity for Discussion, Collaboration

Each year, marine professionals, government officials, and ocean enthusiasts meet for Capitol Hill Ocean Week. The three-day symposium hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation brings together hundreds of policymakers, industry leaders, scientists, academics and conservationists to shape marine policy and provoke conversation about critical ocean and coastal issues.

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Potential Storm Surge Flooding Map

On May 22, NOAA introduced an experimental Potential Storm Surge Flooding Map which incorporates NOS mapping and ocean data. The product will be used for the first time during the 2014 season to better communicate to the public the risk of injury and damage from storm-related flooding.

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Come Visit Us!

Conserving coastal places provides economic benefits to local communities. For example, across all national marine sanctuaries, about $4 billion annually is generated in local coastal and ocean-dependent economies from diverse activities like commercial fishing, research, and recreation-tourist activities.

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Protecting Human Health and Coastal Economies with Early Warnings

The health of our coastal communities, economies, and ecosystems depend on our understanding of complex and constantly changing conditions. A key way that the National Ocean Service is addressing these challenges is by advancing ecological forecasting.

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Saving Lives and Livelihoods: NOS Supports Weather-Ready Nation Efforts

NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation initiative is about building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events. The National Ocean Service plays an important role in advancing these efforts.

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How IOOS® is vital to advancing our priorities

Here at the National Ocean Service (NOS), three priorities guide our wide range of products and services: coastal preparedness, response, recovery, and resiliency; advancing coastal intelligence; and place-based conservation. The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) plays a key role in meeting those priorities.

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Greetings from the American Meteorology Society’s Annual Meeting

This week, I’m participating at the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. AMS is a membership organization that promotes atmospheric and related science. The theme of this year’s meeting is "Extreme Weather—Climate and the Built Environment: New Perspectives, Opportunities, and Tools." The National Ocean Service plays an important role in helping coastal communities prepare for, respond to, recover from, and be more resilient to extreme weather.

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