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.


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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Lost for More Than 150 years, How the Walker Was Found

Happy New Year! As I was reviewing National Ocean Service activities over the past year, one item stuck out as particularly memorable. In August, NOAA commemorated—for the first time ever—the 20 crewmembers who lost their lives when the U.S. Coast Survey Steamer Robert J. Walker was hit by a commercial vessel and sank off the coast of New Jersey. More than 150 years after the vessel was lost, the wreck has been positively identified.

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Reflections on Sandy

Sandy represents a turning point in the conversations happening among scientists, city planners, politicians, and communities on developing more resilient and sustainable coasts going into the future. The value of coastal resiliency is taking center stage in the national conversation about preparing for future storms. The National Ocean Service plays a critical role in this discussion.

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