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Do you ever need quick, solid facts to help tell your program's story?  Check out the Socioeconomic Fast Facts on the NOS For Employees site for quick access to socioeconomic resources.

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NOS Assistant Administrator Weekly Newsletter

January 10, 2013



Hi folks,

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We talk a lot about the economic value of NOS products and services and the importance of resilient coastal communities and healthy coastal ecosystems to the U.S. economy. Do you know where to put your hands on vetted facts to demonstrate that importance?

There are several places to get fast facts:

  • Social Coast provides selected social science data, tools, and resources available from NOS.
  • NOAA State of the Coast offers national- and state-level facts on coastal communities, coastal ecosystems, the coastal economy, and how climate change might impact the coast.
  • Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW) provides national, regional and state infographics, data and tools to understand the economic contributions of the oceans and Great Lakes.
  • Societal Impacts of NOAA provides additional information on the economic importance of our oceans and coasts.
  • Coastal County Snapshots brings together complex data on flood exposure, ocean jobs, and wetland benefits for an easy-to-understand picture at the county level, complete with charts and graphs.
  • National Marine Sanctuaries Socioeconomic Fact Sheets provide information about the importance of sanctuaries to local economies.

I encourage you to explore these excellent resources.

Thanks,

David Kennedy
Assistant Administrator
National Ocean Service

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Have you heard the expression that the 'whole is greater than the sum of its parts?' That's the idea behind NOAA's new Sentinel Site Program. Sentinel Sites bring to bear the full force of NOAA data monitoring and measurement to help solve concrete problems that people are facing in local communities. Learn more

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Do you ever need quick, solid facts to help tell your program's story?  Check out the Socioeconomic Fast Facts on the NOS For Employees site for quick access to socioeconomic resources.

Around NOS

Reauthorization of the NOAA Marine Debris Program (OR&R)

In December, President Barack Obama signed legislation reauthorizing the NOAA Marine Debris Program and its mission to address the adverse impacts of marine debris on the United States. The program, housed within the Office of Response and Restoration, was originally created in 2006 by the Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act. Mandates for the program are largely the same: its staff will continue to undertake activities that identify, determine sources of, assess, prevent, reduce, and remove debris. Education and outreach, regional coordination, and fishing gear research are also highlighted in the legislation. However, Congress gave the program a new core function to address "severe marine debris events," defined as "atypically large amounts of marine debris" caused by natural disasters. For more information, contact Dianna Parker.

USS Monitor Memorial Monument Dedication (ONMS)

NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, along with the U.S. Navy and the Department of Veterans Affairs, dedicated a memorial monument in honor of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor and its crew on Dec. 29, 2012. Located in the Civil War section of Hampton National Cemetery in Hampton, Va., the monument was unveiled at 2 p.m. in a ceremony to memorialize the iconic vessel and the heroic efforts of the brave men who served their country.  The memorial dedication marks the 150th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Monitor off the North Carolina coast and pays homage to the 16 sailors who lost their lives. Nearly 200 people participated in the event, including local and national officials, descendants of the USS Monitor's crew, and the general public. For more information, contact Lauren Heesemann.

NOAA Provides Navigation Response Support to Shell Drilling Vessel in Alaska (OCS)

The Office of Coast Survey recently provided navigation response support when Shell Drilling Vessel Kulluk went adrift in the Gulf of Alaska. During the event, NOAA's navigation manager worked closely with the National Weather Service Alaska Region and the scientific support coordinator for NOAA OR&R, providing updated bathymetry data and expertise for consideration in choosing areas for safe anchorage. When the Kulluk grounded on New Year's Eve, the navigation manager provided the Incident Command with graphics of survey vintage and bathy data. This week, the Kulluk was re-floated and transported to a port of refuge in Kiliuda Bay for further assessment. The navigation manager continues to participate in Incident Command to provide further potential ports of refuge support. For more information, contact Lt. Matthew Forney.

Online Map of Corbin's New LIDAR Evaluation Site Available(NGS)

In December, a permanent airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) test and evaluation site was installed at the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) Instrumentation & Methodologies Branch facility located in Corbin, Va. The site was created in collaboration with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and will allow NGA and others to easily access important information about the area and surrounding positional control. An interactive map of the test and evaluation site with various layers of information such as RGB (red, green, and blue bands), near-infrared and color-infrared imagery, as well as local NGS survey control are available online. For more information, contact Kendall Fancher.

2010 Data on the "Ocean and Great Lakes Economy" Now Available (CSC)

The NOAA Coastal Services Center's Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW) data set has been updated to include data for 2010. ENOW uses common economic indicators such as employment, wages, and gross domestic product to describe six economic sectors that depend on the oceans and Great Lakes. ENOW includes 2005-2010 data for individual coastal counties, states, regions, and the coastal United States. The data are available in a wide variety of formats and are made possible by partnerships with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Census Bureau. For more information, contact Jeff Adkins.

Maryland Executive Order Makes State Infrastructure More Resilient to Flooding, Sea Level Rise (OCRM)

In December, the governor of Maryland signed a landmark executive order to increase the state's long-term resiliency to flooding and sea level rise.  Maryland staff, supported through the National Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program, played an instrumental role in developing the order. The order directs that all new, improved, and reconstructed state structures be planned and constructed to avoid or minimize future flood damage. It also directs state agencies to adapt to rising sea levels and unpredictable weather to ensure that Maryland's natural resources, infrastructure, and citizens are safer and more prepared. The Maryland CoastSmart Communities Program, part of the state's National CZM Program partnership with NOAA, will continue to provide on-the-ground sea level rise planning expertise, training, mapping tools, and funding to local governments to help implement the order. For more information, contact John Kuriawa.

Maps of Coral Reef Ecosystem Habitats Prove Critical to Conservation Efforts (NCCOS, OCRM, ONMS, CSC)

Since 2000, NOS and partners have mapped more than 3 million acres (12,100 km2) of shallow-water (0-30 meters) coral reef habitats spanning the Pacific, Atlantic and Caribbean. The results of this body of work are summarized in a new report released by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), National Summary of NOAA's Shallow-water Benthic Habitat Mapping of U.S. Coral Reef Ecosystems. The report encompasses 10 areas of highly productive reef regions. The new report serves as a summary of the previous studies and provides key information in a single document. This effort was led by the NCCOS, Coral Reef Conservation Program, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, and the Coastal Services Center. For more information, contact Mark Monaco.

NOAA-led Working Group Establishes New Guidance for Wildlife Forensics Practices (NCCOS)

To solidify the courtroom validity of wildlife forensic techniques, a scientific working group formed two years ago to standardize and establish best practices for handling many species and evidence types the discipline encounters. Last week, they convened to put final touches on the documents, which should address a 2009 report by the National Academy of Sciences criticizing certain forensics premises and techniques as scientifically unreliable, undercutting testimony in criminal and civil trials. NOAA's forensic experts from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and Northwest Fisheries Science Center joined their counterparts in state, federal, academic, and international programs to put this lengthy set of directives together, which will soon appear on the group's website. For more information, contact Kathy Moore.

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