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NOS Assistant Administrator Weekly Newsletter

February 14, 2013



Hi everyone,

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On this Valentine's Day, please take action to ensure your safety by completing the NOAA Safety Training. Federal employees should take the training through the Commerce Learning Center. Contract employees may take the training at the NOAA Safety and Environmental Compliance Office site. (Contractors and partners who occupy space in a NOAA facility should take the course, unless otherwise directed by their NOAA Contracting Officer Technical Representative.)

The deadline for NOS staff to complete this training is Monday, February 25, 2013.

Next, I would like to congratulate the NOAA Heritage Week team for an exceptionally well-executed NOAA Open House on Saturday in Silver Spring, Maryland. This year's event featured a "Passport to Science" that gave the visitors an opportunity to tour the Gateway to NOAA exhibit; participate in hands-on activities in the Science Center; and listen to experts in the NOAA Auditorium. The events also included special tours to NOAA's National Weather Service Operations Center and the NOAA Ocean Exploration Command Center. An army of NOAA employees were on hand to educate visitors about NOAA's programs and services. Sanctuary Sam and Owlie SkyWarn made special appearances. More than 1,000 visitors participated and their feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Thanks to all who supported this event! View photos from the event at www.facebook.com/gatewaytonoaa.

Finally, here's an important note for those in the DC area. In honor of Black History Month, you are invited to the NOAA 2013 Commemorative Program on February 19, from 10 a.m. to noon in the NOAA Science Center. This event is hosted by NOAA's Civil Rights Office in collaboration with NOS and the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. The keynote speakers are Dr. James Turner, director of NOAA's Office of International Affairs, and Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, executive director of the National Council of Negro Women. Please mark you calendars for the 2013 Black History Month Trivia Game, "Battle of the NOAA Line Offices." The event will be held on February 26, from 10 a.m. to noon in the NOAA Science Center.

Thank you,

Holly A. Bamford, Ph.D.
Assistant Administrator
National Ocean Service

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Around NOS

Coast Survey Makes Preliminary 2013 Survey Plans (OCS)

Survey ships, navigation response teams, and contractors are preparing for the 2013 survey season, with operations tentatively scheduled for maritime priority areas from Maine's Penobscot Bay, down the coast to New York and Rhode Island, and further south to coastal Virginia and approaches to Chesapeake Bay. In the Gulf, current plans are for approaches to Mississippi Sound, Barataria Bay, and the Louisiana coast. Pacific Northwest surveys include the Strait of Juan de Fuca and offshore Oregon and Washington. Alaskan plans include numerous locations, from the extreme southeastern canals, through the islands, and up to Port Clarence, Red Dog Mine, and Point Barrow. The preliminary stages of preparations remain flexible as NOAA analyzes recently budgeted post-Sandy survey needs along the New York and New Jersey coastlines. For more information, contact Jeffrey Ferguson.

New NCCOS Report Supports Marine Spatial Planning to Improve Offshore Wind Energy Development (NCCOS)

Researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science recently evaluated techniques to design robust marine bird surveys to support offshore wind energy plans that are in the same location as sensitive bird migratory pathways. Spinning turbine blades can kill birds outright or divert them from their natural routes which disrupt their fairly inflexible behavior. Knowing where the birds travel, coupled with knowledge of wind strength and seafloor depth, are critical parts of wind farm placement. Furthermore, maps of migration routes and bird abundance evaluations help energy stakeholders build upon past surveys which reduces uncertainty about future survey requirements and costs while increasing efficiency. The Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management commissioned this report. For more information, contact Brian Kinlan.


Harmful Algal Bloom Alerts Added to NWS Beach Hazard Statements (CO-OPS, NCCOS)

NOS and the National Weather Service (NWS) have partnered to issue alerts of potential respiratory impacts due to harmful algal blooms (HABs), commonly referred to as red tides. These HAB alerts are part of a broader experimental initiative that NWS has been testing since called the "Beach Hazards Statement," which also alerts the public for coastal hazards such as rip currents.  The HAB Operational Forecast System is well established and has issued HAB forecasts to provide coastal residents and visitors with information to protect their safety. The Tampa Bay weather forecast office is the first to issue this information via Beach Hazards Statements. The new alert expands public awareness of the potential risk and is timely since many of southwest Florida's beaches are currently facing a risk of red tide. For more information, contact Karen Kavanaugh (CO-OPS) or Rick Stumpf (NCCOS).

U.S. Naval Academy Representatives Visit Silver Spring Campus (NGS)

This week, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) hosted the Chair and soon-to-be Chair of the U.S. Naval Academy's (USNA) Oceanography Department. NGS provided an overview of the agency's mission and current projects, as well as hosted a roundtable discussion of topics of interest to the USNA curriculum. The Office of Coast Survey and National Centers for Coastal and Ocean Science also participated with presentations from their program offices during other portions of the visit. The visit helped initiate a discussion of potential educational collaborations between NOAA and the USNA. For more information, contact Dru Smith.


Sea Level Rise Viewer Demonstrated to California Coastal Managers (CSC)

Three recent brown bag presentations showcasing NOAA's Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer reached approximately 70 coastal managers in California. The viewer helps communities visualize inundation impacts on the natural and built environment and was demonstrated by staff members from the NOAA Coastal Services Center to the California State Coastal Conservancy, California Coastal Commission, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board. Discussions included current and potential applications of the tool and data. The viewer has already been used by the Port of Long Beach for asset exposure assessments, and data developed for the viewer are being used for infrastructure and transportation planning in San Francisco Bay. For more information, contact Rebecca Lunde.

"Welcome Back Whales" Day (ONMS)

The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries staff sponsored a "Welcome Back Whales" celebration at Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of O'ahu. There were many activities at this event, including a whale viewing station with information about humpback whales and clues on how to spot them; a booth with information about the sanctuary and humpback whales; naturalist-led hikes where families could find both turtles and monk seals on nearby beaches; and booths hosted by community organizations sharing information about monk seals, turtles, reef ecology, and global warming issues. The sanctuary also coordinated a lecture series with scientists presenting on whales, dolphins, shipwrecks, and the whale disentanglement program. The event was well attended by both hotel visitors, local residents, and of course humpback whales. For more information, contact Patty Miller.

Jacques Cousteau NERR Hosts FEMA Visit on Sandy Recovery (OCRM)

Staff from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Joint Field Office (JFO) in Middleton, New Jersey, working on Hurricane Sandy recovery, visited the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve to meet with local stakeholders. Members of the Natural and Cultural Resources Recovery Planning Team met with representatives from the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Rutgers University, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Brick Township, and others. The team from the JFO engaged stakeholders in issues such as debris removal, recovery and resilience, suggestions on ways federal partners can support recovery, and short- and long-term resource needs. This information will be considered for use in the development of a Natural and Cultural Resources Recovery Plan for New Jersey. For more information, contact Michael Migliori.

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