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NOS Assistant Administrator Weekly Update


Hi everyone,

We've been talking for a while about "coastal intelligence." What exactly is it?

Coastal intelligence refers to information that is used by governments, businesses, and citizens to make decisions that support healthy ecosystems, strong economies, and resilient communities along our coasts. NOS goes beyond collecting observations, analyzing data, and conducting research to translating that science into information to support good decisions.

Take a look at the coastal intelligence graphic on this page of the NOS website. (Once you get to the page, click on the image for a better view.) This image gives examples of the kinds of observations that feed into coastal intelligence such as those collected through the National Water Level Observation Network (NWLON) and Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS). The image also depicts decision support tools. This includes resources like Digital Coast and the Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA®).

Almost every part of NOS helps to advance coastal intelligence. For example, the System-wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) includes about 100 data collection stations that sample water quality indicators and nutrients among the National Estuarine Research Reserves. The Mussel Watch Contaminant Monitoring Program analyzes chemical and biological contaminant trends in sediments and bivalve tissues collected at more than 300 coastal sites.

Next week, offices across the National Ocean Service will highlight the way their particular office contributes to the advancement of coastal intelligence. Please check out the NOS home page, Facebook, and Twitter as well as your own office's websites and social media for more.

One final note - we introduced a new feature last week, "NOS in Focus."  I bring this up again to mention just how excited I am to be able to highlight the individuals who make up the National Ocean Service!  We have so many fantastic people on our team that we should take every opportunity to get to know each other.  Above all the science, the policy, the good work we do, we are about our people.  Russell and I both value each one of you and want to make as many opportunities to bring everyone together as possible.  Keep checking back here each week to meet someone new and contact Megan Forbes with any comments or suggestions.

Thank you,

Holly A. Bamford, Ph.D.
Assistant Administrator for Ocean Services and Coastal
Zone Management, National Ocean Service

Around NOS

IOOS Represented by Industry Leaders

This week, industry representatives including IBM, Google, and the XPrize Foundation spoke on behalf of IOOS at the Oceanology International 2014 conference in London. IOOS was a featured track at the conference, with presentations from leaders in observing technologies, data management, and innovative research. Speakers discussed the importance of the marine technology and services sector and how new and emerging technologies can be used to probe challenging questions about the ocean and the management of marine ecosystems. The IOOS sessions will stimulate ideas for research and business opportunities.

Contact: Laura Griesbauer


New Customizable Tidal Current Predictions Available Online

A new NOAA Current Predictions product, now in beta, is available for the maritime community. The online product benefits recreational and commercial users by expanding capabilities of traditional published Tidal Current Tables. Users may now generate predictions "on demand." The expanded product offers daily, weekly, or yearly predictions available for download in a variety of formats (text, CSV, XML, and PDF) for more than 3,000 locations; as well as six-minute, half-hour, and hourly tidal current predictions for over 500 locations. This beta product provides the most up-to-date current predictions incorporating new data as it is collected and analyzed by CO-OPS oceanographers.

Contact: Paul Fanelli


NOAA Launches First Online Training Module for Spill Responders

This week, OR&R launched its first online training module for oil spill responders, titled "Introduction to Observing Oil from Helicopters and Planes." To meet the growing number of training requests from oil spill responders nationwide, NOAA worked with MetEd, a provider of distance learning resources for the geoscience community, to create the module. Online trainees learned to identify, describe, and report spills on the water using standard terminology; recognize "false positives" commonly misidentified as oil; and work effectively with experienced oil spill observers to ensure a successful mission. Since U.S. Coast Guard aircrews are often the first to see spills on the water, they are the primary audience for the training.

Contact: LTJG Alice Drury


UNAVCO Workshop: Opportunity to Apply Innovations in Geodesy

Last week, representatives from NGS participated in the UNAVCO Science Workshop in Broomfield, Colo. This annual workshop provides Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) geodesists an opportunity to discuss emerging and evolving scientific applications of GNSS technology in areas such as seismology, the cryosphere, coastal subsidence, and sea level rise. UNAVCO has been providing innovations in geodesy for science for 30 years. Attendance at this workshop helps NGS stay abreast of scientific applications used for Continuously Operating Reference Station data, as well as to help determine how NGS' processing engine can best be used for emerging and evolving scientific applications. UNAVCO is a non-profit university-governed consortium that facilitates geoscience research and education using geodesy.

Contact: Andria Bilich


Building Hydrographic Cooperation with Haiti

This week, Coast Survey hosted a hydrographic delegation from Haiti's Service Maritime et du Navigation (SEMANAH). Surveyors, cartographers, and policy makers from NOAA, the U.S. Navy, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), U.S. Coast Guard, and the University of New Hampshire discussed a cooperative framework, training opportunities, and priorities to build capacity of Haiti's newly established hydrographic office. NGA and SEMANAH are discussing, and will possibly sign, a new bilateral Memorandum of Understanding for marine safety cooperation. NOAA's engagement will be coordinated through this framework.

Contact: Jonathan Justi


Researchers Embark on Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Mapping Expedition

On March 7, researchers set sail aboard the R/V Falkor, operated by the Schmidt Ocean Institute, to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to map a significant portion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument's (PMNM) largely uncharted sea floor. Using the Falkor's state-of-the-art sea floor mapping sonar systems, which are among the most advanced in the world, researchers plan to obtain high-resolution bathymetric imagery of the Monument's sea floor. The Falkor's technology is able to obtain bathymetry data at resolutions of 5-50 meters, which will produce improved high-resolution maps and thereby greatly enhance the ability to both study and manage the underwater features of the Monument. This is the first of two consecutive 37-day expeditions to map PMNM, which will include scientists from the University of Hawaii, NOAA's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, the University of Sydney, the University of British Columbia, Schmidt Ocean Institute, and PMNM.

Contact: Daniel Wagner


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