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Did you know that there are six blogs hosted by National Ocean Service program offices? Here's an easy way to explore these offerings: we've created a page on the NOS site that lists them all!

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For Employees

Going on detail for a year as NOS's representative to the NOAA Policy Coordination Office (PCO) is a great opportunity for energetic employees whose sights are set on future leadership roles. Check out the PCO page to learn about this challenging position and how to apply.

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NOS Assistant Administrator Weekly Newsletter

April 4, 2013



Hi everyone,

image of Holly A. Bamford, Ph.D.

We're looking to fill one of the most important jobs supporting NOS programs. Each year at this time, we seek applications from federal employees who are interested in serving for one year as the NOS representative in the Program Coordination Office (PCO).

The Program Coordination Office (PCO) is situated in NOAA headquarters and provides critical senior staff support to NOAA's Office of the Under Secretary, Assistant Secretaries, Deputy Under Secretary, and Chief of Staff. The NOS PCO also serves as the critical liaison between NOAA and NOS leadership, and champions NOS programs downtown.

A detail as NOS's representative to NOAA PCO is a fast-paced developmental opportunity for select NOS employees targeted for future leadership positions. Self-motivated, energetic individuals (ZA or ZP III-V) interested in a rewarding, high-impact position are encouraged to apply. This is a great opportunity to gain knowledge, broaden skills, and enhance professional and personal growth.

Applications are due May 3. See the NOS For Employees site for more information about how to apply.

Thank you,

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

Web Highlight

Web Highlight

Did you know that there are now six blogs hosted by National Ocean Service program offices, with frequent posts ranging from nautical chart news, to marine debris updates, to the latest coastal science?

NOS For Employees website

For Employees

Going on detail for a year as NOS's representative to the NOAA Policy Coordination Office (PCO) is a great opportunity for energetic employees whose sights are set on future leadership roles. Check out the PCO page to learn about this challenging position and how to apply.

Around NOS

Tool Training Supports the Implementation of Climate Policies for San Francisco (CSC)

San Francisco Bay's primary planning document, the San Francisco Bay Plan, now requires sea level changes to be considered when the 52 municipalities and nine counties around the Bay review new coastal projects. In light of this, staff members from the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission were recently trained in how to use NOAA's Sea Level Rise Viewer and associated data to assess proposed projects and permits. The tool, developed by the NOAA Coastal Services Center, will also be used to communicate information about sea level rise impacts to applicants. For more information, contact John Rozum.

California Sanctuaries and Partners Develop New Sighting Network for Marine Mammals (ONMS)

Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, in collaboration with PRBO Conservation Science (PRBO) and financial support from the Cordell Marine Sanctuary Foundation, has developed a voluntary sightings program known as Whale Aware. The Whale Aware program is a new system for gathering near real-time data on whale distribution and abundance. To help establish a baseline of quality data for this effort, PRBO biologists are conducting daily marine mammal surveys from the lighthouse on the Farallon Islands. Data will be integrated into a regional database that also contains crowdsourced data from the maritime community, data from the Applied California Current Ecosystem Studies (ACCESS), and dedicated overflights in partnership with the United States Coast Guard (USCG). With this data, NOAA and partners hope to work with the USCG Vessel Traffic Service to decrease the co-occurrence of ships and whales. For more information, contact Michael Carver.

NOAA Contributes to National Climate Adaptation Strategy for Natural Resources (OCRM)

Introducing the nation's first strategy to help decision-makers address the impacts of climate change on natural resources and the people and economies that depend on them. Developed in response to a request by Congress, the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy was created in partnership with state and tribal agencies and is the product of extensive national dialogue that spanned nearly two years and was shaped by comments from more than 55,000 Americans. NOAA played a key role in developing this strategy and will continue to make significant contributions to implement it. Activities are now under way and in development that contribute to strategy implementation, such as the NOAA Sentinel Sites Program. For more information, contact Laurie McGilvray

Underwater Ocean Observing Robots Sniff Out Signs of Toxic Algae (NCCOS, IOOS)

Two autonomous robotic environmental sample processors capable of detecting an algae toxin were deployed off California in March as part of a new ocean-observing network. These underwater laboratories transmit data to shore from a sensor designed by a researcher from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. The sensors detect the presence of domoic acid, an early sign of a particular species of toxic algae. Researchers are integrating these robots into an array of sensors measuring the physics, chemistry, and biology of the ocean to investigate the complex interactions favorable for blooms of this algae species in order to develop more accurate forecast models and to establish an early warning system. Moreover, it will demonstrate the utility the network as part of a regional observing system under the U.S. IOOS Program. For more information, contact Greg Doucette.

NOAA Collaborate With The Weather Channel for Sentinels of the Coast, Storm Surge Video (CO-OPS, OCS)

On March 25, The Weather Channel filmed at the Bay Waveland Sentinel tide station in Waveland, Miss., to develop a story that increases awareness about the risks of storm surge and the role of the National Water Level Observation Network in providing real-time water level information during coastal storms. The 2012 hurricane season provided a stark reminder that the category of the hurricane doesn't dictate the severity of storm surge or risk associated with it. This story creates an opportunity to help educate viewers on the importance of preparing for extreme weather events and taking action when evacuation orders have been issued. The National Weather Service National Hurricane Center coordinated the on-location shoot and provided interviews. The story is expected to air prior to the beginning of the 2013 hurricane season. The Center for Operational Coastal and Oceanographic Products and Services coordinated with the Office of Coast Survey to talk about the mechanics of the water level station. For more information, contact Linda Austin.

Public, Environment to Benefit from $20.3 Million in Restoration from Natural Resource Damage in St. Lawrence River Area (OR&R)

Federal, tribal, and state natural resource trustees announced a pending $19.4 million settlement which will fund restoration of fish and wildlife and recreational opportunities of the St. Lawrence River in New York, as well as cultural resources of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. The pending settlement with Alcoa Inc. and Reynolds Metals Company provides $18,482,082 for restoration and the remainder to reimburse past assessment costs. These settlement funds will be combined with $1,835,482 received from a 2011 GM bankruptcy settlement to fund approximately $20.3 million in restoration projects that address injury to lost uses of recreational fishing, injured natural resources, and tribal culture. For more information, contact Lisa Rosman.

NOS Science Benefits from three Chinese Fellowships (IPO, OCS, CO-OPS)

The Office of Coast Survey and the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services recently welcomed three Chinese scientists from the Chinese State Oceanic Administration on one-year fellowships to NOS. The scientists will conduct coastal and marine science modeling for more accurate tidal datum calculations, update three regional ocean modeling systems to improve temperature and salinity forecasts for the Operational Forecast Systems of Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay, and test the Harmful Algal Bloom Operational Forecast System for the Gulf of Maine. The research is part of an official work plan under the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Resources Management Program. The U.S.-China Protocol on Marine and Fisheries Science and Technology is a program of the U.S. State Department. The activities are in partnership with the NOS International Programs Office, the coordinating office for NOS' role in this bi-lateral agreement. For more information, contact Clement Lewsey.

Using GIS for Greater Capacity Building (NGS)

The National Geodetic Survey (NGS) provides the foundation for all Geographic Information System (GIS) applications via the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS), which is the foundation for all positions and locations within the United States. Traditionally, NGS has relied on a wide suite of programs and scripts developed using older programming languages. Much of the processing of surveying data must be run on NGS servers and has been opaque to outside users. With a focus on outside capacity building, NGS scientists have been developing novel tools to assist with core geodetic processing within a GIS environment, allowing technicians to complete tasks more quickly and with greater certainty. In mid-March, NGS presented the new NGS Toolbox (a set of ArcGIS Script Tools). The toolbox is now released for internal review by NOAA staff and public release is expected by late spring 2013. For more information, contact Philippe Hensel.

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