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NOS Assistant Administrator Weekly Newsletter

June 13, 2013



Holly Bamford

Hi everyone,

Two weeks ago, I talked about the future that NOS anticipates for the country, from higher intensity storms to increased offshore and coastal development. This time, I'd like to talk about the priorities that NOS has identified to address these challenges.

Here are NOS's priorities:

1. Coastal preparedness, response, recovery, and resiliency
From oil spills and vessel groundings to hurricanes and marine debris, NOS programs provide world-class science and services in support of resilient and healthy coastal communities, economies, and ecosystems. In light of increasing threats to our coasts, coastal resiliency has become a national priority.  NOS supports and informs improved decision making and end-to-end coastal preparedness, response, recovery, and resiliency.

2. Coastal intelligence network
Whether it is the nation's nautical charts, mussel watch, sanctuary condition reports, or Digital Coast, NOS and our partners are committed to integrating science and services to provide actionable information. The goal is to increase ocean and coastal "intelligence" and thereby improve the ability of public and private decision makers to make informed decisions on our coasts. By looking across NOS collaboratively, we address key issues that our coastal communities are facing.

3. Place-based management
NOS understands that a healthy marine environment is an important economic driver in coastal communities. We work to conserve marine areas through its coastal management and place-based conservation programs, including Coastal Zone Management, National Estuarine Research Reserves, National Marine Sanctuaries, and corals. NOS will continue to express the inherent value and national interest in conserving these special places for the American public.

These priorities reflect our primary statutory and mission drivers, including a commitment to our navigation services, coastal research and observations, emergency response, and place-based management and conservation programs.

During her speech at Capitol Hill Oceans Week last week, NOAA's Acting Administrator Dr. Kathy Sullivan reflected on similar themes, putting them in the context of NOAA as a whole. I am proud of the work that we do every day in support of these priorities.

Thank you,

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

Web Highlight

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Have you viewed our 'People of NOS' series? Once a quarter, we highlight a new employee. In our latest installment, get to know Mike Pai. He works for NOAA's Coastal Services Center in Hawaii as an animation/3D visualization specialist.

NOS For Employees website

For Employees

Check out your For Employees home page for information on an upcoming NOAA event to honor 20 crew members who lost their lives when the U.S. Coast Survey Steamer Robert J. Walker sank on June 21, 1860.

Around NOS

NOAA Leads Capitol Hill Briefing on the Science and Stewardship of Coastal Hazards (OR&R, ONMS)

Last week, staff from the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries joined the Office of Response and Restoration for a briefing on Capitol Hill titled "Science and Stewardship of Coastal Hazards Response in Protected Areas." During the briefing, NOS leadership highlighted how NOAA accesses and interprets science to keep communities safe and commerce moving through a hypothetical California-based scenario impacting a National Marine Sanctuary. The scenario covered a number of topics including oil spill response, marine debris tracking and removal, early Natural Resource Damage Assessment efforts, information management with Environmental Response Management Application, and public involvement. The presentation was followed by questions from an audience made up of congressional staff, NGO staff, academics, and other members of the "ocean interested public" in town for Capitol Hill Oceans Week. For more information, contact Brendan Bray.

OceansLIVE Covers Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2013 (ONMS)

To enhance this year's Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) experience, the OceansLIVE team from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries covered all three days of the symposium at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Streamed live on oceanslive.org, the broadcasts included coverage of all CHOW panel sessions, in addition to special studio interviews with a wide range of guests discussing the topics of the day. One popular component of the coverage was Capitol Hill Ocean Talk, a roundtable discussion hosted daily at noon with leaders from government, NGOs, and industry to debate major ocean issues ranging from the current state of ocean management to the role of local communities in ocean conservation. The recordings of these segments, as well as all the proceedings from CHOW 2013, are available online. For more information, contact Kate Thompson.  

Tijuana River NERR Signs Sister Estuaries Agreement with Mexico's Estero San Jose Reserve (OCRM)

Representatives from the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve (TRNERR) and Estero San Jose (San Jose del Cabo's estuary and bird reserve) recently signed an agreement to share expertise, data, and ideas related to science-based management of coastal wetlands. The two estuaries, situated at opposite ends of the Baja Peninsula, share many similarities and will benefit from increased information sharing and co-research. Estero San Jose researchers said that the TRNERR, a partnership among NOAA, the California State Park system, and local non-profit Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association, is a successful collaborative model for coastal zone management and habitat protection. For more information, contact Alison Krepp.

First 2013 Weekly Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast for Great Lakes (NCCOS)

Last week, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science kicked off the 2013 harmful algal bloom (HAB) forecasting season with its first weekly forecast for Lake Erie. Running from June to October, these forecasts generate bulletins which are sent to and used by local, regional, state, and federal managers overseeing beach closures, drinking water filtration planning, and public health advisories. Various scientists throughout the country also use the bulletins for ongoing remote sensing and HAB research. For more information, contact Tim Wynne.

American Samoa Receives New LIDAR Elevation Data and High-Resolution Imagery (CSC)

The first publicly available high-resolution elevation and imagery data are now available for American Samoa. These data sets, available on the NOAA Digital Coast's Data Access Viewer, will provide immediate benefits to local decision makers and researchers, and will support coastal management applications such as tsunami modeling and sea level rise mapping. The airborne topographic Light Detection and Radar (LIDAR) data and high-resolution digital multispectral imagery, collected during 2012, cover the islands of American Samoa. The project was completed by the NOAA Coastal Services Center in partnership with the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, National Geodetic Survey, American Samoa Departments of Commerce and Marine and Wildlife Resources, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Resources Conservation Service, and National Park Service, through a contract with Photo Science. For more information, contact Jamie Carter.  

Science Center Event Engages Public on Ocean Acidification and IOOS® (IOOS)

On World Ocean Day, June 8, the Northeast region of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) hosted a public event at the Sea Coast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire, to highlight ocean acidification. Hands-on activities helped teach children about the importance of a healthy ocean, while adults watched a short film on ocean acidification featuring third-generation ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau. Following the film, regional and national experts engaged attendees in a series of short presentations. For more information, contact Jennie Lyons.

New Visibility Sensor Helps Mariners in San Francisco (CO-OPS)

On June 3, the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) began disseminating data from a new visibility sensor on the Oakland 38 Pier in San Francisco as part of the San Francisco Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS®). Fog is a major issue for safe navigation on the waters of San Francisco Bay. This new sensor will help mariners determine fog conditions in the Oakland region and support safe navigation in the challenging San Francisco Bay marine environment. The U.S. Coast Guard partnered with the San Francisco Marine Exchange and CO-OPS to establish this new sensor. For more information, contact Darren Wright.   

International Workshop on Precise Point Positioning with Global Navigation Satellite Systems (NGS)

The National Geodetic Survey recently participated in a three-day international workshop in Ottawa, Canada, to evaluate a positioning method called Precise Point Positioning (PPP). PPP allows Global Navigation Satellite Systems users to collect data anywhere in the world, without the need of nearby ground stations. PPP users can position a stationary receiver to within one inch and can also position moving vehicles. Several advances and applications in PPP were discussed at the meeting. For more information, contact Steve Hilla.

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