Rear Admiral Gerd Glang

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Following his promotion on Aug. 14 from captain to rear admiral, Gerd Glang was named as director of the NOAA Office of Coast Survey and the nation’s chief hydrographer, responsible for mapping and charting of all United States coastal waters. Glang is the 28th leader of the Coast Survey since the first superintendent, Ferdinand Hassler, was appointed in 1816. He is the 12th admiral to serve in the position. Read the full story on the NOS website.

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NOS Assistant Administrator Weekly Newsletter

August 16, 2012



Hi folks,

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There is a lot of terrific news these days about the people who make NOS programs so successful.

As noted in a separate message, Gerd Glang was promoted to rear admiral (lower half) and named as director of the Office of Coast Survey. Also, earlier this week I announced the recipients of this year’s NOS Employee of the Year, NOS Team Member of the Year, and NOS Diversity awards.

In addition, I would like to congratulate the following people who are being recognized with Administrator’s Awards, which Dr. Lubchenco announced earlier this month.

Capt. Michele Finn, Brendan Bray, Kevin Kirsch, John Kaperick, and Charlie Henry, who, along with two members of NOAA’s Chief Administrator’s Office, are being recognized for enhancing NOAA emergency preparedness, response, and recovery operations by design and construction of the Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center.

Doug Helton and Lisa Symons are receiving the Administrator’s Award for developing and implementing a groundbreaking approach to address the greatest pollution threats from undersea wrecks before spills occur.

And Norman F. Meade, Vernon “Bob” Leeworthy, and Tony Penn are being recognized for innovative research to estimate the total economic value of Hawaii's coral reef ecosystems to the American public.

In addition, John Kelley, Greg Mott, Frank Aikman, and Aijun Zhang are commended for their work with the National Weather Service and others for the successful integration of Great Lakes marine forecasts from NOAA Line Offices, ensuring consistency throughout the NOAA marine product suite.

I am proud of the contributions these men and women have made!

David Kennedy
Assistant Administrator
National Ocean Science

Website Highlight

Following his promotion on Aug. 14 from captain to rear admiral, Gerd Glang was named as director of the NOAA Office of Coast Survey and the nation’s chief hydrographer, responsible for mapping and charting of all United States coastal waters. Glang is the 28th leader of the Coast Survey since the first superintendent, Ferdinand Hassler, was appointed in 1816. He is the 12th admiral to serve in the position. Read the full story on the NOS website.

Rear Admiral Gerd Glang

Around NOS

Now Available: National Elevation Inventory (CSC)

The U.S. Interagency Elevation Inventory—a comprehensive listing of known high-accuracy topographic and bathymetric data for the U.S. and its territories—is now available via NOAA’s Digital Coast. The inventory displays light detection and ranging (LIDAR), interferometric synthetic aperture radar, and bathymetric data. Bathymetric data includes NOAA hydrographic surveys, multibeam data, and bathymetric LIDAR. Information provided for each elevation data set includes attributes such as vertical accuracy, point spacing, date of collection, and often a direct link to download data. This project is a collaborative effort between NOAA and the U.S. Geological Survey, with contributions from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. For more information, contact Lindy Betzhold.

NOAA Funds Response to Maine Toxic Algae Bloom (NCCOS)

In response to an unprecedented bloom of the toxic alga Pseudo-nitzschia, Maine has temporarily banned shellfish harvesting along part of its coast. A survey cruise and the volunteer monitoring network, both funded by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), identified the bloom species, documented where and how big it is, and how much toxin is in the water. This information will allow the state to assess the bloom’s threat to human health. The species responsible for the closure produces a potent toxin called domoic acid that accumulates in shellfish and can sicken people who collect and eat them. The NCCOS Event Response Program funded the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution survey cruise; the shoreline identification was completed by volunteers of the Phytoplankton Monitoring Network. For more information, contact Marc Suddleson.

Sanctuary Ocean Count Recipient of 2012 ‘Take Pride in America’ Award (ONMS)

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary’s Sanctuary Ocean Count project was selected as the recipient of the 2012 ‘Take Pride in America’ award. This award recognizes excellence in natural resource agency federal volunteer programs. In 2012, the Sanctuary Ocean Count engaged 2,300 volunteers over the course of the three-day event. Volunteers count whales and record their behavior from 60 shoreline locations in Hawaii. Volunteers not only learn more about the whales and the sanctuary, but also draw the attention of locals, tourists, and the media to bring greater exposure to the sanctuary and the species it protects. ‘Take Pride in America’ is a nationwide partnership program authorized by Congress to promote the appreciation and stewardship of our nation’s public lands. For more information, contact Christine Brammer.

North Carolina: First Ever Digital Map of Estuarine Shoreline Completed (OCRM)

The North Carolina Coastal Management Program (CMP) recently completed a digital map of more than 12,000 miles of estuarine shoreline in North Carolina. Estuarine shoreline for all 20 coastal counties was digitized for the first time by incorporating available aerial photography. The resulting map identifies the mileage of different shoreline types (e.g., marsh, swamp forest, sediment banks) and the number of shoreline structures (e.g., piers, bulkheads, breakwaters) along estuarine waterways. The North Carolina CMP undertook the project as part of its partnership with the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management under the National Coastal Zone Management Program. The new digital maps will help experts assess shoreline changes, identify eroding shorelines, and better understand development trends. For more information, contact Sarah van der Schalie.

Alaska Mapping Executive Committee Meets to Coordinate Federal Activities (NGS)

On Aug. 14, the director of the National Geodetic Survey represented NOAA at the inaugural meeting of the Alaska Mapping Executive Committee at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C.  The committee is a partnership with the State of Alaska to coordinate federal activities for the funding of Alaska topographic mapping. Aviation safety, energy development, resource assessments, flood plain management, and other federal and state government activities depend on access to accurate, up-to-date topographic maps and data. Modern mapping information, however, is non-existent for the majority of land in Alaska, where significant resource, safety, and national security interests intersect. For more information, contact Juliana Blackwell.

Fairweather Survey Update: Differences Found in Chart Depictions; Scientists Assess Chukchi Sea Trends (OCS, NCCOS)

NOAA Ship Fairweather is now in the third week of an Arctic hydrographic reconnaissance survey. As reported on the Coast Survey blog, the ship's survey off the coast of Point Hope found depth measurements that differ from those last reported in a 2008 preliminary survey by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spar. The Office of Coast Survey will use the new bathymetry to update area nautical charts. Another part of the mission, which began earlier this week, is focusing on biological and chemical assessments of the Chukchi Sea. The research projects are being led by scientists from University of Alaska, Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation, and a scientist from NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. For more information, contact Jeffrey Ferguson.

Advancing Cross-Collaboration within NOS (OR&R, CSC)

Staff from NOAA’s Coastal Services Center and the Office of Response and Restoration recently held a workshop at the Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center in Mobile, Ala., to enhance collaboration and strengthen connections. The workshop idea was born through, and is consistent with, recommendations in the NOS Assessment. The meeting provided an opportunity to reinforce ongoing bi-office projects while identifying partnership and leveraging opportunities for disaster preparedness, response, restoration, and recovery in the Gulf of Mexico Region and nationally. As a keystone partner, the executive director of National Disaster Preparedness Training Center was also in attendance to share best practices and opportunities for collaboration. Outcomes of the workshop included an action plan and recommendations for more efficient and effective integration of office activities. For more information, contact Brian Julius.

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