November 7, 2013
When Dr. Sullivan visited the Silver Spring campus last week for an all hands meeting, she stated that her driving belief is "Mission first. People always." This is the same thinking that went into NOS taking the lead in providing the training, "Being Prepared for an Active Shooter Event."
Although rare, incidents involving a shooter at the workplace pose a dangerous threat to employee safety. Last week, NOS worked with the NOAA Safety Office to provide training to help people understand and prepare for this kind of event. Last week's training was attended by more than 340 people via Webcast and about 300 people in person. Importantly, the video from the training is available on the For Employees site.
I appreciate the work that went into providing this training and the time that so many people took to participate in it. Because of the importance of this training, we are talking with NOAA headquarters about the possibility of providing this type of session on a regular basis to all of NOAA, everywhere.
Finally, I would like to remind you that Dr. Russell Callender and I will hold an NOS All Hands meeting today at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Those in the Silver Spring area are encouraged to participate in person in the NOAA Auditorium. Staff members from outside the Silver Spring area may participate via Webcast and phone. Details for remote participation are available on the For Employees site.
Holly A. Bamford, Ph.D.
National Ocean Service
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This week, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) performed a geodetic survey of the peak of the Washington Monument. NGS fabricated an adapter to enable a GPS antenna and traditional survey instruments to be affixed to the peak for the project. These surveys will allow NOAA to establish a new definitive height for the monument and allow comparisons with future surveys to detect any changes in height. While the peak has been used as a visible survey point for more than a century, it is rare for the monument to be occupied by survey equipment. The last height survey was done in 1999. For more information, contact Dru Smith.
On November 5, NOAA unveiled a new web-based viewer called ENC Online, which will allow people to see NOAA's electronic navigational charts (NOAA ENC®) as they actually appear on electronic charting systems. ENC Online provides a continuous depiction of the U.S. coastal and marine environment; users can zoom to selected features depicted on nearly 1,000 ENCs of NOAA-charted waters, and will be able to measure areas, distance, and other functions. ENCs are increasingly popular with commercial mariners, who value the charts' flexibility and multi-layered information. For more information, contact Julia Powell.
Scientists funded by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) participated in a recent forum held by the Michigan House Democrats' Great Lakes and Conservation Task Force to address human-caused stresses to Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay. The team presented findings and recommendations related to phosphorus inputs and eutrophication symptoms that are adversely affecting the bay's fisheries and water quality. The NCCOS-funded team is currently involved in a five-year project to study the combined effect of multiple stressors on the bay, which have resulted in the loss of many ecosystem services people value. Eutrophication, unchecked, can result in the loss of many ecosystem services people value. For more information, contact Elizabeth Turner.
The NOAA Digital Coast website now includes a number of new Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) data sets contributed by outside partners. These data sets provide LIDAR in areas that were lacking high-resolution elevation data, provide newer LIDAR to existing areas, or provide a source for customized LIDAR downloads. A 2012 LIDAR data set provides complete coastal coverage of the Northeast region from Connecticut through Maine. Data for 2000-2012 covers the Puget Sound area. Taken together, 2006 data from Ohio and 2006-2008 data from Pennsylvania cover the U.S. shorelines of Lakes Erie and Ontario. A sizeable portion of the Mississippi River Delta is covered in a 2009 data set. Lastly, multi-county areas in the state of Mississippi are covered in a 2011-2012 data set. For more information, contact Ross Winans.
The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries recently recognized outstanding achievement in the fields of interpretation and environmental education to the winners of the inaugural Sea to Shining Sea: Excellence in Interpretation and Education Award. Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary's education and outreach coordinator received the individual award for leadership and inspired vision in working with the Oakland Museum of California to design and fabricate a major exhibit to improve public understanding of the importance of California's marine and coastal resources. A group award was presented to recognize the team responsible for organizing and hosting Ocean for Life, a two-week international marine science and cultural exchange program hosted at Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, that brings together students of diverse backgrounds from North America and the Middle East to explore marine science and develop a stewardship ethic for the ocean. For more information, contact Kate Thompson.
The Office of Response & Restoration's Emergency Response and Assessment and Restoration divisions recently joined with the U.S. Coast Guard to present a session at The International Association of Emergency Managers annual conference. The talk, 'Post Tropical Cyclone Sandy: Maritime Environmental Response Operations for your State or County,' covered the response to Sandy in New York and New Jersey, which is representative of future challenges of responding to a hurricane and tidal surge events in densely populated coastlines. The team highlighted the availability of NOAA services and products as well as the role of the Scientific Support Coordinator during such a response. For more information, contact Ed Levine.