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NOS Assistant Administrator Weekly Newsletter

November 8, 2012



Hi folks,

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Thanks to everyone who joined us for the NOS All Hands meeting on Tuesday. I know many people continue to be heavily engaged in response efforts following Hurricane Sandy. If you were unable to attend, we recorded the meeting and the video is now available on our For Employees site.

Speaking of that site, you may notice that it has recently undergone some changes. I'm pleased to announce the launch of the redesigned For Employees Intranet website. The new site has been completely revamped to make it more user-friendly and easier to update. And once you sign into Google Mail or Calendar, you won't need to sign in again to access the For Employees site. Consider adding it to the bookmarks bar in your browser for a quick reference to information on facilities services, workforce management, budget, and even socio-economic fast facts. The site also provides direct links to relevant pages on the NOAA and DOC sites that have information related to the information you may be seeking.

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the new For Employees site.

Thanks,

David Kennedy
Assistant Administrator
National Ocean Science

Web Highlight

Introducing the new NOS For Employees Intranet website! We think you're going to like it. Take a look, bookmark it, and give us your feedback by clicking on the "Contact" link that appears at the bottom of each page. Your comments and ideas are the key to help us make this new site better!

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Around NOS

Governors Alliance Hosts Sea Level Rise Workshops on the West Coast (CSC)

The West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health recently hosted five workshops on sea level rise in Washington, Oregon, and California. Workshop leaders distributed the National Research Council's report on sea level rise and shared current progress on sea level rise policy and guidance in each state. NOAA, a workshop co-sponsor, demonstrated its Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer, which helps communities visualize inundation impacts on the natural and built environments. These events reached approximately 300 West Coast coastal resource managers involved in sea level rise planning. Participants benefited from opportunities to network with others working on the issue, to learn about relevant tools for visualization and planning, and to engage in discussion about state policy and current sea level rise efforts. The workshops were sponsored by the Packard Foundation. For more information, contact Rebecca Lunde.

Navigation Response to Hurricane Sandy Continues (OCS)

While major hurricane response surveys are complete in the port complex of Hampton Roads and Norfolk, Delaware Bay, and the Port of New York/New Jersey, the Office of Coast Survey's Navigation Response Team 5 (NRT5) continued to work in the south channel of New York's Jamaica Bay this week, checking for dangers to navigation to one of the port's fuel terminals. Once the NRT complete their survey, the team and the Northeast navigation manager will stand by in New York in case further assistance is required after this week's nor'easter. NRT2, on their way from New York to regularly scheduled work in Florida this week, conducted a post-Sandy survey at the Delaware River's Marcus Hook anchorage at the request of the U.S. Coast Guard. For more information, contact CMDR Todd Haupt.

OCRM Assists with Post Sandy Recovery (OCRM)

Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) staff are coordinating closely with other NOAA offices, other federal agencies, and state coastal management programs to ensure state partners are kept informed of federal assessment and recovery processes post-Hurricane Sandy and have the latest information and geospatial data to help with recovery efforts.  OCRM is sharing state coastal zone management program priorities with federal agencies to help focus overflights to assess areas with the most critical shoreline damage and to provide other products and services. In addition, state coastal management program partners are on the ground surveying storm damage, issuing emergency permits to enable debris removal, rebuilding, restoring habitat, and meeting with local communities and property owners to begin to discuss long-term plans for recovery. For more information, contact Lou Cafiero

American Samoa Marine Sanctuary Expansion Now Official (ONMS)

As of last week, a final rule that expands the boundaries of NOAA's Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary and changes the name of the sanctuary completed the mandatory 45-day congressional comment period and is now in effect. Originally published in July, the final rule directs NOAA to provide enhanced protections and management for most of Rose Atoll Marine National Monument under the authority of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act. Additionally, NOAA will extend sanctuary protection to marine areas in American Samoa, including Fagalua/Fogama'a (also known as Larsen Bay) and waters around Swains Island, Aunu`u Island, and Ta'u Island—home to some of the oldest and largest known corals in the world. Together with the existing Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary, these protected areas will now be known collectively as the "National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa." The sanctuary will encompass 13,523 square miles of protected waters—a significant increase from the 0.25 square miles of Fagatele Bay—taking it from the nation's smallest marine sanctuary to the largest. For more information, contact Gene Brighouse.

Remote Sensing Imagery Receives Wide Audience Demand (NGS)

The National Geodetic Survey (NGS), in coordination with federal, state, and local officials, have concluded remote sensing missions in response to Hurricane Sandy aboard NOAA's King Air and Twin Otter aircrafts. Requests came in from the U.S. Coast Guard District in New York for imagery collection of waterways supporting the ports of New York and New Jersey to verify the location of navigational aids and storm debris. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) used NOAA imagery, along with imagery collected by the Civil Air Patrol, to assess damages to over 65,000 structures. The images will help speed FEMA's response and aid to individuals in desperate need of temporary housing due to damage incurred to their homes and property as a result of the hurricane that passed through last week. The imagery has also been picked up by other media sources, including MSNBC, an Australian broadcast company, and others. To date, there have been 26 million "clicks" to NGS' online aerial imagery, with 62 Terabytes of information downloaded.  View the imagery here. For more information, contact Mike Aslaksen.   

Favorable Outcome at Recent the SPAW Protocol Meeting (IPO)

Staff from the NOS International Program Office and Marine Protected Area Center, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and other U.S. agencies served on the Department of State-led U.S. Delegation at the Twelfth Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region (Cartagena Convention) and associated meetings such as the Special Protected Areas and Wetlands (SPAW) meeting from October 22-27. One of the outcomes included a decision to accept the proposed U.S. protected areas sites which will be formally listed and have protected status under the SPAW Protocol. The sites include Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and the Florida Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks. For more information, contact Steve Morrison.

Pacific Northwest ERMA and Encyclopedia of Puget Sound Collaboration (OR&R)

The Pacific Northwest Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA®) team recently participated in the kickoff event for the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound at the University of Washington, which featured a panel discussion and demo of ERMA. The Encyclopedia of Puget Sound is a product of the Puget Sound Institute, which works to promote and disseminate science in support of protection and restoration of the Puget Sound ecosystem. The Office of Response & Restoration's (OR&R) Spatial Data Branch continues to collaborate with the Puget Sound Institute to enhance map layers and Geographical Information System data connections between Pacific Northwest ERMA and the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound. Teams continue to collaborate on enhancing access to Puget Sound and Salish Sea data layers to support scientific research and decision making. OR&R's expanded regional Pacific Northwest ERMA allows stakeholders and communities to visualize ecological, human use, and infrastructure data in a centralized location. For more information, contact Ben Shorr

Algae Sampling Technology Partnership to Find, Exploit Novel Chemical Compounds (NCCOS)

Biosortia, a pharmaceutical research and development startup, recently signed an agreement with the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) to share equipment and information. In exchange for using a separator created by the company that removes and concentrates large amounts of algae, NCCOS scientists will use their sophisticated instruments on collected material to tease out toxins, metabolites, and minute cellular signals lost when researchers take typical jar- sized samples. Bloom events teem with highly complex chemical and physical exchanges that go unseen when researchers take an insufficient amount. For its part, Biosortia will analyze the new compounds for beneficial medicines, nutritional supplements, natural pesticides, and other commercial uses to benefit jobs, health, and the environment. For more information, contact Peter Moeller.

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