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Scientists recently discovered rocky reef habitats in an area of NOAA's Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary at depths reaching 457 meters meters—places where corals and sponges had not been seen before. On the latest Making Waves podcast, learn more about the fascinating world of deep sea coral habitats with 'Coral Forests of the Deep,' a video from NOAA's Ocean Today.

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NOS Assistant Administrator Weekly Newsletter

November 15, 2012



Hi folks,

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During the NOS All Hands meeting earlier this month, we received a question about approved NOAA apps for government-issued devices like iPhones.

(Here's the link again: https://sites.google.com/a/noaa.gov/noaa-ums/mobile/ios-approved-apps)

Today, I'd like to highlight the great work being done across the line office to provide NOS information to the public over mobile devices. According to Pew Research, 45% of Americans now own smartphones. Moreover, about 17% of all adult cell phone owners use it for most of their online browsing.

NOS headquarters developed the first line-office level mobile site in NOAA and NOS program offices are taking the lead in making information user-friendly on smartphones and tablets. National Geodetic Survey is making storm-response imagery available in a mobile format, for example from Hurricane Sandy. This allows emergency officials to more easily find images they need for response in the field and citizens impacted by the storm to have the latest information on neighborhoods. The Coral Reef Conservation Program's mobile site provides news and feature stories, coral facts, photos, and a mobile-optimized version of a glossary and acronyms from the NOAA Coral Reef Information System (CoRIS). While still in development, most of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science website is designed to fit any screen, from smartphone to tablet to jumbotron. They're one of the early adopters of 'responsive design,' which dynamically scales the site's content and eliminates the need for a stand-alone mobile app.

There are even more ocean- and coastal-related mobile sites and applications on the NOS website. Kudos to NOS programs for their creativity and forethought in making information available in these formats.

Thanks,

David Kennedy
Assistant Administrator
National Ocean Service

Web Highlight

Scientists recently discovered rocky reef habitats in an area of NOAA's Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary at depths reaching 457 meters meters—places where corals and sponges had not been seen before. On the latest Making Waves podcast, learn more about the fascinating world of deep sea coral habitats with 'Coral Forests of the Deep,' a video from NOAA's Ocean Today.

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Around NOS

U.S. Coast Guard Thanks NOAA for Navigation Response to Sandy (OCS)

On November 10, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp met with members of the New York/New Jersey Maritime Transportation System Recovery Unit and thanked NOAA for continued partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard. Following the Commandant, Rear Adm. Dan Abel, Coast Guard First District commander, spoke highly of NOAA's work conducting acoustic surveys in support of the response. He highlighted the work of NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson, telling the group that it "got us over the finish line." Coast Guard Cmdr. Linda Sturgis, Port of NY/NJ recovery officer, sent NOAA an extended letter of thanks for the assistance of the ship, the navigation response teams, and the navigation managers. For more information, contact CAPT Jon Swallow.

Lionfish Removal Permitted from Special Zones in Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary (ONMS)

In a continuing effort to address invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish within NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, more than 370 people have been issued permits that allow them to remove lionfish from specific zones within the sanctuary. The permits enable holders to capture and remove these voracious predators from 18 "no-take" sanctuary preservation areas using handheld nets or slurp guns (a suction device). All permit holders are required to complete a training workshop on safe lionfish handling practices, proper reporting procedures, and Florida Keys sanctuary regulations. Lionfish permits have been issued in the sanctuary since 2009. For more information, contact Joanne Delaney.

Puerto Rico Commits to Caribbean Conservation Initiative (OCRM)

Puerto Rico recently signed "The Puerto Rico 20 by 20 Declaration," committing the Commonwealth to the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI). By signing the Declaration, Puerto Rico has committed to: conserving at least 20 percent of its near-shore marine and coastal environment by 2020; establishing sustainable finance mechanisms that support protection, conservation, and sustainable use of marine areas; and a long-term program of environmental outreach and awareness. With the addition of Puerto Rico, this coastal and marine resources conservation initiative has grown to 10 member governments. The Puerto Rico Coastal Management Program played a key role in stimulating government engagement with the CCI initiative. For more information, contact Bill O'Beirne.

Training in Celestial Navigation Using Astronomic Azimuths (NGS)

This week, the National Geodetic Survey's Corbin Training Center held an Astronomic Azimuth Workshop. At the event, surveyors and subject matter experts from around the nation received hands-on instruction. Azimuth determination is a critical element of every survey. The astronomic azimuth method is quick, accurate, inexpensive, and—because it is independent of the Global Positioning System (GPS)—it can further be used to validate or verify GPS-derived azimuths. For more information, contact Erika Little.

NOAA Receives 2012 Government Agency Marine Environment Protection Award (OR&R)

On November 14, NOAA received the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA)'s 2012 Government Agency Marine Environment Protection Award, given in recognition of the Office of Response and Restoration's (OR&R) efforts on behalf of preserving the marine environment as it relates to marine debris and oil spill response. The award was presented at NAMEPA's fifth anniversary awards dinner in New York. OR&R Director Dave Westerholm delivered a presentation on "Protecting the Arctic Environment" earlier in the day at NAMEPA's Marine Environmental Intelligence conference. For more information, contact Celeste Leroux.

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