We are a coastal nation. More than half of us live in coastal areas that generate more than 60 percent of the nation’s gross national product each year—the health of our coasts is directly tied to the health of our economies. To address issues threatening our coasts, such as climate change, population growth, ecosystem management, port congestion, and contaminants in the environment, NOAA’s National Ocean Service translates science into action, delivering needed information, tools, and technical services.
Fiscal year 2010 was a busy one for us. Front and center was our response to the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill. NOS staff were on hand – and continue to be on hand – in responding to this unprecedented environmental incident. NOS served as the lead scientific resource to the U.S. Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency and delivered aerial photographs, observations, maps and charts, trajectory forecasts, assessments, and restoration plans to support the response.
And while the Deepwater Horizon dominated the headlines, before, during, and after the spill, NOS was hard at work. From developing tools to support coastal and marine spatial planning to helping mariners navigate safely and outlining steps to combat marine debris and reduce impacts on coral reefs, NOS remained on the front lines in protecting our nation’s coasts.
We hope you take a moment to browse through our year’s accomplishments.