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Office of Coast Survey Hosts International ‘Chart Adequacy Workshop’

NOAA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs, and other federal agencies partnered to present the second annual Inter-Tribal Youth Climate Leadership Congress at the USFWS Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Eighty-seven Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students aged 15-18 participated in the week-long event to learn about climate change issues in indigenous communities, federal efforts, and how they can help their communities become more resilient in the face of climate change. The Congress included workshops, a career fair, and an overview of the National Climate Assessment, with a focus on how climate change is impacting native environmental health and ways of life. NOS Education Coordinator Peg Steffen provided the keynote address and led a workshop on “Climate Games: Changing the Future through Play.”

(https://noaacoastsurvey.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/noaa-hosts-international-chart-adequacy-workshop/)

NOAA Plays Key Role in Inter-Tribal Youth Climate Leadership Congress

NOAA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs, and other federal agencies partnered to present the second annual Inter-Tribal Youth Climate Leadership Congress at the USFWS Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Eighty-seven Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students aged 15-18 participated in the week-long event to learn about climate change issues in indigenous communities, federal efforts, and how they can help their communities become more resilient in the face of climate change. The Congress included workshops, a career fair, and an overview of the National Climate Assessment, with a focus on how climate change is impacting native environmental health and ways of life. NOS Education Coordinator Peg Steffen provided the keynote address and led a workshop on “Climate Games: Changing the Future through Play.”

(http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/)

Progress Toward an Operational HAB Forecast for Lake Erie

An initial operating capability has been established that would make it possible for NOS to produce a twice-weekly Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Bulletin for Lake Erie—an important milestone toward making this forecast operational. Lake Erie routinely experiences HABs during the summer from blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), which produce toxins that can affect drinking water quality and the recreational use of resources. An operational HAB Bulletin for Lake Erie will help local communities prepare for and mitigate the risks from this damaging HAB. NCCOS has been producing the bulletin in demonstration mode since 2009. The initial operating capability enables CO-OPS to produce bulletins in parallel with NCCOS during this bloom season. CO-OPS will take over issuing the forecast next year when it is fully operational.

(http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/ofs.html)

Addressing the Future of Gulf Spill Response

OR&R Director Dave Westerholm addressed 140 oil spill responders, oil industry representatives, and civil servants at the annual meeting of Clean Gulf Associates in New Orleans. He provided an update on OR&R that included an overview of Deepwater Horizon data availability, training opportunities, and personnel changes. He focused on how to use existing data and technology evolution to improve response and natural resource damage assessments, and concluded with a discussion about questions like “What if we had not used in situ burning?” and “How do we communicate and set expectations during a hazardous event?” Clean Gulf Associates is a nonprofit oil spill cooperative dedicated to serving the Gulf Coast oil industry.

(http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/deepwater-horizon-oil-spill/noaa-studies-documenting-impacts-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill.html)

NOAA Collaborates with Korea Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries

NOS, NOAA International Affairs, NOAA Research, and NOAA Fisheries participated in the 15th Working Group Meeting of the NOAA/Korea Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) Joint Project Agreement (JPA) in Cheju City, Republic of Korea. NOAA and MOF collaborate through the JPA on an array of issues of mutual concern in the study and management of ocean and coastal resources and on research in ocean and climate sciences. Projects advance scientific research, increase bilateral exchange of knowledge and resources, and improve coastal and ocean science, governance, and resource-management schemes. JPA collaborative projects include programs within NOS, NOAA Fisheries, NOAA Research, and NOAA Satellites. In 2017, NOS will work with Korea to further the development of electronic navigational chart (ENC) standards, advance methodologies for and improve the accuracy of satellite-derived bathymetry, build international capacity for Marine Protected Area management, and develop protocols and portable in-situ devices to predict harmful algal bloom episodes.

(http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/bathymetry.html)

NGS and The COMET® Program Produce Educational Video

NGS and COMET®—a world leader in education and training for the environmental sciences—collaborated on a new educational video. The video explains the role of topo-bathy LIDAR products (a remote sensing platform) in NGS’s mapping and charting program, and how these products provide a critical dataset for coastal resilience, coastal intelligence, and place-based conservation. Topics include the unique benefits of NGS’s coastal elevation data, how the data are used in shoreline mapping, principal user groups, and where users can find the data. Federal, state, and local decision-makers, coastal zone managers, community planners, and general and scientific users of mapping products will find the four-minute video helpful for understanding the benefits of NGS’s coastal elevation data.

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJRft6G1SGw)

Marine Debris Impacts on Coastal and Benthic Habitats

The NOAA Marine Debris Program released a new report, Marine Debris Impacts on Coastal and Benthic Habitats, which details the impacts of marine debris on various marine habitats. The report reviews the scientific literature on the subject—synthesizing information on topics including entanglement, ingestion, ghost fishing, and modeling—and identifies areas where more research is needed. Learning more about the impacts of marine debris will help researchers address this pervasive problem.

(https://marinedebris.noaa.gov/reports/marine-debris-impacts-coastal-and-benthic-habitats)

Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan Released for Public Comment

The draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan, unveiled July 5, enables people with a stake in the ocean to share data and make informed plans. The stakes are large, with a coastal county population of 34 million, the East Coast’s largest seaport, burgeoning offshore wind development, increasing climate change, and a booming recreation economy. September 6 is the deadline for public comment on the draft plan, which the White House has committed to finalizing before the end of 2016. The plan reflects years of dialogue and coordination among state and federal agencies, federally recognized tribes in the region, partners, and stakeholders. The plan also presents best practices for using the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal to make informed decisions. OCM and the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office worked closely on the plan in coordination with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean.

(http://www.boem.gov/Ocean-Action-Plan/)

NOAA Presents at Alaska Mapping Executive Committee Strategy Planning Meeting

NGS Director, Juliana Blackwell, presented at the Alaska Mapping Executive Committee Strategy Planning Meeting in Anchorage this week where she provided a NOAA update, including geospatial framework, shoreline mapping, and the Gravity for the Redefinition of the American Vertical Datum project. The meeting wrapped up with a tour of the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center and a discussion at the Continuously Operating Reference Station.

(http://www.geodesy.noaa.gov/)

Proposed Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Expansion Announced

Building on more than 30 years of scientific studies, NOAA announced a proposal to expand Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary to protect additional critical Gulf of Mexico habitat. The plan lays out five expansion scenarios, ranging from no expansion of the 56 square mile sanctuary, to one bringing it to a total of 935 square miles. In NOAA’s preferred scenario, the sanctuary would expand to 383 square miles to include 15 reefs and banks that provide habitat for recreationally and commercially important fish, as well as a home to 15 threatened or endangered species of whales, sea turtles, and corals. The public is invited to comment on this proposal from June 10 to August 19, 2016. There will also be five public meetings held in Texas, Louisiana, and Alabama. Comments collected during this process will be used to develop a final environmental impact statement.

(http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/news/press/2016/noaa-announces-proposals-to-expand-flower-garden-banks.html)

Coast Survey Works with Cruise Industry on Contemporary Chart Updates

Coast Survey is taking charting discussions to a new level with the cruise line industry, starting by briefing association officials and company representatives last week. During a maritime safety meeting with Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) staff and representatives of major U.S. cruise lines, Coast Survey representatives explained NOAA’s paradigm shift from traditional chart “editions” to continuous chart downloads. Learning how NOAA’s new approach to chart updates can improve transit efficiency was at the forefront of discussions. CLIA and OCS are meeting next month for technical discussions on future charting priorities, crowdsourcing, and chart adequacy.

(http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/)

NOAA Research Highlighted at Coral Reef Symposium

This week, many NOAA coral reef scientists are at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium to share their research and discuss how scientific findings can advance coral reef sustainability. NOAA presentations take a close look at the managing and monitoring of bleaching events, new research on water quality and reef health, citizen science reef projects, and many other topics. More than 2,500 participants from 70 nations are in attendance.

(https://sgmeet.com/icrs2016/)

Commercial Beta Test of Crowdsourced Bathymetry Holds Promise for Improving Nautical Charts

Acquiring modern data to update the nation’s nautical charts is one of the major challenges to the development of the next generation of navigational products and services. Crowdsourced bathymetry (CSB), a potentially powerful tool for acquiring data, will be examined with a recent beta test release by Rose Point Navigation Systems, a private firm collaborating with Coast Survey and NOAA’s National Centers for Environment Information. The crowdsourced reports help cartographers determine whether a charted area needs to be re-surveyed, or if they can make changes based on the information at hand. Even with very sparse data, cartographers can make improvements to nautical charts. Before releasing the beta test, Coast Survey’s research vessel, Bay Hydro II, collected about 123,000 soundings, over 12 days, to pre-test the efficacy of the Rose Point CSB project.

(https://noaacoastsurvey.wordpress.com/2016/06/14/beta-test-csb/)

Ocean Exploration Center Opens at Point Reyes National Seashore Historic Lighthouse

Staff from Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary joined Point Reyes National Seashore staff to celebrate the completion and official opening of the expanded visitor space at the Point Reyes Lighthouse Visitor Center. The renovated Point Reyes Lighthouse Visitor Center space is an expansion and renovation of the prior space and opens up views to the ocean, provides a place to get out of frequent inclement weather and observe the ocean from a safe space, provides a new space to offer ocean interpretation programs and provides interpretation about the ecosystems and protections offered by ONMS. The park receives over a million visitors a year, and between 250,000-500,000 visitors a year to the Point Reyes headlands. The space will be staffed and maintained by Point Reyes National Seashore.

(http://cordellbank.noaa.gov/welcome.html)

CO-OPS Debuts PORTS® Current Sensor Upgrade

CO-OPS began a field demonstration of a significantly improved ocean current measurement system providing improved operating efficiency and reduced cost of the Physical Oceanographic Real-Time Systems (PORTS®) network. For 10 years, PORTS® employed a real-time current system consisting of an acoustic current profiling sensor (ADCP) mounted to a U.S. Coast Guard Aids-to-Navigation buoy (ATON). This legacy system connects to a shore station via a radio link for data transmission. The new version (iATON), deployed in South Chesapeake Bay PORTS®, employs the same installation but eliminates the need for a radio link due to a new and improved buoy payload design. This payload upgrade significantly improves real-time data performance and simplifies installation and maintenance requirements.  Furthermore, it eliminates the shore station, which makes this system deployable nearly anywhere.

(http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/)

Instructing Aerial Survey of Oil Spills

The Emergency Response Division conducted for the first time its aerial observation of oil spills course specifically for personnel with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). An important step in oil spill response is assessing the appearance and distribution of oil spilled on the water. BSEE sought out this course in order to access NOAA's expert instruction in conducting aerial overflights of oil spills, per the U.S. Coast Guard 2014 Incident Management Handbook. NOAA regularly provides this instruction for responders on assessing the appearance and distribution of oil spilled on the water in order to guide the Incident Command as it prioritizes spill response and directs cleanup resources.

(http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/training-and-education/training/workshops/aerial-observation-training.html)

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