link to text navigation

" "

March 28, 2003

NOS Hazmat Experts Provide Support in Persian Gulf and Stateside

A hazardous materials (hazmat) modeling expert and oceanographer from NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS) is providing technical support to the U.S. Navy in Bahrain. The hazmat expert from NOS’s Office of Response and Restoration joined an environmental support team to provide specific information on Iraqi crude oils such as its flash point and likely behavior in the environment. The expert also is mapping potential spill trajectories and determining best response strategies should the oil be released into the Gulf. The hazmat expert is also training Navy meteorological and oceanographic personnel stationed in Bahrain in appropriate response tools and methods. Such training includes on-scene spill modeling and best response methods. NOAA’s hazmat officials are also helping Navy officials here in the U.S. to develop oil spill trajectory models. For more information, contact Bob Pavia at (206) 526-6319.

Weather Channel To Feature NOAA Products and Services

The Weather Channel is working with NOAA to produce a series of segments focused on coastal storms and related issues. For the coastal storms series, the Weather Channel will be in Charleston, S.C., at NOAA’s Coastal Services Center to profile some of NOAA's coastal storms and hazard mitigation products. The Weather Channel will interview the Center's Margaret Davidson and Paul Scholz, as well as some of NOAA’s clients who use its products and services. For more information, contact Donna McCaskill at (843) 740-1272.

Nutrient-rich River Water is a Factor in Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia

River water that is rich in nutrients is a major factor in the oxygen-poor (hypoxic) conditions of the Gulf of Mexico that occur on a seasonal basis, according to a recent study funded by NOS’s Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research. Scientists from Louisiana State University and Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium studied the effect of both increased nitrate concentration and increased river discharge on the nitrate levels in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Nitrate levels also affect the production of coastal phytoplankton. For more information, contact Kenric Osgood at (301) 713-3338.

March 21, 2003

Maps of Main Hawaiian Islands Coral Reefs Now Available on the Web

A new Web site developed by the National Ocean Service's (NOS's) Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment provides digital maps of the Main Hawaiian Islands coral reefs, which in part fulfills recommendations set forth by the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force’s (CRTF’s) Mapping and Information Synthesis Working Group. The Web site, Benthic Habitats of the Hawaiian Islands, provides geographic information system data about the location and distribution of shallow-water sea floor habitats, and detailed maps and imagery of the Main Hawaiian Islands coral reefs. This baseline information will help the state of Hawaii manage, research, and conserve its critical coral reef resources. The completion of this project goes toward fulfilling the CRTF’s goal to map all shallow-water coral-reef ecosystems within U.S. waters by 2007. For more information, contact Timothy Battista at (301) 713-3028 x171. For related information about NOS’s latest coral reef mapping efforts, see March 7 news.

March 14, 2003

Underwater Robot Gliders to Watch for Potential Red Tides

Scientists from NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS) recently released winged underwater robots in the Gulf of Mexico to help predict and study potentially toxic red tides, which can kill fish, poison seafood and render an area unsafe for swimming. During a year-long test phase, NOS scientists will use the robots, which record various types of data about the ocean conditions, to study red tides when they occur. The hope is that this information, combined with other satellite data, will allow them to alert coastal communities in the future before red tides hit. They may also help scientists determine how and why red tides form. For more information, read the online Nature article or contact Sue Banahan.

NOS Joins Bicentennial Celebration of Lewis and Clark Expedition

NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey has joined the bicentennial celebration of Lewis and Clark’s expedition across the United States by placing commemorative markers along the original route. These markers are used as reference points within the Global Positioning System. The next marker setting ceremony will take place on April 14 at Harper’s Ferry, W.Va. In addition, from March 7- 24, a traveling exhibition celebrating the Lewis and Clark exploration—Corps of Discovery II—will be on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The exhibit takes the visitor through the history of Lewis and Clark’s expedition using photos, film and live performances. For more information, please contact Dave Doyle.

March 7, 2003

First-ever Detailed Maps of Coral Reefs in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Now Available

The first habitat maps of the northwest Hawaiian Islands, one of the largest areas of corals in the U.S., are now available from NOAA. The Atlas of the Shallow-water Benthic Habitats of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Draft, provides baseline information about the locations and distributions of the coral habitats and supports research, management and conservation efforts of the NWHI resources.

The maps, which are derived from satellite imagery and cover more than 2,400 sq. km., depict shallow-water habitat of the area in unprecedented detail. The maps are a product of a partnership between NOAA’s National Ocean Service, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, the State of Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources, the University of Hawaii, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Analytical Laboratories of Hawaii. Available in both hard copy format and on a set of two CD-ROMs, the atlas will be revised and updated as new and more accurate information is collected. For more information and to find out how to obtain a copy of the atlas, read the press release (pdf, 68 Kb).

NOAA’s Maritime Archaeology Center Groundbreaking Ceremony to Coincide with Several Maritime History Anniversaries

On March 9, a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of NOAA’s Maritime Archaeology Center will take place at The Mariner’s Museum in Newport News, Va. The ceremony will coincide with the 141st anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads. A remembrance service will follow to honor those lost when the USS Monitor ironclad sank off the coast of North Carolina. The service also will commemorate the 200th anniversary of John Ericsson’s birthday. Ericsson was the naval architect who designed the Monitor, which featured the first revolving gun turret. The ceremony will be attended by Scott Gudes, NOAA’s Deputy Assistant Administrator; Dan Basta, director of NOS’s National Marine Sanctuary Program; John Hightower, Mariner’s Museum president; and Representatives Jo Ann Davis and Bobby Davis. For more information, contact Angela Calos at (301) 563-7205.

U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Meeting Highlights Progress and New Commitments

The U.S. Coral Reef Task Force met last week to discuss supporting local action toward coral reef conservation, increasing stakeholder involvement in reef management and identifying key threats from water quality decline and the coral trade. Task force members reported significant accomplishments in meeting goals. These include: 1) the establishment of the East End Marine Park in St. Croix, Virgin Islands; 2) the development of a joint initiative to address land-based sources of pollution; 3) funding for a June 2003 workshop on Climate, Coral Bleaching, and Coral Reefs led by NOAA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of the Interior; and 4) completion of a coral reef outreach and education strategy by the State of Hawaii. The task force also heard from experts on coral reef science and management, recreational use, and international approaches to reef management. For more information, go to the Task Force’s Web site, or contact Heidi Schuttenberg at (301) 713-2989 x224 or Roger Griffis at (301) 713-2989 x115.


" "

link to text navigation

Revised January 11, 2013 | Questions, Comments? Contact Us | Report Error | Disclaimer | About the Site | User Survey
Web Site Owner: National Ocean Service | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | Department of Commerce |