Year in Review

View highlights of NOS activities from Fiscal Year 2017.

I’d like to take a moment to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments across our programs in FY 2017. More than 40 examples of our success appear in the newly released Fiscal Year 2017 Year in Review. Here are some numbers that help tell the story of the year:

  • $2.4 billion

    The estimated socio-economic benefits to the nation provided annually by the NGS-managed-and-maintained National Spatial Reference System (NSRS). (National Geodetic Survey)
  • $2.2 billion

    The cost of nutrient pollution, or the overabundance of essential nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus – in the the U.S. annually. (U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System)
  • 30+

    The number of days of daily high tide flooding experienced in several U.S. cities from May 2016 – April 2017. (Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services)
  • 9,000

    The number of downloads of the CAMEO Chemicals mobile app in its first four months, from users in more than 100 countries. (Office of Response and Restoration)
  • 17,800

    The number of trips taken by recreational razor clam harvesters in Long Beach, Washington in April 2017 - a record for one-day digger trips. (National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science)
  • 1,385

    The number of acres in the He’eia National Estuarine Research Reserve, the 29th NERRS site, established on the island of Oahu in 2017. (Office for Coastal Management)
  • $20 million

    The amount of funding provided by NOAA in 2017 for efforts that support coral reef science and management in seven U.S. states and territories. (Coral Reef Conservation Program)
  • $8 billion

    The amount generated annually across all national marine sanctuaries from diverse activities such as commercial and recreational fishing, other recreation and tourism activities, and research. (Office of National Marine Sanctuaries)
  • 2,100

    The number of students from kindergarten through university participating in hands-on stewardship activities to increase their communities’ resilience to the impacts of climate change. (Management and Budget Office)
  • 15 Million

    The total number or recreational boaters in the U.S., a large percentage of which have joined professional mariners, in using electronic chart displays and NOAA digital chart products when navigating. (Office of Coast Survey)

In addition to our successes throughout the year, we also supported preparation for, response to, and continued recovery from three major hurricanes. Here are some numbers from hurricane season:

  • 25,500

    The number of aerial oblique images recorded by NOAA, covering more than 16,400 square kilometers along the Texas coast affected by Hurricane Harvey. (National Geodetic Survey)
  • 29

    The number of Storm QuickLooks issued for both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. (Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services)
  • 18,000

    The number of aerial oblique images, covering more than 4,500 square kilometers above areas affected by Hurricane Irma. (National Geodetic Survey)
  • 23

    The number of Storm QuickLooks issued for Hurricane Maria.(Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services)
  • 12,000

    The number of aerial oblique images recorded by NOAA, covering more than 1,500 square kilometers in areas affected by Hurricane Maria. (National Geodetic Survey)


W. Russell Callender, Ph.D. 
Assistant Administrator for Ocean Services and Coastal
Zone Management, National Ocean Service