This week, we celebrate the outstanding accomplishments across National Ocean Service programs in Fiscal Year 2018. More than 40 examples of our success appear in the newly released Fiscal Year 2018 Year in Review. I am privileged to be leading such a world-class team and look forward to building upon our accomplishments in 2019. Following is a preview of just a few of the activities you can read about in the report.
The number of educators that participated in monthly Planet Stewards webinars, covering topics including, but not limited to, decreasing marine debris, conserving and restoring natural resources, and understanding and responding to weather events.
The number of days spent on a seafloor mapping mission in the New York Wind Energy Area to provide seafloor maps and model validation in support of alternative energy development.
The number of hours volunteers spent restoring trails in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria and a devastating winter storm, resulting in an estimated $73,554 in labor cost savings.
The number of weeks it took students to become certified in NOAA’s new nautical cartography certification program.
The number of near real-time oceanographic and meteorological observations, called Storm Quicklooks, issued during Hurricane Florence.
The number of photographs taken during Hurricane Michael to assess coastal impacts to navigation, and to identify landing zones for helicopters to deliver supplies to areas cut off by the storm.