This September marked the completion of the five-month expedition to the Mariana Islands on the NOAA ship Rainier. I’m proud to share with you a video message about this cruise. This innovative NOAA mission combined very different and historically siloed projects – mapping and charting in conjunction with coral reef ecosystem surveying.
Known as RICHARD (Rainier Integrates Charting, Hydrography, and Reef Demographics), this mission is dedicated to, and in honor of, the late Admiral Richard Brennan, former director of the Office of Coast Survey (OCS). Rick had an inspiring vision for the future of the NOAA fleet and a forward-thinking, solutions-oriented approach to executing one-NOAA, multidisciplinary science. The mission would not have been possible without his leadership.
The cruise is a collaboration between the Office of Coast Survey, the Coral Reef Conservation Program, NOAA Fisheries, Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, the National Centers for Coastal and Ocean Science, the Ocean Acidification Program, and the National Geodetic Survey.
Please join me in thanking everyone who played a part in this critical mission.
Steady as we go,