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NOS Assistant Administrator Weekly Newsletter

April 25, 2013

Hi everyone,

image of Holly A. Bamford, Ph.D.

As noted in earlier messages, the next NOS All Hands meeting will be Thursday, May 9, from 1-2 p.m. (EDT). (You can add this meeting to your Google calendar by clicking on this link.)

Here is what Dr. Russell Callender, acting deputy assistant administrator, and I plan to cover:

  • Update on the FY 2013 budget, along with any new information available on furloughs
  • What the 2014 budget looks like for NOS
  • NOS priorities
  • Update on NOS refocusing
  • Highlights of recent NOS successes
  • Updates from the field

What would you like to hear about during the meeting? Please send your suggestions to meeting_ideas@noaa.gov.

Thank you,

Holly A. Bamford, Ph.D.
Assistant Administrator
National Ocean Service

Web Highlight

Web Highlight

Today on Diving Deeper, we explore the world of animal tagging with Zdenka Willis from the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System.

NOS For Employees website

For Employees

Speaking of All Hands meetings, you can always find information about them on the All Hands Meetings page of your For Employees website. Check out the Employees homepage for other updates, too.

Around NOS

NOAA Starts 2013 Post-Sandy Hydrographic Surveys at the Statue of Liberty (OCS)

NOAA kicked off its spring season for post-Sandy hydrographic work.  On April 11 a navigation response team—equipped with high-tech surveying equipment—began a survey in the waters surrounding Liberty and Ellis Islands. The National Park Service requested the Coast Survey's Navigation Response Team 5, one of the first in-water responders, to help re-open the Port of New York and New Jersey immediately after Hurricane Sandy.  Team 5 is now re-establishing safe navigation and docking in preparation for the Statues planned reopening on July 4. For more information, contact Lt. Michael Davidson.

Teachers Blog and Skype to Class While Aboard Buoy Deployment Cruise (IOOS®)

The Northwest region of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System is bringing the topics of ocean observing and ocean acidification to the classroom as scientists carry out their mission. On Earth Day, the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems headed out on the waters off the coast of Washington State to redeploy a buoy containing ocean acidification sensors. Eight teachers, ranging from elementary to high school, boarded the ship for the cruise, skyping and blogging back to their classrooms about their experiences. For more information, contact Jennie Lyons.

Land Cover Atlas: Now Accessed on Mobile Devices (CSC)

Land cover and change maps are now accessible from tablets and smartphones. Users can get data and trend information for their area of interest, including forest losses and development gains, as well as specific information such as salt marsh losses to open water or evergreen forest losses to development. The Land Cover Atlas a popular tool developed by the NOAA Coastal Services Center to deliver this information to mobile devices, making it even easier for coastal managers and the public to access maps and data. For more information, contact Jennifer Halleran.

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Submits Hydrographic Field Examination For Charting (ONMS)

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS), partnering with NOAA's Marine Debris Program, Washington State, and Olympic National Park responded to the grounding of a large dock destroyed by the Japan Tsunami that washed up on a pristine beach in the Sanctuary and National Park Wilderness area. To prepare for potential salvage efforts, the R/V TATOOSH conducted a hydrographic field examination to chart a safe approach from sea. Coast Survey's Pacific Hydrographic Branch assisted by producing charting products for response managers and salvers. The data will be employed for updated nautical charts and habitat mapping of the Washington coast. For more information, contact Nancy Wright.

Improvements in Real-time Access to the National Spatial Reference System (NGS)

Use of the Global Positioning System (GPS) for high-accuracy, real-time, and near real-time positioning activities requires accurate repeatable predictions of satellite vehicle position and sub-daily variations in Earth orientation. NGS develops software for determining such "ultra-rapid" GPS products. These products contribute to those of the International Global Navigation Satellite System Service. Recent refinements by NGS' space geodesy team have improved the capability of predicting Earth orientation and GPS satellite orbits. Such improvements are important, because access to the U.S. National Spatial Reference System is obtained directly through GPS products, and the demand for real-time access is growing rapidly. For more information, contact Kevin Choi.

Great Bay NERR Hosts Coastal Climate Summit (OCRM)

The Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in New Hampshire recently hosted the second annual Coastal Climate Summit, a gathering of more than 85 municipal leaders, elected officials, scientists, watershed associations, education and outreach professionals, and concerned citizens to share the latest information about climate change research and adaptation efforts in the region.  The Summit identified specific regional issues, potential solutions, adaptation planning and an opportunity for people with innovative ideas to connect with potential partners to share possible solutions to climate impacts. For more information, contact Michael Migliori.

OR&R Hosts Oil Sands Products Forum (OR&R)

The Pacific Northwest is experiencing a substantial expansion of shipping activities involving a range of energy products, including Alberta oil sands products (also known as tar sands or bitumen) and coal.  The week of April 15, 2013, OR&R staff hosted an Oil Sands Products Forum held at NOAA's Western Regional Center in Seattle, Washington. The forum was sponsored by the Washington State Department of Ecology Spills Program, U.S. Coast Guard, and the BC/States Oil Spill Task Force. The University of New Hampshire Center for Spills in the Environment facilitated the forum.  Topics focused on oil sands products extraction, refining, transportation, chemistry, environmental fate and behavior, and recent case studies of spill responses involving these materials. Over 50 environmental specialists from the United States and Canada attended, including oil spill planners, responders, tribal governments, nongovernmental organizations and industry.  For more information, contact Ruth Yender.

NOAA Scientists Brief Media on the Great Lakes Low Water Situation (CO-OPS)

Water levels are the lowest they've ever been on the Great Lakes. With the Soo Locks re-open to shipping, recreational activities and the beach season around the corner, users of North America's largest freshwater resource continue to face many challenges associated with below-average water levels.  NOAA hosted a science briefing for the media on Tuesday, April 23 to discuss the current low water level situation. Two leading NOAA scientists placed today's water levels into historical perspective (year-to-year and lake-by-lake), elaborated on the challenges Lake users face, and showcased the latest high-tech NOAA observation tools available to resource managers, shippers, boaters, researchers, and the public.  For more information, contact Linda Austin.

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