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The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy is a stark reminder of the vulnerability of coastal communities to damage from storms and flooding. As efforts continue to rebuild hard-hit areas along the East Coast path of the storm, a new tool is helping people make planning decisions that take into account future sea level rise.

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NOS Assistant Administrator Weekly Newsletter

August 22, 2013

Hi everyone,

I've asked Deputy Assistant Administrator Dr. Russell Callender to take up the pen this week.


Deputy Assistant Administrator Dr. Russell Callender

Hello NOS:

Last week, Holly talked about her recent visits to the Hill to promote NOS programs. The importance of NOS programs to the everyday lives of Americans is obvious as we talk about our products and services with congressional staff, partners and constituents. There's another reason it's easy to talk about NOS: We have the best people around.

In January, I started acting as deputy assistant administrator (DAA) and was named as permanent DAA in June. I already knew there were high-caliber people throughout the organization because of my work at the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science over the last twelve years and previously as acting DAA. But after moving to NOS headquarters in January, one of the biggest "perks" of my job is the opportunity to get to know people at all levels from NOS program offices in a way I hadn't previously.

In particular, one of the most rewarding aspects of NOS for me personally has been directly observing the power of working on larger issues that involve expertise from multiple NOS Offices. For example, I had a chance to hear firsthand about the work of National Geodetic Survey (NGS) staff at the NGS Table Mountain Geophysical Observatory in Colorado. Recently, I met with Office of Coast Survey staff members at the Joint Hydrographic Center at the University of New Hampshire. Here in Silver Spring, I've had the opportunity to work closely with a team of representatives from every NOS program office who are crafting an integrated approach to our post-Sandy activities.

The talent, energy, and passion that the people of the National Ocean Service bring to the job every day continues to humble me. In our program offices, we have men and women who are literally the world's expert in their field, from hydrography and geodesy to marine conservation and coastal science.  It is exciting to be part of an organization known for the expertise, tenacity, and commitment of its people. Your enthusiasm and commitment to the NOS mission is inspiring. This motivates me to continue to promote NOS's mission and programs at every opportunity.

Thank you,

Russell Callender, Ph.D.
Deputy Assistant Administrator
National Ocean Service

Web Highlight

Web Highlight

The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy is a stark reminder of the vulnerability of coastal communities to damage from storms and flooding. As efforts continue to rebuild hard-hit areas along the East Coast path of the storm, a new tool is helping people make planning decisions that take into account future sea level rise.

Around NOS

Florida Coastal Access Guide Available in New Mobile Application (OCRM)

The Florida Coastal Access Guide is now available to the public as part of the Florida Park Service's Official Florida State Parks and Beaches free smartphone application. The app organizes Florida's more than 2,000 public access sites into three regions—Florida Panhandle, Southwest Florida Gulf, and Atlantic Ocean—and features detailed information about each site, including parking, accessibility, facilities, shelters, picnic areas, boardwalks and trails, camping, boat ramps, lifeguards, and fees. It allows visitors to choose the access that best matches their interests and needs. It also translates Florida's beach flag colors, provides information about the Florida Coastal Management Program, and links to NOAA rip current, surf zone forecast, and marine debris websites. The Florida Coastal Management Program created the guide with funding from the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management Coastal Zone Management Act funding. For more information, contact Christa Rabenold.

NCCOS Aids Response to First CyanoHAB in Pennsylvania Waters (NCCOS)

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) is assisting the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) with its response to the appearance of the first cyanobacteria harmful algal bloom (cyanoHAB). The small-scale bloom was sampled near Presque Isle State Park off Lake Erie in late July. Bloom testing confirmed the presence of cyanobacteria species Microcystis, Aphanizomenon, and Anabaena. Based on these results, PA DEP issued a public advisory on Aug. 2. NCCOS funding will help PA DEP and park managers sustain toxin monitoring through the Labor Day weekend and access in-kind assistance from the operational Monitoring and Event Response for Harmful Algal Blooms Lower Great Lakes program. NCCOS assistance will support efforts by PA DEP, park managers, and local scientists to safeguard public health and document this unusual HAB event. For more information, contact Marc Suddleson.

New England States Added to the Sea Level Rise Viewer (CSC)

Coastal counties in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine were recently added to the Digital Coast's Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer, expanding the tool's coverage into the Northeast United States. With this release, these states have access to coastal flooding scenarios, uncertainty maps, and information on marsh migration, social vulnerability, and flood frequency. Coming soon are coverage for Connecticut and visualizations of flooding at local landmarks for these states. The ability to visualize potential impacts from sea level rise is a powerful planning tool for coastal communities. For more information, contact Billy Brooks.

NOAA Helps Central California Emergency Hyperbaric Chamber Get Back On-Line (ONMS)

Emergency multi-lock hyperbaric chambers are few and far between in central California, providing a limited choice of treatment options for scuba divers with acute hyperbaric injuries. When the Pacific Grove hyperbaric chamber closed in 2012 due to funding, insurance, and repair issues, NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) hosted a meeting of interested parties and collaborated with the NOAA Dive Center (NDC), NOS, Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation, MBNMS advisory council members, research partners, and the city of Pacific Grove to help chamber volunteers reopen the facility. Using NOS funds secured by the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, two NDC technicians were able to assist chamber operators in completing repairs and maintenance on the chamber that were vital to its return to service earlier this month. For more information, contact Scott Kathey.

CO-OPS Launches Managed Hosting Service (CO-OPS)

On August 5, the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) began providing a managed hosting service for the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office's (NCBO) Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS) application and servers. The CBIBS system ingests data from ten Chesapeake Bay buoys and provides information via a website that is publicly accessible. CO-OPS is providing hosting services and administrative support for the operating system, while NCBO maintains and operates the functional application and buoys. CO-OPS is also providing remote administrative access for NCBO CBIBS administrators. For more information, contact Tammy Borkowski.

Proposed ESA Critical Habitat Published in Pacific Northwest ERMA (OR&R)

The Pacific Northwest Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA®) team and NOAA Fisheries collaborated to make proposed Rockfish Critical Habitat designation under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) available through the Pacific Northwest ERMA concurrent with the publication of the proposed rule in the Federal Register. Office of Response and Restoration staff worked closely with the NOAA Fisheries Northwest Region Protected Resources Division to load spatial data and background information into Pacific Northwest ERMA, creating unique views which highlight the proposed areas. These additions will enable users to overlay spatial information including habitat types, land use, cultural and historical information, and topographical and bathymetric features. For more information, contact Ben Shorr.

Israeli Geodesist Visits NGS (NGS)

On August 21, an Israeli geodesist with expertise in the gravity field visited the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) to speak about Israel's most recent work on their spatial reference system. During this visit, NGS geodesists attended a presentation from their guest on geoid modeling for Israel. This visit included information sharing from the U.S. to Israel regarding the most cutting-edge techniques for measuring and modeling the Earth's gravity field. The world looks to NOAA as a leader in the measurement of Earth's gravity field and the modeling of gravity-based geoids. Collaboration with allies strengthens our status as a leading world geodetic agency, while also assisting in the development of our allies. For more information, contact Dan Roman.  

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