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NOS Communications & Education Division

NOS Assistant Administrator Weekly Newsletter

October 11, 2012

Hi folks,

I've asked Zdenka Willis, director of NOAA's Integrated Ocean Observing System program, to take the pen this week.



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NOAA is the lead federal agency for the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®). IOOS facilitates access to marine data, benefiting safety, economy, and the environment—all to position America for the future. IOOS is a national partnership among federal agencies and non-federal entities, including 11 Regional Associations, the Alliance for Coastal Technologies, and the IOOS coastal and ocean modeling testbed. NOS is an important contributor to U.S. IOOS, and the IOOS Regions provide mission capabilities to NOS.

Observations: Almost every NOS office, along with the IOOS Regions, carries out monitoring activities in our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes using buoys, gages, High Frequency radar, gliders and divers, and by mapping and sampling—all built on the National Geodetic Survey's geodetic framework. Having worked closely over the preceding five years with the Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R), the IOOS Regions were ready and supported OR&R during Deepwater Horizon.

Data Management: If you can't find the data, why take the observation? That's the motivation behind the data integration efforts the U.S. IOOS program leads. Through IOOS data services, we provide interoperable real-time data from the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS), National Estuarine Research Reserve System, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), National Data Buoy Center, and the IOOS Regions. Thousands of new datasets are now visible. You can access the non-Federal data through the Regional IOOS portals, and these portals feed tools such as ocean.data.gov, Coastal Service Center's Digital Coast and OR&R's Environmental Response Management Application.

Modeling: The Coast Survey Development Laboratory leads community modeling, resulting in partnerships among Office of Coast Survey, NCCOS, CO-OPS and IOOS to deliver harmful algal bloom, hypoxia, surge and regional ocean models.

Wherever you are in NOS, IOOS probably works with your office in some way. Here at the U.S. IOOS program, the more we advance, the more we realize that our success is dependent upon partnerships with you.

Zdenka Willis
NOAA's Integrated Ocean Observing System Program

Web Highlight

Spruce up your desktop with one of our new desktop wallpapers celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Coastal Zone Management Act. The Coastal Zone Management Act was established by Congress on October 27, 1972, to preserve, protect, develop, enhance, and restore the nation's coastal resources. Over the past 40 years, this act has proven to be one of America's best tools to safeguard our coastal areas.

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Around NOS

New Manual for Lionfish Control Identifies Strategies for Local Intervention (NCCOS)

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and its partners teamed up to create the first ever guidelines for coastal managers to control the spread of Indo-Pacific lionfish in the Atlantic Ocean. This free manual, Invasive Lionfish: A Guide to Control and Management, includes the best available science and practices for controlling lionfish in marine protected areas, national parks, and other conservation areas. Lionfish appear to have no natural predators in the Atlantic and are now found in waters from North Carolina south to Florida, the Caribbean, and the entire Gulf of Mexico. The ecological impacts of this invasion are far-reaching—from disruptions to the structure and function of reef communities to damage to commercial fishing and the tourism industry. For more information, contact James Morris.

NOAA to Propose Nautical Chart Standardization at Arctic Hydrographic Meeting (OCS)

Rear Admiral Gerd Glang is leading the U.S. delegation at the third meeting of the Arctic Regional Hydrographic Commission in Norway on Oct. 10-11. NOAA plans to propose a standardization solution to a unique problem in Arctic charting, where the confluence of latitude and longitude causes chart projection difficulties for mariners. This problem is made worse if Arctic countries use different chart layouts for their sections of Arctic waters. Accurate navigational charts are essential to meet emerging maritime transportation needs in the Arctic. Hydrographic offices of Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia, and the U.S. will be at the meeting. For more information, contact CAPT Doug Baird.

Delaware Releases Statewide Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Report (OCRM)

The Delaware Coastal Management Program, with technical assistance from the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, has produced a statewide vulnerability assessment that outlines the potential impacts of future sea level rise scenarios to public and private property, infrastructure, and various statewide resources. In developing the report, the Delaware Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee, composed of representatives from state and local governments, businesses, and civic advocacy organizations, solicited extensive stakeholder and public comment at meetings and public engagement sessions throughout the state. The findings of this report will be used by the Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee to develop recommendations for improving Delaware's ability to adapt to rising sea levels. For more information, contact Diana Olinger or Michael Migliori.

San Francisco Bay Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Risk Report Now Available (CSC)

Identifying shoreline vulnerabilities is an important component of successful adaptation planning. The recently released Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Report does just that for portions of the San Francisco Bay area. Sea level rise impacts were studied in the context of social equity, economy, environment, and governance. The report is part of the Adapting to Rising Tides project, a collaborative sea-level rise adaptation planning effort led by the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission in partnership with the NOAA Coastal Services Center. For more information, contact Rebecca Lunde

2013 Tide Tables and Tidal Current Tables Published (CO-OPS)

The Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services published the 2013 edition of the annual Tide Tables and Tidal Current Tables. Tide predictions are published in four annual books for the following regions: east coast of North and South America, including Greenland; west coast of North and South America, including Hawaii; central and western Pacific and Indian Oceans; and Europe and west coast of Africa, including the Mediterranean Sea. Two additional annual books of tidal current tables are available for the Atlantic Coast and Pacific Coast of North America and Asia. These publications are printed and distributed through licensing agreements with seven commercial publishers and one government publisher. Since 1867, the annual Tide Tables and Tidal Current Tables have provided official predictions of times and heights of tides and times and speeds of currents for the U.S. coast and other locations around the world. For more information, contact Todd Ehret.

Representing the United States at International Symposium on Gravity and Height Systems (NGS)

NGS is representing the United States at the International Symposium on Gravity, Geoid, and Height Systems in Venice, Italy on Oct. 9–12. The symposium will address the creation and maintenance of global vertical height systems, which are critical for many surveying, engineering, and scientific activities. NGS defines and manages the height system for the United States and will present research done in support of the Gravity for the Redefinition of the American Vertical Datum (GRAV-D) program, including: new techniques for modeling Earth's gravity field, methods of using GRAV-D airborne data to salvage inconsistent existing data and ultimately produce better models, and the results of a geoid slope validation survey that prove GRAV-D data will result in a better height system for the nation. For more information, contact Dan Roman.

NOAA Hosts Workshop on Ocean Acidification Communication and Education (ONMS)

NOAA's national marine sanctuaries on the West Coast partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute to host an Effective Practices for Ocean Acidification Communication and Education workshop in Monterey, Calif., on Sept. 27–28. Ninety individuals attended, including scientists studying ocean acidification and other climate-related changes, and professional educators and communicators from within and outside NOAA. Participants identified effective messages, tools, and case studies to communicate the potential impacts of ocean acidification and positive public actions. A workshop report will be completed at the end of the year and will inform the development of a NOAA-wide ocean acidification education action plan. Funding was provided by the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program with additional support from NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program, West Coast National Marine Sanctuaries, Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation, and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. For more information, contact Laura Francis.

Introducing Restoration Strategies for Contaminated, Urban Shorelines along the Delaware River (ORR)

The Office of Response and Restoration presented restoration strategies for contaminated, urban shorelines along the Delaware River at a recent Living Urban Shorelines workshop held in Camden, N.J. The presentation outlined the large extent of contaminated shorelines along the urban Delaware River—due to its industrial history and past filling practices-and identified the need for a concerted effort to address these contaminated shorelines and restore lost ecosystem services. In support of the workshop's goal to introduce living shoreline strategies to address these issues, ORR presented several case studies of "retrofitting" in urban areas that have hardened shoreline infrastructure. Living shorelines promote natural coastal processes and use soft, non-structural shoreline stabilization techniques, like vegetation plantings, instead of hardened structures, like seawalls, to protect shoreline from erosion. For more information, contact Simeon Hahn.

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