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NOS Assistant Administrator Weekly Newsletter

October 24, 2013

Hi everyone,

I've asked Dr. Russell Callender to share the latest on an important collaboration going on across NOS.

Holly A. Bamford, Ph.D.

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Fellow NOSers,

Amid Congressional discord and budget uncertainty, NOS remains strong in the day-to-day activities, products, services, and collaborations that better our oceans. I'd like to highlight one collaboration in particular during this still-active hurricane season. To better improve the coordination and spending of supplemental funds NOS received for response to Sandy, we have created the Sandy Work Integration Group. Including representatives from each Program Office, the Sandy Work Group has met consistently for the past four months to draft a work plan, look for ways to leverage the skills and abilities of each office to apply to specific projects, and highlight the work we're doing as one seamless NOS team to recover from Sandy and prepare for natural events of this significance in the future.
To give an idea of the work they're doing, I'll share with you the goals of the work plan in helping NOS:

  • Better protect coastal communities and resources through strengthened products, services and facilities
  • Improve awareness and response to coastal events, including flooding and its impacts
  • Help the coast recover from disasters

I'm proud of the quality work that goes on throughout NOS and am excited to continue with the progress of the Sandy Work Group. Be on the lookout later this month for more NOS stories in the commemoration of Sandy.

For more information on this work group and related activities, please contact Ariana Sutton-Grier or Megan Forbes.

Thank you,

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

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Around NOS

Natural Resource Trustees Announce Settlement for Alabama Manufacturing Site (OR&R)

NOAA and other natural resource trustees have announced $3.7 million in funds following a settlement to restore injured resources near a former Ciba-Geigy manufacturing facility in McIntosh, Alabama. Starting in the 1950s, wastes from the manufacture of the pesticide DDT and other agricultural and industrial chemicals were released into unlined pits on the property and discharged into the nearby Tombigbee River and adjacent floodplain. DDT was banned in the United States in 1972 because of its harmful effects on people, wildlife, and the environment. The settlement is with current facility owner BASF Corporation and follows a Natural Resource Damage Assessment that began in 2005. For more information, contact Shannon Yee.

North Carolina Coastal Atlas Debuts with NOAA Support (NCCOS)

Building on nearly 10 years of National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) sponsored research on sea level rise in North Carolina, a multi-institutional team led by East Carolina University recently launched a new online coastal mapping and information system. The North Carolina Coastal Atlas is an interactive system combining physical, ecological, and human use data to support education and coastal management. Thematic maps in the atlas allow technical and non-technical users alike to examine and interact with geospatial information on topics such as coastal hazards and shoreline change. NCCOS funded this project with additional support provided by North Carolina Sea Grant, the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management, and East Carolina University. For more information, contact Alan Lewitus.

Enhancing NOAA's Mission through Curriculum Design (CSC)

The NOAA Sea Earth Atmosphere (SEA), an inquiry-based and technology-rich curriculum for grades 3-5, is now available for elementary schools throughout Hawaii. Developed by the NOAA Pacific Services Center, the curriculum, which meets national and state performance standards, includes a printed book, a DVD of resource materials, five curriculum posters, and online resources. The NOAA Pacific Services Center and the Hawaii State Department of Education recently provided a yearlong series of workshops for elementary educators interested in using NOAA SEA in their current curriculum. These workshops have included 129 educators from Oahu, Maui, the Big Island, Kauai, and Molokai. For more information, contact Shannon Lewinski.

NOAA Announces the End of Paper Nautical Chart Production (OCS)

The Office of Coast Survey has announced that the production of traditional paper nautical charts will cease on April 13, 2014. For many years, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has printed the charts and distributed them to a nationwide network of chart vendors. For the past decade, NOAA has built the systems, products, partnerships, and distribution systems to support the maritime industry's evolution from stock paper charts to digital files. Accelerating the changeover is the increasing popularity of Print-on-Demand charts, which are updated at the time of printing and thus avoid the long gaps between updates on printed charts. NOAA and the FAA Aeronautical Navigation Products Division coordinated the announcement and will launch a public education effort to inform users of the imminent change. For more information, contact CAPT Shep Smith.

Kinematic Positioning Research Earns Attention and Award (NGS)

National Geodetic Survey (NGS) researchers were recently awarded "Best Presentation in Session" at the Institutes of Navigation (ION) GNSS+ 2013 meeting. The talk presented the results of the "Kinematic GPS Processing Challenge," an effort comparing the work from 12 international collaborators in calculating moving aircraft positions for flights from NGS' Gravity for the Redefinition of the American Vertical Datum (GRAV-D) Project. NGS was invited to publish results from this work in ION's journal, Navigation. Staff are also been invited to speak at the upcoming December 2013 American Geophysical Union annual meeting in San Francisco. For more information, contact Theresa Damiani.

Oceanographic Monitoring Program Wraps up 2013 Season at Olympic Coast (ONMS)

In collaboration with the University of Washington, NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS) maintains 10 oceanographic monitors throughout the sanctuary. They maintain a historical data set of observations of changes in the ecosystem related to upwellings, acidification, current changes, and shifts in seasonal variations. Following the lapse in federal appropriations and prior to the onset of winter weather, OCNMS requested and received emergency permission from the Undersecretary of Commerce to recover the oceanographic moorings. The mooring packages are not designed to withstand winter storms and could have been lost or destroyed if not recovered. The operation resulted in the recovery of equipment valued at $170,000. Two mooring arrays were not recoverable during the operation due to buried anchors believed to be the result of a late September storm. OCNMS is currently collaborating with the NOAA Dive Center in Seattle to organize a dive operation to recover the remaining equipment. For more information, contact Justin Ellis.

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