Fiscal Year 2011 Annual Report:
Management and Budget Office

NOS's Management and Budget Office is the focal point for all planning, management, budget, internal and external communication, and education activities at NOS Headquarters.





The Gulf of Mexico at a Glance: A Second Glance
Report Released

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The Gulf of Mexico at a Glance: A Second Glance provides highlights of what we know about the Gulf region’s coastal communities, coastal economy, and coastal ecosystems, and how climate change might impact the Gulf coast. 

During fiscal year 2011, NOS released a new publication, The Gulf of Mexico at a Glance: A Second Glance. The report provides coastal managers, planners, policy officials, and others with a reference to support regional decision making and communications about the importance of healthy Gulf coastal ecosystems to a robust national economy, a safe population, and a high quality of life for residents. The report contributes to the implementation of the National Ocean Policy and serves as a valuable reference to NOAA and its partners working to advance regional ocean governance through the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and those working to advance regional restoration through the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force.  

This report is an update to the original Gulf of Mexico at a Glance report, published in June 2008. This update was produced in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Gulf of Mexico Program.

Advancing Climate Education

NOAA Planet Stewards students in Maryland maintaining a garden

The students of NOAA Planet Stewards participate in a variety of activities, ranging from planting and maintaining a garden in Maryland (shown here), to growing native sea grasses in rural Louisiana, to water quality testing in Hawaii.

The Planet Stewards project expanded in fiscal year 2011 by inviting over 60 new formal and informal educators from 26 states to join the pilot participants. The project provides professional development opportunities and an online collaborative learning community to increase climate science knowledge and to engage in a local stewardship project.  Participants include educators from K-12 schools, community colleges, broadcast meteorologists, and informal institutions.  Diverse stewardship activities resulting from this project include workshops for Native American educators in northern Arizona, a kindergarten school garden, and the awarding of a major National Science Foundation grant to the Science and Math Investigative Learning Experience Club in Maryland.

Also in fiscal year 2011, NOS hosted a series of climate science education workshops. The series served over 300 teachers included half-day workshops at the Chesapeake Bay Office, National Science Teachers Association Conference, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the Blank Park Zoo, and the Oregon Math and Science Partnership. Some workshops have been in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the Environmental Protection Agency with whom NOS is partnering for a new climate science toolkit for educators.

NOAA Restoration Day a Success

NOAA staff planting grass

NOAA staff participants plant switch grass on the shoreline during the 2011 NOAA Restoration Day event.

In June, hundreds of NOAA employees and partners participated in the eighth annual NOAA Restoration Day event at Piscataway Park in Accokeek, Maryland. NOAA Restoration Day, organized by the National Ocean Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service, is one of the largest voluntary federal employee-sponsored environmental stewardship events in the Chesapeake Bay watershed region.  This event has grown every year as NOAA employees in Maryland and Virginia work to restore habitat at sites in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. 

This year, 150 Restoration Day volunteers planted 3,600 plugs of the switchgrass grown in NOAA offices since March, and planted thousands more switchgrass seeds for the living  shoreline.  They collected 75 bags of marine debris, 35 of which will be recycled, along with several tires and even a floatable dock; removed invasive plants; and took measurements to create digital elevation maps of the area.  Survey teams mapped submerged aquatic vegetation, birds, reptiles, and fish throughout the area as well.

NOAA Games and Simulation Summit Held

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In January, the NOAA Games and Simulation Summit was held at the NOAA Science Center. Sixteen speakers from NASA, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, and private companies provided sessions on the current use of simulations and advanced gaming technology in government and museums.

Sessions also covered NOAA's current offerings, evaluation of the use of this technology and the return on investment for communications, internal government functioning, and education.

Developing Online Mapping and Management Tools

OCRM in Your State

"OCRM in Your State" is a new online resource which uses the latest GIS/web technology to illustrate federal investments in coastal management programs in 33 states and territories.

During fiscal year 2011, NOS developed a range of online tools for audiences ranging from decision makers to members of the general public.

NOAA’s Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Data Registry provides online access to NOAA geospatial data needed for local, regional, and national-level planning activities. The registry provides quick access and discovery to NOAA mapping data, applications, and services; the ability to dynamically manipulate and download data; and more. The tool will be available online in fiscal year 2012.

To allow users to visualize geospatial data on human use activities in the Kawaihae-Keahole region of Hawaii collected as part of the Hawaii Coastal Use Mapping Project, the Special Projects Office worked with the Marine Protected Areas Center to develop a web-based mapping tool. This lightweight, user-friendly tool allows users to answer simple spatial queries on overlapping human uses in the ocean off the Northwestern Coast of Hawaii Island and display use data relative to marine protected areas and other background layers.

To tell the story of how NOAA coastal management funds are used by the 33 U.S. states and territories participating in the Coastal Zone Management Program, the NOS Special Projects Office helped to create a web-based visualization tool that provides a snapshot of current projects in our nation’s coastal communities.  “OCRM in Your State” tool shows annual coastal management investments by the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management for each state coastal program. The tool also lists state matching funds and highlights some of the many ocean and coastal management success stories made possible by these federal-state partnerships.