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What's New: February 2011

diver surveying reefs

75 Percent of Coral Reefs Under Threat

Seventy-five percent of the world's coral reefs are currently threatened by local and global pressures, according to a new analysis. The most immediate and direct threats arise from local sources, which currently threaten more than 60% of coral reefs. Local threats include impacts from fishing, coastal development, and pollution. Left unchecked, the percent of threatened reefs will increase to more than 90% by 2030 and to nearly all reefs by 2050. More...

Holly Bamford

Holly Bamford Named as NOS Deputy Assistant Administrator

Dr. Holly Bamford has been named deputy assistant administrator (DAA) for the National Ocean Service. More...

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NOAA and Partners Prepare to 'Raise the Bar' in Wildlife Forensics

Wildlife forensics experts from NOAA, the Society for Wildlife Forensic Sciences, and other organizations convened last week at NOAA's Marine Forensics Laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina, for the inaugural meeting of the Scientific Working Group for Wildlife Forensics (SWG-WILD). The experts established the group in response to a 2009 report from the National Academy of Sciences that criticized certain forensics premises and techniques as scientifically unreliable. More...

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NOAA Coastal Services Center Trains more than 1,600 Managers in 2010

Since its inception in 1994 at the site of a former Navy base in Charleston, South Carolina, NOAA's Coastal Services Center has become a recognized leader in training on coastal-related tools, process skills, issues, and geospatial technology. In 2010, more than 1,600 coastal and natural resource managers from federal, state, and local agencies and nonprofit groups participated in this instruction. More...

Captain William T. Shorey and his family

NOAA, Partners, Launch New Website Highlighting African-American Maritime Heritage

In recognition of African-American contributions to the nation's maritime heritage, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Murrain Associates, Inc., and the National Association of Black Scuba Divers recently launched Voyage to Discovery, a new website and education initiative. Aimed at everyone from students to adults, the Voyage to Discovery website offers feature stories, interviews, and videos about African-American seafaring achievements since the period of pre-Civil War to today. More...

NOAA Civil War Collection

NOAA Civil War Collection: 1861 Map Features Mapmaking Innovation

It isn't often that a map can visually display a moral issue facing a divided nation. Nearly 150 years ago, the U.S. Coast Survey - NOAA's predecessor organization - achieved that landmark representation. The map, showing the distribution of the slave population in the Southern states, is included in NOAA's new special collection of maps and charts that were produced during the Civil War. More...

NOAA Heritage Week

Opening the 'Gateway to NOAA'

February 5-12 marks the seventh annual NOAA Heritage Week, during which NOAA will unveil a new permanent exhibit, called the "Gateway to NOAA," at its headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. The exhibit features breathtaking imagery, multimedia presentations, and amazing artifacts that illustrate how NOAA has, since its earliest history, sought to increase people's understanding of the land, the sea, and the sky. More...