The long high-quality data sets really provide an opportunity to do world-class science and develop public-serving tools. Working for NOAA and NOS specifically provides a unique platform to tell the important story.
Without a doubt, it is sitting all day behind my computer!
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Oceanography from North Carolina State University.
Looking back, it probably stems from times spent on the water – creeks, rivers and the coast. I became aware and concerned about the factors affecting water quality that progressively worsened downstream within the rivers and bays in which I was recreating. I decided I wanted to get involved somehow.
I worked for years deploying real-time buoys under a NOAA contract, and during this time I became aware of the variety of important work that NOAA undertakes and supervises. A few years later, I found an opening, applied, impressed, and the rest is history...
Get your foot in the door by volunteering or working part-time with local groups or colleges that offer ocean-related experiences. A hands-on understanding not only teaches you about the methods used to study the ocean environment and its creatures and processes, but also builds the confidence and experience to ask and answer your own questions.
NOAA water level gauges have been measuring tides, storm surges and long-term changes in sea levels for over a century. Bob Dylan did not sing, “the tides, they are a changing”…but they are, and it is important to recognize that change is underway and challenges lie ahead.