News and Updates

 

 

April 2015

 

NOAA Fleet Update - April 2015

The NOAA Fleet Update - April 2015 [PDF] provides the status of NOAA’s fleet of ships and aircraft, which play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. NOAA’s current fleet of 16 ships – the largest civilian research and survey fleet in the world – and nine aircraft, are operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO). OMAO includes civilians, mariners, and officers of the United States NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the nation’s seven Uniformed Services.
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NOAA Corps Basic Officer Training Class 125 duringfire-fighting training at the U.S. Navy training facility.
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Great Lakes Delegations Attend HABs Public Meeting

On April 14, all interested Senate and House Members and staff from the Great Lakes Delegations (Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, New York), and state officials attended the Stakeholder Forum on Harmful Algal Blooms in the Great Lakes Region that was held in Bowling Green, Ohio. Officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, and the National Science Foundation hosted the forum as part of a three day meeting on the science related to blooms of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), which plague the Great Lakes, most notably Lake Erie, and other freshwater systems around the world.

 

Senate and House FY 2016 Budget Briefings

Over the coming weeks, a number of Members of the Senate and House and congressional staff will be briefed by NOAA leadership on NOAA’s FY 2016 Budget Request (and/or the Line Office/Program FY 2016 request). The briefings held this past week and confirmed - noting date, Member or staff, primary briefer, and OLIA Lead - appear below:

April 14

April 13

 

Representative Bridenstine Visits NOAA Facilities

On April 10, Representative Jim Bridentstine (R OK-1) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research for a tour of NOAA facilities in Boulder, Colorado, to learn more about their mission, programs, and activities.

 

California Delegation and Local Officials Attend Hydrographic Services Meeting

On April 8-10, Members of the California Delegation joined local officials and the Acting Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Dr. Russell Callender, and other officials at the Hydrographic Services Review Panel Meeting in Long Beach, California. The Panel met to present and discuss NOAA’s hydrographic services and matters that affect marine transportation, safe and precise navigation, commercial shipping, ocean and coastal stewardship, coastal resilience, coastal intelligence, and ocean policy.

 

Senator Mikulski Visits NHC

On April 9, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida, where she was briefed on NHC’s mission, programs, and activities.


Delegate Plaskett Staff Tours NOAA Ship Nancy Foster

On April 8, staff for Delegate Stacey Plaskett (D-USVI) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service and officers from the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a tour of the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster while it was docked in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. During the tour, Delegate Plaskett’s staff were briefed on the ship’s mission, programs, and activities including NOAA’s work to map seafloor habitats and identify fish populations in portions of the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Senator Klobuchar Staff Visit WFO

On April 8, staff for Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) visited NOAA’s National Weather Service, Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where they were briefed on the WFO’s mission, programs, and activities.

 

Senate Committee Staff Visit NOAA Facilities in Boulder

On April 7-8, staff for the Senate Committee on Appropriations toured NOAA facilities in Boulder, Colorado, where they were briefed by officials from NOAA Line Offices on the mission, programs, and activities. In addition, the staff visited some of the NOAA satellite contractor facilities in the area.

 

Representative Price Tours WFO

On April 7, Representative David Price (D NC-4) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service, Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Raleigh, North Carolina, for a tour of the WFO. During the tour, Representative Rice was provided an update on the FY16 budget request, and information on the WFO’s mission, programs, and activities.

 

Delegate Plaskett Briefing on Corals

On April 7, Delegate Stacey Plaskett (D-USVI) was briefed on the Coral Reef Conservation Program by officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service during a meeting in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. The briefing highlighted the role of science in the substantial body of work the Program has supported in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) to help effectively manage the Territory’s marine resources.

 

Representative Lowenthal and California Delegation Staff Visit Port of Long Beach

On April 7, Representative Alan Lowenthal (D CA-47) his local staff and staff for Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) joined the Acting Administrator of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Dr. Russell Callender, and other officials for a tour of the Port of Long Beach, California, with Jacobsen Pilot Services. During the tour, the guests were briefed on NOAA products and services and the importance of the port to commerce and the economy.

 

Senator Schatz Staff Visit WFO

On April 7, staff for Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) visited NOAA’s National Weather Service, Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Honolulu, Hawaii, where they were briefed on the WFO’s mission, programs, and activities.

 

Delegate Radewagen Visits WFO

On April 6, Delegate Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS) visited NOAA’s National Weather Service, Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Pago Pago, American Samoa, where she was briefed on the WFO’s mission, programs, and activities.