News and Updates




April 2014


From New Report Documents Changes in Navajo Nation Lands, Offers Hope for Resilience

In the Southwest, the decade of 2001-10 has been warmer than any of the previous 10 decades of the 20th century, with greater temperature increases during spring and summer, decreases in number of cold waves, and increases in number of heat waves.Since 1994, there has been an overall drought coupled with brief periods of wetness. During the past 2,000 years, there have been droughts more severe and longer than droughts in modern times. It is possible that the relative wetness of the previous century could have been an anomaly. Rising temperatures, prolonged drought, increases in extreme weather events, and ecosystem changes have the potential to significantly alter the 27,000 square miles of Navajo Nation reservation lands. More than 170,000 people live in this arid region about the size of West Virginia.

The new report Considerations for Climate Change and Variability Adaptation on the Navajo Nation provides foundational information for planning for anticipated and proven challenges from climatic shifts on the Navajo Reservation. The report highlights potential and actual climate changes occurring in the Southwest and Four Corners region and presents an example of an adaptation planning and implementation process, applicable to any group facing disruption.


NOAA Fleet Update - April 2014

The NOAA Fleet Update - April 2014 [PDF], provides the status of the ships and aircraft in NOAA’s fleet, including current location and planned mission(s), information on our Teacher at Sea program, as well as support provided for unmanned systems and to our federal partners.

NOAA’s ships and aircraft play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. NOAA’s fleet of research aircraft and ships are operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), which includes both civilians and the commissioned officers of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the seven Uniformed Services of the United States.

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FY 2015 Budget Briefings for Congress

Recently, a number of Members of the Senate and House and congressional staff were briefed by NOAA leadership on the FY 2015 NOAA Budget Request (and/or the Line Office/Program FY 2015 request). Below are the briefings that occurred, noting date, Member or staff, briefer(s), and OLIA Lead(s):

April 17