On July 23, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation (Chair, Representative Duncan Hunter, R CA-50) held a hearing titled, “Implementing U.S. Policy in the Arctic.” The Director of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Office of Response and Restoration, Dave Westerholm, testified. A copy of the written testimony may be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page.
On July 23, Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Representative Ander Crenshaw (R FL-4), and Representative Corrine Brown (D FL-5), joined NOAA’s Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan; the Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Dr. Holly Bamford; and other NOAA, federal, state, and local officials at the dedication of the Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS) in Jacksonville, Florida.
On July 23, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Chair, Senator Jay Rockefeller, D-WV) met in an executive session to consider several items, including a couple of bills of interest to NOAA:
The Committee passed both bills, which will go to the Senate floor for a vote at a later date to be determined.
On July 11, staff for Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) visited NOAA’s National Ocean Service, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Cooperative Oxford Lab on the Eastern Shore. The staff were provided with an overview of NCCOS projects as they relate to climate change in the Chesapeake Bay and also received briefings on native oyster restoration projects, NOAA educational programming, the lab’s research, and living shoreline initiatives. The final part of the tour included a trip on the research vessel, Potawaugh, which is the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office’s primary platform for acoustic survey work.
On July 8, staff for Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) toured NOAA’s National Weather Service National Data Buoy Center as part of a NASA-hosted tour of the Stennis Space Center in Gulfport, MS. During the tour, the staff were provided with an informational briefing on the Center’s mission and operations.
On July 3, Delegate Gregorio Sablan (D-CNMI) visited and toured the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette while the ship was docked in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands. During the tour, Delegate Sablan was briefed by members of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps and ship’s crew on the vessel’s mission, programs, and activities.
NOAA Fleet Update - July 2014
The NOAA Fleet Update - July 2014 [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 both civilians, mariners, and officers of the United States NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the nations’ seven Uniformed Services.