News and Updates

 

NOAA FY17 Budget Request Documents

 

December 2016

 

NESDIS News - November 2016

The NESDIS Newsletter- November 2016 [PDF] provides an update on the operations, key data sets, messages, activities, and programs for NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service.

 

November 2016

 

Representative Babin and Senate and House Staff Attend GOES-R Launch

On November 19, Representative Brian Babin (R TX-36) joined NOAA officials for the GOES-R satellite launch at Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, Florida. Senate and House staff that also attended were from the offices of:

OLIA Lead: Sierra Jones, Coby Dolan

 

Senate and House Staff View GOES-R Launch

On November 19, Senate and House staff joined NOAA officials to view the GOES-R satellite launch from NOAA’s Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, Maryland. The Senate and House staff that attended were from the offices of:

OLIA Lead: Sierra Jones, Frances Bothfeld, Linda Belton, Rob Moller,

 

NESDIS News - October 2016

The NESDIS Newsletter- October 2016 [PDF] provides an update on the operations, key data sets, messages, activities, and programs for NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service.

 

Representative Keating Staff Tour Science Center

On November 4, staff for Representative Bill Keating (D MA-9) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a tour of the Woods Hole Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The tour provided the staff an opportunity to learn about the importance of facilities recapitalization as well as to better understand the science and capabilities of the Center.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott

 

NOAA Fleet Independent Review Team

The NOAA Fleet Independent Review Team (IRT), a team of senior level executives from across government, industry, and academia that has been meeting since January presented their independent report on NOAA fleet recapitalization to Under Secretary Dr. Sullivan and Assistant Secretary VADM Manson Brown on October 13.  The IRT’s report assesses the health of the NOAA fleet, requirements for recapitalization, and analyzes operational and maintenance practices and technology infusion.  The IRT considered the compelling data-collection requirements that need access to the oceans; the applicable technologies and how they change the requirements; the appropriate fleet size and composition to meet needs; and best approaches to meet this need.  You can read the IRT’s final report at http://www.omao.noaa.gov/find/media/documents/final-report-independent-review-team-noaa-fleet-recapitalization.

 

The NOAA Fleet Plan: Building NOAA’s 21st Century Fleet

NOAA has developed a comprehensive plan to recapitalize NOAA's fleet of research and survey vessels based on an extensive analysis of NOAA's current and future at-sea data collection requirements. That analysis, validated by independent experts, indicates that, absent investments in new research and survey ships, there will be long-term impacts to NOAA’s ability to provide products and services such as weather forecasts and warnings, nautical charts, accurate fishery quotas and stock assessments, harmful algal bloom warnings, climate outlooks, emergency response, and numerous other management activities. The NOAA Fleet Plan: Building NOAA’s 21st Century Fleet [PDF 7.5 MB] provides a detailed plan for ensuring that NOAA's ship fleet can continue to efficiently and effectively fulfill its mission to collect data vital to protecting lives, livelihoods, and conserving and managing natural resources.

 

NOAA Fleet Update - November 2016

The NOAA Fleet Update - November 2016 [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.

 

 

October 2016

 

Governor Nixon Briefing on NWS

On October 27, Governor Jay Nixon (D-MO) was joined briefed by officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) on their successes in working with state emergency managers and NWS’ effort to evolve it's services, including the Weather Ready Nation.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Representative Capps Attends Ocean Guardian Event

On October 25, Representative Lois Capps (D CA-24) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service and students and teachers from five schools to celebrate the work they are doing in the Santa Barbara, California, area to improve the ocean environment. This effort was supported by the Ocean Guardian School program, a program that works with schools to implement stewardship projects on their school grounds and in their communities.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo

 

Representative Perlmutter and Colorado Delegation Staff Attend Aerospace Forum

On October 25, Representative Ed Perlmutter (D CO-7) and Senate and House staff for the Colorado Delegation joined officials from NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Services for the Government Aerospace Forum in Denver, Colorado. The offices attending included:

OLIA Lead: Sierra Jones

 

Representative Walberg Tours Restoration Site

On October 25, Representative Tim Wahlberg (R MI-7) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a tour of the Ford Marsh Restoration Site in Detroit, Michigan. Ducks Unlimited (DU) sponsored the visit to the Ford Marsh Restoration Site in the Detroit River Wildlife Refuge, which provided them and the project partners an opportunity to provide a field briefing and discuss the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Participating project partners include the NOAA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, DU Volunteers, Trout Unlimited, and local media.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott

 

Senator Shelby Staff Visit Water Center

On October 21, staff for Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a tour of the NOAA National Water center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to learn more about the Center’s mission, programs, and activities.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Representative McCollum Visits WFO

On October 20, Representative Betty McCollum (D MN-4) was joined by officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Chanhassen, Minnesota.. During the visit, Representative McCollum was briefed on the WFO’s mission, programs, and activities.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Senator Peters Visits Monterey Bay

On October 17, Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a visit to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Monterey Bay, California, where he was briefed on the Sanctuary and related programs and activities.
OLIA Lead: Frances Bothfeld

 

Representative Edwards Sponsors Career Fair

On October 15, Representative Donna Edwards (D MD-4) sponsored a high school career fair in Oxon Hill, Maryland, titled, “Planning for Future Success: Helping High School and Middle School Students Plan for Future Educational and Career Opportunities.” Officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service and Office of Education participated.
OLIA Lead: Frances Bothfeld, Craig Woolcott

 

Washington Delegation Attend Fishing Gear Event

On October 14, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Representative Derek Kilmer (D WA-6) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service at a press event the Westport Maritime Museum in Westport, Washington, to highlight the launch of a new Fishing for Energy fishing gear collection bin at the port. The event featured speakers from the Quinault Indian Nation who are leading a community-based crab pot removal project on the Washington coast with funding from the NOAA Marine Debris Program.
OLIA Lead: Mike Jarvis

 

NOAA Fleet Update - October 2016

The NOAA Fleet Update - October 2016 [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.

 

Representative Capps Attends School Ceremony

On October 13, Representative Lois Capps (D CA-24) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for the NOAA Ocean Guardian Ceremony at the Adams Elementary School in Santa Barbara, California. An Ocean Guardian School makes a commitment to the protection and conservation of its local watersheds, the world's ocean, and special ocean areas. The school makes this commitment by proposing and then implementing a school- or community-based conservation project.
OLIA Lead: Frances Bothfeld

 

Representative Moulton Attends Forum on Drought

On October 11, Representative Seth Moulton (D MA-6) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research at the Northeast Drought and Climate Outlook Forum in Boston, Massachusetts.
OLIA Lead: Mackenzie Solomon

 

Representative Jolly Flies on Hurricane Hunter

On October 7, Representative David Jolly (R FL 13) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a tour of OMAO’s Aircraft Operations Center in Tampa, Florida, followed by a flight aboard the WP-3D Hurricane Hunter aircraft into Hurricane Matthew.
OLIA Lead: Greg Raymond

 

NESDIS News - September 2016

The NESDIS Newsletter- September 2016 [PDF] provides an update on the operations, key data sets, messages, activities, and programs for NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service.

 

Senate Committee Staff Fly on Hurricane Hunter

On October 5, staff for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a tour of OMAO’s Aircraft Operations Center in Tampa, Florida, followed by a flight aboard the WP-3D Hurricane Hunter aircraft into Hurricane Matthew.
OLIA Lead: Greg Raymond

 

Representative Hoyer Visits Mallows Bay

On October 3, Representative Steny Hoyer (D MD-5) joined the Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Dr. Russell Callender, for a visit to the proposed Sanctuary at Mallows Bay, in Charles County, Maryland, where he and his staff were briefed about the significance in this area.
OLIA Lead: Frances Bothfeld, Coby Dolan

 

September 2016

 

Rhode Island and Massachusetts Delegation Attend Environmental Leaders Day

On September 30, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI); Senator Ed Markey (D-MA); Representative Jim Langevin (D RI-1), and Representative David Cicilline (D RI-2) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for the Rhode Island Energy and Environmental Leaders Day in Providence, Rhode Island. The Day was an opportunity for energy and environmental protection leaders to learn more about key, federal programs that can support their efforts. Officials from the Department of Interior Secretary, Department of State, the Council on Environmental Quality, and Environmental Protection Agency also participated.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott

 

Senator Murphy Tours Aquaculture Sites

On September 23, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a field briefing and then site tour of aquaculture initiatives in Greenwich Point, Connecticut, that was hosted by the Shellfish Commission of Greenwich. This site tour provided the Senator with an opportunity to learn about the Commission’s partnership with NOAA and collaborative projects aimed at restoring shellfish resources and enhancing essential ecosystem services in the Long Island Sound.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott

 

NESDIS News - August 2016

The NESDIS Newsletter- August 2016 [PDF] provides an update on the operations, key data sets, messages, activities, and programs for NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service.

 

NOAA Fleet Update - September 2016

The NOAA Fleet Update - September 2016 [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.

 

Senate and House Staff Attend NART Roundtable

On September 15, all interested Senate and House staff from the Massachusetts Delegation joined officials from NOAA for a roundtable discussion on Building Community Resilience in Massachusetts organized by NOAA's North Atlantic Regional Team (NART) in Boston, Massachusetts, and hosted by staff from the office of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). The Roundtable included representatives from the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Massachusetts Departments of Transportation, Woods Hole Sea Grant program, the New England Fishery Management Council, and other partners.
OLIA Lead: Frances Bothfeld

 

Senate and House Staff Visit StellWagen Bank Sanctuary

On September 9, Senate and House staff from the Massachusetts Delegation joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a visit to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Scituate, Massachusetts. During the visit, the staff learned about the Sanctuary's research and management accomplishments and challenges, toured the facilities, participated in a research cruise on board the Research Vessel AUK, and discussed Stellwagen's maritime and cultural heritage.
OLIA Lead: Mike Jarvis

 

Senator Shaheen Staff Attend Restoration Event

On September 9, staff for Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a restoration event sponsored by the Township of Exeter, New Hampshire, that highlighted the Great Dam Removal & River Restoration Project. The project will restore approximately 21 miles of the Exeter River and its tributaries to a free-flowing condition, eliminating a barrier to migratory anadromous fish, improving water quality, and reducing flooding and storm surge from coastal storms. The Exeter Dam is located within a dense, historic community center and its removal will help to alleviate flooding for a large number of residential, commercial, and institutional properties.  The Town of Exeter received $611,000 for this project through NOAA’s FY 2015 Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency program.
Senator Shaheen’s regional/state office also provided opening remarks on her behalf.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott

 

House Hearing on Maritime Navigation Programs

On September 7, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation [Chairs, Representative Duncan Hunter (R CA-50)] and Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment [Chairs, Representative Bob Gibbs (R OH-7)] held a hearing titled, “Federal Maritime Navigation Programs: Interagency Cooperation and Technological Change.” The Director of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Office of Coast Survey, Rear Admiral (one star) Shepard Smith, testified and a copy of the written testimony may be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page of the OLIA website.
OLIA Lead: Mike Jarvis

 

Representative Pallone Visits Marine Sciences Lab

On September 1, Representative Frank Pallone (D NJ-6) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. Representative Pallone was briefed on the status of the facility and the Lab’s value in implementing NOAA’s mission in the Mid-Atlantic region.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott