News and Updates

 

 

April 2017

 

Senator Strange Visits Water Center

On April 18, Senator Luther Strange (R-AL) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) for a visit to the National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. During the visit, the Senator was briefed on NWS and the NWS Hydrology program as well as how the National Water Center is helping to transform our decision support services for a water-ready nation.

 

Senator Shaheen Staff Visit Dam Site

On April 14, staff for Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to a former dam site in Exeter, New Hampshire, to investigate the stability of the restored stream-bed after its first winter and confirm that migrating fish are able to travel upstream to important spawning habitat.

 

Representative Ferguson Visits WFO

On April 13, Representative Drew Ferguson (R GA-3) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Peachtree City, Georgia. The visit provided an opportunity to learn more about the WFO’s mission, programs, and activities.

 

Senator Bennet Visits ESRL

On April 13, Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, the National Weather Service, the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a visit to the Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) in Boulder, Colorado. The visit provided an opportunity to learn more about ESRL’s mission, programs, and activities.


Senator Schatz Attends Marine Debris Event

On April 13, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service at an event highlighting the impacts of marine debris in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands that took place in Honolulu, Hawaii. The event focused on the removal and transport of approximately 155,580 lbs of marine debris and derelict fishing nets from the beaches and reefs of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Kure Atoll State Wildlife Refuge to Honolulu.


Representative Crist Staff Visit Southeast Region

On April 10, staff for Representative Charlie Crist (R FL-13) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the regional offices in St. Petersburg, Florida. During the visit, the staff were briefed on fisheries issues as they relate to the 13th congressional district.


Representative Bonamici Meets NOAA Officials

On April 7, Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D OR-1) was joined by officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps during a visit to the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon. Representative Bonamici toured the Center then met with representatives from NOAA, Oregon Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and others.


Representative Weber Staff Visit Miami Lab

On April 7, staff for Representative Randy Weber (R TX-14) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the headquarters of the Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami, Florida. During the visit, the staff were briefed on high-impact core programs and activities including next generation stock assessments, advanced technologies, fishery independent data collections; and a walk-about tour of the facility.


Senator Sullivan Staff Visit NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson

On April 7, staff for Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the NOAA Commissioned Officer for a tour of the NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson in Kodiak, Alaska. The tour provided an opportunity to meet the officers, crew, and learn about the ship's mission, programs, and activities including its recent work collecting acoustic-trawl data necessary to determine the distribution, biomass, and biological composition of walleye pollock.

 

NOAA Fleet Update - April 2017

The NOAA Fleet Update - April 2017 [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 Committee Markup

On April 5, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation [Chair, Senator John Thune (R-SD)] held a markup of several items, including a couple of bills of interest to NOAA. The following bills were approved by the Committee and once reported out, will be sent to the Senate floor for a vote at a later date to-be-determined:

 

Senate Hearing on Forecasting Water-Related Hazards

On April 4, the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies [Chair, Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)] held a hearing on mitigating the impacts of water hazards-including those from severe floods, droughts, and coastal storm surge, among others. The Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Weather Service, Dr. Louis Uccellini, testified and a copy of the final testimony may be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

March 2017

 

Senator Murphy Staff Visit Aquaculture Lab

On March 29, staff for Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Aquaculture Laboratory in Milford, Connecticut. They were provided a tour and briefing on the Lab’s mission, programs, and activities in the region.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott

 

Senator Scott  Sends Letter of Greeting for Ship Welcome Home

On March 27, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) provided a letter of greeting that was  read during the ceremony to welcome home the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown to Charleston, South Carolina. The Director of NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the Director of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, Rear Admiral David Score (two star), and other officials were on hand to welcome back the ship and her crew, which returned after having spent over 3½ years away from home - one of the longest deployments of a NOAA research vessel – on a series of missions that took it from the North Atlantic to the Pacific and back.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

NOAA Fleet Update - March 2017

The NOAA Fleet Update - March 2017 [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.

 

February 2017

 

Senator Thune Staff Attend Weather Workshop

On February 24, staff for Senator John Thune (R-SD) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) at the Integrated Weather Team Conference in Rapid City, South Dakota. The workshop brought together state and local emergency management, area media, NWS, and other partners for a facilitated meeting focused on identifying challenges, improving communications, and building stronger relationships related to weather warnings and preparedness. The event was co-sponsored by the NOAA Central Region Collaboration Team.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Representative Costa Meeting on Water

On February 24, Representative Jim Costa (D CA-16) was joined by officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service during a meeting in Los Banos, California, with state and federal agencies including General Managers and Board Chairmen of the water districts in the San Joaquin valley to discuss water operations.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Senate Committee Staff Visit AOC

On February 23, staff for the Senate Committee on Appropriations joined NOAA’s Chief Financial Officer, Mark Seiler, and officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a visit to OMAO’s Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) in Tampa, Florida. The visit provided an overview of AOC’s mission, programs, and activities as well as an opportunity to tour the new AOC currently under construction in Lakeland, Florida.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Senate Committee Staff Visit Florida Keys Sanctuary

On February 22, staff for the Senate Committee on Appropriations joined NOAA’s Chief Financial Officer, Mark Seiler, and officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a visit to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in Key West, Florida. The visit included a tour of the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, a discussion of operations and the history, regulations and current issues facing the Sanctuary including re-zoning and management plan review. The day closed with a visit to a damage assessment site for a briefing on seagrass bed damage from restoration and grounding.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo

 

Senate Committee Staff Visit Fisheries Science Center

On February 21, staff for the Senate Committee on Appropriations joined NOAA’s Chief Financial Officer, Mark Seiler, and officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami, Florida. The visit included a briefing on high-impact core programs and activities, as well as a round table discussion on emerging issues including next generation stock assessments, advanced technologies, fishery independent data collections, concluded with a walk-about tour of the facility.  
OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes

 

Senate Committee Staff Visit AOML

On February 21, staff for the Senate Committee on Appropriations joined NOAA’s Chief Financial Officer, Mark Seiler, and officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research for a visit to the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) in Miami, Florida. The visit included a briefing on AOML's research program and demonstrations on global ocean observations, coral monitoring/ocean acidification, ocean carbon, and hurricane forecast improvement projects. The visit concluded with a discussion on observing system simulation experiments and AOML future capabilities, directions and priorities.
OLIA Lead: Mackenzie Solomon

 

Senate Committee Staff Visit NHC

On February 21, staff for the Senate Committee on Appropriations joined NOAA’s Chief Financial Officer, Mark Seiler, and officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and Weather Forecast Office in Miami, Florida. The visit included stops in, and discussions with, Center leadership, FEMA Liaison Room, NHC Forecast Operations Area, CARCAH - Chief Aerial Reconnaissance Coordination All Hurricanes (hurricane hunters), Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch (TAFB or “Taff B”) operations area, and Storm Surge Unit.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Senator Murkowski Staff Visit Fisheries Science Center

On February 17, staff for Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, Washington. During the visit, they were briefed on the Center's activities, including the multidisciplinary research and monitoring that provides scientific advice and management information in support of sustainable fisheries and conserving protected species.
OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes

 

NOAA Fleet Update - February 2017

The NOAA Fleet Update - February 2017 [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.

 

 

January 2017

 

Senate Committee Markup

On January 24, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation [Chair, Senator John Thune (R-SD)] held a markup to consider a number of bills including several of interest to NOAA. The following bills were approved by the Committee and will be reported out at a later date to be determined, when they will then be sent to the Senate floor for a possible vote at a date to be determined.

Representative Bera Visits WFO and RFC

On January 17, Representative Ami Bera (D CA-7) and his staff joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) and California-Nevada River Forecast Center (RFC) in Sacramento, California. Central California has been hit by record rains, snowfall, and flooding recently and Representative Bera was provided a briefing on the flooding, including a rundown of the impacts to the District.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Senator Merkley Sends Letter of Greeting for NOAA Ship Rainier Change of Command

On January 12, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) sent a letter of greeting for the Change of Command Ceremony for the NOAA Ship Rainier in Newport, Oregon. The Senator was unable to attend in person, but wished to express his support for the ship, her crew, missions, and to acknowledge the leadership of the outgoing Commander.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

NOAA Fleet Update - December 2016/January 2017

The NOAA Fleet Update - December 2016/January 2017 [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.