News and Updates

 

NOAA FY17 Budget Request Documents

 

September 2016

 

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

 

August 2016

 

Senator Cochran Staff Visit NOAA Assets

On August 31, staff for Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) joined NOAA officials for a tour of NOAA assets in coastal Mississippi. They visited the NOAA Fisheries laboratories in Pascagoula as well as the NOAA Ships Gordon Gunter and the Oregon II. They then transited to Stennis Space Center to visit with the National Data Buoy Center and the National Centers for Environmental Information. This visit was an opportunity for the Senator’s staff to learn more about the work done at NOAA facilities in coastal Mississippi, meet staff, and to see how the work that NOAA does connects across line offices and to the local, regional, and national communities.https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/nG_75V6yEjV6Xu446ri5Jq_NLwFm3BbHw01V__ltPqRP4WS90J4SWuV03oB7EJRu6Cg-3lT2ILQAh7UkluD1NIshxC55pPbfdogsraHyCVuBk0ynYjEBbQKf_z0bKUdlFJ1rePRU
OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes, Greg Raymond, Matt Borgia, Sierra Jones

 

Senate Committee Staff Visit Habitat Area

On August 30, staff for the Senate Committee on Appropriations were joined by officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Russian River Habitat Focus Area in Santa Rosa, California. The Area is part of NOAA’s Habitat Blueprint Initiative.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama, Craig Woolcott

 

Senate and House Committee Staff Visit NOAA Ship Fairweather

On August 30, staff for the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a tour of the NOAA Ship Fairweather in Kodiak, Alaska. Fairweather is a hydrographic survey vessel whose primary mission is to map coastal waters to update nautical charts. It primarily operates in Alaskan coastal waters and is homeported in Ketchikan, Alaska.
OLIA Lead: Greg Raymond

 

Senator Cochran Letter of Greeting and Mississippi Delegation Staff Attend NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter Event

On August 29, staff for Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Representative Steven Palazzo (R MS-4) joined the Director of NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and Director of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, Rear Admiral David Score (two star), at a Change of Command Ceremony for the NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter in Pascagoula, Mississippi. A tour of the ship and briefing on her mission, programs, and activities was provided after the ceremony.

Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) also provided a letter of greeting that was read during the ceremony.

OLIA Lead: Greg Raymond

 

Senator Tillis Staff Visit Lab

On August 26, staff for Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to NOAA’s Beaufort Laboratory in Beaufort, North Carolina. During the visit, the staff learned more about the work done at the Laboratory.
OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes, Mike Jarvis

 

Senator Cantwell Staff Visit Fisheries Facilities

On August 26, staff for Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle and the Mukilteo Research Station in Mukilteo, Washington. During the visits, the Senator’s staff toured the facilities and were briefed on work in the region including ocean acidification and salmon habitat restoration.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Senator Reed Hosts NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow Open House

On August 26, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) was joined by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps as he hosted an Open House and tour of the NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow in Newport, Rhode Island. The Open House provided a chance for the guests to learn about the ship’s mission, programs, and activities, and officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service were on hand to provide details on some of the work the ship does. Additional guests included:
·         Officials from the United States Navy
·         Officials from the United States Coast Guard
·         Officials from the State of Rhode Island
·         Representatives from industry, academia, and other stakeholder groups
OLIA Lead: Greg Raymond

 

Staff for Senator Reed and Senator Whitehouse Visit Narragansett Lab

On August 25, staff for Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for a tour of NMFS’ Laboratory in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The staffers were briefed on the Lab’s research, programming, and operations, as well as strategic initiatives, fisheries science accomplishments, and emerging programming for the New England region.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott


Senator Thune and Senate Committee Staff Invited to WFO

On August 23, Senator John Thune (R-SD) and staff for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation joined the Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), Dr. Louis Uccellini, and other officials for a tour of the NWS Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Senator and staff received a tour of the facility, a short presentation on the WFO's mission, operations, and work with partners, as well as a briefing on the current status of the Operations & Workforce Analysis project, recent outcomes, next steps on the project, and how it fits into the broader effort to build a Weather Ready Nation, working with key Emergency Management partners in South Dakota.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Senator Cantwell Staff Visits Fisheries Science Center and Regional Office

On August 23, staff for Senator Maria Cantwell joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for a visit to the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, Washington. During the visit, the staff were briefed on the agency's responsibilities including support for sustainable fisheries and recovering protected species.
The Senator’s staff also visited NMFS’ West Coast Regional Office where they were briefed on work on the West Coast, including onsite restoration work.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama, Topher Holmes

 

House Committee Staff Visit Hawaii

On August 23, staff for the House Committee on Natural Resources joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the United Fish Auction in Honolulu, Hawaii, where they learned about longline fishing vessels.
The committee staff also visited the Inouye Regional Center in Honolulu where they toured the LEED-certified NOAA-wide operations center including the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science and met with NOAA Pacific Islands leadership.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Senator Sullivan Views Hydrographic Survey

On August 23, Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, and the National Ocean Service as they presented the data from a hydrographic survey taken on August 22 in Captain’s Bay, Alaska. The Senator was briefed on the data processing operation and was shown what NOAA is doing to process this data, what that data looks like, and how we use it to update nautical charts.
OLIA Lead: Greg Raymond, Mike Jarvis

 

House Committee Staff Visit Sanctuary

On August 21, staff for the House Committee on Natural resources joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service and the National Ocean Service for an eco-tour of Aunu'u island followed by a visit to the National Marine Sanctuary in American Samoa.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama, Kristina Kekuewa

 

Representative DeFazio Staff Visit Marine Operations Center and NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada

On August 18, staff for Representative Peter DeFazio (D OR-4) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a visit to OMAO's Marine Operations - Pacific and a tour of the NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada in Newport, Oregon. During the tour, the staff were briefed on the Center’s and ship's mission, programs, and activities.
OLIA Lead: Greg Raymond

 

Representative DeFazio Staff Visit Research Station

On August 18, staff for Representative Peter DeFazio (D OR-4) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Newport Research Station in Newport, Oregon. During the tour, the staff will be briefed on the Station’s mission, programs, and activities.


House Committee Staff Visit Habitat Focus Area

On August 17, staff for the House Committee on Natural Resources joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Manell-Geus Watershed Habitat Focus Area in Merizo, Guam, where they learned about the collaborative approach to habitat conservation.

 

Senator Peters Staff Visit GLERL

On August 17, staff for Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) joined by officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research for a visit to the Great Lakes Environmental Lab (GLERL), in Ann Arbor, Michigan. During the visit, staff toured GLERL's marine instrumentation lab, spoke with scientists and saw instruments related to oil spill modeling, ocean observation instrumentation, and Harmful Algal Bloom measurements and modeling.

 

House Committee Staff Visit Fisheries Projects

On August 16, staff for the House Committee on Natural Resources joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to fisheries projects in the Northern Mariana Islands.

 

Representative Herrera Beutler Hosts Grants Seminar

On August 16, Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R WA-3) hosted a Guide to Grants seminar in Vancouver, Washington, where she was joined by NOAA officials and representatives of other federal agencies. The Seminar provided her constituents an opportunity to learn about the federal grant-making process and current funding that is available.

 

Senator Booker Staff Visit Sandy Hook Lab

On August 16, staff for Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research for a visit to NMFS’ Sandy Hook Lab in Highlands, New Jersey. The staffers were briefed on the Lab’s research, programming, and operations, as well as strategic initiatives, fisheries science accomplishments, and emerging programming for the New England region. The Senator’s staff also visited the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, and other regional marine science partner organizations in the area.

 

New York Delegation Staff Tour Bay Hydro II Vessel

On August 16, staff for Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Representative Chris Gibson (R NY-19) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a tour of the NOAA Research Vessel Bay Hydro II in Kingston, New York. Bay Hydro II, which is deployed to the Hudson River this summer, is the Office of Coast Survey’s primary vessel for evaluating new hydrographic survey technologies.

 

Staff for Senator Mikulski and Senate Committee Visit Mallow’s Bay

On August 15, staff for Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation were joined the Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Russell Callender, and other officials for a visit to Mallow’s Bay, Maryland. Mallow’s Bay has been identified as a potential expansion site for the National Marine Sanctuary network.

 

Representative Thompson Staff Tour NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown

On August 11, staff for Representative Mike Thompson (D CA-5) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a tour of the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown in Vallejo, California. During the tour, the staff were briefed on the repair work currently taken place, as well as the ship’s mission, programs, and activities.

 

Massachusetts Delegation Staff Attend Science Community Open House

On August 6, staff for Members of the Massachusetts Delegation joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a science community Open House in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The Open House included the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Marine Biological Laboratory, the Sea Education Association, the Woods Hole Research Center and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. The Open House, which was open to the public, also included tours of the NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow research vessel, which is operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and officers of the United States NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps.

 

Representative Larsen Staff Visit Research Station

On August 3, staff for Representative Rick Larsen (D WA-2) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Mukilteo Research Station in Mukilteo, Washington.

 

NOAA Fleet Update - August 2016

The NOAA Fleet Update - August 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.