On May 11, state and local officials were joined by NOAA’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Rick Spinrad, at the Great Water Cities Summit in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Spinrad delivered the luncheon keynote address and focused on NOAA’s most recent work to help the water utility and stormwater community make smart and informed decisions about sustainable water management and resiliency.
On May 9, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. The Senator received a tour of the Center as well as briefings on its divisions on their mission, operations, and program focus for 2016.
On May 6, Senator Jeanne Shaheen hosted a briefing for all interested Senate and House Staff about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the Natural Resource Damage Assessment that helped secure the $20 billion settlement with BP. This briefing, organized by the University of New Hampshire’s Coastal Response Research Center, provided an opportunity to learn more about the resulting damages and science gained from what is recognized as the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service will also be on the panel of experts.
On May 5, staff for Representative Gwen Graham (D FL-2) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a visit to the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) in Tallahassee, Florida, where they toured the facility in the morning and took a boat tour of the estuary in the afternoon.
On May 2, staff for Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a Change of Command Ceremony for the NOAA Ship Pisces in Pascagoula, Mississippi. After the ceremony, the staff were provided a tour of the ship and briefed in the vessel’s mission, programs, and activities.
Senator Cochran also provided a letter of greeting that was read during the ceremony acknowledging the importance of the work of the NOAA Ship Pisces as well as expressing his appreciation for the efforts of the outgoing Commander and welcoming the new Commander on board.
On May 2, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a roundtable discussion on Water, Environment and Infrastructure that was held in Annapolis, Maryland.
On April 30 and May 1, Representative Barbara Comstock (R VA-11) and all interested Senate and House staff joined the Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), Dr. Louis Uccellini, and other officials for the NWS Weather Forecast Office (WFO) Open House in Sterling, Virginia. There were several displays, seminars and activities, as well as partner booths and tents. Dr. Uccellini provided keynote remarks.
May 5 - Senate and House staff briefing [PDF - 10MB]
The NOAA Fleet Update - May 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.