News and Updates



October 2015


NOAA Fleet Update - September/October 2015

The NOAA Fleet Update - September/October 2015 [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.
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A gray whale dives with the NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker’s rigid-hulled inflatable boat nearby.

[Photo: NOAA]


September 2015


House Hearing on National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments

September 29, 2015 – Testimony of the Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Dr. Holly Bamford, performing the duties of NOAA’s Assistant Secretary of Conservation and Management.


Senator Vitter Staff Attends Station Dedication

On September 23, staff for Senator David Vitter (R-LA) joined officials from NOAA’s National Oceans Service, National Weather Service, and local and state officials, in La Place, Louisiana, for the dedication of NOAA's new water level and meteorological stations on Lake Pontchartrain. Together, these stations fill a gap in observations that will help New Orleans be more resilient in the face of severe storms. Built to withstand 110 mile-per-hour winds, the stations will provide local, state, and federal emergency managers continuous, real-time water level and weather measurements before, during, and after a storm event.


Representative DeFazio Hosts Roundtable on Earthquake Warnings

On September 22, Representative Peter DeFazio (D OR-4) was joined by officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and other federal and state agencies and academic institutions, at a roundtable he hosted on Earthquake Early Warning in the Pacific Northwest: Preparing for the Big One, which was held in Eugene, Oregon.


Governor Sandoval Hosts Drought Summit

On September 21, Governor Brian Sandoval (R-NV) was joined by officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research at the Governor’s Drought Summit 2015, Panel on Defining and Predicting Drought in Carson City, Nevada.


Senator Wicker Staff Tour Response Center

On September 18, staff for Senator Roger Wicker joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a tour of NOAA's Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center in Mobile, Alabama. The Center is a premier coastal crisis support facility devoted to applying relevant coastal and maritime products and services to support real-time incident decision makers’ actions in assessing coastal ecological and economic distress. During the tour, staff were briefed on how the Center serves to improve preparedness, planning, and response capacity for disasters that occur along the Gulf Coast.


Representative Davis Staff Tour Science Center

On September 18, staff for Representative Susan Davis (D CA-53) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a tour of the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California. During the tour, the staff were briefed on the Center’s research portfolio, changing ocean conditions, and advanced technologies to augment fisheries survey.


Representative Honda Hosts Geosciences Event

On September 17, Representative Mike Honda (D CA-17) hosted a geosciences breakfast and reception that was attended by all interested Senate and House staff. Officials from NOAA’s Line Offices joined other federal agency representatives to highlight both the scientific and economic importance of the geosciences, including our work on hurricanes (satellites, research, and forecasting), coastal intelligence (storm surge), and water (El Nino, atmospheric rivers, drought).


Representative Capps and Representative Brownley Staff Attend Unmanned Technologies Workshop

On September 16, staff for Representative Lois Capps (D CA-24) and Representative Julia Brownley (D CA-26) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a workshop and networking event at the Channel Islands Boating Center in Ventura, California. The workshop brought together the entire NOAA Sanctuary leadership team, local and regional unmanned technology companies, and NOAA research and education partners who will present their capabilities and opportunities for collaboration.


Senate and House Staff Attend Restoration Event

On September 15, Senate and House staff from the Maryland delegation joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for the Harris Creek Restoration Event in Tilghman Island, Maryland, which was held to commemorate the completion of the construction phase of this oyster restoration project, a key element of NOAA’s Choptank River Habitat Focus Area. The Delegation staff were also joined by State representatives and local and non-profit project partners who then had an opportunity to tour the Harris Creek restoration site and plant the final set of oysters. Staff attended from the offices of:


Decoding this year’s El Niño: What do we know and how will it impact my region?

NOAA’s  El Niño/Southern Oscillation update was issued September 10, 2015.  The attached slides review the science behind El Niño, the most recent forecast, potential impacts across the country. Briefing slides [pdf 3.5MB]


New Jersey Delegation Staff Attend Roundtable

On September 10, staff for Members of the New Jersey Delegation joined NOAA officials for a congressional roundtable onSupporting Resilient Communities and Ecosystems” at the Jacques Cousteau Coastal Center in Tuckerton, New Jersey. The Roundtable was hosted by the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve and facilitated by NOAA's North Atlantic Regional Collaboration Team. Staff from the following offices attended:

Senator Coons Staff Attend Watershed Meeting

On September 8, staff for Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a meeting on the Brandywine River Watershed Restoration Initiative in Wilmington, Delaware. The meeting provided NOAA and American Rivers the opportunity to discuss next steps on the Brandywine River Restoration Initiative with the Senator, State of Delaware, the City of Wilmington and other project partners.  The goal is to develop a strategy to advance dam removal and river restoration along a 15-mile stretch of the Brandywine River in Delaware to re-establish fish passage for American Shad, River Herring, and American Eel.


Representative Gabbard Staff Visits NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

On September 3, staff for Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D HI-2) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a day trip aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer out to the S-19 submarine wreck for ROV deployment. They will use the ROV Deep Discoverer to explore the wreck and recover a few long term monitoring instruments then return to Honolulu, Hawaii.


Representative Perlmutter Staff Tour Boulder Facilities

On September 2, staff for Representative Ed Perlmutter (D CO-2) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Weather Service, and National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, for a tour of NOAA facilities and programs in Boulder, Colorado.