News and Updates Archive

114th Congress: 2015-2016

 

June 2015

 

Senate Committee Markup

On June 25, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Chair, Senator John Thune, R-SD) held a markup of three bills of interest to NOAA including:

The Committee passed all of the bills, which may now be sent to the Senate floor at a later date to be determined for a vote.

 

Senate and House Staff Visit Choptank Watershed

On June 25, staff for Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and the House Committee on Appropriations joined the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, and other officials for a visit to NOAA’s Choptank River Habitat Focus Area in parts of Maryland and Delaware. The Area is a key site under NOAA’s Habitat Blueprint, which provides a forward looking framework for NOAA to think and act strategically across programs and with partner organizations to address the growing challenge of coastal and marine habitat loss and degradation.


Senate Committee Staff Visit NSOF

On June 23, staff for the Senate Committee on Appropriations joined officials from NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service for a visit to NOAA's Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF) in Suitland, Maryland.

 

Representative Hoyer Tours NOAA Center

On June 19, Representative Steny Hoyer (D MD-5) joined the Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Weather Service, Dr. Louis Uccellini, for a tour of NOAA’ Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Maryland. During the tour, Representative Hoyer was briefed on the center’s mission, programs, and activities; visit the various operational centers; and will participate in an employee town hall.

 

NOAA Fleet Update - June 2015

The NOAA Fleet Update - June 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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NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada alongside at The Exploratorium in San Francisco, CA.
[Photo: Cris Benton]

 

Senate Committee Markup of FY16 Appropriations Bill

On June 11, the Senate Committee on Appropriations (Chair, Senator Thad Cochran, R-MS) held their markup of – and passed - the FY16 appropriations bill that covers the Department of Commerce and NOAA and other agencies under the committee’s jurisdiction. NOAA would be funded at $5.4 billion - nearly equal to the current funding level, but a reduction from the administration's $6 billion request for fiscal 2016, and includes among other provisions

On June 10, the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (Chair, Senator Richard Shelby, R-AL) held a markup of the FY16 appropriations bill that covers the Department of Commerce and NOAA and other agencies under the committee’s jurisdiction.

 

40th Annual NOAA Fish Fry

On June 10, all interested Members of Congress and congressional staff joined NOAA officials at the annual NOAA Fish Fry. The event featured a variety of fish prepared by guest chefs from across the United States.

 

Senator Murkowski Staff Attend NOAA Ship Deployment Ceremony

On June 8, staff from the office of Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined NOAA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Operations, Vice Admiral Michael Devany, and other NOAA officials for a deployment ceremony for the NOAA ships Fairweather and Rainier as they departed Kodiak, Alaska, for the first leg of a coordinated trackline project to collect bathymetry for the U.S. Coast Guard’s proposed traffic corridor from Unimak to Bering Strait. Altogether, the project will collect about 12,000 nautical miles of data along the 4-nautical-mile-wide corridor. The NOAA ships Fairweather and Rainier will also collect data in projects covering 2,800 square nautical miles, in survey projects that include the Southwest half of Kotzebue Bay, Point Hope, and Port Clarence.

 

House Committee Staff Visit Florida Keys Center

On June 5, staff for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a visit to the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center in Key West, Florida. The Center features over 6,000 square feet of interactive and dynamic exhibits and is sponsored and operated by NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the South Florida Water Management District, Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks, the National Wildlife Refuges of the Florida Keys, and Eastern National.

 

May 2015

 

Senator Peters Visits Thunder Bay Sanctuary

On May 29, Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a visit to the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan. During the visit, Senator Peters was briefed on the Sanctuary's impact on the local economy and tourism, its education programs, and the marine technology program.

 

NESDIS Newsletter- May 2015

The NESDIS Newsletter- May 2015 [PDF], provides an update on the operations, key data sets, messages, activites, and programs for NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service.

 

Senator Shelby, Representative Sewell, and Senate Committee Staff Attend Center Opening

On May 27, Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), Representative Terri Sewell (D AL-7), and staff from the Senate Committee on Appropriations joined the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan; the Secretary of the Department of Commerce, Penny Pritzker; and other officials from NOAA and our partners, for the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open NOAA's National Water Center on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This is the first center dedicated to water forecast operations, research and collaboration across federal water science and management agencies. It is an unprecedented opportunity to develop and deliver a new generation of services to mitigate water-related disasters, inform routine decision-making about water, and address competing demands for increasingly limited water availability.

 

Senator Kaine Attends Oyster Restoration Event

On May 27, Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for an event to celebrate the Lafayette (Virginia) Annex oyster restoration site, which included seeing a Chesapeake Bay Foundation vessel as it deployed reef balls and spat on shell. The Lafayette River is one of the key tributaries identified for oyster restoration under the goals set by the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. NOAA supports restoration efforts by directly funding oyster restoration projects; coordinating the development of a restoration plan among federal, state, and local agencies and nonprofit organization; supporting ongoing scientific research on the ecosystem services oysters provide; and mapping the river bottom to guide the siting of oyster restoration projects.

Story on Event: http://wtkr.com/2015/05/27/thousands-of-oysters-find-new-home-in-the-lafayette-river/ - Local TV news story about the oyster restoration event from WTKR (local CBS affiliate) in which Senator Kaine says that “Local citizens and school groups that do oyster gardening and then plant the oysters like we did today and then there is also a federal component, the Army Corps of Engineers and NOAA have been major investors in oyster restorations,”

 

Louisiana Delegation Staff Attend Hurricane Outlook Event

On May 27, all interested staff from the Louisiana Delegation joined the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, for the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Outlook announcement in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Outlook encompasses the expected range of storm activity for the season, including the number of expected storms. It is a highly anticipated announcement by the press, public and Congress and 2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

 

Representative Clawson Tours NHC

On May 22, Representative Curt Clawson (R FL-19) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) for a tour of the National Hurricane Center and NWS’ Weather Forecast Office in Miami, Florida, where he was briefed on their missions, programs, and activities.

 

 

NOAA Fleet Update - May 2015

The NOAA Fleet Update - May 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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One of NOAA’s two Lockheed WP-3D Orion aircraft recently entered a long-term maintenance period at Naval Air Station, Jacksonville. The aircraft will receive new wings and significant additional upgrades as part of a service life extension program that will allow our WP-3D Orion aircraft to continue supporting all of NOAA’s critical missions for years to come. The process will take approximately one year and once completed, NOAA’s second WP-3D will enter its own re-winging and upgrade maintenance period in 2016.
[Photo: Victor Pitts, FRCSE Jacksonville]

 

Senate Hearing on Fisheries Data

On May 20, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard (Chair, Senator Marco Rubio, R-FL) held a hearing titled, “Improvements and Innovation in Fisheries Research and Data Collection.” The Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, testified and a copy of the written testimony may be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page of the OLIA website.

 

House Committee Markup of FY16 Appropriations Bill

On May 14, the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (Chair, Representative John Culberson (R TX-7)), held a markup of the FY16  appropriations bill that covers the Department of Commerce and NOAA and other agencies under the committee’s jurisdiction. The committee approved a version of the bill that would cut $274 million from NOAA’s budget. The bill next goes before the full Committee on Appropriations, which may consider it as early as next week, and details of the budget allocations for the various offices and programs will not be released until just prior to full committee consideration.

 

Senator Graham Staff Tour Hollings Marine Lab

On May 14, staff for Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a tour of the Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina, where they were briefed on the Lab’s mission to provide science and biotechnology applications to sustain, protect, and restore coastal ecosystems, with emphasis on links between environmental condition and the health of marine ecosystems. The Lab is the product of a long-term Joint Project Agreement among the following organizations: NOAA, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, College of Charleston.

 

Louisiana Delegation Staff Attend PORTS® Events

On May 11-13, staff for the Louisiana Delegation joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service, the Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District, and the Greater Lafourche Port Commission for the dedication of new Physical Oceanographic Real Time Systems (PORTS®) in Morgan City and Galliano, Louisiana, to increase safety for ships in and out of the Port of Morgan City and Port Fourchon.

 

Representative Courtney Attends BOTC

On May 6, Representative Joe Courtney (D CT-2) joined NOAA’s Assistant Secretary of Environmental Observation and Prediction, Manson K. Brown; the Director of NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, Rear Admiral (two star) David Score; and officials from the United States Coast Guard at the 125th NOAA Corps Basic Officer Training Class (BOTC) graduation. The new NOAA Corps Officers graduated alongside the newest class of U.S. Coast Guard officer candidates at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. Representative Courtney provided the keynote address and Assistant Secretary Brown provided the commencement address.

 

Representative Curbelo Visit Florida Keys Sanctuary

On May 5, Representative Carlos Curbelo (R FL-26) and his local staff joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, for a beach clean up event in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.


Representative Boustany Hosts Hurricane Preparedness Forum

On May 5, Representative Charles Boustany (R LA-3) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service and National Ocean Service at a Hurricane Preparedness Forum in Morgan City, Louisiana. This public meeting provided an opportunity to discuss the outlook for the 2015 hurricane season and the needs and preparations for the public of south Louisiana. With the 10th Year Anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Forum was also an opportunity to look back at the impacts and highlight improvements in forecasting, preparation, and response.

 

April 2015

 

NESDIS Newsletter- April 2015

The NESDIS Newsletter- April 2015 [PDF], provides an update on the operations, key data sets, messages, activites, and programs for NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service.

 

House Committee Markup

On April 29-30, the House Committee on Natural Resources (Chair, Representative Rob Bishop (R UT-1)) held an executive session to consider and markup several items including:

The Committee voted in support of the bills, which may be considered on the floor at a later date to be determined.

 

California Delegation Staff Attend Aquaculture Workshop

On April 28-29, all interested staff for the California Delegation joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service at the Offshore Aquaculture in the Southern California Bight Workshop in Long Beach, California. NOAA partnered with California Sea Grant, the Aquarium of the Pacific, and Hubbs Sea World Research Institute to hold this workshop. The offshore waters of the southwest U.S. have potential for a marine aquaculture industry that is economically and environmentally sustainable. Science-based decision tools can provide information and confidence to develop environmentally sustainable coastal ocean use plans that include industry development. Workshop attendees included local, state, regional, and federal coastal managers, scientists, engineers, aquaculture entrepreneurs and practitioners with expertise in aquaculture and environmental science.

 

Senate and House Staff Attend Commerce Day on the Hill

On April 28, all interested Senate and House staff joined officials from NOAA’s Line Offices for Commerce Day on the Hill. NOAA presented exhibits from each Line Office to demonstrate how NOAA provides environmental intelligence for everyday life and highlighted how NOAA’s activities affect constituents every day.

 

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On April 27, staff from the offices of Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Representative Kurt Schrader (D OR-5) 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 OMAO’s Marine Operations in Newport, Oregon. Representative Schrader also sent a letter of greeting that was read during the ceremony to recognize the outstanding work of the officer’s being honored.

 

Representative Frelinghuysen School Tour With Hurricane Hunter Pilot

On April 27, Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (R NJ-11) was joined by a Hurricane Hunter Pilot from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a series of visits to schools in the Morristown, New Jersey, area, where they spoke to hundreds of students. The purpose of the visit was to emphasize the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and to educate the students on the work of NOAA and the valuable contributions our aircraft fleet and Corps pilots provide to the nation.

 

Representative Boustany Hosts Hurricane Preparedness Forums

On April 27, Representative Charles Boustany (R LA-3) was joined by officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service and National Ocean Service at two Hurricane Preparedness Forums in Lafayette and Lake Charles, Louisiana. The public meetings provided an opportunity to discuss the outlook for the 2015 hurricane season and the needs and preparations for the public of south Louisiana. With the 10th Year Anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Forums were also an opportunity to look back at the impacts and highlight improvements in forecasting, preparation, and response.

 

Plimouth Plantation Dam Removal Event

On April 24, local officials joined representatives from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for the Plimouth Plantation Dam Removal Event in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The event – part of the Town Brook Rover Restoration Initiative –celebrated the removal of the dam and return of herring to the river.

 

Tribal Resource Guide to The Department of Commerce

The U.S. Department of Commerce is pleased to make available the Tribal Resource Guide to the Department of Commerce.  This guide is an important first step in revamping the Department’s work with tribes to spur even greater collaboration with tribes and native business enterprises. In addition, the guide introduces the Secretary's new Senior Advisor for Native American Affairs, the policy of the Department regarding tribes (which include references to the United States’ trust responsibility to the tribes and native peoples of the United States and the advances tribes have made in the Self-Determination Era), and includes contact information for each of the bureaus’ tribal liaisons in order to make it easier for tribes to interact with the Department. In addition this guide includes working links to other resources (web pages, our tribal consultation policy, etc.) within NOAA and the Department.

 

 

NOAA Fleet Update - April 2015

The NOAA Fleet Update - April 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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NOAA Corps Basic Officer Training Class 125 duringfire-fighting training at the U.S. Navy training facility.
[Photo: NOAA]

 

Great Lakes Delegations Attend HABs Public Meeting

On April 14, all interested Senate and House Members and staff from the Great Lakes Delegations (Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, New York), and state officials attended the Stakeholder Forum on Harmful Algal Blooms in the Great Lakes Region that was held in Bowling Green, Ohio. Officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, and the National Science Foundation hosted the forum as part of a three day meeting on the science related to blooms of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), which plague the Great Lakes, most notably Lake Erie, and other freshwater systems around the world.

 

Senate and House FY 2016 Budget Briefings

Over the coming weeks, a number of Members of the Senate and House and congressional staff will be briefed by NOAA leadership on NOAA’s FY 2016 Budget Request (and/or the Line Office/Program FY 2016 request). The briefings held this past week and confirmed - noting date, Member or staff, primary briefer, and OLIA Lead - appear below:

April 14

April 13

 

Representative Bridenstine Visits NOAA Facilities

On April 10, Representative Jim Bridentstine (R OK-1) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research for a tour of NOAA facilities in Boulder, Colorado, to learn more about their mission, programs, and activities.

 

California Delegation and Local Officials Attend Hydrographic Services Meeting

On April 8-10, Members of the California Delegation joined local officials and the Acting Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Dr. Russell Callender, and other officials at the Hydrographic Services Review Panel Meeting in Long Beach, California. The Panel met to present and discuss NOAA’s hydrographic services and matters that affect marine transportation, safe and precise navigation, commercial shipping, ocean and coastal stewardship, coastal resilience, coastal intelligence, and ocean policy.

 

Senator Mikulski Visits NHC

On April 9, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida, where she was briefed on NHC’s mission, programs, and activities.


Delegate Plaskett Staff Tours NOAA Ship Nancy Foster

On April 8, staff for Delegate Stacey Plaskett (D-USVI) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service and officers from the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a tour of the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster while it was docked in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. During the tour, Delegate Plaskett’s staff were briefed on the ship’s mission, programs, and activities including NOAA’s work to map seafloor habitats and identify fish populations in portions of the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Senator Klobuchar Staff Visit WFO

On April 8, staff for Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) visited NOAA’s National Weather Service, Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where they were briefed on the WFO’s mission, programs, and activities.

 

Senate Committee Staff Visit NOAA Facilities in Boulder

On April 7-8, staff for the Senate Committee on Appropriations toured NOAA facilities in Boulder, Colorado, where they were briefed by officials from NOAA Line Offices on the mission, programs, and activities. In addition, the staff visited some of the NOAA satellite contractor facilities in the area.

 

Representative Price Tours WFO

On April 7, Representative David Price (D NC-4) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service, Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Raleigh, North Carolina, for a tour of the WFO. During the tour, Representative Rice was provided an update on the FY16 budget request, and information on the WFO’s mission, programs, and activities.

 

Delegate Plaskett Briefing on Corals

On April 7, Delegate Stacey Plaskett (D-USVI) was briefed on the Coral Reef Conservation Program by officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service during a meeting in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. The briefing highlighted the role of science in the substantial body of work the Program has supported in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) to help effectively manage the Territory’s marine resources.

 

Representative Lowenthal and California Delegation Staff Visit Port of Long Beach

On April 7, Representative Alan Lowenthal (D CA-47) his local staff and staff for Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) joined the Acting Administrator of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Dr. Russell Callender, and other officials for a tour of the Port of Long Beach, California, with Jacobsen Pilot Services. During the tour, the guests were briefed on NOAA products and services and the importance of the port to commerce and the economy.

 

Senator Schatz Staff Visit WFO

On April 7, staff for Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) visited NOAA’s National Weather Service, Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Honolulu, Hawaii, where they were briefed on the WFO’s mission, programs, and activities.

 

Delegate Radewagen Visits WFO

On April 6, Delegate Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS) visited NOAA’s National Weather Service, Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Pago Pago, American Samoa, where she was briefed on the WFO’s mission, programs, and activities.

 

March 2015

 

NOAA FY 16 Budget Request Documents

 

NESDIS Newsletter- March 2015

The NESDIS Newsletter- March 2015 [PDF], provides an update on the operations, key data sets, messages, activites, and programs for NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service.

 

Senate Committee Markup

On March 25, the Senate Committee on Science and Transportation held a markup of several bills including two of interest NOAA:

The Committee passed both bills, which may now be sent to the Senate floor at a later date to be determined for a vote.

 

House Committee Markup

On March 25, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a markup of HR 1561, the Weather Research and Forecast Innovation Act of 2015. The Committee passed the bill which is similar to HR 2413, which was passed during the last Congress.

 

Senate and House Briefings During OAR Days on the Hill

On March 25-26, Senate and House Members and staff were briefed by officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) on the mission and activities of the OAR labs and programs. The offices briefed included:

NOAA FY 2016 Budget Hearing

On March 19, the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee (Chair, Representative John Fleming, R LA-4) and the Subcommittee on Federal Lands (Chair, Representative Tom McClintock, R CA-4) held a joint hearing on NOAA’s  and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s FY 2016 budget request. NOAA’s Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, testified.

 

NOAA FY 2016 Budget Hearing

On March 18, the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (Chair, Representative John Culberson, R TX-7) held a hearing on NOAA’s FY 2016 budget request. NOAA’s Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, testified.

 

NOAA Fleet Update - March 2015

The NOAA Fleet Update - March 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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LCDR Didier and LTJG Doremus stand in front of the Jet Prop Commander aircraft they use to conduct snow surveys.
[Photo: Brian K. Sullivan/Bloomberg]

 

 

Senator Mikulski Announces Arrival of NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler

On March 12, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and its Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies issued a press release announcing the arrival of the NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler to the U.S. Coast Yard at Curtis Bay in Baltimore, Maryland. This is the first ship to arrive for repairs since NOAA signed a new five-year Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Coast Guard Yard at in August 2014.
http://www.mikulski.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/mikulski-announces-arrival-of-noaa-ship-at-curtis-bay

 

Senate and House FY 2016 Budget Briefings

Over the coming weeks, a number of Members of the Senate and House and congressional staff will be briefed by NOAA leadership on NOAA’s FY 2016 Budget Request (and/or the Line Office/Program FY 2016 request). The briefings held this past week and confirmed - noting date, Member or staff, primary briefer, and OLIA Lead - appear below:

March 26

March 25

March 24

March 23

March 19

March 18

March 17

March 12

March 11

March 10

March 9

March 6

March 3

March 2

 

February 2015

 

Senate and House Great Lakes Briefings

From February 25-27, Senate and House Members and staff were briefed by the Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Craig McLean, or other officials, during the 2015 Great Lakes Days on the Hill. These briefings provided an update on NOAA’s research and activities in the Great Lakes region, and include:

NESDIS Newsletter- February 2015

The NESDIS Newsletter- February 2015 [PDF], provides an update on the operations, key data sets, messages, activites, and programs for NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service.

 

NOAA Fleet Update - February 2015

The NOAA Fleet Update - February 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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NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson is a key ship in counting fisheries populations in Alaska for the U.S. Economy, but is also equipped to support other NOAA missions. The Dyson recently launched a number of oceanographic buoys in Alaskan waters that will help monitor ocean acidification in the region. More info:http://1.usa.gov/16i4fhB


 

Senate and House FY 2016 Budget Briefings

Over the coming weeks, a number of Members of the Senate and House and congressional staff will be briefed by NOAA leadership on NOAA’s FY 2016 Budget Request (and/or the Line Office/Program FY 2016 request). The briefings recently held - noting date, Member or staff, primary briefer, and OLIA Lead - appear below:

February 24

February 25

February 26

February 19

February 18

Senator Stabenow Visits Heritage Center

On February 18, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) visited NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS), Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center and Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan. During the visit, Senator Stabenow was briefed by NOS officials on expansion, tourism and the marine tech education program and the Sanctuary Nomination Process and the growing interest in the Great Lakes.

 

Senate and House Staff Briefings on NOAA’s FY 2016 Budget Request

On February 13, all interested Senate and House staff were briefed by the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, on NOAA’s FY 2016 budget request, where they learned more about NOAA’s priorities, mission, programs, and activities. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hosted the Senate briefing and the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology hosted the House briefing.

 

House Hearing on Satellites

On February 12, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Environment (Chair, Representative Jim Bridenstine, (R OK-1) and the Subcommittee on Oversight (Chair, Representative Barry Loudermilk, (R GA-11), held a hearing on satellite issues titled, “Bridging the Gap: America’s Weather Satellites and Weather Forecasting”. The purpose of the hearing was to provide Congress with an update on NOAA's polar-orbiting and geostationary weather satellite programs. The Assistant Administrator of NOAA's National Environmental, Science, and Information Service, Dr. Stephen Volz, testified.

 

Florida Delegation and State Officials Attend Satellite Launch

On February 8, Members of the Florida Delegation and state officials joined NOAA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Operations, Vice Admiral Michael Devany; the Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, Dr. Stephen Volz; and other officials from NOAA, NASA, and the U.S. Air Force, for the launch of the DSCOVR satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The launch had to be rescheduled for a later date, but the event provided an opportunity for a series of discussions on satellite issues. The Members of the Delegation and state officials who attended were:

 

Senate and House Staff Attend Satellite Launch Viewing Event

On February 8, Senate and House Committee staff joined the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Commerce, Bruce Andrews; the Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Weather Service, Dr. Louis Uccellini; and other NOAA officials for a viewing event at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, Maryland, of the launch of the DSCOVR satellite. The launch had to be rescheduled for a later date, but the event provided an opportunity for a series of discussions on satellite issues. Staff from the following committees attended:

 

NOAA Heritage Week Open House for Senate and House Staff

On February 7, all interested Senate and House staff attended NOAA's Heritage Week Open House in Silver Spring, Maryland. The Open House provided opportunities for staff to meet and talk with scientists, weather forecasters, hurricane hunters, and others who work to understand our environment, protect life and property, and conserve and protect natural resources.


January 2015

 

OAR Newsletter- January 2015

Please see attached for the inaugural research newsletter from NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR)!  This quarterly edition features stories on predicting future droughts in California, NOAA deploying an unmanned aircraft directly inside a hurricane, a study that reveals a new pattern of tornado activity in recent years, an in depth look on a research to operations (R2O) success story, and R2O on tsunami detection buoys over the past 10 years.

 

 

NESDIS Newsletter- January 2015

The NESDIS Newsletter- January 2015 [PDF], provides an update on the operations, key data sets, messages, activites, and programs for NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service.

 

Mississippi Delegation Staff Attend Change of Command Ceremony for NOAA Ship Pisces

On January 22, staff for Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) joined Rear Admiral (two star) David Score, Director of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps and NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, at the Change of Command Ceremony for the NOAA Ship Pisces in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Senator Cochran also sent a letter of greeting that was read during the ceremony.

 

NOAA Fleet Update - January 2015

The NOAA Fleet Update - January 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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Re-winging of N42RF is scheduled to commence in March 2015 and finish in May 2016.

Re-wing Kit Consists of:
-Outer Wing Assembly (OWA)
-Center Wing Box (CWB)
-Horizontal Stabilizer (Hstab)
-Installation