Congressional Policy Briefs

 

August 2014

 

NOAA Fleet Update - August 2014

The NOAA Fleet Update - August 2014 [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 pushing through first-year sea ice in the Bering Sea.
[Photo: Allen Smith, NOAA]

 

July 2014

 

NOAA Fleet Update - July 2014

The NOAA Fleet Update - July 2014 [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 both civilians, mariners, and officers of the United States NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the nations’ seven Uniformed Services.
 
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NOAA Ship Hi'ialakai spent much of the day on July 1 on Sand Island at the Midway Atoll, HI.
[Photo: Tim Monaghan, NOAA]

 

June 2014

 

President Signs National Oceans Month Proclamation

President Obama has signed a Proclamation in honor of National Oceans Month - June 2014. NOAA policy staff drafted the proclamation and NOAA was the lead agency on clearance and submission of the Proclamation for the President’s consideration and signature. The text of the Proclamation may be found at:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/30/presidential-proclamation-national-oceans-month-2014

NOAA Fleet Update - June 2014

The NOAA Fleet Update - June 2014 [PDF], provides the status of the ships and aircraft in NOAA’s fleet, including current location and planned mission(s), information on our Teacher at Sea program, as well as support provided for unmanned systems and to our federal partners.

NOAA’s ships and aircraft play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. NOAA’s fleet of research aircraft and ships are operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), which includes both civilians and the commissioned officers of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the seven Uniformed Services of the United States.

Another great update from the NOAA Teacher at Sea Program, and a participant aboard NOAA Ship Pisces

"The NOAA Ship Pisces is a state-of-the art research vessel. Even when in transit to a specific operational location, it is always recording data and making observations of the ocean and the atmosphere." - TAS Spencer Cody http://teacheratsea.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/spencer-cody-a-sea-of-uncertainty-may-28-2014/

 

May 2014

 

National Hurricane Preparedness Week Proclamation

On May 23, President Obama signed a Presidential Proclamation in honor of National Hurricane Preparedness Week – May 25-30. NOAA’s National Weather Service drafted the proclamation and NOAA was the lead agency on clearance and submission of the Proclamation for the President’s consideration and signature. The text of the Proclamation may be found at:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/23/presidential-proclamation-national-hurricane-preparedness-week-2014

 

NOAA Fleet Update - May 2014

The NOAA Fleet Update - May 2014 [PDF], provides the status of the ships and aircraft in NOAA’s fleet, including current location and planned mission(s), information on our Teacher at Sea program, as well as support provided for unmanned systems and to our federal partners.

NOAA’s ships and aircraft play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. NOAA’s fleet of research aircraft and ships are operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), which includes both civilians and the commissioned officers of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the seven Uniformed Services of the United States.

Norfolk, VA - The NOAA Ship Nancy Foster is currently moored at NOAA Marine Operations Center-Atlantic, next to the NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter prior to heading just outside Chesapeake Bay to do sediment sampling and water column research with our colleagues at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Photo: Ens. Conor Maginn, NOAA

April 2014

 

From drought.gov: New Report Documents Changes in Navajo Nation Lands, Offers Hope for Resilience

In the Southwest, the decade of 2001-10 has been warmer than any of the previous 10 decades of the 20th century, with greater temperature increases during spring and summer, decreases in number of cold waves, and increases in number of heat waves.Since 1994, there has been an overall drought coupled with brief periods of wetness. During the past 2,000 years, there have been droughts more severe and longer than droughts in modern times. It is possible that the relative wetness of the previous century could have been an anomaly. Rising temperatures, prolonged drought, increases in extreme weather events, and ecosystem changes have the potential to significantly alter the 27,000 square miles of Navajo Nation reservation lands. More than 170,000 people live in this arid region about the size of West Virginia.

The new report Considerations for Climate Change and Variability Adaptation on the Navajo Nation provides foundational information for planning for anticipated and proven challenges from climatic shifts on the Navajo Reservation. The report highlights potential and actual climate changes occurring in the Southwest and Four Corners region and presents an example of an adaptation planning and implementation process, applicable to any group facing disruption.

 

NOAA Fleet Update - April 2014

The NOAA Fleet Update - April 2014 [PDF], provides the status of the ships and aircraft in NOAA’s fleet, including current location and planned mission(s), information on our Teacher at Sea program, as well as support provided for unmanned systems and to our federal partners.

NOAA’s ships and aircraft play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. NOAA’s fleet of research aircraft and ships are operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), which includes both civilians and the commissioned officers of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the seven Uniformed Services of the United States.

SetteOur Facebook Family has grown! We're happy to welcome NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette to Facebook! The Sette is homeported in Honolulu, Hawaii, and works on some amazing missions in the NW Hawaiian Islands, and other Pacific Island U.S. Territories. Be sure to "Like" their page, and tell your friends. NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette

 

 

March 2014

 

NESDIS Newsletter- March 2014

The NESDIS Newsletter- March 2014 [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 - March 2014

The NOAA Fleet Update - March 2014 [PDF], provides the status of the ships and aircraft in NOAA’s fleet, including current location and planned mission(s), information on our Teacher at Sea program, as well as support provided for unmanned systems and to our federal partners.

NOAA’s ships and aircraft play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. NOAA’s fleet of research aircraft and ships are operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), which includes both civilians and the commissioned officers of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the seven Uniformed Services of the United States.

Rainier

NOAA Ship Rainier was recently up on blocks in Lake Union Dry Dock, Seattle WA undergoing maintenance.
Photo: LTJG Joseph Phillips, NOAA

 

February 2014

 

NESDIS Newsletter- February 2014

The NESDIS Newsletter- February 2014 [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 2014

The NOAA Fleet Update - February 2014 [PDF] , provides the status of the ships and aircraft in NOAA’s fleet, including current location and planned mission(s), information on our Teacher at Sea program, as well as support provided for unmanned systems and to our federal partners.

NOAA’s ships and aircraft play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. NOAA’s fleet of research aircraft and ships are operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), which includes both civilians and the commissioned officers of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the seven Uniformed Services of the United States.
aircraft ops

The NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research project on Atmospheric Rivers over the Pacific was very busyrecently as major storm activity moved into the North American Coast. Here, OMAO Flight Meteorologist Rich Henning is shown at his workstation in the NOAA G-4 aircraft helping coordinate the work.
Photo: Mr. Gabe Defeo, NOAA

 

January 2014

 

NOAA Fleet Update - January 2014

The NOAA Fleet Update - January 2014 [PDF] , provides the status of the ships and aircraft in NOAA’s fleet, including current location and planned mission(s), information on our Teacher at Sea program, as well as support provided for unmanned systems and to our federal partners.

NOAA’s ships and aircraft play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. NOAA’s fleet of research aircraft and ships are operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), which includes both civilians and the commissioned officers of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the seven Uniformed Services of the United States.
Admirals Secretary Pritzker, Vice Admiral Devany, Rear Admiral Score, Rear Admiral Lopez, and Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce Gallagher

 

November 2013

Final Tribal Consultation Handbook

On November 14, NOAA announced the Final Tribal Consultation Handbook titled
NOAA Procedures for Government-to-Government Consultation With Federally Recognized Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Corporations.” This Handbook is intended to improve coordination and consultation with Indian tribal governments.  It will assist NOAA, including its regional and field staff, in conducting effective government-to-government consultations and fulfill NOAA’s obligations under E.O. 13175 and Department Administrative Order 218-8 on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, and the Department of Commerce Tribal Consultation and Coordination Policy.

On June 24, 2013, NOAA published a notice and requested comments on a draft “NOAA Procedures for Government-to-Government Consultation with Federally Recognized Indian Tribes” in the Federal Register.  In response, NOAA received letters from 10 different entities, with approximately 25 unique comments.  A summary of comments received and NOAA’s responses to those comments will be published this week in the Federal Register.

In addition, this year NOAA has:
• Announced a NOAA Tribal Liaison—Linda Belton;
• Announced a Tribal Liaison for each Line Office with in NOAA which
are listed in the Handbook;
• Established a Tribal Working Group;
• Developed an external websites for all Tribal information;
• NOAA has meetings on continual basis both regionally and nationally
with tribal leaders and commissions;
• Developing internal training, tracking and assistance for our employees; and
• Highlighted the importance of Tribal consultation across the Agency.

 

NOAA Fleet Update - November 2013

The NOAA FLEET UPDATE – November 2013, provides the status of the ships and aircraft in NOAA’s fleet, including current location and planned mission(s), information on our Teacher at Sea program, as well as support provided for unmanned systems and to our federal partners.

NOAA’s ships and aircraft play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. NOAA’s fleet of research aircraft and ships are operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), which includes both civilians and the commissioned officers of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the seven Uniformed Services of the United States.
Aircraft fleetNOAA’s aircraft fleet at the OMAO Aircraft Operations Center in Tampa, Florida.

 

September 2013

 

NOAA Fleet Update - September 2013

The NOAA FLEET UPDATE – September 2013, provides the status of the ships and aircraft in NOAA’s fleet, including current location and planned mission(s), information on our Teacher at Sea program, as well as support provided for unmanned systems and to our federal partners.

NOAA’s ships and aircraft play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. NOAA’s fleet of research aircraft and ships are operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), which includes both civilians and the commissioned officers of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the seven Uniformed Services of the United States.
Dyson

Sunrise over Kodiak, AK as seen from the bridge of NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson.
August 2013 – Photo Credit: Kathryn Hough, NOAA

 

 

August 2013

 

NOAA Fleet Update - August 2013

The NOAA FLEET UPDATE – August 2013, provides the status of the ships and aircraft in NOAA’s fleet, including current location and planned mission(s), information on our Teacher at Sea program, as well as support provided for unmanned systems and to our federal partners. NOAA’s ships and aircraft play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. NOAA’s fleet of research aircraft and ships are operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), which includes both civilians and the commissioned officers of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the seven Uniformed Services of the United States.

Hassler
NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler, homeported in New Castle, New Hampshire

 

July 2013

 

NOAA Fleet Update - July 2013

The NOAA FLEET UPDATE – July 2013, provides the status of the ships and aircraft in NOAA’s fleet, including current location and planned mission(s), information on our Teacher at Sea program, as well as support provided for unmanned systems and to our federal partners. NOAA’s ships and aircraft play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. NOAA’s fleet of research aircraft and ships are operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), which includes both civilians and the commissioned officers of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the seven Uniformed Services of the United States.

June 2013

 

Tribal Consultation Handbook

June 21, 2013 - NOAA announces the availability of and request for comments on the Draft NOAA Procedures for Government-to-Government Consultation With Federally Recognized Indian Tribes.  This Draft Handbook is intended to assist NOAA staff in conducting effective government-to-government consultations. Written comments must be received on or before11:59 p.m., EST, 60 days after date of publication in the Federal Register. See official Federal Register notice published June 24, 2013.

Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

  • Email to the following address: noaa.tribalhandbook@noaa.gov
  • Mail or hand deliver to Heather Sagar, Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Room 51027, Washington, DC 20230. Mark the outside of the envelope “Draft NOAA Tribal Handbook”; or
  • Fax at (202) 482-1844.

For additional information on the Draft Handbook, contact Heather Sagar by phone at (202) 482-1568 or by fax at (202) 482-1844.

As a part of continued outreach efforts to Tribes on the Draft Handbook [PDF], NOAA is conducting two webinars to discuss the policy and gather input and comments from tribal leaders. The two webinars are scheduled on Wednesday, July 17 and Tuesday, August 13 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm EST. Please note that registration is required for the webinars. We hope that you will review the handbook, participate in the webinars and provide NOAA with your views and evaluation of the proposed procedures in the Handbook.  

The two national webinars will be held according to the following schedule:

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
3:00 – 4:00 EST
2:00 – 3:00 CT
1:00 – 2:00 MT
12:00 – 1:00 PT
11:00 – 12:00 AKT

Registration for the July 17th webinar may be accessed by CLICKING HERE
Conference number: 1496093
Passcode: 5272360 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
3:00 – 4:00 ET
2:00 – 3:00 CT
1:00 – 2:00 MT
12:00 – 1:00 PT
11:00 – 12:00 AKT

Registration for the August 13th webinar may be accessed by CLICKING HERE
Conference number: 1496113
Passcode: 5272360 

 

 

 

NOAA Fleet Update - June 2013

The NOAA FLEET UPDATE – June 2013, provides the status of the ships and aircraft in NOAA’s fleet, including current location and planned mission(s), information on our Teacher at Sea program, as well as support provided for unmanned systems and to our federal partners. NOAA’s ships and aircraft play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. NOAA’s fleet of research aircraft and ships are operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), which includes both civilians and the commissioned officers of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the seven Uniformed Services of the United States.

 

FY14 Budget Request Highlights

Please click the links below for one-page summaries that provide an overview of NOAA’s major missions, offices, programs, and activities as well as FY14 Budget Request Highlights.

National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service
The Nation’s operational weather satellite and information service. [one-pager PDF]

National Marine Fisheries Service
Stewardship of living marine resources. [one-pager PDF]

National Ocean Service
Positioning America for the Future. [one-pager PDF]

National Weather Service
Fostering a Weather-Ready Nation. [one-pager PDF]

Office of Marine and Aviation Operations
Providing environmental intelligence for a dynamic world. [one-pager PDF]

Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
A world leader in observing, understanding, and predicting the Earth system. [one-pager PDF]

 

NOAA 101 Staff Briefing Presentation

On February 5, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation sponsored a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 101 briefing for all interested Senate and House staff that was presented by NOAA’s Assistant Secretary for Environmental Observation and Prediction and Deputy Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan.

 A copy of the briefing presentation may be downloaded here - NOAA 101 Briefing as well as the factsheet Sandy - NOAA Response: Before, During, and After

 

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NOAA's Education Mission


October 2009

NOAA Grants

Learn about the many grant opportunities at NOAA.

May 2009

NOAA Knows Climate

 

April 2009

NOAA Office of Education: Promoting Environmental Literacy

 

March 2009

NOAA Earth Observation Briefing

The following briefing was presented to Senate staff on March 16, 2009.

 

February 2009

NOAA Climate Briefings

The following briefings were presented to congressional staff on February 23 and 27, 2009.

 

NOAA 101 Briefs

NOAA Line Office Major Facilities - 2008

(*These are historical reference documents only, for current facilities, please view NOAA In Your State."

A brief overview of major NOAA facilities around the country for each of our Line Offices with a color map and short summaries of what each facility does. These include:

The International Year of the Reef 2008

As Co-Chair of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, NOAA is taking an active role in the International Year of the Reef 2008 (IYOR 2008). The IYOR 2008 was declared by the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), of which the United States hosts the join Secretariat with Mexico. The following congressional policy briefs provide an overview of IYOR 2008, the Task Force, and the work that NOAA, and other agencies, do to protect these vital ecosystems.