Kathryn Sullivan News

The Cuban shoreline. Photo Gonzalo Cid NOAA

U.S., Cuba Collaborate on MPA Conservation, Management

Less than a hundred miles south of the reefs and mangrove forests of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary lay the marine ecosystems of Cuba. Though managed by different nations, these ecosystems are bound together by ocean currents and animal migrations.   This week, NOAA administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan and Pedro Ramos of the U.S. National Park Service joined with officials from Cuba's Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment to sign a first-ever pledge to protect the invaluable marine ecosystems our two nations share. The agreement formalizes NOAA's commitment to collect and share

Science lets us know more about the oceans.  In the past I think we looked at this as an infinite resource, but science has told us it is not. The oceans are finite. A year after the Japanese tsunami we were seeing marine debris wash up on U.S. and Canadian shorelines; it’s not that big of a world.  Dr. Holly Bamford

Insights: NOAA's Dr. Holly A. Bamford

Katrina and Sandy, as well as the historic snowstorms, the recent droughts, mudslides and flooding, communities are becoming subject to more of these extreme events, but also chronic issues like sea-level rise. We are focusing our efforts to support communities with information, as my boss, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, likes to call “environmental intelligence.”  And that’s basically gathering the most accurate, best available information, and putting it in the hands of decision-makers so they can make informed decisions.   What is a physical manifestation of “more information&r

The Hydrographic Services Review Panel advises NOAA on improving services for navigation and coastal resilience. (Credit: NOAA)

New Lineup for NOAA Hydrographic Services Panel

Committee provides advice on agency’s navigation services NOAA administrator Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., has appointed six members to the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that gives NOAA independent advice for improving a range of services and products that support navigation and coastal resilience. New members of the panel are: Larry Atkinson, Ph.D., Slover professor of oceanography, Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia David Maune, senior project manager, Dewberry Company, Fairfax, Virginia

Craig McLean (Photo: NOAA)

McLean to Lead NOAA OAR Research

Craig McLean, deputy assistant administrator for NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), has been selected to head the office, which is responsible for NOAA’s research enterprise, including laboratories and programs across the country, NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D, announced.   Prior to this position, McLean served as deputy assistant administrator for OAR’s Programs and Administration, as executive officer of the National Ocean Service, and was the founding director of NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration. McLean served in uniform for

Scientists direct a remotely operated vehicle deep in the ocean from the mission control room aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. (NOAA Okeanos Explorer team, INDEX-SATAL expedition)

NOAA Forms Panel to Guide Ocean Exploration

board will advise NOAA on priority areas for exploration, investments in new technologies, and a strategic plan for greater understanding of our planet’s last frontier,” said NOAA Chief Scientist Richard W. Spinrad, Ph.D., who will serve as liaison to the board for NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D. “I congratulate these individuals on their selection, and look forward to working with them to achieve the next generation of ocean exploration.” The new members represent government agencies, private sector leaders, academic institutions and not-for-profit institutions

Christening 'Sally Ride': Photo USN

Oceanographic R/V 'Sally Ride' Christened

in Anacortes, Wash. Joining O'Shaughnessy on the platform are Mr. Dick Nelson, president, Dakota Creek Industries, Inc., Matron of Honor, the reverend Dr. Bear Ride, Matron of Honor, Kathleen Ritzman, assistant director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, Kathryn Sullivan, undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, chief of naval research

Scott Weaver

Three NOAA scientists honored by White House

of a group of 102 scientists from across federal agencies that received the prestigious award. “NOAA is home to some of the world’s leading scientific research and our scientists strive each day to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing our planet,” said NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D. “Through their research on improving sustainable fisheries management, predicting future changes to our planet’s climate, and improving severe weather forecasts, these young scientists are turning science into environmental intelligence that is used to make decisions that

New Fisheries Assistant Administrator at NOAA

Today, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, acting NOAA administrator, appointed Eileen Sobeck as assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries. She assumes her new position on January 27 taking the helm from Samuel Rauch, who has served as acting assistant administrator since 2012. Rauch will return to his previous position as deputy assistant administrator for Regulatory Programs.   As assistant administrator, Sobeck will oversee the management and conservation of recreational and commercial fisheries, and the protection of marine mammals, marine protected species, and coastal fisheries habitat within the U.S.

Suomi NPP: Image credit NOAA

New Polar-Orbit Satellite Under NOAA Control

polar-orbiting satellites and NOAA's upcoming Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS), scheduled to launch in 2017. Suomi NPP is operating new, sophisticated Earth-observing instruments that NOAA is using to support improved weather forecasts. “The future is now for NOAA satellites,” said Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction, deputy administrator and acting chief scientist at NOAA. “The handover marks the dawn of the JPSS era. It also signals the effective teamwork between NOAA and NASA to launch and operate environmental

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