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TerraSond Wins NOAA Contract

TerraSond reports it has been awarded its seveth consecutive NOAA contract.The five-year IDIQ contract was awarded by the Hydrographic Surveys Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s National Ocean Service, Office of Coast Survey, to provide hydrographic surveying services in the USA.The contract was effective January 1, 2020, with a maximum value of $250 million over five years, subject to appropriation by Congress. Thomas Newman, President, TerraSond, said, “Through our NOAA contracts, we have been performing comprehensive site characterization for

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NOAA Awards 5-yr Hydrographic Gig to Fugro

Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide hydrographic surveying services in the US.Dutch multinational provider of geo-intelligence and asset integrity solutions said that the  contract was issued by NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Office of Coast Survey, to support the creation and maintenance of highly accurate nautical charts.Recognised by NOAA as a top-ranked hydrographic surveying firm, Fugro has worked continuously with the agency on similar IDIQ contracts since 1998.“Over the past 20 years, NOAA has been

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Scientists Map Fast-moving Fault off Alaska

the U.S. and Canadian international border in water depths ranging from 500 to more than 7,000 feet deep.“Providing scientific information to help protect vulnerable communities is one of our most important missions,” said W. Russell Callender, assistant NOAA administrator for the National Ocean Service. “Working with USGS and our state and academic partners, allows us to speed the development of information that can help communities better anticipate and prepare for risks from tsunamis and earthquakes.”“This project has been a great collaboration on an important scientific

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Wave Glider to Help Protect Marine Sanctuaries

Wave Glider technology and services to help preserve, protect and sustain the Hawaiian and American Samoa marine sanctuaries and ocean we all hold dear.”   This partnership provides services to the National Marine Sanctuary System’s six sanctuary units, as well as NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS), The State of Hawaii and the Territory of American Samoa, The Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (HHWNMS), National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS), Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) and remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Russell Callender, Assistant Administrator at NOAA’s National Ocean Service Maritime, Oceanology International Conference 2016. Photo OINA

OINA Speakers Announced

provide a clear understanding of the present and future requirements and opportunities of the Blue Economy. Speakers from a range of industries will be presenting at all three programmes at the San Diego conference. This will feature a variety of presenters from US organisations including the National Ocean Service, Coast Guard and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Jules Jaffe, Research Oceanographer, Scripps Institute of Oceanography will present as part of the Unmanned Underwater Vehicles technical discussion, with a particular focus on The M-AUE Miniature Autonomous Vehicle for Monitoring

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NOAA Releases Final Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap

advocates and others.   “NOAA's ocean noise strategy outlines several approaches that we can take with other federal and non-federal partners to reduce how noise affects the species and places we manage,” said W. Russell Callender, assistant NOAA administrator for its National Ocean Service. “It also showcases the importance that places like national marine sanctuaries have as sentinel sites in building our understanding of ocean noise impacts.”   NOAA received more than 85,000 responses during public comment on the draft roadmap, and experts improved the

Rear Admiral (select) Shepard Smith (Photo: NOAA)

Smith Named Director of NOAA Coast Survey

years as Coast Survey director, leading NOAA's transition from a paper-based nautical charting system to a full digital system.   "NOAA's navigational services provide critical support to our nation's maritime system," said Russell Callender, NOAA assistant administrator for the National Ocean Service, in announcing Smith's appointment. "Rear Adm. (select) Smith has the experience, knowledge, and leadership skills to lead the transformation of navigational intelligence into the integrated data delivery platform required for the next generation of navigational services."  

Aerial view of Pivers Island Living Shoreline, constructed from salt marsh plants and submerged oyster reef. The marsh was planted in 2000, and has successfully prevented erosion of the lawn behind the marsh. The NOAA Beaufort Lab buildings are behind the Living Shoreline. (Credit: NOAA)

Study: ‘Living Shorelines’ Can Lessen Climate Change Effects

wetlands and the narrow, fringing marshes of living shorelines in North Carolina.   “Shoreline management techniques like this can help reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere while increasing coastal resilience,” said Russell Callender, Ph.D., acting director of NOAA’s National Ocean Service. “As communities around the country become more vulnerable to natural disasters and long-term adverse environmental change, scientific research such as this helps people, communities, businesses and governments better understand risk and develop solutions to mitigate impacts.&rdquo

To promote ecological restoration of Horn Island, the National Park Service, with support from the NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP), spearheaded a large collaborative effort to assess and remove this sunken barge. (Credit: NOAA).

NOAA Awards $1.4 Million for Marine Debris Removal

marine debris prevention and removal projects.   "Working with partners to remove and prevent marine debris in our coastal waters is an example of NOAA’s strong commitment to coastal resilience,” said Russell Callender, Ph.D., acting assistant NOAA administrator for the National Ocean Service.   The NOAA Marine Debris Program is now accepting applications for the 2016 round of grants. Applications are due November 2

Map showing distribution of bottom-water dissolved oxygen from July 28 to August 3, west of the Mississippi River delta. Black lined areas — areas in red to deep red — have very little dissolved oxygen. (Data: Nancy Rabalais, LUMCON; R Eugene Turner, LSU. Credit: NOAA)

NOAA: Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone ‘Above Average’

impacts of the Gulf dead zone. This information ultimately informs the best strategies to reduce the size and the impacts of the dead zone, which will help improve the sustainability and productivity of our coastal economy,” said Holly Bamford, Ph.D., assistant NOAA administrator for the National Ocean Service performing the duties of the assistant secretary of commerce for conservation and management.   “The annual ship-based sampling is the backbone of the mapping effort,” said Diane Altsman, chief of staff of the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program. “It is important for us to

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