Building A Weather-Ready Nation

2017-04-10T13:47:02+00:00 April 10, 2017|

In 2016, the U.S. had more floods than any year on record. The worst was in Louisiana, where at least 13 people were killed and roughly 60,000 buildings were destroyed, costing $10 billion. There were 91 other weather, climate, or geological disasters in the U.S. last year including severe storms, hurricanes, wildfires, and droughts.

New Congress Means New Legislation

2017-02-27T15:22:52+00:00 February 27, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) A number of new bills introduced in this Congress were of relevance to the ocean science community. One relates to ocean acification research.(Credit: NOAA) In a scene more appropriate for a college laboratory than the Capitol building (lab safety protocols aside), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) measured pH on the Senate [...]

We Choose To Go To The Moon

2017-02-21T15:40:26+00:00 February 21, 2017|

This week, students and coders in 20 cities across the country voluntarily gathered to collect and back up copies of federal climate data, while on Capitol Hill, lawmakers discussed the future of the Earth Science Mission at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The mission monitors more than a dozen earth science satellites that provide data on the ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere and account for about $2 billion of NASA's $20 billion budget.

Experts Agree: Tackle Obstructions to Ocean Observing

2016-11-21T15:34:02+00:00 November 21, 2016|

A teacher in Boise checks his weather app and packs an umbrella while a Miami businesswoman decides to work from home because the local news announces her usual route to work is flooded. What do these two have in common? The information they rely on for their daily activities depends on observational data from the ocean. Some ocean observations provide real-time results, but others must be continuously collected for years before significant patterns and changes can be detected and analyzed. Due to the vital importance of observing systems to the benefit of our nation’s economy, national security, and scientific enterprise, the National Academy of Science’s Ocean Studies Board ad hoc observations committee held a two-day workshop to hear expert opinions on ocean observation systems as they draft a report prioritizing imperative ocean variables for climate research.

Ocean Policy Wrap Up for June 2016

2016-07-08T14:13:22+00:00 July 8, 2016|

Oceans month 2016 saw the reauthorization of the Freedom of Information Act become law, defense appropriations and COMPETES reauthorization advance, and a number of ocean-related bills be introduced in the House and Senate.

House Subcommittee Picks Science Funding Winners and Losers (Spoiler Alert: NOAA's Taking A Hit)

2016-05-20T14:58:29+00:00 May 20, 2016|

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science passed their fiscal year (FY) 2017 bill by voice vote this week; it is responsible for funding the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Commerce (including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; NOAA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

House Subcommittee Picks Science Funding Winners and Losers (Spoiler Alert: NOAA’s Taking A Hit)

2016-05-20T14:58:29+00:00 May 20, 2016|

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science passed their fiscal year (FY) 2017 bill by voice vote this week; it is responsible for funding the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Commerce (including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; NOAA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Synergy Between Science And Technology In An Opening Arctic

2016-04-29T15:39:04+00:00 April 29, 2016|

Arctic temperatures are rising and sea-ice is diminishing, yielding new challenges for all Arctic stakeholders. Distinguished panel speakers from a range of backgrounds spoke at the congressional briefing, “Technology Solutions in an Opening Arctic,” that was hosted by the Marine Technology Society, the House Oceans Caucus, and the Congressional Arctic Working Group.

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