Member of Month
Cited for Tsunami Center Design
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Despite the unlikely title of Indefinite Delivery Order Contractor,
William Singleton has delivered a superior product that, as he puts
it, “speaks to the environment” in Palmer, Alaska.
Under contract to the NOAA/Central Administrative Support Center
via Burns & McDonnell Engineering, Bill captured NOAA’s January
Team Member of the Month award for his work as project leader
in designing a 6,700 sq. ft. West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center
for the National Weather Service. NOAA staff calls his final design
The Air Force thinks highly of Bill's work too. As an Air Force
Reservist, LTC Singleton is about to become a Colonel.
Tracks Path of Pollution
James Jordan what he does and he says he’s an electronics engineer.
Ask his colleagues at NOAA Research what he does and they “Jim’s
exceptional level of commitment has advanced new observational technology
and anticipated new observational needs which directly affect the
prediction of weather, climate and air quality.”
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Jim’s engineering leadership and technological innovation have earned
him the year’s first Employee of the Month award. At NOAA
Research’s Environmental Technology Laboratory in Boulder, Jim is
described as finding “simple but elegant solutions to engineering
To collect initial data demonstrating the value of one innovation,
he collaborated with Scripps Institute of Oceanography to deploy
a wind-profiler prototype on a buoy anchored off Southern California’s
As new instruments are designed and deployed to remote, inaccessible
areas, Jim’s benchmark simplicity will be key to reliable yet ongoing
and unattended operation.
courtesy of UN
Corps' Captain MacFarland Addresses UN General Assembly
Better Maritime Information to Safety and Economy
the National Hydrographer, NOAA Corps Captain David MacFarland
addressed the United National General Assembly last month, thanking
that body for granting "observer status" to the International
Hydrographic Organization. Speaking on behalf of the organization,
an intergovernmental group dedicated to supporting safe navigation
and protecting the marine environment, Captain MacFarland said
that granting observer status at the UN will allow the International
Hydrographic Organization to significantly boost discussion
about safe navigation and cooperative effort among all UN member
"It was incredibly exciting to speak at the UN," he said. "Perhaps
the most exciting part was that as I was returning to my seat
after delivering my remarks I turned around to see that I was
being followed by maybe 12 ambassadors and delegates -- all
eager to know more about joining the International Hydrographic
Organization. They could see the value, the lifesaving aspects
and economic potential, of nautical charts. They could see the
tie between better maritime information and a more prosperous
and sustainable economy."
Captain MacFarland heads the National Ocean Service’s Office
of Coast Survey, filling the traditional position of National
Hydrographer, the U.S. delegate to the International Hydrographic
Organization. The Office of Coast Survey is responsible for
the nautical charting and mapping of America’s waters, from
certain inland waters and rivers to ports and the deep oceans.
In line with promoting safe navigation, the office is charged
with safeguarding life, property and the environment in tandem
with bolstering economic growth.
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Show visits Camp Springs!
NBC's Al Roker and Willard Scott join NOAA's team.
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Team All Set
For First-Ever Olympics Partnership
NOAA National Weather Service Public Affairs Officer
than one million spectators, thousands of athletes, officials and
local residents will converge on Utah’s Wasatch Front mountains
and the greater Salt Lake City area for 2002 Winter Olympics events
in February. Keeping the population aware of rapidly changing weather
conditions is a challenge that falls to a team of weather forecasters
from the National Weather Service, the private sector and academic
up for Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games, NWS forecasters
eye potential avalanche slide areas in Provo Canyon.
“Weather typically affects the Olympic Winter Games in some way,
whether it is snow, fog, wind, air quality, warm temperature, rain,
or avalanches,” said Vickie Nadolski, director, NOAA’s National
Weather Service Western Region, headquartered in Salt Lake City.
Vickie and her team of meteorologists are getting ready to support
the XIX Olympic Winter Games from February 8 - 24 and the VII Paralympic
Winter Games, March 7 - 16 in her home state.
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