With $100,000 from NOAA, the National Aquarium in Baltimore has kicked
off a Chesapeake Bay habitat restoration program to support community
efforts to restore critical fisheries. The award will be used to create
and restore nearly 20 acres of wetlands, improve shoreline stabilization,
create habitat and engage the public. A portion of the funds will also
be used to expand a minority student internship program between the aquarium
and Morgan State University.
Courtesy of National Aquarium of Baltimore
Working with the aquarium and NOAA, faculty and students will monitor
water quality and collect data on temperature, nutrients, dissolved oxygen
and salinity. Using the most current technology, students will analyze
the data following the strict protocols of NOAA scientists. This hands-on
connection to the Chesapeake reflects funds provided from NOAA Fisheries
through its Community-Based Restoration Program.
By all accounts, NOAA's Boulder staff did a bang-up job in showcasing
what might be for young women attracted to science. Continuing its innovative
series for young women intrigued by the possibilities of scientific careers,
the Women in Science program brought nearly 40 Wyoming students to Boulder
where they were exposed to the inspiring successes of female scientists.
the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Wendy Abshire, a
storm chaser turned operational meteorology instructor, shared
her passion with the entire group. Students then visited the center's
new 3-D atmospheric simulator. Seeing tornadoes in 3-D was a hit
of the trip.
The junior high students, including 12 boys, took part in the daily weather
briefing given by Tom Lefebvre, toured the Space Environment Center with
Larry Combs, and were shown around the Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics
Laboratory by Tom Conway. The National Center for Atmospheric Research
pulled out all stops with simulations in the 3-D visualization lab of
thunderstorm development, clear air turbulence and even wildfires. Ann
Bradford and Rene Mumoz helped steer the day.
Women in Science was co-founded by Bill Parker, meteorologist-in-charge
at the National Weather Service's Cheyenne forecast office, and Paul Crips,
a local science teacher. For more about the Boulder visit, http://www.crh.noaa.gov/cys/wis/2001/Boulder/index.html.
The latest automatic weather station deployed by the National Data Buoy
Center is atop a lighthouse. The Lake St. Clair Lighthouse near Detroit
is now home to the 57th station of the Coastal-Marine Automated Network
(C-MAN). Operating in waters across the nation, C-MAN stations give forecasters
hourly reports about wind speed and direction, temperature, relative humidity,
and more. Some also measure water temperature and tides. While there are
already weather-reporting buoys in the lake, they do not operate from
mid-November until April. Greg Mann, of the National Weather Service's
Detroit forecast office, said "the worst storms usually occur in late
fall or early spring." Winds speeds reported by the new station are also
higher than the nearby buoys. These are the winds that bigger ships experience.
In Madeira Beach, during one very full day, NOAA Fisheries Chris Smith
talked to 150 7th grade science students in six classes. He interacted
with the students about protecting natural resources, keeping them alive
and healthy, NOAA's work for the nation, and careers in marine science.
Patricia Schmidt, of the National Weather Service's Key West forecast
office, caught this bald eagle on camera. The eagle landed on the forecast
office's upper air dome.
NOAA Fisheries has launched two more community initiatives in the
southwest region. Rod McInnis is acting regional administrator. Community-based
eelgrass restoration in the Channel Islands will help rehabilitate habitat
essential to the health of fisheries. Funded through NOAA Fisheries, the
ChannelKeeper project will restore an historic eelgrass bed. Eelgrass,
a type of seagrass which grows in beds in shallow bays and lagoons, supports
complex food webs. In California, eelgrass beds are nurseries for many
common and commercially important fish. Although relatively untouched
by pollution, the eelgrass bed targeted for this project, was devoured
by a population explosion of sea urchins after the strong 1983 El Nino.
Also funded through NOAA Fisheries Community-Based Restoration Program,
two community-level restoration projects have been designed to fairly
quickly improve northern California coastal stream habitats. The aim is
to improve and restore waterways key to salmon, steelhead and coastal
cutthroat trout. One project will repair several fish migration barriers,
allowing native fish to return to their spawning grounds. The second project
will reduce stream sedimentation caused by roads in the watershed of two
counties. Abandoned logging roads and stream crossings will be removed.
A four-foot drop at this northern California site prevented coho salmon
and steelhead trout from migrating upstream to their historic spawning
sites. With help from the NOAA Restoration Center, a series of rock step
pools were created at the site, restoring upstream fish passage. Senior
citizens from an adjacent mobile home park video taped the project and
helped plant native plants at the site. With the aim of documenting successful
fish passage, junior and senior high students will monitor the work. This
portion of the restoration efforts was completed in October.
by Leah Mahan, NOAA Restoration Center
NOAA Fisheries' Southeast
Science Center Galveston Laboratory was cited for outstanding public
outreach programs by the Mid-Continent Federal Laboratory Consortium,
an unusual honor for a smaller federal agency. Lab staff were organized
hundreds of volunteers to help restore coastal wetlands, developed a broad
sea turtle education program, formalized a partnership with local school
district, and crafted an award-winning exhibit about the history of shrimp
fishing in cooperation with Texas Sea Grant. Roger Zimmerman, (right),
director of NOAA Fisheries Galveston Laboratory, accepted the award. Shown
(left to right) are Susan Sprake, the Federal Laboratory's regional coordinator;
Tom Meyer, of Los Alamos National Lab; Gary Hareland, of the U.S. Department
of Agriculture, and Harold Metcalf, the consortium's originator.
NOAA Corps Ensign Andrew Hall (left) puts Mississippi State University
students to work on NOAA's GORDON GUNTER. In waters south of Mississippi
and Alabama, the students recorded data on the fish--such as quantity,
size, weight, age--and other catch caught in trawl nets, and then compared
it to the catch on NOAA's OREGON II to correlate fisheries data
between the two vessels. This helps scientists determine whether a difference
in catches between the two vessels is due to changes in fish populations
or because of differences between the vessels. In addition to the U.S.,
students were from Scotland and Malaysia.
The town of Fort Fairfield is New England's first StormReady
community, a designation given by NOAA's National Weather Service to communities
who plan proactively. There are now 309 24-hour StormReady communities
in 39 states. In flood-prone Fort Fairfield, weather service staff from
the Caribou forecast office forged a partnership with the town and Maine's
state police. NOAA Weather Radios receivers are also now installed in
every school and public building. Shown (left to right) are Hendricus
Lulofs, warning coordination meteorologist; Mike Eisensmith, StormReady
coordinator; U.S. Representative John Balducci; and Larry Gabric, meteorologist
in charge. Weather service offices are in Caribou, Maine.
In Seattle, all 11 members of NOAA's Western Administrative Support Center
staff helped clean up a children's center during the area's annual Day
of Caring. You can see them scraping and painting at http://www.wasc.noaa.gov/internal/general/CaringDay/Caring.htm.
Long Beach has just been designated as the second TsunamiReady community
in the nation. Ocean Shores, Washington is the first. At the awards ceremony,
Long Beach was honored for establishing evacuation routes and safe zones,
ensuring that vital information is provided to schools and the community
generally, and creating opportunities to educate about tsunamis and other
Steve Todd (right), meteorologist-in-charge of Portland, Oregon's National
Weather Service Forecast Office, is with emergency manager Stephanie Fritts
and Long Beach Mayor Dale Jacobsen.