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NOAA ’s R ole in E mergency R esponse (Ed Levine, NOAA Scientific Support Coordinator). 1976 Argo Merchant oil spill, Nantucket, Massachusetts The tanker broke into two pieces Dec. 21, 1976, after running aground six days earlier on its way to Salem

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Noaa s r ole in e mergency r esponse ed levine noaa scientific support coordinator
NOAA’s Role in Emergency Response(Ed Levine, NOAA Scientific Support Coordinator)


Origins of noaa hazmat program

1976

Argo Merchant oil spill,

Nantucket, Massachusetts

The tanker broke into two pieces Dec. 21, 1976, after

running aground six days earlier on its way to Salem

with a load of 7.3 million gal. of heavy fuel oil.

Spilled Oil Research (SOR)

Team established

Nov 16, 1977 Scientific Support Team established for emergency spill response assistance to the U.S. Coast Guard and EPA

Origins of NOAA HAZMAT Program…


Agency mission statement
AGENCY MISSION STATEMENT

The NOAA Office of Response and Restoration is guided by three goals in carrying out its stewardship responsibilities:

  • Reducing threats to coastal resources and human health through planning and response.

  • Protecting coastal resources and human health by recommending and implementing appropriate response actions.

  • Restoring injured trust resources.


Other than just another noaa scientist

IMH = p. 8-9 to 13

THSP (tech spec)

Provide technical expertise and advice to Command and General Staff as needed.

EUL

…total of 9 SSCs

Other than just another NOAA Scientist…

…what is a Scientific Support Coordinator (SSC)?


DISTRIBUTION OF NOAA SSCs

John Whitney

Anchorage

Ruth Yender Seattle

LCDR Liz Jones

Cleveland

Steve Lehman

Boston

ME - RI

Jordan Stout Alameda

Ed Levine

New York

CT - DE

Frank Csulak

Sandy Hook, NJ

MD - NC

HI, Guam, & Pacific Trust Territories

Ruth Yender

Seattle

Charlie Henry

New Orleans

Jim Jeansonne,

St. Petersburg

Natural Resource Scientist

Plus Caribbean

Brad Benggio

Miami


Scientific support coordinator ssc
Scientific Support Coordinator (SSC):

  • SSCs provide the Federal On Scene Coordinator (FOSC) with scientific advice with regard to the best course of action during a spill response.

    • FOSC is most often the USCG COTP or an EPA OSC

    • SSC’s do not restrict support to only the USCG and EPA

  • The SSCs are essentially scientific-technical consultants to the FOSC for oil and hazardous material incidents. SSCs may be requested to respond to any emergency (all hazards).

  • One of the identified Special Forces (just like the USCG Strike Teams…)




Uscg goal is best response
USCG GOAL IS “BEST RESPONSE”

  • The SSC’s job (or any responders job)

  • is to help affect the spill response such that the net result meets the requirements of a “best response.”

  • (IMH 15-4)


Noaa scientific support includes

Weather Forecast

Tides and Currents

Hazard Characterization

Tactical Trajectory

Natural Resources at Risk (RAR)

Overflight Obs.

SCAT

Environmental issues and trade-offs

Consultation

NOAA Scientific Support Includes:


Science team composition the guys and gals who make the ssc look good
Science Team Composition(the guys and gals who make the SSC look good)

  • SSC’s often manage a team of scientist:

    • Oceanographers

    • Modelers

    • Biologists

    • Chemists

    • Weather Forecasters

    • Info. Management Specialists

  • Each spill is unique and the team composition highly variable to meet the needs and demands of the FOSC.

    (30 years of corporate knowledge)


Pollutant transport weathering modeling
Pollutant Transport/Weathering Modeling

  • Interpretive Oil Trajectories (Forecasts)

    • Verbal Forecast

    • Written Forecast

  • Modeling Products

    • ALOHA

    • OSSM

    • GNOME

    • ADIOS 2

      surface transport drivers include wind, currents, and tides



Hazmat chemical products

HAZMAT Chemical Products

Aloha

Marplot

CAMEO





Natural resources at risk

ESIs

ESI Maps

RARs

Endangered Species

Manager Consultations

Planning

Spill Response

Post-Incident

Ecological Risk Assessments

NOAA Trust Resources

Natural Resources at Risk



Conduit into big noaa

Fisheries experiments.”

Tide/currents/charts

Weather

Aircraft/vessels

Aerial photography

Satellite imagery

Air plume modeling

NMFS

NOS

NWS

NMAO

USGS

NESDIS (Nat. Env. Sat., Data, & Info. Serv.)

LLNL

Conduit into big NOAA


Noaa is part of the special forces to the fosc
NOAA is part of the Special Forces to the FOSC experiments.”

Working together

hand-&-glove


Factsheets manuals job aids
Factsheets, Manuals & Job Aids experiments.”

  • Shoreline Assessment Manual

  • SCAT

  • Oil Observation Job Aids

  • Response in Tropical Habitats

  • Spills & Seafood Safety


National oceanic and atmospheric administration stewards of the nation s coastal environment
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration experiments.”Stewards of the Nation’s Coastal Environment

Trustee Role


What are noaa trust resources
WHAT ARE experiments.”NOAA TRUST RESOURCES?

  • Commercial and recreational fishery resources

  • Anadromous species (Salmon & Sturgeon)

  • Endangered and threatened marine species and their habitats (sea turtles)

  • Marine mammals including whales, dolphins, and seals

  • Marshes, mangroves, seagrass beds, coral reefs

  • Resources associated with National Marine Sanctuaries and National Estuarine Resource Reserves


Required consultations
Required Consultations experiments.”

  • Endangered Species Act of 1973. Inter-agency Memorandum of Agreement Regarding Oil Spill Planning and Response Activities Under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan and the Endangered Species Act

  • Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (amended 1996). Requires consultation for federal activities which might affect Essential Fish Habitat (EFH)



“We reserve the right to make mistakes, learn from our mistakes, and do a better job next time.” [be smarter, later]Jerry Galt


There is little or no glory in oil spill response duck lake louisiana
…there is little or no glory in oil spill response.” mistakes, and do a better job next time.” Duck Lake, Louisiana


An fosc s guide to noaa scientific support
An FOSC’s Guide to NOAA Scientific Support mistakes, and do a better job next time.”

  • A New Publication - Feb 2007

  • Written specifically for federal on-scene coordinators (FOSCs)

  • Compact size: 8 ½ x 5 ½”

  • Electronic version on the Web at:

    http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/foscguide

    Hyperlinked to files, Websites, emails, ICS forms, etc.


Contacting your noaa ssc
Contacting your NOAA SSC mistakes, and do a better job next time.”

  • There are only nine NOAA SSCs for all the US and US Territories.

  • For support call:

    (206) 526-4911


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