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Marine Science in Alaska: 2005 Symposium. Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., U.S. Navy (Ret.) Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans & Atmosphere NOAA Administrator January 24, 2005. NOAA’s Mission.

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marine science in alaska 2005 symposium

Marine Science in Alaska: 2005 Symposium

Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans & Atmosphere

NOAA Administrator

January 24, 2005

noaa s mission
NOAA’s Mission
  • To understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation’s economic, social, and environmental needs.
noaa s mission goals
NOAA’s Mission Goals
  • Protect, restore, and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through ecosystem management
  • Understand climate variability and change to enhance society’s ability to plan and respond
  • Serve society’s needs for weather and water information
  • Support the Nation’s commerce with information for safe, efficient, and environmentally sound transportation
noaa infrastructure in alaska
NOAA Infrastructure in Alaska

Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute



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  • NOAA’s efforts
    • Aerial observations
    • Mapping
    • Weather forecasts
    • Trajectory forecasts (oil)
    • Coordinate environmental issues
    • Satellite and remote sensing data
  • Affected Fisheries and wildlife
administration s response to the u s commission on ocean policy
Administration’s Response to the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy
  • December 17, 2004
  • Executive Order: Committee on Ocean Policy
  • U.S. Ocean Action Plan
committee on ocean policy
Committee on Ocean Policy
  • Will advise President and agency heads on policies concerning ocean-related matters
u s ocean action plan
U.S. Ocean Action Plan
  • Summarizes the Administration’s actions undertaken since the Commission’s report was drafted
  • Identifies additional near-term actions that provide direction for ocean policy
  • Outlines comprehensive, long-term actions for the future
  • Improves governance between Federal, state, local and tribal authorities
ecosystem definitions
Ecosystem Definitions
  • An ecosystem is a geographically specified system of organisms (including humans), the environment, and the processes that control its dynamics
  • Ecosystem approach to management:
    • Adaptive
    • Regionally directed
    • Takes account of ecosystem knowledge
    • Takes account of uncertainty
    • Considers multiple external influences
    • Strives to balance diverse societal objectives
ca or drift gillnet fishery
CA/OR Drift Gillnet Fishery
  • Leatherback Closed Area
    • Annually August - November
  • Loggerhead Closed Area
    • June-August during El Niño years
north pacific climate regimes and ecosystem productivity npcrep
North Pacific Climate Regimes and Ecosystem Productivity (NPCREP)
  • Climate change is affecting pollock distribution, recruitment & harvests
  • Those changes affect costs of fishing operations
  • New predators introduced
  • Seal & walrus habitat lost
  • Whale feeding grounds move
npcrep and observations
NPCREP and Observations

•Moorings 1985 - 2004

  • Biophysical monitoring network provides assessments and predictions:
  • Qualitative – provides general conclusions about the status and trends of the ecosystem
  • Quantitative – provides specific conclusions on status and trends of populations
  • These decision support tools used by North Pacific FMC
u s plan for an improved tsunami monitoring system
U.S. Plan For An Improved Tsunami Monitoring System
  • $37.5M over next 2 years
  • Enable enhanced monitoring, detection, warning & communications throughout
  • 32 advanced technology DART buoys
  • Nearly 100% coverage for U.S. coastal tsunami
  • Expanded monitoring capability throughout Pacific & Caribbean basins
  • Part of future global observation & global tsunami warning systems