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Protecting Oceans, Coasts, & Fisheries. NOAA’s Role in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The Honorable Jane Lubchenco , Ph.D. Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere & NOAA Administrator National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | NOAA. AGU 13 December 2010. 5.

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    1. Protecting Oceans, Coasts, & Fisheries NOAA’s Role in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill The Honorable Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D. Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere & NOAA Administrator National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | NOAA AGU 13 December 2010

    2. 5 Conduct & share science Keep seafood safe Protect wildlife & habitats Assess damage Restore the natural resources that were injured AGU 13 December 2010 2

    3. Doing Science… normal conditions crisis conditions vs. AGU 2010

    4. Lessons from Exxon Valdez Larva Adult TANKER SPILL BIOLOGICALIMPACTS CLEAN-UP TECHNIQUES AGU 13 December 2010 4

    5. SATELLITE data Forecasting Trajectory Forecast — MC252 AIRCRAFT data Spot Weather Forecast May 13 SHIP data GLIDER & FLOAT data July 28 AGU 13 December 2010 5

    6. Seafood Safety AGU 13 December 2010 6

    7. Finfish Samples Fluoranthene Fluorene Pyrene Anthracene/Phenanthrene Chrysene 12 PAHs Naphthalene Benzo(k)fluoranthene Benz(a)anthracene Indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene Levels of Concern Mean Baseline Samples (2010) Benzo(b)fluoranthene Dibenz(a,h)anthracene Mean Re-Opening Samples Benzo(a)pyrene Max Re-opening samples 0.01 0.1 1 10 100 1000 10000 100000 parts per billion (ppb) AGU 13 December 2010 7

    8. Protect Wildlife & Habitats • 610dead • 456live, oiled, captured • 442 rehabilitated & released • 79 still in rehabilitation Sea Turtles AGU 13 December 2010 8

    9. Assessing Damage Phases of Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA is a legal process AGU 13 December 2010 9

    10. Subsea & Subsurface Detection & Modeling Underwater plumesimulations www.gfdl.noaa.gov Ronald H. Brown Cruise JAG Report http://ecowatch.ncddc.noaa.gov/JAG/reports.html oceanexplorer.noaa.gov AGU 2010

    11. Academic Partnering Thomas Jefferson Pisces Gordon Gunter Pelican (non-NOAA) UNH Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping WHOI University of California at Santa Barbara Texas A&M UNH Monterey Bay Aquatic Research Institute (MBARI) USF CIMAR/University of Miami • NRDA Cruise • Penn State • WHOI • Temple University • University of Louisiana (Lafayette) NOAA WP3D University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Research University of South Florida Weatherbird(non-NOAA) AGU 13 December 2010 11

    12. Communicating the Science Communicating to Scientists • JAG Reports • 6/23 Subsea monitoring • 6/23 Location & movement of subsurface oil • 9/7 Dissolved oxygen • Forthcoming: Sub-sea/Sub-surface Detection & Monitoring • Other Reports • Flow Rate Technical Group • Oil Budget Calculator AGU 2010 AGU 13 December 2010 12

    13. Centralized Data Access • www.geoplatform.gov/gulfresponse • www.nodc.noaa.gov/General/DeepwaterHorizon/support.html • ecowatch.ncddc.noaa.gov/JAG/ • gulfseagrant.tamu.edu/oilspill/database.htm • www.noaa.gov/sciencemissions/bpoilspill.html • www.data.gov • gos2.geodata.gov/wps/portal/gos AGU 13 December 2010 13

    14. Restoring the Gulf AGU 13 December 2010 14

    15. eat swim fish AGU 13 December 2010 15