Tag Archives: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA Allots $171M for Climate Change Mitigation Projects; Administrator Rick Spinrad Quoted

Rick Spinrad

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has invested a combined amount of $171 million in 72 projects that aim to address the effects of climate change. NOAA said Tuesday that it issued grants to fund these projects that universities, research institutions and government-partnered entities will work on over the next five years.

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NOAA to Back Ocean Observing Tech Development Efforts Under 11 Cooperative Agreements; Carl Gouldman Quoted

Carl Gouldman

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has entered into five-year cooperative agreements with 11 federally certified Integrated Ocean Observing System regional associations to develop observing technologies that could be used to predict changes in ocean and climate, drive environmental stewardship and support coastal disaster preparation and response efforts.

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NOAA Creates Council to Tackle Climate Issues; Administrator Rick Spinrad Quoted

Rick Spinrad

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has established a new council that will help the agency's administrator address the climate crisis. NOAA said Wednesday that its Climate Council, which consists of senior leaders in the agency, will apply NOAA’s services to support environmental mitigation efforts across the nation, including the most climate-vulnerable communities.

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NOAA Eyes Use of Small Satellites for Weather Forecasts; Greg Mandt Quoted

Polar-Orbiting Satellites

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is looking to deploy a constellation of small satellites for weather forecast activities in the future. NOAA considers using small polar-orbiting satellites for the agency's next constellation, instead of traditional large spacecraft like the existing Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS).

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Census Bureau Helps Other Agencies Run Their Own Data Programs; Drew Zachary Quoted

Drew Zachary

The U.S. Census Bureau is assigning technology teams to help other agencies establish their own data sprint programs. Drew Zachary, director of the Census Bureau's Opportunity Project, said she is leading the development of a new work model that would allow partner agencies to adopt a do-it-yourself approach as the bureau supports larger efforts.

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NOAA’s Growing AI Use Prompts Larger Data Storage Need; Jamese Sims Quoted

National Oceanic

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been housing larger amounts of data as it continues to employ artificial intelligence to inform weather forecasts. Jamese Sims, NOAA's senior science adviser for AI, said the agency uses the technology to set physical parameters for prediction models and analyze associated errors.

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KBR Secures $51.2M NOAA Contract to Monitor Space Weather; Byron Bright Quoted

Byron Bright

KBR announced on Thursday that it has been awarded a five-year $51.2 million contract from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to deploy, develop and operate the agency's Space Weather Follow-On (SWFO) Antenna Network. The contract work will deliver accurate forecasts of space weather, protecting lives and livelihoods worldwide.

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Oceanography Vet Rick Spinrad Nominated NOAA Administrator

Rick Spinrad

Rick Spinrad, formerly the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) chief scientist, has been nominated to lead the agency and serve as the undersecretary for oceans and atmosphere. Spinrad teaches oceanography as a professor at Oregon State University and serves on the National Academies' Ocean Studies Board, the White House said Thursday.

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Ahtna Infrastructure & Technologies Receives $18M Contract to Rebuild NOAA’s Ketchikan, Alaska Port Facility; Gina M. Raimondo Quoted

National Oceanic

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded an $18 million contract to Ahtna Infrastructure & Technologies to rebuild and revitalize its port facility in Ketchikan, Alaska. Upon completion of this project in Dec. 2022, NOAA will have a fully functioning homeport in Alaska capable of supporting Ketchikan-based NOAA Ship Fairweather and other visiting NOAA and government vessels. 

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NASA Selects L3Harris For Next-Gen Weather Satellite Development; Edward Zoiss Quoted

Edward Zoiss

L3Harris Technologies announced on Monday that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected the company to develop a concept for next-generation geostationary weather imagers. The concept aims to help advance future severe weather tracking, forecasting and other Earth observations. L3Harris has strong experience in developing similar weather sensors. 

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