Tag Archives: NOAA

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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Senate Approves Richard Spinrad’s NOAA Administrator Nomination; Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo Quoted

Rick Spinrad

The Senate confirmed Richard Spinrad, a professor of oceanography at Oregon State University, as the 11th administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Spinrad's appointment will mark his return to the agency where he previously served as chief scientist and assistant administrator for research, ocean services and coastal management.

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Stephen Volz on NOAA’s Portfolio Approach to Earth-Observation Mission

Stephen Volz

Stephen Volz, assistant administrator for National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS) at NOAA, said NESDIS is adopting an approach where a satellite is built while taking into account other satellite constellations and how the systems work together. Volz explained that a portfolio approach to the Earth-observation mission is aimed at helping the agency "have the best mix and match of instruments and observations in the coming years."

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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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NOAA Aims to Expand AI Tech Adoption; Sid-Ahmed Boukabara Quoted

Artificial Intelligence

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration aims to increase artificial intelligence-related research coordination and partnership efforts through its own virtual AI hub. NOAA intends for its AI center to serve as a data resource that government personnel and the general public can access for purposes such as algorithm and application development. 

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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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