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NOAA Ocean Service

External Public Outreach

  1. WFOs Sacramento and San Francisco , CA, are collaborating with NOS and NOAA Fisheries to install a joint NOAA Kiosk at a local Marine Museum . WFOs Detroit , Gaylord, and Lower Michigan collaborated with the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (TBNMS) to create various Great Lakes displays at the TBNMS Visitor Center. These WFOs have also worked with TBNMS on NOAA Outreach Booths at annual Maritime Festivals.
  2. WFO San Francisco, CA, participates in a NOAA consortium called the San Francisco Bay Area Coordination Program. The consortium includes NOAA agencies providing services in the San Francisco Bay area, including NOAA NWS, NOS, NOAA Fisheries, and NOAA Hazmat. The consortium is designing an “All NOAA” exhibit for the San Francisco Maritime Museum .
  3. WFO San Francisco, CA; NOAA Fisheries; and NOS staff a joint NOAA Outreach Booth exhibits at local boat shows and Marine Sanctuary events. All NOAA agencies in the region also collaborate on running “NOAA Day” at San Francisco Giants baseball games.
  4. WFO San Francisco, CA, created a local Marine Users Group consisting of boaters, harbor masters, and sports fishing groups. NOS has two representatives on this group which utilizes customer input to improve NOAA products and services to the fishing/boating community.
  5. WFO Glasgow, MT, coordinated with National Geodetic Survey (NGS) to use their Lewis and Clark Display when the Corp II National Commemorative group visited Glasgow .
  6. WFO Glasgow, MT, is working with NGS to install a 4" commemorative marker at the historical site where Capt. Lewis first saw the confluence of the Missouri and Milk Rivers in Montana .

Data Sharing/Research/Forecasts

  1. Gulf Coast WFOs collaborate with NOS Coastal Services Center by providing real-time weather observation data as input into the Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasting System for the Gulf Coast .
  2. Gulf Coast WFOs have collaborated with the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science by providing precipitation forecast data as input into the NOS Dead Zone Forecasts for the Mississippi River Delta.
  3. WFOs collaborate with NOS by providing air temperature forecast data as input into fish harvest forecasts prepared by the NOS Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research.
  4. WFO Green Bay, WI, is working with NOS in installing a marine observation system in Kewaunee , WI . Observations will be used by the WFO to assist in marine forecast preparation and be broadcasted over NOAA Weather Radio for marine interests. NWS is providing funds to buy the observation system and NOS will maintain the equipment.
  5. NOAA NWS, the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), and NOS participate on a Steering Committee for establishment of a Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) as part of U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System. This committee was established by the Great Lakes Commission through NOAA grants funds.
  6. Six WFOs and NWS Central and Eastern Region Headquarters participate in the Great Lakes Marine Observation Expansion Working Group. NWS Offices are collaborating with NOS and NOAA Research to develop recommendations and strategies to expand the Great Lakes Marine Observational Network. Conference call meetings include participation from GLERL and NOS.
  7. NWS North Central River Forecast Center , WFOs Detroit and Grand Rapids , MI, and NWS Office of Hydrologic Development are working with GLERL and the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) to discuss current and new sources of precipitation information over the Great Lakes basin.
  8. WFO Gaylord, MI, collaborated with GLERL to obtain wind/wave information near Thunder Bay Island (located at the mouth of Thunder Bay in Lake Huron ) to improve marine forecasts.
  9. WFO Detroit and Gaylord , MI, have collaborated with GLERL to develop wave model “smart tools” used with NWS National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD).
  10. WFO San Francisco, CA, provides real-time weather observations to the NOS “PORTS” project from local weather stations installed in and around San Francisco Bay .
  11. WFO Mobile, AL, collaborates with NOS by providing rainfall forecasts and measurements to the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve during heavy rainfall events.
  12. WFO Lake Charles, LA, worked with NOS Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) to install a tide gage at Calcasieu Pass. The gage has weather observation equipment installed providing real-time observations to assist with NWS coastal marine forecasts.
  13. WFO San Juan, PR collaborates with NOS Coastal Zone Management/Office of Ocean and Coastal Resources Management. The WFO provides climate, water, and weather information to help NOS manage the Jobos Bay Natural Estuarine Research Reserve.
  14. WFO San Juan, PR, has worked with NOS/Jobos Bay Natural Estuarine Research Reserve to install a weather observation station in the Reserve.
  15. WFO Eureka, CA, has assisted NOS with a tidal re-survey for Humboldt Bay by obtaining local site-specific weather/sea swell information from local mariners. The WFO assisted NOS by providing contacts for local vessels that were contracted for this project.
  16. WFO Eureka, CA, is exploring ways to develop real-time, gridded tidal current forecasts for NOS. This data was used to help NOS deploy an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler.
  17. WFO Eureka, CA, worked with NOS on a Coastal Storms Project to develop applications to assist with near shore wave modeling and forecasts.
  18. Alaska Region WFOs provide NOS tide data and tide predictions in briefings, broadcasts, and on our websites; this data is also used by WFOs in storm surge prediction for coastal flooding and by the Tsunami Warning Center for detecting sea level rises associated with tsunami events.
  19. WFOs Juneau and Anchorage , AK, have collaborated with NOAA Hazmat, NOAA Office of Response and Restoration, NOAA Public Affairs, NOAA Marine Fisheries, NOAA Satellites, and NMAO on Hazmat response activities (e.g., Selendang Ayu oil spill incident).
  20. WFO Honolulu, HI, utilizes NOS tide gage data to assist in the preparation of marine forecasts for the Hawaiian Islands .
  21. WFOs provide wind and temperature data as input for Beach Closure Modeling.

Internal Training/Coordination

  1. WFO Seattle works with NOS to train forecasters for support to HAZMAT responses. The WFO occasionally assists the Office of Response & Restoration (OR&R) to conduct training sessions for first responders.
  2. WFOs Sacramento and San Francisco, CA, routinely attend San Francisco Bay Regional Coordination Meetings with representatives from NOS and NOAA Fisheries. NOS and NOAA Fisheries were briefed about the NWS TsunamiReady program to assist with program outreach

NOAA Fisheries

External Public Outreach

  1. WFO Seattle, WA, collaborates with NOAA Fisheries, NOS, OAR (Pacific Marine Environmental Lab (PMEL)), and OFA (WASC). All NOAA line offices work together to host an annual NOAA Science Camp Week, open houses, outreach booths, and other coordinated outreach activities. These collaborations are enhanced through quarterly information-sharing meetings between all NOAA agencies.
  2. WFO Tampa, FL, has collaborated with NOAA Fisheries on funding a Marine NOAA Weather Radio in Largo , FL, and installing a Marine NOAA Weather Radio Kiosk at a local marina.
  3. NOAA Fisheries has borrowed WFO Tampa, FL outreach display for outreach activities.
  4. WFO Tampa, FL, and NOAA Fisheries staff a joint NOAA Outreach Booth at the St. Petersburg Boat Show, State of Florida Governor's Hurricane Conference, and Florida Education Week.
  5. WFO Sacramento has collaborated with NOAA Fisheries on recruiting new NOAA employees.
  6. WFO Mobile, AL, participates in hurricane workshops and expos with NOAA Fisheries, NOS, and the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC).
  7. WFOs Juneau and Anchorage , AK, collaborate with NOAA Fisheries on staffing “All NOAA” Outreach Booths at fairs and workshops, judging science fair projects, and printing outreach posters.

Data Sharing/Research/Forecasts

  1. Coastal WFOs broadcast NOAA Fisheries messages to mariners on fish catch limits and right whale searches over NOAA Weather Radio. NWS Eastern Region Headquarters and WFO Tampa, FL, developed a secure, web-based interface for NOAA Fisheries to directly send messages to WFOs for broadcast over NWR.
  2. WFO Eureka, CA, has collaborated with NOAA Fisheries on hydrologic data collection and has co-sponsored workshops and training sessions for water resources professionals.
  3. WFO Eureka, CA, provides real-time weather and hydrologic services to local NOAA Fisheries Offices that assist with Anadromous Fish Management (fish migrating from oceans into rivers).
  4. The NOAA Fisheries lab in Auke Bay and Research Station in Little Port Walter, AK, serve as Cooperative Weather Observers for NWS.

NOAA Research

External Public Outreach

  1. WFO Seattle, WA, works with OAR PMEL in promoting Tsunami Awareness and education.
  2. WFO Seattle, WA, collaborates with OAR PMEL, NOAA Fisheries, NOS, and OFA (WASC). All NOAA line offices work together to host an annual NOAA Science Camp Week, open houses, outreach booths, and other coordinated outreach activities. These collaborations are enhanced through quarterly information-sharing meetings among all NOAA agencies.
  3. WFO Wilmington, NC, and WFO Mt. Holly, NJ, have worked with Sea Grant to design signs and safety brochures to promote the NOAA Rip Current Program.
  4. WFO Miami, FL, is working with Sea Grant to create a hurricane climatology for south Florida , and is collaborating on outreach/publicity concerning rip currents, hurricanes, tsunamis and other marine hazards. Both agencies have provided each other with outreach materials.
  5. WFO Miami, FL, conducted storm spotter training for mariners in coordination with Sea Grant.
  6. WFO Denver-Boulder works with NOAA Public Affairs and other NOAA Outreach staff and forecasters to participate in joint research and/or publications.
  7. WFO Boulder-Denver collaborates with co-located OAR labs to provide speakers and trainers for external workshops and conferences.

Data Sharing/Research/Forecasts

  1. WFO Seattle, WA, collaborated with NOAA Research to develop forecast techniques for bar conditions at Grays Harbor and the mouth of the Columbia River .
  2. WFOs Detroit and Marquette, MI, are incorporating GLERL wave direction output into the NWS GFE model to improve wave direction forecasts within GFE. Experimental graphical products are planned to be produced in Spring 2005.
  3. WFO Marquette, MI, and GLERL are working to model the wave evolution of the November 10, 1975, “Edmund Fitzgerald” Storm. Initial research results were presented at an internal GLERL briefing during November 2004.
  4. WFO Marquette, MI, uses data from seven NOAA Research, and six NOS observational platforms in the production and verification of their Great Lakes forecasts and warnings.
  5. WFO Hanford, CA, is collaborating with NOAA Air Resources Laboratory (ARL) in Boulder, CO, by taking ozone measurements (i.e., Dobson Photospectrometer) and ARL in Oakridge , TN, by taking solar radiation measurements.
  6. WFO Knoxville, TN, is collaborating with NOAA Research's Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division (ATDD) by providing a secure location for several atmospheric pollutant sensors and a link back to their research facility.
  7. WFO Denver-Boulder, CO, collaborates with OAR in a wide arena from site management of NOAA resources to participation in seminars. Day-to-day interaction occurs with the Forecast Systems Laboratory (FSL) in the development and testing of software and procedures. The WFO has been working with the Environmental Technology Laboratory (ETL) in the development and operational testing of Infrasound detection of tornadoes and has worked with the Climate Diagnostics Center (CDC) in developing forecast products and jointly participated in user interactions such as the Governor's Drought Task Force.
  8. WFO Denver-Boulder, CO, shares its Satellite Broadcast Network data feed with FSL. Space Environment Center (SEC) products are disseminated via the NWS AWIPS system. The WFO is locating NOAA Boulder Network Operations Center e-mail servers in their equipment room to provide emergency power.
  9. WFO Denver-Boulder, CO, collaborates with FSL which provides both hardware and software to the WFO for testing and evaluation. A FSL meteorologist also works forecast shifts in the WFO to foster technology exchange.
  10. WFO Marquette, MI, provides FSL with weather data from a local mesonet for use in the MADIS data stream.
  11. WFO Marquette, MI, worked with FSL to obtain GRIB data from experimental RUC13 and DWFE WRF-NMM forecast models for use in the WFO AWIPS computer system.
  12. WFO Marquette, MI, provides FSL with access to meteorological data from three local HANDAR sites for incorporation into FSL MADIS datasets.
  13. WFO Grand Forks, ND, obtains DOT Roadside Weather Information System data, profiler data, and other data streams through a NOAA Research FSL server.
  14. WFO Grand Forks, ND, operates an Earth's Electric Field monitoring site and has collaborated with NOAA Research SEC on stratospheric issues.

Internal Training/Coordination

  1. Collaboration occurs among all WFOs and NOAA Hazmat Teams regarding NOAA emergency response to hazardous material events.
  2. WFO Green Bay collaborated with the GLERL to provide their forecasters with marine forecast training, given by GLERL researchers.
  3. NWS Central Region Headquarter Senior Management visited GLERL in August 2004 and Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in September 2004 to learn how WFOs can collaborate with these facilities.
  4. WFO Denver-Boulder, CO, is located in a NOAA building and has constant interaction with other OAR Offices including: ARL, SEC, CDC, CDML, FSL, ETL , AL , CMDL, and the NOAA Boulder Network Control Center . The WFO also has occasional interaction with the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, OK, and with local NOAA Institutes, the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).

NOAA Satellite and Information Service

Data Sharing/Research/Forecasts

  1. All WFOs have a link to the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) on their local home pages and refer customers to NCDC for climate data and information.
  2. WFO Albuquerque, NM, (and other Western Region WFOs) routinely collaborates with NCDC in the preparation of the National Drought Monitor product.
  3. WFO Mobile, AL, collaborates with the NESDIS National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC) and NOS. The WFO uses NOS weather observations to assist with forecast preparation and also broadcasts water temperatures near Weeks Bay and Dauphin Island over NOAA Weather Radio.
  4. Alaska Region WFOs and Alaska River Forecast Center have collaborated with NOAA Satellites to obtain emergency SARSAT imagery during ice jam flooding and a glacier-dammed lake flooding
  5. WFO Juneau has collaborated with NOAA Satellites and the University of Washington on SARJET research projects.
  6. WFO Honolulu, HI, collaborates with the NOAA Data Center Hawaii Liaison (i.e., NOAA Satellites/National Oceanographic Data Center/National Coastal Data Development Center) to produce daily surf forecasts for the island of Oahu .
  7. WFO Honolulu, HI, provides weather observation data to the NOAA Satellites Volcanic Ash Advisory Center for the preparation of volcanic ash advisories.

NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations

Data Sharing/Research/Forecasts

  1. NOAA NWS utilized NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) aircraft to perform four hurricane surveillance flights during the 2004 hurricane season.
  2. WFO Seattle, WA, provides weather forecasts for NOAA ships going up and down the West Coast.
  3. WFO Lake Charles, LA, has provided NOAA Ships with weather warning and forecast data to help protect the vessels from high winds and surge during hurricane threat situations.
  4. WFO Eureka, CA, has coordinated several “All NOAA” Outreach Booths with NOAA Corps and NOAA Fisheries.
  5. All Alaska Region WFOs require coordination with NMAO to charter necessary flights.
  6. WFOs Juneau and Anchorage , AK, have provided weather briefings to NOAA Ships Cobb and Fairweather. These ships take NWS Forecasters on marine familiarization trips and participate in the NOAA Voluntary Observing Ships program.

NOAA in Your Neighborhood
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Last Modified: April 26, 2005