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National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) to Participate at Technical Meeting of the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) [December 13, 2014]
On December 11-13, 2014, Barry Eakins, NGDC / Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, will participate at a joint meeting of the GEBCO Technical Sub-Committee on Ocean Mapping (TSCOM) and GEBCO Sub-Committee on Regional Undersea Mapping (SCRUM) to be held in Mountain View, California. Dr. Eakins will report on the development status of NGDC's GEBCO Data Store, and lead a break-out session on standards and mechanisms for contributing data. The GEBCO Data Store is a subset of NGDC's International Hydrographic Office Data Center for Digital Bathymetry (IHO DCDB), a worldwide digital data bank of oceanic soundings on behalf of IHO Member Countries.
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National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) Passive Acoustic Archive Staff to Participate in Passive Acoustic Workshop [December 11, 2014]
Dr. Carrie Wall and Charles Anderson, CIRES/NGDC Affiliates, will participate in a workshop held at the Scripps Oceanographic Institute from December 8-11, 2014. The focus of the workshop will be on the use of the Tethys database/workbench to catalog raw and processed passive acoustic data, specifically for NOAA Fisheries. Representatives from all Fisheries Science Centers will be in attendance providing an excellent opportunity to discuss the Passive Acoustic Data Archive Pilot Project currently underway between NGDC and NOAA Fisheries, which relies on the Tethys database schema. Passive acoustic technology provides valuable, non-invasive information for managing and protecting fisheries and marine mammals, and has resulted in large volumes of data collected over the years. The passive acoustic pilot project helps to preserve these valuable data, strengthen the collaboration between NOAA Fisheries and NGDC, and meet data management policy directives.
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National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) Participates in NOAA Multi-media science briefing on the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami [December 08, 2014]
Paula Dunbar from NGDC will participate in a multi-media science briefing on the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami hosted by NOAA on December 8, 2014. The briefing will include visualizations on NOAA's Science on a Sphere presented to 30 D.C.-area reporters as they prepare articles and broadcast packages for the 10-year anniversary of this international tragedy. The 2004 tsunami was the worst tsunami disaster in history with more than 220,000 deaths in 14 countries. The source of the Indian Ocean tsunami was the December 26, 2004 magnitude 9.1 Mw Sumatra-Andaman earthquake, the third largest earthquake ever recorded. The reporters will hear from the NOAA Tsunami program manager about where we were in 2004 and where we are today on tsunami preparedness. They will also hear from a NOAA tsunami forecaster who was on the forecast desk in Hawaii at NOAA's Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on December 26, 2004. They will hear an amazing survivor's account from a biologist at NOAA Fisheries who was a tourist in Thailand and swept away in the wave. A NOAA researcher will present the latest research and new technologies for tsunami detection and warning. NGDC's Paula Dunbar will describe the development of the NGDC historical tsunami database and how these data are used in hazard assessments, for verification and validation of tsunami models, and for guidance by the tsunami warning centers. NGDC is the national archive and access provider for tsunami data and information and develops seamless topographic-bathymetric digital elevation models for coastal flood forecast and mapping.
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