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Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) Project Office set to open [April 07, 2014]
The ECS Project is a multi-agency collaboration to determine and document the extent of the U.S. continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles as reflected in the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea. NGDC is the data management and integration lead for the U.S. ECS and tasked to provide long-term stewardship to support any potential submission. NOAA and Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), have recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement to support this collaborative effort. On Monday, April 14, 2014, the ECS Project Office will begin operations at NGDC with Brian Van Pay (Department of State) as Executive Director. Mr. Van Pay's arrival will mark a new phase in the ECS Project with a focus on reviewing data and developing supporting documentation. The ECS Project Office will be led by Department of State and supported by NOAA and Department of Interior. The office is physically located at NGDC in Boulder, Colorado. NGDC has developed the ECS Information Management System (IMS), an interactive software tool that serves as the master database for the ECS Project.
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National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) Water Column Sonar Data Archive Staff to Present at the Southeast Regional Acoustics Consortium [April 03, 2014]
Carrie Wall and Chuck Anderson, NGDC Affiliates leading and managing the water column sonar data archive, will attend and present at the Southeast Regional Acoustics Consortium held in Panama City, FL on April 1-3, 2014. This consortium will be attended by NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and academic scientists, environmental management agencies, and private industry that conduct acoustics research in the coastal environments of the US from North Carolina to Texas and the US Caribbean. This forum serves as a great opportunity to present the progress of the archive, highlight its value to the fisheries acoustic community, and increase the project's visibility. Prior to the consortium, Dr. Wall will attend training on the use of Echoview software to process the raw data. After the consortium, discussions with Dr. Charles Thompson of the Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) will focus on an agreement to submit NMFS SEFSC water column sonar data to NGDC. Developing and exploiting a central archive to generate new fisheries products from the versatile sonar instruments is one of the key goals of the NGDC-NMFS collaboration.
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Annual Space Weather Workshop (SWW) [April 01, 2014]
The annual SWW will be held in Boulder, Colorado during the week of April 7th. SWW is an annual conference that brings industry, academia, and government agencies together in a lively dialog about space weather. What began in 1996 as a conference for the space weather user community, the SWW has evolved into the Nation's leading conference on all issues relating to space weather. The conference addresses the remarkably diverse impacts of space weather on today's technology. The program highlights space weather impacts in several areas, including communications, navigations, spacecraft operations, aviation, and electric power. The presentations and discussions at the Space Weather Workshop also focus on identifying the highest priority needs for operational services that can guide future research and identifying new high-value capabilities that can be transitioned into operations. The conference fosters communication among researchers, space weather service providers, and users of space weather services. Held in conjunction with the SWW this year are 2 special sessions consisting of a NOAA Level-1 Requirements Workshop on the Monday (April 7th) preceding the start of the conference and a Solar Energetic Particle Measurements Intercalibration Workshop will be held on Friday (April 11th) immediately following SWW.
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NOAA Leads Solar Energetic Particle Measurements Intercalibration Workshop [April 01, 2014]
In collaboration with the Space Weather Prediction Center, the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) will lead a workshop on April 11, 2014 in Boulder, Colorado on the comparison and intercalibration of solar energetic particle measurements. This event will follow the annual Space Weather Workshop. Solar energetic particles (SEPs) consist of ions (protons, helium nuclei, and heavier ions), electrons, and energetic neutral atoms emitted by the Sun in association with solar flares and coronal mass ejections. Of long-standing scientific interest since discovery in ground-level cosmic ray measurements in 1942, SEPs have been monitored continuously by NOAA at geostationary orbit since the 1970s as an important aspect of space weather. Their effects include the radiation hazard posed to robotic and human space flight and to aircraft passengers and crew at high latitudes, as well as the absorption of radio waves in the polar cap by the secondary ionization caused by their precipitation into the upper atmosphere. The level of agreement among various SEP measurements has received much attention for scientific reasons and for the societal need to have consistent space weather observations. Many questions remain about the relative response of different instruments on different satellites. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss intercalibration of SEP measurements, to foster new cooperative intercalibration efforts, and to recommend a path forward for establishing a set of intercalibration guidelines, a necessary step in achieving a consistent international scale for solar radiation storm alerts.
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