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NOAA Ocean Observing System Improves Safety and Efficiency of Ships

A new ocean observing system from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration now offers mariners free real-time information on water level, wind, and weather conditions for the Sabine-Neches Waterway of Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas. The so-called PORTS system provides observations of tides, currents, water and air temperature, barometric pressure, and wind speed, gusts and direction through an easy-to-use Web portal and by phone. NOAA officials say the system will significantly reduce the risk of vessel groundings and increase the amount of cargo moved though the waterway by enabling mariners to safely use nearly every inch of a channel. The system also allows big ships to time their arrivals and departures more efficiently. There are 19 such other PORTS systems located throughout the nation. A new ocean observing system from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration now offers mariners free real-time information on water level, wind, and weather conditions for the Sabine-Neches Waterway of Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas. The so-called PORTS system provides observations of tides, currents, water and air temperature, barometric pressure, and wind speed, gusts and direction through an easy-to-use Web portal and by phone. NOAA officials say the system will significantly reduce the risk of vessel groundings and increase the amount of cargo moved though the waterway by enabling mariners to safely use nearly every inch of a channel. The system also allows big ships to time their arrivals and departures more efficiently. There are 19 such other PORTS systems located throughout the nation.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , Scott Carr

Monday - 05/31/2010, 11:49pm EDT

Using satellite technology to save lives

NASA and its partners are making an effort to save both time and lives with new technology.

Tags: SARSAT , NASA , Distress Alerting Satellite System , GPS , Dennis Clements , Search and Rescue , U.S. Coast Guard , George Theodorakos

Saturday - 05/29/2010, 12:36pm EDT

NOAA works to map an earth in motion

NOAA's National Geodetic Survey - the official U.S. government source for determining precise latitude, longitude and elevation - is undergoing a modernization effort that takes into account advances in GPS and other technologies. chief geodesist at NOAA, Dr. Dru Smith, tells us where we are with that.

Tags: Federal Drive , USGS , FEMA , BLS , NGS , Dru Smith , management , technology

Friday - 05/21/2010, 09:50am EDT
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NOAA program helping with Gulf oil spill

A new satellite imagery program -- not quite ready for launch -- has been put to the test since the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tags: Collaboration Center , technology , National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , Chris Warren , oil spill

Tuesday - 05/11/2010, 06:00am EDT

NOAA GOES-13 Satellite

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's GOES-13 spacecraft has become the official GOES-EAST satellite, now perched some 22,300 miles above the equator; a prime location to spot potentially life-threatening weather affecting the eastern half of the nation, including tropical storm activity in the Atlantic or the Gulf of Mexico. NOAA officials say, just in time for the 2010 hurricane season, they now have one of the newest and most technologically advanced satellites closely tracking storms - from when they develop to when they dissipate. The GOES-13 satellite replaced GOES-12, which NOAA is shifting to provide coverage for South America, as part of the Global Earth Observation System. GOES-13, launched in May 2006, is the first of three new NOAA geostationary environmental satellites in orbit.

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Monday - 04/19/2010, 11:26am EDT

Young feds offer fresh perspectives on government service

YGL is a professional organization of men and women employed by the Federal Government who are "young" in their service and/or "fresh" in their perspective.

Tags: mngt , federal workforce , Young Government Leaders , recruitment , retention , Shaun Khalfan , Anita Middleton , Navy Sea Lift Command , Navy , Commerce

Monday - 03/15/2010, 09:40am EDT
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How NOAA is saving the bay with help from volunteers

Groundbreaking efforts are paying off so well, it may become a national model

Tags: mngt , Jug Bay , Chesapeake Bay

Friday - 04/24/2009, 10:38am EDT

GOES' Constant Vigil

Tags: tech , NASA , GOES-N , Andre Dress , weather , satellite

Thursday - 04/09/2009, 10:28am EDT
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