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Oceanographic Instrumentation: Measurement, Process & Analysis

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Insights from NOAA’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management From the time you’ve been at NOAA, of which accom- vessels behind the storm, trailering them up from Florida, so plishment are you most proud and why? they were ‘good to go’ when the skies cleared. We were well- There are two things. One is our response to (hur- prepared and positioned to support the coastal communities ricane) Sandy. NOAA is very well-known for our weather on the recovery.

forecasts, and supporting communities in preparation for an extreme event. I felt that through the work we did preparing Very good. So that was number one. What was the second before the storm, we were well positioned, ready to respond accomplishment?

and then support recovery. So, I think orchestrating that – The second was prioritizing and coordinating the getting airplanes in the air, boats in the water – to do the hy- ocean and coastal portfolio of NOAA; most of that’s within the drographic surveys, helping the Coast Guard to determine the NOAA National Ocean Service. We had a diverse set of pro- re-opening up the port of New York/New Jersey. We surveyed grams each with their own elevator speech, and when I came 80% of the Port of New York/New Jersey as we positioned our in as the head of that organization, I tried to bring them all to-

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