Winter 2015

DRC Welcomes Jack Marshall to CO-OPS Gulf Coast Team

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DRC Welcomes Jack Marshall

As the newest member of NOAA's CO-OPS Gulf Coast Team, Jack Marshall will be helping with projects related to measuring water levels, currents, and other oceanographic data around the Gulf of Mexico.

Jack Marshall holding his baby niece, Magnolia.
Jack Marshall holding his niece, Magnolia. (Courtesy of Jack Marshall)
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CO-OPS Installs New Water Level and Meteorological Station at Lake Pontchartrain

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CO-OPS Installs New Station at Lake Pontchartrain

In September 2015, NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) personnel from the Disaster Response Center in Mobile, Alabama, traveled to New Orleans to participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new water level and meteorological station on the southwest side of Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain.

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U.S. Coast Guard Holds Leadership and Management School (LAMS) at the DRC

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Coast Guard Leadership Class

During the week of September 14-18, 2015, NOAA's Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center hosted the U.S. Coast Guard for its Leadership and Management School (LAMS).

Students from the U.S. Coast Guard stand in a line around a conference room.
Students from the U.S. Coast Guard participate in a team-building exercise where they must rely on each other to achieve their common goal. (NOAA)
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Alabama Coastal Cleanup

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Alabama Coastal Cleanup

This is the 10th year the NOAA Marine Debris Program has supported the International Coastal Cleanup. The Coastal Cleanup is part of an international effort to remove marine debris from coastal waters.

A Coastal Cleanup team poses with collected debris.
Coastal Cleanup team with collected debris. (NOAA)
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Risk Communication Training Held at the DRC

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Risk Communication Training

On November 17, 2015, NOAA's Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center (DRC) hosted the second of three regional risk communication workshops.

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Abandoned Vessel Resource, Florida Debris Response Plan, and Marine Debris Calendars

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Marine Debris Updates

A few updates on marine debris resources now available and planning efforts underway in the Gulf of Mexico:

Derelict boat partially submerged in a Gulf of Mexico marsh.
Ships end up wrecked or abandoned for many reasons and can cause a variety of environmental and economic issues. After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, thousands of vessels like this one needed to be scrapped or salvaged in the Gulf of Mexico. (NOAA)
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Science of Oil Spills (SOS) Training at the DRC

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Oil Spills Training at the DRC

The Office of Response and Restoration's Emergency Response Division (ERD) will be hosting its Science of Oil Spills (SOS) class in Mobile, Alabama, March 28-April 1, 2016.

Two people closely examining rocks and seaweed on a shoreline.
These classes help prepare responders to understand the environmental risks and scientific considerations when addressing oil spills, and also include a field trip to a local beach to apply newly learned skills. (NOAA)
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Science of Chemical Releases (SOCR) Training at the DRC

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Chemical Release Training

The Office of Response and Restoration's Emergency Response Division and Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center (DRC) are now offering a Science of Chemical Releases (SOCR) course from March 21-24, 2016 in Mobile, Alabama.

Science of Chemical Releases spelled out using periodic table of elements.
Science of Chemical Releases. (NOAA)
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NOAA Offers Climate Adaptation Workshop at the DRC

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Climate Adaptation Workshop

NOAA, the Mississippi and Alabama National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR), and NOAA's Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center will host the workshop "Discovering Steps to Safeguard our People and the Places They Live: A Climate Adaptation Training for Coastal Communities" from January 26-28, 2016.

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