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OR&R and National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service on Current and Future Collaborations

MARCH 16, 2018 — On March 8, members of OR&R met with NESDIS oil spill and marine debris analysts in the Satellite Analysis Branch at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Maryland, to discuss current and future operational practices.

Group of people posing for a picture.
Staff members from NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration meet with NESDIS Satellite Analysis Branch. Image credit: NOAA.

The meeting was organized by Ellen Ramirez of the Satellite Analysis Branch. Ed Levine of OR&R Emergency Response Division gave a presentation on the role of NOAA Scientific Support Coordinators during an oil spill response. The presentation led to a discussion of interactions between the two branches as well as uses for the satellite imagery, points of contact for notifications, future possible uses during drills and training events, and continued outreach and idea sharing. Later, the group was led on a tour of the Satellite Analysis Branch facilities.

The impetus for the meeting was the March initiation of the new web-based distribution of the Marine Pollution Surveillance Report (MPSR).

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Screen capture of a Marine Pollution Surveillance Report.
An example of a Marine Pollution Surveillance Report that was issued on 10/13/2017 for an anomaly near Louisiana’s Bird’s Foot Delta.