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OR&R Scientists Convene to Share Research and Advance Future Assessment and Restoration Work

MAY 28, 2024 —  The Assessment and Restoration Division (ARD) of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) met in Gloucester, Massachusetts, to discuss recent updates and advances in Natural Resource Damage Assessments (NRDA). The division is responsible for evaluating and restoring coastal and estuarine habitats damaged by hazardous waste releases, oil spills, and vessel groundings. The two-day gathering offered expert scientists and natural resource economists from various regions across the country the chance to exchange updates from their respective areas.

A group of colleagues pose for a group photos along a coastal landscape.
OR&R team members attending the Assessment and Restoration Division All Hands meeting.

Team members reconnected with colleagues in person, met new staff members, shared lessons learned from priority cases, highlighted case science and applications, and provided updates on research and method development. The team sessions were a combination of informative presentations, rich discussions, and team collaboration. Topics discussed included remote sensing, data tool enhancements, marine mammals, fish injury in NRDA, water column modeling, and new contaminants of concern, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

OR&R Director Scott Lundgren provided an office-wide overview of program priorities and current outreach efforts. The team also had the opportunity to hear about the latest research projects and science from OR&R Chief Scientist Lisa Dipinto and engaged in discussions on discount rate and human use assessments from two ARD economists. 

This All Hands meeting allowed team members to collaborate in person, share insights on regional work, discuss ideas, and reflect on the future of work done on behalf of the American public. 

Last updated Thursday, May 30, 2024 11:21am PDT