NOAA and Coast Guard Save Threatened Coral from Submerged Sailboats after Hurricane Maria

Posted Wed, 12/13/2017 - 17:27
Office of Habitat Conservation

In early October, as many emergency workers responded to hurricane damage on land, NOAA Fisheries and our partners responded to damage in the water. In this case, powerful waves and winds from Hurricane Maria sent three sailing vessels on a collision course with Long Reef, home to protected corals like Acropora palmataOrbicella annularis and Orbicella faveolata, along the coast of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Unmanned Aircraft Exercise Delivers Near Real-Time Results for Improved Oil Spill Analysis

Posted Fri, 12/08/2017 - 17:34
By Mathew Dorsey and Laurie Sullivan

NOAA is constantly on the lookout for new ways to improve the speed and accuracy of the information we collect — for both oil spill response, and for the assessment phase that follows. In most spills, we search for the oil “footprint” on the water and shore via manned aircraft, boat surveys, satellite imagery, or deployed beach teams. Though they are capable of delivering good data, these methods can take half a day or more to deliver the imagery, data, or reports to spill responders and scientists.

Fiscal Year 2017: A Record Year for OR&R’s Emergency Response Division

Posted Wed, 12/06/2017 - 19:54
By Doug Helton

Each year during this time, NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) takes a step back to examine the previous fiscal year in its 2017 Accomplishments Report. Fiscal Year 2017 was a busy year for OR&R, but even more so for the Emergency Response Division, which responded to a total of 205 incidents — a new record.

The Minds Behind OR&R: Meet a Rock-Star Chemist

Posted Thu, 11/30/2017 - 12:31
By Donna L. Roberts

This is the second in a 12-part monthly series profiling scientists and technicians who provide exemplary contributions to the mission of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R). This month’s scientist is Dalina Thrift-Viveros, a physical scientist in OR&R’s chemical response program. She responds to oil and chemical spills across the country, and serves as a consultant on several chemistry-related software projects.

10 Years Later: Restoring Injured Natural Resources after Cosco Busan

Posted Mon, 11/06/2017 - 22:31
By Alyssa Gray, NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration

This is the last in a week-long series of blogs in remembrance of the Cosco Busan oil spill that happened a decade ago on Nov. 7, 2007. This piece focuses on the continued restoration efforts funded by the $44.4 million settlement and takes a closer look at two species in particular — eelgrass and rockweed.