Minds Behind OR&R: Meet Scientific Support Coordinator Steve Lehmann

Posted Thu, 03/26/2020 - 19:11
By Vicki Loe, Office of Response and Restoration

This feature is part of a monthly series profiling scientists and technicians who provide exemplary contributions to the mission of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R). In this month’s feature meet Steve Lehmann, a scientific support coordinator with OR&R’s Emergency Response Division.

Partnership with University of New Hampshire Yields Results and a New Generation of Oil Spill Scientists

Posted Wed, 03/18/2020 - 11:18
By Steve Lehmann, Office of Response and Restoration

It is true that a sports car represents the apex of transportation engineering, but that sometimes a horse is the right tool for the job. New ideas come from new minds. For the past several years, oil spill response experts from NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration have been working with undergraduates in the environmental engineering program at the University of New Hampshire to examine simple answers to a complex problem.

Incident Responses for February 2020

Posted Tue, 03/03/2020 - 18:39

Every month our Emergency Response Division provides scientific expertise and services to the U.S. Coast Guard on everything from running oil spill trajectories to model where the spill may spread, to possible effects on wildlife and fisheries and estimates on how long the oil may stay in the environment. This month OR&R responded to 15 incidents, including oil discharges, sunken vessels, and other pollution-related incidents. Here are some of February's notable incidents ...

Minds Behind OR&R: Meet Emergency Planning Specialist Alyson Finn

Posted Thu, 02/27/2020 - 12:49

This feature is part of a monthly series profiling scientists and technicians who provide exemplary contributions to the mission of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R). In this month’s feature meet Alyson Finn, emergency planning specialist with OR&R’s Disaster Preparedness Program.

5 Key Questions NOAA Scientists Ask During Oil Spills

Posted Fri, 02/21/2020 - 13:15

During an emergency situation such as an oil spill or ship grounding, scientists in NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration are guided by five central questions as they develop scientifically based recommendations for the U.S. Coast Guard. These recommendations help the Coast Guard respond to the incident while minimizing environmental impacts resulting from the spill and response.

Bringing Gulf Science to Life in New Orleans High Schools

Posted Fri, 02/14/2020 - 14:04
By Kendal Leftwich, Matthew Firneno, and Juliette Loup, University of New Orleans

During Whale Week (Feb. 10-14), NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration is taking a closer look at the different pollutants affecting whales, and what OR&R and our partners are doing to help. In this guest blog from the University of New Orleans, learn more about a research group engaging high schoolers in Gulf science to monitor the impacts of Deepwater Horizon on marine mammal populations.

Living Sound: New Insights into the Acoustic World Under the Waves

Posted Thu, 02/13/2020 - 12:49
Guest blog by Brandon Southall

During Whale Week (Feb. 10-14), NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration is taking a closer look at the different pollutants affecting whales, and what OR&R and our partners are doing to help. In this guest blog by former NOAA Ocean Acoustics Program Director Brandon Southall, learn more about the vital role sound plays for whales and other marine life.

Marine Mammal Entanglement Prevention and Habitat Restoration in Alaska

Posted Tue, 02/11/2020 - 14:19
Guest blog by Hana Bulow and Andy Schroeder, Island Trails Network

With the support of a Fishing for Energy grant, a partnership between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Covanta, and NOAA’s Marine Debris Program, the Island Trails Network is working to reduce entanglement and mortality of marine mammals, increasing awareness of the impact of entangling debris, and engaging volunteers to remove marine debris from coastlines. In this guest blog by Hana Bulow and Andy Schroeder from the Island Trails Network, learn more about the important work this nonprofit does and the positive impact they have on the Kodiak archipelago.