On March 17th, the White House informed USARC Commissioners and staff that President Biden designated David Kennedy as Chair of the USARC effective March 3, 2021. Kennedy succeeds Jon Harrison as Chair, and both continue to serve on the commission. David M. Kennedy’s bio


There is a greater probability of more frequent and/or larger oil spills in the Arctic region due to increased maritime shipping and natural resource development. Accordingly, there is an increasing need for effective spilled-oil computer modeling to help emergency oil spill response decision makers, especially in waters where sea ice is present.  Read more via the publication in the Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 2021, 9, 201.

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In honor of Pete Peterson and Pete Hagen, a scholarship has been established to support students that demonstrate excellence in improving our understanding of factors important to recovery from oil spills in Alaskan waters. 

Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Geophysical Surveys Related to Oil and Gas Activities in the Gulf of Mexico.  See details of Federal Register Volume 86, Issue 11 (January 19, 2021) here>>

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The Oil Spill Recovery Institute (OSRI) in Cordova, Alaska intends to support research related to the safety and security
of commercial, recreational, personal use, and subsistence foods during marine oil spills. More on RFP here>>

OR&R Senior Scientist Lisa DiPinto joined scientists from the EPA and U.S. Coast Guard to conduct experiments at the Ohmsett test tank facility in Leonardo, New Jersey to prepare for larger scale experiments being planned for later this year.

Essential functions are critical activities that must be performed, or rapidly resumed, especially after a disruption of normal activities. As subsets of government functions, there are three categories of essential functions: national essential functions, primary mission essential functions, and mission essential functions.

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NOAA's newest web portal is a remarkable tool showing "at-a-glance" the status of seven major US marine ecosystems across the U.S. as well as a national synthesis.

Job Posting: NOAA Scientific Support Coordinator / Regional Preparedness Coordinator (Environmental Scientist) position within the Office of Response and Restoration, Emergency Response Division (GS-13/14). The announcement will be open for 14 days; opening today 9/28/20 and closing on 10/12/20.

ExxonMobil has coordinated a dispersant workshop at Ohmsett annually since 2018. Ohmsett has an excellent space for a large group meeting but more importantly it provides attendees the opportunity to observe dispersant-effectiveness tests firsthand. Unfortunately, the travel restrictions forced us to cancel this year’s workshop. Instead we intend to hold a virtual workshop via a series of webinars starting in September.

Join NOAA's Thursday Lecture Series 'You Don't Know What You Don't Know' at 3:00 pm EDT!


The 2019 DoD Arctic Strategy updates DoD's strategic objectives for the Arctic region, in light of DoD's renewed assessment of the evolving Arctic security environment and the release of the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS). Anchored in NDS goals and priorities, this updated Arctic strategy outlines DoD's strategic approach for protecting U.S. national security interests in the Arctic in an era of strategic competition.

ECO Magazine Special Feature on Corals

In this "FED Talk" video, Dr. Ken Lee reviews the current state of knowledge on oil spill response in Canada. He discusses the collaborative efforts of Canadian and international scientists to advance research on alternative oil spill response and clean-up measures that will enhance our capability and capacity to prevent and minimize impacts to the environment and its living resources. These efforts are part of the Multi-Partner Research Initiative (MPRI), designed to build a research network that brings together the best scientific expertise in oil spill research to enhance Canada's level of preparedness and response capability to marine petroleum incidents. Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Bering Strait

The Bering Strait, a waterway between the United States and Russia, is a marine wildlife "super highway" that supports amazing animals, from beluga whales to spectacled eiders and king salmon. As warming temperatures melts Arctic sea ice, increasing commercial ship traffic through the strait is adding stress and risk of accidents to an already rapidly shifting environment. WWF has five recommended actions that the United States should take to protect the Bering Strait.

REMUS Calibration Experiments held in the MacFarlane Flume at UNH.

Kate Wheelock, Chief of the National Ocean Service (NOS) Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP), shares what the DPP is doing to support all of the NOS offices in response to COVID-19, commonly known as the novel coronavirus. Learn more about those response efforts here.

Check out the latest news from NOAA's Disaster Preparedness Program>>

Your computer is now a portal to the North Pole. Explore one of the most remote, mysterious regions on Earth from the comfort of your own home with a new massive open online course (MOOC) featuring short lectures by researchers about their work, stunning footage from an Arctic icebreaker, 360 videos and more.

Uncovering never-before-seen deep sea coral habitat, applying machine learning to severe weather warnings and fish survey data, and upgrading the U.S. global weather forecast model — these are just a few of NOAA’s scientific achievements in 2019.

Calibration of ROV Sensor using UNH's MacFarlane Flume: Tests were conducted in a specially built flume (the MacFarlane flume, also known as ‘Florence’ or ‘Flo’ for short) built by UNH doctoral graduate student Missy Gloekler. The sensors being compared and calibrated can detect oil droplets, gas bubbles, and dissolved oil in the water column by measuring fluorescence, backscatter, and holographic images. These instruments can be deployed on remotely operated underwater vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, and for some, may be operated by hand shipboard. The research team tested several types of fresh and emulsified oils, with and without dispersants, to detect and compare a wide range of droplet sizes, and air/gas bubbles.