Sustainable Beaches: Weather Impacts VADM Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr. US Navy (Ret.) Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere NOAA Administrator

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Sustainable Beaches--Weather Impacts 3 NOAAs Mission and Goals To understand and predict changes in the Earths environment and to conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet the Nations economic, social and environmental needs Mission Goals: Protect, restore, and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through an ecosystem approach to management Understand climate variability and change to enhance societys ability to plan and respond Serve societys needs for weather and water information Support the Nations commerce with information for safe, efficient, and environmentally sound transportation Provide critical support for NOAAs mission

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<p>Sustainable Beaches: Weather Impacts VADM Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr. US Navy (Ret.) Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere NOAA Administrator November 1, 2005 Sustainable Beaches--Weather Impacts 2 NOAAs Vision An informed society that uses a comprehensive understanding of the role of the oceans, coasts and atmosphere in the global ecosystem to make the best social and economic decisions Sustainable Beaches--Weather Impacts 3 NOAAs Mission and Goals To understand and predict changes in the Earths environment and to conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet the Nations economic, social and environmental needs Mission Goals: Protect, restore, and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through an ecosystem approach to management Understand climate variability and change to enhance societys ability to plan and respond Serve societys needs for weather and water information Support the Nations commerce with information for safe, efficient, and environmentally sound transportation Provide critical support for NOAAs mission Sustainable Beaches--Weather Impacts 4 Ecosystem Approach to Management Balancing Diverse Societal Objectives Economic needs Tourism Commerce Fishing industry Social needs Beach tourism recreational fishing boating Environmental needs healthy beaches healthy fish stocks healthy waters Sustainable Beaches--Weather Impacts 5 Weather Impacts Wind Damage Storm surge Hazardous Materials Spills Tornadoes Erosion Sustainable Beaches--Weather Impacts 6 One NOAA Hurricanes Observations ResearchReconnaissance Forecasting Sustainable Beaches--Weather Impacts 7 One NOAA Hurricanes Preparation Aerial Surveys Navigation Response Teams Satellite Imagery Sustainable Beaches--Weather Impacts 8 One NOAA Coastal Erosion Dauphin Island, AL - Katrina Cape Hatteras - Isabel Sustainable Beaches--Weather Impacts 9 One NOAA Coastal Erosion Conserving and Restoring Coastal Habitat Administrations Wetlands Initiative Fostering Local Restoration Projects Community Based Restoration Sustainable Beaches--Weather Impacts 10 One NOAA Preserving Habitat National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERR) 26 Reserves System Wide Monitoring Program National Marine Sanctuaries Sustainable Beaches--Weather Impacts 11 The Way Ahead U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy U.S. Ocean Action Plan December 17, 2004 Executive Order: Committee on Ocean Policy U.S. Ocean Action Plan Sustainable Beaches--Weather Impacts 12 The Way Ahead Beaches and An Integrated Ocean Observing System Build an ocean observing system as part of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Better management with improved observation systems Sustainable Beaches--Weather Impacts 13 The Way Ahead Taking the Pulse of the Planet Natural &amp; Human Induced Disasters Human Health &amp; Well-Being Energy Resources Climate Variability &amp; Change Water Resources Weather Information, Forecasting &amp; Warning Terrestrial, Coastal &amp; Marine Ecosystems Sustainable Agriculture &amp; Desertification Biodiversity Sustainable Beaches--Weather Impacts 14 The Way Ahead Coastal Ocean Observation System (COOS) Tide Gauge Coastal Observations National Water Level Observing Network Wave Buoys/Current Meters Aerial Survey/LiDAR Mapping Digital Elevation Models from Global Positioning System and LiDAR Weather Buoy Sustainable Beaches--Weather Impacts 15 The Way Ahead U.S. Tsunami Monitoring System U.S. Plan For An Improved Tsunami Monitoring System Enable enhanced monitoring, detection, warning &amp; communications Deploy 39 advanced technology DART buoys Commit $37.5M over next 2 years Provide: Nearly 100% coverage for U.S. coasts Expanded capability throughout Pacific &amp; Caribbean basins Part of future global observation &amp; global tsunami warning systems Thank You VADM Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr. US Navy (Ret.) Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere NOAA Administrator November 1, 2005</p>