Budget Hearing-National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, One Hundred and Fourteenth Congress, March 18, 2015   [open pdf - 347KB]

This March 18, 2015 hearing titled, "Budget Hearing-National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration" was held before the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, and Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. The following is taken from the opening statement of Kathryn Sullivan: "The environmental intelligence and the services NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] provides are in higher demand today than ever before. The increased frequency and severity of extreme weather events means that NOAA must forecast and respond to these events with improved skill and accuracy. But the greater demand for our services goes beyond just extreme weather. Our marine transportation system must be more efficient to accommodate growing volume of commerce at our ports. NOAA provides the positioning data, tide and currents information, and nautical charts that ensure safe navigation and keeps commerce flowing. Furthermore, changes in marine ecosystems due to climate and other stressors are increasing the need for a greater number of advanced scientific assessments to sustain and promote economically viable commercial and recreational fisheries, and to ensure that threatened and endangered species are protected. NOAA's integrated response to extreme events such as droughts, hurricanes, tornadoes, and heat waves demonstrates how our agency leverages its diverse capabilities to support the nation from preparedness to response to recovery: data collected from a spectrum of platforms enables the development of environmental intelligence from science-based models to support a suite of products to provide decision support to individuals, communities, and governments. I thank you for recognizing NOAA as a key agency supporting the preparedness, response, and recovery efforts surrounding extreme events." Statements, letters, and other materials submitted for the record can be found from the following: Kathryn Sullivan.

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