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2010s
  • 2010 NOAA scientists use data collected by the Global Hawk, NASA's unmanned aircraft, to study phenomena such as El Nino. Hurricane Earl marked the first flight of an unmanned aircraft system, NASA’s Global Hawk, above a fully developed tropical cyclone. AOML and NASA researchers collected data and images of Earl at 60,000 feet.
  • 2010 A photo taken at the spill source during the Deepwater Horizon response. NOAA mobilizes ships, aircraft, and personnel in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 2010 NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer participates in the first join expedition by the U.S. and Indonesia to explore unknown deep-sea areas in Indonesian waters.
  • 2010 During the 2018 Rivers2Lake Summer Institute, Superior Middle School life science teacher Valerie Poynter (left) and Carlton High School biology teacher Katherine Nistler (right), accompanied by University of Minnesota, Duluth, Ph.D. student Kait Reinl (center), perform a plankton tow in the Bibon Slough in Port Wing, Wisconsin. A nearly 17,000-acre area encompassing freshwater marshes, uplands, and river on the shores of Lake Superior in Wisconsin becomes the 28th member of NOAA's National Estuarine Research Reserve System.
  • 2011 The NWS begins to upgrade the NEXRAD radar network to add dual polarization capabilities. Dual polarization (using horizontal and vertical radar pulses) improves the identification of different precipitation types and amounts, as well as tornado debris and other non-weather targets, leading to more accurate forecasts and warnings.
  • 2011 Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors. Following several weather disasters in 2011 that took hundreds of lives, NWS initiates the Weather Ready Nation campaign. WRN combines the resources of the NWS with communities, emergency managers, businesses, and the general public to encourage readiness, responsiveness, and resilience to extreme weather, water, and climate events.
  • 2011 A 4-day tornado outbreak across 21 states and parts of Canada results in a total of 360 tornadoes, including a record 216 on April 27 alone. The outbreak kills 348 people, making it the deadliest day for tornados since 1925.
  • 2011 A juvenile shortfin mako shark swimming in the waters off California. The Shark Conservation Act improves the conservation of sharks domestically and internationally.
  • 2011 Debris from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan floats off the Sendai coast. NOAA's Marine Debris Program launches a response to debris floating across the Pacific Ocean resulting from a devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
  • 2012 NOAA Ship Ferdinand R Hassler NOAA commissions state-of-the-art coastal mapping vessel, NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler, named for the founding superindendent of the Coast Survey (1770-1843), the precursor to today's NOAA. The ship operates mainly along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, Caribbean Sea, and Great Lakes in support of NOAA's nautical charting mission.
  • 2012 Many residents ignored evacuation orders during Hurricane Sandy. Sea Grant research on Sandy is helping communities prepare for the next big storm. Superstorm Sandy makes landfall along the south shore of New Jersey. NOAA conducts navigation surveys to restore maritime commerce, aerial surveys to assist on-the-ground responders, and other storm damage assessments.
  • 2013 NOAA has selected James Gridley, Ph.D., to lead NOAA’s National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska. The Alaska Tsunami Warning Center is renamed the National Tsunami Warning Center. Its responsibilities cover the areas of the U.S. Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf Coasts, British Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Atlantic Coast of Canada.
  • 2013 Electronic navigational chart displayed on an Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) on NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson. NOAA announces the end of traditional paper nautical charts, instead providing print-on-demand charts and electronic charts.
  • 2013 NOAA dedicates the Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center in Honolulu. The center integrated new facilities with historic preservation of four WWII-era structures, culminating in an environmentally-sustainable, state-of-the-art, LEED-certified campus.
  • 2013 NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker is the fifth in a series of Oscar Dyson-class fisheries survey vessels and one of the most technologically advanced fisheries vessels in the world. NOAA takes delivery of Reuben Lasker, the agency's newest high-tech fisheries survey vessel. The 208-ft ship supports surveys of fish, marine mammals, and turtles of the U.S. West Coast and in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
  • 2013 The Eastern population segment of Steller sea lions is removed from the Endangered Species list.
  • 2014 Satellite image of a harmful algal bloom. NOAA forecasts a bloom of cyanobacteria that contaminated drinking water in Lake Erie on August 2, 2014. This event left nearly 400,000 people in Ohio without drinking water for two days.
  • 2014 Climate Explorer NOAA released version 1.0 of the web-based U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, which helps the Nation address challenges related to coastal flooding and other climate-related risks.
  • 2014 NOAA collaborates on a tool called OceanAdapt to track shifting fish distribution in response to climate change. A Presidential Task Force is established to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and seafood fraud. Involving 12 federal agencies co-led by the State Department and NOAA, the Task Force identified 15 actions to strengthen enforcement. One of those actions resulted in establishing the Seafood Import Monitoring Program.
  • 2015 NOAA's DSCOVR satellite launch. Visit www.nesdis.noaa.gov/DSCOVR for more about NOAA's first deep space mission. NOAA successfully launched DSCOVR from Cape Canaveral, Florida. DSCOVR, the United States’ first operational deep space satellite, is a vital piece of our international space weather observing system.
  • 2015 These aren’t vending machines: They are NOAA supercomputers that collect, process and analyze billions of observations from weather satellites, weather balloons, buoys and surface stations from around the world. NOAA begins a major upgrade of its large scale operational supercomputers that will create more realistic conditions in NOAA models and enable more accurate weather forecasts and enhanced public safety.
  • 2015 Using unmanned aircraft to detect oil spills: NOAA and USCG team recover Puma unmanned aircraft after testing its ability to detect simulated oil among ice in the Arctic in August 2014. NOAA ships collect critical hydrographic, fisheries, and protected species data in the Arctic region, enabling improvements to nautical charts required for safe navigation and providing data on managed species.
  • 2016 GOES-17 took this stunning, full-disk snapshot of Earth’s Western Hemisphere from its checkout position at 12:00 p.m. EDT on May 20, 2018, using the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument. The next generation of geostationary satellites begins with the launch of GOES-16 on November 19, 2016, and GOES-17 on March 1, 2018. The GOES-R series provides advanced imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth’s weather, oceans and environment, real-time mapping of total lightning activity, and improved monitoring of solar activity and space weather.
  • 2016 The United States represents one of the largest single markets for fish and fish products, second only to the European Union in imports; in 2016, the EU, US, and Japanese markets together accounted for approximately 64 percent of the total value of world imports of fish and fish products.
  • 2016 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act: overfishing and overfished numbers hit historic all-time lows, with just 8 percent of managed fish stocks on the overfishing list and 16 percent of stocks considered overfished—all of them under rebuilding plans.
  • 2017 The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 is passed. The first major weather legislation since the early 1990s, the act directs NOAA to prioritize weather research and forecasting improvement, satellite and data innovation, and improve coordination among government agencies, research institutions, and industry.
  • 2017 JPSS-1 is the first in a new series of four highly advanced NOAA polar-orbiting environmental satellites. NOAA launches polar-orbiting satellite JPSS-1, officially known as NOAA-20. The satellite's advanced instruments provide global observations that serve as the backbone of both short- and long-term forecasts, including those that help us predict and prepare for severe weather events.
  • 2017 NOAA's new Aircraft Operations Center facility in Lakeland, Florida. Federal, state, and local officials cut the ribbon on the new facility for NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center at Lakeland Linder International Airport in Lakeland, Florida.
  • 2018 NOAA launches a massive supercomputer upgrade, putting it among the 30 fastest in the world with the ability to process 8 quadrillion calculations per second.
  • 2019 An estimated 91 percent of all U.S.-managed seafood species are not experiencing overfishing with 82% of stocks not overfished and 45 stocks fully rebuilt since 2000 – a 97% increase in the Fish Stock Sustainability Index since tracking began in 2000.