Present and Future Status of the NOAA Oceanographic Fleet
NOAA's Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) provides centralized management of NOAA's fleet of15 vessels that support a wide range of operational and research missions. NOAA's ship requirements are being met with a mix of commercial charters, contracts for data, the UNOLS academic fleet and NOAA vessels. In 2000, OMAO developed its five-year strategic plan in direct support of the NOAA strategic plan. The primary focus of the OMAO strategic plan is to provide the best value in safe, high-quality ship and aircraft operations and scientific support to NOAA and the nation. Having efficient and effective ocean platforms that collect atmospheric and oceanographic data, which can ground truth (or validate) other data platforms, is still paramount to NOAA and the scientific community. As NOAA continues its critical research on the coupling of the atmosphere and ocean that drives global climate, as well as protecting and managing marine environments, its fleet will playa vital role in supporting these efforts.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2001-09-01
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