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April 2016 Issue

25 Years Ago 1991. In the summer of 1991, NOAA launched a two-year program installing a belt of instrumentation stretching across the Pacific Ocean to enhance climate change studies. The 8,000-mi.-long, 1,000-mi.-wide array of buoys crossed at the Equator from the Galapagos Islands to New Guinea. ... The National Research Council committee recommended NOAA’s National Weather Service Modernization plan, including its increase in financial and personnel support. ... The Pentagon announced the opening of the University Research Initiative FY 1992-1996 competition, where $45 million per year was to be given to universities, subject to the availability of appropriations.


15 Years Ago 2001. The world’s biggest offshore oil rig sank into the South Atlantic after a five-day battle to keep it afloat. The accident began when a series of explosions crippled the rig, killing 10 of the 175 people aboard. ... President George W. Bush met with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld about the Pentagon review of the U.S. military on what possible changes or strategies he recommended. ... The Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE) named Penelope Dalton as vice president and technical director.


10 Years Ago 2006. The U.S. Coast Guard established new sector commands by integrating groups, marine safety offices (MSOs), vessel traffic services and, in some cases, air stations to more effectively manage their operational environment. ... The U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS) funded a three-week series of experiments February 20 to March 10, 2006 at the National Oil Spill Response Test Facility (OHMSETT) in Leonardo, New Jersey. The purpose was to determine the dispersibility of fresh and weathered Alaskan crude oils in cold water. ... NOAA introduced a new version of the COAST Web portal, NowCOAST, providing coastal communities real-time updates and observations of NOAA forecasts.


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