23 Sep 2010

JRC collaboration with leading US environmental agency

Leen Hordijk; Stephan Lechner; Dr Jane Lubchenco; Roland Schenkel; Margaret Spring; Chuck Wooldridge
Dr Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for Ocean Policy – NOAA Administrator (3rd from left), visits the JRC on 22 September 2010

A delegation from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) met with JRC representatives on 22 September to discuss current collaborations and the potential for future collaborations between the two organisations. NOAA is a federal scientific agency within the U.S. Department for Commerce and a world leading authority on environmental issues. The delegation was lead by Dr Jane Lubchenco who is the current Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere within this department, and NOAA's Administrator.

The JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) and Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) currently collaborate with NOAA on a variety of topics including tsunami modelling and tropical cyclone forecasts for early alert/warning systems, as well as activities in the field Earth observation, such as flood forecasting and work on the Global Climate Observing System. Discussions at the meeting proved fruitful and, in addition to the one current formal agreement between the two organisations, NOAA's participation in the International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) managed by the JRC, the two organisations now hope to establish more formal collaborations in the future.

NOAA is the American scientific agency responsible for the study of the oceans and atmosphere. It was established in its current form in 1970 to be a national service capable of better understanding the environment, providing the scientific knowledge to help protect lives and property against natural catastrophes, and of guiding the use and protection of ocean and coastal resources.

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