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Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux <[log in to unmask]>
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Climate & Meterology in Vermont <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 12 May 2009 16:19:54 -0400
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Hi everyone

Here is a breakdown of the 2010 budget request for NOAA>


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Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 16:14:33 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: ASLA 09-09: FY 2010 Budget Request for NOAA is Here!

ASLA 09-09: FY 2010 Budget Request for NOAA is Here!

Dr. Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Administrator, presented an overview of President
Obama's budget request for NOAA in Fiscal Year 2010 (FY10) to a very excited
crowd in Washington, D.C., yesterday, 11 May 2009.  This budget request has
been sent from the President to Congress, which, after some adjustment,
Congress will need to approve before it is enacted.

During her presentation, Dr. Lubchenco pointed out that NOAA is about more
than just using good science, but it's also about communicating to the public and
shaping policy.  Morever, she stated, "[NOAA is] committed to continuing to
improve weather forecasts and disaster warnings," and noted that NOAA is in
the early stages of discussing the creation of a National Climate Service (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:h.r.02306:).

NOAA has requested a total of $4.48B in FY10, an increase of 2.5% or $110M.
NOAA believes this is a "good budget", especially considering that it received
flat funding for FY05-FY08.  A summary breakdown with certain program
highlights are as follows:

      o  Satellites:  $1.43B, +$250.6M or 21.3% (this increase "reflects planned
         investments in satellite acquisition", noting "satellite data is critical
         for weather and climate forecasts and the protection of life and property")
           o  Geostationary Satellite System (GEOS-R Series): $737M,
               +$272M or 58%
           o  Polar-orbiting Satellite System (NPOESS): $382M, +$94.2M or
           o  Jason-3 Altimetry Mission (Sea Height): $20M

      o  Weather:  $963.9M, +$5M or 0.5%
           o  Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project:  $17M, +$13M or
               325% (to improve track and intensity forecasts by 20% in five years)
           o  NEXRAD Doppler Radar:  $7M (to fill existing radar gaps)
           o  Aviation Weather Next Generation:  $11.4M, +$6.1M or 115%
           o  Space Weather Forecast Improvement:  $10.9M, +$2.7M or 33%
               (in response to upcoming solar storm maximum in 2012)

      o  Research & Climate:  $404.6M, -$3.7M or 1%
           o  Ocean Acidification: $5.5M ($4M for monitoring and $1.5M for
               research of the consequences on marine species)
           o  National Integrated Drought Information System:  $12.9M,
               +$4.6M or 55% ($2M to develop a climate drought forecast
               system, noting "drought costs the US economy $7-8B annually)
           o  Decadal Climate Predictions:  $2.6M
           o  National Climate Model Portal:  $2.5M
           o  US Climate Reference Network (USCRN):  $4.5M, +$1.3M or

      o  Oceans & Coasts:  $502.7M, -$56M or 10%
           o  Coastal Taskforce and CSMA National Program:  $10.4M,
               +$3.1M or 42.5%
           o  Geodesy:  $30M, +$4M or 15.4% (a multi-year effort to improve
               information in maps and navigational charts)
           o  National Center for Coastal Ocean Science:  $36.2M, +$2.9M or

Previously this year, NOAA received $830M from the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act (ARRA (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:HR00001:@@@L&summ2=m&)), or stimulus funds.  NOAA's spending plan for these
funds was approved by Congress last Thursday, 7 May 2009, and includes:
      o  $430M:  improvements for weather forecasting and satellite
          development, and construction and repair of NOAA facilities, ships,
          and equipment
      o  $170M:  climate modeling activities, including supercomputing
          procurement and research into climate change

Dr. Lubchenco also noted that in the past year, NOAA has successfully:
      o  Installed the 3,000th Argo Float, which provides information on heat
          balance in the ocean
      o  Commissioned a new vessel for ocean exploration
      o  Improved hurricane track forecasts from an error of 110 miles to 86
          miles.  Every mile of improved accuracy saves $800K in evacuation
      o  Improved tornado events lead time from 11 to 14 minutes

For additional information on NOAA's FY10 budget and the specific programs
within NOAA, please click here (http://www.noaa.gov).

You can direct NOAA budget questions to: [log in to unmask] (mailto:[log in to unmask])

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