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NOAA's accomplishments, 2009 - 2012 : all hands on deck
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NOAA's accomplishments, 2009 - 2012 : all hands on deck
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    All hands on deck, 2009 - 2012
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    This report highlights the NOAA's accomplishments during 2009-2012, under Dr. Jane Lubchenco administration. The portfolio has been prepared by Chris Blackburn with contributions from all the NOAA line and staff offices. it was presented to all NOAA employees with Dr. Lubchenco's farewell communication. In the introductory letter, Dr. Lubchenco wrote: "Dear Friends, Day in and day out, NOAA's work impacts the lives of every American. From life-saving and commerce-enabling weather forecasts to research on how our planet is changing to protecting natural resources and sharing information broadly, NOAA personnel are developing solutions for some of our planet's most pressing challenges. NOAA enriches lives through science, services and stewardship. With roots dating back to 1807, our agency has evolved to meet the needs of a changing nation and changing environment. During my nearly four years at NOAA, through daily interactions and challenging disasters, I've had occasion to get to know many of our nearly 13,000 employees and hundreds of contractors upon which we rely. One thing that has impressed me immensely is the passion they feel for our mission. I've also been astounded at NOAA's breadth -- our mission takes us from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor. And I've seen NOAA adapt to changing circumstances and embrace new opportunities and challenges, while staying true to its core values. An example of this adaptation is NOAA,s embrace of innovative ways to be more efficient or effective, whether it's cloud IT solutions or social media. Beginning with Facebook and Twitter in 2009, NOAA has developed a strong social media presence, tweeting and posting to hundreds of thousands of followers around the nation and the world. Because of the dedication and hard work of NOAA employees, and thanks to great partnerships, we've been able to tackle some big issues. I've often said that the diversity of our mission is one of NOAA's greatest challenges, but it's also a great strength: It enables timely integration across research, weather, climate, oceans, coasts, satellites, ships, and planes to deliver useful services and stewardship. Through an emphasis on transparency, integrity, innovation, team work and communication, we have made significant progress on multiple fronts during the last four years. So, what have we accomplished? During the past four years, NOAA employees have worked with our partners to end overfishing and rebuild depleted fish stocks; helped create the first National Ocean Policy that highlights the importance of healthy oceans; issued life-saving weather, water, and tsunami warnings and worked toward a Weather Ready Nation; invested in coastal communities and strived to make them more resilient through integrated conservation and restoration; strengthened science through our first Scientific Integrity Policy; and created a new generation of climate services to enable smart planning, adaption, and mitigation. This is just a small sample of NOAA's efforts to fulfill its overall mission. The following stories flesh out these and other successes. Far from an exhaustive list, this compilation provides highlights from NOAA's impressive portfolio. I am tremendously proud to have been part of the NOAA family and am confident that it will continue to provide the services, science, and stewardship on which so much and so many depend. Enjoy reading these stories and feel proud. Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator."

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