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Letter of Concurrence issued for NASA's EPOCH Mission
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    United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Endangered Species Act Interagency Cooperation Division, ; United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Office of Protected Resources, ;
  • Description:
    "There are four operational ocean areas of interest for the NASA EPOCH Mission: (1) East Pacific, (2) Gulf of Mexico, (3) Caribbean, and (4) western Atlantic. NASA's proposed EPOCH Mission will use the same dropsonde technologies as those deployed during the Global Hawk HS3 Mission, thus the same effects previously considered in 2012 are expected to occur for the EPOCH Mission in all ocean basins. The primary area of focus will be the Eastern Pacific, but due to the uncertainty of where hurricanes will initiate and track, NASA needs to maintain the ability to operate in the other ocean areas in the event there are no hurricanes to track in the East Pacific during the six week period. Thus NASA needs to be able to fly all regions of the East Pacific and Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico Ocean basins spanning between 10 to 35 degrees north and 150 to 75 degrees west. NASA proposes to conduct up to six flights in the East Pacific (or other areas if necessary) during a six week period from July 1, 2017, to November 1, 2017"--Proposed action (Page 2). [Consultation Tracking number: FPR-2017-9211]. [doi:10.7289/V5KW5D3J (https://doi.org/10.7289/V5KW5D3J)].

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