NESDIS News Archive

NESDIS Recognized with Two Gold & One Silver Medal

The Gold and Silver Medal Awards are the highest and second highest honors granted by the Secretary of Commerce for distinguished service

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Award Recipients: Mary E. Kicza, W. Stan Wilson, D. Brent Smith, Linda V. Moodie, Kerry A. Sawyer, Mitchell D. Goldberg, Changyong Cao, Kenneth R. McDonald

Group Gold for Leadership: For leading change in the international space community and securing strong commitments from 28 space agencies to address gaps in Earth observation. This group is recognized for mobilizing space agencies worldwide to achieve demonstrated results in implementing the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO). NOAA leadership secured concrete commitments- the first ever- from heads of over 20 space agencies to address gaps in observation for priority societal needs, such as global monitoring of greenhouse gases from space and forest carbon tracking as identified by GEO, the Group of Eight Industrialized Nations, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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Pictured: Mary Kicza, Ken Knapp & Dave Levinson

Award Recipients: David Levinson Kenneth Knapp Howard J. Diamond Group Silver for Scientific/Engineering Achievement: For major innovations in climate stewardship, providing the authoritative source of historical hurricane track data to the global climate community. This group is recognized for developing the world's first centralized repository of hurricane track data – the International Best Track Archive for Climate Stewardship (IBTrACS). This endeavor required unprecedented coordination between over a dozen national meteorological centers worldwide, as well as the creation of a revolutionary approach for integrating and quality assuring hurricane track data from numerous disparate sources. Just completed in 2008, IBTrACS has already been formally adopted as an official archive of the World meteorological Organizatio

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Pictured: Mary Kicza, Sara Veasey & Eileen Shea Photo

Award Recipients: Thomas C. Peterson, Sara Veasey, David M. Anderson, Chris Miller (OAR), Susan Solomon (OAR), Jay Lawrimore, Roger Pulwarty (OAR), Group Gold for Customer Service: For producing a major scientific report detailing the impacts of global climate change in the United States. This group is recognized for producing a major scientific report detailing impacts of global climate change in the United States. On the June 16, 2009, release date, Dr. John Holdren of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy stated, "I think this is a terrific day for the intersection of science and public policy." He also said the report confirmed what scientists have long suspected – climate change due to heat-trapping pollution is already occurring and is visible throughout the United States, and the choices we make will determine the severity of its impacts in the future.