Forecasting hurricanes, mapping coral reefs, monitoring climate change, operating tsunami warning systems, managing fisheries and producing navigation charts are just a few of the NOAA services of economic and environmental importance to the people of the Caribbean. Given the diversity and geographic extent of projects across the region, sharing best practices and communicating the status and coordination of science, service and stewardship happening with NOAA and its partners in the region can be challenging. To aid this effort, the NOAA in the Caribbean collaborative was formed in 2010 and we are pleased to release
Vol. 1, Issue 2 of the NOAA in the Caribbean Newsletter in August of 2012 to continue our commitment to better connect NOAA activities and scientists with the Caribbean region’s managers, partners, and decision makers. NOAA’s Southeast and Caribbean Regional Team and the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science support the collaborative and the newsletter. You can see the first newsletter we issue in February of 2012, read the blog post or download the eBook onto your e-Reader at Internet Archive.
In this issue we cover stories on six U.S. Caribbean MPAs included in the National System of MPAs; a project that educates on best practices for the construction industry to reduce run-off; new and closer partnerships with the community; more new online NOAA data portals and datasets; and some important dates for upcoming meetings and funding opportunities.
We welcome feedback on the newsletter style and content, and we are always interested in receiving contributions from across the Line Offices that help connect NOAA and partners in the Caribbean. Please e-mail us your feedback and story ideas to CaribbeanNews@noaa.gov.
NCCOS Blogger Biography: Simon Pittman, Ph.D., has served as a senior marine ecologist for the Biogeography Branch of NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) since 2004 and simultaneously as U.S. Virgin Islands Science Coordinator for NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program since 2007. He first worked in the Caribbean as a marine biologist in 1993 performing underwater surveys on the Belize Barrier Reef to support the designation of marine protected areas. In addition to his role as NOAA scientist he is an Adjunct Research Professor at the University of the Virgin Islands where he co-founded a spatial data facility, ran courses on Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Modeling and mentored NOAA funded MS students. Dr. Pittman earned his Ph.D. in Marine Spatial Ecology from the University of Queensland, Australia.