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NOAA EXPANDS TEAM
OF EXPERTS FOR EGYPTAIR FLIGHT 990 SEARCH
November 4, 1999 NOAA
is playing a greater role in the recovery efforts for EgyptAir
Flight 990. In addition to the NOAA
Ship Whiting, which is being used to map the ocean floor
in search of the debris field, NOAA marine weather and oil spill
experts are now part of the team searching for the downed aircraft.
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Bad weather caused the recovery
efforts to be halted. Weather forecasters from NOAA's
Marine Prediction Center, a division of NOAA's
National Weather Service, and oceanographers are providing
detailed forecasts to the recovery team, which will help determine
when the operations can resume. They are supplying forecasts
in the form of text and maps. NOAA physical scientists are producing
mosaics from the information gathered by the NOAA Ship Whiting
after a day of scanning a 36-square-mile area.
The oil spill experts, from NOAA's
Office of Response and Restoration, are using computer models
to help investigators determine where the plane may have crashed.
They use what is known as "hindcasting," which is the
reverse of a weather forecast that looks ahead. The oil spill
experts take information gathered about oil
slicks and floating debris to look backward in time to determine
the plane's probable point of impact.
offshore weather buoy in the vicinity of the search area
and NOAA's Marine Prediction
Center are supplying the latest near real-time ocean information,
including offshore waters forecasts, (chart
TAKE PART IN JFK, JR. PLANE SEARCH
FOCUSED MULTI-BEAM SIDE SCAN SONAR
OFFICE OF COAST SURVEY
The nation's official chartmaker.
LOCATES WRECKAGE ON OCEAN FLOOR AFTER TWA FLIGHT 800 DISASTER
NOTE: A NAUTICAL MILE = 1.15 MILES ; e.g. 13.6 knots =
13.6 x 1.15 = 15.64 miles per hour
Office of NOAA Corps
NOAAs beginning, a large percentage of its oceanographic,
atmospheric, hydrographic, fisheries and coastal data has been
collected on NOAA
ships and aircraft. This fleet of platforms is managed and
operated by the Office of NOAA Corps Operations, an office made
up of civilians and officers of the NOAA
Commissioned Corps (a uniformed service of the United States).
In addition to research and monitoring activities critical to
NOAAs mission, NOAA ships
and aircraft provide immediate response capabilities for unpredictable
events, such as recovery and search efforts after the TWA Flight
800 crash, damage assessment after major oil spills such as the
Exxon Valdez, Persian Gulf War and New Carissa, and several major
hurricanes during the 1998 season.
Rear Admiral Evelyn
Fields is the director of the NOAA Corps.
ocean information from a buoy near the crash site off the
coast of Nantucket Island. This information comes from NOAA's
National Data Buoy Center. Offshore waters forecasts (graphics
are also being provided in text format by NOAA's
Marine Prediction Center.
Media should contact Greg
Hernandez, NOAA public affairs, in Washington, DC, at (202)
482-3091 or the main number at (202) 482-6090. Media can also
contact the U.S. Coast Guard public affairs command center in
Newport, Rhode Island, at (401) 841-9541, -9542, or -9580.