IN MANY PLACES AND IN MANY WAYS NOAA’S ENVIRONMENTAL HEROES HELP PROTECT THE PLANET
20, 2007 — A lighthouse keeper in Iceland who records atmospheric measurements,
a cartoonist who educates millions of readers and an amateur radio operator
who organized a weather warning system are among the 10 recipients of
the 2007 NOAA Environmental Heroes
Environmental Heroes 2007
Stephen Doty, Arden, N.C.: Doty created the Centers for Environmental and Climatic Interaction (CECI) in Asheville, N.C. His devotion to weather led him to document the history of weather observing in the community and to spearhead the celebration in his community this summer of the 150th anniversary of weather observing.
David Gould, Plymouth, Mass.: Gould’s efforts have resulted in many protection, restoration and stewardship projects, including the removal of dams to benefit upstream-swimming fish. He incorporates the full watershed restoration into his planning process, rather than focus on a single aspect or project.
Daryl Herzmann, Ames, Iowa: Herzmann combined a love of science with a dedication to helping others when he created the Iowa Environmental Mesonet, a “one-stop-shopping” Web site for current atmospheric and hydrological observations, weather, roadway pavement data, agricultural soil information and climatology.
Bruce Popham, Marathon, Fla.: A champion of the Key West marine environment, Popham leads volunteer efforts to protect the waters around the Keys, such as Florida’s Clean Marina Program.
Josephine Kozic, Tuckerton, N.J.: Kozic led a fledgling volunteer effort into a robust program at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve in New Jersey. Her efforts ensure that the reserve’s long-term ecosystem observatory is operational with 24-hour volunteer staffing during critical research periods.
Charles M. Quinn, New Bedford, Mass.: Quinn, his crew and his vessel, the F/V Celtic, has assisted in several key biological surveys and marine conservation projects.
Oskar J. Sigurdsson, Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland — A third-generation lighthouse keeper in Iceland, Sigurdsoon has enabled the NOAA’s Global Monitoring Division in Boulder, Colo., to produce a 15-year time series of carbon dioxide and other trace-gas measurements at the Storhofdi Lighthouse.
Jill Wright, Charlottesville, Va. — Combining educational opportunities with scientific research, Wright has channeled her dedication, enthusiasm and collaboration to support the NOAA Ocean Observing System for climate and weather forecasts.
NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is celebrating 200 years of science and service to the nation. From the establishment of the Survey of the Coast in 1807 by Thomas Jefferson to the formation of the Weather Bureau and the Commission of Fish and Fisheries in the 1870s, much of America's scientific heritage is rooted in NOAA. NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of the nation's coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 60 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.
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