Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator Jane Lubchenco  kicked off a nine-day trip to Colorado, California and Alaska with a town hall discussion at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on Wednesday, Aug. 17. ABC Denver correspondent Clayton Sandell moderated the discussion. Dr. Lubchenco, a Colorado native, focused the discussion on NOAA’s value to the nation and Colorado, especially at a time when extreme weather events are creating serious challenges for people and communities. Later in Aspen, she spoke at the 8th Annual American Renewable Energy Day Conference.
At the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, she said :
Our scientists build and improve our understanding of how the world works and how it is changing. But we do so much more than that. But we do so much more than that. NOAA puts that science to work for everyone – each and every day. NOAA scientists use science to create and share trusted information and solutions to some of the greatest challenges on this planet: such as knowing when and where severe storms will strike, testing seafood for safety, tracking and understanding climate change, using satellite to guide search and rescue operation, responding to oil spills, and working to restore oceans to a healthy state. So, these may seem like a disparate collection of services and stewardship, but they center around oceans, coasts, climate and weather- and are all based on science.
Science plays a pivotal role in our lives every day. All things NOAA start with science. For less than a nickel a day, per person per year, NOAA puts that science to work for every American providing essential services:
One of the best bargains in the country! Using science, we develop solutions for a sustainable future– a future with natural resources that our families, our grandchildren, and generations to come can enjoy and use, if we use them wisely first.
- Like healthy oceans.
- Like severe weather forecasting, warnings and research.
- Like disaster preparedness, and oil spill response and habitat restoration.
- Like seafood safety testing and satellite-aided search and rescue.