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NOAA seeks members for its new Ocean Exploration Advisory Board

Contact: Fred Gorell, 301-734-1021

NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) is accepting applications from and nominations for individuals with appropriate professional backgrounds who are interested in serving on NOAA’s Ocean Exploration Advisory Board. Board members will advise the under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere on all aspects of ocean exploration.

"The individuals selected for this Board will help shape the future of our nation’s ocean exploration program," said Robert Detrick, Ph.D., assistant administrator for NOAA research.

Ten board members, including a chair and co-chair, will be appointed initially to three-, four- or five-year terms. They will identify ocean areas that warrant exploration, and will explore issues related to ocean exploration technology development and enhancement, data and information management, and dissemination of results. Board members will also provide advice on the program’s relevance to NOAA's strategic plan and other relevant guidance documents.

Consideration will be given to those with scientific credentials, national reputations and expertise in fields relevant to ocean exploration including ocean science, engineering, technology, education, social science and communication.

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Credit: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program

Members will meet two times a year, exclusive of subcommittee, task force and working group meetings. These special government employees are unpaid, but will be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred during duty.

For more information, view the Ocean Exploration Advisory Board notice in the Federal Register. All required application materials must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. EST on Dec. 28, 2012, to Yvette Jefferson via mail, fax, or e-mail. Mail: NOAA, 1315 East West Highway, SSMC3 Rm. 10315, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Fax: (301) 713-1967; E-mail:

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