Ants Leetma, Gerald D. Bell, Ming Ji, Vernon E. Kousky,
Arun Kumar, Robert E. Livezey, Edward A. O’Lenic,
Richard J. Tinker, NWS: For issuing the first highly
skilled, physically based climate forecasts for U.S. temperatures
and rainfall based on El Nino for Winter 1997-98.
James S. Doherty, Phillip N. Weigant, NWS: For design,
development, and deployment of the Emergency Managers
Weather Information Network.
Walter Telesetsky, Douglas F. Hess, David B. Caldwell,
Andris Karlsons, Gary Rice, Peter C. Lyden, NWS: For
leadership excellence resulting in the successful deployment
of 164 NEXRAD Doppler Weather Surveillance systems.
NWS Office, Melbourne, Florida: For providing early
and precise severe weather warnings that saved many lives
during the most devastating tornado outbreak in the history
Thomas Karl, Sydney Levitus, Jonathan Overpeck, NESDIS:
For professional excellence and world class scientific
contributions which have advanced the understanding of
the climate system and variability.
Thomas Wrublewski, Gustave J. Comeyne, Ronald J. Hooker,
Gregory P. Johnson, Kathleen A. Kelly, Steven P. Pirkner,
Cyril A. Settles, Howard J. Singer, Michael A. Suranno,
Timothy J. Walsh, NESDIS: For management excellence
resulting in the uncontested award of a potentially $900
million contract for the new GOES-N/O/P/Q spacecraft in
only 156 days.
Nickalaus Thomas Pinkine, Andrew Dress, Michael Weinreb,
Diane V. Robinson, Cheryl a. King, Richard G. Reynolds,
NESDIS: For engineering performance in the recovery
of the GOES-10 spacecraft in full capacity following its
solar array failure.
Gregory K. Silber, Lindy S. Johnson, NMFS: For conservation
of the Northern Right Whale through the development of
a mandatory commercial vessel reporting and monitoring
system in U.S. waters.
Dali G. Borden, Albert M. Samuels, Andrew R. Cohen, Richard
A. Severtson, NMFS: For investigative excellence in
the protection of the American public and stewardship
of our Nation’s living marine resources.
Kevin J. Schrab, NWS: For sustained record of accomplishments
in improving forecasts through the use of satellite imagery.
Robert W. Collins, NWS: For an innovative approach
to significantly increasing public severe weather awareness.
NWS Forecast Office, Portland, Maine; NWS Office, Burlington,
Vermont: For exceptional public service and dedication
to duty during the Winter Ice Storm of 1998.
NWS Forecast Office, Jackson, Kentucky: For exceptional
leadership through team excellence in furthering DOC and
NOAA diversity goals.
Linda V. Moodie, NESDIS: For creativity and leadership
in achieving a negotiation breakthrough in securing U.S.
Government real-time access to Indian satellite data.
John E. O’Reilly, NMFS: For creativity and innovation
in the use of satellite oceanography for studying ocean
John F. Witzig, NMFS: For developing and managing
a comples multistage scientific review of red snapper
science and management in the Gulf of Mexico.
Carol-Ann Manen, Erik Zobrist, John Iliff, James Jeansonne,
Robert E. Ransom, Joseph D’Felio, Jerry A. Britton,
Cheryl Scannel, James Harold Hudson, NOS: For professional
excellence in developing and implementing the Mona Island
Coral Reef Restoration project.
OAR/Office of NOAA Corps Operations, Meteorological Applications
and Assessment Divison, Aircraft Operations Center: For
the extraordinary response to NOAA’s call to study
and forecast the unusual weather associated with this
past winter’s severe El Nino.
Rudolph J. Dominic, OFA: For outstanding leadership
in the improvement of financial management.
Ward R. Seguin and William Joseph Carrigg, NWS; Dennis
S. Walts, Carl S. Bullock, Darien L. Davis, Joseph S.
Wakefield and Uwe Herbert Grote, FSL OAR: For design,
development and integration of the Advanced Weather Interactive
Processing System infrastructure software.
Ronald D. Zwickl, Susan R. Sahm, Viola J. Raben, Richard
N. Grubb, Kent A. Doggett, Thomas R. Detman and William
P. Barrett, SEC OAR : For design, development and
implementation of the Real-Time Solar Wind System.
Office of NOAA Corps Operations, the National Ocean Service
and the Office of Public and Constituent Affairs: For
locating John F. Kennedy, Jr's, aircraft in support of
victim recovery, salvage and investigative efforts.
NOAA Ship Oregon II Office of NOAA Corps Operations :
For heroic rescue efforts in saving three lives at
sea off Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Feb. 28, 1998.
NWS Forecast Office, Norman, Okla.: For providing
life saving weather warnings and other services during
an outbreak of violent tornadoes on May 3, 1999.
Cdr. Grady H. Tuell, NOS: For radically advancing
the accuracy and efficiency of shoreline mapping.
Roderick A. Scofield, NESDIS: For research in the
use of satellite data to obtain estimates of heavy precipitation
that are used in NOAA's critical flash flood forecasting
Isaac M. Held, OAR: For world leadership in the dynamics
of climate and human-caused climate change.
Conrad V. Mahnken, NMFS: For pioneering research that
led to scientific and technological breakthroughs in Pacific
salmon enhancement, including salmon hatchery reform.
Larry G. Rutter, NMFS: For leadership and policy expertise
which contributed to the successful agreement between
the U.S. and Canada for new salmon fishery regimes.
Lt. Cdr. Edward R. Cassano and Lt. Stephen
F. Beckwith, NOS: For assisting in extinguishing an
intense fire on the historic Santa Barbara, Calif., Stearns
Wharf on Nov. 18, 1998.
Stanley W. Elswick, Anna Fiolek, Steven R. Quillen,
Doria B. Grimes, Jean Redmond Conrad, Linda Pikula, Maureen
Hazel Woods, Elaine V. Collins, Janice A. Beattie and
Dorothy Lamar Anderson, NESDIS: For developing NOAALINC,
the library and information network that provides desktop
access to the publications of 28 NOAA libraries.
Robert O. Masters and D. Brent Smith, NESDIS:
For teamwork in negotiating the landmark initial Joint
Polar Orbiting Satellite System agreement.
Peter J. Wilensky and David R. Sanders, NWS: For timely
forecast and flash flood warnings alerting Zion National
Park visitors of imminent danger on July 27, 1998.
Douglas L. Brown, David B. Enabnit, Lloyd C. Huff,
Oren E. Stembel, Cdr. Steven R. Barnum and Lt. Edward
J. Van Den Ameele, NOS: For leadership in gaining
approval of raster nautical chart systems as acceptable
under the International Convention on Safety of Life at
John C. Derber, Michael W. Chalfant, Ralph R. Ferraro,
Jr., Mitchell D. Goldberg, Norman Charles Grody, Thomas
Joseph Kleespies, Larry Max McMillin, Tsan Mo, Anthony
L. Reale and David Q. Wark, NESDIS: For accelerating
the use of advanced microwave sounding unit satellite
observations to advance the nation's capability in weather
Dennis G. Milbert and Dru A. Smith, NOS: For
scientific achievement in developing national high-resolution
geoid model improvements.
Michael H. Schiewe and Robert S. Waples, NMFS: For
innovative scientific leadership in advancing the implementation
of the Endangered Species Act by introducing new science-based
NOS Office of Response and Restoration, NWS Forecast
Office, Portland, Oreg., and NMFS Northwest Region: For
an innovative response to the M/V New Carissa oil spill
near Coos Bay, Oreg., protecting human health and the
environment of coastal Oregon.
NWS Forecast Offices, Memphis, Tenn., and Little
Rock, Ark.: For accurate and timely weather warnings
during the week of Jan. 17, 1999, which saved many lives
during a record outbreak of severe weather.
WSR-88D Operational Support Facility, NWS: For
developing the WSR-88D Doppler Weather Radar Hotline,
which provides around-the-clock meteorological operations
and maintenance support.
Stormscale Research and Applications Division,
OAR: For developing an important prototype warning
decision support system for weather forecasters, resulting
in more timely and reliable warnings.
NWS Forecast Offices, Tulsa, Okla., and Wichita,
Kan.: For providing critical services which enhanced
public safety during a prolonged period of severe weather
and flooding on May 3-4, 1999.
NWS Forecast Office, Sioux Falls, S.D.: For
life saving work during a devastating tornado that virtually
destroyed the entire community of Spencer, S.D., on May
David J. Schwab, OAR: For contributions to
advanced modeling and forecasting of water movements and
other physical conditions on the Great Lakes.
Alan E. Strong, NESDIS: For contributions in
the field of ocean remote sensing and improved understanding
of the world oceans and their fragile ecosystems.
Sybil P. Seitzinger, NMFS: For original research
on the biogeochemistry of nitrogen cycling in marine coastal
waters around the globe.
Pamela M. Taylor, NESDIS: For preparing for the implementation
of the product processing system for a new series of NOAA
polar-orbiting environmental satellites.
Michael L. Grable, NMFS: For devising and implementing
an innovative approach to reduce excess harvesting capacity
in U.S. fisheries.