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A group of science advisors to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will review the agency's ongoing and future science and research programs when the 14-member panel meets March 19-21 in Washington, D.C. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

"The various arms of NOAA conduct reviews of their own programs, but the Science Advisory Board really takes a big-picture view to ensure they are of the highest quality," said Dr. Michael Uhart, Science Advisory Board executive director.

Open to the public, the meetings are from 1 to 5:30 p.m. on March 19; from 8 am to 5:15 p.m. March 20; and from 8 am to noon March 21. The board will meet at the St. Gregory Hotel and Suites, 2033 M Street, NW, in Washington, D.C. The public can present brief, written or oral statements during the afternoon sessions March 19-20.

In addition to the program reviews, the board will also discuss NOAA climate research, homeland security, NOAA education partnership programs, the National Weather Service requirements-setting process, and other science policy issues.

The Science Advisory Board is the only federal advisory committee with responsibility to advise the NOAA administrator, who is also the under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere, on long and short-range strategies for research, education and the application of science to resource management. Members of the board are eminent scientists, engineers, resource managers and educators appointed to serve a three to five year term. The next meeting is scheduled for July 9-11 in Boulder, Colo.

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