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Marie Colton, Ph.D., has been named as the new Technical Director of the NOAA Oceans and Coasts Service where she will be responsible for the integration of science and technology programs across the NOAA Oceans and Coasts Service with a strong focus on implementing the U.S Ocean Action Plan and the Global Earth Ocean Observing Systems of Systems initiative. NOAA is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“We’re delighted to have Colton join the NOAA Oceans and Coasts Service. She brings to the position a wealth of experience from her previous positions at NOAA, NASA and the U.S. Navy,” said Richard W. Spinrad, Ph.D., assistant administrator of NOAA’s National Ocean Service in announcing the appointment.

Colton comes to the National Ocean Service after serving for the past five and a half years as Director of NOAA Satellite and Information ServicesOffice of Research and Applications. Prior to coming to NOAA Colton was the program officer for remote sensing research at the Office of Naval Research.

“In the new position there will be many challenges, but as an oceanographer since the tender age of 18, I’m hoping to bring all of my experiences to bear on developing new ocean and coastal services, strong NOAA technical leadership in the ocean community, and a strong sense of an ocean enterprise, which can serve national needs in this new century,” said Colton in accepting the position.

Colton has also worked at the Naval Research Laboratory, the Naval Postgraduate School, NASA Kennedy Space Center, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and NASA headquarters.

She received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in physical oceanography from Florida Institute of Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Fla., in 1978 and 1981, respectively. She received her doctorate in physical oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif., in 1989, specializing in air-sea interaction and microwave remote sensing of the sea surface.

The NOAA Oceans and Coasts Service is dedicated to exploring, understanding, conserving and restoring the nation’s coasts and oceans. The NOAA Oceans and Coasts Service balances environmental protection with economic prosperity in fulfilling its mission of promoting safe navigation, supporting coastal communities, sustaining coastal habitats and mitigating coastal hazards.

NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through research to better understand atmospheric and climate variability and to manage wisely our nation's coastal and marine resources

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