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A silver medal – one of the highest honors granted by the Secretary of the Department of Commerce – has been awarded to a team composed of members from two line offices within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“The outstanding work done by this team has created a valuable product, using forecasting skill and methods to help protect human health,” said retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “This honor recognizes the teamwork across NOAA to produce the initial operational deployment of a national air quality forecast capability.”

A silver medal honors “exceptional performance characterized by noteworthy or superlative contributions that have a direct and lasting impact within the Department.”

“Individuals from NOAA’s National Weather Service and Air Resources Laboratory brought their expertise in air quality and weather modeling, testing and evaluation, and operational production of environmental forecasts together to create this new capability. This forecast is especially important to those with respiratory illnesses,” said Lautenbacher.

Award recipients include Alan Darling, Paula Davidson, Geoffrey DiMego, Jeffery McQueen, Tanya Otte, Jonathan Pleim, George Pouliot, Kenneth Schere, Wilson Shaffer, and Jeffrey Young.

The team was cited for “exceptional achievement in developing, testing, and implementing in less than two years the initial operational capability for national air quality forecasting.”

An awards ceremony is slated for December 6 in Washington, D.C.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners and nearly 60 countries to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes.

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