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NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory has been awarded a gold medal - the highest honor granted by the Secretary of the Department of Commerce.

“The outstanding work done by the laboratory’s tsunami research group was in the spotlight a year ago during the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “This honor recognizes not only the work that was done last year, but the decade leading up to it, as well as the future excellence expected of this group.”

A gold medal honors “distinguished performance characterized by extraordinary, notable, or prestigious contributions that impact the mission of the Department and/or one operating unit and that reflect favorably upon the Department.”

PMEL was specifically cited for the “research and development leading to the creation of a tsunami forecasting capability.”

“PMEL’s tsunami research program reflects well on the department, NOAA, and the United States,” said Richard Spinrad, NOAA assistant administrator for oceanic and atmospheric research. “PMEL was one of the first places that the international community turned to for research answers after the Dec. 26 tsunami.”

Named in the award are: Eddie N. Bernard, laboratory director; Marie Eble, Frank Gonzalez, Christian Meining, Hugh Milburn, Harold Mofjeld, and Scott Stalin.

An awards ceremony is slated for Dec. 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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