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12/4/06
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NOAA SELECTS NEW DIRECTOR FOR OCEAN PREDICTION CENTER

Dr. Ming Ji, senior scientist at NOAA’s Climate Program Office and a widely published research scientist, has been named director of NOAA’s Ocean Prediction Center.

As the new director of the Ocean Prediction Center, Ji will continue to lead NOAA’s efforts in forecasting the weather over the high seas for safe travel and transport of commerce, and now evolve its products and services to include scientific data and information such as ocean surface temperatures, ocean currents, storm surge, and ocean heat and salinity to protect the environment, enhance economic benefits and fulfill the nation’s international commitments.

“This newly expanded role and full time, permanent position supports the President's Ocean Action Plan, which calls for more effective management and conservation of our ocean and coastal resources, and an increasing growing need to greater protect, restore and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through an ecosystem approach to management,” said Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), director of the NOAA National Weather Service.

Ji’s career at NOAA began in 1986 as a meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s National Meteorological Center, the predecessor of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction. He spent many years developing the Centers’ coupled ocean-atmosphere forecast system that is used for predicting El Niño and seasonal climate variations. He served as chief of the Climate Modeling Branch at the Environmental Modeling Center before moving on to the Office of Global Programs of NOAA Research, where he directed a number of NOAA and interagency climate research programs.

His honors and awards include the U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal (1995), U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal (1997 and 1998), Government Computer News Award (September 1998) and NOAA/OAR Outstanding Scientific Paper Award (2000).

Ji received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Beijing University in Beijing, China, and a doctorate in meteorology from the University of Maryland in College Park. Ji’s position was previously held by Dr. James Hoke, who also serves as the director of the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center. Hoke will continue in his duties at HPC.

The Ocean Prediction Center, located in Camp Springs, Md., is one of the nine service centers in the National Centers for Environmental Prediction, an organization within NOAA’s National Weather Service. The Ocean Prediction Center originates and issues marine warnings and forecasts, continually monitors and analyzes maritime data, and provides guidance of marine atmospheric variables for purposes of protection of life and property, safety at sea, and enhancement of economic opportunity. These products fulfill U.S. responsibilities with the World Meteorological Organization and Safety of Life at Sea Convention.

In 2007, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, celebrates 200 years of science and service to the nation. From the establishment of the Survey of the Coast in 1807 by Thomas Jefferson to the formation of the Weather Bureau and the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries in the 1870s, much of America's scientific heritage is rooted in NOAA.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by 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, more than 60 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.

On the web:

NOAA: http://www.noaa.gov

NOAA’s National Weather Service: http://www.nws.noaa.gov

The National Weather Service’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction:
http://www.ncep.noaa.gov

NCEP’s Ocean Prediction Center: http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov