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David Fluharty, an associate professor at the University of Washington’s School of Marine Affairs in Seattle, Wash. was named chairman of the NOAA Science Advisory Board today. The SAB is the only federal advisory committee with responsibility to advise 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 and environmental assessment and prediction.

“NOAA’s Science Advisory Board is a valuable resource to inform me and the rest of NOAA leadership about the many issues that we deal with every day,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “We have been well served by the Science Advisory Board in the past and I look forward to Dr. Fluharty’s leadership to continue to provide the best information and guidance of scientific issues critical to NOAA’s missions.”

Fluharty, a member of the SAB since 2005, succeeds Leonard J. Pietrafesa of North Carolina State University. His first SAB meeting as chairman will be Dec. 5.

Composed of eminent scientists, engineers, resource managers and educators, the diverse membership of the 15-member board assures expertise reflecting the full breadth of NOAA's responsibilities, as well as the ethnic and gender diversity of the United States. Members are appointed by the NOAA administrator to serve a three-year term with the possibility of renewing once.

Fluharty is a Wakefield professor of ocean and fisheries science at the University of Washington, where he has been an associate professor since 1998. He began his career at the university as a post-doctoral student in 1976, and served as a research associate and research associate professor. His teaching and research interests focus on natural-resource policy and management at national and international levels, coastal-zone management, fisheries, marine protected areas and regional effects of climate change.

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.

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