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Lynker Staff Help Coastal Coupling Community of Practice Take Their Meeting Online

The Coastal Coupling Community of Practice held their second annual meeting virtually on May 12-13, 2020. Lynker’s Outreach Specialist/Coastal Scientist, Cayla Dean, who supports NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Service, also worked with NOAA’s National Weather Service to host keynote speakers such as Jesse Feyen, the Deputy Director of NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory and John Warner, an oceanographer at the U.S. Geological Survey at Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center. Other presentations were from NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, IOOS Regional Associations, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc., and the University of Texas at Austin. The meeting also featured facilitated discussions focused on developing and sharing consistent data sets, gathering stakeholder information, and future engagement opportunities for the community of practice.

The Coastal Coupling Community of Practice was formed to leverage federal and academic knowledge to address the complex challenges NOAA faces when delivering water information to meet the needs of the 21st century. The goal of the annual meeting was to advance collaboration around model coupling and learn how modeled solutions are being applied across diverse perspectives. The community has grown significantly over the past year due in large part to Cayla Dean, with over 90 participants joining this year’s meeting, up from 45 attendees last year.



Lynker leads project on Snake River Plain Aquifer System

The Eastern Snake Plain region of Idaho produces approximately 21 percent of the state’s goods and services, resulting in an estimated value of $10 billion annually, and water is the critical element in the region’s productivity. The development of both groundwater and surface-water water use across the Eastern Snake Plain has led to conjunctive management of the common water resource. In an on-going contract with the Idaho Ground Water Appropriators (IGWA), Lynker provides oversight on both development of a regional groundwater model of the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer (ESPAM) and its application in water resource management. ESPAM is a groundwater model developed by the State of Idaho as a tool to help quantify the impacts of current water use practices and/or proposed alternatives on the common water resource of the State across the Eastern Snake Plain.

Over the course of the multi-year, multi-task relationship, Lynker has provided the following services to the groundwater appropriators: water rights and expert witness support, groundwater modeling, conjunctive used analysis, consumptive use modeling, development and review of mitigation plans, and hydrologic baseline and historical water use analysis.

National Water Center – Geo Intelligence Division (GID)

Lynker leads the Geospatial Intelligence Division (GID) at NOAA’s Office of Water Prediction (OWP) National Water Center (NWC). GID is responsible for taking outputs from the new NOAA National Water Model (NWM) and visualizing these data to make them more useful to stakeholders, including NWS River Forecast Center (RFC) staff at regional forecast offices and Emergency Managers (EMs) on the ground. Both need to rapidly understand and use NWM outputs to save lives, so effective visualization of the NWM data is critical. The Lynker team also develops NWM data visualizations for water managers who are more interested in longer range (e.g. seasonal) water flow forecasts for water supply and planning, and drought monitoring. 

GID has developed an automated real-time system to acquire, post-process, stylize, and publish NWM output data in real-time. Cycling hourly and providing streamflow and land surface conditions forecasts at over 2.7 million locations CONUS-wide, the National Water Model produces billions of data points per day. Because users are unable to efficiently make use of this massive hourly data output without the aid of data post processing and enhanced map viewing, significant development was required for not only the automatic detection of important hydrologic activity across the country, but the visualization of these phenomena across the millions of forecasting locations. Through this project, the Lynker team has developed a variety of data post-processing and optimization techniques for the purpose of visualization. Dr. Graeme Aggett leads the GID team, and Brad Bates continues to be a key technologist supporting this complex data visualization effort.

NOAA’s new National Water Model (NWM) has allowed the National Weather Service (NWS) to expand its hydrologic prediction capabilities from ~3,600 river forecast points to over 2.7 million stream reaches, reaching many previously underserved locations.  However, deriving actionable intelligence from the NWM is challenging because it produces hundreds of gigabytes of data each day.  NWS forecasters need to be able to quickly analyze NWM data before issuing streamflow guidance, thus methods are needed to synthesize and present NWM data in real-time, in such a way that it can easily aid in the decision-support process.  Lynker scientists at the NOAA/NWS National Water Center, located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, have played a vital role in developing a series of real-time data services that process and visualize NWM output in such a way that it can be used by the NWS’s stakeholders to make quick, informed hydrologic decisions.

Over the past year and half, Lynker has worked with the National Water Center (NWC) to set-up an Enterprise Geographic Information System (EGIS) that has the capability to host dynamic web data services, maps, and applications.  Further, our team at the NWC has implemented a workflow to: intercept the latest NWM data as it becomes available, post-process this data, and ultimately to create dynamic, interactive web-based GIS data services from post-processed NWM data.  These data services provide a diverse array of hydrologic information, for both current and forecasted conditions, about: high flow and floods, low flow and droughts, seasonal anomalies, soil moisture levels, the rate of change in streamflow conditions, and the timing and probability of extreme streamflow conditions.

Lynker Gives Back 2020 Campaign Focuses on Food Banks

Our Lynker Gives Back Campaign for 2020 focuses on local food banks in the top Lynker communities nationwide. We are ramping up our efforts to help those in need in the following areas:
• Leesburg, VA
• Boulder, CO
• Honolulu, HI
• Charleston, SC
• Gloucester, MA
• Chesapeake, VA
• Seattle, WA
• Tuscaloosa, AL







Homeschool and Environmental Awareness

Today, we received an email from Chloe, an online teacher for an after school program. She told us that her class found our website while searching for resources on environmental awareness. We’re so pleased you reached out. Her student, Henry, wanted to share a great resource he found called 4 Things You Should Know About Battery Disposal And The Environment. Amazing! And yes, it’s super important to dispose of batteries, electronics, paint (basically anything with chemicals that could harm the environment) in the proper way. Thanks for sharing that.

The environment and our natural resources are very important us at Lynker. We focus on work that helps protect it for future generations. One of the main government agencies we work with is NOAA, which stands for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA is focused on changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts. They also conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources. Knowing that most kids are learning from home right now, NOAA put together a web page full of resources for students like you: NOAA-Education at Home.

Also, this year is NOAA’s 50th anniversary. Our very talented graphic designer and artist worked on their 50th anniversary video which you can watch by going here: 50th Anniversary Video.

Lynker works with NOAA to create new software applications, send observers out on fishing vessels, and conduct scientific research. We also do community outreach about things like coral reef friendly sunscreen and helping seabirds.

Some cool things I’ve learned about NOAA while working at Lynker:

  1. They study and recommend fishing hooks that will minimize harm to protected species.
  2. They fly airplanes directly into the eye of hurricanes to gather weather information.
  3. They are the nation’s nautical chart maker, which is like a map of water-levels for boats and ships.
  4. They produce our weather forecasts and warnings.
  5. They aren’t just one office. They have six different line offices: National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information ServiceNational Marine Fisheries ServiceNational Ocean ServiceNational Weather ServiceOffice of Marine & Aviation Operations, and Office of Oceanic & Atmospheric Research.

I could write pages upon pages about all the amazing and interesting things NOAA does. I hope you browse through their site to discover and learn many new things.

If you’re interested, there are a few other Federal Environmental Agencies you should check out:

Lynker Observers Making Impact on Shark Survival in the Pacific

Lynker Observers Dan Landry, Kitt Langdell, Beth Runciman, Amanda Polotta, and Mario Esera are on the front lines of shark conservation and have tagged three species: oceanic whitetip, silky and bigeye threshers, providing valuable data to estimate survival.

The observers tagged sharks while at sea, which has gone into a study of shark populations in the Pacific region. Shark conservation has become a very hot topic, and we are on the front lines of collecting important, first-hand data about the size, movements, behaviors, and other population information that contributes to research and policy making in the region.

This project has been very important to shark conservation and has already had direct impacts to the outcomes of the most recent stock assessment for oceanic whitetip shark and has been used to inform management measures for best handling at the Regional Fishery Management Organization level.

Some sharks have really long deployments as shown by the Oceanic Whitetips travels below!


Lynker Leads Project Exploring Impacts of Colorado’s Future Floods, Droughts, and Wildfires

Lynker scientists Graeme Aggett & Ryan Spies presented alongside State of Colorado staff on a project Lynker is leading titled “FACE: Hazards” or “Future Avoided Cost Explorer” at the 2020 Colorado Emergency Management Conference in Loveland, CO.

This project explores the impacts of future flood, drought, and wildfire on select sectors of Colorado’s economy. Lynker is working with DHSEM, CWCB, DOLA, and FEMA Region VIII to develop an analysis and visualization tool to help local officials recognize and adapt to these three major hazards facing Colorado.

9 Lynker Employees Receive NOS Team Member Awards!

Lynker President Joe Linza and Lynker Vice Presidents Jill Meyer and Liz Tarquin were on hand to help NOAA National Ocean Service (NOS) officials hand out NOS Team Member of the Year and Group Team Member Awards for 2019. The following Lynker awardees are being recognized for their outstanding contributions in support of the NOS mission over the past year. Congratulations!

NOS Employees of the Year
Chris Robinson
Brenna Sweetman
Gwen Shaughnessy
Sajeed Pouydal
Robbie Greene

Team Award
Leon Geschwind
Michael Griffin
Kenneth Rainer
Shannon Lewinski

Lynker In the Field with Our Liaison Hideyo Hattori

Lynker’s Hideyo Hattori, who serves as site liaison for the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation and Coastal Zone Management programs in American Samoa, is partaking in local Samoan delicacy – palolo worms! These worms are only available for a short time between mid-October and early November and are collected with a net for preparation in many local dishes. Hideyo collected and prepared these worms himself for our jurisdictional workshop here in American Samoa!


Fisheries Observer & Scientist is Helping to Save Seabirds

Hollyann Naholowaa is a Fisheries Observer & Scientist with Lynker in Honolulu, HI. Hollyann also volunteers to bring back Hawaii’s avian biodiversity by creating safe places for seabirds that call Hawaii home. Many of Hawaii’s birds are facing numerous threats to their populations. “With a lot of hard work and a little bit of a MacGyver attitude, we are helping Hawaii’s seabirds weather the storm that is climate change.” She’s creating ‘islands within islands’ – predator proof areas for safe nesting. She’s diving into predator control by baiting mouse traps, checking bait stations, fixing traps, and weeding and clearing predator grid trails. She also creates customized diets and feeds the chicks. End result… 60 healthy Bonin Petrel chicks ready for translocation!