Success stories/projects we want to feature on the overall Success stories page.
Lynker’s Pacific Islands Region Observer Program (PIROP) is a direct contributor to the success of a multi-year program to reduce seabird bycatch in the Pacific. For the past decade, PIROP has played an instrumental role in collecting data and specimens on seabird interactions in Hawaii, the Greater Pacific, and off the coasts of Central and Southern California. The Oikonos team recently met with our observers to share how they have used information collected, and the value it has added in scientific research and fisheries management. They are VERY thankful for the hard work our observers have done in support of their research.
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Lynker, as part of a project for the Colorado Water Conservation Board, a division of the state’s Department of Natural Resources, has launched an interactive dashboard that displays drought vulnerability at the state and county level based on Colorado’s 2018 Drought Plan. To more easily visualize drought vulnerability throughout the state, Lynker created an Esri Story Map. The platform takes users through visual summaries of Colorado drought risk by sectors, using images and graphs to provide an interactive and engaging experience.
The complete interactive Story Map can be viewed here.
The opening screen of the Story Map provides an overview of County Drought Risk Scores across Colorado as well as a snapshot of drought vulnerability risk by sector. Similar to the 2018 updated Plan, the Story Map also drills down into content specific to different sectors: agriculture, recreation, socioeconomic, environment, energy, and state assets. State assets include state buildings and critical infrastructure (dams), land board revenue, state-based recreation and park visitation, aquatic species and habitat (fisheries), and protected state-owned areas.
Further information on Colorado’s 2018 Drought Plan is available at drought.gov.
On Friday, March 1st, Dr. Cameron Wobus presented findings to the Commercial Fisherman for Bristol Bay from a Pebble Mine Tailings Dam Failure analysis that was conducted by Lynker. The study was developed after report scoping documents indicated there was likely to be inadequate tailings dam failure scenarios considered in the Army Corps of Engineers Draft Environmental Impact Statement. In all scenarios analyzed by Lynker, a tailings dam failure would directly impact hundreds of miles of anadromous waters.
Hydrologist Dr. Cameron Wobus is a broadly trained earth scientist with approximately 15 years of experience in geomorphology, hydrology, and environmental data analysis and modeling.
On February 17, Lynker’s PMNM Native Hawaiian Program Specialist Kalani Quiocho and Permit Specialist Pua Borges met with Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy’s (KVA) Hālau Holomoana program participants to talk about their personal career paths and the various careers at NOAA. The KVA is a non-profit organization that aims to perpetuate traditional Hawaiian navigation and provides educational leadership opportunities for primarily Native Hawaiian and local students to advance in contemporary maritime careers. Hālau Holomoana, a Native Hawaiian culture- and wa‘a- (traditional outrigger canoe) based maritime vocational program for high school students seeks to develop leaders educated in the rich maritime and voyaging cultural heritage of their ancestors.
For more information, contact Kalani Quiocho, firstname.lastname@example.org ; or Pua.Borges, email@example.com.
Significance: Traditional Hawaiian non-instrument voyaging is part of the living culture of Papahānaumokuākea, the most advanced navigation training seascape in Hawaiʻi, and we have the opportunity to support an emerging generation of ocean stewards from these islands.
Lynker’s Holly Ann Naholowaa was recently featured in the NOAA Fisheries Newsletter and Science Blog for her great work supporting the Observer program.
Great work Holly!
Observations of Fish, Birds, and Life at Sea in the Pacific Islands
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work as a fisheries observer? Spending weeks at sea, long hours identifying and measuring fish, and all the while braving the harsh and vast environment that is the open ocean? Holly Ann Naholowaa, a veteran observer for the Hawaiʻi longline fishery, shares her experiences during a fishing trip and provides a glimpse into her life at sea.
- AS Ocean Plan Release: http://doc.as.gov/
- AS Ocean Plan: http://doc.as.gov/wp-
- Tanalei write up: https://www.talanei.com/2018/
12/05/ocean-plan-for-american- samoa-will-guide-uses- development-in-near-sea/
If you have any questions about the plan or how to use it, please reach out to Sarah Pautzke, firstname.lastname@example.org so she can guide you to the correct person with whom to work.
Lynker spearheaded the development and implementation of NOAA Fisheries’ new ESA Section 7 Mapper, an interactive, GIS-driven visualization tool NOAA scientists, federal action agencies, and the general public can use to help identify ESA-listed species and critical habitats in project action areas along the East Coast. We designed and implemented new GIS datasets for each Section 7 Consultation Area, locating where and when ESA-listed species (sturgeons, salmon, whales, turtles) of a given life stage (adult, juveniles, larvae, etc.) are found exhibiting relevant behaviors (migrating, foraging, spawning, rearing, calving) along major waterways and marine zones. The resulting interactive web map application allows Action Agencies to draw a project site, determine which Consultation Areas overlap, and generate a detailed report, expediting the process of determining whether further consultation with NOAA Fisheries is necessary. Lynker’s ESA Section 7 Mapper will reduce the number of unnecessary consultation requests and improve the quality and accuracy of necessary consultation requests. This easy-to-use mapping interface achieves those goals by publishing our agency’s current understanding of where the best available data dictates consultations are recommended.
Said the NOAA Federal project lead “This is some VERY GOOD news. Congrats to all who worked so hard on making this happen. I am quite excited to see how this goes and how this mapping tool helps our action agencies.”
Click here to access the mapper from the NOAA website.
Lynker’s Chart Tile Service (CTS) project demonstrates our ability to bring innovative solutions using emerging technologies. Lynker began a NOS/OCS internally-funded mobile application demonstration project in 2011 that eventually evolved into the highly visible CTS infrastructure initiative, which has added tremendous value to NOAA in terms of reducing redundancies, streamlining secure data sharing, and improving overall quality of NOAA charting products. As critical, CTS has also met NOAA’s mission goal of increasing the usefulness, accuracy, and availability of its services to a wide range of stakeholders, many of whose businesses, safety, and livelihoods depend on MCD’s outputs.
Understanding that consuming nautical chart information on mobile devices would become increasingly important, Lynker began an Internal Research & Development (IR&D) project of a mobile app for mariners. The purpose was to display NOAA’s suite of 2,172 nautical chart datasets with Coast Pilot books. NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey (OCS) liked the idea, and tasked Lynker to develop the prototype into a production-level NOAA technology demonstration project, with a one-year lifespan. The app was called MyNOAACharts, and was released on Google Play in May 2013. MyNOAACharts was widely considered a great success, with thousands of users and an excellent 4.6 rating.
Feedback on the demonstration app uncovered issues within other commercial chart plotters and mobile chart viewer apps. Many of these systems were reformatting NOAA charts, without any standard, and were not updating charts frequently for their customers due to the complexity and cost of the effort. This resulted in out-of-date and incomplete data, creating dangers to navigation.
That is when OCS and Lynker had an idea. What if, instead of offering a single NOAA mobile app directly to mariners and boaters, NOAA created the enterprise architecture and infrastructure to provide a free, standard, Cloud-based, pre-packaged chart tile service, updated weekly, with a defined Application Programming Interface (API) to the maritime electronics industry? Industry would add value-added content and determine the end products. This way, NOAA would provide a portal of chart information to industry that would be leveraged to millions of their customers – a force multiplier. Lynker, in collaboration with OCS, confirmed strong industry interest at Lynker-hosted industry days, and OCS directed Lynker to begin work on the CTS. Lynker developed a relationship with Amazon Web Services and deployed the prototypes on the Amazon cloud. This successful strategy facilitated a smooth integration with NOAA’s Integrated Dissemination Portal (IDP), our current hosting environment.
CTS completed its successful first public release in December 2015. One user on Facebook happily reported that “I’m super-impressed with the NOAA developers (Lynker employees)” Lynker helped OCS recognize an opportunity to increase the value of existing chart products and services to thousands of stakeholders, leveraging cloud and mobile technologies.
Lynker works with NOAA’s Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program to coordinate emergency responses to sick, injured, distressed, or dead marine mammals throughout an area covering over 3,700 statute miles (4,306 nautical miles) of shoreline in Washington, Oregon and California. Member groups include cooperating scientific investigators and institutions, wildlife and fisheries agencies, state and federal law enforcement, volunteer networks and individuals. In this high profile role, we ensure timely and professional response to hotline calls, and collect and assess data on entanglements, ship strikes, and other human interactions. Affected by human impacts, fisheries and environmental changes, each marine mammal stranding event is handled on a case-by-case basis and is dependent on local capability, available resources, personnel, and logistics.