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The NOAA Vents program at PMEL celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, marking a quarter century of research, discoveries, and technological innovations in some of the oceans most interesting depths.
To learn more about these discoveries and current research, please visit the Vents Program web site.
Scientists from the NOAA Center for Tsunami Research at PMEL saw their forecasting system work first hand while visiting the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu, Hawaii last week during the deadly tsunami that hit Samoa on September 29.
For more information on this event including links to media coverage please visit the 2009 Samoa Tsunami Event page.
For the first time in PMEL's over 40 year history, a group wide photo was taken with employees from Seattle, Washington and Newport, Oregon. With over 200 scientists, engineers, and computer and administrative support personnel, PMEL conducts preeminent research and invents cutting edge technologies.
PMEL is coordinating the NOAA effort on the Russian-American Long-Term Census of the Arctic (RUSALCA) cruise. The 40 day cruise left on September 1 and is being conducted to observe physical and biological environmental changes in the Northern Bering and Chukchi Seas.
On August 10, 2009, PMEL tsunami scientists used a new forecast system and DART buoy data to determine that the tsunami from a 7.7 magnitude Indian Ocean earthquake tsunami would be non-destructive when it reached coastlines.
The new forecast system and DART buoy, both designed and invented at PMEL, were unavailable during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. These developments along with a tsunami warning system for Indian Ocean nations prevented unnecessary evacuations and panic. For more information on this tsunami please visit the NOAA Center for Tsunami Research Event Page.