Dr Richard ‘Rick’ W. Spinrad, CSci CMarSci FIMarEST, esteemed Fellow of The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), has been appointed by President Joe Biden as the new head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which plays a key role in protecting the environment.

NOAA has an expansive role in protecting the US economy and environment, including providing weather forecasts, monitoring climate, managing fisheries, and helping with marine commerce. It oversees offices such as the National Weather Service and the National Ocean Service.

In his new role, Rick will be responsible for the strategic direction of the NOAA. He will assist in advancing U.S. weather modelling and prediction, tackle the climate crisis, accelerate the application of new technologies for improved environmental observations, leverage non-governmental and private partnerships, and promote a sustainable blue economy.

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