a.i. solutions


A.i. solutions is a mature small business, offering products and engineering services to enable your mission’s success. Since 1996, a.i. solutions’ proven capabilities and customized solutions have supported our nation’s defense and civilian space agencies for over 20 years.

a.i. solutions has:

  • Five convenient locations across the U.S.
  • Expert teams of engineering, science and IT professionals with depth in our core capabilities
  • ISO 9001:2008, AS9100 and CMMI-Dev ML3 certifications
  • Agility and dedicated focus of a small business, with necessary infrastructure to successfully manage larger contracts
  • Excellent ratings as both a prime and subcontractor

For more than two decades, we have developed a reputation as a reliable partner who delivers exactly what our customers require. And, because we remain focused on our core capabilities, we continually refine our approaches to design even stronger, more innovative solutions in order to exceed customer expectations. That’s why some of the most recognizable government and commercial organizations trust us with the entire lifecycle of their space missions.

AccuWeather, Inc.


AccuWeather is approaching a billion people worldwide relying on its information, forecasts and warnings to help them protect their lives and property, and get more personal value from their day. AccuWeather is a leading American weather information company whose media footprint and recognized brand is global. AccuWeather provides weather information and forecasts for more than 2.7 million locations worldwide.  Its weather information is delivered in 38 languages through mobile devices, wired and mobile websites, smart appliances, radio and television stations, and in newspapers.  Its compelling news and weather content, can be found on over 50,000 websites and media company properties throughout the United States and around the world. .AccuWeather also delivers a wide range of highly customized enterprise solutions to business, government, and institutions.  AccuWeather is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2012-13 with explosive growth in digital media.  The company is a founding member of the American Weather and Climate Industry Association and plays a major role in working with NOAA to ensure adequate funding and recognition for the critical infrastructure and warning roles the agency performs.  As a result of these cooperative efforts, America has the best weather information for its citizens of any country on earth.

Alliance for Earth Observations


The Alliance for Earth Observations™ is a publicly and privately funded initiative of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies to promote the understanding and use of land, air and sea observations for societal and economic benefit. Through active stakeholder engagement, the Alliance brings together those that develop the tools to monitor the planet with those that need the information to manage it and serves as a link between the private sector, the government and the general public. Our mission is to ensure the rapid and broad delivery of the most timely, comprehensive and accurate environmental information for improved decision-making.

American Geophysical Union


The American Geophysical Union is a not-for-profit professional society of Earth and space scientists with more than 58,000 members worldwide. Established in 1919 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., AGU advances the Earth and space sciences through its scholarly publications, meetings and conferences, and outreach programs.

American Geosciences Institute


The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of 50 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in our profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society’s use of resources, resilience to natural hazards, and the health of the environment.

American Rivers


American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams.  Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and future generations.  Since 1973, American Rivers has fought to preserve these connections, helping protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 100,000 supporters, members, and volunteers nationwide.

Through our work in five key program areas – Rivers and Global Warming, River Restoration, River Protection, Clean Water and Water Supply – American Rivers is working to protect our remaining natural heritage, undo the damage of the past and create a healthy future for our rivers and future.

American Weather and Climate Industry Association


The American Weather and Climate Industry Association (AWCIA, formerly The Commercial Weather Services Association, CWSA) is a non-profit organization whose members include leading commercial entities and prominent individuals from America’s Weather Industry.  Established in the late 1980’s, AWCIA was organized to promote cooperation and mutual support in achieving proactive solutions between all sectors within the American Weather Enterprise, highlighting the unique position of the American Weather Industry as the only private sector producer of information, services and systems related to weather.

Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography


For more than 50 years, ASLO has been a leading professional organization for researchers and educators in the field of aquatic science, working to provide for their needs at all phases of professional development. ASLO is best known for its highly rated research journals, its interdisciplinary meetings and its special symposia. The society supports increasingly important programs in public education and outreach and public policy. It strives to encourage student participation and to increase opportunities for minorities in the aquatic sciences. ASLO’s mission statement is:

ASLO fosters a diverse, international scientific community that creates, integrates and communicates knowledge across the full spectrum of aquatic sciences, advances public awareness and education about aquatic resources and research, and promotes scientific stewardship of aquatic resources for the public interest. Its products and activities are directed toward these ends.

Association of National Estuary Programs


ANEP is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting responsible stewardship and a common vision for the preservation and restoration of our nation’s bays and estuaries. Established in 1987 by amendments to the Clean Water Act to “identify, restore, and protect nationally significant estuaries of the United States,” ANEP works with the 28 National Estuary Programs (NEPs) around the country to coordinate the national agenda and to achieve support and communication among them.

The ANEP is a trade association comprised of these 28 NEPs. It supports the local programs and serves as a unified voice for issues affecting them and the nations’ estuaries. This voluntary, community based, watershed program focuses not just on improving water quality in an estuary, but on maintaining the integrity of the whole system-its chemical, physical, and biological properties, as well as its economic, recreational, and aesthetic values.

Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities


The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (A۰P۰L۰U) is a research and advocacy organization of public research universities, land-grant institutions, and state university systems with member campuses in all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. The association’s membership includes 217 members, consisting of state universities, land-grant universities, state-university systems and related organizations. The total includes 74 U.S. land-grant institutions, of which 18 are the historically black institutions. In addition, A۰P۰L۰U represents the interests of the nation’s 33 American Indian land-grant colleges through the membership of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC). A۰P۰L۰U institutions enroll more than 3.5 million undergraduate students and 1.1 million graduate students, employ more than 645,000 faculty members, and conduct nearly two-thirds of all federally-funded academic research, totaling more than $34 billion annually. With roots going back to 1887, A۰P۰L۰U is the nation’s oldest higher education association. A۰P۰L۰U is dedicated to advancing learning, discovery and engagement. The association provides a forum for the discussion and development of policies and programs affecting higher education and the public interest.

Atmospheric and Environmental Research

Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) provides science-based solutions to global environmental challenges. AER’s internationally renowned scientists and software engineers collaborate to transform state-of-the-art predictive science and analytical tools into practical systems that address both civilian government and defense needs for geophysical understanding, computer simulation, and forecasting. AER customers include government agencies and national laboratories, aerospace and defense contractors, and academia. Areas of expertise comprise atmospheric and environmental science, remote sensing, meteorology, oceanography, space science, climate change, and software engineering. AER, a Verisk Analytics business (Nasdaq:VRSK), was established in 1977 and is headquartered in Lexington, Mass. Visit www.aer.com.

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.


Ball Aerospace is opening the nation’s aperture to innovation, performance and value.  With agility to innovate and strength to deliver, we provide the capabilities to enable a weather-ready nation.  The company develops and manufactures spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications supporting national agencies such as the Department of Defense, NOAA, NASA and other U.S. government and commercial entities.



Battelle operates two applied marine sciences laboratories, providing a science-based approach to manage and protect coastal and marine systems and other water resources. The following is a set of relevant capabilities:

  • Develop, evaluate and apply methods and technologies for detecting, quantifying and characterizing changes in and the restoration of the environment including advanced mathematical models
  • Develop information systems to collect, maintain and analyze environmental data
  • Conduct vessel-based scientific sampling, monitoring and research
  • Deploy and develop sub-sea and surface technology
  • Support Marine Spatial Planning technology and implementation
  • Facilitate public participation and stakeholder coordination
  • Excel in regulatory support (NEPA, MMPA, ESA, NRDA, Clean Water, CZMA, NPDES, etc.)
  • Internationally recognized experts in analytical chemistry, wetland and coastal ecology, ecotoxicology, marine biology, modeling and remote sensing
  • Measure trace substances (organic chemicals and metals) and determine safe levels in the marine environment
  • Use satellite information and other remote sensing techniques to map, measure and model ocean activities. The information aids environmental cleanup and
  • Informs surveys of natural resources, coastal security and emergency response

CASE Consultants International

CASE Consultants International, based in Asheville, North Carolina, provides climate consulting with private, public and academic partners. We mainstream climate science into professional practice. CASE creates tailored climate services from strategic long range planning to tactical project implementation. We apply data to inform decisions in climate adaptation, mitigation and sustainability. We apply expert analyses and interdisciplinary skills to climate sensitive ventures. Our international team includes experts in urban planning, transportation, national security, data analysis, public administration, public health, project planning, communications, and media production.

City of Port Washington, W.I.

Port Washington, WI, with its touch of New England charm, is nestled on the Wisconsin shore of Lake Michigan, just north of Milwaukee. We invite you to take some time to see all we have to offer.

One of the first things you’ll see, coming down the hill to the lake, is the Art Deco lighthouse. Whether you are boating, fishing, walking on the beach or in any of the lakeside parks, this iconic symbol of the community keeps watch at the end of a half-mile long pier.
st-marys-with-yellow-flowers-2Our downtown is lakeside, and offers unique local shopping and dining destinations – all housed in historic storefronts. Explore the history, and our stories, by following a self-guided walking tour, as well as visiting our museums. The 1860 Light Station Museum shares the stories of a lighthouse keeper in the 19th century. The Port Exploreum uses 21st century technology to engage you in local and maritime history, as well as the ecology of Lake Michigan.

pic1The outdoor recreational opportunities are exceptional. The fishing is unsurpassed. Boaters love our certified Clean Marina. Bike, bird watch, run, or hike on our trails. Paddlesport enthusiasts, even surfers, love launching from our South Beach.

Plan your Lake Michigan vacation with our visitor’s resource guide for hotels, bed and breakfasts, shopping, events, farmers’ markets, lakefront festivals, and more. Once you are here, make sure to stop by the historic Pebble House Visitor Center for more information.

Coastal States Organization


The Coastal States Organization (CSO) was established in 1970 to represent the coastal states, commonwealths and territories on legislative and policy issues relating to the sound management of coastal, Great Lakes and ocean resources.  CSO represents the interests of the Governors from the thirty-five coastal states, commonwealths, and territories of the United States.

Consortium for Ocean Leadership


The Consortium for Ocean Leadership is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that represents 101 of the leading public and private ocean research and education institutions, aquaria and industry with the mission to advance research, education and sound ocean policy. The organization also manages ocean research and education programs in areas of scientific ocean drilling, ocean observing, ocean exploration, and ocean partnerships.

Earth Resources Technology, Inc. (ERT)

PrintEarth Resources Technology, Inc. (ERT) is a woman-owned, high-value, science and technology company that strives to provide its government customers with innovative solutions to their scientific, engineering, environmental, and information technology challenges. Headquartered in Laurel, Maryland, ERT boasts a nationwide presence and a proud 24-year history.

ERT’s staff is comprised of experienced professionals, including scientists, engineers, and specialists in the following disciplines: IT, management, education, and outreach. Much of ERT’s expertise stems from supporting the NOAA mission over the last 15 years; performing critical efforts in the areas of remote sensing science and engineering, weather and atmospheric science and data, coastal and ocean science and data, and technology development.

Ecological Society of America


Ecological Society of America (ESA) is a professional society for ecologists engaged in all aspects of the discipline, from field work to computational modeling, teaching at all educational levels, environmental policy, communications, and more. The society has convened yearly meetings since its founding, in 1915. We are the largest community of professional ecologists, with 10,000 members worldwide, and a trusted source of ecological knowledge. ESA is committed to advancing the understanding of life on earth.

The society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organized exclusively for scientific and educational purposes to: (1) promote ecological science by improving communication among ecologists through publication of journals and holding meetings; (2) raise the public’s level of awareness of the importance of ecological science and ensure the continuing supply of new ecologists through educational and outreach activities; (3) increase the resources available for the conduct of ecological science through efforts of the membership in both the private and public sectors; and (4) ensure the appropriate use of ecological science in environmental decision­-making by enhancing communication between the ecological community and policy­makers at all levels of government and the private sector; provided, however, that all of the foregoing purposed are within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law (the “Code”).

Fish for the Future Foundation


Fish for the Future Foundation was founded in 2002 and has secured IRS status as a not-for-profit organization.  Fish for the Future Foundation was establish to provide a forum for discussion of U.S. marine fisheries conservation and management, to educate the American public on the importance of sustainable fisheries and healthy ecosystems to our nation, and to assist fishing communities’ viability.

Global Science & Technology, Inc.


Headquartered in Greenbelt, Maryland, Global Science & Technology, Inc. (GST) also has offices in:  Arlington, Virginia; Fairmont, West Virginia; Asheville, North Carolina; and Boulder, Colorado.

GST provides service in the fields of science, engineering, Information Technology (IT), and technical support to government, industry, and academic clients.  Our major customers include NOAA, National Weather Service (NWS), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and NASA Headquarters.

We provide system and software design, development, engineering, test and integration for the NOAA Comprehensive Large Array-Data Stewardship System (CLASS).  We also support the Climate Data Record (CDR) Program at the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).  For the National Weather Service, we have developed MoPED or the Mobile Environmental Data Platform System.  We are also managing the creation of a National Mesonet.

On the cutting edge, we are investigating a new concept called the Terrestrial Ecosystem Dynamics (TerEDyn) mission.  This project will significantly advance Earth System Science.

GST has built a reputation for partnering through effective technology utilization focused on the customer. Our passion for innovation, tempered by years of real-world business experience, has made us a technology solution provider of choice for Government and industry.  We pride ourselves on the public and private partnerships we have built and maintained since 1991.

I. M. Systems Group, Inc.


I. M. Systems Group (IMSG) is a leading provider of innovative science and technology services to government agencies across the globe.  IMSG specializes in advising government agencies to predict, prepare for and respond to natural and manmade disasters.  We tackle complex challenges ranging from fisheries management, severe weather and sea level rise to food and water security, developing cutting edge science and technology solutions, integrating satellites, GIS and high-performance computing capabilities.

IMSG is a major partner with NOAA, providing science and technology services in many of NOAA’s line offices, including the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the National Ocean Service (NOS), the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS).



INNOVIM, LLC, a Woman Owned Small Business since 2002, serves federal agencies including NOAA and NASA. Our expertise has its roots in Earth observation satellite system applications. We apply our space systems and atmospheric science knowledge, complemented by our expertise in systems and software engineering, data analytics, and scientific programming, to help our customers collect, process, store, and disseminate Earth environmental data to the global community.

We primarily supply customized applications to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Institute for Exploration

Located in Mystic, Connecticut, the Institute for Exploration (IFE) is dedicated to research in the aquatic sciences, especially pertaining to human and natural history in the oceans.  Working with partner institutions like the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, the National Geographic Society, NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and the Institute for Archeological Oceanography, IFE seeks to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through education, research and exploration.  Under the direction of oceanographer and explorer, Dr. Robert Ballard, IFE develops advanced deep-sea vehicle systems  to conduct this research in cooperation with other academic institutions and government agencies.  In addition to its research and engineering programs, IFE conducts regular programming consisting of exhibits, distance learning, classroom instruction, field trips, etc. to educate students and the general public about the work that’s conducted there.  An important aspect of IFE’s work is the annual expedition to such venues as the Black and Aegean Seas, the Mediterranean and the Lost City hydrothermal vent field in the Atlantic.

Integrated Systems Solutions


Integrated Systems Solutions, Inc (ISS) is a service disabled, veteran-owned small business that specializes in program management, system engineering, strategic planning, acquisition policy, information technology, and program control. The ISS staff has senior management experience in managing numerous multi-agency initiatives. Within NOAA ISS currently supports the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, the National Weather Service Aviation Weather Services Branch, Tsunami Services Branch, NOAA Chief Financial Officer and the Next Generation Air Transportation System Weather Working Group.  Over the past 2 years, ISS has experienced tremendous growth, nearly tripling in size within 12 months. The ISS team has a proven track record of success and substantial expertise working with client organizations to solve complex organization and management problems. The typical senior ISS team member has a MA/MS degree and 19 years’ experience in the field. Our approach to both client and employee relationship is based on mutual respect and trust, where we are able to work as part of a team to address individual and organizational needs. ISS is dedicated to providing process expertise, project management and “best practice” experience. Through our unique program planning process and Strategic Visual Information Mapping approach to complex situations, we are able to transfer knowledge and capabilities as a natural by-product of our involvement with a client.

International Business Sales and Service Corporation


Incorporated in 1992, International Business Sales and Service Corporation (IBSS) is a certified women-owned small business (WOSB) headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland. As a privately held Information Technology consulting services firm, IBSS has maintained a reputation for employing innovative professionals and delivering quality client solutions.

We believe in forming long-term relationships with our clients so that we can learn their business and understand their corporate culture, goals, and objectives. This has helped us successfully expand our service offerings to provide more client-focused business solutions and sustain consistent growth for over 20 years.

Our in-depth understanding of the business process, combined with cutting edge technical and project management skills, allow us to rapidly provide superior solutions to our clients. Our expertise can guide you through the maze of technological choice. To this end, we dedicate ourselves to putting clients at the center of every decision and every transaction.

IBSS is best known for our unending commitment to outstanding customer service and our dedication to our employees. At IBSS, we believe our employees are the lifeline of our organization. We go to great measures to build a loyal and enthusiastic workforce by demonstrating our support of, and appreciation for, their high-quality performance. This is what sets us apart from our competition and allows IBSS to achieve the highest awards in performance-based contracting. Our experience and capabilities have made major contributions to the overall success of many of our clients. Our goal is to be the best single-source provider of IT consulting and cost management solutions.

Joint Ocean Commission Initiative

The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative (JOCI) is a collaborative, bipartisan effort of experienced thought-leaders and ocean champions that catalyzes meaningful ocean policy reform and calls for action at the national, regional, and state levels. Among entities working on ocean and coastal policy issues, JOCI is unique in its ability to provide high level, credible, and bipartisan leadership and engagement on ocean and coastal policy issues. Among its activities, JOCI serves as a trusted advisor to key members of the Administration and Congress and brings together all sectors of the ocean community to identify urgent priorities, communicate them effectively to decision makers, and cultivate and educate ocean champions. The Joint Initiative is guided by a bipartisan Leadership Council co-chaired by The Honorable Christine Todd Whitman and the Honorable Norman Y. Mineta. To learn more visit our website www.jointoceancommission.org and follow us on Twitter @JointOceanCI.

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University Earth Institute

LDEO: http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/ | CICAR: www.cicar.ei.columbia.edu/

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory seeks fundamental knowledge about the origin, evolution and future of the natural world. Lamont-Doherty is a core component of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, which brings together people and tools to address some of the world’s most challenging problems from climate change and environmental degradation, to poverty, disease and the sustainable use of resources. More than 120 Ph.D. level researchers work and teach at Lamont-Doherty; 80-90 graduate students are involved in research and a growing number of undergraduates participate in summer internships. Lamont-Doherty also operates a federally-funded research ship, the Marcus G. Langseth, which uses seismic data to map the sub-seafloor, highlighting hidden faults and other earthquake hazards.

Since its founding in 1949, Lamont-Doherty has been a leader in the earth sciences. Its scientists were the first to map the seafloor and develop a computer model that could predict an El Nino weather event, the first to provide concrete proof for the theory of plate tectonics and to reveal the oceans’ role in triggering abrupt climate change. With each year, our understanding of earth improves. Yet, new discoveries await us. It is that next insight on the horizon that keeps our researchers excited to learn more about how and why earth changes as it does.

Marine Conservation Institute


Marine Conservation Institute is a leader in the global movement to protect and recover the integrity of vast ocean areas. We use the latest science to identify important marine ecosystems around the world, and then advocate for their protection, for us and future generations.

Marine Conservation Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving our living oceans.  We work with scientists, politicians, government officials and other organizations around the world to protect essential ocean places and the wild species in them.

Our goal is maintaining and recovering bountiful, diverse and healthy oceans now and for generations to come.  We understand that marine ecosystems are essential for human survival, wealth and well-being.  Because the oceans are the Earth’s biggest life support system, everyone has a big stake in maintaining their integrity.

Marine Conservation Institute identifies the most important and vulnerable ocean ecosystems, then advocates for protecting them.  We identify key threats to places in the sea and then offer workable solutions to solve problems.  We base all of our efforts on the latest understanding of marine science.  And we benefit from decades of experience in conservation policy.

Marine Fish Conservation Network


For the last two decades the Marine Fish Conservation Network has united fishermen, conservationists, scientists and citizens around a shared mission: saving and revitalizing wild ocean fisheries. The Network advances national policies to achieve healthy oceans and productive fisheries for the benefit of all who rely on them for food, work or recreation.

National Estuarine Research Reserve Association


The National Estuarine Research Reserve Association (NERRA) is a not-for-profit scientific and educational organization dedicated to the protection, understanding, and science-based management of our nation’s estuaries and coasts. Our members are the 28 reserves that make up the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). Established in 1987, NERRA facilitates its members’ mission to protect our nation’s estuaries and to promote conservation-based research, education, and stewardship through the reserves.

In 28 beautiful coastal locations around our country, 22 states and Puerto Rico have protected in perpetuity over 1.3 million acres of land for education, long-term research, science-based stewardship, recreation and sustainability of the coastal economy. The states have been entrusted to operate and manage NOAA’s program as created by Congress in the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) nearly 40 years ago.

The NERRS relies on the support of NERRA to strengthen and expand its successful programs, and to enable this network to better address growing challenges to our nation’s estuaries and coasts. NERRA works to increase support for research, monitoring, education, and stewardship; and also provide public education and outreach to improve estuary awareness. NERRA’s vision is to maintain healthy estuaries and coastal watersheds where human and ecological communities thrive.

National Federation of Regional Associations for Coastal and Ocean Observing


NFRA is a non-profit organization formed by the Regional Associations for Coastal and Ocean Observing in support of the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). IOOS is a national program created to ensure the sustained observation of our nation’s coastal oceans and to develop information products from those observations to assist people in their lives and livelihoods. IOOS is both a national system and a network of regional systems.  The NFRA missions are to:

  • Develop Regional Associations for coastal and ocean observing to deliver scientific data and information on the nation’s oceans;
  • Promote the integration and coordination the regional systems into a integrated national system to enhance observational and predictive abilities in ocean science;
  • Develop regional programs through capacity building, exchange of technical information, and sharing of facilities and infrastructure; and
  • Educate the public about ocean observing and its importance to the nation.

National Marine Sanctuary Foundation


The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF) is a private, nonprofit organization that connects people to the underwater places that define the American ocean: national marine sanctuaries. Areas in our ocean and Great Lakes set aside for their cultural and ecological significance, sanctuaries protect the very best of the American ocean for the next generation.

NMSF strives to fulfill its mission of enhancing national marine sanctuaries in their goal to protect essential U.S. marine areas and to ensure a healthy ocean and to realize NMSF’s vision of an expanded and strengthen network of national marine sanctuaries for the benefit of current and future generations.

National Weather Service Employees Organization

NWSEO is the labor organization and professional association that represents 4,000 employees of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce, including:

  • The forecasters, technicians and support personnel of the National Weather Service, the nation’s official source for weather forecasts and warnings;
  • The attorneys in NOAA’s Office of General Counsel, who are responsible for enforcing laws that protect the nation’s environment and natural resources;
  • The civilian crews of the “Hurricane Hunter” aircraft based in Tampa, Florida;
  • The technicians who track and command the nation’s weather satellites from Wallops Island, Virginia; and
  • The hurricane researchers and other scientists and support personnel at the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Key Biscayne, Florida.

Ocean Conservancy


Ocean Conservancy is one of the world’s foremost advocates for the oceans. Through science-based advocacy, research, and public education, we inform, inspire and empower people to speak and act for the oceans. Headquartered in Washington, DC, we also have offices in Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Pacific, and are supported by more than half a million members and volunteers.

Our Trash Free Seas program, with its International Coastal Cleanup, is the world’s leader in efforts to clean up our ocean and beaches, fostering environmental and recreational benefits. Our efforts to support healthy fisheries in the Gulf are only a part of our efforts to restore the ecological and economic vitality of the treasured area. Going forward, Ocean Conservancy will continue its legacy of nearly 40 years by advocating sound, practical policies to protect the seas and improve our lives.

Ocean Conservation Research


Ocean Conservation Research is focused on understanding the scope of, and exploring solutions to the growing problem of human generated noise pollution and its impact on marine animals.

We engage in marine biological and technological research based on conservation priorities. We use the products of this research to inform the policies and practice of the public, industry, and lawmakers so that we may all become better stewards of the sea.

Ocean Exploration Trust

Dr. Robert Ballard, oceanographer and explorer, created the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) in 2007 to guide and coordinate the different organizations and research tools he founded and developed which are dedicated to supporting our nation’s ocean exploration in search of both its human and natural history.  These include the Institute for Exploration (IFE) in Mystic, Connecticut; the Exploration Ship NAUTILUS and associated robotic ocean exploration equipment; the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography; educational outreach with Immersion Presents at Mystic; and the JASON Project which brings Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education programming based on ocean exploration activities to young people in K-12.  Bringing together technical and scientific expertise for the past 20 years, Dr. Robert Ballard and his group conduct exploration expeditions to different parts of the planets where they consistently make cutting edge discoveries  which push the envelope of our knowledge of the oceans.  The Ocean Exploration Trust is committed to keeping America at the forefront of ocean exploration and inspiring young people to pursue educational and research opportunities and the general public to support the preservation of our oceans.



Oceana is the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans. Oceana wins policy victories for the oceans using science-based campaigns. Since 2001, we have protected over 1.2 million square miles of ocean and innumerable sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and other sea creatures. More than 500,000 supporters have already joined Oceana. Global in scope, Oceana has offices in North, South and Central America and Europe.

Oceana seeks to make our oceans as healthy and abundant as they once were. We look to a future in which dolphin sightings are common; in which mighty marlins, sharks and tuna are abundant once again; in which whales and sea turtles flourish, cod are plentiful on both sides of the Atlantic, local fishing cultures thrive and in which fish are a safe, growing and plentiful source of food around the world.

Oceana was created to identify practical solutions and make them happen. Oceana works to improve fishery management, end illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing as well as destructive fishing practices, harmful subsidies and seafood fraud.  Oceana also works to protect fish populations, prevent oil spills, and reduce carbon dioxide pollution to slow ocean acidification. The good news is that we can restore our oceans to their former glory.

Ogeechee Riverkeeper


Ogeechee Riverkeeper is a non-profit, 501c3 organization dedicated to protecting, preserving and improving the water quality of the Ogeechee, Canoochee and coastal rivers in southeast Georgia. We fulfill our mission through 3 hands-on program areas including education and outreach, legislative and policy work and pollution investigation and water monitoring. Ogeechee Riverkeeper works for clean water and healthy communities for generations to come.

Oregon State University


Founded in 1868, Oregon State University is ranked in the Carnegie Foundation’s top tier for “very high research activity” and is one of only two research universities in the U.S. to hold the federal land, sea, space and sun grant designations simultaneously. Oregon State is Oregon’s largest public research university with $261.7 million in external funding in the 2011 fiscal year. In 2011, Oregon State’s contributions in education, research and community engagement were estimated at $1.9 billion in Oregon and $2.06 billion worldwide.

Oregon State is one of the leading oceanic and atmospheric sciences institutions in the nation. Federal agencies are funding Oregon State research on tsunamis, marine ecosystems, wave energy, ocean observing, invasive species and acidification.

Oregon State’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, located on a 49-acre campus in Newport, Ore., supports diverse research in ocean sciences and collaborations between 120 Oregon State and 180 state and federal researchers, including researchers at the NOAA Marine Operations Center- Pacific. Oregon State’s ocean sciences research is supported by three ocean-going research vessels: the R/V Oceanus, R/V Pacific Storm and R/V Elakha. Since 1959, Oregon State has awarded 828 M.S. and 381 Ph.D. degrees in ocean and coastal sciences.

Quantum Spatial

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Quantum Spatial delivers professional geospatial services and solutions for federal agencies, state and local governments, and commercial clients. Since 2001, we have supported NOAA’s core mission and geospatial initiatives through Quantum Spatial’s family of companies – AeroMetric, Photo Science, and Watershed Sciences. Our comprehensive equipment resources, and diversified contracts portfolio bring an integrated perspective to coastal community decision makers as they look for best practice solutions to their geospatial and technology needs. We have a robust team of qualified professionals – over 500 total, which include domain/content experts, GIS mapping and remote sensing specialists, scientists and professional engineers, certified photogrammetrists, and licensed surveyors, all committed to providing data, tools, technical assistance, and training. Quantum Spatial is headquartered in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, with production and regional offices throughout the United States, providing an unprecedented capacity and capability to deliver customized solutions to clients anywhere in the country.

Reinsurance Association of America


The Reinsurance Association of America (RAA) is the leading trade association of property and casualty reinsurers doing business in the U.S.  RAA membership is diverse, including reinsurance underwriters and intermediaries licensed in the U.S. and those that conduct business on a cross-border basis.  The RAA represents its members before state, federal and international bodies.

Restore America’s Estuaries


Restore America’s Estuaries is an alliance of coastal conservation organizations all across our nation’s coasts committed to ensuring the protection and restoration of our nation’s estuaries. Restore America’s Estuaries acts as the uniting and catalyzing force behind coastal restoration across the country.  Since 1995,  the alliance has raised and leveraged more than $40 million to fund over 900 coastal restoration and mitigation projects throughout the United States-projects. These projects motivated the participation and contributions of more than 250,000 volunteers, and hundreds of federal, state, and local partners devoting time, expertise, labor, and funds to accomplish tangible on-the-ground restoration.

Riverside Technology, Inc

riverside-logo-for-large-graphicsRiverside provides comprehensive science and engineering solutions for issues surrounding water and land resources; environmental impacts and habitats; data acquisition, analysis, and management; and decision support. Local, state, and federal government agencies, international organizations, and private businesses look to Riverside to design, develop, and implement a variety of innovative services and applications that provide realistic solutions to our customers’ environmental concerns — from water use and energy conservation to public policy development.

For 25 years, Riverside has continuously supported NOAA with the environmental intelligence to make critical decisions about life and property. Our experience with NOAA spans such diverse areas as satellite data analysis; ocean and coastal management and conservation; climate data collection, analysis, and assessment; watershed modeling; water resource planning; and policy, operations, management, and development.

Riverside has successfully implemented more than 1,500 projects in more than 40 countries. Our clients’ goals are centered on making the world a better and safer place, and our goal is to help our clients face those unique challenges by providing the most up-to-date tools and expert minds, as well as the highest-level science, technical, and engineering support. Riverside’s exemplary support empowers our clients to make the best and most timely decisions — leaving the global environment better than they found it.

School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii at Manoa


The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is a world-class research and academic institution focused on informing solutions to some of the world’s most vexing problems.  Through an integrated, comprehensive, and sustained system of Earth and planetary observations, research, and education, SOEST staff work to transform the way people live on Earth by enabling a healthy public, economy, and planet.

Located in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, SOEST facilities provide convenient access to active volcanoes, deep ocean habitats, vibrant coral reefs, and the most isolated terrestrial ecosystem in the world.  SOEST faculty and staff are recognized as international leaders in research, innovation, and education on topics as diverse as alternative energy, microbial oceanography, volcanology, cosmochemistry, and climate modeling.

The 250 faculty within SOEST teach and mentor baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral students focused on geology and geophysics, climate sciences, biological, chemical, and physical oceanography, meteorology, planetary sciences, marine biology, and ocean and resources engineering.  With a fleet of three research vessels, two submersibles, two coastal and deep-ocean cabled observatories, a satellite fabrication facility, a private island devoted to marine biology research, and dozens of other specialized laboratories, students within SOEST are trained on state-of-the-art facilities and mentored in the field as well as the classroom.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Founded in 1903, Scripps Institution of Oceanography is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for ocean and earth science research, education, and public service.  With annual expenditures approaching $200 million and a fleet of four research vessels and research platform FLIP, research at Scripps encompasses physical, chemical, biological, geological, and geophysical studies of the oceans and earth.

Scripps offers educational instruction leading to Masters and Doctoral degrees in applied ocean sciences, biological oceanography, climate science, geophysics, geological science, marine biology, marine chemistry/geochemistry, physical oceanography.  Scripps faculty teach over 45 undergraduate courses covering a wide breadth of earth and marine and environmental sciences and offer an undergraduate degree in earth sciences, and a marine science minor.

The Birch Aquarium at features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond. An oceanographic museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science and includes five dozen interactive elements.  Annually, the aquarium welcomes more than 400,000 visitors including more than 40,000 students. Its school programs are structured to provide interactive, inquiry-based science programming infused with current Scripps Oceanography research. Classroom lessons are aligned with the California State Science Content Standards and with National Science Standards.

Shipbuilders Council of America


SCA is the national trade association representing the U.S. shipyard industry.  SCA members constitute the shipyard industrial base that builds, repairs, maintains and modernizes Navy ships and craft, U.S. Coast Guard vessels of all sizes, as well as vessels for other government agencies. In addition, SCA members build, repair and service America’s fleet of commercial vessels.  The Council represents 50 companies that own and operate over 120 shipyards, with facilities on all three U.S. coasts, the Great Lakes, the inland waterways system, Alaska and Hawaii. SCA also represents 74 affiliate members that provide goods and services to the shipyard industry.

The Campbell Marketing Group, Inc.

The Campbell Marketing Group, Inc. is a privately held management consulting firm specializing in business advisory services, most notably in advanced technologies and applications in earth and planetary sciences. CMG provides a full range of services that include Federal business development, government relations, media strategies, science advisory services, solution design, proposal development and critique, merger and acquisition counsel, and interim executives for capture, operations, engineering, and other leadership positions.

The International SeaKeepers Society


The International Seakeepers Society is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire the leaders of the world to become a voice for the oceans, by bridging the gaps between good science and the business and yachting communities.

Members of SeaKeepers include influential opinion leaders who believe that the best way to protect the environment is to protect the world’s oceans and who recognize the ocean’s critical importance to the life of our planet. The Society is thus deeply committed to finding real-world solutions to the problems now plaguing our seas. Our small but distinguished membership includes entrepreneurs, yachtsmen, corporations, divers, scientists and concerned citizens who endeavor to build a universal effort to restore and protect the world’s oceans. As a Private/Public collaborative effort, the Society focuses on critical ocean issues in cooperation with government agencies, other like minded organizations, the academic community, and the public. Our motto is “Protect, Preserve and Restore.”

The Mariners’ Museum



For more than 80 years, the history of the ocean and its relationship with mankind has been told and displayed in one of the world’s largest maritime history museums, The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia. The Museum is designated as America’s National Maritime Museum by the United States Congress.

The Mariners’ Museum was founded in 1930 by Archer M. Huntington, and today includes 130,000 square feet of exhibition space. The Museum is an educational, non-profit institution that preserves and interprets maritime history through an international collection of more than 35,000 artifacts, and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is home to the USS Monitor Center, a major expansion that opened in 2007, and which is the official repository for artifacts recovered from the Civil War ironclad ship that sank in 1862.

The Mariners’ Museum Library at Christopher Newport University houses the largest maritime collection in the western hemisphere, with 78,000 volumes, one million manuscript items, 600,000 photographs and several thousand maps, charts and ships’ plans. Its collection dates to the 1500s.

The Museum is situated in the midst of 550-acre Mariners’ Museum Park, the largest privately owned and maintained park free and open to the public in the United States. The park includes the 5-mile Noland Trail and 167-acre Lake Maury.

The Maritime Alliance


The non-profit The Maritime Alliance is the recognized cluster organizer for the San Diego maritime technology community.  Its tag line is “Promoting Blue Tech & Blue Jobs“.  With over 150 maritime technology companies and organizations, San Diego is the largest concentrated maritime technology cluster in the U.S. (and possibly in the world) with specializations in aquaculture, biomedicines, communications, desalination/clean water technology, energy ocean, large floating platforms, maritime robotics, ocean observation, research,  underwater connectors and other fields.  In addition to working with multiple local partner organizations to strengthen the business eco-system in the greater San Diego region region, which it sees extending south to Ensenada, Baja California – a leading maritime technology center in Mexico – The Maritime Alliance actively collaborates on a national and international basis to promote an understanding of the importance of maritime technology, maritime technology cluster development, and OceanSTEM.

The Nature Conservancy


The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Our on-the-ground conservation work is carried out in all 50 states and more than 30 foreign countries and is supported by approximately one million individual members.

The Ocean Foundation


The Ocean Foundation (TOF) is a unique community foundation with a mission to support, strengthen, and promote those organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world.  TOF delivers on its slogan “…Tell us what you want to do for the ocean; We will take care of the rest.”  We work with a diverse community of donors who care about the coasts and oceans.  In this manner, we grow the financial resources available to support marine conservation in order to promote healthy ocean ecosystems and benefit the human communities that depend on them.  We operate using a well-established business model (the community foundation) to serve donors and partners interested in marine conservation.  Thus, TOF focuses on increasing the capacity of conservation organizations, hosting projects and funds, and supporting those working to improve the health of ocean species globally.  To accomplish this, we raise millions of dollars each year to support marine conservation.  These funds come from individuals, corporate donors, private foundations, and governments.  We meet our mission through five lines of business:

  • Services to Fiscal Sponsorship Funds (serving as a business incubator and delivering cooperative services to more than 50 not-for-profit projects);
  • Field of Interest pooled grantmaking Funds;
  • Pro Bono services to the marine conservation community via our Ocean Leadership Fund;
  • Committee and Donor Advised Funds (including our sustainable resort partnerships); and
  • Consulting Services.

The Ocean Project


The Ocean Project mission is to inspire action to protect our world’s ocean.We empower our global network of over 1,500 partner zoos, aquariums, museums (ZAMs) and other conservation organizations to communicate effectively with their visitors and the public. The Ocean Project provides our partners with cutting-edge research, tools, and related resources that help ZAMs engage their audiences to take personal action to protect our ocean.

The University of Oklahoma

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Founded in 1890, The University of Oklahoma (OU) is today a coeducational public research university located in Norman, Oklahoma with over 30,000.   students enrolled, most located at its main campus in Norman. Employing nearly 3,000 faculty members, the school offers 152 baccalaureate programs, 160 master’s programs, 75 doctorate programs, and 20 majors at the first professional level. David Boren, a former U.S. Senator and Oklahoma Governor, has served as President of the University of Oklahoma since 1994. The school is ranked first per capita among public universities in enrollment of National Merit Scholars and among the top ten in the graduation of Rhodes Scholars. PC Magazine and the Princeton Review have rated OU one of the “20 Most Wired Colleges” in both 2006 and 2008, while the Carnegie Foundation classifies it as a research university with “very high research activity.” Located on its Norman campus is the National Weather Center, a unique blend of university, federal (primarily NOAA), and private sector weather and climate organizations.

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research


UCAR provides services to and promotes partnerships in a collaborative community of researchers and educators who are dedicated to understanding the atmosphere—the air around us—and the complex processes that make up the Earth system, from the ocean floor to the Sun’s core. We manage the National Center for Atmospheric Research and UCAR Community Programs on behalf of the National Science Foundation and the university community. Our headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado.

University of Colorado Boulder


As the flagship university of the state of Colorado, CU-Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners situated on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) – and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region – we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with four Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies.

CU-Boulder has blossomed in size and quality since we opened our doors in 1877 – attracting superb faculty, staff, and students and building strong programs in the sciences, engineering, business, law, arts, humanities, education, music, and many other disciplines.

Today, with our sights set on becoming the standard for the great comprehensive public research universities of the new century, we strive to serve the people of Colorado and to engage with the world through excellence in our teaching, research, creative work, and service.

University of Washington

The University of Washington (UW) is one of the world’s preeminent public universities. Our impact on individuals, our region and the world is profound — whether we are launching young people into a boundless future or confronting the grand challenges of our time through undaunted research and scholarship. Ranked No. 10 in the world in Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s 2015 rankings, the UW educates more than 54,000 students annually. We turn ideas into impact and transform lives and our world.

So what defines our students, faculty, and community members? Above all, it’s our belief in possibility and our unshakable optimism. It’s a connection to others near and far. It’s a hunger that pushes us to tackle challenges and pursue progress. It’s the conviction that together we can create a world of good. Join us on the journey.

Vaisala, Inc.


Vaisala is a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement. The lives of people all around the world are touched daily by the work Vaisala does and the technologies the company develops.  Its products and services provide users with the means to influence and better understand their environment in positive ways. Curiosity, the desire to meet challenges, and an extraordinary ability for innovation are at Vaisala’s core, both past and present. Building on more than 70 years of experience, Vaisala contributes to a better quality of life by providing a comprehensive range of innovative observation and measurement products and services for meteorology, weather critical operations and controlled environments. Headquartered in Finland, Vaisala employs over 1400 professionals worldwide.