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President Bush Visits NOAA


February 14, 2002

President Bush announced a new global climate change initiative during an address at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Center on February 14. Prior to his address, President Bush toured several exhibits that provided an overview of NOAA’s climate and air quality monitoring and research activities. The President was accompanied by Commerce Secretary Donald Evans, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, EPA Administrator Christie Todd Whitman, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere–retired Navy VADM Conrad C. Lautenbacher, and other high-ranking government officials.

Bruce Hicks, Roland Draxler and Glenn Rolph of NOAA’s Air Resources Laboratory (ARL) presented information on air quality measurements and prediction using transport and dispersion models. “The President’s interest in air quality was very evident. He was clearly gratified that NOAA and EPA provide a good example of federal agencies working closely together.” Bruce Hicks, Director, Air Resources Laboratory.

Roland Draxler and Glenn Rolph showed an example of the predicted transport and dispersion of a hazardous release into the atmosphere using the HYSPLIT model. “The president asked about the calculation method and how the model was run for real situations.” Roland Draxler, Research Meteorologist, Air Resources Laboratory.

Photos of President Bush’s Visit to the ARL Exhibit.

Glenn Rolph, Roland Draxler and Bruce Hicks preparing for the president’s arrival.

HYSPLIT presentation of pollutant concentration pattern.

Glenn Rolph, Roland Draxler and Bruce Hicks preparing for the president’s arrival.

Glenn Rolph and Roland Draxler discuss strategy.

President Bush discusses air quality with NOAA Administrator retired Navy VADM Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr. (Left to right: Glenn Rolph, Bruce Hicks, President Bush, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, and retired Navy VADM Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr.)

The media listening to Roland Draxler discuss transport modeling.

Glenn Rolph, Bruce Hicks, Roland Draxler, retired Navy VADM Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., EPA Administrator Christie Whitman, President Bush, Commerce Secretary Donald Evans, and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham listen to Roland Draxler discuss the HYSPLIT simulation.

Bruce Hicks shows a air quality measurement equipment to President Bush and EPA Secretary Christie Whitman.

Thanks to Greg Hernandez and the National Climatic Data Center for photos

Additional links:

  • NOAA Report – March 2002
  • Special NOAA Access Magazine
  • NOAA News Online (Story 866)
  • NCDC – President Bush Visits NOAA

Contact information: Bruce Hicks
Phone: (301) 713-0684