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Notice of open meeting.


The Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established by a Decision Memorandum dated September 25, 1997, and is the only Federal Advisory Committee with responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on strategies for research, education, and application of science to operations and information services. SAB activities and advice provide necessary input to ensure that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science programs are of the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management.

Time and Date: The meeting will be held Monday, July 16, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, July 17, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Please refer to the Web page for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.

Place: The meeting will be held at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, Washington 98115.

Please check the SAB Web site for directions to the meeting location.

Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 15 minute public comment period on July 16 at 5:15 p.m. (check Web site to confirm time). The SAB expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of five (5) minutes. Individuals or groups planning to make a verbal presentation should contact the SAB Executive Director by July 9, 2012 to schedule their presentation.

Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director's Office by July 9, 2012 to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after July 9, 2012 will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seating at the meeting will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Special Accommodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations may be directed no later than 12 p.m. on July 9, 2012, to Dr. Cynthia Decker, SAB Executive Director, SSMC3, Room 11230, 1315 East-West Hwy., Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Matters to be Considered: The meeting will include the following topics: (1) Ocean Exploration Advisory Working Group Report on Review of the Ocean Exploration Program; (2) Update from the SAB Research and Development Portfolio Review Task Force; (3) Update from the SAB Satellite Task Force (4) Update on the NOAA Response to SAB Report on Integrated Ecosystem Assessments: Draft Guidelines for Integrated Ecosystem Assessments; (5) Update on Use of the NOAA Logo; (7) Updates from SAB Working Groups; (8) Science Presentations from the NOAA Alaska and Northwest Fisheries Science Centers; the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and the NOAA Office of Response and Restoration.


Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, Science Advisory Board, NOAA, Rm. 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301-713-1459, Email:; or visit the NOAA SAB Web site at

Dated: June 20, 2012.

Terry Bevels,

Acting Chief Financial Officer, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

[FR Doc. 2012-15452 Filed 6-26-12; 8:45 am]