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Officials Dedicate New NOAA Satellite Facility in Fairbanks

Top officials from NOAA and the Army Corps of Engineers will showcase the construction of the new NOAA Command and Data Acquisition Station in Fairbanks. The station will receive data from NOAA's Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellites supporting more than 16,000 global measurements daily. This vital information is used in a wide variety of environmental applications including weather forecasts, deciphering long term changes in climate in the United States and the world, and detecting distress signals from emergency beacons used by pilots, boaters and hikers through the global Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking system. 

NOAA is using $9 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding and additional funds from the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 to create the new facility.  Construction of the new Command and Data Acquisition Station is underway on the 20,000-square foot facility to replace the existing data center opened in 1961. The new structure is scheduled to be completed by September 2010.

WHAT: Ceremony to dedicate the new NOAA Command and Data Acquisition Station
WHEN: Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 2:30 p.m. - media should arrive at 2:15 p.m.
WHERE: 1300 Eisele Road - please call Lance Seman 907-451-1271 for clearance to access the facility
WHO: Dr. Jane Lubchenco, NOAA; Col. Reinhard Koenig, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska; Mary Kicza, assistant administrator, NOAA's Satellite and Information Service; and Bob King, Office of Sen. Mark Begich  

NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources. Visit: www.noaa.gov.

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