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photo: Bill PichelBill Pichel Named NOAA Employee of the Month for August 2011

1 August 2011 - STAR is proud to announce that Bill Pichel of SOCD / MECB was named NOAA's Employee of the Month for August. Bill Pichel has played a key role advancing the practical use of synthetic aperture radar satellite data for ocean science and management. His leadership as chair of the NOAA/NESDIS/STAR Sea Surface Roughness Science Team and in various projects ongoing in STAR and NESDIS to develop ocean applications of SAR data have in particular led to the current efforts within NESDIS to implement SAR-derived operational products for oil spill mapping and high- resolution coastal winds. His demonstration efforts in the remote sensing of oil spills carried out over the past 15 years in cooperation with the Emergency Response Division of the National Ocean Service has led to the implementation of operational oil spill mapping in NESDIS in April 2011. STAR congratulates Bill!

Thanks to NOAA World for this photo and story.