Moersdorf heads National Data Buoy Center

Moersdorf heads National Data Buoy Center

By Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff

MARCH 6—Paul F. Moersdorf has taken over the directorship of the National Data Buoy Center at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

He replaces Jerry McCall, who retired in January 1999 after 20 years as director, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration spokesman John Leslie said.

Moersdorf, an award-winning oceanographer, will lead efforts to improve the center's meteorological and oceanographic measurements, which are used in National Weather Service maritime forecasts.

"Over the years, he has shown impressive leadership-the ability to get results and help bring the best out of others around him," NOAA administrator D. James Baker said.

Moersdorf began his federal career in 1978, working on the Naval Oceanographic Office's Integrated Command Acoustic Prediction System databases. In 1984 he became director of the Space Oceanography Program at the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command.

Five years later, Moersdorf became deputy chief of staff for program integration. In 1993 he headed up the Navy's Special Projects Office, and in 1994 he became scientific and technical director at the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center in Monterey, Calif.

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