Buoy Center gets director

Buoy Center gets director

Paul F. Moersdorf last month became director of the National Data Buoy Center at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

He replaced 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 data collection for National Weather Service forecasts, NOAA officials said.

Moersdorf's track record in atmospheric and oceanographic models, high-performance computing and meteorology made him the ideal person for the job, NOAA administrator D. James Baker said. 'Over the years, he has shown impressive leadership, the ability to get results and help bring the best out of others around him,' Baker said.

Moersdorf began his federal career in 1978 at the Naval Oceanographic Office.

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