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10 SECTION A • The Ocean/Marine Market • BG 2017 Satellite Program to ensure continuity of polar satellite ob- servations for weather prediction models through 2038. An additional $24 million would acquire a regional survey ves- sel to support fishery surveys, habitat studies, hydrographic surveys and disaster response. For ocean acidification, marine pollution and ecosystem recovery research, $4.6 million would help reconstruct the National Marine Fisheries Service's Mukilteo Research Sta- tion in Washington. U.S. Geological Survey The budget request for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is $1.2 billion for FY 2017. It includes a $1.4 million increase for the Groundwater and Streamflow Information Program to expand the use of flood inundation mapping and rapidly deployable streamgages. The request for Natural Hazards programs is $149.7 million. The budget continues funding of $8.2 million to implement a limited earthquake early warning system on the West Coast. The Coastal and Marine Geology Program would get an increase of $5.8 million to benefit coastal communities dealing with sea level rise, severe storms and melting permafrost. The budget would also fund re- search and modeling to apply findings from Hurricane Sandy to other parts of the U.S. coastline. The request for Core Science Systems is $118.4 mil- lion, of which $1 million would go to collect lidar data along the U.S. coast to understand and mitigate the ef- fects of coastal erosion and storm surge and support man- agement of the Chesapeake Bay. The request for Ecosystems is $173.9 million. This in- cludes a $4.9 million increase to the Environments Program for critical landscapes, such as the Arctic, which would re- ceive $2.4 million to develop predictive models of changes to the environment. A $3.2 million request would go to new funding for the Fisheries Program to develop decision sup- port tools for water ecology, assess Great Lakes fisheries and process offshore samples that could provide early warning for harmful algal blooms. An additional $2.5 million would go to the Invasive Species Program. The budget includes a $1.5 million increase to establish a Great Lakes Climate Science Center. A $500,000 increase would fund imagery data sets and analytical tools for improved coastal resource man- agement and planning for resilient coastal landscapes and communities. NASA NASA's budget request for FY 2017 is $19 billion. Of the $5,601 million requested for Science, $2,032 million would go to Earth Science, including a plan to continue Landsat global imaging measurements. The Science budget for NASA also includes $699 million for Heliophysics and research to improve space weather modeling. BOEM The request for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Manage- ment (BOEM) is $175.1 million, focusing on core program responsibilities, such as the Five-Year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Program, oil and gas exploration and de- velopment plans, offshore renewable energy and environ- mental analysis and studies. US Government Fiscal Year 2017 Budget U .S. President Barack Obama's budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2017 makes critical investments in domestic and national security priorities, while adhering to the bipar- tisan budget agreement signed into law last fall, according to the Office of Management and Budget. It lifts sequestra- tion in future years so that the government continues to in- vest in the country's economic future and national security. Budget priorities include accelerating the pace of innova- tion to tackle climate change and advancing national secu- rity and global leadership. The following is an overview of the FY 2017 budget proposal. Navy The Navy's share of the budget proposal is $165 billion for Base and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). The procurement budget is $45 billion (Base and OCO), focused on improving high-end capability across all warfare areas. Seven new ships will be bought in FY 2017, including two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, two Virginia-class submarines, two littoral combat ships and one America-class amphibious assault ship to prioritize stability in major combatant shipbuilding as the fleet grows to 308 ships in FY 2021. The budget fully funds the Ohio-class replacement SSBN and maintains the Ohio Replacement Program as the Navy's top priority in strengthening naval power at and from the sea. The budget includes $17.3 billion for research and de- velopment supporting the Navy-Marine Corps team of the future through technological advantages. Operations and maintenance would receive $55 bil- lion (Base and OCO), balancing today's needs with future priorities. NOAA NOAA's FY 2017 budget includes funding for commu- nity resilience: $12.3 million would enhance water predic- tion and public warning capabilities; $19.9 million would increase the capacity to complete consultations related to the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act and Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Man- agement Act; $30.84 million would improve understanding of climate change impacts and help communities increase resilience to impacts of extreme weather and sea level rise; $11.7 million would enhance understanding of vulnerabil- ity to ocean acidification and better inform adaptation and mitigation strategies; an additional $15 million would pro- vide grants to coastal communities for resilience from ex- treme weather and changing ocean conditions; $9 million would assist fishing communities with future declared fish- eries disasters; and $10 million would fund a grant program to improve understanding and use of ocean and coastal re- sources and coastal infrastructure through baseline scien- tific research, ocean observing and other programs. For the National Weather Service, $8.5 million would continue the service life extension for the NEXRAD Doppler infrastructure, and $7.5 million would initiate a service life extension for the nation's primary surface weather observing system, the Automated Surface Observation System. For observational infrastructure, an additional $23 mil- lion would advance development of a Polar Follow On

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