CeNCOOS Newsletter - October 2016

In this newsletter...

Director's Corner

CeNCOOS embarked on the IOOS five-year cooperative agreement in June, and with the agreement comes some opportunities, expectations, and constraints.  Foremost, I'd like to thank you, the CeNCOOS community, for your support.  The award recognizes the need in our region for ocean information and the ability and expertise of our investigator team to respond to these needs.  In the next five years we will rely on you, the CeNCOOS membership, to guide us, help prioritize, and continue to build a coastal ocean observing system that meets our region's needs. Your support and involvement is crucial.

The agreement from NOAA provides a base, but not enough to fund all the science and observing that our region needs. Partnerships and additional support are needed, particularly to expand in the areas of biological and biodiversity monitoring, ocean acidification and hypoxia, and the coupled modeling/ forecasting outlined in our strategic plan.  The cooperative agreement is level-funded, meaning that we will receive the same amount ($2.3M/Tyr) as last year.  The agreement comes with obligations and commitments regarding high frequency radar, data management, governance, outreach, and continuation of monitoring.  Being de-scoped to level funding meant that new initiatives described in our proposal were tabled. Despite this tight fiscal constraint we will manage to deploy several new sensors at existing shore stations, the radar team continues to improve the legacy HFR system, and improvements to forecasting (models) and data synthesis (data portal) are coming.  Involvement in four other projects (biodiversity, harmful algal blooms, ocean acidification, plankton cytometry) will extend the scope of our activities. 

This is a remarkable time to be part of an ocean observing system. The North Pacific experienced the warmest conditions ever recorded in the past three years, and in 2015 the West Coast experienced the largest-ever harmful algal bloom which closed the Dungeness crab fishery (The owner of Phil's Fish Market located below the CeNCOOS office quipped that the Grinch stole our Christmas crab).  The drought in California, closely coupled to ocean conditions, continues.  The opportunity to contribute to these and other pressing environmental concerns is compelling.  How will CeNCOOS contribute?  What will we be known for?  The answer is up to you!

David Anderson, CeNCOOS Director

CeNCOOS Winter Meeting December 5th and 6th in Moss Landing

CeNCOOS will be holding it's 2016 Winter Meeting on December 5th and 6th at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute(link is external) (MBARI(link is external)) in Moss Landing, CA. In addition to program updates and a look forward at the next year, the meeting will focus on research and work being done in the Monterey Bay.  The afternoon of the 5th will feature engaging presentations from prominent organizations in the region and a look at how CeNCOOS can better address the issues facing the Bay.  The December 6th sessions will ​consist predominately of PI and Governing Council working sessions.  A draft agenda can be found below; we will be updating it with more details soon!

See the Draft Agenda

If you would like to attend please register for the meeting at the link below:
Register Here 

October Governing Council Call Minutes

The CeNCOOS program office and Governing Council held their quarterly teleconference on October 10th.  You can view the minutes from the meeting at the link below.  Several topics were discussed, including the winter meeting agenda, RICE certification, the expression of interest call for 2016, and changes in the program office staff.

View Minutes Here 

2016 Expression of Interest Update

At its October 10 meeting the Council decided not to request expressions of interest this Fall, related to the year 2 of the IOOS grant which begins June 1, 2017.  The IOOS grant was written as a five-year cooperative funding agreement at three potential funding levels.  CeNCOOS was de-scoped in year 1 to near-level funding, and expects to receive the same amount in year 2. There were no one-year projects, and the de-scoped work package supports only the continuation of existing activities.  CeNCOOS recognizes that this grant does not fully support the ocean observing needs in the region, and continues to look for other sources of support, including grants, services, and foundation support. Proposals and initiatives for additional funding can be initiated by the CeNCOOS office, by council members, and by existing and potential investigators.  To facilitate the development of initiatives and improve coordination of existing activities the Council suggested at the October 10 meeting that CeNCOOS solicit and maintain an inventory of interested investigators and their projects.  The inventory could serve multiple purposes including the organization of new proposals.  The CeNCOOS office will develop this in the next few months and integrate the inventory within CeNCOOS planning. More information on the EOI process and this year’s decision can be found in the meeting minutes and CeNCOOS bylaws​

Connecting the Dots on Ocean Acidification

The CeNCOOS summer intern this year, Desmond Ho, put together a really nice story map on our work with UC Davis and the Hog Island Oyster Company to monitor the carbonate chemistry in Tomales Bay.  If you haven't had a chance to read it yet, check it out at the link below. From our news announcement on it a couple months ago:

"This story illustrates how a unique science-industry partnership is changing the way we monitor ocean acidification. With a rapidly changing ocean, this successful collaborative effort between CeNCOOS, UC Davis, and Hog Island Oyster Company serves as a model for how joint monitoring can benefit research, business, and our understanding of the ocean.​"

View the Full Story 

Other Announcements
  • This year’s annual WSN meeting will be held on November 10th-13th in Monterey, CA. CeNCOOS will have a table set up during the poster session, so come by and see us! More Info: http://www.wsn-online.org/2016meeting/
  • Cal Poly is advertising a postdoctoral opportunity in offshore renewable energy.  You can view the full advertisement on their job site
  • The California Ocean Science Trust is hiring a technology initiatives director.  You can view the announcement on their site