CeNCOOS Newsletter - April 2014

CeNCOOS Spring 2014 Newsletter


Program Updates

2014 Election Results

In March, the CeNCOOS membership voted to fill 6 open seats on our Governing Council. The newly elected or re-elected members are:

  • Francisco Chavez (MBARI) [re-elected]
  • Karina Nielsen - Sonoma State University [re-elected]
  • Lynn deWitt - NOAA Pacific Fisheries Environmental Laboratory
  • Alexander Parker - California Maritime Academy
  • Andrew DeVogelaere - Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
  • Laura Rogers-Bennett - CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

We would like to greatly thank all of those that ran in this year’s election.
Additionally, our Governing Council held internal elections to fill three positions on the CeNCOOS Executive Committee.  Joining Raphael Kudela (our chair) on the 2014 Executive Committee are:

  • Francisco Chavez (MBARI)
  • Skyli McAfee (Ocean Science Trust)
  • John Largier (UC Davis)

CeNCOOS Governing Council and Stakeholder Meeting

On January 13-14, 2014, the Governing Council (GC) convened a stakeholder meeting at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz that attracted more than 60 attendees. The meeting included program updates and special sessions on modeling, high frequency radar, and shore stations.  Thank you to everyone that attended and made the meeting so successful! Full summary and presentations.

New CeNCOOS Data Portal Beta Release

The updated CeNCOOS data portal, developed by Axiom, is now available online as a beta release. The portal adds a variety of data types and features. The new portal is still very much in development and there are several known bugs that will be fixed in the upcoming weeks. We are currently looking for intensive feedback, so please email us with any comments/bug reports. We expect to make substantial changes to the portal over the next several months, so check back often for new capabilities! Access the Portal.

CeNCOOS 5-year Strategic Plan

We have finalized the content of the new CeNCOOS 5-year Strategic Plan.  This plan is the culmination of a priority setting process that began in 2012.  We hope to have a publically accessible, print-ready version out in May.

NASA HABs Forecasting Grant Collaboration

UC Santa Cruz researchers Clarissa Anderson and Raphael Kudela and CeNCOOS staff have been collaborating on a project to advance an operational harmful algal bloom forecasting capability.  The model is currently turning out daily forecasts of cellular domoic acid probability, particulate domoic acid probability, and probability of pseudo-nitzschia for the California coast.  The group is hoping to have the forecasts publically accessible by the end of the year.

Marine Mammal Health Map Partnership

CeNCOOS, Axiom, and others are working with the Marine Mammal Center to explore the creation of a web-based, health tracking product that will allow scientists and managers to see spatial and temporal changes in marine mammal health, thus enabling timely prioritization of management efforts; and facilitating analyses of health patterns relative to environmental variables.  An early iteration will likely be West Coast-wide, with a long-term goal of creating a nation-wide product.  The CeNCOOS Program Director and DMAC PI participated in a scoping workshop in April; updates on the project will follow.

Kelp Watch 2014 Website Launch

The website for the Kelp Watch 2014 project is now live.  By sampling canopy blades from Giant and Bull Kelp, Kelp Watch aims to determine the extent of possible radionuclide contamination of our kelp forest ecosystem from the Fukushima disaster.  Many volunteers, including several CeNCOOS members, are involved in collecting and processing kelp for this project.  The first data results will be posted in May of this year.

San Francisco Forecast to Go Live Next Week

The National Ocean Service (NOS) announces two new products for the San Francisco area. The San Francisco Bay Operational Forecasting System (SFBOFS) is set to go live the first week of May and tidal current predictions based on high frequency radar measurements have just been released.


Personnel Updates

CeNCOOS Director Position Opening

Leslie Rosenfeld has announced her plan to retire in the fall of 2014, after three years as CeNCOOS Program Director.  Leslie has overseen a period of substantial growth and maturity within the system; we are sad to see her move on and wish her the best.  The Governing Council is actively seeking her replacement. View Announcement.

McPhee-Shaw Leaving to Direct Shannon Point Marine Center

Erika McPhee-Shaw, Associate Professor at Moss Landing Marine Labs as well as principal investigator and former Executive Committee Chair at CeNCOOS, will be taking over as Director of Western Washington University’s Shannon Point Marine Center this summer.  We are exceedingly thankful for the time Erika has dedicated to our program and are very excited for her new opportunity.


Funding Updates

FY 2014 Budget Update

We are awaiting confirmed budget numbers for fiscal year 2014, but it appears that CeNCOOS will receive a small increase in federal funding.  The CeNCOOS program office will be working with our PIs over the next month to create statements of work for this year’s budget.

FY 2015 Budget Forecast Update

Under the recently released President’s budget, the IOOS Program would be level funded in fiscal year 2015 and would receive an increase to its competitive Marine Technology Innovation Grants.  The IOOS Association is seeking an increase in our federal funding levels through the two Congressional Appropriation Committees.


Updates from IOOS

  • During the week of March 4, leadership from the 11 IOOS regions were in the Washington D.C. area for targeted discussions with NOAA and other U.S. IOOS partners and for briefings on Capitol Hill. Meetings included special sessions on coastal intelligence, ocean modeling, ocean acidification, and ecological forecasting.  IOOS convened a Senate and a House briefing on how IOOS is making a difference to lives and livelihoods across the nation.  The regional IOOS leadership also met with the Appropriations Staff of both the Senate and the House.
  • The Water Level draft QA/QC (QARTOD) manual is in development and being reviewed by the IOOC, NOAA, and the international community.  The Dissolved Oxygen manual is being updated and refreshed to reflect the new data flag scheme, new photos, and any processes or procedures that the committee might suggest.
  • All IOOS regions now have functioning IOOS milestone 1.0 SOS data services in place.  Testing the software and tuning performance continues and deeper inspection of the data content will be carried out over the course of the next six months, largely under the umbrella of a System Integration Test.
  • U.S. IOOS is now on Twitter: https://twitter.com/usioosgov. Follow them to stay updated on U.S. IOOS activities, news, and announcements.
  • Get the latest IOOS news at the News Splash and IOOS Director’s Z-Grams.


Recent Regional Events

  • November 19-20, Jennifer Patterson presented at the West Coast Governors Alliance Ocean Data Portal Meeting held at SCCWRP in Long Beach, CA to plan and coordinate CeNCOOS data integration with the West Coast Portal.
  • February 13th, Aric Bickel attended the North Central Coast MPA Baseline Program Integration Workshop.  Updates on baseline monitoring projectes were given and ideas for the integration of efforts were brainstormed.
  • March 3rd, Fred Bahr attended the Radar Operators Working Group Meeting in San Francisco.  High Frequency Radar data archive strategies were discussed along with presentations from regional radar operators.
  • March 4-6, CeNCOOS staff attended IOOS program office meetings and made Congressional visits in Washington, DC.
  • April 14th, Jennifer Patterson attended the Monterey Bay Marine GIS User Group Meeting along with Rob Bochenek from Axiom to present the new CeNCOOS data portal and keep in touch with regional data sets and user needs.