CeNCOOS Spring 2014 Newsletter
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:
We would like to greatly thank all of those that ran in this year’s election.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 UpdatesFY 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.
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.
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