CeNCOOS Newsletter - December 2014

A Message from New CeNCOOS Director, David Anderson:

A series of strong storms brought welcome rain to Central and Northern California last week, and the impact of the storms were recorded by many of CeNCOOS’ observing systems from wave buoys to coastal salinometers.  I am excited to join this real-time observing network, partly because of the value that real-time observations can provide to Californians in different regions and economic sectors and partly because real-time observations are new to me.  Before coming to CeNCOOS I worked on legacy data streams, rescuing data collected long ago.  I am also excited to work with such a talented and diverse group of marine scientists.  The expertise of the CeNCOOS collaborative spans nearly every aspect of marine science, enabling us to deliver data on issues ranging from marine hazards to ocean acidification.  With a new CeNCOOS web site, and introduction of the data portal earlier this year, we offer new paths to discover and use CeNCOOS data.  Check it out, tell your colleagues, and give us feedback to tell us how we can make CeNCOOS work for you.


CeNCOOS Winter Meeting January 20 and 21 in Santa Cruz

CeNCOOS will be holding its winter Governing Council Meeting on January 20 and 21st at the NOAA Southwest Fishery Science Center building in Santa Cruz.  The meeting is open to both the CeNCOOS membership and the wider community.  It will feature progress updates from throughout the system, presentations on our funded projects for 2015, discussion of opportunities for the next 5-year funding proposal, and several working sessions.  Come find out how you can get involved, how you can use CeNCOOS data, and tell us how we can better meet your needs.  Check out the meeting event page for a draft agenda for the meeting and registration information.

Meeting Info


CeNCOOS 2015 Elections

 CeNCOOS will be electing 5 new Governing Council members in 2015.  For this election, there is 1 open seat in each of the following categories:  industry; non-profit; and state, local, or tribal government.  We will also be electing 2 representatives to fill at large seats (from any type of organization).  A call for nominations will be circulated later in December.  Representatives from any of our signatory members are welcome to run.  More information on our election procedures can be found in our MOA.  For information on how to be nominated, please email cencoos_communications@mbari.org

New CeNCOOS Website!

As Dave mentioned above, you are currently on the new and improved CeNCOOS website!  This has been the culmination of a lengthy design and transition process spearheaded by our Information Manager, Jennifer Patterson.  Feel free to browse around.  Let us know what you think by using the “feedback” tab on the right-hand side of any page.

CeNCOOS & GCOOS Collaborate on Marine Biodiversity Pilot Project

CeNCOOS and GCOOS will participate in a 5-year NOPP-funded project led by Frank Muller-Karger (USF) and Francisco Chavez (MBARI) that will use National Marine Sanctuaries as test sites for a demonstration marine biodiversity observation network. The project will integrate environmental and biological observations, including use of molecular (genomic) methods, to measure the diversity of ocean life in the Monterey Bay and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuaries. 

MBON Project Info


Ocean Acidification Data Portal Debuts

 The IOOS Pacific Region Ocean Acidification (IPACOA) data portal is up and running. The aim of the IOOS funded portal is to simplify regional ocean acidification data access to a single spot, as well as to increase the visibility and presentation features available for any one individual data stream. The portal provides ocean acidification relevant data from partners in industry, government, and academia who are involved with the IOOS regional ocean observing systems in the Pacific region: Alaska (AOOS), Washington and Oregon (NANOOS), Central and Northern California (CeNCOOS), Southern California (SCCOOS), and the Pacific Islands (PacIOOS).  The full array of CeNCOOS OA related data streams are still being added, so keep checking back!  Visit the portal and read more about the IPACOA from the official announcement and from the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program website. ‚Äč

IPACOA PortalMore Info  

CalPoly Hires a New Physical Oceanographer

Ryan Walter recently joined the Physics Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo as a physical oceanographer.  Ryan received his B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University, where he worked in the Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory and conducted field research in Monterey Bay. His research focuses on physical processes in the nearshore coastal environment, including transport and mixing due to internal waves and bores, upwelling dynamics and frontal features, and the physics of coastal hypoxia.