CeNCOOS Fall Newsletter
New Data Streams
Indian Island Shore Station is back online!
The Indian Island Shore Station is back after being decommissioned in 2017! Current data from the site, which is operated by Humboldt State University in collaboration with the Wiyot Tribe, can be viewd on the Oyster dashboard or in the CeNCOOS Data Portal.
New Morro Bay back bay site
As part of a bigger effort to monitor seagrass health in Morro Bay, Cal Poly SLO Professor Ryan Walter has re-installed a new shore station to monitor water quality in the Morro Bay-back bay. For more information about the seagrass project, see the recent press release from CA SeaGrant and visit the CeNCOOS Data Portal for current conditions.
M1 Mooring Historic Data
Historic core data from the iconic M1 mooring operated by MBARI going back to 1989 has been re-released based on instrument deployment and is for download on the CeNCOOS THREDDS server. We also wrote a brief tutorial for accessing this dataset using the python programming language.
Want to learn how to access CeNCOOS data using python?
We have made a tutorial Jupyter Notebook with some examples on how to access CeNCOOS data using the Python computing language. The tutorial can be run in Google Colab, so there is no need to download anything. Try it out and learn more about why we invest so much time and effort into adopting open data technologies. The tutorial was inspired from a recent IOOS DMAC tech seminar by Filipe Fernandes.
IOOS Fall Meeting
On 18-20 September CeNCOOS director Henry Ruhl attended the fall US IOOS meeting in Annapolis, MD. The main focus of the meeting is improving the capacity of IOOS to deliver biology and ecosystem data. Discussions included the various ways that the Regional Associations are collecting and sharing biology and ecology data and what tools are ready to be scaled upwards. This included discussion of optical, imaging, tagging and molecular tools, as well as using metadata standards for biology such as Darwin Core, and evolving use of machine learning and model tools.
California Wind Energy
With the State of California committing to a goal 100% carbon-free energy by 2045, proposals for alternative energy sources like offshore wind are progressing. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the State of California provided insight into the current state of offshore wind energy development in California, at the California Intergovernmental Offshore Renewable Energy Task Force Meeting on September 17th. Currently, there are four areas that are open for “Draft Calls”, meaning they meet a rigid set of criteria for further development. These Draft Call areas include three sites off of the Morro Bay area and one site off of Humboldt Bay region. For more information on the meeting.
Pacific Shellfish Growers Annual Meeting
The Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association hosted the 72nd Annual Shellfish Conference and Tradeshow in Blaine, WA on September 18-21. CeNCOOS program manager Alex Harper presented on the economics of shellfish aquaculture in central and northern California supported by ocean acidification and hypoxia monitoring. This was a new venue for CeNCOOS as shellfish aquaculture currently makes up a small part of the state’s Blue Economy. However, CeNCOOS recognizes potential for growth in shellfish aquaculture in California and aims to foster public-private partnerships to monitor and predict ocean acidification and hypoxia, to enable informed decision-making, and to improve scientific understanding.
U.S. West Coast Biological Observations Workshop (ATN-MBON-OTN)