Spring 2019 Newsletter
New ATN Data Coordinator arrives and the Portal launches
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Megan McKinzie to the CeNCOOS office as the new Animal Telemetry Network (ATN) Data Assembly Center (DAC) Data Coordinator, a new position supported by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and IOOS. Megan has a significant amount of experience in the marine animal telemetry community and earned her Master’s Degree from CSU Long Beach Shark Lab and her PhD from the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences at Auburn University. Megan will act as the primary liaison between the ATN DAC operated by Axiom Data Science and the U.S. marine animal telemetry community.
The recently launched ATN DAC provides a platform for telemetry researchers to upload, manage, analyze, visualize, share and archive data as well as providing a place for funders and stakeholders to view projects and data products within the ATN data portal map and searchable catalog.
CeNCOOS and SCCOOS lead project on integrated monitoring of Marine Protected Areas
CeNCOOS joins many other partners to help form part of the Statewide Long-Term Monitoring for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Project partners include the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), along with other MPA project contributions from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML), the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), Reef Check, California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB), EcoTrust, and many more.
We will look to understand how can changes in MPA condition relate to other phenomena such as regional climate change. To do this we will integrate data from various investigators, locations, habitats and methods to produce assessments of change in key indicators. We will ingrate field observations and ocean weather data into curated data views that capture information relevant to individual MPAs, their surrounding waters and the regional climatic conditions (example here for temperature in Monterey Bay). Metrics investigated will include connectivity between MPAs as estimated by numerical models of ocean currents, which helps facilitate their function as a refuge network. We will also digest information into indicators of ecosystem condition. Ultimately, this effort will provide a more comprehensive picture to better inform decisions on how to manage the valuable habitats and living resources in our region.
Learn more about this and other projects in the program here.
Meetings and engagement
US IOOS Spring meeting - The CeNCOOS Director, Henry Ruhl, and Governing Council Chair, Mary Miller attended the US IOOS Spring meeting in Washington DC on 91-21 March. Discussions included increasing focus on biology and ecosystem observations including those for harmful algal blooms, and how to take better advantage of existing Federal data including from NOAA fisheries research teams. The CeNCOOS team also provide information about our efforts to congressional staff and joined by SCCOOS Executive Director Clarissa Anderson, Program Coordinator, Megan Hepner and Board of Governors Chair, Libe Washburn, and Chad Whelan of CODAR Ocean Sensors.
Annual IOOS DMAC meeting - Data Management and Communications (DMAC) experts from the IOOS Regional Associations met in Silver Spring, MD in May. The meeting is a chance to exchange knowledge and best practices with other regional associations and ocean observing groups. This years meeting was invaded by a cohort from the nascent Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing Systems (CIOOS). CIOOS is well positioned to both contribute to and learn from the IOOS DMAC community.
CeNCOOS Governing Council - The CeNCOOS Governing Council met 15-16 May at the NOAA-NMFS office in Santa Cruz. Discussions included scoping for a new CeNCOOS strategic plan for 2020-2025. This new strategy will include increased reference to biogeochemical, biological and ecosystem variables that relate directly to many coastal and ocean management policies. A consultation on the strategy will be conducted in the autumn with the broader CeNCOOS membership to help define a common vision for evolving CeNCOOS.
Other engagement - Henry also attended the San Francisco Harbor Safety Committee meeting to inform CeNCOOS members and others of recent upgrades in our capabilities including data portal upgrades. Discussed included under keel clearance and water level information needs for Pinole Shoal. Henry also joined the 5th Ocean Climate Summit in San Francisco, and is a new member of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Research Advisory Panel.
CeNCOOS was again fortunate this year with the US IOOS budget increases based on the “Fill the Gaps” effort led by the IOOS Association. This is enabling continued investment in our ever more valuable time series data to support societal needs. With these increases we will support a new glider line in the vicinity of Pt Arena, filling a major gap in coastal coverage with the spectacularly detailed data collected by these autonomous underwater vehicles. We will also invest in recapitalization of the aging High Frequency Radar network that provides real time surface current data for nearly the entire coastline of the region, as well as sampling for Harmful Algal Blooms, and additional animal tags to support understanding of the California Current - Large Marine Ecosystem.
As always, please feel free to contact us with questions or comments,
The CeNCOOS Staff