CeNCOOS Winter Newsletter
Director's Note for 2019
Last month marks the first year of work within CeNCOOS for Alex, Patrick and myself, as well as more than five years for Fred. We have been really energized by visiting with members throughout the region, and learning about the challenges faced in delivering, accessing and using ocean observing data. As we look to the next year, we are now better positioned to help our members.
Within IOOS, as well as internationally, there has been an increasing focus on the concept of the Blue Economy. This is in recognition of the fact that the ocean provides many goods and services including fisheries food security and economic benefits through safe and effective shipping, transportation, and recreation. Many laws and policies that govern ocean spaces ultimately relate to variation in biological and ecological quantities, such abundance of fish stocks and the food web elements that support them, such as the Marine Life Protection Act in California. Ensuring our wildlife resources are sustainable for the future also involves understanding changing conditions in of our marine parks’ such as the California Marine Protected Areas or the National Marine Sanctuaries, or National Estuarine Research Reserve sites in our region.
We have been fortunate in 2018 to receive additional funds from the IOOS Program in relation to funding to ‘Fill the Gaps’ in high-frequency radar (HFR) and ocean glider systems through a congressional mandate. While it’s not yet clear what will happen in Washington DC this year, we are hopeful there will be continued recognition that understanding the natural environment has considerable economic and social value, to include managing the preservation of resources for future generations.
Focus items for the past year have included getting to know our members and their needs, ensuring that our standards and practices align with NOAA guidelines for Regional Information Coordination Entity certification, and improving access to information across a range of themes from physics to biogeochemistry and ecology. Moving forward we are working to build on our foundations in ocean physics to enhance our capabilities in biogeochemical, biological and ecological observing. We are developing a new Strategic Plan for consultation with our members later this year to run from 2020, which will reflect both the growing capability to deliver, and demand for, biogeochemical, biological and ecological information.
We are regularly looking for opportunities to help our members achieve their goals and have considerable capacity to manage large and complex data sets, develop data handling pipelines including artificial intelligence, and convening stakeholders to work through challenges. Drop us a line any time.
Best wishes for a great 2019,
Fall Meeting Summaries
On Nov. 14-16, CeNCOOS hosted the CeNCOOS-SCCOOS Joint Strategic Advisory Committee, CeNCOOS PI “Science and Impact” meeting, and Fall Governing Council meeting at MBARI. These community-wide meetings brought together scientists, modelers, resource managers and stakeholders to share and learn about observing and monitoring capacities and needs and to identify areas for improved collaboration and aligned interest. During this year’s JSAC we heard from California’s Ocean Protection Council about ongoing and near-term priorities including monitoring in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). We also hosted a panel focused on water quality measurements to meet local municipal and coastal energy requirements. NOAA Ocean Acidification Program director Libby Jewett gave a keynote address during the Science PI meeting followed by regional overviews and updates on societal impacts of CeNCOOS data.
PICES 2018 Annual Meeting
CeNCOOS Program Manager Alex Harper served as an observer during the annual North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) meeting in Yokohama, Japan on Oct 25 – Nov 4. PICES is an intergovernmental scientific organization established in 1992 to promote and coordinate marine research in the northern North Pacific and adjacent seas. This year’s conference, Toward integrated understanding of ecosystem variability in the North Pacific focused on ecosystem responses to natural and anthropogenic forcing in the North Pacific as well as monitoring, respective analysis, and forecasting variability. Alex presented on CeNCOOS and SCCOOS’s observing capabilities and recent improvements during the Technical Committee on Monitoring (MONITOR) and Advisory Panel on North Pacific Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (AP-NPCOOS) meetings.
CeNCOOS Tags used to Track White Sharks
As 2018 is wrapped up, one of the bigger marine science stories of the year was the expedition to the White Shark Café. Led by researchers at Stanford University, the expedition followed 10 satellite-tagged white sharks tagged along the Central California coast between 2017 and 2018. These tags generate enormous amounts of data and while the importance of understanding the biological and ecological roles of these important apex predators cannot be understated, the tags also fulfill another purpose, providing valuable subsurface physical measurements in areas that chronically undersampled. To explore this data visit the IOOS Animal Telemetry Network DAC.
CA Proposition 1
On 22 July the state announced a new funding opportunity deadline in relation to Proposition 1. The new solicitation is focused on marine managed areas; coastal and ocean water quality impacts; fisheries; and climate change adaptation and the details can be found here. The deadline for applications in 18 March.
CA Proposition 68
The recent passing of Proposition 68 will also relate to new funding in the marine sector with details found here . Prop. funding will “support projects that provide Californians with access to safe natural spaces and to continue investments in the state’s diverse ecosystems to ensure high quality of life for all Californians. Funding is also intended to support greening urban areas to mitigate the effects of climate change and pollution, and to protect and restore the state’s natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.” The draft grant guidelines are open for review and comment with a deadline of 28 February
The CeNCOOS Program Office is available to discuss these opportunities. We have substantial capabilities in delivering scalable data management, development of data products focused on delivering information for state coastal management needs, and an active stakeholder engagement effort to convien interested parties to facilitate finding new ways to deliver streamlined access to relevant information with its members.
As always, please feel free to contact us with questions or comments,
The CeNCOOS Staff