August 2005 - California’s Ocean Economy, a 156-page
report highlighting the importance of the ocean and coast
to California’s economy, was released on July 22, 2005
by the Resources Agency at the first California Ocean and
Coastal Economic Summit. This report is the most comprehensive
of its kind in the country to date and provides conclusive
evidence that California has the most significant ocean economy
in the nation. The report is available electronically at:
Schwarzenegger's ocean action plan specifically called for
the completion of this report and an economic summit to discuss
its findings. The report was written by Dr. Judith Kildow,
California State University Monterey Bay, and Dr. Charles
Colgan, University of Southern Maine. The findings detail
critical areas that include California's coastal economy,
employment and gross state product; California's ocean economy
versus other coastal regions; the growth in coastal tourism
and recreation and commensurate decrease in wages; high coastal
population density and an increase in inland population; and
regional growth related to ocean economic trends.
from the Economic Summit will be presented to the California
Ocean Protection Council at their next meeting, September
23, 2005 in San Diego. This report is an important contribution
to ocean protection as it demonstrates that efforts to protect
California’s ocean and coastal resources not only benefit
the environment, but play a significant role in maintaining
and enhancing California’s economy.
regarding the report may be directed to Dr. Judith Kildow:
831.582.3223. Questions regarding other aspects of the document
and its future use by the California Ocean Protection Council
should be directed to Brian Baird, assistant secretary for
ocean and coastal policy: 916.657.0198.
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July 2005 - Chlorophyll measurements were taken off Scripps
Pier from 1983 to 2000 by SIO researcher Dr. John McGowan,
and the time series has been revived
just in time to catch the latest red tide off the coast of
Southern California. Chlorophyll concentrations in July 2005
were the second highest over the 17+ year record.
photoshows the extent of the bloom in the La Jolla region
and that the concentrations of the bloom are patchy and appear
to be the highest in the surface waters near the coastline.
July 2005 - The American Shore and Beach Preservation Organization
(asbpa.org) has posted the
program for its annual Fall conference, "Caring for
America's Shoreline: Integration of Science, Policy and Passion."
To be held October 10-12 at Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf
in San Francisco. The program is available online as a pdf
2005 - "Watch the Water," the real-time Los Angeles
County Coastal Monitoring Network led by Michael Bateman,
seeks your input to their "Stakeholder Project Experience
Report;"” this is a brief survey of 11 questions
designed not only for users of the current system, but for
anyone who would like to see similar sites developed for their
own communities. Your participation is critical to the
Network; survey results will be used for a comprehensive project
assessment, which will impact the future of this site, as
well as the development of others like it. The survey
may be accessed at http://www.ahainc.com/stakeholders/stake_survey.htm.
the Water" is sponsored by the County of Los Angeles
Fire Department, Lifeguard Division, the County of Los Angeles
Department of Beaches and Harbors, and the USC Sea Grant Program,
and is a SCCOOS funding partner. http://watchthewater.co.la.ca.us
2005 - Supervisor Pam Slater-Price and the County of San Diego
will host the 2005 Clean Water Summit, "Preserving the
Blue--Clean Water Challenges for the Future," at the
University of San Diego 7 July 2005. More information may
be accessed here.
JUNE 2005 - The Senate has included $109.7 million for the Integrated
Ocean Observing System in their version of the FY06 Appropriations
bill. $47 million of this is earmarked for regional ocean observing
initiatives, including $1.5 million for SCCOOS. The remaining
$62.7 million is allocated across a variety of NOAA programs.
See the Ocean Observation System Coalition legislative update
2005 - The National Federation of Regional Associations continues
its activities to garner support by the federal government
for the Regional Associations. The recommendations formally
adopted at the NFRA Governing Committee meeting in Washington,
D.C. on 2 May were recently sent to the Chair of the Ocean.US
Executive Committee, and can be accessed here.
Letters from NFRA to Congressman Gilchrest and Senator Snowe
can be accessed as pdfs here: Gilchrest
JUNE 2005 - The Western Governor's Association (http://www.westgov.org)
recently adopted a Drought Resolution, calling for a "comprehensive,
integrated response to drought emergencies," and calling
attention to "severe and long-term droughts that have
occurred in the Western United States" over the past
ten years. The Resolution offers strong support for
GEOSS and IEOS. view
2005 - The California Ocean Protection Council will co-host
with the California Biodiversity Council a Ocean and Coastal
Economic Summit in Long Beach, California 21-22 July 2005.
More information may be accessed at: http://ceres.ca.gov/biodiv/oceans.html.
JUNE 2005 - The Renewable Natural Resources Foundation released
their report "Building Capacity for Coastal Solutions,"
which identifies areas of high priority as: governance (citing
a need for collaboration and support for regional councils);
information technology and science, and community empowerment.
The Executive Summary can be accessed here.
Funding Opportunities (with thanks, for many of these, to
the CORE newsletter):
Protection Council offers funding to projects that further
its goals. Relevant documents can be accessed at:
Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB). Synopsis
of Program: the Division of Environmental Biology encourages
the submission of proposals aimed at generating long time
series of biological and environmental data that address particular
ecological and evolutionary processes. NSF will support competitively
reviewed projects that continue critical and novel long-term
data collection aimed at resolving important issues in environmental
biology. Researchers must demonstrate at least six years of
data collection to qualify for funding and the proposal must
convey a rationale for at least ten additional years of data
collection. As part of the requirements for funding, projects
must show how the collected data will be shared broadly with
the scientific community and the interested public. http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05583
The NOAA Undersea Research Center at the University of North
Carolina Wilmington seeks proposals for undersea research
projects to be conducted in 2006 and 2007 off the southeast
U.S. from North Carolina to Texas. This announcement is soliciting
proposals for four specific funding opportunities. For more
information, visit http://www.uncw.edu/nurc/funding/opportunities.htm.
Oceans and Human Health Pre-funding Opportunity: this funding
opportunity is intended to engage the non-federal research
community in conducting research – across the physical,
chemical, biological, medical, public health, oceanographic
and social sciences – on priority issues for NOAA’s
new Oceans and Human Health Initiative (OHHI). For more information,
NOAA: Distinguished Scholars in Oceans and Human Health (OHH)
opportunity. This opportunity is designed to recognize scientists
working at the interface of oceans and human health through
the establishment of competitive awards for distinguished
scholars to work with NOAA scientists. This opportunity is
offered as part of NOAA's OHH Initiative recently established
by the Oceans and Human Health Act passed by Congress in December
From 2-4 awards will be granted, each of 6-18 months duration
and funded at up to $250,000 per year. Research may start
as early as October 1, 2005 and must be concluded by September
30, 2007. Full proposals must be received by July 15, 2005.
Details are available on the CORE website.
NASA ROSES: NNH05ZDA001N, entitled "Research Opportunities
in Space and Earth Sciences - 2005 (ROSES-2005)," will
be available on or about January 28, 2005, by opening the
NASA Research Opportunities homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com
and then linking through the menu listings "Solicitations"
to "Open Solicitations." This NASA Research Announcement
(NRA) solicits proposals for supporting basic and applied
research and technology across a broad range of Earth and
space science program elements relevant to one or more of
the three defined NASA science themes: Earth-Sun System, Solar
System, and Universe. Proposal due dates are scheduled starting
on April 8, 2005, and continue through February 10, 2006.
Potential proposers should be aware of a major change in the
NASA proposal submission process from 2004. NASA has implemented
a new master proposal data base system. All proposers, co-investigators,
and proposing organizations must register with the system
Further information about specific program elements may be
obtained from the individual Program Officers listed for each
program element in this NRA, while questions concerning general
NRA policies and procedures may be directed to Dr. Paul Hertz,
Assistant Associate Administrator for Science, Science Mission
Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001;
JUNE 2005 - The Consortium for Oceanographic Research and
Education sponsored a workshop with the Aquarium of the Pacific
on Ocean Literacy. SCCOOS funding partner California COSEE
representative Cheryl Peach attended the workshop. The workshop
agenda can be viewed here.
JUNE 2005 - The California Ocean Protection Council’s
second meeting was held on 10 June in San Francisco. The Council
was established per the California Ocean Protection Act in
2004, and will “help coordinate and improve the protection
and management of California’s ocean and coastal resources.”
A variety of documents, including a listing of programs approved
for funding are available at: http://resources.ca.gov/ocean/copc/6-10-05_meeting/index.html.
2005 - SCCOOS Chief Operating Officer Eric Terrill presented
SCCOOS to the San Diego Area Committee, which is tasked with
creating the Southern California Oil Spill Response &
Recovery Plan. This plan is mandated under the National Response
Plan in accordance with the 1990 Federal Water Pollution Control
Act (33 USC 1321, Sect. 311). The Area Committee and SCCOOS
are collaborating to develop products using real-time HF Radar
data to monitor and predict surface transport of oil in the
event of a spill. The US Coast Guard envisions eventual use
of these products by shipboard personnel via shipboard computers
with high speed internet access. Attendees included members
of the Coast Guard, State Department of Fish & Game, California
Coastal Commission, NOAA, Chevron/Texaco, Orange County Coastkeeper,
and SD County Agency Representatives.
JUNE 2005 - Serge Dedina, Executive Director of Wildcoast,
a non-profit conservation team based in Imperial Beach, California,
organized a roundtable discussion with Eric Terrill, lead
scientist of the San Diego Coastal Ocean Observing System
(SDCOOS), SDCOOS engineers, and members of an informal South
San Diego/Border Water Quality Monitoring Team. The roundtable
focused on articulation of first steps toward development
of a Comprehensive Border Water Quality Community Action Plan
for the US-Mexico border region. A recently created SDCOOS
outreach document can be accessed here.
The meeting was held at the offices of the City of Imperial
2005 - A meeting of SCCOOS scientists and collaborating stakeholders
was held at the Orange County Sanitation District in Orange
County to seek stakeholder input into planned observations
in the Huntington Beach area; this site was selected by stakeholders
and SCCOOS scientists because of its chronic water quality
problems, combined with the existence of datasets from past
observations. Objectives of the experiment, tentatively planned
for summer/early fall 2006 in the region immediately north
of the Santa Anna River mouth, are to provide data sets useful
for validation and calibration of SCCOOS models, and to improve
understanding of the mixing and dispersal of pollutants in
the inner shelf and surf zone. The details of the experiment
design and timing are not finalized, and input and participation
from stakeholders, as well as from scientists and engineers
not presently associated with SCCOOS, were sought. Attendees
included SCCOOS scientists, USGS personnel, and Los Angeles
and Orange County Sanitation District engineers. A list of
attendees can be accessed here.
2005 - SCCOOS scientist Bob Guza presented plans of the SCCOOS
Nearshore working group to the Southern California Water Resources
Control Board Beach Quality Water Workgroup at the SCCWRP
offices in Westminster, California.
MAY 2005 - The Joint Institute for Marine Observations (JIMO)
underwent its five-year review by NOAA. JIMO is the vehicle
by which NOAA resources are transferred to SCCOOS. Eric Terrill
presented SCCOOS progress to date to the review committee;
his Powerpoint presentation can be accessed here.
NOAA's resultant review listed SCCOOS as an observing system
that "could position JIMO and the region as a true leader
in the Earth system research and observations field."
JIMO has been renewed for five more years.
2005 - Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) introduced the Natoinal
Weather Services Duties Act to Congress on 14 April 2005.
If enacted, this bill will prohibit the National Weather Service
from providing weather products that could be provided by
the private sector. The bill may be found here
(as a pdf).
MAY 2005 - The U.S. Department of Commerce has presented the
U.S. Senate with specific guidance and recommendations pertaining
to S. 361, "The Coastal and Ocean Observation System
Act of 2005." The letter can be viewed here
(as a pdf).
Observation System Coalition, an ad hoc group formed
to advocate for ocean observing legislation and appropriations
until the National Federation of Regional Associations is
formed, has released a legislative update that can be read
here (as a word document).
MAY 2005 - The second meeting of the California Ocean Protection
Council will be held in San Francisco on Friday, 10 June 2005
at 10am. The meeting will be held at the San Francisco Ferry
Building in the Port Commission hearing room on the second
floor. The Ferry Building is located on the Embarcadero at
the foot of Market Street. More information on the California
Ocean Protection Council can be found at http://resources.ca.gov/ocean/copc.
The agenda for the council’s June 10 meeting will be
available on this website on May 31, and the briefing materials
will be posted prior to the meeting.
MAY 2005 - The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California,
has been invited by the Consortium for Oceanographic Research
and Education to convene, facilitate and summarize a workshop
on Ocean Literacy for the Public on 15 June 2005. The goal
of the workshop is to develop a portfolio of scientific stories
that illustrate the seven themes identified by COSEE*, and
to make these relevant to the lives of people who visit free-choice
learning institutions. SCCOOS is seeking participation from
SCCOOS investigators and graduate students. If you are interested
in participating, please contact Carolyn Keen at email@example.com.
seven themes are: 1. There is only one ocean and the ocean is big.
2. The ocean is largely unexplored.
3. Ocean life and ecosystems are very diverse.
4. The ocean controls weather and climate.
5. The ocean makes Earth habitable.
6. The ocean has shaped the Earth.
7. The oceans and humans are interconnected.
MAY 2005 - Bob Guza will present "Surfzone Currents &
Beach Water Quality" to the State Water Resources Control
Board, Beach Water Quality Workgroup on 18 May. The agenda
for the meeting can be accessed here
(as a word document).
summary of the major consensus recommendations from the early
May 2nd Annual IOOS Conference has been released, and can
be accessed here
(as a word document). Conference materials and presentations
are available under the "workshops" link at the
Ocean.US website: www.ocean.us.
results of a study examining the economic costs of coastal
recreational water pollution led by researchers at the University
of California, Irvine, has been published in the April online
Journal of Environmental Management. The study found
that "the combination of excess illnesses associated
with coastal water pollution resulted in a cumulative public
health burden of $3.3 million per year for these two beaches
[Newport and Huntington beaches]." The article can be
accessed here (as
MAY 2005 - SCCOOS has submitted a proposal to the Resource
Legacy Fund Foundation for support in Business Plan Development
of two Regional Associations, SCCOOS and CeNCOOS. If funded,
this will be a collaborative effort that will bring both SCCOOS
and CeNCOOS closer to NFRA accreditation.
12 MAY 2005 - The SCCOOS
Executive Steering Committee, composed of members Russ Davis,
Chair (SIO), Paul DiGiacomo (JPL) Burt Jones (USC), Keith
Stolzenbach (UCLA) and Libe Washburn (UCSB), prepared a progress
report outlining working groups for Near Shore Processes and
HF Radar, as well as Data Management. The report can be accessed
here (as a pdf).
MAY 2005 - Cheryl Peach (CA COSEE), Julie Thomas and Debbie
Duckworth (SCCOOS) attended the IOOS
implementation meeting 3-4 May 2005 in Arlington, VA.
MAY 2005 - The second annual Implementation Conference for
the Integrated Ocean Observing System was held in Washington
DC. Four SCCOOS delegates representing the organization development
team, operations, data management, and SCCOOS E&O provided
Southern California representation at the meeting. Co-chair
of the IOOS Interoperability demonstration program, Julie
Thomas, provided leadership from the CDIP program in guiding
IOOS toward the development of sensible data products. Others
in attendance from California included Leslie Ewing from the
State Coastal Commission. More information on the 2nd annual
Implementation Conference can be found at http://www.oceanusmeeting.com/ioos2/index.html.
2005 - Radiowave Oceanography Working Group (ROW -5) meeting
was held in Costanoa, CA. SCCOOS HF radar working group members
attended to present the results of existing surface current
mapping efforts in Southern California, discuss applications
being developed for search and rescue, marine life resource
management, and beach water quality management, and to exchange
ideas with the international HF radar community.
MAY 2005 - SCCOOS became a signatory to the Terms of Reference
which establishes a National Federation of Regional Associations
(NFRA). Signed at the offices of the Consortium of Oceanographic
Research and Education in Washington DC, the NFRA was established
to provide a common voice for the regional components of the
Integrated Ocean Observing System to the federal planning
process. The goal of NFRA is to make major contributions to
the attainment of a robust and sustained national presence
for regional coastal and ocean observing systems and the Regional
Associations (RAs) from around the country that implement
them, as a key component of the IOOS. More information on
the NFRA can be found at http://usnfra.org.
APRIL 2005 - Recent National Federation of Regional Associations
final NFRA Terms of Reference, which outlines a plan to
realize NFRA's goal to "make major contributions to
the attainment of a robust and sustained national presence
for regional coastal and ocean observing systems and the
Regional Associations (RAs)…a key component of the
IOOS" is available here
(download as a word doc)
has also recently provided comments on and suggested language
for HR 1489, The Coastal Ocean Observing System Integration
and Implementation Act of 2005 to Wayne T. Gilchrest,
Chair of the Subcommittee on Fisheries and Oceans. The letter
from David Martin, Chair of NFRA, can be accessed here
(download as a word doc)
will hold a Governing Committee Meeting on 2 May 2005 at
the CORE offices in Washington, DC. The above referenced
Terms of Reference will be signed, the Work Plan will be
discussed, and NFRA officers will be elected. The agenda
and Work Plan are posted here: agenda
(word doc), work plan
2005 - SCCOOS will be generating an “Existing practices
and short term needs assessment for data management”
white paper. If you are interested in participating, please
send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
APRIL 2005 - Eric Terrill, Lisa Lelli, and Mark Otero of SIO
visited NOAA's NDBC to discuss development of a national HF
radar data management program for IOOS. The project is expected
to build off successes from the NSF sponsored ROADNet
program, and will build from an IT infrastructure that
has been designed for the State of California sponsored Coastal
Ocean Currents Monitoring Program. Meeting participants will
include principals within both NOAA NOS and NOAA NDBC.
APRIL 2005 - SCCOOS recently submitted it’s mid-year
report to NOAA’s Coastal Services Center and to Ocean.US.
The report can be accessed here. (download
as a pdf)
APRIL 2005 - Eric Terrill briefed the Orange County Coastal
Coalition on SCCOOS at a meeting of 50-60 attendees from both
the public and private sectors. The meeting was co-chaired
by County Supervisors Tom Wilson (5th District and Vice Chairman
of the Boad) and Jim Silva (2nd District).
2005 - At a stakeholder meeting held at the Orange County
Sanitation District, Burt Jones and Bob Guza presented an
overview of SCCOOS/COCMP, and discussed plans for a San Pedro
Bay Nearshore Experiment. The attendees supported focusing
the nearshore effort on the region immediately north of the
Santa River mouth in the Huntington Beach region, and agreed
to help obtain the required permits. Representatives from
several agencies indicated interest in collaboration. A discussion
of the nearshore study with additional stakeholders is planned
for the (statewide) Beach Water Quality Working Group on May
18. (Download the April
12 meeting invititation as a word doc)
APRIL 2005 - The California Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA)
Blue Ribbon Task Force selected an area stretching from Pigeon
Pt. to Pt. Conception as a central coast study region for
developing alternative proposals for networks of marine protected
areas (MPAs). For more information, contact Melissa Miller-Henson
(MLPA) 530.400.2545 or Mike Wintemute (DFG) 916.651.6443.
abounds at first meeting of new ocean council 10
April 2005, North County Times
The task before the governor's new Ocean Protection Council
is a daunting one: to coordinate the myriad state agencies
that manage California's 1,100 miles of coastline. More than
ever, local communities set policies on fish and game, water
quality, energy, pollution, coastal development, parks and
land preservation. The result is a state ocean policy that
most agree is fractured and badly in need of repair. Click
here to view the full story
APRIL 2005 - SCCOOS delegates attended the Coast and California's
Watersheds: Sacramento Symposium. Organized by the Southern
California Wetlands Recovery Project, the California Watershed
Network and CalCoast, the program included talks by Mike Wellbourne,
Leslie Mintz, and John Woodbusy, and brought attendees together
with administration decision-makers and elected officials.
MARCH 2005 - Julie Thomas and Bill O'Reilly of the Coastal
Data Information Program (CDIP) visited the National Data
Buoy Center (NDBC) to provide input on structuring ocean wave
observation systems for IOOS. Discussions also included the
system enhancement of existing NDBC buoys for measuring directional
waves. NDBC has received funds earmarked for additional directional
wave measurements, and estimates that they can upgrade approximately
25 stations over the next few years with these funds. NDBC
has clearly put a significant effort into reaching out to
the COOS regions for input on their directional wave needs.
Fruitful discussions took place concerning how to add directional
sensors to existing NDBC stations in a way that both advances
the creation of an offshore deep water directional wave backbone
for the entire US, while also addressing each region's coastal
wave information priorities.
MARCH 2005 - A modeling group from SCCOOS composed of Yi Chao
(JPL), Bruce Cornuelle (Scripps) and Jim McWilliams (UCLA),
along with investigators from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research
Institute and the Naval Research Laboratory have submitted
a proposal to a broad agency announcement from the National
Ocean Partnership Program (NOPP) to examine and further develop
regional modeling capacities. If funded, the program will
significantly improves the regions's ability to predict oceanic
conditions on the west coast, and will be a component of the
Global Ocean Data Assimation Experiment (GODAE). Both SCCOOS
and CENCOOS have submitted letters of support for this effort.
(download as a pdf)
MARCH 2005 - Ocean.US, the IOOS national office, has announced
publication of the 2005 IOOS Data Management and Communications
(DMAC) Plan (replacing the May 2004 draft plan): Data
Management and Communications Plan for Research and Operational
Integrated Ocean Observing Systems. I. Interoperable Data
Discovery, Access, and Archive. (March 2005: download
as a pdf). This Plan incorporates revisions made
in response to comments received during the public review
period announced in the November 10, 2004 Federal Register.
Congress has directed the U.S. marine science community to
come together to plan, design, and implement a sustained Integrated
System (IOOS). A coherent strategy for integrating marine
data streams across disciplines, institutions, time scales,
and geographic regions is central to the success of IOOS.
In turn, the ability of IOOS to provide integrated data streams
will be vitally important to emerging regional, national,
and international ocean and coastal observing systems, and
national research initiatives. The DMAC Plan provides a framework
for developing interoperability among independent, heterogeneous
data management programs and activities.
2005 - The Pacific Coast Ocean Observing System (PaCOOS) held
a Meeting of the Board of Governors 16-17 March in Seattle,
Washington. SCCOOS Executive Steering Committee Chair, Russ
Davis, attended the meeting and provided a review of SCCOOS-PaCOOS
coordination. PaCOOS aims to provide the ocean information
needed for the sustained use of fishery resources and protection
of marine species and their ecosystem under a changing climate.
For more information about PaCOOS, visit pacoos.org.
The Board of Governor's meeting agenda may be downloaded as
a pdf from www.pacoos.org/PDFs/Agenda03.14.05.pdf
MARCH 2005 - SCCOOS delegates attended the first meeting meeting
of the California Ocean Protection Council. (download
the pdf). State officials, appointed in 2004 by the Governor
as the California Ocean Protection Council, held this public
meeting to discuss their strategy for implementing the California
Ocean Plan as amended. The Plan is enforced by the Regional
Water Resources Control Boards per California Water Code,
and originates from 1972. At this first official meeting,
state officials heard public comment and made remarks about
the importance of the Plan's objectives and potential avenues
for funding pursuant to these objectives. Water quality objectives
and watershed management options were central topics.
MARCH 2005 - The Ocean Studies Board (OSB) hosted a special
panel on ocean observing, which included panel representatives
from NOAA, Nanoos, Neptune, and SCCOOS. Two recent OSB studies:
"Illuminating the Hidden Planet," and "Enabling
Ocean Research in the 21st Century" focused on observatories
and their role in supporting ocean science. Oceanographic
observatory activity as a public service function (IOOS) has
been the subject of round tables in OSB Washington, DC, meetings,
a panel to discuss the needs of users, as well as progress
reports from NOAA and other agencies involved. The meeting
also included a session documenting the Contributions and
Future of California Cooperative Ocean Fisheries Investigations
(CalCOFI), an update from Brian Baird of the California Resources
Agency outlining California's Action Strategy for Protecting
the Ocean (download
as a pdf), and a presentation outlining the California
Marine Life Protection Act by Steve Gaines, University of
California, Santa Barbara and John Kirlin, Marine Life Protection
Act Blue Ribbon Task Force.
MARCH 2005 - The NSF is soliciting proposals for Development
of Technologies for Coastal Observing Systems and the Study
of Benthic Boundary Layer Processes. This program solicitation,
the first to be released in conjunction with NSF OCE's Ocean
Research Interactive Observatory Networks (ORION) Program,
has as its primary goal the development of those technologies
that will enable advances in the understanding of benthic
boundary layer (BBL) processes. NSF estimates supporting 2
to 6 standard or continuing grants from this competition.
A total of approximately $5.5 million is anticipated, pending
the availability of funds, over three years beginning in FY
2005. Proposals are due 18 May 2005. For the complete solicitation,
SBE 37 Microcats being secured by the IOE's Levanto
Schachter and MBARI's Mike Kelley. photo by Nicolas
2005 - SCCOOS received executive approval from the State Coastal
Conservancy for the Year One work program for the Coastal Ocean
Currents Monitoring Program (COCMP). The funding will establish
the COCMP, a partnership of academic and government institutions
working with industry and private organizations to design a
real-time monitoring system for currents along the coastline.
$10,200,000 is being allocated each to SCCOOS and to a similarly
organized consortium in Central and Northern California (CENCOOS).
The state's funding will be used to monitor and map currents
along much of the 1,100-mile coast of California, and to relate
that information to the movement of pollution and other safety
hazards in the water and on the shore. Planning has been underway
for this project since the summer of 2002; formal approval of
the workplan (download
pdf) will allow the observational groups to access funds
to begin implementing the system immediately. The proposal and
related documents are available in the documents
section of this website.
8 MARCH 2005
- A meeting to develop the SCCOOS web components for an eight-week
Weather and Ocean Monitoring Program under development by the
Ocean Institute was held at SIO on Monday, 7 March 2005. The
eight-week program is being designed to meet 5th grade Earth
Science standards on the water cycle and weather; it will include
new classroom activities, science kits, CD-ROMs, web-based materials,
field trips, teacher professional development and will incorporate
SCCOOS science and scientists as a link to research being done
in the field. Curriculum development for this program will occur
over a three-year period, and will include teacher focus groups
and training sessions in order to develop a program that effectively
helps prepare students for California science standards and
rigorous new assessments. The program will be piloted with approximately
500 students in three school districts. Present at the meeting
were Harry Helling, Sue Magdziarz and Jennifer Long of the Ocean
Institute, Lauren Vu-Tran, Science Coordinator for the Beckman
@ Science Program and the Fountain Valley School District, Sandee
Wilbur of Chaparral Elementary School in Ladera Ranch, and SIO
E&O personnel, curriculum developers and staff.
MARCH 2005 - Niki Gruber's UCLA team has deployed the second
of three SCCOOS moorings in Santa Monica Bay.
2005 - John Orcutt will present "Global Ocean Seismology
Observatory" before the Luso-American foundation on 16
March 2005 in Lisbon, Portugal.
FEBRUARY 2005 - SCCOOS Participant Uwe Send conducted the
first of the three SCCOOS mooring deployments.This deployment
marks the initiation of a sustained realtime monitoring system
for the physical and biogeochemical variability at selected
locations in the southern California coastal ocean. Located
in 100m water depth off La Jolla, this southernmost mooring
of the array, is a prototype of a multidisciplinary long-term
mooring for shallow water with a surface buoy and a suite
of sensors in the water column below.
Mooring deployment off the coast of La Jolla. Photo
provided by Uwe Send.
mounted directly to the buoy measure meteorological variables,
near surface temperature, salinity, oxygen and chlorophyll
concentrations, and the current throughout the water column.
Further down the mooring wire—10m above the bottom—another
sensor package records temperature, salinity, oxygen, and
chlorophyll. All data are telemetered to shore every hour,
communication with the deep instruments happens inductively
through the mooring wire.
2005 - The Resources Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
launched a new Web site that will assist federal, state, and
local governments in protecting California's watersheds and
beaches. The Coastal
Sediment Management Workgroup (CSMW) web site consolidates
information essential to people who are involved professionally
or personally in sediment management. The goal is for the
new CSMW Web site to serve as a communication tool to help
coastal management professionals throughout the state share
2005: SCCOOS provided a briefing to the Southern California
Beach Water Quality Working Group to begin the dialogue on
user input for products within the region. The Beach Water
Quality Workgroup (BWQW) is a coalition of Federal, State,
and local governmental agencies, environmental advocacy groups,
environmental consultants, and scientific researchers. The
mission of the BWQW is to achieve continuous and immediate
improvement in the water quality at beaches throughout California.
FEBRUARY 2005: The 2005 Joint Assembly, organized by SEG,
NABS, AAS and AGU, will be held 23-27 May 2005 in New Orleans.
A session particularly relevant to SCCOOS is "Regional
and Coastal Ocean Observing Systems Along the USA Southern
Border." Abstracts are due
Thursday, 11 February at 10:59 pm PST.
description: the regional and coastal ocean
observing (and modeling) systems developing along the southern
border of the USA (California, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi,
Alabama, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)
offer opportunities to collaborate on scientific and technological
issues of common concern. The opportunities extend to working
with neighboring countries within the Caribbean Basin especially
Mexico and the Bahamas. The disciplinary scope of this session
is broad and includes coastal physical oceanography and meteorology,
coastal ocean ecosystem analysis, and coastal ocean biogeochemical
transport rate and pathway analysis. It is timely to review
the progress, impact, scientific and technological issues,
and plans of the various systems and seek a common, overarching
scientific and technological agenda.
Orcutt testifies to the House Committee on Science (26
information on the session can be found here.
FEBRUARY 2005: The
webcast from John Orcutt's testimony
before the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee
on Science's "Tsunamis:
Is the U.S. Prepared?" hearing is now available
(6.1 quicktime movie).
contamination closes beaches for 24 of past 29 days 26
January 2005, San Diego Union Tribune
IMPERIAL BEACH – Beaches from the north end of town
to the border remained closed yesterday due to sewage-contaminated
waters, making this rainy season one of the worst in recent
memory for beach closures. (more)
JANUARY 2005: John Orcutt's testimony for the U.S.
House of Representatives' Committee on Science's "Tsunamis:
Is the U.S. Prepared?" hearing is now available
(pdf). The webcast will be posted as soon as it is available.
2005: The U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science
will hold a hearing entitled "Tsunamis: Is the U.S. Prepared?"
on January 26, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, at which John
Orcutt has been asked to testify. His testimony will be posted
here after the hearing takes place.
Oil Slick along the Santa Barbara County Coastline
investigators seek source of mystery oil spill 21
January 2005, Sacramento Bee
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Investigators are testing oil wiped from
the coated bodies of birds to try to determine the origin
of a mysterious oil spill somewhere along a 90-mile stretch
of the Southern California coast. More than 1,100 birds have
been brought to a bird care center in San Pedro, and a sea
lion was taken to a nearby marine mammal center.
treats ill birds coated by offshore oil slick 21
January 2005, San Diego Union Tribune
SeaWorld avian care experts yesterday treated 10 California
brown pelicans sickened by a mysterious oil slick in the Santa
Barbara Channel. The pelicans are among 1,400 sea birds that
have come ashore since Jan. 12 between Santa Barbara and Huntington
Beach. Of those, more than 600 have died. (more)
Oil Patches Take Big Toll on Seabirds 21
January 2005, Los Angeles Times
A mysterious weeklong oil leak off Southern California has
damaged more wildlife than any spill in state coastal waters
since 1990, officials said Thursday as they struggled to find
its source. (more)
Treating Birds Caught In Mystery Oil Spill: Endangered Species
Found Oiled Off Los Angeles County Coast 20
January 2005, 10News.com - San Diego Channel 10
SAN DIEGO -- Investigators are trying to find the cause of
an oil spill that coated hundreds of birds with crude oil
and may threaten other sea life, 10News reported. Oil-slicked
pelican have been rushed to SeaWorld for treatment while teams
of experts assess the damage. (more)
2005: CDIP's sensor on the SIO Pier detected the signature
of the Indian Ocean tsunami (26 Dec 2004) with an ~12 cm amplitude.
CDIP has been working with NOAA/PMEL to represent this data
on the web. Click here
to access the website.
JANUARY 2005: The Farallones National Marine Sanctuary will
host a "Forum on California's Ocean Future" 13 January
2005 at the San Francisco War Memorial Herbst Theatre. Click
on the image for a larger jpg program or click
here to access the forum's website.
JANUARY 2005: The Bush Administration has released its response
to the U.S. Ocean Commission on Policy: the "U.S. Ocean
Action Plan." The U.S. Ocean Action Plan highlights includes
immediate and long-term plans to build a global earth observation
network (which includes ocean observation) and develop an
ocean research priorities plan and implementation strategy.
The plan emphisizes the need to enhance ocean leadership and
coordination by improving federal coordination and governance
through the establishment of various committees, panels and
working groups to decide on and, or oversee ocean science/resource
management integration. The administration outlines the need
advance the US understanding of oceans, coasts, and great
lakes by way of integrated observation networks, research
and survey efforts, ocean and coastal mapping, and the dissemination
US ocean science expertise abroad. Click
here to download the report as a pdf.
2005: The U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy has released its
annual report. SCCOOS has posted chapter 26: Achieving a Sustained,
Integrated Ocean Observing System on the web. Click
here to download chapter 26 as a pdf.
2005: Call for Submissions: Spring
AGU, 23-17 May 2005 Special Session: Regional & Coastal
Ocean Observing Systems along the USA Southern Border Conveners: Christopher N.K. Mooers; Douglas A. Wilson;
John A. Orcutt; Worth D. Nowlin, Jr.
Description: The regional & coastal ocean (EEZ) observing
(and modeling) systems developing along the southern border
of the USA (California, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama,
Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) offer opportunities
to collaborate on scientific and technological issues of common
concern. The opportunities extend to working with neighboring
countries to the south, especially Mexico, and within the
Caribbean Basin, plus the Bahamas to the east. The disciplinary
scope is broad and includes coastal physical oceanography
and meteorology, coastal ocean ecosystem analysis, and coastal
ocean biogeochemical transport rate and pathway analysis.
It is timely to review the progress, impact, scientific and
technological issues, and plans of the various systems and
seek a common, overarching scientific and technological agenda.
Abstracts are due on 3 Feb my mail and 10 Feb by e-mail. 20
April is the deadline for pre-registration and housing reservations.
DECEMBER 2004: NSF ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY: SENSORS
AND SENSOR NETWORKS (SENSORS): The National Science Foundation
(NSF), through the Directorate for Engineering, the Directorate
for Geosciences, and the Office of Polar Programs, announces
a broad interdisciplinary program of research and education
in the area of advanced sensor development. This solicitation
seeks to advance fundamental knowledge in engineering of materials,
concepts and designs for new sensors; networked sensor systems
in a distributed environment; terrestrial, atmospheric, and
aquatic environmental analysis; the integration of sensors
into engineered systems; and the interpretation and use of
sensor data in decision-making processes. The Directorate
for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, the Directorate for
Education and Human Resources, and the Directorate for Social,
Behavioral, and Economic Sciences plan to participate in the
reviews and identify proposals of mutual interest and may
provide co-funding for programs of high quality that meet
their programmatic requirements. Anticipated Type of Award:
Standard or Continuing Grant l.
Number of Awards: 50 including Individual-Investigator (up
to $125,000 per year for 3 years), Small-Team (up to $250,000
per year for 3 years), and Interdisciplinary-Research-Group
(up to $500,000 per year for up to 5 years) awards. Anticipated
Funding Amount: $25,000,000 from the Directorate for Engineering
and up to $3,000,000 additionally from other NSF Directorates/Offices,
subject to availability of funds, and the quality and appropriateness
of proposals received. Additional information can be found
DECEMBER 2004: SCCOOS Board Member, Steve Weisberg presented
SCCOOS to the Orange County Sanitation District Board of Directors.
NOVEMBER 2004: The November 2004 PhysOrg.com features and
article describing the ONR's ocean and hurrican research CBLAST
project. CBLAST PIs include Carl Friehe and Eric Terrill.
Download the newsletter as a pdf here.
NOVEMBER 2004: SCCOOS
PI, Eric Terrill presented "Developing Coastal Observation
Systems to Address Water Quality Needs" on 28 October
at the 2004
Headwaters to Oceans (H2O).
Download the ppt presentation here.
2004: The SCCOOS user survey is now online. Click
here to participate.
- 26 OCTOBER 2004: Meeting Attendance, Agenda and Presentations
are available online here.
OCTOBER 2004: SCCOOS Governance and Planning Meeting held
at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point on 18 and 19 October,
OCTOBER 2004: SD Oceans Foundation plans to host a public
forum on the proposed offshore natural gas terminal off the
coast of Baja on 9 November, 4 - 6 pm at Shedd Auditorium,
Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute. Limited seating. RSVP to
or by phone 619-523-1903.
21 OCTOBER 2004: Governor Schwarzenegger
Announced California's "Ocean Action Plan" which
aims to set a national standard for the management of ocean
and coastal resources. Speaking from the Monterey
Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Governor Schwarzenegger said
the "action plan" will guide California on its continued
course of leading by example in safeguarding the sea. Download
the document as a pdf here.
OCTOBER 2004: NOAA is requesting public comment on its First
Annual Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Development
Plan. Download this pdf
for more information.
SEPTEMBER 2004: CDIP (the Coastal Data Information Program)
personnel, in collaboration with the National Weather Service
(NWS), have recently reformatted their buoy data into the
National Data Buoy Center's (NDBC) FM-13 format. CDIP buoy
data will now flow in real-time to the NDBC website (www.ndbc.noaa.gov),
and will be directly dispersed to regional NWS stations via
AWIPS, their in-house channel. CDIP buoy data will be accessible
for NWS weather models, "dial-a-buoy" reports, RSS
links, marine weather channel broadcasts,and other NWS products.
SEPTEMBER 2004: SCOOOS PI Paul DeGiacomo of JPL will be exhibiting
SCCOOS materials at a booth at the American Association of
Port Authorities 93rd Annual Exhibition, 27-30 September 2004
at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California
2004: New SCCOOS flyer listing pending observations and products
is available for download
as a pdf.
PI Eric Terrill promotes SCCOOS at the State Lands Commission
Prevention First Symposium on 14 September 2004.
SEPTEMBER 2004: SCCOOS exhibited at the State
First Symposium, held on 14 and 15 September in Long Beach,
California. SCCOOS overviews were presented on two cinema
displays, and printed materials were distributed, including
the latest SCCOOS flyer (pdf),
survey, and materials from Ocean.US.
Our next exhibit will be at the H2O
conference, to also be held in Long Beach on 27-29 October.
15 SEPTEMBER 2004: Washington,
DC – U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) announced
today that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved
legislation to fund vital projects in California to improve
communications among first responders, enhance public safety,
invest in coastal research, and restore criminal justice costs
associated with incarcerating undocumented immigrants. The
legislation, which still faces a full Senate vote, includes
$2 million in funding for SCCOOS. (download
the press release as a pdf here)
SEPTEMBER 2004: SCCOOS
representatives Paul DiGiacomo, Mark Moline, and Eric Terrill
recently attended the IOOS Implementation Conference held
in Arlington Virginia, 31 August - 2 September. Agency representatives
from the Ocean Observations Executive Committee, U. S. Coast
Guard, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, U. S. Geological Survey,
NASA, Minerals Management Service, Ocean.US, Environmental
Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
United States Navy and the National Science Foundation were
AUGUST 2004: The Southern California Coastal Water Research
Project Authority is hosting a special SCCOOS CTAG meeting
25 August 2005. A SCCOOS/COCMP presentation
is planned. (presentations are available
AUGUST 2004: SCCOOS PI, Eric Terrill will present an overview
of SCCOOS to CDR Jon Mosier, US Navy, Anti-Terrorism Force
Protection Operations during his visit to Scripps on 19 August.
AUGUST 2004: SCCOOS response to Ocean.US request for priorities
for the development of an Integrated Ocean Observing System
AUGUST 2004: The First Annual IOOS Implementation Conference--A
Joint Federal-Regional Workshop will be held on August 31
- September 2, 2004* at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn in Arlington,
Virginia. (visit the
AUGUST 2004: Professor Burt Jones, Director of USC's Upper
Ocean Process Group, will be presenting aspects of SCCOOS
at the National Water Research Institute's Urban Runoff Roundtable
on 4 August 2004. This forum will be focusing on"What
science based decision support options are available for managing
urban runoff?" For more information, please visit the
NRI website here.
JULY 2004: NOAA funds for SCCOOS pilot project have been approved,
and are now awaiting formal amendment for processing funds
to the Joint Institute for Marine Observations (JIMO), which
will administer the award. Principal Investigators receiving
funding under this award should contact their contract administrator
to arrange preaward approval to begin spending. Actual funds
will not arrive for another month or so. Contact email@example.com
Coastal Conservancy (http://www.coastalconservancy.ca.gov)
has scheduled a Board meeting for 30 June 2004. This meeting
occurs in the wake of Governor Schwarzenegger's 5 June 2004
request that California officials increase research and protection
of the state's coastal waters (news).
The meeting will include discussion of proposals submitted
by the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System
(SCCOOS) and the Northern California High Resolution Ocean
Observation System (NCAHOOtS) to the Coastal Ocean Currents
Monitoring Program (COCMP: http://www.cocmp.org/about/).
It is anticipated that 21 million dollars will be available
through the COCMP program to the two Consortia. Both
proposals can be viewed in the documents section of this website.
awarded for high-tech ocean study: Currents data will aid
researchers, industry 1
July 2004, San Diego Union Tribune
A $20.4 million grant to install a high-tech system to monitor
California's nearshore currents has been awarded to UCSD's
Scripps Institution of Oceanography and San Francisco State
here to view the full story
Chrisman, California Resources Secretary, presents Governor
Schwarzenegger's plan to increase scientific research
and monitoring along California's coastline. (4 June
backs call for policy on oceans: '
Action plan' to be drafted over federal review issues 5
June 2004, San Diego Union Tribune
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday largely endorsed a federal
call for a new national oceans policy, while proposing separate
state action to protect threatened coastal waters. In a seaside
news conference at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography
in La Jolla, Schwarzenegger's top environmental officials
said the governor has ordered them to draft an "action
plan" over the next three months outlining how the state
can best tackle challenges that a federal commission outlined
in April. Click
here to view the full story
Urges More Ocean Protection Measures
The governor is adamant, however, that such programs not be
funded by Offshore Oil Drilling. 5
June 2004, Los Angeles Times
By Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday called on the state and federal
governments to do more to protect the ocean and coastal waters,
but said new programs should not be funded by any arrangement
that encouraged more offshore oil drilling.John Orcutt
(SCCOOS Chair), Steve Weisberg, and Russ Moll will
testify before the State of California to assist the Governor
Schwarzenegger in preparing his response to President Bush
on the US Commision on Ocean Policy Report. Click here to view the invitation. Click here
to view the Summit Announcement