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4 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: http://resources.ca.gov/press_documents/CA_Ocean_Econ_Report.pdf

Governor Arnold 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.

Recommendations 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.

Technical questions 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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27 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.

The aerial 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.

18 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 here: www.asbpa.org/05programCONF1.pdf.

18 July 2005 - The Draft California Ocean and Coastal Information, Research, and Outreach Strategy (resources.ca.gov/ocean/copc/6-10-05_meeting/research_draft_strategy.pdf) was presented at the California Ocean Protection Council's 10 June, 2005 meeting.
Comments on this draft strategy must be submitted by July 25 to COPCpublic@resources.ca.gov.

27 JUNE 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.

"Watch 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

27 JUNE 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.

27 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 here.

27 JUNE 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 and Snowe.

27 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 here

27 JUNE 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.

27 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.

Upcoming Funding Opportunities (with thanks, for many of these, to the CORE newsletter):

The California Ocean Protection Council offers funding to projects that further its goals. Relevant documents can be accessed at:

NSF: ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers. Due date: 15 July 2005. For more information: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5383&from=fund

NSF: 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, visit http://www.cop.noaa.gov/opportunities/ann_ohh.html

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 2004.

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 at http://nspires.nasaprs.com. 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; E-mail: paul.hertz@nasa.gov; telephone: 202-358-0986.

15 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.

10 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.

2 JUNE 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.

1 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 Beach.

1 JUNE 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.

25 MAY 2005 - Heal the Bay released its 15th Annual Beach Report Card for 2004-2005. The report can be accessed at http://www.healthebay.org/brc/annual/2005.

18 MAY 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.

17-19 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.

12 MAY 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).

12 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).

The Ocean 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).

12 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.

12 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 cskeen@ucsd.edu

* The 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.

12 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).

A 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.

The 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 a pdf).

12 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).

3 MAY 2005 - Cheryl Peach (CA COSEE), Julie Thomas and Debbie Duckworth (SCCOOS) attended the IOOS implementation meeting 3-4 May 2005 in Arlington, VA.

2-4 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.

2-6 MAY 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.

1 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.

27 APRIL 2005 - Recent National Federation of Regional Associations news:

  • The 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)
  • NFRA 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)
  • NFRA 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 (word doc)

27 APRIL 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 info@sccoos.org.

14 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.

13 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)

12 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). 

12 APRIL 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)

11 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.

Optimism 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.
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5-6 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.

30-31 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.

28 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)

23 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.

Background: Congress has directed the U.S. marine science community to come together to plan, design, and implement a sustained Integrated Ocean Observing
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.

23 MARCH 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

21 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.

16-18 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.

15 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, see http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2005/nsf05556/nsf05556.htm.

Seabird SBE 37 Microcats being secured by the IOE's Levanto Schachter and MBARI's Mike Kelley. photo by Nicolas Gruber
10 MARCH 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.

1 MARCH 2005 - Niki Gruber's UCLA team has deployed the second of three SCCOOS moorings in Santa Monica Bay.

25 FEBRUARY 2005 - John Orcutt will present "Global Ocean Seismology Observatory" before the Luso-American foundation on 16 March 2005 in Lisbon, Portugal.

22 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.

SCCOOS Mooring deployment off the coast of La Jolla. Photo provided by Uwe Send.

Sensors 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.

16 FEBRUARY 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 information.

9 FEBRUARY 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.

8 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.

Session 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.
John Orcutt testifies to the House Committee on Science (26 Jan 05)

More information on the session can be found here.

Abstracts can be submitted at http://www.agu.org/meetings/sm05/.

1 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).

Sewage 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.
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26 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.

25 JANUARY 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.

Mysterious Oil Slick along the Santa Barbara County Coastline

California 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.
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SeaWorld 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.
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Mysterious 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.
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SeaWorld 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.
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Check goes to Fine Cause
20 January 2005, Los Angeles Times Daily Pilot

The Orange County Sanitation District
wants to contribute $60,000 of the $160,000 fine assessed for a 4 Sept 2004 sewage spill to SCCOOS to monitor ocean currents. (more)

13 JANUARY 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.

10 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.

10 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.

10 JANUARY 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.

10 JANUARY 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.

ChevronTexaco to Build Project in '06
7 January 2005, San Diego Union Tribune
ChevronTexaco yesterday announced it has received all the Mexican federal approval needed to build its $650 million liquefied natural gas project next to the Coronado Islands, off the Baja California and San Diego County coasts.

Click here to view the full story

20 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.

Estimated 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 at http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?ods_key=nsf05526.

7 DECEMBER 2004: SCCOOS Board Member, Steve Weisberg presented SCCOOS to the Orange County Sanitation District Board of Directors.

7 DECEMBER 2004: On 23 November 2004, the SCCOOS Board of Directors appointed an Executive Steering Committee and a Board Executive Committee.

22 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.

22 NOVEMBER 2004: SCCOOS exhibited at the 27-29 October 2004 Headwaters to Oceans (H2O) conference.

22 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.

28 OCTOBER 2004: The SCCOOS user survey is now online. Click here to participate.

UPDATE - 26 OCTOBER 2004: Meeting Attendance, Agenda and Presentations are available online here.
19 OCTOBER 2004: SCCOOS Governance and Planning Meeting held at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point on 18 and 19 October, 2004.

25 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 sdoceans@sdoceans.org 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.

20 OCTOBER 2004: NOAA is requesting public comment on its First Annual Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Development Plan. Download this pdf for more information.

28 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.

24 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

22 SEPTEMBER 2004: New SCCOOS flyer listing pending observations and products is available for download as a pdf.

SCCOOS PI Eric Terrill promotes SCCOOS at the State Lands Commission Prevention First Symposium on 14 September 2004.

16 SEPTEMBER 2004: SCCOOS exhibited at the State Lands Commission Prevention 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)

7 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 present.

The attached documents (ppt1, ppt2) were created by David Martin, Chair of the National Federation of Regional Associations, and outline broad regional priorities fromeach of the regions for FY05-06 (Click here to access the federal response to David Martin). The final day of the meeting, September 2, consisted of the agency heads discussing the budgetary planning process for implementation of priorities identified at the meeting (click here to reveiw the materials). Public comments are welcome (here). To learn more about Ocean.us, click here.

UPDATE - 10 SEPTEMBER 2004: Recommendations from the IOOS implementation conference are available here.

7 SEPTEMBER 2004: The 2004 AGU Fall Meeting has announced a preplanned session entitled "Ocean Observatory Science and Technology." The abstract submission process is available here.

24 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 here) (agenda)

18 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.

13 AUGUST 2004: The First Annual IOOS Implementation Conference pre-conference material. (goals and objectives) ( working group document) (preliminary agenda) (develpment plans as a stuffed file) (background paper for day one plenary).

12 AUGUST 2004: SCCOOS response to Ocean.US request for priorities for the development of an Integrated Ocean Observing System (word doc)

4 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 website here).

2 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.

21 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 cskeen@ucsd.edu with questions.

California's 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.

Grant 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 University.
Click here to view the full story

News Briefs from San Diego County
1 July 2004,
San Jose Mercury News
UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography and San Francisco State University have been awarded a $20.4 million grant to study nearshore ocean currents along the California coast.
Click here to view the full story (free to view but registration is required)

Mike Chrisman, California Resources Secretary, presents Governor Schwarzenegger's plan to increase scientific research and monitoring along California's coastline. (4 June 2004)

Governor 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

Schwarzenegger 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

May 3-7, 2004: Dr. Burt Jones, USC will be presenting at the EPA Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) Symposium to describe relationships built between SCCOOS and the agency discharge community through local and regional monitoring efforts. This invited presentation will be given during a special session dedicated to the outlining successful examples of developing the US Integrating Ocean Observing System (IOOS) by combining local, state and regional monitoring and assessment programs. View the meeting agenda here.
Download a pdf description of the emap program here.Pew Oceans Commission Report on the State of America's Living Oceans
http://www.pewoceans.org/oceans/oceans_report.asp
download the complete report as a pdf

U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy Releases a Preliminary Report: Governors' Draft
http://oceancommission.gov
download the complete report as a pdf