Oceanographers with Scripps and UC San Diego have been actively engaged with both state and national agencies to monitor ocean conditions around the Huntington Beach oil spill, particularly ocean surface currents, wave and swell forecasts, and wind conditions.On Friday, a team of Scripps researchers led by oceanographer Sophia Merrifield diverted a wave glider (similar to the one shown in the first image here) equipped with environmental sensors to the present offshore location of the oil spill. This Boeing-Liquid Robotics wave glider had previously been sampling along a CalCOFI route, and will now provide researchers accurate wind measurements at the plume location. These data will feed into the forecast models being used for cleanup efforts.In addition, surface current data obtained from a HF Radar, a high-frequency network, provides hourly maps in near-real time. The Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) operates a network of HF Radar stations, providing information to agencies that are managing those involved in the response efforts. The second image shows recent ocean current data and aerial surveys. The researchers noted that currents in Southern California are notoriously difficult to forecast, but they are continually monitoring ocean conditions and are working closely with federal and state agencies responsible for guiding the oil spill response. You can check out real-time ocean current observations from the HR Radar system here: sccoos.org/high-frequency-radar/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Congratulations to Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System PI and Executive Steering Committee Chair member Dr. Daniel Rudnick, Director of the Instrument Development Group at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Dan was awarded the Compass Distinguished Award at the OCEANS 2021 San Diego-Porto MTS Awards Gala ... See MoreSee Less
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Have you heard about the MPA 2022 Decadal Management Review that's currently underway? California Department of Fish and Wildlife has recently released this high-level overview to help orient the public to this important process wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Marine/MPAs/Management/Decadal-ReviewMPA Collaborative Network CA Marine Protected Areas#CalifMPAs #CaliforniaMPAs #califmpasmanagement #marineprotectedareas#decadalmanagementreview ... See MoreSee Less
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is recruiting for the position of NSF OOI Program Director. The application deadline is 25 October 2021. To learn more and apply, please visit:www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/615201600 ... See MoreSee Less
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A publication sponsored in part by NCCOS presents a retrospective analysis of harmful algal bloom (#HAB) related mortality events in California, Washington, and Rhode Island between 2007 and 2018 involving 12 species of seabirds documented the levels, ranges, and patterns of the algal toxins domoic acid and saxitoxin on digestive/regulatory organs and body fluids collected from birds during these HAB events. New information on HAB toxin levels in seabirds is provided. Fig. 1 below - Map of locations of large mortality events and associated impacted species between 2007–2018. Each species grouping is represented by color in the legend, and one east coast mortality event (Kent County and Providence County, Rhode Island) has been excluded.coastalscience.noaa.gov/news/algal-toxins-found-in-u-s-seabirds/- ... See MoreSee Less
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