NASA: Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats (TROPICS)

Science Team Meeting Monday, May 8th to Wednesday May 10th, 2017




University of Miami

Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

4600 Rickenbacker Causeway RSMAS Auditorium

The TROPICS mission will provide rapid-refresh microwave measurements over the tropics that can be used to observe the temperature, moisture, and precipitation structure for storm systems over their entire lifecycles. TROPICS will be comprised of a constellation of 12 microsatellites that will offer an unprecedented combination of spatial and temporal resolution to measure environmental and inner-core conditions for tropical cyclones on a nearly global scale and is a profound leap forward in the capability to continuously monitor high-impact meteorological events such as tropical cyclones. TROPICS will demonstrate that a satellite constellation approach to earth science can provide improved resolution, configurable coverage (e.g. tropics, near global, or global), flexibility, reliability, and launch access at extremely low cost, thereby serving as a model for future missions.

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Sandy Delgado attends Meteorological Conference in Havana

Earlier this month I visited Havana, Cuba to be part of the VIII Cuban Congress of Meteorology. The event took place between December 1st and 4th in the historic Hotel Tryp Habana Libre, previously Habana Hilton. There were two sessions taking place simultaneously between 9 am and 4 pm. The program was diverse and included topics on Forecasting, Agrometeorology, Climate Change, Pollution, Oceanography and more.

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Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2015 Expedition

Our four field seasons have added a considerable amount of new information to what is known about Pulley Ridge and the Tortugas area. While only a few of us get the opportunity to go to sea, it is important to note that the project consists of a far larger group of scientists and technicians that are shore-based and without which this work would not be possible. In fact, over 35 scientists from 11 different academic institutions and three federal and state agencies are all working together to determine the connectivity of reef species living in Pulley Ridge to those downstream in the Florida Keys, and describe the community structure and determine the economic value of Pulley Ridge’s mesophotic communities. Additionally, a Stakeholder Advisory Board, consisting of federal, state, and nongovernmental stakeholders, are helping to guide the project’s outputs and ensure that they are useful to resource managers.
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NMSF Announces 2015 Hollings Grants

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is pleased to offer an opportunity for your organization to apply for a Hollings Grant through the Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Trust Fund.

Pre-proposals are due by October 22, 2015, and must use the form linked below. Please review the Request for Proposals carefully, as details have changed significantly since 2014.

If you're thinking about submitting a pre-proposal, don't miss this webinar: "Introduction to NMSF's Hollings Grants" October 7, 2015 3pm-4pm EDT

To learn more click here

NCCOS/CSCOR Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) Announcement

2016 Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program - Advancing Predictive Capabilities to Evaluate Natural and Nature-based Features

NCCOS/CSCOR is pleased to announce a Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) Announcement for Fiscal Year 2016 Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program - Advancing Predictive Capabilities to Evaluate Natural and Nature-based Features. The geographic scope of this particular EESLR funding announcement is limited to coastal regions of (1) southern California, defined as San Louis Obispo County south to the US/Mexico border, and (2) the Gulf of Mexico.

The deadline for receipt of full applications, which should be submitted through, is January 8, 2016.

We post Notices of Specific Announcements of Federal Funding Opportunities herein as a courtesy to our research community.

This page does not replace requirements provided through GRANTS.GOV. Please check the website ( ) for complete information. You may also check the NCCOS/CSCOR Funding Opportunities webpage at For more information, contact

Call for Applications!

AFS Policy Fellowship 2016

AFS is continuing a competitive Policy Fellowship Program that started in 2014 and continued into 2015.

For the 2016, we seek applications for one half-time, six-month position to work on science, management, and policy issues related to freshwater flow and instream use.

Requirements: Each applicant must be a member of AFS (in addition to any chapters or sections based on personal interest). This opportunity is open to members ranging from students to retirees. The Policy Fellow may have academic training and/or professional experience in the sciences, resource management, policy, law, or another relevant field. Applications (a one-page statement of interest and a separate resume) should be submitted as attachments to an email sent to Tom Bigford, AFS Policy Director ( Each application should recommend two AFS members who could serve as mentors, one of whom will be selected to provide non-supervisory guidance to the Fellow during the work period.

Note: AFS launched a separate Policy Internship program in 2015 that will be continued in 2016 with an eye toward undergraduates and early professionals; all AFS members can apply for the Fellowship but the Internship is designed specifically to provide entry-level experience. The 2016 Policy Internship announcement will be released in about February 2016 for work to be performed during May through August.

Closing Date and Schedule: Applications for this Policy Fellowship position are due September 25, 2015. Nominations must be submitted as one email with the two required attachments. No other materials need be submitted. This year’s Policy Fellow will be selected in early November 2015 for work to begin in early 2016.

Tasks: This Policy Fellowship focuses on an AFS need to: Review the scientific literature related to AFS policy statements on freshwater and instream flow; Develop a plan to update our policy statement on The Effects of Altered Stream Flow on Freshwater Resources (#9), and potentially combine that work with related policies on Strategies for Stream Riparian Area Management (#14), Hydropower Development (#25), and possibly others; Complete a new policy statement and related documents within a six-month period, ready for review by AFS units, the AFS membership, and eventually AFS leaders.

Those policies and related materials may be viewed at

The Fellow is expected to work half-time, and may work remotely. AFS will provide a supervisor from the AFS Resource Policy Committee, a mentor from the AFS membership, and administrative support from the AFS office in Bethesda, Maryland. Those people will combine efforts to ensure the Policy Fellowship opportunity is successful personally and professionally.

For more information: Contact Tom Bigford at or call (301) 897-8616 x207.

Recruitment Announcement: Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Specialist

Responsibilities: This position will support the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s (Gulf Council) 5-year review of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH). The incumbent will integrate habitat and fisheries science to improve understanding of the role of EFH in fisheries management in the Gulf of Mexico. The incumbent will compile, analyze, and synthesize information suitable for presentation and display in a usable and understandable format to local, state, federal, and university scientists, the Gulf Council, and the public. The incumbent will be responsible for conducting comprehensive literature searches and synthesizing relevant literature for federally managed fish and invertebrate species that will be used for updating and improving habitat association tables. The incumbent will also be responsible for reviewing current spatial depictions of EFH and revising as necessary in collaboration with Council and National Marine Fisheries Service staff. This is a nonfederal, full-time, temporary position with benefits that will end December 31, 2016.

Closing Date: August 3, 2015 (or until filled)

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Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded to CIMAS Postdoctoral Investigator, Xaymara Serrano

Ford Foundation fellowships are awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC), to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Xaymara will use these funds to support her research on coral reef responses to climate change and land-based sources of pollution entitled: Synergistic effects of eutrophication and elevated sea surface temperatures in the early life stages of a common Caribbean reef coral. She plans to conduct controlled laboratory experiments aimed at assessing the thermal sensitivity of new recruits from a major Caribbean reef coral species (Porites astreoides), after exposure to various ecologically relevant nutrient levels. To accomplish this, she intends to apply an array of molecular and ecological techniques to: (1) quantitatively monitor how coral juveniles change the density of their algal symbionts in response to changes in nutrients and how these changes subsequently affect thermal tolerance, (2) assess how bleaching susceptibility may depend on the genetic identity of the coral or its algal symbionts, and (3) monitor the photosynthetic efficiency of corals prior, during and post-thermal stress. To date, this is the first study aimed at exploring the combined effects of elevated temperature and nutrient enrichment on the ecology, genetics and photophysiology of a symbiotic coral during early stages of life. This information is critical for managers in the US and Caribbean regions because it is expected to provide empirical evidence that might support the implementation of environmental policies aimed at improving water quality and maximizing reef resilience.

Vacancy Announcement: Director, Ocean Prediction Center, NCEP-- Closes 21 June 2015

Director, Ocean Prediction Center (OPC) within the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) is now being advertised through USAJOBS.

The OPC strives to be recognized as the mariner's weather lifeline through exceptional products and customer service. The OPC originates and issues marine warnings and forecasts, continually monitors and analyzes maritime data, and provides guidance of marine atmospheric variables for purposes of protection of life and property, safety at sea and enhancement of economic opportunity. These products fulfill U.S. responsibilities with the World Meteorological Organization and Safety of Life at Sea Convention.

The Job Announcement Number is: NWS-2015-0025 and it closes 21 June 2015.

Relocation costs are authorized for this position.

The announcement is open to all US citizens.

The link is:

UM-Based Cooperative Research Institute Receives $125 Million Award, Renewed Agreement

Ten-member research consortium provides increased understanding of the oceans and atmosphere

MIAMI – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) up to $125 million to fund the consortium’s activities over the next five years. CIMAS, which is based at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, brings together the research and educational resources of ten partner universities to increase scientific understanding of Earth’s oceans and atmosphere within the context of NOAA’s mission.

The renewal award, and increase in funding, was based upon an “Outstanding” rating CIMAS received during the current award period’s performance review (2010-2015) by a NOAA Science Advisory Board subcommittee. Under the new cooperative agreement, Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) has joined the Florida and Caribbean-based university consortium, which includes: Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Florida State University, Nova Southeastern University, University of Puerto Rico, University of Florida, University of South Florida and University of the Virgin Islands.

“CIMAS has rapidly grown in recent years and now serves a much broader NOAA community in addressing NOAA’s climate, weather and ecosystem goals,” said Peter Ortner, CIMAS director and research professor at the UM Rosenstiel School.

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Advanced Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking; Request For Information.

AANPR and Request for Information- protective regulations under ESA section 4(d) for threatened corals.

NOAA Fisheries has submitted an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Request for Information for the issuance of protective regulations under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act for threatened corals to the Federal Register today.

We are considering proposing protective regulations under the Endangered Species Act that are necessary and advisable for the 20 coral species recently listed as threatened (15 in the Indo-Pacific and 5 in the Caribbean). We are seeking information to assist in identifying actions and activities that may affect the status of these corals, as well as information on the existence and efficacy of on-going conservation efforts. This information will help inform our evaluation of what, if any, protective regulations are necessary and advisable for the species. We’ve requested responses by 60 days after the date of publication of the Federal Register notice.

For more information on NOAA Fisheries programs for these protected corals, please visit our Southeast Region and Pacific Islands Region webpages.

NOAA has chosen two sites in the Southeast and Caribbean Region as the next Habitat Focus Areas under NOAA’s Habitat Blueprint

Today, NOAA announces the selection of two sites in the Southeast and Caribbean Region as the next Habitat Focus Areas under NOAA’s Habitat Blueprint. In the Southeast, Biscayne Bay in Florida was selected from 5 possible candidates, and in the Caribbean, the Northeast Reserves and Culebra Island in Puerto Rico was selected from 3 possible candidates. They will provide an opportunity for NOAA to maximize our habitat conservation investments to benefit marine resources and coastal communities.

The Northeast Ecological Reserves and Culebra Island support important recreational, subsistence and commercial fishing, marine transportation, tourism, and threatened and endangered species. The area has been designated as a coral reef conservation priority area by Puerto Rico’s marine resource management community. The area also includes a designated marine ecological corridor, a terrestrial corridor reserve, the first no-take marine reserve in Puerto Rico, and the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge.

The ecological richness of the area is vulnerable to impacts from development activities, land-based sources of pollution, fishing impacts, and impacts of climate change, such as increased ocean acidification and increased intensity and frequency of hurricanes. As a Habitat Focus Area, NOAA and partners will support activities that reduce the impacts of recreational use of coastal and marine habitats, help to reduce land based sources of pollution to improve water quality and enhance wetlands, mangroves, seagrass, and coral reef habitats, and restore coral habitats by expanding efforts to identify ideal locations for, and increase the number of, coral nurseries and outplantings.

Biscayne Bay is a shallow water, subtropical ecosystem with extensive seagrass cover and a mangrove fringe along most of its shoreline. The bay contains nearly 150,000 acres of essential fish habitat, which support a wealth of living marine resources, including protected species for which NOAA has trustee responsibilities such as sea turtles, dolphins, and several threatened coral species. The bay also provides products and functions worth billions of dollars to the economy.

Water quality issues are a paramount concern for Biscayne Bay. Especially troubling is the recent appearance and extensive coverage of algal blooms in the southern, most pristine area of the Bay. Scientists and resource managers are concerned Biscayne Bay may reach a “tipping point” with possible widespread loss of seagrass cover (some loss has already occurred) that may be impossible to halt or reverse. As a Habitat Focus Area, NOAA and partners will work to better understand the frequency, duration, and impacts of algal blooms in Biscayne Bay, and educate local communities on the relationship between nutrient inputs and the health of the bay. NOAA will also examine the economics of the bay in relation to its ecological health, and promote and utilize green infrastructure where possible to support resilient coastal communities.

The Habitat Blueprint is NOAA’s strategy to integrate habitat conservation throughout the agency, focus efforts in priority areas, and leverage internal and external collaborations to achieve measurable benefits within key habitats such as rivers, coral reefs, and wetlands. Under the Habitat Blueprint, NOAA selects certain Habitat Focus Areas to prioritize long-term habitat science and conservation efforts.

The goals in all Habitat Focus Areas include:

• Sustainable and abundant fish populations

• Recovered threatened and endangered species

• Protected coastal and marine areas and habitats at risk

• Resilient coastal communities

• Increased coastal/marine tourism, access, and recreation

NOAA has already identified Habitat Focus Areas in California’s Russian River watershed, the Pacific Island’s Guam and West Hawaii sites, the Great Lakes’ Muskegon Lake and the St. Louis River estuary, and the Northeast’s’ Penobscot and Choptank Rivers. In some of these areas we are already seeing results in recovering threatened and endangered species, improving rainfall, flooding, and frost forecasts, and increasing community resiliency to flood damage.

2015 NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowship Federal Funding Opportunities

The 2015 NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowship Federal Funding Opportunities for both Marine Resource Economics and Population and Ecosystem Dynamics have now posted to Grants.Gov. The links for each announcement are as follows:

To learn more click here.

Fiscal Year 2016 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Department of Commerce

The 2016 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship has now posted to Grants.Gov as funding opportunity NOAA-OAR-SG-2016-2004335.

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Scholarships and fellowships from Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation

The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation will be awarding 8 scholarships. The following scholarships are currently open:

  • 2015 Gulf and Caribbean Professional Development Program
  • 2015 Guy Harvey Scholarship Award
  • 2015 NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship Program
  • 2015 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Knauss Announcement
  • 2015 NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowships in Marine Resource Economics
  • 2015 NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowships in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

    Student applications are due to the Florida Sea Grant Program by January 29, 2015 for Marine Resource Economics and Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and February 13, 2015 for Knauss Fellowship.

    To learn more click here.

    ‘Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2014' Expedition Discovers New Coral Area in Gulf of Mexico

    Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2014  

    News and Features | 2014 Expedition Discovers New Coral Area in Gulf of Mexico

    Check it out at:

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    NFWF Fisheries Innovation Fund Grant Opportunities

    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced the fifth round of Fishery Innovation Fund grant opportunities. The goal of the Fund, launched in 2010, is to increase revenue and provide additional access and fishing opportunities for both commercial and recreational fishermen and was created through a partnership between NFWF and NOAA, with additional support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation. The pre-proposal due date is December 19, 2014. The Fund is a grant program designed to foster innovation in the fishing industry in order to sustain fishermen’s livelihoods while rebuilding fish stocks. It supports the participation of fishermen and their communities in securing sustainable fisheries in the U.S. This year, NFWF anticipates awarding $1.16 million through this solicitation.

    Successful proposals will develop innovative approaches to:

    I. Build the capacity of fishing businesses and communities to improve their sustainability and access additional forms of financing (loans and equity).

    II. Support full utilization of Annual Catch Limits and minimize bycatch of overfished and endangered, threatened, and candidate species.

    III. Improve the quality, quantity, and timeliness of fisheries-dependent data used for science, management, and fishermen’s business purposes.

    Full details about how to apply, evaluation criteria, and application assistance can be found on the NFWF website.

    UM Rosenstiel School Professor Named Chair of ICCAT Scientific Committee

    MIAMI – University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science research associate professor David J. Die has been appointed as the new chair of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas’ (ICCAT) Scientific Committee of Research and Statistics (SRCS). Die will begin his two-year term as SCRS chair following the November 2014 meeting of the ICCAT Commission in Genoa, Italy.

    Click here to read the full release.

    NOAA Carib Newsletter now available

    The October 2014 version of the NOAA in the Caribbean (aka NOAA Carib) newsletter is now available in both English and Spanish versions. Follow the link and give your feedback:

    Don't hesitate to share with others who may have an interest in NOAA and partner activities in the region. If you wish to be added to our mailing list please send the appropriate contact information to Bill Arnold.

    While you're accessing the web site, you may also want to check our NEWS and CALENDAR tabs, where you can find the latest information and a schedule of upcoming events. If you wish to have news or events posted to the site, send them along

    NOAA's Office of Water and Air Quality has released two competitive opportunities

    NOAA's Office of Water and Air Quality has released two competitive opportunities for NOAA "testbeds".

    You can download the announcement at: NOAA-OAR-OWAQ-2015

    CIMAS University Partners should consider partnering with a NOAA colleague and submitting proposals. Note that these competitions both include a social science element that is being funded in lieu of a competition specifically for social/behavioral science research.

    North Pacific Research Board Announces Release of 2015 RFP

    The North Pacific Research Board announces the release of its annual Request for Proposals (RFP). The 2015 RFP has an anticipated funding amount of $5.9 million. This RFP is similar in form and content to past NPRB RFPs, with research priorities structured around the 2005 NPRB Science Plan. Please consult the 2015 RFP and the NPRB Science Plan for further details about this year's research priorities. Proposals must be submitted online in accordance with instructions in the RFP. Online submissions will be accepted beginning in mid-October 2014.

    The deadline for proposal submission is 4 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on Friday, December 5, 2014. For more information, visit the NPRB website at: NPRB

    New capability at UM/RSMAS available to NOAA through CIMAS


    Video produced for the Marine Technology Life Sciences Seawater Complex and screened at the VIP building dedication on October 2, 2014.

    You Tube Channel: UM Miami RSMAS

    John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

    Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2015-2003978

    Deadline: February 14, 2015

    The John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean or coastal resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches highly qualified graduate students with hosts in the legislative and executive branch of federal government in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one-year paid fellowship. The amount of this award, contingent on federal funding, is $56,500. The award is provided to each fellow for stipend, living expense and travel. Students are encouraged to contact Florida Sea Grant Director Karl Havens for additional information about this opportunity.

    Click here to learn more.

    NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship

    Deadline: Friday, January 23, 2015 by 4 p.m.

    This two-year fellowship is intended to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to state coastal zone management programs. The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on two-year projects proposed by the state and selected by the fellowship sponsor, the NOAA Coastal Services Center.

    Any student who will complete a master’s, doctoral, or professional degree program in natural resource management or environmental-related studies at an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2014, and July 31, 2015, is eligible. Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply. Students from non-U.S. institutions are not eligible. This opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.

    Application packages should be sent to Jackie Whitehouse, Florida Sea Grant, PO Box 110400, 1762 McCarty Drive, Bldg 803, Gainesville, FL 32611-0400 and must include: Resume or curriculum vitae (2-page maximum). Statement of goals with emphasis on what you expect from and can contribute to the fellowship experience. Two letters of recommendation. Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Visit this link for information regarding eligibility and description of the fellowship 2015 Coastal Management Fellowship.

    Click here to learn more.

    CIMAS Five Year Review

    The mandated CIMAS Five Year Review for Non-Competitive Renewal was held at CIMAS on September 18 and 19th, 2014. Thanks to all the scientists who gave excellent presentations, the input the Panel received from our local (and DC based) NOAA constituents as well as participating local Partner Universities, the Panel has recommended their highest rating, Outstanding. We are also grateful for the gracious support provided by RSMAS Facilities, IT and Security. All contributed to making the meeting a great success.

    Click here to learn more.

    Click here to view the presentation slides

    Gulf Research Program Overview and Activity Update

    by Kim Waddell

    Monday, September 15, 2014

    Over its 30-year duration, the Gulf Research Program will work to enhance oil system safety and the protection of human health and the environment in the Gulf of Mexico and other U.S. outer continental shelf areas by seeking to improve understanding of the region’s interconnecting human, environmental, and energy systems and fostering application of these insights to benefit Gulf communities, ecosystems, and the Nation.

    Click here to view the presentation slides.

    CIMAS Policy on Alternate Work Locations

    The University of Miami does not have an institution-wide policy on telecommuting. Some units within the University have instituted pilot telecommuting programs but RSMAS has not yet done this.

    In lieu of such a RSMAS program, CIMAS employees will be required to inform in advance both their NOAA advisors (and the appropriate NOAA Division Director) as well as the CIMAS Director if they will need to work from another location for a specific period and provide us with the details of that location.

    In addition, for those who are not US citizens, when a CIMAS employee goes on international travel (even personal travel) please notify in advance both the NOAA advisor and CIMAS Director since unanticipated work requirements may arise during such a trip and there may also be visa implications with such travel.

    Click here to read the announcement.

    NOAA Coral Reef Funding Opportunity

    The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program, as authorized under the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000, provides matching grants of financial assistance through the Domestic Coral Reef Conservation Grant program to institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, commercial organizations, and local and Indian tribal government agencies. These awards are intended to support coral reef conservation projects in shallow water coral reef ecosystems, including reefs at mesophotic depths, in American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and coral-dominated banks in U.S. portions of the Gulf of Mexico. Projects may be proposed in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and the U.S. Pacific Remote Island Areas, but these locations are not considered geographic priorities under this announcement. Proposals submitted to this competition must address at least one of the following four categories: 1) Fishing Impacts; 2) Land-Based Sources of Pollution; 3) Climate Change; and 4) Local and Emerging Management Issues. Each category is described in more detail in the Federal Funding Opportunity announcement. All proposed work must be consistent with Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) National Goals and Objectives 2010-2015 ( and/or the relevant Jurisdictional Coral Reef Management Priorities ( developed for each of the seven states and territories. Proposals selected for funding through this solicitation will be implemented through a grant and will require a 1:1 match of non-Federal funds. Funding for this program is subject to the availability of FY 2015 Congressional appropriations and is expected to range between approximately $800,000 to approximately $1,000,000. Funding made available from NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program is intended to support priority coral reef management activities as described in Section I(B) of this Federal Funding Opportunity announcement. Funding will be divided among the U.S. Pacific and Atlantic regions to maintain the geographic balance of the CRCP Grant Program portfolio overall, as required by the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000. NOAA expects that each applicant will request Federal funding at a funding level between $30,000 and $80,000 under this solicitation and that the average award size will be approximately $50,000.

    Solicitation available at:

    Funding Opportunity: 2015 Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program

    Funding announcement that focuses on advancing sea level rise and inundation predictive capabilities.

    Links for information:

    Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program:

    Federal Funding Opportunity:

    Information on Sentinel Sites:


    Federal Agency Name(s): Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce

    Funding Opportunity Title: FY 2015 Joint Hurricane Testbed Announcement

    Type: Initial

    Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-OWAQ-2015-2004200 (pdf)

    Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2014: From Pulley Ridge to the Florida Keys

    The coral reef ecosystems of the southeast United States provide habitat, food, and shelter to hundreds of species of fish and invertebrates. Their economic role in supporting commercial fisheries, tourism, and recreational industries is also considerable. In addition to their aesthetic value, coral reefs provide structural buffers from storms and currents along the highly populated southeast Florida coast. Between August 14-28, scientists will conduct another round of fieldwork as part of the Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2014: From Pulley Ridge to the Florida Keys expedition. Read more ...



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    Pulley Ridge project on


    World Ocean Assessment: origins, intent, U.S. involvement

    The United Nations has embarked on a regular process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, including socioeconomic aspects, the product of which is called the World Ocean Assessment (WOA). Similar to other global assessments, the WOA is created by State-nominated experts using published literature, and it will be generated every five years in order to document trends in the state of the marine environment and socioeconomic aspects.

    The United States has been involved with the design and production of the first WOA since its origins at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development. Thus far, over 240 American experts have volunteered their time and expertise; additional experts are needed and encouraged to participate in this and subsequent WOAs. Experts are invited now to contribute to the U.S. Government review of the first WOA, to be conducted in September; see for details.

    Through this webinar, NOAA leadership, American scientists involved in the first WOA, and U.S. policy experts will provide further background on the origins, rationale, methodology, and anticipated results of the first WOA. Q&A will follow the presentation.


    Meeting and Webinar information: Time: 2-3PM EDT, Monday August 25

    UM-led research team contributes to the management of South Florida coastal environments

    Collaborative research team publishes findings in special issue of Ecological Indicators


    A Florida-based marine research team has developed a unique formal process and modeling framework to help manage South Florida's economically important coastal marine environments. The MARES project (Marine and Estuarine Goal Setting), led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) based at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, successfully integrated both ecosystem science and societal benefits into a marine ecosystem support tool to help improve decision-making by natural resource managers.

    Click here to read the full press release.

    NOAA-NOS-NCCOS-2015-2004160 - Competitive Grant Announcement

    The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program and the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science have released a new competitive grants announcement for availability of grant funds for Fiscal Year 2015. An announcement of opportunity has been published to submit proposals through

    Commerce Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NOS-NCCOS-2015-2004160
    Funding Opportunity Title: Regional Ecosystem Prediction Program
      Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research
      Multiple Effects of Ocean Acidification and Nutrient Loading to Coastal Marine Ecosystems

    The closing date for the Letters of Intent is August 11, 2014
    The closing date for the full applications is October 23, 2014

    Estimated Total Program Funding: $4,500,000
    Award Ceiling: $500,000
    Award Floor: $300,000

    NOAA CPO Strategic Plan - 2015-2019



    NOAA's Climate Program Office has unveiled its Strategic Plan for 2015-2019.

    The plan leverages CPO's position at the intersection of NOAA"s science and service missions, the climate research community, and the broader climate enterprise to help guide the office towards its vision: "People, businesses and the environment thriving in the face of climate impacts." The plan will also enable to office to lead a research agenda and forge partnerships that enhance society's ability to make effective decisions.

    Learn more...

    To read or download "CPO Strategic Plan.pdf", click here

    Visiting Scientist at CIMAS and NASA Scientist Emeritus from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, has been invited to serve as an expert and Lead Author on the Barents Region

    Nancy Maynard

    Dr. Nancy Maynard, Visiting Scientist at CIMAS and NASA Scientist Emeritus from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, has been invited to serve as an expert and Lead Author on the Barents Region implementation of the Arctic Council’s project Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic (AACA), sponsored by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP).

    The overarching goal of the AACA is to enable more informed, timely and responsive policy and decision-making related to adaptation action in a rapidly changing Arctic. The Barents Region project is one of three pilot regions (the Barents region, Baffin Bay/Davis Strait regions, and the Bering/Chukchi/Beaufort region).

    For each of these regions, a regional assessment report on climatic, socio-economic and ecological drivers, scenarios, impact assessment, resilience, and adaptation actions will be produced. Lead author tasks will involve report drafting sessions, workshops, and review processes, with final reports finalized early 2016. The first meeting of the new Lead Author team will be held in Lund, Sweden, June 17-18, 2014.

    Earth Science Applications Travelogue: Maury Estes | NASA

    A school of Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus).

    Image Credit: ROFFS

    When you think about the beneficiaries of NASA Earth observations, does the Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) come to mind? It should!

    To find more about NASA’s connection to the ocean blue, research scientist Maury Estes embarked on a weeklong research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico to learn how fisheries experts, scientists and oceanographers use satellite-derived data in fishery field studies.

    Estes is an associate program manager for ecological forecasting in the applied sciences program at NASA’s headquarters. While in the field, he will serve as a member of the science team, with regular duties during 12-hour shifts to drop nets and process samples in labs. His thoughts about daily life onboard the research vessel, interviews with crewmembers, pictures and video will be posted.

    To follow Maury Estes Travelogue click here.

    Wall Street Journal: Celebrity Cruises Ship Joins University of Miami "OceanScope" Program to Monitor Oceanographic and Atmospheric Conditions

    MIAMI, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Last week, as Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Equinox completed its scheduled dry dock in Cadiz, Spain, it joined Royal Caribbean International's Allure of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas in a program that tracks ocean circulation dynamics and measures atmospheric and oceanographic conditions, on repeated journeys. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s ships are known for providing vacationers with innovative experiences, extraordinary service, and award-winning cuisine as they cross the world's oceans. Not as well known -- but critically important worldwide -- is the scientific research conducted on several of these ships by the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The scientists capture and analyze oceanographic and atmospheric data on the vessels sailing worldwide.

    Click here to read the full announcement in Wall Street Journal.

    FMC Chairman’s Earth Day Award Recognizes Efforts of Royal Caribbean CEO

    Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero announced today that the Chairman’s Earth Day Award will recognize the environmental efforts of Richard D. Fain. Mr. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has sought to increase environmental stewardship through innovations in vessel technology, onboard practices and an ongoing partnership with the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). The FMC Chairman’s Earth Day Award highlights technologies, programs, or practices of the maritime transportation industry that, through efficiency or innovation, benefit the environment.

    Click here to read the full announcement.


    UCAR Postdoc for OAR Office of Weather and Air Quality

    NOAA/OAR Office of Weather and Air Quality will be supporting a 2-year UCAR postdoc to help define a strategy for supporting social science research related to high-impact weather as well as conduct some research.

    This is a new, full-time two-year term position. This position is located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Initial consideration will be given to applications received prior to 4:00 p.m. (MDT) on Friday, May 23, 2014. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

    Click here for application information.

    2014 Focused Technical Workshop (FTW)

    July 14 - July 16, 2014

    Boulder, CO

    In July 2014, a Focused Technical Workshop (FTW), sponsored by ESnet and Internet2; co-sponsored by Indiana University, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); and hosted by NOAA, brings together network experts with scientists in the domain of international climate sciences to discuss their most pressing network-related issues and requirements. The workshop, which begins at 1 pm on Monday and concludes by 12 Noon on Wednesday, includes a slate of invited speakers and panelists. The format is designed to encourage lively, interactive discussions with the goal of developing a set of tangible next steps for supporting this data-intensive science community.

    A Call for Participation has been issued -- submissions are welcomed until May 2.

    Click here to read for more information.

    Exploring the Oceans

    Royal Caribbean Partners with the University of Miami for Ocean Research.

    UM/RSMAS and NOAA/AOML have been partnering with Royal Caribbean Ltd. for more than a decade putting oceanographic and meteorological instruments aboard their cruise liners and making the data freely available to the entire scientific community. More than 200 publications and presentations have resulted and the data are proving an invaluable addition to the Global Ocean Observing System. By the end of this month three ships will be equipped, RCCL's Explorer of the Seas and Allure of the Seas as well as the Celebrity ship Equinox.

    See for a recent video and news article made on campus by RCCL.

    Earth System Prediction Capability (ESPC) Project Internal NOAA Announcement of Opportunity

    Summary: OAR Headquarters is soliciting proposals under the ESPC Project for FY 2014. In recognition of the national initiative to foster a seamless global coupled air-ocean-land-ice physical earth system prediction capability across time scales from synoptic to decadal and the need to leverage progress across agencies, this project has two complementary goals.

    Eligibility: Any OAR laboratory federal employee may submit one proposal.

    Deadline: Proposals should be submitted via email to Jessie Carman ( by 5 p.m. EDT May 2, 2014. Late proposals will not be considered.

    Funding Availability: OAR/ESPC anticipates that at least two to three projects up to $400K each will be funded.

    Project Period: The panel will accept proposals for project periods up to three years; for multi-year projects, annual budgets and work plans should be submitted. Funding past the first year is contingent on both work performance and appropriations.

    To learn more about click here


    Call for 9 fellowships in the field of Marine and Maritime Sciences- Italian Bandiera COFUND RITMARE


    Flyer Call for 9 Felllowships


    New international call in course of launching for the assignment of 9 fellowships in the field of Marine and Maritime Sciences. The initiative is coordinated by National Research Council of Italy and financed by the European Commission together with the Italian flagship Project "Ritmare". If deemed appropriate, you can circulate the news within your Country's scientific community.

    The deadline for application is Thursday, February 13, 2014.

    The following site: contains the Call text and related guide for applicants.


    The Florida Center for Environmental Studies at
    Florida Atlantic University seeks applicants for tenure track Director & Professor
    Boca Raton, FL

    Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is seeking a dynamic leader and scholar to direct its Center for Environmental Studies (CES), a well-established research and education program in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science (COS) (

    To learn more about click here



    The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development in the Resource Conservation and Climate Change program area. SERDP invests across the broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced technology development. The development and application of innovative environmental technologies will reduce the costs, environmental risks, and time required to resolve environmental problems while, at the same time, enhancing and sustaining military readiness.

    The Resource Conservation and Climate Change program area supports the development of the science, technologies, and methods needed to manage DoD’s installation infrastructure in a sustainable way. SERDP is requesting proposals that respond to the following focused Statements of Need (SON) in Resource Conservation and Climate Change:

    - New Paradigms for Managing Species and Ecosystems in a Non-Stationary World
    - Adapting to Changes in the Hydrologic Cycle under Non-Stationary Climate Conditions

    Proposals responding to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 SONs will be selected through a competitive process. All pre-proposals are due to SERDP by Thursday, January 9, 2014. The SONs and detailed instructions are available on the SERDP web site at

    Participate in the webinar “SERDP Funding Opportunities” conducted by the SERDP Executive Director on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST. This “how to play” briefing will offer valuable information for those who are interested in new funding opportunities with SERDP. During the online seminar, participants may ask questions about the funding process, the current SERDP solicitation, and the proposal submission process. Pre-registration for this webinar is required. To register, visit If you have difficulty registering, please contact the SERDP Support Office at or by telephone at 703-736-4547.


    Federal Agency Name(s): Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce
    Funding Opportunity Title: Climate Program Office FY 2014
    Announcement Type: Initial
    Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-CPO-2014-2003692
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.431, Climate and Atmospheric Research
    Dates: Full applications for all Competitions must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, November 14, 2013.

    To learn more about click here

    SOI Research Symposium 2013

    SOI Research Symposium 2013

    On November 1-2, 2013, at the Royal Hawaiian in Honolulu, Schmidt Ocean Institute will hold its first research symposium, themed "Accelerating the Pace of Ocean Science Through Technological Advancement and Open Sharing of Information." The symposium will bring together our collaborators, advisers, and thought leaders from the United States and abroad to discuss how the latest technological innovations, globally expanding connectivity, and cultural shifts towards transparency and open sharing of research outcomes in ocean sciences can be best leveraged to accelerate our understanding of the oceans and catalyze meaningful change on a global scale.

    Attendance at the symposium is by invitation only.

    All panel discussions will be live streamed, for a schedule and details click here

    Brief agenda overview

    Friday, 1 November 2013

    A Vision for Ocean Research: 150 Years Post HMS Challenger, an opening keynote by Dr. Marcia McNutt, AAAS

    Technology Integration for the Marine Sciences, panel discussion moderated by Dr. Daniel Pauly, UBC

    Panel Participants: Dr. Tim Shank, WHOI; Dr. Paul Falkowski, Rutgers University; Dr. Rainer Froese, GEOMAR; Dr. Cabell Davis, WHOI

    Breakthrough Opportunities in Ocean Science Through Revolutionary Instruments, panel discussion moderated by Dr. Jules Jaffe, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

    Panel Participants: Ajit Subramaniam, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; Charles Eriksen, University of Washington; Deirdre Meldrum, Arizona State University; Ed DeLong, MIT

    Robotics and the Ocean Frontier, panel discussion moderated by Dr. Jim Bellingham, MBARI

    Panel Participants: Dr. Vincent Rigaud, IFREMER; Dr. Henrik Schmidt, MIT; Dr. Michael Klages, University of Gothenburg; Ms. Mikell Taylor, Bluefin Robotics

    Evolving Roles of the Research Vessels, panel discussion moderated by David McKinnie, NOAA

    Panel Participants: Marc Nokin, IFREMER; Bruce Appelgate, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Ridwan Djamaluddin, BPPT, Indonesia; Peter Ortner, UNOLS; RDML David A. Score, NOAA

    Up for Grabs: Technology and the Race to Control the Ocean, plenary presentation by Dr. Jim Bellingham, MBARI

    Saturday, 2 November 2013

    Oceanographic Research Organization Essentials: Bricks and Mortar or Virtual? panel discussion moderated by Dr. Edith Widder, ORCA

    Panel Participants: Oscar Schofield, Rutgers; Susan Avery, WHOI; Gene Massion, MBARI; David Conover, NSF, Peter Girguis, Harvard Ocean

    Data Sharing and Analytics, panel discussion moderated by Dr. Peter Cornillon, URI

    Panel Participants: Dr. John Graybeal, Marinexplore; Dr. Matthew Arrott, NSF OOI; Dr. Dawn Wright, ESRI; Dr. James Gallagher, OPeNDAP; Brian Sullivan, Google Ocean

    Surgical exploration of the seafloor using a combination of multibeam, AUV, and ROV data, plenary presentation by Dr. Charlie Paull, MBARI

    From the Oceans to the Public, panel discussion moderated by Dr. Dennis Bartels, Exploratorium

    Panel Participants: Kim Juniper, Univ. of Victoria, ONC; Jenifer Austin Faulkes, Google Ocean; Richard Vevers, Catlin Seaview Survey; Allison Fundis, Ocean Exploration Trust; Lily Simonson, Visual Artist

    Let There Be Light: Exploring and Mapping the Ocean with Bioluminescence, presentation by Dr. Edith Widder, ORCA


    New College of Florida seeks applicants for a tenure track Assistant Professor in Fish Biology, for August 2014.

    The successful candidate is expected to conduct a research program in our aquatic research facility, The Pritzker Marine Lab, on Sarasota Bay with a 50,000 gallon seawater system. New College, on Florida's Gulf Coast, is a nationally recognized, highly-selective public honors college with a 11:1 student:faculty ratio. Students receive narrative evaluations in lieu of grades. The teaching load is two classes per semester, plus supervision of tutorials, independent study projects, and senior theses. Undergraduate research has a central role in the curriculum. New College is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. For details: An online application: should be complete by Dec. 6, 2013. NCF is an EOE/AA employer.

    GOMA WQ Team, EPA Gulf Office announces Request For Proposals

    The Gulf of Mexico Program decided to develop a new cooperative agreement solicitation process. To that end, we are pleased to announce our first Gulf of Mexico Request for Initial Proposals (RFIP). The RFIP was posted EPA’s Gulf of Mexico Program website: and on is where you’ll submit your initial proposals. The full announcement and instructions for the RFIP can be found on the full announcement tab of the link.

    Important Dates Associated With The RFP
    October 9, 2013 The Gulf of Mexico Program will hold a webinar to respond to questions allowable under the Communications Section (11.a.) of EPA’s Competition Policy document. Please contact if you’d like to participate in this webinar.

    November 11, 2013 Initial proposals must be received by EPA via, by 4:00 P.M. Central Standard Time.

    December 9, 2013 EPA notifies finalists to prepare full proposals.

    January 10, 2014 Full proposals must be received by EPA Contact below via email, mail, overnight delivery, hand delivery, or courier service by 4:00 P.M. Central Standard Time.

    February 5, 2014 EPA issues Notices of Tentative Awards.

    March 2014 EPA funds Approved Application Packages

    NOAA Reasearch and Development Five Year Research Plan 2013-2017

    NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. From the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor, we work to understand and keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them. Working with partners, NOAA studies, monitors, and predicts changes in Earth’s environment to provide critical environmental information to the Nation and support NOAA’s responsibilities as stewards of our Nation’s fisheries, coasts and oceans.

    To learn more about the NOAA five year research plan click here

    OER FY 2014 Federal Funding Opportunity

    NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) has published its FY 2014 Federal Funding Opportunity for Ocean Exploration (FFO 2014-2003874)

    This is the OER formal public announcement requesting pre-proposals and full proposals for fiscal year 2014. For the full FFO go to

    Pre-proposals are a prerequisite for submission of a full proposal. Pre-proposals must be submitted by email, and must include the OER Cover sheet noted below. Pre-proposals will be reviewed and applicants will be contacted to be encouraged or discouraged to submit full proposals.

    To ensure that your application will be considered in the FY 2014 solicitation, compliance with the following deadline is required. Pre-proposals are required and must be received by email by 5:00 pm (EDT) October 15, 2013. Pre-proposals may be submitted to

    Applicants are encouraged to visit the to familiarize themselves with past and present OER-funded activities.

    Quick Links pertinent to this funding opportunity:

    OER Cover Sheet - This section contains a version of the pre-proposal and proposal cover sheets and accompanying instructions.

    FFO Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - This section provides answers to the most frequently asked questions concerning OER and the proposal process.

    Contact Information for OER Federal Funding Opportunity:

    Yvette Jefferson
    1315 East-West Highway, SSMC3, Room 10210
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    Phone: 301-734-1002

    Click here

    NWS Blender Project Application

    The NWS is requesting applications to conduct research associated with "blending" model data to improve their forecast products.

    Project Objectives:

    1. Through an integrated field structure approach, develop a set of next-generation foundational gridded guidance products based on NWS and non-NWS model information
    2. Again, through an integrated field structure approach, create a NWS process for a national blend (“best”) product, beginning with the day 4-7 time frame and extending to a full set of NWS deterministic and probabilistic products covering days 1-10

    Goals will initially be met by:

  • Establishing an Analysis of Record against which all products will be verified
  • Initial development of blended products using multiple numerical forecast guidance and established statistical techniques
  • Building real-time blender software for forecaster use
  • Implementing the above work into NWS Operations
  • Please complete the NWS Blender Application Form and submit it to Steve Lord (>) by September 23, 2013 if you want to apply. Please direct any questions to Steve Lord.

    (To download the form click here)

    SEES Fellowship Announcement

    Dear Social Science Colleagues,

    I’m writing to alert to a unique opportunity to connect your social science research to decision-making and to encourage you to develop a partnership with NOAA to do so.

    The National Science Foundation Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Program is offering a one to three year SEES Fellowship in which scientists partner with, and are based at, a government agency. The Fellowship, which targets interdisciplinary research and education, enables scientists to apply
    their research to management and policy priorities by working directly with Federal program managers and decision makers. Consequently, this Fellowship is a unique opportunity to learn first hand how science can be transitioned to policy.

    Social science is gaining increased attention within NOAA and, consequently, we are seeking partnerships with social scientists who would like to apply their research to NOAA priorities - weather, climate, coasts and fisheries. We are particularly keen to pursue partnerships related to the following social science

  • Risk communication to understand how best to convey hazard warnings to the public
  • Weather response behavior to understand how to ensure timely and effective protective actions
  • Socioeconomic assessments to optimize marine fisheries management
  • Ecosystem service valuations to demonstrate the importance of coastal management
  • Interdisciplinary decision support work for climate assessments
  • Social coastal vulnerabilities to understand and mitigate risk
  • Incorporation of economics into resource damage assessments
  • Understanding and communicating the value of NOAA’s products and services
  • To pursue this opportunity, please review the NSF Fellowship solicitation (Grant Proposal Guide - GPG ) . This opportunity is open to early-career scholars (within 36 months of receiving their Ph.D. and not tenure-track). SEES awards provide salary support, research expenses and travel support for a maximum of 3 years. Twenty awards (SEES Fellows Awards for FY 2012) were granted last year. Proposals are due November 21, 2013.

    Questions about NSF-specific issues can be addressed to Dr. Robert O’Connor.

    If your interests are relevant to the above NOAA topics, and you would like to pursue a partnership, please contact me and I will connect you with NOAA colleagues with relevant interests. Please note there is no set-aside for this announcement. Proposals for SBE investigators to spend time at NOAA must compete with all the other proposals. Nevertheless, our interest in working with you should lead to strong proposals.

    Please share this announcement with potentially interested colleagues.

    We looking forward to building a partnership with you!

    Leah Bunce Karrer, Ph.D.

    NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program Announces Virtual Engagement Sessions

    The NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program invites you to participate in our virtual engagement process. This month, we will be hosting eleven virtual engagement sessions where we will provide a short overview of the program, answer your questions, and gather your input on research and observing needs in the Gulf of Mexico. These sessions will be identical to the ones we hosted in August which quickly filled.

    We will be using the Adobe Connect platform to host these meetings. You can register for the session that best fits your schedule below. Please register for only one session.

    Monday, September 9, 10 AM Eastern, 9 AM Central ( click here to register )

    Monday, September 9, 12 PM Eastern, 11 AM Central ( click here to register )

    Monday, September 9, 2 PM Eastern, 1 PM Central ( click here to register )

    Tuesday, September 10, 3 PM Eastern, 2 PM Central ( click here to register )

    Wednesday, September 11, 10 AM Eastern, 9 AM Central ( click here to register )

    Wednesday, September 11, 12 PM Eastern, 11 AM Central ( click here to register )

    Friday, September 13, 3 PM Eastern, 2 PM Central ( click here to register )

    Tuesday, September 17, 11 AM Eastern, 10 AM Central ( click here to register )

    Friday, September 20, 10 AM Eastern, 9 AM Central ( click here to register )

    Friday, September 20, 1 PM Eastern, 12 PM Central ( click here to register )

    Friday, September 20, 3 PM Eastern, 2 PM Central ( click here to register )

    We have raised the limit on attendance at each session to 75 participants. Prior to the event, an e-mail containing the teleconference information will be sent to those who have successfully registered. Thus, participants are encouraged to register in advance.

    To learn more about the program, please visit our website where you can sign up to receive alerts and announcements about the program including the dates for future engagement opportunities.

    We are interested in engaging a wide audience, so please feel free to forward this message to others who may be interested in participating.

    Julien Lartigue
    NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program
    Engagement Working Group Lead

    Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity.

    FY2014 Demonstration of a U.S. Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (Marine BON).

    August 16, 2013

    Federal Agency Name(s): Department of Commerce

    Type: Cooperative Agreement

    Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NOS-IOOS-2014-2003803

    Closing Date for Applications: Dec 2, 2013

    Estimated Total Program Funding: Award Ceiling: $2,000,000; Award Floor: $500,000

    This funding opportunity invites proposals for projects that demonstrate how an operational Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (Marine BON) could be developed for the nation by establishing one or more prototype networks in U.S. coastal waters, the Great Lakes, and the EEZ. Biological diversity, or biodiversity, is defined as the variety of life, encompassing variation at all levels of complexity – genetic, species, ecosystems, and biomes – and including functional diversity and diversity across ecosystems. (Click here for details)

    Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity.

    August 15, 2013

    Federal Agency Name(s): The NOAA Climate Program Office has released its federal funding opportunity. The announcement is available at:

    Dates: Letters of intent are due by 5 p.m. Eastern Time, September 10, 2013, and the deadline for final applications is 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, November 14, 2013.

    Be sure to see the individual program information sheets for specifics on the topics for the proposals. These may be found on:

    The COCA and SARP Program Managers will be holding two informational telecons; the first will be a joint telecon tentatively scheduled for August 29 at 3pm Eastern Time to specifically discuss the Letters of Intent (e.g., length, information to include, etc.). The second telecon will be held - most likely - in October to answer specific questions about the proposal process. Watch the COCA webpage for more information ( In addition, we will be posting an FAQ sheet on the SARP and COCA websites as well in the next week or so.

    Major CIMAS Expedition Underway

    The Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2013 expedition from Pulley Ridge to the Florida Keys is funded by NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and Office of Ocean Exploration and Research in partnership with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southeast Regional Office, and Gulf of Mexico Regional Collaboration Team. The project is led by the University of Miami, and represents a collaboration of over 35 scientists at eleven different universities pooling their expertise with state and federal agency scientists through NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies at the University of Miami in coordination with the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology at Florida Atlantic University.

    (To learn more click here)

    Ecosystem Services

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    Report suggests ecosystem services approach can lead to broader, more effective response

    MIAMI -- (July 12, 2013) -- A new report entitled: 'An Ecosystem Services Approach to Assessing the Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico' ( was released by the National Research Council earlier this week. The 350-page document, supported by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), focuses not only on the natural resources, but also the intangible goods and services these resources supply to people. Dubbed an “ecosystem services’ view, this approach can be used to complement and/or supplement traditional government tools like the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) to create a more comprehensive framework in which assessment and restoration decisions can be made. '

    The report includes several case studies to illustrate workable models of how these assessments might be performed. University of Miami (UM) Research Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Cooperative Institute for Marine & Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) David Die was the lead author of the fisheries case study included in the report. He was selected because of his expertise in global fisheries assessment, ecosystem modeling and the Gulf of Mexico fisheries. Additionally, he served as co-author of the marine mammal case study in the report, and contributed to other sections of the report.

    “The critical finding of the report is that the impacts of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill, and other potential ecological hazards, need to be evaluated in a broader context to the one mandated by the NRDA,” said Die, a faculty member in UM’s division of Marine Biology & Fisheries. “We need to take an ecosystem services approach, which albeit challenging, provides a more accurate framework in which to perform such critical evaluations.”

    Die has strong links to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and was the founding director of the Center of Independent Experts, a central part of the peer review process for the National Marine Fisheries Service. He is the current Rapporteur for bigeye tuna within the Tropical Tuna Working Group of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna and has recently been asked to serve on the international panel synthesizing the conservation status of tuna and billfish for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

    “Our goal for the report is to add value and create a framework that will help policymakers make the most informed decisions that are not only science-based, but also economically and culturally sensitive” Die added.

    CIMAS is a research institute based at the University of Miami, within the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science. It serves as a mechanism to bring together the research resources of nine major public and private research universities in Florida and the U.S. Caribbean with those of NOAA in order to develop a Center of Excellence that is relevant to understanding the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere within the context of NOAA’s mission. For more information, please visit The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

    Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity.

    June 13, 2013

    Federal Agency Name(s): National Weather Service (NWS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce Funding Opportunity Title: Round 2 of Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project Announcement

    Type: Initial

    Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NWS-NWSPO-2014-2003736

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.468, Applied Meteorological Research

    Dates: Proposals must be received by the NWS no later than 5:59 PM EST July 15, 2013. Letters of intent summarizing anticipated yearly budget and project scope should be received by 5:59 PM EST 20 June, 2013. The letters will represent the interest by prospective applicants. Non-submission of a letter of interest will not disqualify applicants.

    (Click here for details)

    Sandy Supplemental Internal Competition for Instruments and Observing Systems Research.

    June 06, 2013

    Announcement of Opportunity for instruments and observing systems research.

    Eligible Applicants: OAR Laboratories and NOAA CIs

    Funding Availability: Approximately $5.5 million will be available for approximately 5-8 new awards. It is anticipated that most awards will be at a funding level between $500,000 and $700,000 for the entire project period.

    The letter of intent deadline is 5:00 pm ET on June 19, 2013. (Click here for details)

    Please direct any questions regarding this announcement to John Cortinas (

    Scientists create new maps depicting potential worldwide coral bleaching by 2056

    Coral reefs in Polynesia. Credit: Thomas Vignaud

    New maps show how rising sea temperatures are likely to affect all coral reefs in the form of annual coral bleaching events under different emission scenarios

    New Maps Coral Bleaching 2056

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    MIAMI – February 24, 2013 -- In a study published today in Nature Climate Change researchers used the latest emissions scenarios and climate models to show how varying levels of carbon emissions are likely to result in more frequent and severe coral bleaching events.

    Large-scale ‘mass’ bleaching events on coral reefs are caused by higher-than-normal sea temperatures. High temperatures make light toxic to the algae that reside within the corals. The algae, called ‘zooxanthellae’, provide food and give corals their bright colors. When the algae are expelled or retained but in low densities, the corals can starve and eventually die. Bleaching events caused a reported 16 percent loss of the world’s coral reefs in 1998 according to the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.

    If carbon emissions stay on the current path most of the world’s coral reefs (74 percent) are projected to experience coral bleaching conditions annually by 2045, results of the study show. The study used climate model ensembles from the upcoming Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

    Around a quarter of coral reefs are likely to experience bleaching events annually five or more years earlier than the median year, and these reefs in northwestern Australia, Papau New Guinea, and some equatorial Pacific islands like Tokelau, may require urgent attention, researchers warn.

    “Coral reefs in parts of the western Indian Ocean, French Polynesia and the southern Great Barrier Reef, have been identified as temporary refugia from rising sea surface temperatures,” said Ruben van Hooidonk, Ph.D., from the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) at the University of Miami and NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory. “These locations are not projected to experience bleaching events annually until five or more years later than the median year of 2040, with one reef location in the Austral Islands of French Polynesia protected from the onset of annual coral bleaching conditions until 2056.”

    Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation & Prediction/Deputy Administrator, and Acting Chief Scientist

    October 17, 2012

    I'm pleased to announce an historic advancement in our collaborative efforts to bring the power of National Science Foundation (NSF) science to bear on the most pressing challenges facing decision-makers at NOAA.

    The National Science Foundation is inviting researchers applying to NSF to include in their proposals requests for funding that will allow principal investigators or senior doctoral students the opportunity to work at NOAA for up to one year. The idea behind this innovative proposal is to involve researchers in the day-to-day decision-making of NOAA staff. By doing so, we hope researchers get a better idea of the science we need to achieve our mission while allowing them the intellectual freedom to return to their universities and design research that makes best use of their skills and training.

    This exciting development is the direct result of the on-going dialogue and collaboration of NSF and NOAA. Please see their letter at

    Dr. Linwood Pendleton, our Acting Chief Economist will serve as the point of contact for those researchers interested in collaborating with NOAA programs. Please forward any questions to him at


    Dr. Kathryn Sullivan

    Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation & Prediction/Deputy Administrator, and Acting Chief Scientist

    JHT Competitive Announcement.

    August 14, 2012

    The US Weather Research Program and the Joint Hurricane Center have just published an announcement for proposals related to hurricane research. CIs are encouraged to consider applying for the opportunity.

    Download the announcement at by searching for the "hurricane" or the funding number NOAA-OAR-OWAQ-2013-2003469.

    Conservation pays off in Florida marine sanctuary.

    Dry Tortugas National Park. PHOTO COURTESY NOAA

    Researcher document recovery in coral reef ecosystems of Dry Tortugas National Park.

    SUMMIT COUNTY — Focused and collaborative conservation efforts can pay off in coral reef ecosystems, federal biologists say, reporting that they’ve documented a resurgence of reef fish and corals in the Dry Tortugas National Park, located about 70 miles west of Key West.

    NOAA established the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in 2001, consisting of 151 square nautical miles of protected marine habitat. To monitor the progress of this protected area, which had suffered from overfishing and other environmental changes, the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies funded a marine census to examine how the ecosystem was responding after seven years as a protected area.

    CIMAS is one of 13 cooperative institutes associated with NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. It combines university research resources with those in NOAA to develop a research center that will help scientists better understand the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere

    Click here for more on this news.

    Now Accepting FY13 High Performance Computing Allocation Requests

    The NOAA R&D High Performance Computing Board Allocation Committee (AC) is soliciting requests for FY13 allocations (1 October 2012 through 30 September 2013). The process will be identical to that used to obtain the FY12 allocations (Click here).

    NOAA R&D Assets: Documentation on ZEUS and GAEA can be found at:



    In OAR, the Office of Weather and Air Quality (OWAQ) is accepting applications from all labs and CIs. ESRL and GFDL should each only submit one application for all their projects. Applications should be sent to Brian Orndorff in OWAQ, no later than June 12th to ensure that they are reviewed by both OAR Deputy Assistant Administrators and the Office of Weather and Air Quality director. They will determine which applications will be forwarded to the NOAA Office of the Chief Information Officer for consideration by the NOAA HPC Allocation Committee's deadline of June 15th.

    Any project that was provided an FY12 allocation, should apply again for the FY13 request if an allocation is still needed ( (Click here). The list of FY12 approved projects are provided for reference (see Click here).

    Please contact John Cortinas or Brian Orndorff if you have any questions.

    Explorer of the Seas photo credit: Liz WilliamsMIAMI — A report highlighted in EOS, the American Geophysical Union’s premier international newspaper, on April 3 proposes a formal partnership between the ocean-observing community and the global shipping industry for the systematic long-term study of the ocean water column from surface to depth. According to the report prepared by Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research/International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (SCOR/IAPSO) Working Group 133, the rationale is that commercial ships on the high seas offer a cost-effective opportunity to contribute to directly addressing a significant observational gap that currently exists. Systematic long-term observation of the water column would serve four distinct and critical needs: forecast/ nowcast applications; studies of ocean processes and dynamics; effects on climatology; and detailed knowledge of the interior state of the global ocean.

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    NOAA OAP and CSCOR 2012 Funding Opportunities!

    The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program and the NOAA Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research have released a new competitive grants announcement for availability of grant funds for Fiscal Year 2012. An announcement of opportunity has been published to submit proposals to the Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR)/Coastal Ocean Program for the Regional Ecosystem Prediction Program: Impacts of Ocean Acidification. Proposals under the REGIONAL ECOSYSTEM PREDICTION PROGRAM: IMPACTS OF OCEAN ACIDIFICATION closes 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time January 30, 2012 (Please note: Required Letters of Intent are due by 5 p.m. Eastern Time, December 15, 2011). To search on all the CSCOR announcements in please use CFDA # 11.478. New announcements are available on the CSCOR funding announcements webpage at

    Notices of Specific Announcements of Opportunity posted herein are provided as a courtesy to our research community. In no way is this page meant to replace the official information provided through

    pylley ridge map WASHINGTON D.C. — Pulley Ridge, a relatively healthy mesophotic (mid-light) coral ecosystem in the Gulf of Mexico, is home to groupers and snappers, important species in commercial and recreational fisheries. With the well-documented decline of Florida’s reefs, places like Pulley Ridge may serve as sources of larvae that can help sustain the Florida Keys’ reef ecosystem and the tourism economy that is dependent on it.

    The NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science’s Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research is initiating a 5-year $5 million project focused on the role that the reefs of Pulley Ridge and the northern Gulf of Mexico may play in replenishment of key fish species and other organisms in the downstream reefs of the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas. The project, led by Principal Investigator and University of Miami Professor Robert Cowen, represents a unique collaboration of more than 30 scientists at ten different universities pooling their expertise through NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) in coordination with the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration Research and Technology (CIOERT).

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    NOAA and European Funding Opportunities!

    • The NOAA Climate Program Office FY12 Funding Opportunity and the NOAA/NOS/NCCOS/CSCOR is soliciting proposals under the Regional Ecosystem Prediction Program: From Science to Managementhas been released. Click here for more on this.
    • NOAA Funding Opportunity: Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP) & Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA) Program. Click here for more on this opporunity.
    • The European Commission is exploring possibilities of engaging CI researchers and scientists to take advantage of in pursuing their interests with European counterparts. Click here to follow the discussions.

    MIAMI - September 8, 2011

    CIMAS Hosts Inaugural Meeting of NOAA Carb Steering Committee at Univ. of Miami

    The Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) hosted the first meeting of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Caribbean Steering Committee at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, Aug. 31-Sept 1.  Dubbed NOAA Carib, this is a forum created to improve communications and coordination among NOAA personnel, NOAA partners and stakeholders throughout the Caribbean region.

    The inaugural meeting was convened for the purpose of defining the guiding principles and objectives of the new group including how it would support the NOAA Caribbean Strategy over the next few years. An outgrowth of NOAA’s Southeast and Caribbean Regional Team (SEACART), NOAA Carib’s members include not only some members of SECART but additional personnel working in the Caribbean.  The Steering Committee meeting covered topics such as:

    • delineating geographic scope/participant involvement
    • defining membership/operations
    • quantifying outreach and communication possibilities
    • analyzing local Caribbean partner feedback
    • understanding new NOAA efforts in the Caribbean area (ie: Coastal Marine Spatial Planning in the Caribbean, NOAA Caribbean Strategy)
    • identifying fiscal year 2012 priorities.

    In the upcoming year, NOAA Carib will work to create a web presence, plan a 2012 NOAA Carib meeting, prioritize the needs of constituents in the region, define and evaluate inventory resourcing opportunities, establish stronger partnerships with regional organizations, increase internal NOAA communication, and build public awareness of NOAA’s link to the Caribbean economy.

    NOAA Carib aims to attract and preserve resources that will address regional issues and concerns via a “One NOAA” approach, which in turn will help NOAA achieve its long term goals in the Caribbean and in the shorter term enhance the SECART partnership and enable the NOAA Caribbean Strategy.

    For further information on NOAA Carib, please contact Dana Wusinich-Mendez ( or CIMAS Director, Peter Ortner ( Click here for more on this.

    GAINSVILLE, FL-- August 18, 2011.

    NOAA program hopes to lure super-skilled math, technology students

    A program designed to attract top-notch students into the fields of marine fisheries and population modeling is relocating to the University of Florida. UF researchers recently won a five-year, $1.6 million grant to house the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service’s RTR program. RTR stands for Recruiting, Training and Research. The program — the only one of its kind in the country — begins with a group of hand-picked undergraduate students from around the country spending a week in the Florida Keys, working with fisheries population dynamics researchers and learning about their research techniques. A handful of the students are eventually offered support to attend graduate school.

    NOAA began the program in December 2003 at Virginia Tech as a way to counter a big problem: the federal agency has a growing need for experts to evaluate whether a specific fish species is being overfished or whether a sea turtle species is endangered, for example, but too few students are entering those fields.

    “Nationally, there weren’t enough people to do the work and the demand was growing,” said Jim Berkson, an ecologist for the NOAA Fisheries Service and an associate professor at Virginia Tech, who has led the program since its inception. Berkson will move with the program, join UF’s faculty, and oversee the program. The program has enjoyed much success, he said. In 2010, program officials conducted a survey of the students who had been through the program in its first seven years. Of the respondents, virtually all the students had enrolled in or were interested in graduate school after leaving the program, and half were studying or planned to study marine resource population dynamics. Micheal Allen, a fisheries and aquatic sciences professor at UF, said the university has positioned itself to become a national leader in fisheries management, having hired three new faculty members to strengthen the program over the past five years.

    “We saw years ago that this was going to be a big area of need for management, both within Florida and at the federal level,” he said, “through investments within UF and our partners, we’ve reached a critical mass.”
    Allen said he believes having the program based at UF will mean an influx of graduate students with strong skills in mathematics, computer science and biology. It will also form a partnership between the fisheries program at UF and the NOAA Fisheries Service.

    The Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program is part of the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, in UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Berkson said each year, the program begins in the Florida Keys, with a group of about 15 elite college undergraduates from around the country, working with marine resources population dynamics researchers. From that group, about six to eight students participate in a more advanced six-week summer program. And then, the program’s best students are offered support to attend graduate school. Moving the program to UF will allow it to expand, Berkson said, and will help NOAA better meet its goals for improving sustainability of marine resources and ensuring the health and biodiversity of marine ecosystems. The program should be in place at UF this fall.

    MIAMI —April 27, 2011 

    The Cooperative Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) announced today that it will host the 11th Intergovernmental Session of the UNESCO IOC Subcommission’s meeting for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (IOCARIBE), May 17-20. Forty delegates from 30 countries are expected to attend working sessions at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, located at 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami

    Delegates will discuss regional ocean issues such as, coastal zone management, climate change, harmful algal blooms, ocean observing systems and coastal warning systems, among others.

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    MIAMI —February 4, 2011 

    Dr. Peter Ortner, University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science research professor of Marine Biology and Fisheries , spoke to the RSMAS faculty on the reinvention of CIMAS and other evolving research opportunities. He discussed the regional expansion of CIMAS from the mainland to the Carribean; along with other various complimentary capabilities from University partners.    

    Click here for complete conference PDF (4.9MB).

    MIAMI —February 7, 2011

    Dr. Altug Aksoy, a University of Miami CIMAS assistant scientist in hurricane research, received the 2011 Monthly Weather Review Editor's Award at the AMS annual meeting, for providing high-quality reviews to several of the editors. The American Meteorological Society promotes the development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences and the advancement of their professional applications. The Council of the American Meteorological Society invites members and friends of the AMS to submit nominations for consideration for the Society Awards, Lecturers, Named Symposia, Fellows, Honorary members, and nominees for elective Officers and Councilors of the Society.

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    Significant Milestone Achieved at Little Cayman

    The week of January 24th to 28th, 2011 brought together a number of people at the Little Cayman Research Centre (LCRC, Cayman Islands) for an unprecedented level of cooperation and collaboration on the maintenance of the Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS) station. The station was installed in July of 2009 as part of a joint effort by the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI), which is LCRC's parent institution, and AOML's Integrated Coral Observing Network (ICON) project.

    Robert Hedges (the research centre's new manager at LCRC), Michael Rosen (scientific diver on detail to LCRC from Shoals Marine Laboratory), Lowell Forbes (LCRC's longtime dive master and facilities engineer), and Mike Jankulak (AOML/CIMAS CREWS field engineer), coordinated in field work that provided research support for ICON/CREWS; and for RSMAS oceanographer Dr. Peter Minnett, technical consultant Miguel Izaguirre, and doctoral student Xiaofang Zhu, who is comparing sea temperature records at two CREWS station sites:  Little Cayman and La Parguera, Puerto Rico.

    The field work goals were:  
    1) Rob H. and Mike J. together to go over the operation and maintenance needs of the CREWS station;
    2) to conduct the station's annual instrument replacement;
    3) to install some new sensors for Xiaofang Zhu's graduate research project; and,
    4) to address some of the problems that had developed over the last year and a half. These problems included a suboptimally-installed air temperature sensor (in a spot which did not have free air flow), the repair of the research centre's RF (radio) link to the offshore station, and the deterioration of the station's satellite transmitter.

    Milestone Achieved.  For the first time ever at a CREWS station, the "brain" installation and instrument connection was not done by NOAA/CIMAS field personnel; rather, it was instead conducted entirely by LCRC's new station manager, Rob Hedges.  The importance of this development cannot be overstated.  Previously LCRC was severely limited in the type of maintenance or intervention they could do, because nobody at LCRC was trained in the climbing of the pylon or even the simple act of powering the station up and down. These actions are now in the control of LCRC and more, since Rob now has experience in the complete disconnection and reconnection of the "brain" control unit. Whereas previously LCRC could not schedule major operations without coordinating with visiting AOML researchers, now they have assumed a more complete control of their CREWS station (paid for by LCRC through a Memorandum of Understanding with NOAA).  

    Instrument and software maintenance.  Unfortunately, the back-up GOES satellite transmitter failed, but will be attended to in the near future.  Fortunately, however, Mike J. repaired the RF link between the station and the Laboratory.  This action significantly improved the resolution of all instrument readings in near real-time (i.e., every 5 minutes).  

    Besides the high-resolution data acquired by the temperature probes for the RSMAS collaborators (see attached figure), the near real-time data stream now once again provides a complete data stream for the ICON/CREWS ecoforecasting project, as well as for NDBC and the Little Cayman Weather Service, both of which now profit through better hurricane forecasting data from the site.

    NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program has provided support to ICON in the past through its International programs initiative.

    MIAMI —November 10, 2010

    University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) announced today that Dr. Peter Ortner, University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science research professor of Marine Biology and Fisheries is the new chair-elect of its governing Council.  UNOLS is a consortium of 61 academic institutions and national laboratories involved in oceanographic research. Originally created in 1971, this organization facilitates and coordinates access to research vessels and other major shared use facilities that support U.S. research and education programs. UNOLS fosters federal and other support for academic oceanography, thereby continuing and enhancing the excellence of the nation’s oceanographic enterprise.

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    MIAMI — September 8, 2010 —

    Operational forecasting centers produce climate predictions that provide input for important decisions regarding water management, agriculture, and energyAssessment of Intraseasonal to Interannual Climate Prediction and Predictability, a new report from the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences, examines current capabilities for making climate predictions — such as seasonal hurricane or longer-term drought forecasts — and identifies opportunities for improvement.

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