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CERF 2013 Workshops

Workshops Chair: Karen McLaughlin

All Workshops will take place Sunday, November 3, 2013.

Real Time Data Retrieval and Storage Methods in Coastal Datalogging Applications
Convener: Jeff Adams (, Campbell Scientific)
(3:30 – 5:00 pm)

The ability to view data in real time is becoming the touchstone in a number of costal monitoring programs. This 90 minute workshop will include a discussion of best practices and a hands-on demonstration of available technology for real time data retrieval and storage methods. Discussion will cover factors like quantity and frequency of data collection, accessibility of sites, and availability of service, that help determine best storage and retrieval methods. The second part of the workshop will include the design, configuration, and programing of a wireless datalogger network that measures water quality and meteorological variables. Mobile Apps will be utilized to send programs, view the real time data in numerical and graphical formats, check network status, and collect historical data over cellular or Wi-Fi networks. The goal of the workshop is to gain experience with real time data logging networks for use in coastal settings.

Data Infrastructures for Estuarine and Coastal Ecological Synthesis
Conveners: Anne Thessen (, Arizona State University), Ben Fertig (, Rutgers University)
(1:30 – 3:00 pm)

Synthesis in estuarine and coastal science has recently been defined as the inferential process whereby new models are developed from analysis of multiple data sets to explain observed patterns across a range of time and space scales. Furthermore, understanding coastal/estuarine resiliency and developing sustainable solutions will be aided by synthesis of large, distributed data sets. Though data sets are becoming accessible for synthesis in increasing quantity and volume, the infrastructures for data sharing, management and integration are often fractured and underutilized. With the advent of the NSF Data Management Plan requirement, EarthCube and DataNet, as well as the increasing scope of the “semantic web” researchers need to be informed about data tools they can use and potential solutions to data issues. This 90 minute workshop will include discussion on available data tools and their utility for large scale analysis. The goal of the workshop is to formulate best practices, available resources, and new technologies that can aid data-centric research/synthesis through discussion amongst academia, government, and industry.

Ocean Acidification Monitoring Instruments
Convener: Mario Tamburri (, Alliance for Coastal Technologies)
All Day (8am-5pm)

The need to incorporate ocean acidification parameters into new and existing coastal monitoring programs is becoming increasingly apparent. This full day workshop will build off of the information and experience gained through ACT workshops and technology evaluations and will begin with introductions/reviews of impacts of ocean acidification and approaches to in situ measurements of pH and pCO2. The bulk of this training workshop will involve demonstrations of, and hands-on interactions with, several commercially available in situ pH sensors and pCO2 analyzers. In one to two hour sessions, participants will rotate from station to station where sensor manufacturer representatives will demonstrate the steps required from the proper use of pH and pCO2 instruments (from set up and calibration to maintenance and data management). The goal of the workshop is to meet experts in the field ocean acidification and to gain experience with existing and emerging technologies that will lead to better monitoring, assessment, and understanding of the acidification of coastal waters.

Integrated Ecosystem Assessment: From Concept to Practice
Conveners: Michael Reiter (, Bethune-Cookman University), Gary Matlock (, NOAA)
(3:30 – 5:00 pm)

An Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) is a scientifically-based synthesis and analysis of existing information on relevant physical, chemical, ecological and human processes in relation to specified societal goals and ecosystem management objectives. An IEA examines the causes and consequences of the current status of an ecosystem, provides a forecast without any changes to current management of the system, examines alternative actions that might be considered to achieve or maintain ecosystem health, estimates the costs and benefits of each alternative, and identifies research priorities. This 90 minute workshop will focus on the purpose, design, and use of IEAs, including presentations of IEA methods such as the Integrated Assessment and Ecosystem Management Protocol and completed IEAs that reach conclusions about the health of coastal and aquatic ecosystems, followed by a panel discussion that examines the utility of IEAs and lessons learned by managers responsible for achieving healthy ecosystems. The goal of the workshop is to familiarize participants with the process, use, and implementation of IEAs.

Advancing Expert Judgment of Ecosystem Health for Science-Informed Ocean Management Decisions
Convener: Erin Meyer (, California Ocean Science Trust) and Ryan Meyer (, California Ocean Science Trust)
(3:30 – 5:00 pm)

Expert judgment, in which a diverse group of experts is asked to consider a broad range of scientific data and results and to provide a synthetic assessment, is increasingly being used to inform a variety of ocean resource management decisions. Despite different motivations for using expert judgment, there are common themes and approaches in how expert judgment is used. Taken together, these form the basis for an emerging body of practice that can increase the legitimacy of expert judgment processes. This 90 minute workshop will include discussion between scientists, managers and decision-makers exploring the ways in which expert judgment is used in a variety of arenas and how the results of these judgments have been taken up and used to inform management decisions. The goal of this workshop is to formulate best practices for gathering expert judgment and how to utilize it in a variety of settings.

Creating Mutually Beneficial Links Between Citizen Science and Ocean and Coastal Resource Management
Conveners: Ryan Meyer (, California Ocean Science Trust), Aaron McGregor (, California Ocean Science Trust) and Amy Freitag (, California Ocean Science Trust)
(1:30 – 3:00 pm)

Citizen science, also referred to as public participation in scientific research, has many potential benefits. It may involve local communities in rewarding, educational activities, and promote stewardship of natural resources. It can tap knowledge and capacity in areas and at scales beyond the traditional confines of academic science. And it has the potential to inform long-term monitoring and adaptive management of natural resources. This 90 minute workshop will include discussion amongst researchers and practitioners on the different goals of citizen science with particular focus on informing coastal and ocean management decisions, and the challenges this brings. The goal of this workshop is to formulate different models for organizing and sustaining citizen science.

Linking Knowledge with Action: Empirical Evidence of What Works and What Doesn’t
Convener: Kalle Matso (, NERRS Science Collaborative)
(1:30 – 3:00 pm)

The actions science funders, practitioners, policy makers and decision makers take to better connect estuarine ecosystem knowledge with productive action is critical in addressing pressing environmental issues. This 90 minute workshop will include short presentations based on actual case studies from various actors in the knowledge to action arena (e.g., funders, scientists, boundary spanners, managers) and facilitated discussion. The goal of this workshop is to create the following workshop products, which are designed to be arrayed in a Structured Decision Making—a common collaborative framework—matrix: 1) knowledge to action objectives; 2) indicators of successful linking of knowledge and action; 3) interventions; and 4) high-priority questions to fill information gaps.

A Short Tutorial on Scientific Writing: How to Optimize Chances for Success in Publishing a Paper in Estuaries and Coasts
Conveners: James Cloern (, U.S. Geological Survey), Iris Anderson (, Virginia Institute of Marine Science), and Wayne Gardner (, University of Texas)
(1:30 – 5:00 pm)

Scientific publication is the cornerstone of research. This is an encore presentation of a popular workshop from two previous CERF meetings on scientific writing and publishing. This workshop will include the following topics: (1) attributes of a well-written paper, including four essential for an excellent manuscript, using examples from a paper that participants will read in advance (Kling, G.W., M. A. Clark, G. N. Wagner, H. R. Compton, A. M. Humphrey, J. D. Devine, W. C. Evans, J. P. Lockwood, M. L. Tuttle, and E. J. Koenigsberg. The 1986 Lake Nyos Gas Disaster in Cameroon, West Africa, Science 10 April 1987: 169-5. [DOI:10.1126/science.236.4798.169]); (2) mechanics of submitting a manuscript including how to choose a journal, write a cover letter to the editor, respond to reviewer comments, review papers yourself, authorship ethics, and what to do when your paper is rejected; and (3) How the processes of submission, review, and publication work at Estuaries and Coasts. The goal of this workshop is to familiarize participants with the process of scientific publication with special focus on the CERF association journal.

Graduate Student Mentoring of Undergraduates
Convener: Tim Dellapenna (, Texas A&M University)
(1:30 – 3:00 pm)

Research is an important component of the undergraduate experience in the sciences. This 90 minute workshop will focus on what works in mentoring undergraduate researchers. The workshop will include a panel of experienced graduate student mentors who will talk about their mentoring styles and give examples of approaches to specific problems. Topics will include: fostering independence in undergraduate researchers, successful work and meeting schedules, keeping students motivated, responsibilities of graduate student mentors in passing on research ethics and conventions of the discipline, and strategies for dealing with problems or issues. The goal of the workshop is to communicate effective strategies for mentoring undergraduate students.

SCOR Working Group 137, Global Patterns of Phytoplankton Dynamics in Estuarine and Coastal Ecosystems
Conveners: Kedong Yin (, School of Marine Sciences, Sun Yat-Sen (Zhongshan) University Guangzhou, China and Griffith Univeristy, QLD, Australia ) and Hans Paerl (, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Morehead City, North Carolina, USA)
(8:00am – 5:00 pm)

Phytoplankton biomass and community structure have undergone dramatic changes in estuarine and coastal ecosystems over the past several decades in response to climate variability and human disturbance. These changes have short- and longer-term impacts on global carbon and nutrient cycling, food web structure and productivity, and coastal ecosystem services. The SCOR Working Group 137: “Global Patterns of Phytoplankton Dynamics in Coastal Ecosystems: Comparative Analysis of Time Series Observations” was formed in 2009 to examine the questions: 1) the qualitative character of the ecosystem responses (“what changes”), 2) their amplitudes (“by how much”), and 3) their timing and spatial and temporal scales (“when and where are rates of change the strongest.” This two day workshop is the fourth in a series aimed at identifying the underlying processes and measuring rates at which phytoplankton alter coastal ecosystems on a global scale. Day 1 (2 Nov.) of the workshop is a closed meeting during which SCOR Working Group 137 members will discuss and synthesize long time-series data sets from estuarine and coastal systems worldwide in order to examine patterns of anthropogenic and climate-driven change. Day 2 (3 Nov.) is an open meeting during which CERF members who have experience with decadal observational data from geographically diverse regions to join the Working Group to continue discussions. The wealth of information in these data sets provides an unprecedented opportunity to develop a global analysis and investigation of the dynamics and status of ecosystems where land and sea meet. For more information please visit the SCOR Working Group 137 website:

In Situ Nutrient Monitoring and Long-Term Water Quality Monitoring in Coastal Applications
Convener: Nichole Halsey (, Sea-Bird Coastal)
(1:30 – 5:00pm)

An important step in reducing the impact of nutrients is to determine the current sources and levels. Continuous monitoring of nutrient levels when paired with temperature, conductivity, and dissolved oxygen data provides crucial information about daily, seasonal and event based changes in water quality conditions. Discussion will cover ways to maximize data quality and deployment duration in challenging coastal environments. The workshop will include existing customer applications as well as ways in which these sensors can be incorporated into other water quality monitoring programs. Other topics covered include sensor technology, calibration protocols, maintenance protocols and QA/QC guidelines.