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Workshops, Town Halls, Talks and Panels

EVS01: COESEE Professional Development for Scientists (Workshop)

Sunday February 19, 8:00 – 17:00, Hotel Monaco

Organizers: Janice McDonnell, Rutgers University, mcdonnel@marine.rutgers.edu; Carrie Ferraro, Rutgers University, ferraro@marine.rutgers.edu

Scientists are increasingly being asked to communicate the “broader impacts” of their work. This workshop will build the foundation for attendees to think creatively about how their research will impact their education goals and, conversely, how their education activities will feed back into their research. When research and education are effectively interconnected, the process of discovery can help stimulate learning and the resulting research can be communicated to a broader audience.

For more information visit: http://coseenow.net/blog/2011/09/pdworkshopforscientists/

EVS03: Ocean Policy and Management: Workshop Complementing Session 139 (Workshop)

Sunday February 19, 13:00 – 17:00, Room 151 A, B, C, G

Organizers: Hal Batchelder, hbatchelder@coas.oregonstate.edu; Suzanne Lawrence, Suzanne@suzannelawrence.net; and Peter Fox, pfox@cs.rpi.edu

The purpose of this workshop is to foster partnerships in support of a Global Large Marine Ecosystem Knowledge Network. Our goal is to strengthen links and best practices information sharing within and among Regional Ocean Governance practitioners and sustainability scientists in US and other international efforts. The workshop will engage high level representatives from the US National Marine Fisheries Science Centers as well as representatives from NOAA’s Regional Ocean Governance Network (http://www.csc.noaa.gov/oceangovernance/) such as the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and the West Coast Governors Agreement for Ocean Health. International participants will include representatives from the UNESCO-IOC Capacity Building Program, the Global Environmental Facility/UNDP Large Marine Ecosystem Program in the Caribbean, and the Executive Director of the Benguela Current Commission in South Africa.

For more information visit: http://www.lmenet.net

EVM01: National Ocean Policy (Town Hall)

Monday February 20, 12:30 – 14:00, Room 151 A, B, C, G

Organizers: Kristan Uhlenbrock, AGU, kuhlenbrock@agu.org; Susan Roberts, Ocean Studies Board, sroberts@nas.edu; Lora Clarke, National Ocean Council OST-IPC, Lora.Clarke@noaa.gov

Our first National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes, commonly referred to as the National Ocean Policy (NOP), sets forth a principle to “use the best available science and knowledge to inform decisions affecting the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes, and enhance humanity’s capacity to understand, respond, and adapt to a changing global environment.” Scientists have an important role to continue to provide sound advice and innovative research to ensure the NOP sustains a course of science-based decisions.

AGU and the National Academy of Sciences Ocean Studies Board in collaboration with the National Ocean Council’s Ocean Science and Technology Interagency Policy Committee (OST-IPC) and Ocean Resource Management Interagency Policy Committee (ORM-IPC) are excited to present this town hall showcasing leading policymakers and managers who make decisions based on scientific conclusions. Our panelists will discuss the importance of science in the NOP, provide an update to the policy, and create a dialogue with participants on where we are headed. The NOP sets forth overarching guiding principles for United States management decisions and actions affecting the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes. This town hall will provide a forum for discussion of the Implementation Plan that is being developed by the OST-IPC and the ORM-IPC to achieve nine priority objectives. These objectives include: Ecosystem-Based Management; Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning; Inform Decisions and Improve Understanding; Coordinate and Support; Resiliency and Adaptation to Climate Change and Ocean Acidification; Regional Ecosystem Protection and Restoration; Water Quality and Sustainable Practices on Land; Changing Conditions in the Arctic; and Ocean, Coastal, and Great Lakes Observations, Mapping, and Infrastructure.

For more information visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/oceans

EVM03: Ladder of Scientific Success-Deconstructing (Workshop)

Monday February 20, 12:30 – 14:00, Room 251 A, B, D, E

Organizers: Bob Chen, University of Massachusetts - Boston, bob.chen@umb.edu; Adrienne Sponberg, ASLO, sponberg@aslo.org

Deconstruct your science (Make it simple!). In this workshop you will learn and apply concept mapping skills to help you: 1) visually represent your science in a "bigger picture" context, 2) simplify your research goals and communicate them to others, and 3) promote effective dialogue with various audiences. Concept mapping will help you in writing collaborative proposals, improving your presentations, teaching effectively, and focusing your science on questions of societal significance. This session will be presented by Annette DeCharon, COSEE Ocean Systems. Lunch will be provided to the first 50 participants.

For more information visit: http://www.coseeocean.net

EVM04: Career-Life Balance Initiatives (Town Hall)

Monday February 20, 12:30 – 14:00, Room 150 A, B, C, G

Organizers: Victoria Coles, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, vcoles@umces.edu; Susan Lozier, Duke University, mslozier@duke.edu; Susanne Neuer, Arizona State University, susanne.neuer@asu.edu

Data collected by MPOWIR (Mentoring Physical Oceanography Women to Increase Retention) over the past four years indicates that 46% of women see balancing work and family as ‘nearly impossible’ or ‘impossible’, with only 24% of women rating it as ‘possible’ or ‘very possible’. While these views are sobering, NSF’s recent announcement of the Career-Life Balance Initiative and the rise in mentoring networks are promising signs. At this Town Hall sponsored by MPOWIR and AWIS (Association for Women in Science), invited speakers will discuss institutional and personal avenues toward achieving this balance. A panel discussion will follow. Also, lunch will be provided for the first 75 attendees.

Monday’s event will be followed by a reception and discussion on Thursday February 23rd at 6:00 pm. Thursday’s event will provide a forum for sharing strategies on how to achieve a satisfying work life balance particularly in the context of an oceanography career.

For more information on the sponsoring groups visit: http://www.mpowir.org and http:// www.awis.org.

EVM05: Communicating Your Science: Challenges and Opportunities with Ocean Acidification (Workshop)

Monday February 20, 18:00 – 19:30, Room 151 A, B, C, G

Organizers: Kristan Uhlenbrock, AGU, kuhlenbrock@agu.org; Chad English, COMPASS, cenglish@COMPASSonline.org; Heather Galindo, COMPASS, hgalindo@COMPASSonline.org

Dubbed the evil twin of climate change, ocean acidification is the focus of a rapidly growing community of researchers who seek to understand how the phenomenon will play out and the resulting implications for marine ecosystems. As the impacts of acidification begin to be understood and felt by ocean users, the demand for researchers to communicate the substance and meaning of the science will grow. However, as recent policy discussions related to climate change have shown, the challenge of communicating science is not always straightforward. Join us as we hear perspectives on three very different aspects of communicating the science of ocean acidification. Drawing on past experiences and presenting recent data on public perception of the issue, our panelists will lead us into a discussion of how and when scientists should consider sharing their science in this rapidly evolving field.

Sarah Simpson (Contributing Editor, Scientific American) will discuss the past, present, and future of OA in the media; Scott Doney (Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) will share insights on communicating about research in a policy context; and Lisa Dropkin (Principal, Edge Research) will present results of a survey on public perceptions about ocean acidification. Together, these three perspectives will kick off a lively discussion with the audience about what works, what doesn’t, and what role scientists should play in connecting the science to policymakers, the media and the public.

We encourage workshop participants to register at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJNMZC9.

EVM06: The Future of Ocean Color Remote Sensing (Town Hall)

Monday February 20, 18:00 – 19:30, Room 250 A, B, D, E

Organizers: Claudia Mengelt, National Academy of Sciences, cmengelt@nas.edu; James A. Yoder, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, jyoder@whoi.edu; Paul DiGiacomo, NOAA/NESDIS, paul.digiacomo@noaa.gov

Ocean color remote sensing is an important tool for detecting regional to global trends and patterns in ocean biology and biogeochemistry. Scientists have made important discoveries during the SeaWiFS/MODIS era that have transformed the field. With the demise of SeaWiFS and the aging MODIS and MERIS sensors, the research community is preparing to transition to a new generation of satellites. Some of the new sensors, such as VIIRS, will potentially extend the SeaWiFS/MODIS time series for global coverage. Others offer new measurement capabilities that will, for example, improve imaging of coastal waters. During this town hall, convened by the National Academy of Sciences, we will provide a brief summary of the NAS report entitled “Assessing the Requirements for Sustained Ocean Color Research and Operations” and discuss recent developments with VIIRS on NPP and future missions. We invite participants to share results, algorithms, and/or approaches to ocean color product development that will contribute to the successful transition to the next generation of sensors.

For more information about the report or the town hall visit: http://nas-sites.org/earthobservations

EVM07: The Role of Social Media in Ocean Science and Conservation (Workshop)

Monday February 20, 18:00 – 19:30, Room 251 A, B, D, E

Organizers: Miriam Goldstein, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, mgoldstein@ucsd.edu; Andrew Thaler, Duke University, andrew.david.thaler@gmail.com; Rick MacPherson, Coral Reef Alliance, rmacpherson@coral.org, Holly Bik, University of California at Davis, hbik@ucdavis.edu

Social media platforms have made it possible to access and disseminate information quickly, while bypassing gatekeepers common to traditional media. Ease of accessibility and the pervasiveness of social media provides a powerful tool for reaching many people directly. Experts can interact with the general public, leaving it to the audience to judge the value of their work. These tools for education, outreach, and activism have drawbacks. Without the quality control provided by editors and fact checkers, misinformation can be rampant and credibility compromised. Complicated messages can be difficult to deliver, target audiences can be challenging to segment, and there are few metrics for success. The objective of this session is for participants to share and discuss their experiences using social media for public outreach. We encourage participants to present specific examples, challenges, and lessons learned, and to discuss positive or negative interactions with online media. We also encourage broader, conceptual discussions of the role of social media in scientific and conservation discourse. This workshop will be a moderated but informal discussion, and we encourage participation from all attendees.

For more information visit: http://science-social-media.wikispaces.com/

EVM09: Current Progress towards Development of a Global Ocean Biogeochemical Observing System (Town Hall)

Monday February 20, 18:00 – 21:00, Ballroom A

Organizer: Kenneth Johnson, johnson@mbari.org

A “town hall” meeting to inform interested community members about efforts to develop a global ocean biogeochemical observing system that is similar to Argo and to solicit community input regarding priorities and implementation strategies for such a global system. We would have a short description of prior planning, brief updates regarding funded and planned “regional scale” observing systems experiments, and updates on technical developments. This would be integrated with an effort to solicit community input on next steps, pieces that might be missing, etc.

EVM10: Developing Strategies for Long-Term Research in the Gulf of Mexico (Town Hall)

Monday February 20, 18:00 – 21:00, Ballroom B

Organizer: Monty Graham, monty.graham@usm.edu; Mike Roman, roman@umces.edu; Joe Montoya, joseph.montoya@biology.gatech.edu; Stephan Howden, stephan.howden@usm.edu

On the heels of hurricanes, historic floods and oil spills, and facing a changing climate, relative sea level rise and increasing pressure on resources, the Gulf of Mexico is in critical need of coordinated, comprehensive long-term research planning. This Town Hall will initiate a broad-scale, grass roots effort to create a set of scientifically driven long-term research plans for the Gulf. Participants will engage in this initial discussion to establish a framework and process for long-term research planning.

EVT02: Ladder of Scientific Success-Understand (Workshop)

Tuesday February 21, 12:30 – 14:00, Room 251 A, B, D, E

Organizers: Bob Chen, University of Massachusetts - Boston, bob.chen@umb.edu; Adrienne Sponberg, ASLO, sponberg@aslo.org

Understand How People Learn. What does research about the mind, the brain, and the processes of learning say about how people learn? In this workshop, we will take a critical look at how people learn, perceive, and value science. Understand the differences between novice and experts. Explore what is and what is not an accurate view of science. If you are going to teach, it is critical to think about the nature of science, how it can be communicated, and how people learn science. This session will be presented by Catherine Halverson, COSEE California. Lunch will be provided to the first 115 participants.

For more information visit: http://www.coseeocean.net

EVT03: PO.DAAC - Fusion of NASA Ocean Data and Services (Workshop)

Tuesday February 21, 12:30 – 14:00, Ballroom G

Organizers: Michelle Gierach, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of, Technology Michelle.Gierach@jpl.nasa.gov; Charles Thompson, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, Charles.K.Thompson@jpl.nasa.gov

The Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC) is the archive, distribution, and user/science services center for NASA's satellite oceanographic data. PO.DAAC data holdings are focused on measurements related to ocean surface topography, ocean winds, ocean temperature, gravity, ocean currents and circulation, and salinity. During the past year, PO.DAAC has deployed a new web portal to facilitate data discovery and user interactions, as well as several new tools and services for data access and visualization. This workshop will showcase these new capabilities through an interactive demonstration, providing users with an outlet to learn how to successfully navigate and use these services for scientific applications. PO.DAAC scientists and developers will be on hand to also answer general questions related to PO.DAAC/NASA data and services.

For more information visit: http://podaac.jpl.nasa.gov/

EVT05: Funding of applied environmental science at BOEM (Town Hall)

Tuesday February 21, 12:30 – 14:00, Ballroom E

Organizers: Brad Blythe, BOEM, brad.blythe@boem.gov; Guillermo Auad, BOEM, guillermo.auad@boem.gov

The presentation will address the recent reorganizational changes of the BOEM, funding avenues and opportunities, and highlights of recent and ongoing studies in social sciences, physical, chemical and biological oceanography, and marine ecology and archaeology.

EVT06: Velocity Measurements from Gliders (Workshop)

Tuesday February 21, 12:30 – 14:00, Ballroom F

Organizers: Judah Goldberg, NortekUSA, judah@nortekusa.com; Peter Rusello, NortekUSA, pj@nortekusa.com

This workshop presents an overview of the measurement and analysis methods using broad band and pulse coherent acoustic Doppler current profilers to observe mean velocity, turbulence, and acoustic backscatter from a variety of moving platforms, with a focus on glider applications. Invited speakers will give presentations on their work in this new field.

Observations of mean current velocity and turbulence in coastal and open seas are inherently important for a wide range of scientific studies. Intrinsically difficult to measure, particularly over long temporal and spatial scales, velocity measurements have typically been constrained to data sets from individual moorings or expensive field programs. New equipment and advanced analysis methods have been developed to make observations of mean and turbulent velocity from moving platforms such as ocean gliders and vertical profilers.

For more information visit: http://www.nortekusa.com/glider_workshop

EVT07: Data Management for Scientists: Reduce your workload, reuse your ideas, recycle your data (Workshop)

Tuesday, February 21, 12:30 – 14:00, Ballroom H

Organizer: Carly Strasser, carly.strasser@ucop.edu

Although graduate students learn about methods for collecting data, there is less emphasis on managing the resulting data effectively. This is an increasingly important skill set: funding agencies have begun to require data management plans, and journals are requiring that data pertaining to published articles be accessible. Scientists with good data management skills will be able to maximize the productivity of their own research program, effectively and efficiently share their data with the scientific community, and potentially benefit from the re-use of their data by others. The purpose of this workshop is to give attendees a set of practical tools for organizing and sharing their data through all parts of the research cycle. The target audience is early-career scientists (graduate students, post-docs) but is open to any researchers who would benefit from developing better data management skills. Topics will include data structure, quality control, data documentation, and the importance of good data management practices for data sharing, collaboration, and data re-use.

For more information visit: http://dcxl.cdlib.org or http://www.carlystrasser.net/Resources

EVT08: Ocean Observatories Initiative: Information and Community Opportunities (Informational Talk)

Tuesday, February 21, 12:30 – 14:00, Ballroom D

Organizer: Kerry Beck, kbeck@oceanleadership.org

The National Science Foundation-funded Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) will deliver high quality data and data products that will address critical science-driven questions and lead to a better understanding and management of our oceans for a 25-year-plus time period within an expandable architecture that can meet emerging technical advances in ocean science. This event will include discussion of progress on the OOI program to date and information on how to become involved.

For more information visit: http://www.oceanobservatories.org

EVT09: Overcoming the Cultural Gap Between Scientists and the Public (Panel Discussion)

Tuesday February 21, 18:00 – 21:00, Ballroom I

Organizers: Jonathan Sharp, University of Delaware (jsharp@udel.edu) and Adrienne Sponberg, ASLO, (sponberg@aslo.org).

There is growing awareness of the critical need for marine scientists to communicate results and implications of their research in a more successful fashion than is occurring today. This panel discussion will have a sociological approach and discusses public attitudes toward environmental science and toward scientists. A major goal for this event is to help scientists understand that for communication to be effective, there have to be two parties involved: the communicator and the audience. The science communicator needs assistance in understanding that the “public” has different levels of science literacy, different beliefs, and different cultural leanings than the technically-trained scientist. There have been several recent academic projects, books, and blogs by media professionals and communicators addressing these cultural considerations. The panel participants are nationally well-recognized experts on communicating environmental issues to the public and on public attitudes about science. The panelists are Dan Kahan from Yale Law School, Max Bykoff from University of Colorado Center for Science and Technology Policy, and Richard Harris from NPR, who will also serve as moderator. By viewing environmental science communication through the eyes of experts outside of the ocean science community, attendees will have a better understanding of why previous and existing communication strategies have faltered and how to engage in more productive discussions about science with non-technical audiences.

For more information visit: http://www.aquaticsci.net/?cat=109

EVT12: The Future CLIVAR: Help chart the course (Town Hall)

Tuesday February 21, 18:00 – 20:00, Room 250 A, B, D, E

Organizers: Valery Detemmerman, WCRP, vdetemmerman@wmo.int; Martin Visbeck, IFM GEOMAR, mvisbeck@ifm-geomar.de

Description: CLIVAR is the World Climate Research Programme project that addresses Climate Variability and Predictability, with a particular focus on the role of ocean-atmosphere interactions in climate. International CLIVAR seeks to identify major emerging climate science questions and to facilitate international coordination, cooperation and capacity building to address these issues. CLIVAR of the future will be more cross-disciplinary and will need to build the application of CLIVAR/ocean science to societal needs. This town hall meeting will provide an opportunity to explore new directions for CLIVAR, with a focus on the role of the oceans in climate and on climate of the oceans. Input is sought on new ideas and projects that could form the focus of the next big international exploration of the ocean, its role in climate and the impact of climate on the oceans. Join the discussion on the OSM facebook page.

For more information visit: http://www.clivar.org

EVT13: Observing and modeling the Arctic and North Atlantic Oceans
- past experiences and future priorities (Workshop)

Tuesday February 21, 18:00 – 21:00, Room 150

Organizers: Igor Yashayaev, Igor.Yashayaev@dfo-mpo.gc.ca; Entcho Demirov, entcho@mun.ca; Dagmar Kieke, dkieke@physik.uni-bremen.de; and Dan Seidov, Dan.Seidov@noaa.gov

In 2012 we celebrate two anniversaries of the events that affected marine practice, exploration and research for many generations ahead.

The first event is the sinking of RMS Titanic 100 years ago. This tragedy brought awareness and raised attention to processes on both shallow and deep waters even not affected by seasonal ice cover, which led to the initiation of the International Ice Patrol Survey, the first precedent of seasonal and annual monitoring of the northwest Atlantic spanning for nearly half a century, including the Labrador Sea, a part of which was the famous OWS Bravo.

2012 is also the 50th anniversary of the memorable Erika Dan’s survey delivering for the first time a broad-scale vision of how the waters formed by wintertime processes and mixing in the high-latitude areas (Labrador Sea Water, dense deep overflows from the Nordic Seas) spread across the Atlantic Ocean to fill the deep basins surveyed by Erika Dan in 1962.

The past five decades brought new developments of oceanographic instrumentation and remote sensing technologies, expansion of the ocean observing network, synergy of real-ocean data and numeric models. These and other developments (e.g., in tracer oceanography) have greatly improved our knowledge on unprecedented oceanic changes in the Arctic and subpolar North Atlantic environment. From what began as mostly national efforts the scientific community has recently moved towards interdisciplinary and inter-institutional projects and strategies serving to monitor the Arctic and Subarctic region. We believe that coordination and if possible synchronization of existing and proposed observational programs will improve our understanding of key processes responsible for the observed variability and thus skills of ocean and climate models.

The goal of our workshop is to summarize priorities in existing observational programs and modeling efforts, identify key locations, processes and strategies for optimization of both field work and numerical simulations. We hope that this workshop will serve as a platform to stimulate new and advance existing collaboration in the subpolar and polar regions in data, model as well as data-model inter-comparison studies.

Special attention will be paid to the Arctic and North Atlantic oceanographic surveys under way or still being planned for 2012 - allowing us to pay a modest tribute to the two events of the past century that we mentioned above.

Brief contributions on the ongoing and planned activities in the region as well as data and model syntheses are kindly invited. Please contact the Organizers of the 032 session and this workshop.

EVT15: ConCOAC: Connecting Chemical Oceanography with Analytical Chemistry (Town Hall)

Tuesday February 21, 18:00 - 21:00, Ballroom J

Organizers: Chris Measures, University of Hawaii, chrism@soest.hawaii.edu; Maxime Grand, University of Hawaii, maxime@hawaii.edu

We are developing a new program to connect experts from analytical chemistry with oceanographers to adapt newly available technology to the determination of parameters in seawater that are of interest to oceanography. The goal of the town hall is to alert the broader community to our open science meeting, the first component of this new program. We seek community input into workshop design particularly from young scientists who will become active members of this bridge between the fields.

EVW01: Science Journalism: From Ship to Shore to the News (Workshop)

Wednesday February 22, 12:30 – 14:00, Room 150 A, B, C, G

Organizers: Cheryl Lyn Dybas, National Science Foundation, cdybas@nsf.gov

Lost World Discovered Near Antarctic Vents. Sea Cucumbers: Dissolving Coral Reefs? Seawater Won't Halt Burmese Python Invasion.

These headlines introduced recent marine science news stories. Did these articles attract readers? If so, what’s the secret to their success?

David Conover, NSF Division Director for Ocean Sciences, will offer opening thoughts on communicating about the ocean sciences.

Participants in this workshop will learn how to present science in an interesting way while retaining factual accuracy — the key to good science communication and science journalism.

Science journalism aims to transmute scientific concepts and results from jargon-based language often understandable only by scientists, to news relevant to the lives of general readers (listeners/viewers).

The workshop explores science writing for a non-scientific audience. Participants will review examples of good science writing from newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post, and news magazines like Science News and New Scientist; “dissect” the structure of science news and feature articles; discuss how popular coverage of science has changed in recent years; and learn the basics of science journalism.

Participants will have the opportunity to write a general audience science article about research presented at the conference, and individual feedback will be offered to those interested.

EVW02: Creation of Tsinghua Ocean Science and Technology (Town Hall)

Wednesday February 22, 12:30 – 14:00, Room 151 A, B, C, G

Organizers: Hui Xu, Graduate School at Shenzhen Tsinghua University, chen.daoyi@sz.tsinghua.edu.cn

An introduction will be given for the progress made so far in the creation of Tsinghua Ocean Science and technology program. Discussions will be focused on the future research directions. Questions will be answered on various issues including international collaboration and recruitment.

EVW03: Ladder for Scientific Success – Building New Knowledge (Workshop)

Wednesday February 22, 12:30pm – 14:00, Room 250 A, B, D, E

Organizers: Bob Chen, University of Massachussetts – Boston, bob.chen@umb.edu; Adrienne Sponberg, ASLO, sponberg@aslo.org

Build New Knowledge in a Diversity of Learners. Learners build an understanding of the world around them through their experiences, motivation, and social interactions both face-to-face and online. This workshop focuses on how people make sense of the world around them and the implications for how you can effectively share your science. In this session, we will explore communication techniques from questioning strategies to online social network tools to broaden the impacts of your research. This session will be presented by Janice McDonnell, COSEE Networked Ocean World. Lunch will be provided to the first 115 participants.

For more information visit: http://www.coseeocean.net

EVW04: U.S. National Oceanographic Data Center – Next Generation of Ocean Products & Services (Town Hall)

Wednesday February 22, 12:30pm – 14:00, Room 251 A, B, D, E

Organizers: Margarita Gregg, U.S. NOAA/NODC, margarita.gregg@noaa.gov; Michelle Newlin, U.S. NODC, michele.newlin@noaa.gov, andy.allegra@noaa.gov, Kelly.Logan@noaa.gov, angela.sallis@noaa.gov

This event will provide an update to the ocean community of the next generation products and services provided by the U.S. National Oceanographic Data Center. The National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) is one of the three national environmental data centers operated by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NODC manages the world's largest collection of publicly available oceanographic data and provides end to end services for satellite, in situ, model, video and other types of ocean data and information. This presentation is for both current and future users of NODC data and products. We will discuss how NODC is meeting its challenge to handle complex, high volume ocean data from satellites, high resolution ship and buoy data, autonomous vehicles, and model output. NODC is taking advantage of latest technologies to enable discovery of our archives and developing tools to integrate data in a seamless manner for easy access to a variety of users. Through NODC archive, access and stewardship services, these ocean data are being reused to answer questions about many important issues including climate change, ocean phenomena, and management of coastal and marine resources.

For more information visit: http://www.nodc.noaa.gov or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/noaa.nodc

EVW05: Interagency Ocean Observation Committee (Town Hall)

Wednesday February 22, 12:30 – 14:00, Ballroom I

Organizers: Nicholas Rome, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, nrome@oceanleadership.org; Josh Young, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, jyoung@oceanleadership.org

The Interagency Ocean Observation Committee (IOOC) is bringing together ocean observers, researchers, and data managers to discuss how to shape the next decade of ocean observing. This town hall is an opportunity for Ocean Sciences ‘12 attendees to participate in the Integrated Ocean Observing System Summit being held in the fall. The IOOC will seek audience input during facilitated discussions and look to attendees for suggestions on enhancing marine research, operations, and funding.

EVW06: Ocean Observatories Initiative: Information and Community Opportunities (Informational Talk)

Wednesday, February 22, 12:30 – 14:00, Ballroom J

Organizer: Kerry Beck, kbeck@oceanleadership.org

The National Science Foundation-funded Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) will deliver high quality data and data products that will address critical science-driven questions and lead to a better understanding and management of our oceans for a 25-year-plus time period within an expandable architecture that can meet emerging technical advances in ocean science. This event will include discussion of progress on the OOI program to date and information on how to become involved.

For more information visit: http://www.oceanobservatories.org

EVW08: The Future of Radiocarbon in the Ocean Sciences (Town Hall)

Wednesday February 22, 18:00 – 21:00, Room 150 A, B, C, G

Organizer: Ann McNichol, amcnichol@whoi.edu

The use of radiocarbon to study fundamental processes in the oceans, from the role of the oceans in climate to understanding the cycling of carbon in diverse marine reservoirs, has exploded. Developments, e.g. measuring smaller samples and providing lower precision “reconnaissance” measurements, continue to broaden its use. We will discuss recent advances as well as the state of the art for routine measurements, and invite input on future measurement needs in the ocean sciences.

EVW09: US Arctic GEOTRACES (Town Hall)

Wednesday February 22, 18:00 – 21:00, Room 151 A, B, C, G

Organizers: David Kadko, University of Miami, dkadko@rsmas.miami.edu; Robert Anderson, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, boba@ldeo.columbia.edu

GEOTRACES is an international program focused on understanding the cycling of trace elements and isotopes in the oceans. Since the inception of this program, there has been strong interest in carrying out studies in the Arctic Ocean. The Arctic Ocean is at the epicenter of climate change, and warming climate will likely have a profound impact on the carbon budget, geochemical cycles, and ecosystem of the Arctic. Furthermore, these changes will ultimately be felt globally, through feedbacks related, for example, to melting ice and release of carbon from permafrost. This interest has led to national and international discussions, and planning has begun for a multi-national, multi-icebreaker, GEOTRACES field effort to the Arctic likely in 2015. The US will be an active participant in this endeavor. The purpose of this meeting is to provide an update on the status of the planning process and to solicit input from the community.

For more information visit: http://www.geotraces.org/news/news/1-news-/308-us-geotraces-arctic-planning-and-information-events

EVW10: New Frontiers in Ocean Exploration: NOAA's Program of Telepresence-enabled Systematic Exploration (Town Hall)

Wednesday February 22, 18:00 – 19:30, Room 250 A, B, D, E

Organizers: Craig Russell, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration & Research, craig.russell@noaa.gov; Katherine Croff Bell, Ocean Exploration Trust, kcroff@gso.uri.edu

The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) was created to increase the nation's understanding of unknown and poorly known ocean areas and phenomena, generate new lines of scientific inquiry and research, increase the pace and efficiency of ocean exploration through the use of advanced techniques and technologies, and disseminate discoveries and findings to a broad spectrum of users. The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer and the Ocean Exploration Trust's (OET) Exploration Vessel Nautilus are currently conducting telepresence-enabled exploration. Equipped with sonar equipment and remotely operated vehicles, the ships transmit information to shore-based Exploration Command Centers (ECC) and over the Internet to broadly distributed teams of explorers. The systematic exploration paradigm involves surveying large areas to provide high-resolution maps of the seafloor. These maps are used to define areas to be explored in greater detail using advanced remotely operated vehicles outfitted with high-definition video cameras and an array of oceanographic sensors. Using the OER and OET vessels, explorers investigate new ocean areas and phenomena from shore-based ECCs equipped to receive video, data and information in real-time. Systematic exploration is also designed to engage the public and stimulate the imagination by engaging them in the excitement of real-time exploration and discovery.

EVW11: Communicating the Broader Impacts of your Research using Visual Tools - A Workshop for Graduate Students (Workshop)

Wednesday February 22, 18:00 – 21:00 (light snacks will be provided), Room 251 A, B, D, E

Organizer: COSEE – Pacific Partnerships. ContactL Coral Gehrke, cgehrke@uoregon.edu

One of the keys to communicating your work with any audience is making your science relevant and interesting. Whether you are trying to communicate to policy and decision makers, school groups, undergraduates, or public audiences, concept maps and other visual tools can help you organize your work into themes for communicating. This workshop, designed for graduate students, will introduce techniques and online tools for identifying and communicating the big ideas behind your work in ways that make it relevant and interesting without over simplifying it. Participants will identify important audiences, map out key components of their work, and develop strategies for communicating with their maps. Participants in previous workshops have created presentations for their graduate committees, developed tools for communicating to K-12 teachers, developed communication strategies with policy makers, and come to better understand how their work fits in to their colleagues work.

We encourage workshop participants to register at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OSM2012.  For more information visit: http://www.coseepacificpartnerships.org

EVTH03: Ladder of Scientific Success-Broaden (Workshop)

Thursday February 23, 12:30 – 14:00, Room 250 A, B, D, E

Organizers: Bob Chen, University of Massachusetts - Boston, bob.chen@umb.edu; Adrienne Sponberg, ASLO, sponberg@aslo.org

Broaden Your Impacts Through Effective Networking. Your research is important. It can be used to connect with a diversity of potential collaborators to impact a wide variety of audiences. This workshop will focus on broadening the impacts of your research by enhancing your professional networks in purposeful ways. Learn effective techniques and increase your capacity to effectively engage a broader audience in your science to increase its impact. This session will be presented by Karen Stephenson, Network International and Bob Chen, COSEE OCEAN. Lunch will be provided to the first 175 participants.

For more information visit: http://www.coseeocean.net

EVTH06: The Distributed Biological Observatory (DBO): A Change Detection Array in the Pacific Arctic Region (Town Hall)

Thursday February 23, 12:30 – 14:00, Room 251 A, B, D, E

Organizer: Jackie Grebmeier, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, jgrebmei@umces.edu

To more systematically track the broad biological response to sea ice retreat and associated environmental change, an international consortium of scientists are developing a coordinated “Distributed Biological Observatory” (DBO) that includes selected biological measurements at multiple trophic levels in the Pacific Arctic. These measurements are being made simultaneously with hydrographic surveys and satellite observations. The DBO currently focuses on five regional

biological “hotspot” locations along a latitudinal gradient. Hydrographic transects were occupied from spring to fall in 2010 and 2011 during a pilot program at two sites in the southern Chukchi Sea and Barrow Canyon, and provide repeat collections of water parameters and multiple biological trophic level parameters seasonally. This sampling indicates freshening and warming as Pacific seawater transits northward over the spring to fall season as sea ice retreats, with impacts on both plankton and benthic prey bases for larger marine mammals and seabirds. As the DBO moves to an implementation phase, the intent is to serve as a change detection array for the identification and consistent monitoring of biophysical responses to climate change. Multiple participates in the DBO effort will provide updates on the field program, results and future plans during this open Town Hall session. Further information on the DBO can be found at the DBO website http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/dbo/ and at the Pacific Arctic Group website http://pag.arcticportal.org/.

EVTH07: Ocean Observatories Initiative: Information and Community Opportunities (Informational Talk)

Thursday, February 23, 12:30 – 14:00, Ballroom D

Organizer: Kerry Beck, kbeck@oceanleadership.org

The National Science Foundation-funded Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) will deliver high quality data and data products that will address critical science-driven questions and lead to a better understanding and management of our oceans for a 25-year-plus time period within an expandable architecture that can meet emerging technical advances in ocean science. This event will include discussion of progress on the OOI program to date and information on how to become involved.

For more information visit: http://www.oceanobservatories.org

EVTH08: Ocean Sciences, Nanotechnology, and the NNIN (Workshop)

Thursday February 23, 12:30 – 14:00, Ballroom F

Organizer: Helene Craigg, helenec@umich.edu

From simple technologies to complex micro/nano-enabled sensors, the NSF National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) offers a wide range of capabilities and expertise to the ocean sciences community. Sensors typically detect, monitor and respond to physico-chemical parameters of interest to DoD, DARPA, Homeland Security and the NIH. Although the same technologies hold enormous potential for studying any aquatic system at the local, national and global scales, they have not fully transitioned to this field, chiefly because geoscientists and nanotechnologists are unaware of each others’ needs and capabilities. Participants to this workshop will learn what capabilities are available within the micro/nanotechnology community and what they could bring to their research projects. The ultimate goal of this workshop is to bring the two communities of aquatic sciences and micro/nanotechnology together to create further collaborations. NNIN has a booth at the meeting (Booth #49). Lunch will be served.

Please register at: http://lnf.umich.edu/nnin-at-michigan/index.php/event-registration/?event=oceansci-workshop.

For more information visit: http://www.lnf.umich.edu/nnin

EVTH09: Work-life balance in Oceanography (Town Hall)

Thursday February 23, 18:00 – 19:30, Room 150 A, B, C, G

Organizers: Susanne Neuer, Arizona State University, susanne.neuer@asu.edu, Victoria Coles, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, vcoles@umces.edu

Despite relatively high numbers of female PhD students, there is still a high attrition for women progressing from postdoctoral to faculty positions. These issues are particularly severe in oceanography, where long absences from families are often required to participate in cruises or field work. This event is a follow-on of Monday’s luncheon on the same topic, and provides an open forum for exploring strategies on how to achieve a satisfying work life balance particularly in the context of an oceanography career. Refreshments are provided. Sponsor: AWIS (Association for Women in Science), MPOWIR (Mentoring Physical Oceanography Women to Increase Retention).

For more information visit: http://www.awis.org; http://mpowir.org

EVTH11: ALOHA Cabled Observatory (Workshop)

Thursday February 23, 18:00 – 20:00, Ballroom A

Organizer: Roger Lukas, rlukas@hawaii.edu

Discussions of abyssal experiment possibilities at Station ALOHA

For more information visit: http://aloha.manoa.hawaii.edu

EVTH12: Multi-sensor Improved SSTs (MISST) for IOOS Remote Sensing Systems (Workshop)

Thursday February 23, 18:00 – 20:00, Ballroom B

Organizer: Chelle Gentemann, gentemann@remss.com

The Multi-sensor Improved Sea-Surface Temperature (MISST) for IOOS project builds on the successful partnership developed for the MISST for GODAE project (2004-2009). The objectives of this project are to (1) improve and continue generation of satellite SST data and SST analyses in the IOOS DMAC and CF compliant Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST) Data Specification GDS format; (2) distribute and archive these data; and (3) use this improved SST data in applications, many specifically targeted for the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).

The partnership consists of 28 scientists from industry, academia, and government with wide ranging experience spanning the initial calibration of satellite sensors, development of SST algorithms, assessment of SST uncertainties, production of NRT satellite data, research into data fusion methodologies and the production of blended data sets, research into diurnal warming and the cool skin effect which both affect satellite SST measurements, and applications that utilize SSTs.

This workshop will be used to coordinate research and activities for this project.

For more information visit: http://www.misst.org