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Greenland Ice Sheet Ocean Observing System (GrIOOS) Workshop

A two day workshop will be held on December 12-13 in San Francisco, USA, to discuss the design and implementation of a Greenland Ice Sheet Ocean Observing System (GrIOOS). The aim of GrIOOS is to provide long-term time series of critical in situ glaciological, oceanographic and atmospheric parameters at several key locations around Greenland. Observations will provide much needed information on the time-evolving relationships between the different climate forcings and glacier flow.

Opportunity to submit research ideas for the North Pacific Research Board 2016 Request for Proposals

This is an invitation and opportunity to submit ideas for potential research topics to be included in the 2016 North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) Request for Proposals (RFP) to be released in October 2015. We are in the process of developing research priorities for the upcoming RFP. Working closely with the NPRB science panel and the broader research community, we are outlining potential research priorities to be reviewed this fall by the NPRB advisory panel and board.

ORCA prototype ready for the open ocean

Its name refers to one of the biggest animals in the sea, but ORCA, the Ocean Radiometer for Carbon Assessment instrument, will be observing the smallest.

 

If selected for a flight mission, ORCA will study microscopic phytoplankton, tiny green plants that float in the upper layer of the ocean and make up the base of the marine food chain.


Conceived in 2001 as the next technological step forward in observing ocean color, the ORCA-development team used funding from Goddard's Internal Research and Development program and NASA's Instrument Incubator Program (IIP) to develop a prototype. Completed in 2014, ORCA now is a contender as the primary instrument on an upcoming Earth science mission.

Weather forecasts improve as vandalism of research equipment comes down

There’s an unlikely contributor to the accurate projections of the paths of Phailin and Hudhud cyclones. Several research buoys in the Indian Ocean, which collect data on the waters and the atmosphere, used to be routinely tampered with by fishermen. Awareness programmes and inputs to fishermen on potential fishing zones by government institutions have led to a drastic reduction in vandalism of these buoys. This has improved forecasting.

EMODNET: digitization initiative for valuable historical datasets

EMODNET would like to ask if you know of any marine biological datasets (species occurrence, abundance and biomass) from the European seas that are sitting in an old paper report, a computer disk from the 1980's or a pdf, and are in need of rescuing.

 

The EMODnet Work Package 4 (http://www.emodnet-biology.eu/workpackages/11) is working on digitizing these valuable historical datasets to make them available to the marine community. There's a strong focus on the Mediterranean, so any suggestions from the area are welcome!

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