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20 DECEMBER 2004: NSF ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY: SENSORS AND SENSOR NETWORKS (SENSORS): The National Science Foundation (NSF), through the Directorate for Engineering, the Directorate for Geosciences, and the Office of Polar Programs, announces a broad interdisciplinary program of research and education in the area of advanced sensor development. This solicitation seeks to advance fundamental knowledge in engineering of materials, concepts and designs for new sensors; networked sensor systems in a distributed environment; terrestrial, atmospheric, and aquatic environmental analysis; the integration of sensors into engineered systems; and the interpretation and use of sensor data in decision-making processes. The Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, and the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences plan to participate in the reviews and identify proposals of mutual interest and may provide co-funding for programs of high quality that meet their programmatic requirements. Anticipated Type of Award: Standard or Continuing Grant l.

Estimated Number of Awards: 50 including Individual-Investigator (up to $125,000 per year for 3 years), Small-Team (up to $250,000 per year for 3 years), and Interdisciplinary-Research-Group (up to $500,000 per year for up to 5 years) awards. Anticipated Funding Amount: $25,000,000 from the Directorate for Engineering and up to $3,000,000 additionally from other NSF Directorates/Offices, subject to availability of funds, and the quality and appropriateness of proposals received. Additional information can be found at

7 DECEMBER 2004: SCCOOS Board Member, Steve Weisberg presented SCCOOS to the Orange County Sanitation District Board of Directors.

7 DECEMBER 2004: On 23 November 2004, the SCCOOS Board of Directors appointed an Executive Steering Committee and a Board Executive Committee.

22 NOVEMBER 2004: The November 2004 features and article describing the ONR's ocean and hurrican research CBLAST project. CBLAST PIs include Carl Friehe and Eric Terrill. Download the newsletter as a pdf here.

22 NOVEMBER 2004: SCCOOS exhibited at the 27-29 October 2004 Headwaters to Oceans (H2O) conference.

22 NOVEMBER 2004: SCCOOS PI, Eric Terrill presented "Developing Coastal Observation Systems to Address Water Quality Needs" on 28 October at the 2004 Headwaters to Oceans (H2O). Download the ppt presentation here.

28 OCTOBER 2004: The SCCOOS user survey is now online. Click here to participate.

UPDATE - 26 OCTOBER 2004: Meeting Attendance, Agenda and Presentations are available online here.
19 OCTOBER 2004: SCCOOS Governance and Planning Meeting held at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point on 18 and 19 October, 2004.

25 OCTOBER 2004: SD Oceans Foundation plans to host a public forum on the proposed offshore natural gas terminal off the coast of Baja on 9 November, 4 - 6 pm at Shedd Auditorium, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute. Limited seating. RSVP to or by phone 619-523-1903.

21 OCTOBER 2004: Governor Schwarzenegger Announced California's "Ocean Action Plan" which aims to set a national standard for the management of ocean and coastal resources. Speaking from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Governor Schwarzenegger said the "action plan" will guide California on its continued course of leading by example in safeguarding the sea. Download the document as a pdf here.

20 OCTOBER 2004: NOAA is requesting public comment on its First Annual Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Development Plan. Download this pdf for more information.

28 SEPTEMBER 2004: CDIP (the Coastal Data Information Program) personnel, in collaboration with the National Weather Service (NWS), have recently reformatted their buoy data into the National Data Buoy Center's (NDBC) FM-13 format. CDIP buoy data will now flow in real-time to the NDBC website (, and will be directly dispersed to regional NWS stations via AWIPS, their in-house channel. CDIP buoy data will be accessible for NWS weather models, "dial-a-buoy" reports, RSS links, marine weather channel broadcasts,and other NWS products.

24 SEPTEMBER 2004: SCOOOS PI Paul DeGiacomo of JPL will be exhibiting SCCOOS materials at a booth at the American Association of Port Authorities 93rd Annual Exhibition, 27-30 September 2004 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California

22 SEPTEMBER 2004: New SCCOOS flyer listing pending observations and products is available for download as a pdf.

16 SEPTEMBER 2004: SCCOOS exhibited at the State Lands Commission Prevention First Symposium, held on 14 and 15 September in Long Beach, California. SCCOOS overviews were presented on two cinema displays, and printed materials were distributed, including the latest SCCOOS flyer (pdf), survey, and materials from Ocean.US. Our next exhibit will be at the H2O conference, to also be held in Long Beach on 27-29 October.

15 SEPTEMBER 2004: Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) announced today that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved legislation to fund vital projects in California to improve communications among first responders, enhance public safety, invest in coastal research, and restore criminal justice costs associated with incarcerating undocumented immigrants. The legislation, which still faces a full Senate vote, includes $2 million in funding for SCCOOS. (download the press release as a pdf here)

7 SEPTEMBER 2004: SCCOOS representatives Paul DiGiacomo, Mark Moline, and Eric Terrill recently attended the IOOS Implementation Conference held in Arlington Virginia, 31 August - 2 September. Agency representatives from the Ocean Observations Executive Committee, U. S. Coast Guard, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, U. S. Geological Survey, NASA, Minerals Management Service, Ocean.US, Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Navy and the National Science Foundation were present.

The attached documents (ppt1, ppt2) were created by David Martin, Chair of the National Federation of Regional Associations, and outline broad regional priorities fromeach of the regions for FY05-06 (Click here to access the federal response to David Martin). The final day of the meeting, September 2, consisted of the agency heads discussing the budgetary planning process for implementation of priorities identified at the meeting (click here to reveiw the materials). Public comments are welcome (here). To learn more about, click here.

UPDATE - 10 SEPTEMBER 2004: Recommendations from the IOOS implementation conference are available here.

7 SEPTEMBER 2004: The 2004 AGU Fall Meeting has announced a preplanned session entitled "Ocean Observatory Science and Technology." The abstract submission process is available here.

24 AUGUST 2004: The Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority is hosting a special SCCOOS CTAG meeting 25 August 2005. A SCCOOS/COCMP presentation is planned. (presentations are available here) (agenda)

18 AUGUST 2004: SCCOOS PI, Eric Terrill will present an overview of SCCOOS to CDR Jon Mosier, US Navy, Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Operations during his visit to Scripps on 19 August.

13 AUGUST 2004: The First Annual IOOS Implementation Conference pre-conference material. (goals and objectives) ( working group document) (preliminary agenda) (develpment plans as a stuffed file) (background paper for day one plenary).

12 AUGUST 2004: SCCOOS response to Ocean.US request for priorities for the development of an Integrated Ocean Observing System (word doc)

4 AUGUST 2004: The First Annual IOOS Implementation Conference--A Joint Federal-Regional Workshop will be held on August 31 - September 2, 2004* at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn in Arlington, Virginia. (visit the website here).

2 AUGUST 2004: Professor Burt Jones, Director of USC's Upper Ocean Process Group, will be presenting aspects of SCCOOS at the National Water Research Institute's Urban Runoff Roundtable on 4 August 2004. This forum will be focusing on"What science based decision support options are available for managing urban runoff?" For more information, please visit the NRI website here.

21 JULY 2004: NOAA funds for SCCOOS pilot project have been approved, and are now awaiting formal amendment for processing funds to the Joint Institute for Marine Observations (JIMO), which will administer the award. Principal Investigators receiving funding under this award should contact their contract administrator to arrange preaward approval to begin spending. Actual funds will not arrive for another month or so. Contact with questions.

California's Coastal Conservancy ( has scheduled a Board meeting for 30 June 2004. This meeting occurs in the wake of Governor Schwarzenegger's 5 June 2004 request that California officials increase research and protection of the state's coastal waters (news). The meeting will include discussion of proposals submitted by the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) and the Northern California High Resolution Ocean Observation System (NCAHOOtS) to the Coastal Ocean Currents Monitoring Program (COCMP: It is anticipated that 21 million dollars will be available through the COCMP program to the two Consortia.  Both proposals can be viewed in the documents section of this website.

Grant awarded for high-tech ocean study: Currents data will aid researchers, industry
1 July 2004, San Diego Union Tribune
A $20.4 million grant to install a high-tech system to monitor California's nearshore currents has been awarded to UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography and San Francisco State University.
Click here to view the full story

News Briefs from San Diego County
1 July 2004,
San Jose Mercury News
UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography and San Francisco State University have been awarded a $20.4 million grant to study nearshore ocean currents along the California coast.
Click here to view the full story (free to view but registration is required)

Mike Chrisman, California Resources Secretary, presents Governor Schwarzenegger's plan to increase scientific research and monitoring along California's coastline. (4 June 2004)

Governor backs call for policy on oceans: ' Action plan' to be drafted over federal review issues
5 June 2004, San Diego Union Tribune

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday largely endorsed a federal call for a new national oceans policy, while proposing separate state action to protect threatened coastal waters. In a seaside news conference at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Schwarzenegger's top environmental officials said the governor has ordered them to draft an "action plan" over the next three months outlining how the state can best tackle challenges that a federal commission outlined in April.
Click here to view the full story

Schwarzenegger Urges More Ocean Protection Measures
The governor is adamant, however, that such programs not be funded by Offshore Oil Drilling.

5 June 2004, Los Angeles Times
By Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday called on the state and federal governments to do more to protect the ocean and coastal waters, but said new programs should not be funded by any arrangement that encouraged more offshore oil drilling.John Orcutt (SCCOOS Chair), Steve Weisberg, and Russ Moll will testify before the State of California to assist the Governor Schwarzenegger in preparing his response to President Bush on the US Commision on Ocean Policy Report.
Click here to view the invitation.
Click here to view the Summit Announcement

May 3-7, 2004: Dr. Burt Jones, USC will be presenting at the EPA Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) Symposium to describe relationships built between SCCOOS and the agency discharge community through local and regional monitoring efforts. This invited presentation will be given during a special session dedicated to the outlining successful examples of developing the US Integrating Ocean Observing System (IOOS) by combining local, state and regional monitoring and assessment programs. View the meeting agenda here.
Download a pdf description of the emap program here.Pew Oceans Commission Report on the State of America's Living Oceans
download the complete report as a pdf

U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy Releases a Preliminary Report: Governors' Draft
download the complete report as a pdf