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.
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 http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?ods_key=nsf05526.
DECEMBER 2004: SCCOOS Board Member, Steve Weisberg
presented SCCOOS to the Orange County Sanitation
District Board of Directors.
DECEMBER 2004: On 23 November 2004, the SCCOOS
Board of Directors appointed an Executive
Steering Committee and a Board Executive Committee.
NOVEMBER 2004: The November 2004 PhysOrg.com 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.
NOVEMBER 2004: SCCOOS
exhibited at the
27-29 October 2004
Headwaters to Oceans (H2O) conference.
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.
OCTOBER 2004: The SCCOOS user survey is now online.
Click here to participate.
- 26 OCTOBER 2004: Meeting Attendance, Agenda
and Presentations are available online here.
OCTOBER 2004: SCCOOS Governance and Planning Meeting
held at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point on 18
and 19 October, 2004.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
OCTOBER 2004: NOAA is requesting public comment
on its First Annual Integrated Ocean Observing
System (IOOS) Development Plan. Download this
pdf for more information.
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.
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,
SEPTEMBER 2004: New SCCOOS flyer listing pending
observations and products is available for download
as a pdf.
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.
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)
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
attached documents (ppt1,
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 Ocean.us, click
- 10 SEPTEMBER 2004: Recommendations from the
IOOS implementation conference are available here.
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.
AUGUST 2004: The Southern California Coastal Water
Research Project Authority is hosting a special
SCCOOS CTAG meeting 25 August 2005. A SCCOOS/COCMP
is planned. (presentations
are available here) (agenda)
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.
AUGUST 2004: The First Annual IOOS Implementation
Conference pre-conference material. (goals
and objectives) (
working group document) (preliminary
plans as a stuffed file) (background
paper for day one plenary).
AUGUST 2004: SCCOOS response to Ocean.US request
for priorities for the development of an Integrated
Ocean Observing System (word
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
Coastal Conservancy (http://www.coastalconservancy.ca.gov)
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
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.
awarded for high-tech ocean study: Currents data
will aid researchers, industry
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.
here to view the full story
Briefs from San Diego County
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.
here to view the full story (free to view
but registration is required)
Chrisman, California Resources Secretary,
presents Governor Schwarzenegger's plan
to increase scientific research and monitoring
along California's coastline. (4 June 2004)
backs call for policy on oceans: '
Action plan' to be drafted over federal review
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.
here to view the full story
Urges More Ocean Protection Measures
The governor is adamant, however, that such programs
not be funded by Offshore Oil Drilling.
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.
here to view the Summit Announcement
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.
a pdf description of the emap program here.Pew
Oceans Commission Report on the State of America's
the complete report as a pdf
Commission on Ocean Policy Releases a Preliminary
Report: Governors' Draft
complete report as a pdf