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NEWS ARCHIVES - May - August 2005

24 AUGUST 2005 - California Department of Boating and Waterways (CDBW) and California Resource Agency personnel visited SIO. David Pierce and Robert Guza (SIO) presented SCCOOS to the group, followed by a tour of the Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP) facility.

24 AUGUST 2005 - Julie Thomas (SIO), Jerry Wanetick (SIO) and Mark Otero (SIO) attended the Marine Metadata Interoperability Project Workshop in Boulder, Colorado. The workshop focused on metadata management and design standards for metadata mapping. Julie Thomas led both SCCOOS and NOAA participants' work on metadata for waves and currents. Details about the working group and meeting results may be viewed here. Information on the Marine Metadata Interoperability Project may be viewed at

16 AUGUST 2005 (updated 20 September) - Michael Chrisman, Chair of the California Ocean Protection Council, has invited the California ocean and coastal community to partcipate the next coucil meeting to be held 23 September at SIO's Eckart Library. Driving directions and parking instructions are available on the meeting website: The final agenda, briefing documents, and meeting information are now available online at

The meeting will be Web cast so that interested individuals unable to attend the meeting will be able to watch the meeting. Please see instructions on to access the Web cast.

The California Ocean Protection Council was established pursuant to the requirements of the California Ocean Protection Act (S.B. 1319) that was signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger last year. The council consists of Council Chair, Secretary for Resources Mike Chrisman, State Lands Commission Chair, Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante, Secretary for Environmental Protection Alan Lloyd, and two ex officio members, Senator Sheila Kuehl and Assemblymember Pedro Nava. The council will help coordinate and improve the protection and management of California’s ocean and coastal resources.

9 AUGUST 2005 - Burt Jones (USC) continued discussions with the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission Technical Advisory Committee. Dr. Jones will be leading the development of a pelagic/water quality work plan for the Committee over the next six months. More information about the Commission can be found at

4 AUGUST 2005 - California’s Ocean Economy, a 156-page report highlighting the importance of the ocean and coast to California’s economy, was released on July 22, 2005 by the Resources Agency at the first California Ocean and Coastal Economic Summit. This report is the most comprehensive of its kind in the country to date and provides conclusive evidence that California has the most significant ocean economy in the nation. The report is available electronically at:

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's ocean action plan specifically called for the completion of this report and an economic summit to discuss its findings. The report was written by Dr. Judith Kildow, California State University Monterey Bay, and Dr. Charles Colgan, University of Southern Maine. The findings detail critical areas that include California's coastal economy, employment and gross state product; California's ocean economy versus other coastal regions; the growth in coastal tourism and recreation and commensurate decrease in wages; high coastal population density and an increase in inland population; and regional growth related to ocean economic trends.

Recommendations from the Economic Summit will be presented to the California Ocean Protection Council at their next meeting, September 23, 2005 in San Diego. This report is an important contribution to ocean protection as it demonstrates that efforts to protect California’s ocean and coastal resources not only benefit the environment, but play a significant role in maintaining and enhancing California’s economy.

Technical questions regarding the report may be directed to Dr. Judith Kildow: 831.582.3223. Questions regarding other aspects of the document and its future use by the California Ocean Protection Council should be directed to Brian Baird, assistant secretary for ocean and coastal policy: 916.657.0198.

3 AUGUST 2005 - SCCOOS exhibited at "The Wave of the Future: Shoreline Preservation Technologies and Strategies Board Conference," hosted by San Diego County Chairwoman Pam Slater-Price, and co-sponsored by SANDAG and CalCoast. The San Diego Union-Tribune article on the conference can be accessed here:

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27 JULY 2005 - Chlorophyll measurements were taken off Scripps Pier from 1983 to 2000 by SIO researcher Dr. John McGowan, and the time series has been revived just in time to catch the latest red tide off the coast of Southern California. Chlorophyll concentrations in July 2005 were the second highest over the 17+ year record.

The aerial photoshows the extent of the bloom in the La Jolla region and that the concentrations of the bloom are patchy and appear to be the highest in the surface waters near the coastline.

26 JULY 2005 - SCCOOS met with the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission to discuss collaboration with the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The Commission is a state entity charged with assessing, monitoring, and restoring the ecological health of Santa Monica Bay. Libe Washburn (UCSB), Keith Stolzenbach (UCLA), and Eric Terrill and Debbie Duckworth (SIO) were at the 6 July meeting. Representatives of SCCOOS were invited to the next TAC meeting on 9 August, where discussions on potential areas of collaboration will continue, including the development of their master monitoring plan. More information can be found at

22 JULY 2005 - SCCOOS Members attended the California Oceans Regional Meeting held by the California Biodiversity Council in Long Beach. The meeting focused on progress of the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project, as well as recent California ocean economy studies sponsored by the National Ocean Economics Program. Researchers confirmed that California's ocean economy leads the nation, and that this economy is undergoing growth. Judith Kildrow (CSU Monterey Bay), Charles Colgan (University of Southern Maine), Linwood Pendleton (UCLA) and Philip King (SFSU) were among the presenters. Presentations can be downloaded at the California State Resources website for biodiversity,, or at NOEP's website, For information on the Wetlands Recovery Project, see The San Diego Union-Tribune article on the economic report can be accessed here: /

22 JULY 2005 - John Orcutt (SIO) attended a meeting at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s administrative offices in Long Beach to discuss plans for the Third Southern California Marine Monitoring Conference, to be hosted by the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, the Catalina Conservancy Divers, and SCCOOS in the spring of 2006. The purpose of the conference will be to bring together volunteer and organized data collectors in Southern California who may benefit from integrating data into collaborative data management and delivery systems, including the system under development by SCCOOS.

19 JULY 2005 - Mark Moline's research group from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo visited scientists at SIO to deploy and operate the REMUS autonomous underwater vehicle for a number of local missions in the San Diego region. Operations included the monitoring of the internal tide and wave field in La Jolla, mapping the outfall plume at the International Boundary Water Commission’s South Bay Ocean Outfall, and the mapping of currents and bathymetry in the Imperial Beach Region. Missions ranged from 20-40km in length, and took 5-7 hours each day.

18 JULY 2005 - The American Shore and Beach Preservation Organization ( has posted the program for its annual Fall conference, "Caring for America's Shoreline: Integration of Science, Policy and Passion." To be held October 10-12 at Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. The program is available online as a pdf here:

15 July 2005 - The Central Bight Water Quality Working Group, composed of agencies operating publicly operated treatment works, which maintain monitoring station for their NPDES permits, agreed to provide SCCOOS their hydrographic data. Coordination between the various participating organizations, including the Orange County, LA City, LA County, and Ventura/Oxnard Sanitation Districts, has resulted in a standardized grid that is sampled by the different agencies on a quarterly basis. One application of these hydrographic data will be the initialization and constraint of area ocean models. George Robertson and Mike Mengel of the Orange County Sanitation District facilitated data access. These data will complement the data already gathered from the Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs) monitoring program that is in place for the Point Loma Outfall monitoring program.

15 JULY 2005 - The Draft California Ocean and Coastal Information, Research, and Outreach Strategy was presented at the California Ocean Protection Council's 10 June 2005 meeting. Public comments were accepted through 25 July. The next meeting of the Council will be held on 23 September 2005 at SIO (see "Upcoming Events"). A copy of the draft can be accessed here:

11 JULY 2005 - SIO representatives Eric Terrill, Bill O'Reilly and Julie Thomas attended a workshop at the San Diego National Weather Service Office. Personnel from the Marine Weather Office at Camp Pendleton and the Navy Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Center on North Island were also in attendance. The meeting focused on enabling an open exchange of knowledge and data between the various participants, as well as coordinating the communication of priorities for the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) in Southern California. SIO personnel gave presentations on the development of SCCOOS, funded data gathering activities, and the role of CDIP in modeling, observing, and forecasting ocean waves in Southern California. Attendees were particularly interested in the establishment of better measurement and forecasting capabilities for southern swell in the region. SCCOOS will be integrating data from the Weather Offices for access from the SCCOOS website.

7 JULY 2005 - The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board held a summit for Project Clean Water (a project funded by Prop. 50) to discuss San Diego watershed protection progress, watershed protection approaches, solutions to water quality issues, and a proposed Statewide General Industrial NPDES permit that would change industry regulations. SCCOOS representatives attended and provided handouts that describe SCCOOS' mission, capabilities and accomplishments.

5 JULY 2005 - SCCOOS and its Northern California partner, CeNCOOS, received notice that the Resources Legacy Foundation will fund a proposal to support research and writing of business and development plans for the two Regional Associations. The resources will be split between the two organizations to support efforts toward this goal.

1 JULY 2005 - SCCOOS negotiated the purchase of 22 HF radars for installation in Southern California; these will be delivered and installed over a three year period as part of the California Ocean Current Monitoring Program. More information about the SCCOOS HF Radar array can be found in a recently developed brochure, which can be accessed as a pdf here.

1 JULY 2005 - The Senate passed the Ocean and Coastal Observation System Act "to develop and maintain an integrated system of ocean and coastal observations for the nation's coasts, oceans and Great Lakes, improve warnings of tsunamis and other natural hazards, enhance homeland security, support maritime operations, and for other purposes." The bill now moves to the House of Representatives. A pdf of the bill can be accessed here.

27 JUNE 2005 - "Watch the Water," the real-time Los Angeles County Coastal Monitoring Network led by Michael Bateman, seeks your input to their "Stakeholder Project Experience Report;"” this is a brief survey of 11 questions designed not only for users of the current system, but for anyone who would like to see similar sites developed for their own communities.  Your participation is critical to the Network; survey results will be used for a comprehensive project assessment, which will impact the future of this site, as well as the development of others like it.  The survey may be accessed at

"Watch the Water" is sponsored by the County of Los Angeles Fire Department, Lifeguard Division, the County of Los Angeles Department of Beaches and Harbors, and the USC Sea Grant Program, and is a SCCOOS funding partner.

27 JUNE 2005 - Supervisor Pam Slater-Price and the County of San Diego will host the 2005 Clean Water Summit, "Preserving the Blue--Clean Water Challenges for the Future," at the University of San Diego 7 July 2005. More information may be accessed here.

27 JUNE 2005 - The Senate has included $109.7 million for the Integrated Ocean Observing System in their version of the FY06 Appropriations bill. $47 million of this is earmarked for regional ocean observing initiatives, including $1.5 million for SCCOOS. The remaining $62.7 million is allocated across a variety of NOAA programs. See the Ocean Observation System Coalition legislative update here.

27 JUNE 2005 - The National Federation of Regional Associations continues its activities to garner support by the federal government for the Regional Associations.  The recommendations formally adopted at the NFRA Governing Committee meeting in Washington, D.C. on 2 May were recently sent to the Chair of the Ocean.US Executive Committee, and can be accessed here.  Letters from NFRA to Congressman Gilchrest and Senator Snowe can be accessed as pdfs here: Gilchrest and Snowe.

27 JUNE 2005 - The Western Governor's Association ( recently adopted a Drought Resolution, calling for a "comprehensive, integrated response to drought emergencies," and calling attention to "severe and long-term droughts that have occurred in the Western United States" over the past ten years.  The Resolution offers strong support for GEOSS and IEOS. view here

27 JUNE 2005 - The California Ocean Protection Council will co-host with the California Biodiversity Council a Ocean and Coastal Economic Summit in Long Beach, California 21-22 July 2005. More information may be accessed at:

27 JUNE 2005 - The Renewable Natural Resources Foundation released their report "Building Capacity for Coastal Solutions," which identifies areas of high priority as: governance (citing a need for collaboration and support for regional councils); information technology and science, and community empowerment. The Executive Summary can be accessed here.

23 JUNE 2004 - Charlie Kennel, Director of SIO, presented SCCOOS in his briefing on SIO to the President’s Ocean Research Advisory Panel (meeting at SIO), which, under the President’s Ocean Action Plan, advises the Interagency Committee on Ocean Science and Resource Management Integration. More information on the panel can be found at

Upcoming Funding Opportunities (with thanks, for many of these, to the CORE newsletter):

The California Ocean Protection Council offers funding to projects that further its goals. Relevant documents can be accessed at:

NSF: ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers. Due date: 15 July 2005. For more information:

NSF: Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB). Synopsis of Program: the Division of Environmental Biology encourages the submission of proposals aimed at generating long time series of biological and environmental data that address particular ecological and evolutionary processes. NSF will support competitively reviewed projects that continue critical and novel long-term data collection aimed at resolving important issues in environmental biology. Researchers must demonstrate at least six years of data collection to qualify for funding and the proposal must convey a rationale for at least ten additional years of data collection. As part of the requirements for funding, projects must show how the collected data will be shared broadly with the scientific community and the interested public.

The NOAA Undersea Research Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington seeks proposals for undersea research projects to be conducted in 2006 and 2007 off the southeast U.S. from North Carolina to Texas. This announcement is soliciting proposals for four specific funding opportunities. For more information, visit

Oceans and Human Health Pre-funding Opportunity: this funding opportunity is intended to engage the non-federal research community in conducting research – across the physical, chemical, biological, medical, public health, oceanographic and social sciences – on priority issues for NOAA’s new Oceans and Human Health Initiative (OHHI). For more information, visit

NOAA: Distinguished Scholars in Oceans and Human Health (OHH) opportunity. This opportunity is designed to recognize scientists working at the interface of oceans and human health through the establishment of competitive awards for distinguished scholars to work with NOAA scientists. This opportunity is offered as part of NOAA's OHH Initiative recently established by the Oceans and Human Health Act passed by Congress in December 2004.

From 2-4 awards will be granted, each of 6-18 months duration and funded at up to $250,000 per year. Research may start as early as October 1, 2005 and must be concluded by September 30, 2007. Full proposals must be received by July 15, 2005. Details are available on the CORE website.

NASA ROSES: NNH05ZDA001N, entitled "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences - 2005 (ROSES-2005)," will be available on or about January 28, 2005, by opening the NASA Research Opportunities homepage at and then linking through the menu listings "Solicitations" to "Open Solicitations." This NASA Research Announcement (NRA) solicits proposals for supporting basic and applied research and technology across a broad range of Earth and space science program elements relevant to one or more of the three defined NASA science themes: Earth-Sun System, Solar System, and Universe. Proposal due dates are scheduled starting on April 8, 2005, and continue through February 10, 2006.

Potential proposers should be aware of a major change in the NASA proposal submission process from 2004. NASA has implemented a new master proposal data base system. All proposers, co-investigators, and proposing organizations must register with the system at Further information about specific program elements may be obtained from the individual Program Officers listed for each program element in this NRA, while questions concerning general NRA policies and procedures may be directed to Dr. Paul Hertz, Assistant Associate Administrator for Science, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001; E-mail:; telephone: 202-358-0986.

15 JUNE 2005 - The Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education sponsored a workshop with the Aquarium of the Pacific on Ocean Literacy. SCCOOS funding partner California COSEE representative Cheryl Peach attended the workshop. The workshop agenda can be viewed here.

10 JUNE 2005 - The California Ocean Protection Council’s second meeting was held on 10 June in San Francisco. The Council was established per the California Ocean Protection Act in 2004, and will “help coordinate and improve the protection and management of California’s ocean and coastal resources.” A variety of documents, including a listing of programs approved for funding are available at:

2 JUNE 2005 - SCCOOS Chief Operating Officer Eric Terrill presented SCCOOS to the San Diego Area Committee, which is tasked with creating the Southern California Oil Spill Response & Recovery Plan. This plan is mandated under the National Response Plan in accordance with the 1990 Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 USC 1321, Sect. 311). The Area Committee and SCCOOS are collaborating to develop products using real-time HF Radar data to monitor and predict surface transport of oil in the event of a spill. The US Coast Guard envisions eventual use of these products by shipboard personnel via shipboard computers with high speed internet access. Attendees included members of the Coast Guard, State Department of Fish & Game, California Coastal Commission, NOAA, Chevron/Texaco, Orange County Coastkeeper, and SD County Agency Representatives.

1 JUNE 2005 - Serge Dedina, Executive Director of Wildcoast, a non-profit conservation team based in Imperial Beach, California, organized a roundtable discussion with Eric Terrill, lead scientist of the San Diego Coastal Ocean Observing System (SDCOOS), SDCOOS engineers, and members of an informal South San Diego/Border Water Quality Monitoring Team. The roundtable focused on articulation of first steps toward development of a Comprehensive Border Water Quality Community Action Plan for the US-Mexico border region. A recently created SDCOOS outreach document can be accessed here. The meeting was held at the offices of the City of Imperial Beach.

Attendees at the meeting were:
Clay Clifton, County of San Diego
Gary Brown, City of IB, City Manager
Robert Stabenow, City of IB Lifeguard Captain
Andrew Zingale, Lori Saldana's office
Oscar Romo and Ken Ghalmbour, TJ Estuary River Research Reserve
Carlos Pena, IBWC,
Hiram Sarabia, SD Baykeeper
Stephanie Sekich, SD Chapter of Surfrider Foundation
Michelle Cordrey, TJ Estuary
Jim Peugh, SD Chapter of Audubon

1 JUNE 2005 - A meeting of SCCOOS scientists and collaborating stakeholders was held at the Orange County Sanitation District in Orange County to seek stakeholder input into planned observations in the Huntington Beach area; this site was selected by stakeholders and SCCOOS scientists because of its chronic water quality problems, combined with the existence of datasets from past observations. Objectives of the experiment, tentatively planned for summer/early fall 2006 in the region immediately north of the Santa Anna River mouth, are to provide data sets useful for validation and calibration of SCCOOS models, and to improve understanding of the mixing and dispersal of pollutants in the inner shelf and surf zone. The details of the experiment design and timing are not finalized, and input and participation from stakeholders, as well as from scientists and engineers not presently associated with SCCOOS, were sought. Attendees included SCCOOS scientists, USGS personnel, and Los Angeles and Orange County Sanitation District engineers. A list of attendees can be accessed here.

25 MAY 2005 - Heal the Bay released its 15th Annual Beach Report Card for 2004-2005. The report can be accessed at

18 MAY 2005 - SCCOOS scientist Bob Guza presented plans of the SCCOOS Nearshore working group to the Southern California Water Resources Control Board Beach Quality Water Workgroup at the SCCWRP offices in Westminster, California.

17-19 MAY 2005 - The Joint Institute for Marine Observations (JIMO) underwent its five-year review by NOAA. JIMO is the vehicle by which NOAA resources are transferred to SCCOOS. Eric Terrill presented SCCOOS progress to date to the review committee; his Powerpoint presentation can be accessed here. NOAA's resultant review listed SCCOOS as an observing system that "could position JIMO and the region as a true leader in the Earth system research and observations field." JIMO has been renewed for five more years.

12 MAY 2005 - Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) introduced the Natoinal Weather Services Duties Act to Congress on 14 April 2005. If enacted, this bill will prohibit the National Weather Service from providing weather products that could be provided by the private sector. The bill may be found here (as a pdf).

12 MAY 2005 - The U.S. Department of Commerce has presented the U.S. Senate with specific guidance and recommendations pertaining to S. 361, "The Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2005." The letter can be viewed here (as a pdf).

The Ocean Observation System Coalition, an ad hoc group formed to advocate for ocean observing legislation and appropriations until the National Federation of Regional Associations is formed, has released a legislative update that can be read here (as a word document).

12 MAY 2005 - The second meeting of the California Ocean Protection Council will be held in San Francisco on Friday, 10 June 2005 at 10am. The meeting will be held at the San Francisco Ferry Building in the Port Commission hearing room on the second floor. The Ferry Building is located on the Embarcadero at the foot of Market Street. More information on the California Ocean Protection Council can be found at The agenda for the council’s June 10 meeting will be available on this website on May 31, and the briefing materials will be posted prior to the meeting.

12 MAY 2005 - The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, has been invited by the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education to convene, facilitate and summarize a workshop on Ocean Literacy for the Public on 15 June 2005. The goal of the workshop is to develop a portfolio of scientific stories that illustrate the seven themes identified by COSEE*, and to make these relevant to the lives of people who visit free-choice learning institutions. SCCOOS is seeking participation from SCCOOS investigators and graduate students. If you are interested in participating, please contact Carolyn Keen at

* The seven themes are:
1. There is only one ocean and the ocean is big.
2. The ocean is largely unexplored.
3. Ocean life and ecosystems are very diverse.
4. The ocean controls weather and climate.
5. The ocean makes Earth habitable.
6. The ocean has shaped the Earth.
7. The oceans and humans are interconnected.

12 MAY 2005 - Bob Guza will present "Surfzone Currents & Beach Water Quality" to the State Water Resources Control Board, Beach Water Quality Workgroup on 18 May. The agenda for the meeting can be accessed here (as a word document).

A summary of the major consensus recommendations from the early May 2nd Annual IOOS Conference has been released, and can be accessed here (as a word document). Conference materials and presentations are available under the "workshops" link at the Ocean.US website:

The results of a study examining the economic costs of coastal recreational water pollution led by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, has been published in the April online Journal of Environmental Management. The study found that "the combination of excess illnesses associated with coastal water pollution resulted in a cumulative public health burden of $3.3 million per year for these two beaches [Newport and Huntington beaches]." The article can be accessed here (as a pdf).

12 MAY 2005 - SCCOOS has submitted a proposal to the Resource Legacy Fund Foundation for support in Business Plan Development of two Regional Associations, SCCOOS and CeNCOOS. If funded, this will be a collaborative effort that will bring both SCCOOS and CeNCOOS closer to NFRA accreditation.

12 MAY 2005 - The SCCOOS Executive Steering Committee, composed of members Russ Davis, Chair (SIO), Paul DiGiacomo (JPL) Burt Jones (USC), Keith Stolzenbach (UCLA) and Libe Washburn (UCSB), prepared a progress report outlining working groups for Near Shore Processes and HF Radar, as well as Data Management. The report can be accessed here (as a pdf).

3 MAY 2005 - Cheryl Peach (CA COSEE), Julie Thomas and Debbie Duckworth (SCCOOS) attended the IOOS implementation meeting 3-4 May 2005 in Arlington, VA.

3 MAY 2005 - Cheryl Peach (CA COSEE), Julie Thomas and Debbie Duckworth (SCCOOS) attended the IOOS implementation meeting 3-4 May 2005 in Arlington, VA.

2-4 MAY 2005 - The second annual Implementation Conference for the Integrated Ocean Observing System was held in Washington DC. Four SCCOOS delegates representing the organization development team, operations, data management, and SCCOOS E&O provided Southern California representation at the meeting. Co-chair of the IOOS Interoperability demonstration program, Julie Thomas, provided leadership from the CDIP program in guiding IOOS toward the development of sensible data products. Others in attendance from California included Leslie Ewing from the State Coastal Commission. More information on the 2nd annual Implementation Conference can be found at

2-6 MAY 2005 - Radiowave Oceanography Working Group (ROW -5) meeting was held in Costanoa, CA. SCCOOS HF radar working group members attended to present the results of existing surface current mapping efforts in Southern California, discuss applications being developed for search and rescue, marine life resource management, and beach water quality management, and to exchange ideas with the international HF radar community.

1 MAY 2005 - SCCOOS became a signatory to the Terms of Reference which establishes a National Federation of Regional Associations (NFRA). Signed at the offices of the Consortium of Oceanographic Research and Education in Washington DC, the NFRA was established to provide a common voice for the regional components of the Integrated Ocean Observing System to the federal planning process. The goal of NFRA is to make major contributions to the attainment of a robust and sustained national presence for regional coastal and ocean observing systems and the Regional Associations (RAs) from around the country that implement them, as a key component of the IOOS. More information on the NFRA can be found at