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Cooperative Institute for Climate and Ocean Research

Bob Weller and Peter Wiebe
CICOR Director Bob Weller (left) and scientist Peter Wiebe of the Biology Department review a chart of Georges Bank, a fishery being studied by oceanographers addressing climate change with the GLOBEC project. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst)
The Cooperative Institute for Climate and Ocean Research (CICOR) coordinates and fosters interaction between WHOI and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). CICOR administers NOAA-funded research, builds ties between researchers at WHOI and NOAA, and carries out outreach and education activities. The Institute is one of 13 such joint institutes operating in 12 states.

Research themes at CICOR focus on climate, marine ecosystems, and coastal ocean research. Nineteen new and ongoing projects within these themes were funded in 2003, bringing the total to 45 projects. Funding for all projects in 2003 totaled $5 million.

Funding supported the continuing research of the Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics (GLOBEC) project, a group of oceanographers and fisheries specialists addressing global climate change. Multiple efforts by WHOI scientists and their collaborators involved with GLOBEC centered on Georges Bank, a productive North Atlantic fishery stretching from New England to Nova Scotia.

Biologist Peter Wiebe, with others in the Biology and the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering departments, collaborated with more than a dozen investigators from five universities and the National Marine Fisheries Service in Woods Hole to synthesize data about the distribution and abundance of the larvae and eggs of cod, haddock, and other marine species on Georges Bank. Their goal is to anticipate how these populations might respond to climate change.

Wiebe also worked with GLOBEC program members on reports and an annual workshop to showcase data sets and modeling efforts at Georges Bank. They presented their results at the American Geophysical Union Ocean Sciences meeting in January 2004.

Robert Beardsley and others in the Physical Oceanography Department worked to describe fluctuations in the currents and stratification on Georges Bank, including the tidal mixing front that develops over the top of the Bank during the summer. Their colleagues in the Marine Policy Center at WHOI, John Steele and Andrew Beet, conducted an analysis of climate impacts on phytoplankton to see how changes in their productivity would affect fish stocks.

Two new postdoctoral scholars joined CICOR in 2003. Ruoying He studies ocean circulation, biophysical interactions, air-sea interactions, numerical modeling, and data assimilation. He is conducting research with Robert Beardsley in the Physical Oceanography Department and Dennis McGillicuddy in the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department.

Nicholas Scott is working on statistical analyses of steep waves in open ocean waters for research with John Trowbridge and Jim Edson, both in the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department.

—Robert Weller(rweller@whoi.edu)
Cooperative Institute for Climate and Ocean Research Director

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Cooperative Institute for Climate and Ocean Research (CICOR)
Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics (GLOBEC)