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Coastal Ecosystem Research Initiative Workshop


A workshop to discuss coastal ecosystem research in the northwest Atlantic will be held on 27 October 2006 at Carriage House. The goals of the workshop are to identify funding and program development opportunities for WHOI researchers, and to articulate appropriate strategies in response to those opportunities. Invited presentations in the morning will be followed by breakout working groups in the afternoon.

A draft planning document describes the scope of the research and the overall goals of the Initiative.

Program Agenda

Preliminary Agenda (Revised 6 Oct 2006)

08:15 Coffee and Pastries
Introductory Material
08:30 Initiative Background, Workshop Goals and Logistics [Sosik]
08:45 Existing Observational Assets on the NW Atlantic Shelf [Plueddemann]
09:00 Scientific Vision for Coastal Ecosystem Research (A review) [Trowbridge]
09:15 WHOI Development and the Initiative process [Anderson]
09:30 Coffee Break
09:45 Oceans and Human Health (NIH) [Stegeman]
10:00 NOAA Ecosystem Programs [Pineda]
10:15 Carbon and Water Cycle (NSF) [Doney]

Mass. Tech Collaborative (MA) [Geyer]

10:45 Coffee Break
11:00 IOOS on the US East Coast [Beardsley]
11:15 ORION and the MAB Shelfbreak [Gawarkiewicz]
11:30 NASA and Ecosystem Research [Yoder]
11:45 Terrestrial and Atmospheric components [Peucker-Ehrenbrink]
12:00 Working lunch (provided for registered participants), Carriage House
Responding to Opportunities
13:00 - 15:00    Working Groups, each to formulate responses to the following:
  • How should the WHOI community respond to the existing opportunities? (e.g., unique strengths or approaches to maximize proposal competitiveness)

  • What is the “next big program” that WHOI should advocate in the broader coastal community? (e.g., the next WOCE, GLOBEC, or OHH)

  • What are the observational priorities? (i.e., the next observing asset that you would implement if you had $100k? $300k $1M?)

15:00 - 15:30    Working Group Reports
15:30 - 16:00    Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:00    Consolidation of Working Group Reports and Wrap-up Discussion