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August 03, 2011

Using Benthic Habitat Data for Ecosystem-Based Management

Date and Time: August 03, 2011, 14:00-15:00 ETZ [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Location: Seminar available via webinar only (see Remote Access and Notes section below)
Speaker(s): Mark Finkbeiner (NOAA Coastal Services Center) and Susan Schlosser (California Sea Grant)
Speaker's Email: Mark.Finkbeiner@noaa.gov; sschlosser@ucsd.edu
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAA Coastal Services Center
Abstract:

Knowledge of nearshore aquatic habitats is essential to effective marine conservation, managing shellfish resources, maintaining biodiversity, and assessing the impacts of various human activities. This webinar will present a case study demonstrating the use of nearshore benthic habitat maps to develop subtidal and intertidal habitat goals for California's Humboldt Bay and Eel River Estuary. Presenters will also highlight the collaborative partnership that was formed by the NOAA Coastal Services Center, the private sector, and local stakeholders for this mapping effort.

Remote Access and Notes:

Presentations are available remotely via a webinar. To register, visit http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/webinar/index.html. You will receive an email prior to the webinar containing information about join. This webinar will be recorded for on-demand playback. For further information please contact Krista.McCraken@noaa.gov.

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August 04, 2011

Hybrid Single Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory Model (HYSPLIT) Web-Based Applications: Recent Updates

Date and Time: August 04, 2011, 11:30-12:30 ETZ [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Location: NOAA SSMC-3 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Room 3404
Speaker(s): Glenn Rolph (NOAA Air Resources Laboratory)
Speaker's Email: glenn.rolph@noaa.gov
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAA Air Resources Laboratory
Abstract:

Since 1997, NOAA's Air Resources Laboratory (ARL) has made its atmospheric transport and dispersion model (HYSPLIT) available on the Internet to be run by a broad audience of users via the Real-time Environmental Applications and Display System (READY). These users range from emergency responders who need to know where and to what extent a release of hazardous pollutants may impact the public to balloonists who need to know in advance where they might be taken by the winds once they launch. Several web interfaces have been developed for HSYPLIT and tailored to the needs of specific groups of users providing them with a product that meets their needs. One interface, in particular, has been used over the last several years by National Weather Service Weather Forecast Offices (NWSWFOs) to provide HYSPLIT dispersion forecasts to local emergency responders for events such as hazardous releases from truck or rail accidents as well as predicting the movement of dense smoke from wildfires.

In this presentation an overview of the current system will be presented, followed by a more in depth look at two new features that will be made available to the National Weather Service Forecast Offices in the future. The first will allow the forecasters to enter source information on a chemical release by answering questions about the release pathway (puddle, tank, pipeline) as users of the CAMEO/ALOHA model have been doing for years. Currently, a collaborative effort between the National Ocean Service's Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) and ARL is underway to merge the chemical source term model of ALOHA with HYSPLIT on the READY web server to provide HYSPLIT with a more accurate pollutant release rate based on the accident scenario.

The second effort, currently under development, will eventually provide the forecasters with a quick response to the fallout pattern and dosages from the detonation of an Improvised Nuclear Device (IND), which is an illicit nuclear weapon that produces a nuclear explosion. The radiological model defines 70 particle size bins, 5 for noble gases and the remaining 65 for particles of various sizes (typically 3 to 525 um diameter). A unit source of radioactivity is initially distributed in six cloud layers using approximately 60,000 particles to represent the nuclear cloud with the top layer varying according to the magnitude of the detonation. In a post-processing step, the model's dilution and deposition factors are converted to a dose or dose rate by specifying the actual weapon yield and the fission reaction type (U235 or Pu239) based upon dose conversion factors integrated over all 212 radionuclide fission products. The model has been run for several nuclear tests from the 1950's in Nevada and the resulting dose rates compare favorably with what was measured on the ground.

Remote Access and Notes:
  1. We will use GoToMeeting for the seminar. Please join my meeting, Thursday, August 04, 2011, at 11:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time. https://www2.gotomeeting.com/join/498127691.
  2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone. Dial +1 (213) 289-0010; Access Code: 498-127-691. Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting. Meeting ID: 498-127-691

For questions about this seminar please contact Patrena Mcgruder (Patrena.Mcgruder@noaa.gov)

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August 09, 2011

Oceanographic activities by the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI)

Date and Time: August 09, 2011, 12:00-13:00 ETZ [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Location: NOAA SSMC-3 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Room 4817
Speaker(s): Dr. Joon Soo Lee (Korea Oceanographic Data Center, National Fisheries Research and Development Institute, Republic of Korea)
Speaker's Email: leejoonsoo@gmail.com
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAA NODC Ocean Climate Laboratory
Abstract:

The National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) is the leading research institute for fishery and oceanography in Korea. The NFRDI has been conducting oceanographic activities since 1921. Oceanographic data and information of the NFRDI are provided through the Korea Oceanographic Data Center (KODC). The KODC has been operated by the NFRDI since 1981, and is dedicated to the acquisition, processing, quality control, archiving, analysis, and dissemination of oceanographic data and information on both a domestic and international basis. Data and Information services of the KODC span the National Serial Oceanographic observation (NSO) data, coastal oceanographic observation data, the real-time coastal information system, the satellite ocean information system, Korean Argo data, the marine environmental monitoring system for fisheries, the marine biodiversity information system, the jellyfish monitoring information system, the red-tide monitoring information system, shellfish poisoning monitoring information, and abnormal oceanic conditions information. This presentation will highlight the oceanographic activities of the NFRDI.

About the Speaker: Dr. Joon Soo Lee is a visiting scientist at NOAA/NESDIS/NODC/ Ocean Climate Laboratory. Dr. Lee is a Physical Oceanographer and Senior Scientist at the Fishery and Ocean Information Division, National Fisheries Research & Development Institute (NFRDI) in Busan, Korea. Dr. Lee will work NODC staff on an oceanographic atlas of the Korean Seas. This visit aims to foster the exchange of oceanographic data and strengthen the collaboration between South Korea and the United States.

Remote Access and Notes:

Remote via online access:

  • Click on http://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=744868915&p=science&t=c
  • type in other required fields (i.e., your name, e-mail, organization; meeting number is 744868915; password is "science" -without quotation marks, password is case sensitive- )
  • indicate that you have read the Privacy Policy
  • click on Proceed and follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

Audio / conference call:

  • Toll free dial 877-725-4068 using a touch-tone phone
  • when prompted enter participant code 8634769 followed by a "#"
  • Please mute your phone during the presentation or toggle *6 otherwise it produces a sound feedback and we will disconnect everyone.

For further information please contact Hernan.Garcia@noaa.gov

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Salmon Stream Temperatures: past, Present, and Future

Date and Time: August 09, 2011, 10:00-11:00 Alaska Local Time [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Location: The ACCAP office is located on the second floor of the Denali Building, 3352 College Rd., Fairbanks, Alaska
Speaker(s): Sue Mauger (Science Director, Cook Inletkeeper)
Speaker's Email: sue@inletkeeper.org
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAA ACCAP monthly climate webinar
Abstract:

Will changing air temperature and precipitation patterns influence stream temperatures? Are Alaska's salmon streams warmer than they used to be? And will they get any warmer? Through the Stream Temperature Monitoring Network, Cook Inletkeeper is leading a collaborative effort to collect the data that will help answer these questions. The Temperature Network is a multi-year regional monitoring program designed to capture recent annual variation and will play an important role in identifying the most temperature-sensitive salmon streams in Cook Inlet. With this information, state and federal resource managers can prioritize habitat protection and restoration efforts to ensure Alaska wild salmon endure as thermal change continues.

Remote Access and Notes:

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To register please fill out the web-form at: http://ine.uaf.edu/accap/teleconference.htm#register, or contact: Brook Gamble, Assistant Coordinator and Outreach Specialist, (907) 474-7812, accap@uaf.edu. Please let us know if you intend to come in person. The speaker will be presenting from Homer, however you are welcome to join us in our Fairbanks conference room. The ACCAP office is located on the second floor of the Denali Building, 3352 College Rd., Fairbanks.

How to Participate / Log-In to the Alaska Climate Webinar:

  • Point your web browser to: http://infiniteconferencing.com/Events/accap/
  • Enter Participant Code 83847342
  • Enter the rest of the requested information (The name and organization you enter will be seen by other participants, but your contact information will remain confidential
  • Click the blue "log-in" button

Audio / conference call:

  • With a regular telephone dial: 1- (877) 594-8353
  • When prompted, enter the Participant passcode: 83847342.Please mute your phone during the presentation. The audio is very sensitive and your external conversations and typing can be heard by other participants.

For support during a call, press *0 on your phone and a conferencing coordinator will assist you. For further information please contact Brook Gamble, Assistant Coordinator and Outreach Specialist, (907) 474-7812, accap@uaf.edu

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August 10, 2011

Enjoy Biogeographic Assessments? How about Samoa!

Date and Time: August 10, 2011, 12:00-13:00 ETZ [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Location: NOAA SSMC-4 (1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); 8th Floor, Room 8150
Speaker(s): Matt Kendall (NOAA\NOS\NCCOS\CCMA\Biogeography Branch)
Speaker's Email: matt.kendall@noaa.gov
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAA NOS Science Seminar Series and the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)
Abstract:

The seminar examines the marine biogeography of the Samoan Archipelago (~14°S latitude along the international date-line) with a focus on regional ocean climate, connectivity among islands due to larval transport, distributions of reef fish and coral communities, and the extent of existing marine protected areas. Ecological hotspots, threats, trends, and key features are presented to inform regional Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning, marine protected area network design, and reef resiliency planning.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Kendall has been with the Biogeography Branch for 12 years working on a variety of biogeographic assessments and seascape ecology studies for coral reef ecosystems and marine protected areas.

Remote Access and Notes:

Presentations are available remotely via a combination of phone (US only) & webcast. Remote access is limited to 50 connections on a first-come-first served basis.

To participate remotely via phone and internet:
  1. Dial toll-free (U.S.) 1-877-708-1667. When prompted enter passcode 7028688 and the # sign. Please use your phone's mute button (*6 toggles on or off) during the presentation until you are ready to ask questions. The phone conference does not start until ~ five minutes before the seminar.
  2. To access the webex meeting, go the to the webcast site at http://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?sigKey=mymeetings&i=744925156&p=&t=c. Enter meeting number 744925156 if needed; no passcode is required. Enter other required fields - First and last name. Check the box that that you have read the Privacy Policy, and click Proceed.

Questions? : Contact Tracy Gill (tracy.gill@noaa.gov) at least 45 minutes before the seminar, or if it is within 5 minutes of the seminar start, call the toll free number above/

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Climate Services on the Colorado River: Capabilities, Gaps, and Chasms (1st showing)

Date and Time: August 10, 2011, 13:00-14:00 ETZ [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Location: NOAA SSMC-2 (1325 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Room 14316
Speaker(s): Kevin Werner (NWS CBRFC)
Speaker's Email: kevin.werner@noaa.gov
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAA NWS OCWWS
Abstract:

The Colorado River provides critical fresh water resources to most of the population, agriculture, and industry in the southwestern United States. However, increasing demand and a decade of drought drove water levels in the two major reservoirs to historic low levels in recent years. While the wet winter and spring this year brought short term relief, the region remains particularly vulnerable to fluctuations in climate. NOAA's Colorado Basin River Forecast Center (CBRFC) has a long history of generating seasonal forecasts for water supply and peak flow in the Colorado Basin. However, demand for climate services from CBRFC and other providers has grown dramatically as a result of the region's precarious water resources situation. Stakeholders are increasingly asking for products and services at the frontiers of science. This talk will describe these challenges and facilitate discussion on moving forward with meeting these challenges.

About the Speaker:

Kevin Werner is currently the Service Coordination Hydrologist for NOAA's CBRFC. In that role, Kevin's primary responsibilities include working with stakeholders to improve the application of NOAA forecasts and science in the Colorado and Great Basins. Previously, Kevin has served as the hydrology sciences program manager for the NWS Western Region and in the NOAA Corps aboard various NOAA research ships. Kevin holds B.S. degrees in atmospheric science and mathematics as well as an M.S. degree in atmospheric science from the University of Washington in Seattle. More recently, Kevin completed a Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Remote Access and Notes:

This seminar is being presented on Aug 10 as well as Aug 12, 2011. Please join my meeting, Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/join/685030570. Dial-in number: 1-866-756-2908; Passcode: 186099. For questions please contact Jenna Meyers (Jenna.Meyers@noaa.gov)

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Assimilation of Satellite and in-situ Data in a Coastal Ocean Forecast Model off Oregon

Date and Time: August 10, 2011, 14:00-15:00 ETZ [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Location: NOAA World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746), Room 707
Speaker(s): Dr. Alexander Kurapov (College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University)
Speaker's Email: kurapov@coas.oregonstate.edu
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAA STAR Seminar Series
Abstract:

GOES hourly SST, RADS along-track altimetry, and surface currents from land-based high-frequency (HF) radars have been routinely assimilated in a pilot real-time coastal ocean model off Oregon, developed in support of a regional integrated ocean observing system (IOOS). Assimilation proceeds in a series of 3-day windows. The variational representer-based method is used to improve initial conditions in each window. The 4DVAR system effectively filters noise, and fills gaps in the data, providing dynamically based interpolation of these data in space and time. The forecast model takes improved initial conditions from the data assimilation system and atmospheric forcing from the NOAA NAM model and provides daily updates of 3-day forecasts of ocean conditions. A series of Observing System Evaluation (OSE) experiments have been performed to understand the impact of each of these data types on the accuracy of the forecasts. We find that assimilation of each along-track altimetry and HF radar surface currents helps to improve geometry of the SST upwelling front. Assimilation of GOES SST improves ocean surface topography and helps to understand connectivity of the interior and coastal ocean areas.

Download the presentation:

http://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/star/documents/seminardocs/2011/Kurapov20110810.pdf

Remote Access and Notes:

Dial-in information: USA participants: 866-832-9297 International: 203-566-7610 Passcode: 6070416. Presentation slides available at http://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/star/seminars.php

Questions? : Contact Patrick Sweeney (301-763-8102 x175; Patrick.Sweeney@noaa.gov), Paul DiGiacomo (301-763-8102 x170; Paul.DiGiacomo@noaa.gov), Eric Bayler (301-763-8127x102; Eric.Bayler@noaa.gov)

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August 11, 2011

An Introduction and Update of the Urban Water Federal Partnership

Date and Time: August 11, 2011, 12:00-13:00 ETZ [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Location: NOAA SSMC-3 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910); 2nd Floor
Speaker(s): Simeon Hahn (Regional Resource Coordinator, NOAA National Ocean Service, Office of Response and Restoration)
Speaker's Email: Simeon.Hahn@noaa.gov
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAA NODC Central Library
Abstract:

The Urban Water Federal Partnership (UWFP) is 11 Federal Agencies, jointly signing a statement of Vision, Mission and Principles on June 24, 2011 to help urban and metropolitan areas, particularly those that are under-served or economically distressed, as they restore and protect urban water quality, revitalize adjacent neighborhoods, and reconnect to their urban waterways. With the application of federal, state and local tools, the partnership will leverage existing assets to promote short-term and long-term actions towards local urban water revitalization goals. The Guiding Principles of the Partnership are to:

  • Promote clean urban waters
  • Reconnect people to their waterways
  • Promote Water conservation
  • Use urban water systems as a way to promote economic revitalization and prosperity
  • Encourage community improvements through active partnerships
  • Be open and honest, and listen to the communities, knowing this is the best way to engage them and learn from them
  • Focus on measuring results and evaluation will fuel future success

The Partnership chose seven locations in which to start work:

  • Anacostia River Watershed (Washington DC/Maryland)
  • Patapsco River Watershed ( Baltimore, Maryland)
  • Bronx & Harlem River Watersheds (New York)
  • South Platte River (Denver)
  • Los Angeles River Watershed (California)
  • Lake Pontchartrain Area (New Orleans, LA)
  • Northwest Indiana Area/ Calumet River

The presentation will present more background on the initiative, including information on the pilots, and discuss NOAA participation to date as well as future considerations.

Download Presentation: http://www.lib.noaa.gov/about/news/UWFP_NOAA_Brown_Bag_Aug_11.pptx
Remote Access and Notes:
  1. Go to http://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?sigKey=mymeetings&i=742656968&=brownbag&t=c
  2. Enter the required fields
  3. Indicate that you have read the Privacy Policy
  4. Click on Proceed
  5. Passcode: brownbag
  6. For audio in the US and Canada, dial 866-833-7307. The participant passcode is 8986360.
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August 12, 2011

Evaluating the Impact of AIRS Observations on Regional Forecasts at the SPoRT Center

Date and Time: August 12, 2011, 09:30 - 10:30 ETZ [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Location: NOAA World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746), Room 707 (See Map & Directions from Google)
Speaker(s): Bradley Zavodsky (SPoRT, NASA MSFC, Huntsville, AL)
Speaker's Email: brad.zavodsky@nasa.gov
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAA Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA seminar series)
Abstract:

The hyperspectral nature of NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) provides high-quality soundings that, along with their asynoptic observation time over North America, are attractive sources to fill the spatial and temporal data voids in upper air temperature and moisture measurements for use in data assimilation and numerical weather prediction. AIRS data can be assimilated as either radiances or retrieved profiles. The Short-term Prediction Research and Transition (SPoRT) Center at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center has successfully assimilated both AIRS radiance and profile data to improve short-term (0-48h), regional forecasts. Recently, SPoRT began a collaborative project with the JCSDA to evaluate why analysis and forecast impact from AIRS radiances is sometimes lower than analysis and forecast impact from AIRS profiles. This presentation is aimed at sharing SPoRT's experiences using AIRS radiances and retrieved profiles in regional data assimilation activities by showing that proper handling of issues-including cloud contamination, land emissivity characterization, and data reduction techniques-are necessary to produce optimal analyses and forecasts. An overview of past and current results will be presented along with discussion of future SPoRT data assimilation and modeling activities with a specific focus on how AIRS profiles can be used to further examine AIRS radiance impact.

About the Speaker:

http://weather.msfc.nasa.gov/sport/staff/btz.html

Remote Access and Notes:

Video:

  1. Go to JCSDA Seminar and click on the seminar title
  2. Enter your name and email address
  3. Enter the meeting password: JCSDAseminars707
  4. Click "Join Now"
  5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen
  6. For further information visit http://www.jcsda.noaa.gov/JCSDASeminars.php

Phone Access:

  • USA participants: 1-866-715-2479
  • Passcode: 9457557
  • Enter the meeting password: JCSDAseminar2010
  • International: 1-517-345-5260
  • For further information please contact George.Ohring@noaa.gov

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Climate Services on the Colorado River: Capabilities, Gaps, and Chasms (2nd showing)

Date and Time: August 12, 2011, 10:45-11:45 ETZ [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Location: NOAA World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746), Room 707 (See Map & Directions from Google)
Speaker(s): Kevin Werner (NWS CBRFC)
Speaker's Email: kevin.werner@noaa.gov
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAA NWS OCWWS
Abstract:

The Colorado River provides critical fresh water resources to most of the population, agriculture, and industry in the southwestern United States. However, increasing demand and a decade of drought drove water levels in the two major reservoirs to historic low levels in recent years. While the wet winter and spring this year brought short term relief, the region remains particularly vulnerable to fluctuations in climate. NOAA's Colorado Basin River Forecast Center (CBRFC) has a long history of generating seasonal forecasts for water supply and peak flow in the Colorado Basin. However, demand for climate services from CBRFC and other providers has grown dramatically as a result of the region's precarious water resources situation. Stakeholders are increasingly asking for products and services at the frontiers of science. This talk will describe these challenges and facilitate discussion on moving forward with meeting these challenges.

About the Speaker:

Kevin Werner is currently the Service Coordination Hydrologist for NOAA's CBRFC. In that role, Kevin's primary responsibilities include working with stakeholders to improve the application of NOAA forecasts and science in the Colorado and Great Basins. Previously, Kevin has served as the hydrology sciences program manager for the NWS Western Region and in the NOAA Corps aboard various NOAA research ships. Kevin holds B.S. degrees in atmospheric science and mathematics as well as an M.S. degree in atmospheric science from the University of Washington in Seattle. More recently, Kevin completed a Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Remote Access and Notes:

This seminar is being presented on Aug 10 as well as Aug 12, 2011. Dial-in number is: 1-888-590-4933; Participant passcode is: 3994107. For those wishing to join via teleconference, the presentation for the seminar will be available at ftp://ftp.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/CTB. For questions please contact Jenna Meyers (Jenna.Meyers@noaa.gov)

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August 16, 2011

Hybrid Ensemble-3DVar Radar Reflectivity Assimilation with the GSI and NMMB: Current Status and Future Plans

Date and Time: August 16, 2011, 12:00-13:00 ETZ [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Location: NOAA World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707
Speaker(s): Jacob Carley (Purdue University)
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAA NCEP Environmental Modelling Center seminars
Abstract:

Explicit storm prediction necessitates detailed knowledge of the severe storm environment for input as initial conditions into an NWP model. Fortunately, the dataset provided by the United States Weather Surveillance Radar 88D network provides high spatial and temporal observations of severe storms. Therefore, the assimilation of radar data assimilation presents itself as an integral part of the development of a warn-on-forecast framework. Warn-on-forecast is the term given to the transforming of the severe weather prediction community from a mode of "warn-on detection" to a framework of issuing severe weather warnings based upon a short range forecast. This talk will focus on the assimilation of radar data for the improvement of short-term forecasts (1hr), of severe storms using the NCEP GSI hybrid ensemble-3DVar data assimilation system and the NMMB. In particular, the addition of a radar reflectivity forward model will be discussed along with preliminary results from a case study.

Remote Access and Notes:

Remote access TBD. For questions please contact Dave Parrish (david.parrish@noaa.gov)

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August 17, 2011

Flickr 101: Part Three of a Series Exploring Social Media Tools

Date and Time: August 17, 2011, 12:00-13:00 ETZ [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Location: NOAA SSMC-4 (1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Room 8150
Speaker(s): Emily Crum (Chief, Communications and Content Services Branch; NOS Communications and Education Division)
Speaker's Email: emily.crum@noaa.gov
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAA NOS Science Seminar Series and the NOS Communications and Education Division
Abstract:

Flickr is an online photo-sharing community, where people post photos and view photos posted by others. It is one of several social media tools approved for use by the Department of Commerce (DOC) and thus is available for use by NOAA. This presentation will take a closer look at Flickr-what it is (and is not) and who is using it (and how). We'll look at Flickr as a communications tool and ways that you can evaluate whether or not it is an appropriate and necessary tool for your office. I will provide an overview of what is required for you to get an 'official' DOC-sanctioned Flickr account and what is required (in terms of policy and resources) to maintain an account. Finally, I'll give you a few tips/insights into what seems to work best for the National Ocean Service Flickr account (http://www.flickr.com/photos/usoceangov).

This is the third in a series of presentations exploring the social media tools that the National Ocean Service is currently using; I'll round out the series by discussing YouTube in August.

About the Speakers:

Emily Crum is the Chief of the Communications and Content Services Branch within NOAA's National Ocean Service Communications and Education Division. She serves as the managing editor of the National Ocean Service Web site; manages and implements NOS's social media tools; manages the development of NOS outreach materials; and is involved in messaging and communications strategy/planning for the organization. Emily has been with been at NOAA for five years; she previously did science policy (lobbying) and media relations work for the American Geophysical Union and developed Earth science textbooks and educational Web sites for the American Geological Institute. She holds a master's degree in science communication, a master's degree in geological sciences, and an undergraduate degree in environmental geology and art studio.

Remote Access and Notes:

Presentations are available remotely via a combination of phone (US only) & webcast. Remote access is limited to 50 connections on a first-come-first served basis.

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Two Viewpoints (GLERL and NYC DEP) on the Climate and Water Connection

Date and Time: August 17, 2011, 13:00-14:00 ETZ [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Location: NOAA SSMC-2 (1325 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Room 14316
Speaker(s): Drew Gronewold (GLERL) and James Porter (NYC DEPBureau of Water Supply)
Speaker's Email: drew.gronewold@noaa.gov ; JPorter@dep.nyc.gov
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAA NWS OCWWS
Abstract:

Drew Gronewold (GLERL):

The drainage basin of the Great Lakes is home to close to 40 million people from both the United States and Canada, and collectively the Great Lakes constitute roughly 20% of the world's fresh surface water supply and 95% of the United States' fresh surface water supply. Consequently, understanding how future climate change scenarios propagate into short and long term fluctuations in the supply of water into the Great Lakes and Great Lakes water levels is a high priority research topic for the Great Lakes region, the nation, and for North America. NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) has been on the forefront of providing near and long-term Great Lakes water supply and water level forecasts for the past 30 years, however GLERL's hydrological modeling products do not fully utilize the latest climate and hydrological modeling platforms and data currently developed and implemented by NOAA's climate service or the National Weather Service (NWS), nor do they fully utilize much of the real-time climate and hydrological data readily available through NWS programs. Therefore, while there is a dire need in the Great Lakes region to better understand and predict how climate variability will impact water resources and water resource management decisions, NOAA has the potential to continue serving as a leader in this area and to fulfill its goals of improving water quality and quantity forecasting by fostering a stronger partnership between GLERL, NWS offices at NOAA headquarters and the Great Lakes region, and other NOAA laboratories and offices conducting related climate and hydrological modeling research.

My presentation will focus on identifying and highlighting potential collaborative cornerstones through which GLERL and NWS can improve water supply and water level forecasts in the Great Lakes by coupling GLERL's conventional Great Lakes hydrological models with NOAA's most up-to-date and state-of-the-art climate scenario forecasts, data, and hydrological modeling platforms. While the initial products of the proposed partnership focus on the Great Lakes region, the impact of our partnership will extend beyond the Great Lakes through an alignment with the objectives of the Integrated Water Resources Science and Services (IWRSS) Program, a major inter-agency collaborative program led by NWS which has been given high priority in the NOAA Annual Guidance Memorandum. In this way, we expect the findings from our planned collaborative research to greatly benefit not only the Great Lakes, but coastal water resources throughout the United States and the world as well.

James Porter (NYC DEP Bureau of Water Supply):

My presentation will focus on the large, complex NYC water supply reservoir system and the issues NYC DEP faces operating that system, including managing aging infrastructure, integrating new infrastructure, filtration avoidance, turbidity issues, tailwater fisheries and ecological flows, recreational releases, snow pack monitoring and management, spill mitigation, climate change impacts, and salt front repulsion. The presentation will also highlight the data (hydrometeorological and climate) and forecasts (short- and long-term) we utilize/need in our systems. We will discuss how the Operations Support Tool (OST) will help us manage the system and how NWS can help us with OST and other aspects of operations.

About the Speakers:

Andrew (Drew) Gronewold is a hydrologist with NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) in Ann Arbor, Michigan focusing on modeling the hydrologic cycle of the Laurentian Great Lakes, and advancing novel tools for quantifying climate, model, and data uncertainty and variability, and propagating both into risk-based regional water resource management decisions. His research emphasizes the potential advantages of incorporating probability theory and Bayesian statistics into conventional modeling paradigms, and the importance of robust model skill assessment. Drew conducted his graduate research at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University under the guidance of Drs. Kenneth Reckhow and Robert Wolpert, and received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University's School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to joining NOAA, Drew spent several years in the environmental consulting industry as a professionally licensed engineer focusing on watershed and water resources management planning.

James Porter is the Deputy Chief for the Bureau of Water Supply, Watershed Monitoring, and Operations Support at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Jim has worked at DEP since 1992. During his first 15 years at DEP, he worked in the water quality program, managing the stream water quality, meteorological, and snowpack monitoring programs. In 2007, he moved into reservoir operations, where he still operates the met and snowpack monitoring programs, but also has the responsibility for developing the Operations Support Tool. Finally, he provides hydrometeorological support and forecasts for the entire NYC water supply region and DEP staff in NYC proper, mainly by using all the great NWS products available online as well as by phone contact with the three WFOs and 2 RFCs (plus NOHRSC) that cover the region. Jim has a Ph.D. in forest biogeochemistry from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry ("ESF") where he studied the impact of acid rain on forest soils in the Adirondacks, and a master's in physical geography from SUNY Buffalo where he studied lake effect snow patterns and the factors that influenced them.

Remote Access and Notes:

Please join my meeting, Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/join/482930810. For questions please contact Jenna Meyers (Jenna.Meyers@noaa.gov)

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August 18, 2011

Life History Pattern Diversity, Movements, and Habitat Use of Juvenile Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) in the Grays River Estuary, WA.

Date and Time: August 18, 2011, 12:00-13:00 ETZ [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Location: NOAA SSMC-3 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910); 2nd Floor
Speaker(s): Bethany E. Craig (Knauss Placement: Fisheries Scientific Advisory Coordinator, Office of Science and Technology, NOAA Fisheries)
Speaker's Email: Bethany.Craig@noaa.gov
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAA National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
Abstract:

Recent studies suggest that juvenile coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) exhibit a variety of life history patterns in addition to the "stream-type" freshwater rearing life history traditionally thought to dominate coho salmon populations. Sub-yearling downstream migrants or "nomads" represent one of these alternative life history patterns. Recent work suggests that nomads may contribute substantially to adult coho salmon populations. Over the duration of two cohorts (2008-2009), we used catch data, diet and growth, and scale analyses to document the composition, outmigration chronology and habitat use of juvenile coho salmon among their freshwater spawning habitats and tidal freshwater estuary rearing habitats. Catch data shows bimodal migrations of subyearling nomad coho salmon into the estuary and suggests that spring migrating nomads rear in the estuary for an extended period of time. Nomads used a variety of estuarine habitats, but were most frequently caught within off-channel habitats including tidal freshwater forested wetlands and emergent wetlands. Scale pattern analysis showed that nomads have significantly higher growth rates than their subyearling counterparts who remain and rear in freshwater upriver habitat. We observed similar life history patterns among years, suggesting that these patterns are relatively stable, even if the benefits of any particular pattern may vary. Scale pattern analysis of adult scales verified evidence of a variety of juvenile life history patterns. The presence of available and productive wetland habitat in the lower reaches of the river may allow for expression of these nomad life history patterns. These results point to the importance of the preservation, conservation, and restoration of a diverse network of interconnected habitat throughout a watershed.

About The Speaker: Bethany Craig is a Knauss Fellow from the state of Washington Sea Grant Program. For her Knauss fellowship she works as a Fisheries Scientific Advisory Coordinator in the Office of Science and Technology in NOAA Fisheries. Bethany graduated with her Master's of Science in 2010 from the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS) at the University of Washington, where she was advised by Si Simenstad, head of the Wetland Ecosystem Team (WET) Lab. Her thesis research focused on juvenile coho salmon life history patterns and habitat use in the Grays River estuary, WA. Between her master's and starting the Knauss fellowship she worked as a research scientist in the WET lab, and provided GIS support and helped develop benefit metrics to evaluate and prioritize restoration actions for the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project. Bethany has previously worked as a field biologist on salmon monitoring, water quality, and restoration for the National Park Service in California and the Bureau of Land Management in Alaska.
Remote Access and Notes:

For information about the Knauss Marine Policy Fellow seminars, please contact Lauren Land (Lauren.Land@noaa.gov) or Denise Ellis-Hibbett (Denise.Ellis-Hibbett@noaa.gov)

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August 23, 2011

Tropospheric Airborne Meteorological Data Reporting (TAMDAR) Data Evaluation by NWS

Date and Time: August 23, 2011, 12:00-13:00 ETZ [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Location: NOAA World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707
Speaker(s): Neil A. Jacobs (AirDat LLC)
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAA NCEP Environmental Modelling Center seminars
Abstract:

Lower and middle-tropospheric observations are disproportionately sparse, both temporally and geographically, when compared to surface observations. The limited density of observations is likely one of the largest constraints in numerical weather prediction. Atmospheric observations collected by a multi-function in-situ atmospheric sensor on aircraft, called the Tropospheric Airborne Meteorological Data Reporting (TAMDAR) sensor, contain measurements of humidity, pressure, temperature, winds aloft, icing, and turbulence, along with the corresponding location, time, and altitude from built-in GPS are relayed via satellite in real-time to a ground-based network operations center.

The TAMDAR sensor was originally deployed in December 2004 on a fleet of 63 Saab 340s operated by Mesaba Airlines in the Great Lakes region as a part of the NASA-sponsored Great Lakes Fleet Experiment (GLFE).

Over the last seven years, the equipage of the sensors has expanded beyond CONUS to include Alaska and Mexico on 10 fleets of regional airlines. In addition to the standard commercial airline program, a miniaturized version of the sensor has been deployed on several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Upon completion of the 2011 installations, more than 6000 daily sounding will be produced in North America. Short-range future equipage plans include a major domestic carrier with transoceanic routes, as well as a large European carrier.

An overview will be provided on the status of the TAMDAR sensor network deployment and data availability, as well as an update on data quality, error statistics, and operational forecasting utility, both from soundings and various data assimilation techniques. Current data assimilation optimizations include splitting the ascent, descent, and cruise observations into different phases of flight, correcting for the magnetic deviation bias in heading instrumentation, and isolating wind speed versus wind direction errors.

Remote Access and Notes:

Remote access TBD. For questions please contact Geoff Dimago (301-763-8000 Ext 7221; geoff.dimego@noaa.gov)

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Coastal CHARM and the We-Table: New Technology for Participatory Democracy on the Coast

Date and Time: August 23, 2011, 12:00-13:00 ETZ [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Location: NOAA SSMC-3 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910); 2nd Floor
Speaker(s): John Jacob (Coastal Community Development Specialist, Texas Sea Grant and Texas A&M University)
Speaker's Email: jjacob@tamu.edu
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAA Sea Grant
Abstract:

Powerful tools such as geographic information systems (GIS) enable the analysis of ever more complex layers of data, making it possible to facilitate much more rational, science-based decisions about coastal planning than previously possible. But this complexity makes it ever more difficult for coastal citizens to meaningfully engage in the community planning process. Without the full engagement of coastal citizens, even what appears to be the best choice based on unbiased science may turn out to be completely un-implementable. What is urgently needed are what the philosopher Ivan Illich referred to as "tools for conviviality." These are tools that facilitate participatory democracy, tools that enable non-expert citizens to engage complex data sets in meaningful ways.

The Texas Coastal Watershed Program, part of Texas Sea Grant and Texas AgriLife Extension, has been working with two new tools that show considerable promise as tools of conviviality. The first is the We-Table, which transforms an ordinary tabletop into an interactive computer interface. This very affordable participation tool allows teams to collaboratively explore and use computer-based data and programs in a workshop setting. The We-Table enhances what people use daily--tables and pens-- while the supporting technology works quietly in the background. This means that participants can easily use the interface with very little instruction, and it allows them to work with what matters most in a meeting: data, maps, and their fellow participants.

The second tool is the Coastal CHARM (Community Health and Resource Management) model. Coastal CHARM is built with CommunityViz software, a plugin to the well-known ARC GIS software. CommunityViz is itself a "convivial" adaptation of ARCGIS that facilitates development of scenarios. CHARM uses the CommunityViz platform to array a wide spectrum of coastal natural resource and demographic data in a user-friendly framework. CHARM incorporates many different impact coefficients for different kinds of development patterns, including, for example, impervious surfaces, water usage, polluted runoff loadings, flood proofing costs, hurricane surge impacts, etc. Participants use the CHARM interface to "paint" different future development patterns on the landscape, and then evaluate the overall impact of each development scenario.

I review here the initial piloting of the We-Table/CHARM tools at a workshop enabled by the recent Sea Grant Coastal Community Climate Adaptation Initiative. In this exercise, participants were instructed to place the projected 410,000 people expected within 30 years on the western shores of Galveston Bay. Five We-Tables enabled over 40 participants to paint the target area with various gradations of diffuse auto-oriented development and more compact, walkable patterns onto a landscape they knew well. Participants compared their scenarios immediately after the exercise in terms of impacts to the placed population (e.g., flooding and storm surge) as well as impacts to the environment (e.g., wetland loss, nitrogen loadings). A sea-level-rise slider allowed the participants to see how much more area would be flooded under real (e.g., Carla, Ike) or hypothetical storms (e.g. Carly) and various SLR scenarios.

About the Speaker:

http://texas-sea-grant.tamu.edu/Outreach/AgentsSpecialist/jjacob.html

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August 24, 2011

The Great Museum of the Sea: America's Submerged Maritime Heritage

Date and Time: August 24, 2011, 12:00-13:00 ETZ [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Location: NOAA SSMC-4 (1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Room 8150
Speaker(s): James P. Delgado, Ph.D. (Director, Maritime Heritage Program, ONMS)
Speaker's Email: James.delgado@noaa.gov
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAA NOS Science Seminar Series and the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS)
Abstract:

Ongoing surveys, assessments and excavations of lost ships and submerged sites throughout the United States have increasingly added to our understanding of America's past, from prehistoric times through the modern era. In many ways, the bottom of the seas and lakes are one of the greatest museums, including the waters managed by NOAA in the National Marine Sanctuary System. Dr. Delgado will conduct an illustrated tour of some of the more compelling sites and shipwrecks that have added to or revised our understanding of the past while also providing tangible and relevant links to our heritage for the public.

About the Speaker:

Dr. James Delgado is one of the world's best known maritime archaeologists and historians. In a four-decade long career, he has participated in and led shipwreck expeditions around the world, including projects in the Arctic, the Baltic, the Mediterranean, Pacific and Atlantic. Shipwrecks he has worked on include an 2,700-year old Phoenician wreck off Spain, the polar exploration vessel Maud, USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, the atomic-bombed fleet of warships at Bikini Atoll, the lost fleet of Kublai Khan, sunk off Japan's Kyushu shores in 1281, another Mongol fleet lost near Hanoi, Vietnam in 1288, ships from the California Gold Rush buried beneath downtown San Francisco, the notorious ghost ship Mary Celeste, wrecked off Haiti, an 1865 Civil War submarine lost in Panama, and RMS Titanic. In 2010, he was the chief scientist for the scientific mapping of the Titanic wreck site in 12,467 feet of water. Author of 33 books and numerous articles, he also was the host for the six-year run of the National Geographic international television series "The Sea Hunters." He has previously served as the maritime historian for the National Park Service, was the executive director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum in Canada for 15 years, and for five years was with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, a global NGO where he served as President and CEO before returning to public service with NOAA in 2010.

Remote Access and Notes:

Presentations are available remotely via a combination of phone (US only) & webcast. Remote access is limited to 50 connections on a first-come-first served basis.

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Spatial and Temporal Snow Distribution over the Mountainous Regions of the Western United States

Date and Time: August 24, 2011, 12:30-13:30 ETZ [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Location: NOAA SSMC-2 (1325 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Room 8246
Speaker(s): Naoki Mizukami (NOAA NWS OHD)
Speaker's Email: naoki.mizukami@noaa.gov
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAA NWS OHD
Abstract:

This dissertation consisted of three separate data analytical studies towards estimation of spatiotemporal characteristics of seasonal snowpack variables over the mountainous areas of the western United States. The research began with the analyses of historical daily snow data from Snowpack Telemetry (SNOTEL) sites located in the mountainous areas of the western U.S. Three snowpack characteristics- snow water equivalent (SWE) snow depth (SD) and density, which are interrelated, were analyzed from climatological perspective. The analysis of seven years of data showed that at a given location and throughout the winter season, inter-annual snowpack density variability was smaller than corresponding SD and SWE changes. Hence, reliable climatological estimates of snow density could be obtained from relatively short records. The second part of the research developed a regional regression-based approach to creating monthly climatological SWE grids over the western U.S. The entire western U.S. was partitioned into multiple homogeneous regions in consideration of the characteristics of seasonal snowpack accumulation and ablation processes. Various geographic and meteorological variables were then investigated through stepwise regression as potential predictors of changes in climatological SWE in each delineated region. The results indicated that this simple regional regression approach with readily available geographic and meteorological parameters as predictors was reliable for mapping SWE climatology from October to March, but for April the regional equations developed using monthly resolution produced increased error, especially in the North Pacific and Southwest regions. Lastly, performance of space-borne passive microwave SWE retrieval algorithms were examined for the Colorado River basin by comparing daily SWE estimates from selected algorithms with SNOTEL SWE measurements for each winter month. The evaluation started with the Chang equation and then successive attempts were made to improve the algorithms performance through at-site calibration of the equations coefficient and inclusion of various brightness temperature differences (TBD) obtained from other frequency channels and polarizations of the passive microwave radiometer in the equation. Additionally, statistical post-processing of the SWE estimates acquired through all the algorithms was examined for further improvement of SWE estimates. Multiple TBD equation produced the most reliable estimates at site analysis, but its skill deteriorated when the size of the area increases, therefore it is recommended for SWE monitoring over smaller areas. For the entire basin, the calibrated Chang equation would be recommended since it only requires spatial interpolation of a single coefficient that shows spatial coherent patterns. The statistical post-processing effectively removed the bias and reduced the RMSE for SWE estimate from the Chang equation, but was not beneficial to the other two algorithms.

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August 25, 2011

State of Readiness: Office Coast Survey's Navigation Response Teams Stand Ready to Serve

Date and Time: Seminar re-scheduled to September 08, 2011 (originally scheduled August 25, 2011), 12:00-13:00 ETZ [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Location: NOAA SSMC-3 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910); 2nd Floor
Speaker(s): Nicole Trenholm (NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations)
Speaker's Email: nicole.trenholm@noaa.gov
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAA NODC Central Library
Abstract:

At present we are mid hurricane season 2011 and the National Weather Service has recently released an updated forecast projecting a significant increase in the number of named hurricanes that potentially could jeopardize the nation's coastal communities. The United States can rest assured that NOAA's Office of Coast Survey's Navigation Response Teams are on-call. These mobile first responders will use the latest hydrographic mapping techniques to quickly ensure the safety of our navigable waterways and are open for access. The Navigation Response Branch supported local authority survey requests after the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina and recently for past March's Pacific Ocean tsunami. An efficient response approach is the result of a proven track record of successful emergency navigation responses. Interagency support and professional development is essential to how a Navigation Response Team can maintain their high level of readiness, and we will be discussing some of the main drivers to a successful navigation response. We will also be discussing the prepositioned assets and resources available to respond, skill sets required, and ongoing activities to support this mission. The Navigation Response Branch invites you to discover just how an NRT prepares to serve the nation in recovering from a coastal crisis. Please join our upcoming Brown Bag discussion.

Remote Access and Notes:

Seminar re-scheduled to September 08, 2011 (originally scheduled August 25, 2011). For remote access:

  1. Go to http://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?sigKey=mymeetings&i=742656968&=brownbag&t=c
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August 30, 2011

A Sustainable Idea: Virginia Sea Grant's Seafood Education for the Culinary Community

Date and Time: (Seminar Cancelled) August 30, 2011, 12:00-13:00 ETZ [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Location: NOAA SSMC-3 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910); 2nd Floor
Speaker(s): Vicki Clark (Marine and Seafood Education Specialist, Virginia Sea Grant)
Speaker's Email: vclark@vims.edu
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAA Sea Grant
Abstract:

One of Sea Grant's National Focus Areas is a "safe sustainable seafood supply." Seafood is central to the culture and economy of our coastal regions, and nowhere is this more apparent than in Virginia. Virginia Sea Grant has become well-known for its research, advisory work and education activities focusing on seafood resources. VASG educators began providing science-based seafood information to consumers and culinary professionals over 20 years ago, and the opportunities and needs in this area have never been greater. Currently there is an unprecedented interest in culinary careers, and chefs as well as consumers are looking for information on sustainable, locally sourced seafood. Ms. Clark will present an overview of VASG's seafood education program, describing its evolution from an event-based design to its current integrated approach involving numerous industry, agency, and educational partners and target audiences. There will be recipes and fish stories too!

About the Speaker:

http://www.vims.edu/about/directory/faculty/other/clark.php

Vicki Price Clark has been an educator for the Virginia Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science since 1993, and became the education program coordinator in 2008. Her professional interests include helping educators understand and teach ocean science, and helping scientists communicate their research to non-scientists. She grew up fishing along the piers and shores of southeastern North Carolina. Communicating current science-based information on mid-Atlantic seafood resources to consumers and the culinary community is one of the most enjoyable parts of her current work. She has been co-PI of the Bridge, the National Sea Grant online ocean science education resource center, since its inception in 1998 (www.marine-ed.org/bridge).

Ms. Clark is currently a Project Manager for a five year National Science Foundation funded "GK-12" project at VIMS, which places marine science graduate students with science teachers and students in secondary school classrooms as visiting scientists for an entire school year (www.vims.edu/education/teaching/gk12)

Ms. Clark holds a master's degree in science education from North Carolina State University, and a bachelor's degree in biology from Appalachian State University. She is a past-President of the National Marine Educators Association, and served as Chair of the National Sea Grant Education Network 2009-2011. Prior to coming to VIMS, she was a marine educator with the North Carolina Aquariums, and subsequently served as an aquarist, science teacher, and coordinator of gifted programs and teacher professional development during her 12 years at the Mathematics & Science Center (now the MathScience Innovation Center) in Richmond, Virginia.

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