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From the National Science and Technology Council’s Sub‐Committee on Ocean Science and Technology
October 25-26, 2011, at the Sirata Beach Resort and Conference Center, St.
two-day workshop focuses on research conducted in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) and
its coastal communities in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Mississippi
Canyon 252 (DWH) oil spill. You will be able to 1) update results of studies
that were in progress during the Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and
Technology (JSOST) coordinating conference in October 2010; 2) share results of
more recent projects; 3) provide input to future GOM research directions; and
4) foster collaborative partnerships.
speakers will present results of work in the GOM. Facilitated science sessions
on topical areas will allow participants to discuss research projects and
provide input on future research needs. Tuesday evening will feature a poster
session and reception to allow participants to present research results. The
workshop will culminate with a summary of topics and results of the breakout
sessions and edited report. A preliminary workshop agenda is attached to this
Additional details are in the attachments. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged
A draft version of the U.S. Global
Change Research Program (USGCRP)
strategic plan 2012-2021 is available for public comment until November 29, 2011.
OCEAN-OIL is a free, open-access, peer-reviewed electronic
education resource about the Deepwater Horizon
The site is
designed to be a resource to faculty members and other educators who may use
the incident in their teaching. The development of the site was funded by a
RAPID grant from the National Science Foundation.
OCEAN-OIL is looking
for faculty members, especially those who have used the
Deepwater Horizon disaster in their teaching or are considering doing so during
the coming year, who are willing to thoroughly investigate the website and
then fill out an online survey. Reviews should be completed by October 6.The reviewer survey can be found at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22CY2ZAFSD8/
OCEAN-OIL resources now available at www.EoEarth.org/oceanoil include:
NASA is announcing the International Space Apps
Competition to support the Open Government Partnership (OGP), which President
Barack Obama announced Tuesday. The challenge will culminate with a two-day
event next year that will provide an opportunity for government to use the
expertise and entrepreneurial spirit of citizen explorers to help address
During the event, NASA representatives and officials from
international space agencies will gather with scientists and citizens to use
publicly-released scientific data to create solutions for issues, such as
weather impact on the global economy and depletion of ocean resources.
"The competition embraces the concept of 'open
innovation' to improve performance, inform decision-making, encourage
entrepreneurship, and solve problems more effectively," said Nick Skytland
of NASA's Open Government Initiative.
The OGP is a new, multilateral initiative that aims to
secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower
citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies. NASA's participation
in the United States Domestic Plan will promote innovation through
NASA is a leader in the U.S. Open Government Initiative.
The president's FY 2012 budget request focuses NASA's efforts on a vigorous
path of innovation and technological development. The path leads to an array of
challenging and inspiring missions to destinations with an incredible potential
for discovery, increasing knowledge about our solar system, developing
technologies to improve life on Earth, expanding our presence in space,
increasing space commerce, and engaging the public.
To learn more about the International Space Apps
To learn more about the Open Government Partnership,
Ocean Sciences Meeting 19-24
February, 2012 in Salt Lake City. Information can be found in http://www.sgmeet.com/osm2012
Abstract submission deadline is
October 7, 2011.
Special Session 156 - Satellite remote sensing of the
physical and biogeochemical processes of the ocean and their interactions
Convener: Samantha Lavender
Co-convener: W. Timothy Liu
session is held in conjunction with the International Society for
Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) WG VIII/9 Oceans. The aim is to
highlight research that utilizes satellite data to understand the changes and
interaction amongst the biological, chemical and energy/water cycles in the
ocean together with their influence on terrestrial and cryospheric changes.
This reflects the increasing number of parameters that can be derived from
space (e.g. salinity from the 2009 launched ESA MIRAS SMOS mission and the 2011
launch of NASA/CONAE Aquarius SAC-D mission; wind vector from the
scatterometer on ISRO Oceansat-2) and the practical cross-discipline usage of
them to understand oceanographic variability.
The XXII Congress of the
International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 25 August - 1
September, 2012, in Melbourne, Australia. Information can be found in http://www.isprs2012.org. The abstract submission deadline
is October 24, 2011.
Please submit abstract to Commission VIII Working
Group 9 on Oceans. The working group is chaired by W. Timothy Liu, Samantha
Lavender and Joji Ishizaka.
This solicitation seeks proposals for individual members
of a new Applied Sciences Team to support the SERVIR program in developing
science applications for international development through the use of Earth
observations. SERVIR is a regional visualization and monitoring system using
Earth observations to support environmental management, climate adaptation, and
disaster response in developing countries. Team members will conduct
applications research, development, and testing, and participate in capacity building
and rapid response activities to enhance SERVIR efforts in developing
countries. Team members will work on individual projects they proposed, as well
as in ad hoc sub-teams for special problems. The overall objective of this team
is to generate and broaden the base of applications of Earth observations
serving key needs in SERVIR regions and supporting U.S. international
Proposals are due October 25, 2011.
The 10th Symposium on the Coastal Environment, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society, will be held in New Orleans from January 22-26, 2012. Papers for this conference are solicited on
IOOS/SURA Super-Regional Coastal Modeling Testbed; Northern Gulf of Mexico; Multiple Use of
Coastal Environmental Sensors and Models; Coastal Upwelling and Downwelling;
and Observations and Modeling of Land-Falling Tropical Cyclones.
General Meeting information can be found at http://www.ametsoc.org/meet/annual/index.html
Call for papers for the various symposia are available at http://www.ametsoc.org/meet/annual/call.html
The inaugural IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference will be held in Seattle from October 30 - November 1, 2011. Details can be found at the conference web site
The audience for this conference includes
technologists, representatives from NGOs, governments, academia and industry. The workshop provides an opportunity to share your work, meet
others involved in humanitarian technology, create new projects and meet
with representatives of funding organizations.Technical Sessions:
- Health, medical technology and telemedicine
- Disaster warning and response
- Water planning, availability and quality
- Power for off-grid users
- Power infrastructure, renewable and sustainable energy
- Connectivity and communications technologies for remote locations
- Educational technologies
- Agricultural technologies
- Humanitarian challenges and opportunities
The 2011 HyspIRI Decadal Survey Mission Science Workshop will be
held in Washington, DC, August 23-25, 2011. Registration and hotel information are available on the HyspIRI website.
The workshop organizers are soliciting contributions for science and applications results for oral and poster
presentations at this workshop. If you have material to present,
please send a title, list of authors and brief abstract no later than July 31st to Robert.O.Green@jpl.nasa.gov or Simon.J.Hook@jpl.nasa.gov.
The HyspIRI mission includes two global mapping instruments: an imaging
spectrometer and a multispectral thermal instrument. The imaging
spectrometer delivers complete spectral measurements from 380 to 2500 nm at 10
nm sampling at a high signal-to-noise ratio for the entire terrestrial and
coastal regions of the Earth every 19 days with 60 m sampling. The
multispectral thermal instrument measures the same area at the same spatial
scale in 8 bands between 3 and 12 microns, every 5 days. A real-time
direct broadcast of a subset of measurements would be provided by the Intelligent Payload Module.
Workshop topics include
- Mission concept overview and
preliminary level 1 requirements
- Global Earth science enabled by HyspIRI measurements
- Ecosystem and carbon cycle
- Global surface spectral albedo and carbon/dust effects on snow and ice
- Carbon release from biomass burning (fuel, occurrence, intensity and recovery globally)
- Evapotranspiration and water use and availability
- Volcanic eruption parameters - precursor temperatures, eruptive lava temperatures, ash and gas cloud properties
- Climate variability and ecosystem response
- HyspIRI science applications
- International HyspIRI related science activities
- Status of spectral libraries
- Next generation airborne instruments that simulate HyspIRI-type measurements
- Science measurement characteristics
- Product generation and validation plans
- International collaborations