Report of the
The meeting was held in the San Antonio, Texas Convention Center
between 1430 and 1630 on 23 January 2000. The objectives of the
meeting were I) to discuss the creation of post-field work data
workshops targeted on specific issues of common interest, and II) to
review the Phase IV Request for Proposal (RFP) development and
U.S. GLOBEC Georges Bank SI Meeting
AGU/ASLO Ocean Science Meeting
in San Antonio, Texas
I. DATA WORKSHOPS
A number of data workshops were suggested during the course of the
afternoon's discussion. In addition to tentative titles, leaders of
the workshop were identified who will prepare a workshop prospectus
and decide on the venue. Following is a list of the topics and
leaders; it is important to emphasize that this is not an exclusive
list. The hope is that other topics and groups of investigators
will be identified during the coming months, and that the process of
data synthesis and integration will become a dominant activity as we
proceed into Phase IV of the Program.
It was agreed that the workshops will be announced via the Program
web site and be open to all U.S. GLOBEC Georges Bank Study
investigators. The leaders should also invite investigators they
believe will be particularly helpful in the discussions. The
Program Service Office will provide some funding for organizational
and travel costs of the workshops.
- Vital rates
Goal: To work toward integration of the vital rates measurements
into the population dynamics and biological/physical modeling
- NAO/Georges Bank climate connection and decadal variability
Goal: To consider the impact of climatic variability on decadal
scales, especially the NAO, on the biological and physical dynamics
of the Georges Bank ecosystem.
Leaders: C. Greene, C. Hannah
Time: June, 2000
Site: Denmark ASLO Meeting
- Broad-scale data coordination
Goal: To lay the groundwork for integration among all Broad-scale
data sets, including distribution and abundance of target species
and physical oceanographic analyses, and between Broad-scale and
Process oriented data. The compilation of the data sets will allow
selection of topics for later focus. The eventual goal will be to
integrate all these data into models.
- Scotian Shelf Cross-overs
Goal: To conduct a census of crossover events 1995 - 1999, to focus
on the 1999 field year, and to determine their impacts on the
biological and physical dynamics on the Bank. First meeting will
integrate physical data (which are available now) and whatever
biological data are available by the time of the meeting.
- Cross-frontal exchange
Goal: To integrate data from the major field experiments examining
the tidal mixing fronts on the northern flank (including drifter and
dye studies) and southern flank (moorings), with a focus on 1999 data
Slope Water Interaction
Goal: Integrate various types of data (VPR, SeaSoar, remote
sensing, moored array, drifters) that examine Georges Bank - slope
water interactions, especially across the shelf-break front, using
data collected during 1995 - 1999. The sea surface temperature
records for these years may allow identification of critical periods
for focused study.
A Kriging Workshop
Goal: To explore the theoretical foundation of kriging with
presentations by experts (A. Solow and others) and provide
opportunity for hands-on exploration using individual data sets.
- GLOBEC contribution
towards development of an LTER for GoM/GB
Goal: To consider how best to use limited LTER funds to ensure
coordination among ongoing and planned field studies, including
NOAA/NMFS resource surveys, NOPP/GOMOOS, NOPP/FleetLink, Cooperative
Research efforts by the Northeast Consortium, Gulf of Maine Aquarium,
and NEFMC. Possible coordination with the NSF Biocomplexity
initiative and Canadian GLOBEC efforts was discussed but considered
less likely, due to differences in timing.
Leaders: L. Incze, D. Mountain, P. Wiebe, P. Smith
Time: March (for preliminary planning meeting)
II. REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
The RFP, tentatively titled: "INTEGRATION AND SYNTHESIS
PROJECT OF THE U.S. GLOBEC NORTHWEST ATLANTIC PROGRAM: The impact
of oceanographic and climate related processes on the population
dynamics of plankton and fish on Georges Bank" is in an initial
RFP preparation: The draft RFP will be distributed to EXCO for
review shortly and a revised version will be prepared and
distributed to all Georges Bank Study science investigators for
review and comment. EXCO will review suggested changes and the
product of this review will be submitted to the U.S. GLOBEC
National Steering Committee in time for their review and approval at
the April 2000 meeting to be held at NCAR in Colorado. A final
draft will be forwarded to the NSF and NOAA Program Managers.
Timeline: It is expected that the RFP will be released during
August to October, 2000. The proposal deadline is anticipated for
December 15th, 2000, with funding beginning about June, 2001.
Funding would be available from FY2002 - 2004, and three-year awards
would be possible.
Dollar amount: The funding level for synthesis and integration
during Phase IV has not been discussed.
International participants: The exclusion of non-US investigators
from Phase IV activities as a result of new policies of NSF and NOAA
was seen as a serious problem. Successful synthesis of Georges Bank
Study results will require the full participation of scientific
investigators who have played an important role throughout the
Study. This problem will be discussed further with the Program
This Report was prepared by Peter Wiebe and Ann Bucklin.
Last modified: February 3, 2000