Events are listed by date, from Saturday 1 March to Friday 7 March, 2008.

LOCO – Data Workshop

Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday, 1-2 March 2008, all day, each day

C6 Multi Sensor Platform & PhytoFlash Workshop

Date/Time: Tuesday, 4 March 2008, 12:00-13:30
Location: W102

Hands-on training and presentation for optical equipment.

Metadata Tutorials for Ocean Scientists Workshop

Date/Time: Tuesday, 4 March 2008, & Wednesday, 5 March 2008, 12:00-13:30; Thursday, 6 March 2008, 19:30-21:30
Location: W105 (Tues/Wed); W102 (Thur)

MMI proposes to hold free metadata tutorials that are divided into three or four two-hour sessions, each session with four 30-minute modules. All sessions will be the same to allow participants to catch a session (or even just a 30-minute module) at different times of the day. The modules will be: Introduction to Metadata; Introduction to Controlled Vocabularies, Taxonomies and Ontologies; Submitting Metadata to a Clearinghouse; and Metadata Best Practices.

Understanding Climate Impacts in Sub-arctic Seas: Ecological Issues and Comparative Approaches Workshop

Date/Time: Tuesday, 4 March 2008, 12:00-13:30
Location: W203

The Workshop will be a combination of panel presentations and open discussion of on-going programs, the approaches being taken in either field work or synthesis activities, and the expected goals of these programs.  Four panelists will present on the following programs: the Bering Ecosystem Study (BEST), the Bering Sea Integrated Ecosystem Research Program (BSIERP), the Norwegian ESSAS program (NESSAS), and the Marine Ecosystems of Norway and the US (MENU) program.  There will be time for presentations from additional programs if there is interest.  The last half hour of the workshop will be devoted to discussions of sampling design, approaches to program synthesis, how to maximize results from comparative studies and other topics of interest to the participants.

GHRSST-PP Diurnal Variability 4th Workshop

Date/Time: Tuesday, 4 March 2008, 19:30-21:30
Location: W101

The GODAE High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature pilot project has a working group on understanding diurnal variability in SST observed from satellites. The Diurnal Variability Working Group has had three previous working group meetings, always with local participation in addition to its core membership. This open session of the 4th working group meeting will include presentations from working group members on current diurnal SST research which may be of wider interest.

Charting the Course for an Ocean Research Priorities Plan & Implementation Strategy

Date/Time: Tuesday, 4 March 2008, 19:30-21:30
Location: W103

Education & Outreach Workshop: How Scientists Can Become Involved in Education & Public Outreach (EPO)

Date/Time: Wednesday, 5 March 2008, 12:00-13:30
Location: W102

Funding agencies are asking scientists to become more involved in communicating the “broader impacts” of their work.  In addition, scientists wish to contribute to public science literacy and high-quality science education in schools.  Collaboration between scientists and those who specialize in education and outreach enables researchers to more efficiently and successfully plan, propose and implement education and outreach activities.  In partnership with the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) and The Oceanography Society (TOS), a Guide to Engaging Scientists in Education & Public Outreach (EPO) has been developed.  Please bring your lunch and join us for a presentation and discussion by the authors of this guide, Sharon Franks et al.  A demonstration of resources and discussion of opportunities will help scientists develop their own ideas and plans for future EPO activities.

This workshop is offered in collaboration with the ASLO Education and Public Outreach Sub-Committee.  Please contact committee chair, Janice McDonnell if you have questions ( 

MISST Project Team Meeting

Date/Time: Wednesday, 5 March 2008, 12:00-13:30
Location: W203

The Multi-sensor Improved Sea Surface Temperatures (MISST) for the Global Ocean Data Assimilation Experiment (GODAE) project team meeting.

ASLO Public Policy Workshop Effective Communication with Lawmakers

Date/Time: Thursday, 6 March 2008, 12:00-13:30
Location: W101
Cost: $10.00 (Beverage and dessert provided), registration required

  • Low proposal success rates getting you down?
  • Frustrated with the dismal amount of funding available for aquatic research?
  • Have you talked to your representatives in D.C. about it lately?

If you answered yes to the first two questions, but no to the last, then this workshop is for you. Public policy decisions that impact scientists’ ability to do their work (research funding, education policies and rules regarding international collaboration) are debated and acted upon on a continual basis in Washington, D.C. Few scientists are aware of these decisions, let alone do they make their voice heard. In this workshop, ASLO Director of Public Affairs, Adrienne Sponberg, will explain the various mechanisms available to scientists to participate in the policy arena.  

Sponberg will offer tips for effective communication with policymakers based on her experience working on and with Capitol Hill. Participants will put these tips to use in the second half of the workshop by formulating a strategy for communicating their concerns to Congress and drafting talking points that will form the basis of a letter they will send to their own congressional delegation.

 Grab a quick lunch in the food court and join this workshop for your beverage and dessert.  Pre-registration is required. Cost is $10 and attendance is limited to 40, so register early.

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National Oceanographic Data Center:
An Ocean of Data on Your Desktop Workshop

Date/Time: Wednesday, 5 March 2008, 12:00-13:30
Location: W103

The National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) is the national repository and dissemination facility for global oceanographic data and information which acquires and preserves a historical record of the Earth's changing environment to be used for operational applications and ocean climate research.  The mission of NODC is data stewardship to ensure that global oceanographic data sets, collected at great cost, are maintained in a permanent archive that is easily accessible to the world science community and other users.  NODC maintains and updates a national ocean archive with environmental data acquired from domestic and foreign activities and produces products and research from these data which help monitor global environmental changes. These data include physical, biological and chemical measurements derived from in situ oceanographic observations, satellite remote sensing of the oceans, and ocean model simulations. A key requirement for meeting NODC’s responsibility is to understand the requirements of its data customers.  The purposes of this meeting are to develop the requirements for NODC’s data and information products, to begin work with the scientific community on how to meet increasing demands for open access to data, and to receive community input as NODC reviews its strategic priorities.

For additional information, please contact Margarita Gregg by phone: 301-713-3270 or e-mail:

From Ship to Shore to the Media:
A Workshop on Science Journalism

Date/Time: Thursday, 6 March 2008, 12:00-13:30
Location: W105

“Gulf of Mexico Double-Whammy.” “Methane-Devourer Discovered in Arctic Seas.” “Antique Whale Oil and the Origin of Industrial Chemicals.” These headlines introduced recent marine science news stories. Did these articles attract readers? If so, what’s the secret to their success?

Participants in this workshop will learn how to present science in an interesting way while retaining factual accuracy--the key to good science communication and science journalism. Science journalism aims to transmute scientific concepts and results from jargon-based language often understandable only by scientists, to news relevant to the lives of the general reader (listener/viewer).

This workshop will explore science writing for a non-scientific audience. Participants will review examples of good science writing from newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post, and news magazines like Science News and New Scientist; “dissect” the structure of science news and feature articles; discuss how popular coverage of science has changed in recent years; and learn the basics of science journalism.

Participants will have the opportunity to write a general-audience science article about research presented at the conference, and individual critiques will be offered to those interested.

The workshop is free, but pre-registration is appreciated. Please contact: Cheryl Lyn Dybas, National Science Foundation,, 703/292-7734.

MPOWIR - Panel Discussion
on Dual Career Couples

Date/Time: Thursday, 6 March 2008, 19:30-21:30
Location: W101

MPOWIR (Mentoring Physical Oceanography Women to Increase Retention) will hold a presentation/panel discussion on dual career couples in ocean sciences. The event will also include a reception before the discussion.

Computed Tomography & Marine Geosciences

Date/Time: Thursday, 6 March 2008, 19:30-21:30
Location: W105

X-ray computed tomography (CT) enables non-destructive evaluations of geometrically complex systems through opaque surfaces.  While most commonly used by the medical profession, CT is now regularly used in the marine geosciences community to create three-dimensional images of marine life-forms and geological systems.  In CT x-rays are projected through a sample to an x-ray detector at many different angles.  Because x-rays are attenuated by a sample due to density and atomic number, the components of a sample can be differentiated and a 3D image can be produced.  These images may be used to provide information on the distribution, shape, and size of components within a sample, or to determine the geometrical and topological structure that is needed to evaluate other processes.  Recently, 3D images have been used as the basis and ground truth for modeling multiphase fluid flow in sediment, evaluating distribution of phases in gas hydrates, simulating chemical transfer and redox in sediment, describing mechanical strain and dislocation, as well as many other things.  All in all, these 3D images provide a wealth of information and a basis from which fundamental understandings can be increased, theories can be tested, and numerical models can be developed.  The primary goal of the workshop is to address how CT can be used to understand development and workings of marine geosystems. Images, movies, and data will be presented and discussed to assist understanding of how CT can be integrated into your work.

Northern Gulf of Mexico
Hypoxia Modeling Discussion

Date/Time: Thursday, 6 March 2008, 19:30-21:30
Location: W108

Workshop - A Discussion on the Current
and Future Needs of the Ocean Science, Technology, and Operations Workforce

Date/Time: Friday, 7 March 2008, 12:00-13:30
Location: W103

Come join us for lunch and a lively workshop on the ocean science, technology, and operations workforce with an emphasis on the workforce that supports ocean observing, analysis, and forecast systems. Workshop participants will address a range of questions, including:

  • What type of workforce is and will be needed to build, operate, and sustain ocean observing systems?
  • What knowledge and skill sets are hardest to find or develop in present and prospective employees?
  • What are the obstacles to attracting and retaining qualified employees?
  • What are the major factors that affect worker supply and demand?
  • What other kinds of employers do ocean observing system employers compete with for workers?
  • Is the higher education system producing the ocean-related graduates needed for the present and future workplace?
  • Would a certification program for oceanographic professionals help employers identify, hire, and evaluate new employees?

If you have an interest in, or information to share, about these issues, please join us for this workshop and the closely-related program session, Ocean Science, Technology, and Operations Workforce session (session 093).

We are looking for workshop participants who are involved in the science, technology, and/or operations of ocean observing systems (OOS), or in closely related endeavors. This includes, for example, the design and operation of ocean observing sensor packages, development and production of operational oceanographic products, applications of ocean observation-based products (e.g., in industry, environmental management, national defense), and education and professional development of OOS workers. Workshop participants are encouraged to sign up on the web site before 26 February 2008. Space is limited. You will have the opportunity on the web site to indicate whether you would like us to provide lunch for you at a cost of $10.

Visit to sign up.

Workshop Organizers:
Tom Murphree, Naval Postgraduate School,;
Deidre Sullivan, Marine Advanced Technology Education Center,;
Leslie Rosenfeld, Naval Postgraduate School,;
Melbourne Briscoe, The Oceanography Society,

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