Glenn, S. M.. Rutgers University, glenn@caribbean.rutgers.edu
Grassle, J. M.. Rutgers University, grassle@ahab.rutgers.edu
von Alt, C. J.. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, cvonalt@whoi.edu
De Luca, M. Rutgers University, deluca@ahab.rutgers.edu

 
AN OVERVIEW OF NOPP-SPONSORED RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES AT THE LONG-TERM ECOSYSTEM OBSERVATORY
 
This past summer the National Ocean Partnership Program, the Office of Naval Research, and the NOAA Middle Atlantic Bight National Undersea Research Center sponsored the first in a series of multi-institutional Coastal Predictive Skill Experiments at the Rutgers University Long-term Ecosystem Observatory (LEO-15) offshore Tuckerton, New Jersey. Research and technology partners include academic institutions (Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University, Ocean Systems Laboratory at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and California Polytechnic State University), a government research laboratory (Naval Undersea Warfare Center), and several corporations (Codar Ocean Systems, RD Instruments, Guildline Instruments Inc., Falmouth Scientific Inc., Webb Research Corporation, and Gold Coast Yachts). Over 35 scientists, engineers and students converged on LEO-15 for a month-long experiment in which new remote sensing, shipboard, and autonomous systems coupled to a data-assimilative ocean model were used to study the evolution of recurrent coastal upwelling centers, their effect on phytoplankton, fish and clam larvae distributions, and their relation to in-water optical properties and chemical concentrations. Investigators were joined during the second week by 40 K-12 educators to ncorporate LEO-15 data into inquiry-driven, active learning programs for the precollege classroom. This presentation provides a project overview as an introduction to several focused companion talks.
 
Day: Friday, Feb. 5
Time: 08:30 - 08:45am
Location: Hilton of Santa Fe
 
Code: SS12FR0830H