Town Hall Meetings

Days and times for all Town Hall Meetings and auxiliary meetings will be determined at a later date, but will be held during the conference week.

IMBER Town Hall

Date/Time: Monday, 3 March 2008, 12:00-13:30
Location: W101

Status report on the IGBP/SCOR project IMBER (Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research). Q&A to follow the presentation.

NOAA Town Hall:
Ecosystems-Based Ocean Research

Date/Time: Monday, 3 March 2008, 12:00-13:30
Location: W105

Join Richard Spinrad, Director of NOAA Research, to discuss overarching research challenges identified in the Draft 5-year NOAA Research Plan including: What factors influence marine ecosystem processes & impact our ability to manage them & forecast their future state? And, what is the current state of biodiversity in the oceans & how will external forces impact this diversity & how we use our oceans & coasts?

Princeton Ocean Model Meeting

Date/Time: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 3-5 March 2008, 12:15-13:15
Location: W108

DIMES Town Hall

Date/Time: Monday, 3 March 2008, 12:00-13:30
Location: W103

Diapycnal and Isopycnal Mixing Experiment in the Southern Ocean

Open Access Town Hall

Date/Time: Monday, 3 March 2008, 19:30-21:30
Location: W102

As governments begin to mandate grant recipients publish in open access journals, societies are deliberating a transition to open access. Early estimates show that moving L&O to open access could result in author charges of roughly $2500 per paper. How much more are you willing to pay to publish your next paper in an open access journal?

Come to this roundtable discussion to hear about develop-ments in open access and how they affect the activities of non-profit scientific societies like ASLO. Topics include alternative business models for funding various levels of access and their advantages and disadvantages. Please plan to attend this important session to get your questions answered and provide feedback to your societies.

UM RSMAS Town Hall

Date/Time: Monday, 3 March 2008, 19:30-21:30
Location: W103

Consortium for Ocean Leadership Town Hall

Date/Time: Monday, 3 March 2008, 19:30-21:30
Location: W105

The Joint Oceanographic Institutions (JOI) and the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE) have merged to form the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.

Representing 95 of the leading public and private ocean research education institutions, aquaria and industry, Ocean Leadership is a unified voice for the ocean research and education community and serves as a prime point of contact between the ocean science community and the federal government in Washington, DC.

This meeting will introduce Ocean Leadership’s new President, Bob Gagosian, who will discuss how the organization will manage ocean research and education programs while advocating for sound marine policies and federal investment in ocean research and education.

NOPP Community Sediment-Transport Model Town Hall

Date/Time: Monday, 3 March 2008, 19:30-21:30
Location: W311A

The Community Sediment-Transport Model project (CSTM), established through the National Oceanographic Partnership Program, is nearly midway through a three-year funding cycle. This project has used a community-modeling approach to build and distribute an open-source numerical model for ocean circulation, sediment transport, and morphologic evolution. The Town Hall Meeting will introduce the project, and its products, to Ocean Sciences attendees. Project leaders will provide an update on the goals and accomplishments of the project and entertain questions. Project participants will be on hand to showcase aspects of the project and answer questions.

Arctic Marine Biodiversity IPY Cluster Meeting

Date/Time: Monday, 3 March 2008, 19:30-21:30
Location: W101

The Arctic Ocean Diversity (ArcOD) Census of Marine Life (CoML) project (http://www.coml.org/descrip/aobio.htm) is an international collaborative effort to inventory biodiversity in the Arctics sea ice, water column and sea floor from the shallow shelves to the deep basins. It employs a three-layer approach: compilation of existing data, taxonomic identification of existing samples, and new collections focusing on taxonomic and regional gaps. ArcOD was selected as the cluster lead project for the Arctic Marine Biodiversity by the International Polar Year (IPY) Joint Committee. Goals and objectives of IPY can be found at www.ipy.org, while the ArcOD proposal along with a list of those interested in collaborating can be viewed at http://www.ipy.org/development/eoi/proposal-details.php?id=333. The proposal brings together about 20 projects that focus on Arctic biodiversity questions. Representatives from many of these, plus other biodiversity-focused projects, attended the first 1st Arctic Marine Biodiversity IPY Cluster Meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, during February 2007 to facilitate synergies, identify overlap, discuss cluster goals and products, and begin to develop a cluster identity. This 2nd Arctic Marine Biodiversity IPY Cluster Meeting will be held as an open meeting for researchers interested in Arctic Marine Biodiversity, including those comprised in the IPY cluster. The primary goals are to (1) update the cluster on what progress has been made on tasks over the past year (2) compile highlights from the 2007 Arctic field season with regard to marine biodiversity research, and (3) facilitate synergies and identify overlap for the 2008 Arctic field season.

NOAA Tides and Currents Town Hall

Date/Time: Tuesday, 4 March 2008, 12:00-13:30
Location: W101

A short training presentation highlighting new/enhanced tide and current products, followed by Q&A to gather feedback so NOAA can best meet ocean researchers’ needs.

Ocean Acidification:
Towards an Interagency Approach

Date/Time: Tuesday, 4 March 2008, 19:30-21:30
Location: W108

Ocean Acidification, or the reduction in global oceanic pH caused by rising dissolved CO2 concentrations, is a rapidly emerging issue that has garnered considerable interest from Congress, the scientific community, and coastal managers. Over the next century, ocean acidification is expected to reduce surface ocean pH by 0.3-0.5 units, negatively impacting shell formation for a number of marine organisms and ultimately affecting some of the most fundamental biological and geochemical processes of the sea. In response, a number of US federal agencies (e.g., NOAA, NSF, USGS, NASA) are developing programs to address this critical issue. This town hall forum will be an opportunity for representatives of agencies that support marine research and academic researchers to discuss a vision for a national interagency program on ocean acidification.

Advancing the ocean acidification state-of-knowledge demands a broad range of research, monitoring, and modeling capabilities. Some of these capabilities may be better suited to the mission areas of different agencies. Through cross-agency and international coordination, we can achieve greater efficiency, leverage funding, avoid duplicative efforts, and allow for large-scale joint funding initiatives. Key topics of discussion will be the recent interagency workshop report titled, “Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Coral Reefs and Other Marine Calcifiers: A Guide for Future Research” and emerging international ocean acidification programs with the European Union (EU), Japan, and Korea. Organized by Libby Jewett, Dwight Gledhill and Dick Feely.

Ocean Observatories Initiative

Date/Time: Tuesday, 4 March 2008, 19:30-21:30
Location: W105

The National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) continues to gather momentum. The OOI Network team is now in place, with UC San Diego, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the University of Washington leading groups of academic and industry partners. This town meeting will update attendees on the status of the planning process, gather feedback, and answer questions about future steps in the development of this important new research capability.

CancelledASLO EU-US Funding Panel Discussion: Bridging the Transatlantic Funding Gap

Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry Program

Date/Time: Thursday, 6 March 2008, 12:00-13:30
Location: W103

The Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) program brings together geochemistry, ocean physics, and ecology research that advances our understanding of ocean biogeochemistry. OCB’s goal is to promote, plan, and coordinate collaborative, multidisciplinary research opportunities within the U.S. and with international partners. A townhall meeting will be held to present recent OCB activities, discuss current research plans and solicit new science directions.

Ecological Forecasts: Barriers to Transition and Operations Town Hall

Date/Time: Thursday, 6 March 2008, 12:00-13:30
Location: W108

As environmental issues grow in complexity, resource managers must increasingly use an ecosystem approach to management. Ecological forecasts integrating scientific information, technology and tools, can assist managers being more proactive by predicting the impacts of various stressors on ecosystems. However, transition into operation is not always easy. The meeting will explore the challenges and ways to better transition ecological forecasts to appropriate users.

Future Challenges in Marine Organic Geochemistry Town Hall

Date/Time: Thursday, 6 March 2008, 19:30-21:30
Location: W102

This town hall meeting is being held to provide the research community with an opportunity to assess recent advances in marine organic geochemistry (MOG), discuss new and continuing research challenges, and to identify research needs for the next decade. In January, 1990 marine organic geochemists from the US, Europe and Japan met in Honolulu for an NSF/ONR sponsored workshop to review progress in marine organic geochemistry (MOG). Proceedings of the workshop were published in Marine Chemistry 39, 1-3 (1992), and these deliberations served to advance several important research programs between 1990-2008. Marine organic geochemistry continues to expand in new directions, and incorporate new techniques and approaches. We plan to give a brief presentation of the Honolulu MOG workshop then open the floor to a discussion of the field and what can be done to further advance MOG in the coming decade.

Ocean Time Series Town Hall

Date/Time: Friday, 7 March 2008, 12:00-13:30
Location: W108

The Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Scientific Steering Committee constituted the Ocean Time Series (OTSAC) Advisory Committee to assess the future needs of the oceanographic community for TS observations. The committee seeks input on issues including: Do we need additional TS sites? How should we fund TS? How should the TS sites interact with ocean observatories? This town hall will immediately follow four talks that describe the assessment and summarize work at HOT, BATS, & CARIACO.

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