As discussed in the January 2023 mCDR webinar (recording), a key outcome of the OCB mCDR workshop in Sept. 2022 will be a topical working group. Working Group members will facilitate the connection of scientists with industry representatives, entrepreneurs, foundations, nonprofits and other scientists across disciplines and career stages through the establishment ofregional node mCDR activities around the US. WG members will serve as regional team leaders who will plan and convene regional stakeholder meetings to initiate information exchange, community building, and collaboration (learn more here). We emphasize that the planning and implementation of the nodes will be open-ended, collaborative, and iterative, allowing regional nodes to learn from each other but also tailor their needs to their specific groups. We are seeking a range of expertise, career stage, and sector representation in the WG membership. We anticipate a duration of ~2 years for this WG. If you are interested in applying to serve on this Working Group, please APPLY HERE by April 14. The lead organizers will review the applications and inform applicants by the end of April.
First webinar March 14, 11am EST:
Dr. Middelburg is a Professor of General Geochemistry in the Department of Earth Sciences at Utrecht University. He is also the current Director of Research for Earth Sciences. He is internationally recognised and awarded as a leading researcher in the aquatic sciences. Among other distinctions, he received the ASLO Hutchinson Award and the Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky Medal by the EGU in honor of his outstanding scientific contributions. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences KNAW and was recently elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
Dr. Middelburg is an international leader on ocean biogeochemical cycles, particularly sedimentary inorganic cycles and benthic ecosystems. He has agreed to give the inaugural webinar of the BECS working group to provide a synthesis overview of benthic biogeochemical cycles and ecosystems.
Learn more about the Benthic Ecosystem and Carbon Synthesis Working Group
Participate in a working group to develop standards and best practices for the collection and assessment of Operational Phytoplankton Observations (OPO) using particle imaging instruments (PII). As PII technology has matured in recent years, it is becoming a more routine sampling component of ocean observing programs and networks (e.g., Bio-GO-SHIP). We are looking to gather a broad range of subject matter experts that include phytoplankton image data producers, image and data analysts, and data users to form the core membership of the OPO Working Group.
The goal of this activity is to develop a set of standards and best practices for both the collection and downstream processing of phytoplankton images produced by PIIs. These best practices will result in consistent, quantitative observations of phytoplankton taxonomy and biomass.
The OPO Working Group will identify challenges associated with quantitative sampling of phytoplankton due to:
1) Different oceanic provinces and biomass levels (e.g., coastal, open ocean)
2) Aquatic sampling techniques (e.g., bottle, underway), profiling or towed technologies, ocean observatories (moorings)
3) Operational differences between current phytoplankton imaging instruments (PIIs) and analysis tools.
The OPO Working Group will develop recommendations for specific instruments and sampling techniques to ensure that phytoplankton measurements are consistent, robust, and quantitative. These guidelines will be published as a peer-reviewed paper for distribution to the broader community, and our goal will be to seek endorsement from the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) for the best practices recommendations that emerge from this activity. Additionally, the best practices recommendations will be archived as a document in the Ocean Best Practices System repository.
We will convene two in-person working group meetings August 2-4, 2023, and early 2024, along with asynchronous online activities in preparation for the in-person meetings. OPO Working Group members will also participate in regular synchronous virtual meetings occurring between the in-person meetings. Our intention is to create a working group that is inclusive of participants from all backgrounds and a range of career stages.
More detailed information about planned working group activities and the application form to participate in the working group are now available here. Apply by March 27th, 2023.
Application form can be accessed here.
For those who are interested in this activity and its outcomes but who are not able to commit the time to participate in this working group, we will continue to provide updates to the full community about working group progress and products, including at the in-person meeting associated with the 2024 Ocean Science meeting, and the 2024 OCB summer workshop.
2023 Cornell Satellite Remote Sensing Training Program
June 5-16, 2023 (Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY)
The Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry (OCB) Program will support five US-based students or postdocs to participate in this course, including tuition, housing, and a travel stipend. To apply for support, please send your 2-page CV (NSF biosketch format) and a brief statement of interest (1 page max) to the OCB Project Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 17, 2023. The statement should describe your interest in the course and its potential to enhance your research and your professional development. Application materials will be reviewed by the OCB Project Office, OCB Scientific Steering Committee leadership, and the course organizer Bruce Monger (Cornell Univ.). Please bear in mind that this is a full immersion class and participation for the entire 2 weeks is required. Visit the course website (http://oceanography.eas.cornell.edu/satellite) for more information about the course content. If you have additional questions about the course, please contact course organizer Bruce Monger (email@example.com).
NASA Sponsored Workshop on Calibration and Validation of Ocean Color Remote Sensing
June 12 – July 7, 2023
Bowdoin College, Schiller Coastal Studies Center (SCSC), Orr’s Island, Maine
An intensive four-week, cross-disciplinary, graduate-level workshop in optical oceanography will be offered at Bowdoin College’s SCSC. This workshop is the latest version of the optical oceanography course first offered at the Friday Harbor Laboratories in 1985, then starting in 2001 at the Darling Marine Center, and since 2021 at the SCSC. Past graduates include many of today’s leaders in oceanography.
The major theme of the workshop is calibration and validation of ocean color remote sensing. The course will provide students with a fundamental knowledge of ocean optics and optical sensor technology that will enable them to make quality measurements, assess the uncertainties associated with the measurements, and compare these data with remotely sensed ocean color measurements and derived products. The course is sponsored by NASA, the University of Maine and Bowdoin College, with the goal of preparing a new generation of oceanographers trained in the use of optics to study the oceans.
Course elements include:
• lectures on the basic theory of the light interaction with matter in aquatic environments; ocean color remote sensing and its inversion; optical sensor design and function; optical approaches to ocean biogeochemistry; computation and propagation of measurement uncertainties.
• laboratory sessions for hands-on work with optical instrumentation and training in radiative transfer software.
• field sampling of optical and biogeochemical variables in the environmentally diverse waters of coastal Maine.
• analysis of optical and biogeochemical data sets, and
• collaborative student projects.
for previous class content and activities.
Instructors: Emmanuel Boss and Collin Roesler (coordinators), Ivona Cetinić, Meg Estapa, Andrew Barnard, Kelsey Bisson and Jeremy Werdell with Charlotte Begouen Demeaux and Patrick Gray as the teaching assistants and guest lectures by Optics Class alumni.
Dates: June 12-July 7, 2023 (arrive June 11, depart July 8th)
Costs: Room and board, as well as graduate course credits for interested students through the University of Maine will be covered through a grant for qualified participants. OCB will provide travel support for US-based participants.
Application Deadline: March 15th, 2023
Notification by: April 15, 2023
To apply: Submit the following in pdf format to firstname.lastname@example.org: (1) a recent transcript, (2) a current CV (two-page maximum), (3) a letter from your advisor (or supervisor), and (4) a one-page statement of how you anticipate that this course will contribute to your professional development
We are committed to bringing a cohort of students together whose background, experiences, and training result in diversity of interest, ideas, and skills from which everyone benefits.
We are pleased to announce the 2023 Open Call for Shipboard training. On its 5th edition, this annual programme offers a number of shipboard fellowship opportunities onboard research vessels throughout the year.
Normally, specific calls are made a minimum of six months before the cruise begins, in order to allow time for large numbers of applications to be reviewed, shortlisted candidates to be interviewed, and for the the successful applicant to put the necessary paperwork in order, eg visas, travel documents, and essential medical/training certifications.
However, sometimes the POGO shipboard training programme is offered an available berth at shorter notice.
In order to make best use of these opportunities, the POGO Secretariat is issuing an Open Call for applications from early career scientists, technicians, postgraduate students (PhD or MSc) and Post-doctoral Fellows involved in oceanographic work at centres in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
The application form asks about the candidate’s background and specific training interests, including geographical areas and research/training topics. It also asks about availability to travel during 2023. The secretariat will maintain a database of all qualified, interested candidates and, as training opportunities become available, will create shortlists by evalulating suitability for the particular project on offer.
For further information on the Open Call, and to apply, visit http://www.oceantrainingpartnership.org/opencall2023
GO-BGC Webinar #4, February 15
Observing Mesoscale and Sub-Mesoscale Processes with BGC Argo
Please join us for the quarterly GO-BGC webinar, hosted by the US Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Project Office. This webinar will be focused on using BGC-Argo float data to investigate chemical and biological processes in the ocean that are influenced by eddies, meanders, and other mesoscale and sub-mesoscale processes. The webinar will begin with an update on the status of the GO-BGC float array, followed by two short presentations. We’ll then close with a community discussion about recommended practices, challenges, and future perspectives of using BGC-Argo measurements to enhance our understanding of how mesoscale processes shape patterns of biogeochemistry in marine environments. Recordings will be available on the OCB and GO-BGC websites.
Agenda for February 15, 10 AM Pacific / 1 PM Eastern
Yui Takeshita (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, USA)
An update on the GO-BGC program
Lily Dove (California Institute of Technology, USA)
Topic: Using Argo floats and Seagliders to examine the effects of sub-mesoscale processes on Southern Ocean ventilation
Title: Investigating Ventilation at the Submesoscale in the Southern Ocean
Shuangling Chen (Second Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Natural Resources, Hangzhou, China)
Topic: Using BGC Argo floats to examine episodic subduction patches associated with mesoscale eddies in the western North Pacific
Title: Episodic oxygen injections observed from BGC-Argo
Register for February 15 webinar
Yui Takeshita, MBARI
Alison Gray, U. Washington
Yibin Huang, NOAA PMEL
Channing Prend, SIO
Jonathan Sharp, NOAA PMEL
Lynne Talley, SIO
OCB Project Office – Heather Benway, Mai Maheigan, Mary Zawoysky
Producing data that can be effectively compared across space and time is a critical aspect of developing a collaborative international microbial biogeochemistry program. Intercalibration activities involving validation of precision and accuracy and development of intercomparison standards are foundational to the production of interoperable data. With BioGeoSCAPES aiming to launch mid-decade, further progress must be made to ensure high-quality data collection. This virtual panel will include perspectives from a variety of communities (nucleic acids, metabolomics, proteomics, rates) and encourage brainstorming through small group discussions. This panel discussion initiates important discussions and community-building in preparation for an international BioGeoSCAPES science planning workshop in Woods Hole, MA USA (tentatively scheduled for Fall 2023).
January 25, 2023, 11a-1p EST
11:00 – 11:45 Short 5 minute overview talks
Maite Maldonado – Introduction and Webinar Goals
Daniel Petras and Jeffrey Hawkes – Metabolomics Intercalibration update
Adrian Marchetti – US Nucleic Acids Intercalibration Workshop Results
Mak Saito – Ocean Metaproteomics Intercomparison Update and Sampling Material
Luke Thompson, Alyse Larkin and Harriet Alexander – BioGoSHIP Nucleic Acids Intercomparison
Daniele Iudicone – Perspectives from AtlantEco/Tara
Julie LaRoche – Rates Measurement Intercalibration
11:45-12:15 Breakout Room Discussions
12:00-12:20 Report back
12:15-13:00 Open Plenary Discussion
Read the related report (released January 2023):
Twining, Benjamin S., Saito, Mak A., Santoro, Alyson E., Marchetti, Adrian, Levine, Naomi M., “US National BioGeoSCAPES Workshop Report”, 2023-01-09, DOI:10.1575/1912/29604, https://hdl.handle.net/1912/29604
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