GLOBEC Georges Bank Executive Committee Meeting July 7, 1997 204 Redfield WHOI Attending: L. Madin, E. Durbin, G. Lough, J. Bisagni, S. Gallagar, P. Wiebe, D. Mountain, and R. Beardsley. R. Groman, D. Busch also attended The agenda for the meeting had three items: 1. Finalize plans and agenda for the SI meeting 2. Equipment needs for next year 3. Phase III funding Peter call the meeting to order and asked for additional agenda items. None were tabled. Jim Bisagni’s situation discussed at the last meeting has been resolved. Equipment Needs: During the June Broad Scale survey cruise John Sibunka and Jack Green raised the issue of equipment needs for next year - specifically MOC-10 nets. Also the MOC-1 that was lost in May and recovered needs some repairs. An inventory of MOC-10 nets is: 16 nets (8 WHOI, 8 NMFS) NMFS all need repair 3 WHOI need repair Ten nets are needed for next year. WHOI did have 5 repaired this past year at a cost of about half that of a new net (about $600 vs $1200/net). One option would be to repair 5 more and meet the need. Greg Lough will check the NMFS nets to see if repair seems advisable. A flow meter also is in need of repair. The inventory of buckets seems to be sufficient. The URI fine mesh MOC-1 nets are OK. Greg will check on the status of the NMFS 333 MOC-1 nets. The transmissometer on the NMFS CTD used on broad scale cruises has not been functioning properly. It will be checked when the system gets calibrated this fall. Phase III funding: The program managers are holding onto the draft AO while they deal with west coast issues - particularly the El Nino that appears to be beginning. If funding limitations become a determining issue, a delay of Phase III from 1999 to 2000 might be considered. The ExCo discussed the timing of Phase III and felt that it would be important to conduct the field work in 1999 as originally planned for a number of reasons: 1. it would be difficult to keep the established team of investigators together through an intervening year 2. it would seem to result in the east coast and west coast GLOBEC programs having major field years simultaneously 3. 2000 would be out of phase with the Canadian GLOBEC program The CoOp Great Lakes program may take place in 2000 and cause a conflict for some present Georges Bank investigators Also, a lot of changes are taking place in NOAA, which could affect GLOBEC. COP still may be moved into NOS and become more coastal in orientation. What this would mean for GLOBEC is not clear. SI Meeting preparations: The status of the overview talks was reviewed. In most cases, while some preparations have begun, a lot more will need to be done before the meeting. Interannual Variability in the Physics - this is coming together, with Peter Smith as the lead person - although he has been at sea. Jim Bisagni will supply slide of interannual variability in stratification derived from satellite data. Interannual Variability in the Biology - Ted Durbin said that his group is still analyzing data, but will have some things to show; Larry Madin will have the MOC-10 data from May each year (when have best coverage to allow comparison). Peter indicated that Ann Bucklin could supply some results from her work. Also Steve Bollens will be contacted about retrospective results. Stratification - Bob Beardsley will lead this with a biologist - yet to be determined, but nominated to be Jeff Runge. C. Davis and D. Gifford are preparing some results. Greg Lough felt that biology side of this section should be largely zooplankton since much of the larval fish data will be included in the intrusions section. He also suggested that the biological presentation focus on vital rates, as in the diagram in the implementation plan. Intrusions - Scott Gallager, Jim Manning and Jim Irish are putting this together, with the primary focusing being on the 1995 events, the ring event in May and the Scotian Shelf intrusion in March. The presentation will include not only actual or completed results, but also reference other data not fully processed, but likely to eventually shed light on the topic. Coupled Physical/Biological modeling - Dan Lynch is coordinating this and feels things are coming together. As a side note on modeling, Bob Beardsley described the plans for modeling the spring of 1995 circulation that were developed at the recent Chapman conference. Jim Manning will be doing this using the Dartmouth barotropic model and atmospheric forcing generated by a NOAA Observations & Predicitions modelling effort. Bob Groman would like input from the ‘heros’ of each topic area as to who they know is planning to give a talk in that topic area. Review of Agenda for the meeting - Bob Groman handed out the agenda, largely what was developed at the last ExCo meeting. Have about 45 persons registered so far, and another 15-20 are anticipated. Thirteen persons have expressed interest in giving a 15 minute talk and 21 indicated they would give posters. Depending upon how many more talks are requested, the time presently allotted to the poster session may be expanded. Two members of the GLOBEC review committee will attend the SI meeting, as will the program managers. The meeting adjourned at noon.