EXCO Minutes - August 24, 1998
August 24, 1998
Attending: P. Wiebe, L. Madin, E. Durbin, D. Mountain, with
The meeting began a 10:30 with two topics for discussion - the
problem with NOAA funding for shiptime and the agenda for the
NOAA Shiptime problem:
Last week an e-mail concerning the problem with NOAA's funding of
shiptime for GLOBEC and ECOHAB was forwarded to all PI's by Bob
Groman. Peter summarized the current situation as he knows it.
The best solution is for a Congressional add-on to the NOAA
appropriation that will supply the needed funds. Some activity
is pushing for this. Generating support for this action was the
intent of the e-mail last week.
Data Workshop Agenda:
Some SI's had expressed interest in a more detailed schedule for
the workshop. The agenda developed last May was reviewed and
changes/additions/detail were considered. The agenda identified
three products for the Workshop - white papers about 1)
transitioning of GLOBEC results to operational applications; 2)
on the goals, objectives and mechanisms for data synthesis, as a
basis for Phase IV; and 3) developing more comprehensive
collaboration with Canadian and European scientists working in
GLOBEC-like projects. Peter emphasized the importance of these
products to the progress of the program.
The initial schedule also identified 5 data analysis/synthesis
topic areas to be addressed at the workshop. Ted Durbin
suggested an additional topic be added:
predation impact on zooplankton abundance vs direct
A session on planning the 1999 cruises is scheduled for Monday
(September 14). Peter indicated that the workshop report should
include detailed cruise plans, as was done in 1996 and which
proved quite useful.
ExCo was reluctant to fill out the Workshop schedule in too much
detail - e.g., which of the data analysis/synthesis topics would
be addressed on which day - feeling this is really up to the SI's
who attend. It was decided to have a session on Wednesday (Sept
9) afternoon to form and schedule the groups that will address
the various data analysis/synthesis sessions.
Rapporteurs will be needed for each session of the Workshop - to
provide input for the final report - as done at the last Data
At the last Data Workshop the election of the ExCo for Phase II
was done. It was decided that the election of the new ExCo for
Phase III should wait until after the workshop - to when all
budgets are final.
The updated Data Workshop agenda and schedule will be made
available on the GLOBEC web page.
The meeting was adjourned at noon.