Location: Southeastern Massachusetts University, Dartmouth, MA
February 26, 2001
Attending: Peter Weibe, Bob Beardsley, David Townsend, Ted Durbin, Jim Bisagni, Diane
Gifford, Greg Lough, Bob Groman and David Mountain
Peter introduced the agenda:
- Input to the international GLOBEC brochure
- Discussion of the Phase IV AO
Two additional topics were added - a report of a visualization
workshop and discussion of an LTER.
1) International GLOBEC brochure:
We have been asked to prepare a two page highlight of what we have
learned in our GLOBEC program. What should be included? One point
that be might be made is that Calanus is not resident to Georges
Bank, although this is true of other regions being studied, as well.
We should focus on the original program objectives - Climate change
and population dynamics. Possible specific issues mentioned in
Pseudocalanus being two species and the potential implications this
may have on food availability to cod and haddock larvae
- Calanus being food limited in April/May
- Cod appearing to be food limited at higher temperatures - lower
growth rates above 7°c
- Chronic vs episodic mortality for cod and haddock larvae
- The large salinity anomaly observed being associated with
variation in the source waters to GoM system; while temperature
changes seemed due mainly to local forcing.
- Labrador Slope Water entering the GoM system for the first time
since the 1960's - likely related to the drop in NAO in 1996.
One approach would be to make a time line of events/characteristics
through the 5 year period of the program wind, salinity, zoo
abundance, gadid egg/larval abundance, etc. However, a response to
International GLOBEC is needed sooner than this likely could be put
The main themes of the program should be addressed -
physical/biological coupling; climate change; basic physiological
rates in context of population dynamics of target species; modeling.
Peter and Bob B. will take input from the rest of the group to develop
a draft document.
2) Phase IV AO:
A copy of the draft AO was circulated. (See the
on-line version at the GLOBEC National web site) The AO would
have been issued about Jan 20, but the new administration put a hold
on Federal Register announcements. Now it can be released. One
question is when should be the due date. The original date of May 1
is felt to be too early to allow development of a series of good
proposals. July 10 is recommended as the due date. This
recommendation will be forwarded to Beth Turner, for her
Organizing Phase IV meetings and proposal preparations - how to do
To foster getting groups together, what meetings/workshops should be
organized? In the past an open meeting was held to provide
background information and begin forming groups that would submit
proposals. This seems an appropriate approach. Looking at the week
of April 9 for a two day meeting. A note to ggball will be made to
get an indication if certain days are obviously better than others.
Also a one day meeting will be held to lay the groundwork for the
open meeting. It will involve ExCo and leaders of the various
workshops that were held last year in preparation for Phase IV and
be open to anyone else who wants to attend. This planning meeting
will be held on March 14.
The program's data management activities seem to be supported for
the coming years, but not the funding of workshops. Past workshops
have been funded largely by registration fees from the attendees,
although the Program Service Office has contributed to insure
everything happened. A proposal may have to be considered to
continue this type of support during Phase IV.
Location for the April meeting was not determined. WHOI, URI, or
Mass Maritime are possibilities that will be checked. The first
choice will be the fifth floor of Clarke at WHOI.
3) Visualization Workshop:
A visualization workshop was held on the last day of fall to discuss
methods for visualizing data from the program. Colin Ware from
Larry Mayer's group at UNH demonstrated visualization capabilities
they have developed for multibeam data. Some aspects of this system
could be useful for the GLOBEC program. The hard part is to get
data sets that are irregular in time and space (i.e., GLOBEC data)
to interface with the existing software tailored for more uniform
kinds of data. Skip Little of WHOI is looking into bridging that
gap with some selected GLOBEC data sets. We need to better define
the types of visualizations we will want to do. Anyone who has
ideas in this area should send a written description of this need to
Peter Wiebe, so it can be considered in this effort.
A workshop was to be held to consider a LTER in the Gulf of
Maine/Georges Bank system. It has not yet taken place, but the
effort should continue. Planning for an LTER proposal could benefit
from the work to be done under Phase IV.
The meeting adjourned at 2 PM.
Contributed by D. Mountain
February 27, 2001