The U.S. GLOBEC Northwest Atlantic Georges Bank Program completed its field work in December 1999 and entered a synthesis phase in 2002. Five synthesis projects were funded with funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation-Division of Ocean Sciences, and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-Office of Global Programs and National Marine Fisheries Service. These Project areas are as follows:

The Physical Oceanography of Georges Bank and Its Impact on Biology: [Bob Beardsley (WHOI), Ken Brink (WHOI), Dick Limeburner (WHOI), Jim Churchill (WHOI), Jim Ledwell (WHOI), Changsheng Chen (UMassD), Jim Bisagni (UMassD), Charles Flagg (BNL), Ron Schlitz (NEFSC)]

Zooplankton Population Dynamics on Georges Bank: Model and Data Synthesis : [Peter Franks (SIO), James Pringle (UNH), Changsheng Chen (UMassD), Ted Durbin (URI), Wendy Gentleman (UW)]

Patterns of Energy Flow and Utilization on Georges Bank: [Dian Gifford (URI), John Steele (WHOI), Michael Fogarty (NEFSC), Michael E. Sieracki (BLOS), Jim Bisagni (UmassD)]

Tidal Front Mixing and Exchange on Georges Bank: Controls on the Production of Phytoplankton, Zooplankton and Larval Fishes: [Bob Houghton (LDEO), Dave Townsend (UME), Changsheng Chen (UMassD), R. Gregory Lough (NEFSC), Lew Incze (USM)]

Integration and Synthesis of Georges Bank Broad-Scale Survey Results: [Peter Wiebe (WHOI), Carin Ashjian (WHOI), Larry Madin (WHOI), Dennis McGillicuddy (WHOI); David Mountain (NMFS), J. R. Green (NMFS), Peter Berrien (NMFS); S.M. Bollens (SFU); Dave Townsend (UMaine); Ted Durbin (URI), Bob Campbell (URI), Barbara Sullivan (URI); Ann Bucklin (UNH), Jeff Runge (UNH)]

As part of the synthesis work, periodic meetings of the scientific investigators are being held to promote the exchange of information and foster integration of results. The first Phase IV scientific investigators' workshop was held in July 2002 at the beginning of this cycle of funding. This second workshop was held at the Whispering Pines Conference Center, at the University of Rhode Island's W. Alton Jones Campus, West Greenwich, Rhode Island from 18 - 20 November 2003. This site offered excellent conference facilities, including high speed internet connections, with onsite living accommodations and other services. The meeting goals were:

    * to enable scientific investigators to share results of the first year of synthesis work.

    * to provide a forum for the integration and synthesis of findings among the groups.

    * to prepare for national and international meetings.

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