U.S. GLOBEC Georges Bank Phase II Planning Meeting

An open meeting to discuss and plan Phase II of the U.S. GLOBEC North Atlantic Georges Bank Program will be held on 30 November and 1 December.

This meeting will bring together scientists who intend to submit proposals by the January 15, 1996 deadline specified in the recent RFP issued by NSF and NOAA. The primary objective of the U.S. GLOBEC Georges Bank program is to understand the physical and biological processes that control the abundance of target animal populations in space and time on the Bank. The second phase of field work will begin in January 1997 with a focus on the processes associated with source, retention, and loss of water and organisms as they impact the population dynamics of the target species (cod, haddock, and the copepods, Calanus finmarchicus and Pseudocalanus spp.) on Georges Bank. The broad scale studies, which will continue, include shipboard surveys to determine the distribution and abundance of the target organisms in relation to their physical environment over the pelagic period of cod and haddock larvae, long-term mooring-based observations, and interpretation of regional satellite data. Close cooperation and interaction between the broad-scale and process- oriented components of the program are essential. One of the objectives of this meeting is to ensure that this integration continues during Phase II of the project.

Among the research questions to be addressed are the following:

Planning for the meeting is now underway. A two-day meeting will be held at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532. Please indicate your intention to attend this meeting to Bob Groman, Program Administrator, U.S. GLOBEC Georges Bank Program, Woods Hole, MA, 02543 [email: rgroman@whoi.edu; Phone: 508-289-2409]. You will then receive additional updates and information about the meeting.

It is strongly recommended that participants review the program's background documents before the meeting. The objectives of the U.S. GLOBEC Program have been articulated by the U.S. GLOBEC Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) in the U.S. GLOBEC Initial Science Plan (available as U.S. GLOBEC report no. 1, February 1991). Background information pertinent to the Northwest Atlantic can be found in U.S. GLOBEC report no. 2, February 1991, entitled "GLOBEC: Northwest Atlantic Program, GLOBEC U.S./Canada Meeting on Northwest Atlantic Fisheries and Climate". Prospective investigators should refer to the Implementation Plan for U.S. GLOBEC NW Atlantic/Georges Bank Study, report no. 6, June 1992. All three reports are available from the U.S. GLOBEC Office, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720. Some of these documents are online through the World Wide Web at "http://www.usglobec.org/ usglobec/globec.homepage.html" and "http://globec.whoi.edu". In addition, a report of the recent U.S. GLOBEC Georges Bank Scientific Investigators meeting (16-18 October 1995), which provides summaries of research activities during Phase I of the program, will soon be available on line at the latter address.

It is further recommended that groups of individuals with common interests get together before the meeting and be prepared to present their ideas for research activities in a coordinated fashion.

For those who wish to stay overnight near the meeting site, there is the Best Western Bridge Bourne Hotel located within a couple minutes drive from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Rooms should cost under $60 per night including tax. Their phone number is 1-800-675-0008.