U.S. GLOBEC Georges Bank
Scientific Investigators' 1998 Data Workshop


The 1998 U.S. GLOBEC Georges Bank Scientific Investigators' Data Workshop is scheduled for September 8-16 at the University of New Hampshire, New England Conference Center. Please register if you plan to attend. The Executive Committee discussed the workshop's agenda at the May 1 EXCO meeting and again at the August 24 meeting. The results of these discussions, as well as input from others, follow.

Workshop products:

  1. Planning towards the transition of GLOBEC Results to Operational applications: An FY2000 Fisheries Oceanography Initiative
  2. Preparation for Data Synthesis - a white paper about the goals, objectives, and mechanisms.
  3. Planning for the development of more comprehensive collaborative ties to Canadian and European scientists working on parallel GLOBEC projects.

Data analysis/synthesis sessions at the workshop:

  1. Long term hydrographic and biological variability
  2. Stratification and its impact on biology
  3. Source/retention/loss - mechanisms and relative importance.
  4. Assimilative modeling (collective experimentation at meeting)
    1. Simulating distribution changes through time.
    2. Fish/zooplankton dynamic coupling
  5. Predation impact on zooplankton versus direct mortality estimates.
  6. Cruise planning for 1999
  7. Second DSR volume
  8. Data management

The first two topic areas should be quite far along, while for the third, fourth, and fifth, investigators will be at more initial stages in their analyses.

Three mechanisms for communicating results were identified:

  1. A lecture series - one or two per day, on one of the major topic areas
  2. Poster Board Session - an ongoing activity, where results can be posted.
  3. Hot Topic Talks - to be determined as things develop.

The initial schedule of events - as identified so far - is (beginning on Tuesday, September 8):

Tuesday Afternoon Setup

1800 Reception (main dining room)

1900 Dinner (main dining room)

Evening Short organizational meeting

Wednesday 0930 Review agenda, meeting objectives, Phase III funding, and DSR overview, and review white paper topics

1400 Formulation and scheduling of data analysis/synthesis sessions. Determine session rapporteurs

Cruise planning session (½ day)
DSR review
Wednesday Morning
Data management discussions

During the course of the workshop, there will be opportunities for individuals to present talks about work that is in progress, or nearing completion. The lecture series needs volunteers. There will also be opportunities for spontaneous activities through the use of posters and hot topic talks.

Chief scientists of the prospective 1999 cruises should come prepared to talk about the objectives of their cruise and provide an abstract.

Last modified: August 24, 1998