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  • RUCOOL Updates for February-March 2019

    Posted on April 11th, 2019 Mike Crowley No comments

    RUCOOL Updates: February – March 2019

    Field Campaign & Science Updates

    State

    • RUCOOL hosted two meetings held by NJBPU for NJ’s Offshore Wind Strategic Plan. These meetings were stakeholder roundtable discussions with environmental & fisheries stakeholders held at IFNH, and included RUCOOL tours.
    • RUCOOL was one of two representatives of RU at a WIND Institute planning meeting hosted by NJEDA and the Office of Secretary of Higher Education.
    • RUCOOL hosted a meeting with regional commercial fishers, RUCOOL faculty and staff, and other RU faculty to discuss research needs given the planned offshore wind development in our region.
    • Mid-Atlantic Ocean Forum, Monmouth University: RUCOOL networked with several people regarding ongoing offshore wind and fisheries interests, and Grace led a breakout session focused on ocean acidification.
    • RU30 pH glider with oxygen (pHoxy Lady) was deployed for one month of pH, oxygen, temperature and salinity measurements across the NJ shelf. This is the start of several pH glider deployments for 2019 to observe seasonal carbonate chemistry dynamics.
    • Hugh Roarty Testifies that COOL HF-Radar data proves “Sarah Stern’s body was swept out to sea before anyone could find it.”

    National

    • RUCOOL hosted a visit by the MTS leadership that immersed their administrative staff into hands on oceanographic research and enabled our undergraduate students to meet and discuss their research with MTS leadership. MTS awarded RUCOOL 15 free memberships for Rutgers undergraduate students.
    • RUCOOL initiated discussions at NOAA EMC, the Naval Research Laboratory, and the Naval Oceanographic Office on the use of gliders in hurricane intensity forecasting. This included presentations on glider data impact studies from the 2018 hurricane season and planning sessions for the 2019 Hurricane glider deployments.
    • RUCOOL was a technical lead and presented at the IEEE Current Measurement, Turbulence and Applications meeting in San Diego, CA.
    • RUCOOL attended an invite-only US DOE Workshop on Research Needs for Offshore Wind Resource Characterization in Washington, DC, March 5-6.
    • RUCOOL was featured on the Bigten LiveBIG YouTube Channel Video.

    International

    • RUCOOL completed an 8-week ecosystem survey along the West Antarctic Peninsula.
    • RUCOOL continues to prepare for the EGO/UG2 International Glider Meeting in May. Members of COL and IOOS visited RUCOOL March 14th for a strategic planning session.
    • Working with Texas AM to raise funds from a donor for support of building CUBA ocean observing. The Chancellor of Texas AM committed dollar for dollar match for the first 300K of the donor contribution to purchase CODARS for CUBA.
    • Erick Fredj from the Jerusalem College of Technology completed his two month sabbatical hosted at RUCOOL. Erick worked on several collaborative projects including sea breeze, Antarctic ecosystem and HF radar research.

    Papers Published: (**Current or Former Graduate Student or Postdoctoral Researchers)

    • Cristina L Archer, Sicheng Wu, Ahmad Vasel-Be-Hagh, Joseph F Brodie, Ruben Delgado, Alexandra St. Pé, Steven Oncley, Steven Semmer. The VERTEX field campaign: observations of near-ground effects of wind turbine wakes, Journal of Turbulence, https://doi.org/10.1080/14685248.2019.1572161.
    • Mattias R. Cape, Fiammetta Straneo, Nicholas Beaird, Randelle M. Bundy and Matthew A. Charette. Nutrient release to oceans from buoyancy-driven upwelling at Greenland tidewater glaciers. Nature Geoscience:
      A Nature Research Journal. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-018-0268-4.
    • Evan B. Clark, Andrew Branch, Steve Chien, Faiz Mirza, John D. Farrara, Yi Chao, David Fratantoni, David AragonOscar Schofield, Mar M. Flexas, and Andrew Thompson. Station-Keeping Underwater Gliders Using a Predictive Ocean Circulation Model and Applications to SWOT Calibration and Validation. IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering. 1109/JOE.2018.2886092.
    • Colette J. Feehan, William C. Sharp, Travis N. Miles, Michael S. Brown**, Diane K. Adams. Larval influx of Diadema antillarum to the Florida Keys linked to passage of a Tortugas Eddy. Coral Reefspp 1–7. DOI: 1007/s00338-019-01786-9.
    • Sian F. Henley, Oscar M. Schofield, Katharine R. Hendry, Irene R. Schloss, Deborah K. Steinberg, Carlos Moffat, Lloyd S. Peck, Daniel P. Costa, Dorothee C.E. Bakker, Claire Hughes, Patrick D. Rozema, Hugh W. Ducklow, Doris Abele, Jacqueline Stefels, Maria A. Van Leeuwe, Corina P.D. Brussaard, Anita G.J. Buma, Josh Kohut, Ricardo Sahade, Ari S. Friedlaender, Sharon E. Stammerjohn, Hugh J. Venables, Michael P. Meredith. Variability and change in the west Antarctic Peninsula marine system: Research priorities and opportunities, Progress in Oceanography Vol.173. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2019.03.003.
    • **McKee, D., Martinson, D. G., Schofield, O. 2019. Origin and attenuation of mesoscale structure in circumpolar deep water intrusions to an Antarctic shelf. Journal of Physical Oceanography. doi:10.1175/JPO-D-18-0133.1.
    • Oliver, M., Kohut, J., Bernard, K., Fraser, W., Winsor, P., Statscewich, H., Fredj, E., Cimino, M., Patterson-Fraser, D., Carvalho, F. 2019. Central place foragers select ocean surface convergent features despite differing foraging strategies. Scientific Reports, 9, 157. 9:157 DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-35901-7.
    • **Yajuan Lin, Scott Gifford, Hugh Ducklow, Oscar Schofield, Nicolas Cassar. Towards Quantitative Microbiome Community Profiling Using Internal Standards, American Society for Microbiology | Applied and Environmental Microbiology. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.02634-18.

    RUCOOL Meetings & Conferences

    Oceanology International San Diego, RUCOOL hosted BPU Feb 21, RUCOOL represented Rutgers at the NJ Wind Institute Meeting in Trenton on March 22nd, RUCOOL supported the February 27-28th OOI Review with the Consortium for Ocean Leadership at the CORE building on Busch Campus, Tropical Cyclone Operations and Research Forum, Miami, FL, IOOS Annual Executive Directors Meeting, Washington, D.C, OOI 1.0 Closing meeting February 28 at CORE Building, Technical Chair and Student Contact for the 12t IEEE Currents, Waves and Turbulence Measurement Workshop http://cwtm2019.org, Hugh Roarty is serving a four year term as Chair of the IEEE Currents, Waves, Turbulence Measurement and Applications Technology Committee

     

    RUCOOL Visitors

    • Total number of visitors to RU COOL: 120
    • Some VIP Visitors:

    Rick Spinrad, President, Marine Technology Society, Zdenka Willis, President-elect, Marine Technology Society, Donna Kocak, Immediate Past President, Marine Technology Society, Liesl Hotaling, Vice President of Education, Marine Technology Society, Ruth Perry, Marine Scientist and Regulatory Policy, Shell Exploration and Production Americas team, Doug Copeland, Regional Development Manager at EDF Renewables, Krisa Arzayus, Deputy Director, US IOOS, Brick Wenzel, Ocean County Farm Bureau , Jeremy Grunin, Grunin Foundation, Peter Seligmann, Chair of Conservation International, Hurricane meetings at National Research Lab, Invited seminar at University of Maine, Invited Public Talk as part of the Ambassador John Price & Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture Utah, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Puerto Rico.

  • RUCOOL Updates for December 2018 – January 2019

    Posted on February 5th, 2019 Mike Crowley No comments

    RUCOOL Updates: December 2018 – January 2019

    Field Campaign & Science Updates

    State

    • RUCOOL is coordinating the Rutgers interaction with various state agencies as they develop the framework for a WIND Institute focused on research and workforce development in the emerging offshore wind sector.
    • RUCOOL attended an RU Meet and Greet with state officials framing the WIND institute.
    • RUCOOL (met with local NJ Farm Bureau (Brick Wenzel) to discuss research needs that explore links between offshore met-ocean conditions and coastal farms and the potential impacts of offshore wind farms.
    • RUCOOL met with the Responsible Ocean Development Alliance (RODA) and fishing industry partners in Cape May, Kohut, Miles, Munroe, Zimeckis and Brodie
    • RUCOOL served as expert panelists for NJ BPU Public Stakeholder Meetings for the NJ Offshore Wind Strategic Plan in early December
    • RUCOOL Article: A New Way to Predict Sea Breezes May Benefit Offshore Wind Farms. Carried by numerous outlets including but not limited to: futurity.org, newswise.com, reddit.com, offshorewind.biz, Enginnering360, and NJ 101.5 interview (Joe Cutter).

    National

    • A point paper on glider data assimilation in Navy and NOAA ocean models requested by Admiral Okon’s Technical Director, Bill Burnett, after the November NOAA/Navy leadership brief was submitted to Navy and NOAA, forming the basis for visits to CNMOC and NRL in February.
    • Began work with IOOS leadership to establish a sustained funding process for the Hurricane Sentinel Glider Picket Lines successfully demonstrated during the 2018 Hurricane Season.
    • RUCOOL co-hosted the polar-izing your science NSF workshop with University of Delaware. The workshop introduced polar scientists from around the world to several science communication tools to broaden the impact of their research.
    • Miles et al., Initial impacts of the Hurricane Sentinel glider fleet deployed during the 2018 hurricane season, AGU Fall Meeting special session on the 2018 Hurricane Season
    • Brodie et al., Utilizing Climatological Analysis to Improve Forecasting of Offshore Wind Ramps, AMS Annual Meeting, 10th Conference on Weather, Climate, and the New Energy Economy.

    International

    • RUCOOL at Palmer Station Antarctica deploys glider outfitted with multi-frequency acoustic system to measure krill abundance.
    • RUCOOL begins 8-week ecosystem survey along the West Antarctic Peninsula
    • New collaboration with the University of Perpignan, France, to deploy gliders in the Gulf of Lyons
    • RUCOOL hosts the Marine Technology Society (MTS) Unmanned Untethered Vehicle (UUV) Committee town hall at AGU in Washington, DC
    • RUCOOL official government issued diplomat visas issued by Cuba for the January visit to INSMET, enabling RUCOOL personnel to visit Cuban government weather radar sites to plan for future HF radar installations
    • RUCOOL visited Texas A&M University to begin planning the tri-national glider effort to observe the Loop Current for the National Academy of Sciences decadal Loop Current program.
    • RUCOOL attended the National Academies of Science Loop Current kick off meeting and presented a unified approach to HF Radar data quality and management, now considered to be the National Gold Standard for HF Radar.
    • RUCOOL traveled to Ensenada, Mexico for the second tri-national planning meeting for the Loop Current glider observation program.
    • RUCOOL delivered a short course on underwater glider technology to Chilean students at the University of Valparaiso.
    • Erick Fredj from the Jerusalem College of Technology began his two month sabbatical hosted at RUCOOL. Erick will work on several collaborative projects including sea breeze, Antarctic ecosystem and HF radar research.

    Papers: (**Current or Former Graduate Student or Postdoctoral Researchers)

    Published:

    • Cross, J.N., Turner, J., Cooley, S.R., Newton, J., Azetsu-Scott, K., Braby, C.E., Canesi, K., Chambers, C., Dugan, D., Goldsmith, K., Gurney-Smith, H., Harper, A., Jewett, L., Joy, D., King, T., Kurz, M., Morrison, R., Motyka, J., Ombres, E., Paguirigan, M., Regula-Whitefield, C.M., Saba, G.K., Silva, E., Smits, E., Vreeland-Dawson, J., Wickes, L. Submitted to Frontiers in Marine Science. The Knowledge-to-Action Pipeline: Connecting Ocean Acidification Research and Actionable Decision Support. Community white paper for OceanObs’19, September 2019, Honolulu, HI.
    • **Oliver, M., Kohut, J., Bernard, K., Fraser, W., Winsor, P., **Statscewich, H., Fredj, E., Cimino, M., Patterson-Fraser, D., **Carvalho, F. 2019. Central place foragers select ocean surface convergent features despite differing foraging strategies. Scientific Reports. Vol 9, Article #157.
    • Testor, P., DeYoung, B., Rudnick, D., Glenn, S., Hayes, D., Lee, C., Pattiaratchi, C., Turpin, V., Heslop, E., Saba, G., Kohut, J., Schofield, O., Miles, T., and 88 others. Submitted to Frontiers in Marine Science. Ocean gliders: A component of the integrated Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS). Community white paper for OceanObs’19, September 2019, Honolulu, HI.

    In Press:

    • Clark, E., Chien, S., Farrara, J. Fratantoni, D., Schofield, O., Thompson A., Branch, A., Mirza, F., Chao, Y., Aragon, D., Flexas, M. Precise station keeping for underwater gliders using a predictive ocean current model. Journal of Ocean Engineering. In press.
    • Lin, Y., Gifford, S. Ducklow, H., Schofield, O., Cassar, N. Towards quantitative marine microbiome community profiling using internal standards ISME. In press.
    • McKee, D., Martinson, D. G., Schofield, O. Origin and attenuation of mesoscale structure in circumpolar deep water intrusions to an Antarctic shelf. Journal of Physical Oceanography. In press.
    • Miles, T., Slade, W., **Gong, D., and Kohut, J. Suspended particle characteristics from a Glider integrated LISST sensor. MTS/IEEE Oceans. Charleston, SC. In Press.
    • Prakash, Dicopoulos, Roarty, Morel, Canals, **Evans (2018) “Development of Sargassum Seaweed Tracking Tools” MTS Oceans. In press.

    Submitted:

    • Archer, C.L., Brodie, J.F., Rauscher, S.A. Global warming will aggravate ozone pollution in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology.
    • Friedland, K. D., Morse, R. E., Manning, J.P., Melrose, C.D., Miles, T.N., Goode, A., Brady, D. C., Kohut, J., Thomas, A.C., Powell, E.N. Disjunctive Regime Shifts in Surface and Bottom Thermal Environments of a Continental Shelf Ecosystem, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans.
    • Goldsmith, K.A., Lau, S., Poach, M.E., Sakowicz, G.P., Trice, T.M., Ono, R.C., Nye, J., Shadwick, E.H., Saba, G.K. In review. Scientific Considerations for Acidification Monitoring in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.
    • Kobelt, J., Sharp, W., Miles, T., Feehan, C., Localized impacts of Hurricane Irma on Diadema antillarum and coral reef community structure, Estuaries and Coasts.
    • Parra, S., Greer, A., Book, J., Deary, A., Soto, I., Culpepper, C., Hernandez, F., Miles, T., Acoustic detection of zooplankton diel vertical migration behaviors on the northern Gulf of Mexico shelf, Limnology and Oceanography.
    • Saba, G.K., Goldsmith, K.A., Cooley, S.R., Grosse, D., Meseck, S.L., Miller, W., Phelan, B., Poach, M., Rheault, R., St. Laurent, K., Testa, J., Weis, J.S., Zimmerman, R. Recommended Priorities for Research on Ecological Impacts of Coastal and Ocean Acidification in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.
    • Saba, G.K., **’Wright-Fairbanks, E., Chen, B., Cai, W.-J., Barnard, A.H., Jones, C.P., Branham, C.W., Wang, K., Miles, T. The development and validation of a profiling glider Deep ISFET pH sensor for high resolution coastal ocean acidification monitoring. Frontiers in Marine Science.
    • **Slesinger, E., Andres, A., Young, R., Seibel, B., Saba, V., Phelan, B., Rosendale, J., Wieczorek, D., Saba, G The effect of ocean warming on black sea bass (Centropristis striata) aerobic scope and hypoxia tolerance. PLoS ONE. Submitted.

    RUCOOL Significant Meetings & Conferences

    • Dalio Foundation, NJ Agency of Development (Wind Institute formation), Rutgers Library Deans (Giddings Collection), International POGO meeting (Cape Verde), RUMFS Tuckerton Science Retreat

    RUCOOL Visitors

    • Total number of visitors to RU COOL: 13 (Dec/Jan are typically the lowest visitor traffic months of the year)
    • Visitors: Equinor, SMART Congressional Initiative
  • Early Season at Palmer

    Posted on January 7th, 2019 Marie Zahn No comments

    2018 Spring Phytoplankton Bloom!

    After 30 hours of travel from the US to Punta Arenas, Chile, and then a four-day transit on R/V Laurence M. Gould across the Drake Passage, Marie Zahn and Anna Bashkirova representing the Schofield team arrived on October 6th, 2018 to Palmer Station.

    Marie Zahn (left) and Anna Bashkirova (right) aboard RHIB Hadar.

    Typically foul weather conditions inhibit early season sampling, but this year’s open water and manageable winds allowed us to completely capture the first spring phytoplankton bloom, peaking around November 19th.

    Wind speed decreased after the first week of November and sea ice retreated, allowing sufficient sunlight and water column stratification for a bloom. Stratification was especially pronounced November 15-19 and best observable in salinity and density values from CTD profiles collected at two locations: Stations B (nearshore) and E (offshore). This was accompanied by a steady rise in fluorescence, primary production, and chlorophyll concentrations, all three reaching a peak on November 19th. Strong winds beginning November 18th soon mixed the water column, quenching the bloom.

    Our measurements of primary production (mg C/m2/day) and chlorophyll concentrations (mg/m2) dropped down after the spring bloom and have remained steady since. Fluorescence profiles also reflect the spring bloom (reaching nearly 10 mg/m3 at the chlorophyll maximum) and subsequent leveling-off to ~3 mg/m3 for both Stations B and E.

    Temperature (˚C), salinity (ppt), density (kg m-3), and fluorescence (mg m-3) profiles against depth in meters (L-R) for six November and December 2018 sampling events at Station B (top row) and Station E (bottom row).

    Depth-integrated primary production (mg C/m2/day) values from Station B (blue) and Station E (orange) for November and December 2018.

    Depth-integrated chlorophyll (mg/m2) values from Station B (blue) and Station E (orange) for November and December 2018.

  • The science team for 2019

    Posted on January 7th, 2019 Oscar Schofield No comments

    Rutgers Sends All Female Field Team to Antarctica for the 27th year of the Palmer LTER

    The 27th Annual research cruise of the Palmer Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) (www.pal.lternet.edu) along the Western Antarctic Peninsula set sail on January 5, 2019 and will continue until February 7, 2019. The LTER annual cruise will be surveying the Western Antarctic Peninsula, studying the entire food web – from phytoplankton and bacteria to krill and other zooplankton to whales and penguins – working to understand the changing ecosystem and the influences climate change is having along the peninsula. The Palmer Station component of the LTER project, also in its 27th year, also adds a seasonal scale to the study, running from October 2018 to April 2019.

    This season, the phytoplankton component of the Palmer LTER, headed by Dr. Oscar Schofield, has an all female field team! Led by Field Team Lead, Nicole Waite (RUCOOL Technician), team members include: Dr. Kim Thamatrakoln (DMCS Assistant Research Professor), Emily Slesinger (RUCOOL graduate student), Samantha Schofield (Rutgers undergraduate student), and Hailey Conrad (Rutgers undergraduate student). The Palmer Station field team is lead by Schuyler Nardelli (RUCOOL graduate student) who is also doing her dissertation research with the Palmer LTER and Marie Zahn (field technician). Not pictured, Anna Bashkirova (Rutgers undergraduate) was also a key member of the field team at Palmer Station from October to December 2018.

    Picture Caption: From L-R: Kim Thamatrakoln, Samantha Schofield, Emily Slesinger, Marie Zahn, Schuyler Nardelli, Hailey Conrad, Nicole Waite. Not pictured: Anna Bashkirova

  • Glider is launched offshore Palmer Station

    Posted on January 3rd, 2019 Oscar Schofield No comments

    Weather cooperated and the LTER team was able to launch a glider this Wednesday offshore Palmer Station. Hopefully the ice will cooperate and we maintain a sustained presence for the rest of the summer season. The glider this year is outfitted with a SeaBird CTD, WetLabs fluorometer and optical backscatter sensor. The glider is also carrying a ASL Environmental Sciences multifrequency acoustic system to measure zooplankton and fish. The goal of this years mission is to measure the variability of phytoplankton, zooplankton, and fish distributions and their relationship to penguins and whales. Currently the glider is transecting back and forth along the head of the Palmer Deep canyon. Below is the glider location along the WAP (A) and the a zoom-in showing its movements near palmer station over the last 24 hours (B).

    The figure below is the cross section of the water temperature.  The black shapes is the “estimated sea floor” as measured by the onboard glider altimeter.  The altimeter is obviously giving some false bottoms, as the glider is transecting deeper the altimeter derived sea floor.  This has been seen before, and our working hypothesis is the altimeter is getting returns on large krill swarms not the seafloor.  The AZFP will provide insight on this.  Temperatures show a typical range for this location, with warm water at the surface (presumably reflecting radiant heating) and at depth reflecting remnant modified circumpolar deep water. A cooler layer at 30-50 meter water depth probably reflects residual cold surface water.

    The salinity shows a fresher surface layer with a salinity at 33 to 33.2.  This likely reflects sea ice and glacial melt.

    Chlorophyll fluorescence shows a surface bloom at the eastern portion of the transect indicating a moderately sized phytoplankton bloom.

    Optical backscatter shows no strong correlation with the surface phytoplankton.  However there does appear to be particles at depth which could be consistent with export flux events with the material potentially ranging from marine snow to animal poop.

    Finally Colored Dissolved Organic Matter (CDOM) shows significant variability, however the deep modified circumpolar deep waters are distinct with a high fraction of fluorescent CDOM.

  • Introducing the Polar Oceans Blog

    Posted on December 23rd, 2018 Marie Zahn No comments


    Palmer Station and ASRV Laurence M. Gould docked at the pier. Photo by Marie Zahn, summer 2018.

    Welcome to the RUCOOL Polar Oceans blog! Here we will share updates from our research conducted along the West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) from Palmer Station and while aboard the R/V Laurence M. Gould. Our research contributes to the Palmer Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program (https://pal.lternet.edu) that monitors decadal ecological changes of the pelagic marine ecosystem along the WAP. The Palmer LTER program was established by the National Science Foundation in 1990 and combines efforts from several universities to examine the whole food web from bacteria to seabirds and cetaceans.

    Our research objectives are to understand seasonal and interannual patterns and changes in the phytoplankton as well as the physical properties (temperature, salinity, and light) that affect them, especially as this region warms and shifts from a true Antarctic ecosystem to a more sub-Antarctic one. More specifically, we focus on how the physics and nutrient availability drive overall carbon fixation in the upper ocean and how that relates to higher trophic levels. Our routine analyses include discrete chlorophyll a measurements, 14C uptake to determine primary productivity, chemotaxonomic pigments via high performance liquid chromatography, fluorescence induction and relaxation kinetics, and whole water carbon fixation rates. We compliment these measurements with water column bio-optical profiles.

    This austral summer marks our eleventh season at Palmer Station. Already it has been a productive one (pun-intended). Stay tuned for more updates and posts as we go deeper into some of our protocols and recent findings from our research here in Antarctica!

     

  • Aging HF Radar Network

    Posted on December 17th, 2018 Hugh Roarty No comments

    The MARACOOS HF Radar Network was formed in 2007 with the funding of the proposal “Phased Deployment and Operation of the Mid Atlantic Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARCOOS)”.  The network has grown from 24 stations in 2007 up to 38 stations in 2018.  The network has been delivering hourly surface currents to the US Coast Guard since May 2009 with no interruption.  However the age of the network is weighing on the operations as some of the stations in the network are approaching 20 years of service.  The figure below chronicles the age of the radars in the network as of 2018.

    Age of HFR Stations within MARACOOD Time line indicating the age of the HF Radar stations in the Mid Atlantic.  The green line indicates stations that are less than 10 years old while red shows number of stations with a service life greater than 10 years.

  • RUCOOL Operations Update for October-November 2018

    Posted on December 6th, 2018 Mike Crowley No comments

    RU COOL Updates: October & November 2018

    Field Campaign & Science Updates

    State

    • The REI Offshore Wind Working Group, in collaboration with Rutgers State Relations, is accelerating partnership development with the Governor’s office, NJBPU, NJDEP, and offshore wind developers, and commercial fishing. Highlights include discussions with developers on performing right whale detections with gliders, meetings with NYSERDA to develop plans for federal DOE investments, meetings with commercial fishing groups to promote state interests in both fishing and offshore wind energy. RUCOOL has been recognized as international leader in environmental science and engagement for offshore wind.
    • Supporting NJ DEP state monitoring of coastal water quality glider mission completed for Fall
    • RU COOL develops a new satellite product increasing the amount and overall quality of satellite sea surface temperature critical to fishermen, weather forecasters, energy companies and offshore wind. The new coldest pixel product is now provided in real time on the Oceansmap.maracoos.org development server (public launch projected in December)
    • World’s first ocean acidification (pH) glider completed its second ever deployment
    • Testified for the NJ Assembly of Environment and Solid Waste Committee regarding offshore wind
    • RU COOL’s new website released
    • RUCOOL has lobbied to establish the nation’s first State Oceanographer starting when Joe Seneca was VP for Academic Affairs. We have never been closer to achieving this historic goal for New Jersey.

     

    National

    • Two long deployment (>2 months) MARACOOS gliders recovered after patrolling the Mid-Atlantic in support of joint efforts with NOAA and Navy to collect data to improve hurricane forecasting
    • RU COOL briefs the leadership of US Coast Guard, US Navy, and Acting Director of NOAA
    • MARACOOS welcomes in new Board of Directors, critical step for RU to lead next proposal in 2-years
    • New web based glider data quality product delivered via ERDAPP, critical to Gulf of Mexico RFP due in late winter

     

    International

    • RU COOL arrives at Palmer Station Antarctica and begins sampling for the 27th field season for the LTER program.
    • At the MarCuba conference in Havana, developed the process to establish an MOU between InsMet (Cuban Weather Service), Rutgers and Texas A&M to bring the first HF Radars to Cuba, significantly expanding the international HF Radar Network in the Gulf of Mexico for the National Academy of Science Loop Current Program.
    • Challenger glider recovered offshore Sri Lanka and returned to Rutgers after a hypothesized giant squid attack, shifting efforts to Magellan Glider Mission to 500 years later race Magellan around the world.
    • Trained researchers at PLOCAN Glider School, Canary Islands
    • Led the Global Ocean Observing System HF-Radar Webinar
    • Established the new MTS Unmanned Untethered Vehicle (UUV) committee, including leading the kick off Town Hall that included NOAA, Navy and Industry leadership.

     

    New Awards

    • National Science Foundation, Ocean Sciences 2018-2020 “Engaging Faculty and Students in Learning with OOI Data Explorations” ($981,608) McDonnell
    • National Science Foundation, 2018-2019, “Educational support and synthesis based on the initial phase of the Ocean Observatories”, ($435,888) Glenn
    • National Academy of Sciences (Univ. Of Southern Mississippi) 2018-2020, “Gulf of Mexico Loop Current and Eddy Observations from HF Radar Systems”, ($338,349), Glenn (first of 3)
    • NOAA, 2018-2019: “Coupled Atmosphere-Ocean Modeling Framework: WRF and ROMS” ($351,218), Miles

     

    Papers: (**Current or Former Graduate Student or Postdoctoral Researchers)

    • Goldsmith, K.A., Lau, S., Poach, M.E., Sakowicz, G.P., Trice, T.M., Ono, R.C., Nye, J., Shadwick, E.H., Saba, G.K. In review. Scientific Considerations for Acidification Monitoring in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.
    • Greer, A., Schofield, O., Miles, T., et al. (2018), Functioning of Coastal River-Dominated Ecosystems and Implications for Oil Spill Response: From Observations to Mechanisms and Models, Oceanography, 31(3), doi:10.5670/oceanog.2018.302.
    • Kohut, J., Glenn, S., McDonnell, J., Miles, T., Saba, G., Schofield, O. Workforce Development Supporting the Blue Economy: A Master’s Program of Integrated Ocean Observing at Rutgers University. OCEANS’18 MTS/IEEE, Charleston, SC, USA, 2018, pp. 1-8.
    • Miles, T., Slade, W., **Gong, D., and Kohut, J. Suspended particle characteristics from a Glider integrated LISST sensor. MTS/IEEE Oceans. Charleston, SC. In Press.
    • **Oliver, M., Kohut, J., Bernard, K., Fraser, W., Winsor, P., **Statscewich, H., Fredj, E., Cimino, M., Patterson-Fraser, D., **Carvalho, F. 2018. Central place foragers select ocean surface convergent features despite differing foraging strategies. Scientific Reports. In Press.
    • Prakash, Dicopoulos, Roarty, Morel, Canals, **Evans (2018) “Development of Sargassum Seaweed Tracking Tools” MTS Oceans – in press
    • Saba, G.K., Goldsmith, K.A., Cooley, S.R., Grosse, D., Meseck, S.L., Miller, W., Phelan, B., Poach, M., Rheault, R., St. Laurent, K., Testa, J., Weis, J.S., Zimmerman, R. In review. Recommended Priorities for Research on Ecological Impacts of Coastal and Ocean Acidification in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.
    • Chave, R., Buermans, J., Lemon, D., Taylor, J.C., Lembke, C., DeCollibus, C., Saba, G.K., Reiss, C.S. 2018. Adapting Multi-Frequency Echo-sounders for Operation on Autonomous Vehicles. OCEANS’18 MTS/IEEE, Charleston, SC, USA, 2018, pp. 1-6.
    • Kohut, J., Glenn, S., McDonnell, J., Miles, T., Saba, G., Schofield, O. Workforce Development Supporting the Blue Economy: A Master’s Program of Integrated Ocean Observing at Rutgers University. OCEANS’18 MTS/IEEE, Charleston, SC, USA, 2018, pp. 1-8.
    • Saba, G.K., **Wright-Fairbanks, E., Chen, B., Cai, W.-J., Barnard, A.H., Jones, C.P., Branham, C.W., Wang, K., Miles, T. 2018. Developing a profiling glider pH sensor for high resolution coastal ocean acidification monitoring. OCEANS’18 MTS/IEEE, Charleston, SC, USA, 2018, pp. 1-8.
    • **Yi, X., Glenn, S., **Carvalho, F., Jones, C., Kohut, J., McDonnell, J., Miles, T., **Seroka, G., Schofield O. 2018. Glider technology enabling a diversity of mesoscale ocean sampling capabilities. In Challenges and Innovations in Ocean In-Situ Sensors, Delory and Pearlman (Eds). Elsevier, York. Pp. 367-374.
    • Schofield, O., Aragon, D., Jones, C., Kohut, J., Miles, T. N., Roarty, H., Saba, G., **Yi, X., Glenn, S. 2018. Maturing glider technology providing a modular platform capable of mapping ecosystems in the ocean. In Challenges and Innovations in Ocean In-Situ Sensors, Delory and Pearlman (Eds). Elsevier, York. 173-193.

    RU COOL Significant Meetings & Conferences

    LTER Tri-Annual Network Wide Meeting, Radar Operators Working Group, Bermuda Biological Station Glider training, American Wind Energy Association Offshore Windpower, US Army Corps of Engineers, Marine Technology Society Meetings, MARACOOS Board Meeting, State of the Science Workshop – Biodiversity Research, NJ Spotlight Offshore Wind Energy, NOAA Headquarters-Hurricanes, US NAVY CNMOC – Hurricanes, Multiple Orsted meetings, OCEANS 2018 Charleston (5 RUCOOL speakers), Rutgers Ideation meeting, KIOST – Rutgers Joint Program Agreement Meeting.

    RU COOL Visitors

    • Total number of visitors to RU COOL: >150 (November only)
    • Visitors: RU Undergrad Class, Orsted, North Jersey High Schools STEM students, UK Embassy with Industry, RU Potential Undergrad Tours, NJ-BPU, KIOST (Korea), ICBM Oldenburg Germany, RU Foundation & Wentworth family

     

    RU COOL Recognitions

    • Travis Miles: 2018 Marine Technology Society Young Professional Award
    • Oscar Schofield: 2019 winner of Evelyn G. Hutchinson Award by the American Society of Limnology & Oceanography
  • Ocean Response to Winter Storm

    Posted on November 16th, 2018 Hugh Roarty No comments

    A storm moved through the Mid Atlantic on November 15, 2018.  The MARACOOS High Frequency radar network captured  the center of the low pressure system as it moved north past Delaware and New Jersey.

     

    The surface winds from the Global Forecast System (GFS) had the center of the low further inshore.

     

    We’ll continue to analyze these two data sets to understand the discrepancy.

  • RU29 – 2 years ago

    Posted on November 8th, 2018 Scott Glenn No comments

    Chari just sent this photo from the Perth glider port looking back 2 years at the re-christening of RU29 with water from the Indian Ocean before the start of its historic mission within IIOE-2.

    Looking back at all that was accomplished, I first think of all the people that made it possible. Working together, we advanced the technology, we explored an ocean with new threats, and we overcame new challenges on shore. We made new friends, and together, accomplished something that was hard. Some call these types of friends comrades, some call them mates.  In Spanish, we call them companeros. Our co-workers, our partners, our equals. All dedicated to a common goal. Companeros have a bond that has been tested, and a bond that has survived, because of a shared vision that is bigger than our differences.

    With the return of RU29, we now focus our attention on the next mission. I look forward to working with all of you as we prepare to redeploy from Spain in September of 2019.   The preparations will be hard, and seeing the mission through to the end will be even harder.

    But we are companeros.

    Borrowing words from our global navigator – Force, wind and honor all.