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    Posted on December 6th, 2018 Mike Crowley No comments

    RU COOL Updates: October & November 2018

    Field Campaign & Science Updates


    • 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 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.



    • 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



    • 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