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MATT SCHRENK AWARDED SLOAN RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
Matt Schrenk (East Carolina University) has been awarded a $50,000 Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The prestigious two-year award expanded this year to honor researchers in ocean sciences. Dr. Schrenk is a collaborator with the Deep Carbon Observatory. He serves on the Deep Life Scientific Steering Committee, and is also the Principal Investigator on the the most recent Deep Life Directorate Proposal, “Deep Life I: Microbial Carbon Transformations in Rock-Hosted Deep Subsurface Habitats.”
For more information, please see the Sloan Research Fellowship Press Release.
SUBCOMMITTEE ON OCEAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY RELEASES 2012 DEEPWATER HORIZON OIL SPILL PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR WORKSHOP FINAL REPORT
The Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology is pleased to release the final workshop report from the 2nd Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Principal Investigator Workshop held on October 25-26, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. This workshop was an opportunity for scientific investigators to update results of studies that were in progress during the October 2010 conference; share results of more recent projects; provide input to future Gulf of Mexico research directions; and foster collaborative partnerships. Approximately 150 individuals participated in the workshop with representation from 18 states and five sectors (academia, federal government, private industry, state government and non-profit organizations). The workshop report highlights the results presented during the meeting and depicts the ongoing science advancements and coordination happening across all sectors to address our collective long-term goals and needs for restoring, and effectively managing, the natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico. The report can be found here.
NASA VIEWS OUR PERPETUAL OCEAN
The swirling flows of tens of thousands of ocean currents were captured in a scientific visualization created by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Both the 20-minute and three-minute versions are available in high definition here. The visualization covers the period from June 2005 to December 2007 and is based on a synthesis of a numerical model with observational data, created by a NASA project called Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean, or ECCO for short. ECCO is a joint project between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. ECCO uses advanced mathematical tools to combine observations with the MIT numerical ocean model to obtain realistic descriptions of how ocean circulation evolves over time. To continue reading this article, click here.
LARGEST ICE-SEAL COUNT EVER ABOUT TO BEGIN IN THE ARCTIC
An international count to estimate the number of ice seals in the Bering Sea region begins this week, with researchers from Russia and the United States planning to fly 30,000 square miles and use thermal imagery to pinpoint warm seals on the ice pack. Digital photos will be used to learn what types of ice seals — ribbon, spotted, bearded or ringed — are hauling out and where they’re doing so. Surveying will last until May, and will be the first comprehensive estimate of seal abundance in the region, said a statement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). To read this entire article, click here.
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