As I write this, over 25,000 ocean, Earth, and space scientists are descending on San Francisco for AGU’s annual Fall Meeting. I’ll be there, and I’m looking forward to meeting with our members and partners who will be attending the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. Please stop by to say hello — you can find COL at booth #230. Come meet staff and learn more about programs we manage, like the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). Another one of our programs, the NSF-funded Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) will be at booth #245, where you’ll be able to see and learn how to use the OOI Data Portal and other OOI data access points. OOI will also be hosting a town hall on Tuesday from 6:15-7:15 focusing on their users and data. If you use, are thinking of using, or just want to get a better idea of what OOI is, please stop by Moscone West Room 2008. I hope to see you there!
The 114th Congress is winding down. A government shutdown was averted when both chambers passed a short-term continuing resolution funding the federal government until April 28th. Unfortunately, the weather forecasting bill (H.R. 1561) I talked about last week did not see time on the House floor before the chamber adjourned for the session; I hope that the 115th Congress will pick up where this one left off with a similar bill to improve our understanding of weather (and the ocean).
RADM Jonathan W. White, USN (ret.); M.S.
President and CEO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Toxic ‘Marine Snow’ Can Sink Quickly, Persist At Ocean Depths
In a new study, researchers from North Carolina State University found that a specific neurotoxin can persist and accumulate in “marine snow” formed by the algae Pseudo-nitzschia, and that this marine snow can reach significant depths quickly. These findings have implications for food safety policies in areas affected by toxic marine algal blooms.