ONW: Week of August 25, 2014 – Number 247

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Scientific Opportunities


For the past several months, the National Science Foundation (NSF) GEO Advisory Committee has been working with GEO staff on an update to its 2009 report, “GEO Vision.” This draft report, “Dynamic Earth: GEO Priorities and Frontiers 2015-2020,” takes a different perspective than the last report. In the current climate of limited resources, this document seeks to set actionable goals and objectives for the next five years. It is not meant to be a comprehensive document of all GEO programs but rather a near-term plan of GEO-wide priorities. More detailed information on specific programs and thrusts is currently part of each of the four GEO divisions’ planning activities (Atmosphere/Geospace, Earth, Ocean, and Polar). The draft report is available on the NSF website. NSF is very interested in receiving your feedback on this document, and also encourages you to share the draft with your colleagues. Please send your commentsvia emailby Friday, September 12, 2014.


The Department of State invites experts in relevant fields of expertise to participate in the U.S. Government review of the draft World Ocean Assessment (WOA). The WOA is the product of a United Nations process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, including socioeconomic aspects. The WOA includes more than fifty subjects grouped within four main themes:

  • Marine environment and understanding of the ocean’s role in the global integrated Earth system;
  • Food security and food safety;
  • Human activities that influence the ocean or are influenced by the ocean; and
  • Marine biological diversity.

Experts may register to review the draft WOA online. Registered experts will have access to the draft WOA on September 2, 2014 and will have until midnight September 30, 2014 to submit their comments using the web-based review system. Additional information on the WOA and the review process is provided in the Federal Register Notice.


The UNOLS Council and Fleet Improvement Committees have been working on a response to NSF’s request to evaluate the need for new regional class research vessels to be built as part of the UNOLS fleet replacement efforts. Please visit this link to review the NSF letter and the Fleet Improvement Committee’s report. The UNOLS Council continues to discuss and research this issue and would like to receive your views and input. Please take time to read these letters and send your thoughts to the UNOLS Office via email. The UNOLS Office will collect the feedback in advance of their Council meeting in October 2014.

Application Now Open for NNOCCI Study Circles Spring 2015

The National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI) has announced a professional development opportunity for interpreters who focus on climate change and ocean issues. A NNOCCI Study Circle is a cross-disciplinary learning group made up of peers with expertise from fields of professional interpretation, climate and ocean sciences and communications and cultural sciences. Through a series of facilitated in-person meetings, webinars, conference calls and practical activities, participants build knowledge of ocean and climate science and communications and cultural sciences. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 19, 2014. For more information and to apply, click here.

Ocean 180 Video Challenge

The Ocean 180 Video Challenge, sponsored by the Florida Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE Florida) and funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation, challenges scientists to communicate and share the meaning, significance, and relevance of their research with a broader audience. Ocean 180 is entering its second year, offering a total of $9,000 is cash prizes to ocean scientists who best communicate their research through film.

To enter, ocean scientists are asked to produce a three-minute video abstract summarizing a recent publication. Scientists at any career stage, including graduate and undergraduate students, are eligible to participate. Publications focused in marine debris and policy are eligible as well and are strongly encouraged. Submissions for the 2015 Ocean 180 Video Challenge will be accepted from October 1-December 1, 2014. For more information, click here.


The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) has begun accepting applications for three expeditions on board the JOIDES Resolution: Expedition 359 (Maldives Monsoon), Expedition 360 (Indian Ridge Moho), and Expedition 361 (Southern African Climates). Opportunities exist for researchers, including graduate students, to sail as sedimentologists, paleontologists, biostratigraphers, paleomagnetists, stratigraphic correlators, petrophysicists, borehole geophysicists, microbiologists, and inorganic/organic geochemists on the Maldives Monsoon and South African Climates Expeditions, and for igneous/metamorphic petrologists, structural geologists, geochemists, paleomagnetists, petrophysicists, borehole geophysicists, and microbiologists on the Indian Ridge Moho Expedition. U.S.-affiliated scientists interested in participating should apply to sail through the US Science Support Program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2014. For questions, please email the US Science Support Program.

NOAA fisheries national saltwater recreational fisheries policy

NOAA Fisheries is seeking input from constituents to aid the creation of a National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy. Online comments will be accepted here through September 12th.

Call for Nominations: Sloan Research Fellowships

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. The deadline for nominations for the 2015 Sloan Research Fellowships is September 15, 2014. For more information, click here.

Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program is designed to engage early career individuals in the processes that inform U.S. science and technology policy. Fellows obtain essential skills and knowledge needed to work in science and technology policy at the federal, state, or local level. Applications are due by September 1, 2014. For more information and to apply, click here.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers WRRDA Listening Sessions

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has issued a notice stating that it will conduct a series of listening sessions by webinar for public input to inform the agency’s implementation of the Water Resources Reform & Development act of 2014. Each session will focus on a different aspect of the issue. Session I (August 13) will focus on Deauthorization & Backlog Prevention and on Project Development & Delivery. Session II (August 27) will focus on Alternative Financing and Credits. Session III (September 10) will focus on Levee & Dam Safety and on Regulatory Issues. Session IV (September 24) will focus on Non-Federal Implementation; Water Supply & Reservoir; and Navigation. For more information, click here. Written comments should be submitted by September 30, 2014.

Public Comment Sought on Illegal Fishing

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of State are now accepting public comment on how the United States should combat illegal fishing. In June, President Obama announced the creation of the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud. Comments received will be used to develop “recommendations for the implementation of a comprehensive framework of integrated programs to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud that emphasizes areas of greatest need.” The deadline for comment submission is September 2, 2014.