National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory

Physical Oceanography Division

2nd AOML-SEFSC workshop

AOML - SEFSC continued collaborative success: Now and in the future

9:00 to 4:30 pm on May 29, 2014
SEFSC conference room
Miami, Florida

Scientists from NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) and Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) met for a one-day workshop on May 29, 2014 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm in the SEFSC large conference room.

Approximately 50 people attended the workshop, including several invited guests from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI), and Florida International University (FIU). A total of 19 scientific presentations divided into three sessions: Programmatic, Observations, and Numerical Modeling, were made focused primarily on the Gulf of Mexico, South Florida, and Caribbean Sea. Topics included ecosystem-based science, coral reef research, fisheries oceanography, red tides, climate-ecosystem interactions, coupled biophysical modeling, and many others. One-page summaries of each of the presentations and pdf files for many of the presentations are available below.

Following the presentations, a discussion of potential future research directions and partnerships took place.

Some of the ideas for new collaborative endeavors that were discussed included:

  • Develop new engineering technologies, such as shallow water drifters and gliders to monitor the drift trajectories of key larval fish species
  • Add plankton and larval fish sampling to AOML's hydrographic monitoring cruises (e.g., Florida Current, Western Boundary currents, tropical Atlantic)
  • Take advantage of AOML's new glider observations to enhance ecosystems assessments
  • Assess/fill gaps in existing physical observations of coastal ecosystems to generate baseline values of parameters associated with the spawning habitat and recruitment success of critical fish, invertebrates, and benthic species
  • Increase efforts to develop successful, fully-coupled, high resolution biogeophysical models that include data assimilation and predictive capabilities (e.g., seasonal predictions of red tide) and begin ground-truthing them against existing empirical data

This workshop followed the first AOML-SEFSC workshop which was held in 2009 (see 1st Workshop). The 2014 workshop was considered a success by all who attended, and interest was shown in holding such joint workshops on a more regular basis.

Agenda, Summaries and Presentations

Workshop Agenda - [pdf]
Summaries and pdfs of the presentations are available for most presentations.

9:00 am Coffee and muffins available in conference room
9:30 amWelcome (Libby Johns, AOML)

Opening remarks

9:35 amAlan Leonardi (Deputy Lab Director, AOML)
9:40 amTheo Brainard (Deputy Director, SEFSC)

Programmatic Theme

9:45 amEcosystem-based science in south Florida
Chris Kelble (AOML) - [Summary] [Presentation]
10:00 amThe Gulf of Mexico Integrated Ecosystem Assessment: Progress and vision
Michael Schirripa (SEFSC) - [Summary] [Presentation]
10:15 amUpdate on AOML's coral activities
Jim Hendee (AOML) - [Summary] [Presentation]
10:30 amAn overview of scientific diving operations between SEFSC and AOML
Jack Javech (SEFSC)
10:45 amNOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program's National Coral Reef Monitoring Plan
Jennifer Schull (SEFSC) - [Summary] [Presentation]
11:00 amMorning Break

Observations Theme

11:15 amEvidence of climate-driven ecosystem reorganization in the Gulf of Mexico
Mandy Karnauskas (SEFSC) - [Summary] [Presentation]
11:30 amCollaborations between AOML and the NOAA-SEFSC Early Life History Lab: Past, present, and future
Barbara Muhling (SEFSC/CIMAS) - [Summary] [Presentation]
11:45 amAmazon River water in the northeastern Caribbean Sea and its effect on larval reef fish assemblages during April 2009
Libby Johns (AOML) - [Summary] [Presentation]
12:00 pmFisheries oceanography during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Ryan Smith (AOML) - [Summary] [Presentation]
12:15 pmLunch (box lunches from Panera will be provided in the conference room)
12:45 pmPhysical oceanography of coral reefs and other shelf-break ecosystems - a joint CIMAS/KML/NOAA effort
Lew Gramer (CIMAS/AOML/FIO/USF/KML) - [Summary] [Presentation]
1:00 pmSatellite derived indices of red tide in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and groupers
John Walter (SEFSC) - [Summary] [Presentation]
1:15 pmThe variability of preferred spawning grounds for bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico during 1993-2011
Ricardo Domingues - [Summary] [Presentation]
1:30 pmInferring the movements of marine animals from satellite telemetry, Lagrangian drifters and ocean circulation models
Nathan Putman (SEFSC) - [Summary] [Presentation]
1:45 pmEcosystems approach to assess multispecies fisheries risks from exploitation and environmental changes
Jiangang Luo (RSMAS) - [Summary] [Presentation]
12:15 pmAfternoon Break

Modeling Theme

2:15 pmQuantifying Florida Bay habitat suitability under climate change scenarios
Kelly Kearney (CIMAS/AOML) - [Summary] [Presentation]
2:30 pmSEFSC-AOML biogeochemical modeling project overview
Sang-Ki Lee (CIMAS/AOML) - [Summary] [Presentation]
2:45 pmSEFSC-AOML biogeochemical modeling update
Yanyun Liu (CIMAS/AOML/SEFSC) - [Summary] [Presentation]
3:00 pmBiological applications of Lagrangian Coherent Structures (LCSs)
Josefina Olascoaga (RSMAS) - [Summary]
3:15 pmRegional ocean models for the U.S. Caribbean islands and Florida Bay
Laurent Cherubin (HBOI) - [Summary] [Presentation]
3:30 pmDiscussion on future AOML-SEFSC collaborations
4:30 pmClosing Remarks (Barb Muhling, SEFSC/CIMAS)