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Neil Gall Memorial Leadership Scholarship in Ocean Technology established

memorial scholarship in ocean technology has been established at Memorial University’s Fisheries and Maritime Institute in the name of former MEOPAR Executive Director, Neil Gall.  This annual scholarship is a fitting tribute for a man that cared so passionately for ocean science, and for the success of students and young researchers. Neil’s wife, Julie Green, has written a letter to the MEOPAR community that she asked us to share with the Network.  

Read Julie Green’s letter to the MEOPAR community

2nd annual AtlantOS meeting advances ocean observing in the Atlantic
MEOPAR was pleased to participate in the 2nd annual meeting of the AtlantOS project, held on June 30th in Kiel, Germany.  AtlantOS is a € 21 million EU-funded project to improve ocean observing infrastructure and to better integrate ocean observational data within the international Atlantic community. The international project involves scientists from countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean in Europe, Africa and the Americas; MEOPAR and the Ocean Tracking Network are the two Canadian organizations partnered on the project. Read More
Citizen scientists get on board for research
MEOPAR researcher Dr. Maycira Costa (University of Victoria) and her team have collaborated with BC Ferries to allow passengers on select sailings of the Queen of Oak Bay on the Nanaimo-Horshoe Bay route to contribute to Dr. Costa’s research on ocean health and salmon populations in the Salish Sea, BC.  Passengers can participate in the onboard coastal naturalist program and use a tablet and app to collect images of the sea and sky.  Dr. Costa’s team will use the images to define and document the colour of the water, which is an indicator of ocean productivity and health.  This project is one of nine jointly funded by MEOPAR and Irving Shipbuilding Inc.

Read the news release
Read the CBC article

MEOPeer modifies and launches AUV to conduct water-testing trials
MEOPeer Chris L’Esperence (Dalhousie University) was recently in Balcarra, B.C. to conduct sea trials of the Canadian Navy’s Interim Remote Mine-Sweeper DORADO – a purpose built semi-subersible Autonomous Underwater Vehicle built and housed by International Submarine Engineering Ltd.  Under the guidance of MEOPAR investigators Dr. Doug Wallace and Dr. Mae Seto, L’Esperence worked to modify the AUV to give it environmental and water quality monitoring capabilities.  Learn More

Read the Tri City News article: Research could help in an oil spill

MEOPAR joins the Oceans Research in Canada Alliance

MEOPAR is one of seven members of the newly formed Ocean Research in Canada Alliance (ORCA). The purpose of the group is to bring together scientific expertise from government and academic organizations to enhance communication, develop Canadian perspectives and priorities for ocean science, provide a collaborative forum to leverage Canadian capacity and establish a more coordinated approach for Canada's ocean community.  

The following networks are currently associated with ORCA:

MEOPAR ice thickness results published on the Sea Ice Outlook

MEOPAR researcher Dr. Christian Haas and his team carried out three airborne ice thickness surveys in the Beaufort Sea and Northwest Passage in early April 2016, and compared the data with survey results from April 2015. 

The annual Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) published the project report as a pre-season contribution. The report is the only observational evidence of the state of ice cover at the beginning of the melt season that has been submitted to the SIO so far. The project data is available to support sea ice forecasts for the summer shipping season. Read More

SAVE THE DATE: MEOPAR Annual Scientific Meeting
MEOPeer receives Sangster Award
A big congratulations to MEOPeer Lee Wilson for receiving the 2016 Sangster Award by the Canadian National Committee on CODATA. The Sangster Award honours a single Canadian student every two years. The award, in addition to the prestige, covers the cost to attend SciDataCon 2016 where the recipient will present their research. Lee will present the results of MEOPAR’s Ocean Data Management Expert Forum and the vision expressed in the workshop whitepaper. Read More
MEOPAR NEMES project releases new animated video
The NEMES project has released a short animated film, entitled Marine Traffic and Noise in the Salish Sea. Watch it here
National Academy of Sciences releases climate change report co-authored by MEOPAR researcher
The report, entitled Attribution of Extreme Weather Events in the Context of Climate Change, is co-authored by Dr. Francis Zwiers, a MEOPAR researcher and Director of the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium.

Event attribution can answer questions about how much climate change influenced the probability or intensity of a specific type of weather event. As event attribution capabilities improve, they could help inform choices about assessing and managing risk. The report examines the current state of science of extreme weather attribution, and identifies ways to move the science forward to improve attribution capabilities. Read More
MEOPAR ISAC member elected to the German National Academy of Sciences 
Peter Schlosser has recently been elected into the German National Academy of Sciences, the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina, for his enormous contributions to understanding water movement in natural systems, particularly oceans and groundwater, using trace substances such as radiocarbon.
Congratulations Peter! We are fortunate to have you on our International Science Advisory Committee. Read More
MEOPAR InFORM project: July update
Seventeen more samples are in the books. Mostly from March and a few from April; no coastal samples contained any of the Fukushima fingerprint isotope, 134Cs (2 year half-life). Low levels of 137Cs (~30 year half-life) were present in all of the samples. These new data continue to lie along the increasing trend which indicates that the leading edge of the Fukushima plume is in BC’s coastal waters. Read More 

InFORM results from October 2014 – April 2016
MEOPAR researcher receives CMOS President's Prize
Congratulations to MEOPAR researcher Dr. Susan Allen for receiving the President's Prize at the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society's 50th Congress and joint annual Canadian Geophysical Union meeting this June. The President's Prize is awarded to a Society member (or members) for a recent paper or book of special merit in the fields of meteorology or oceanography. 

Irving Shipbuilding and Nunavut Arctic Collect launch $2 million call for proposals for Arctic research

The $2 million commitment is being made pursuant to Irving Shipbuilding’s Value Proposition obligation under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). The deadline for applications is August 11Read More

Tri-Agencies adopt Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management
Canada’s three federal research granting agencies—the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and SSHRC—have adopted the Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management as an important step towards strengthening research data management in Canada and maintaining Canada’s research excellence. Read More

NOAA releases report on modelling the transport of marine debris  
Understanding the movement of debris allows us to have a better grasp on how it might distribute and accumulate within our ocean and on our shores. The report reviews the scientific literature that exists on the subject and outlines the methods that are available to gain this sort of insight. Read More

World Ocean Council releases report: Ocean Industries and Marine Planning
The report provides a multi-sector, industry-oriented review and analysis of the value, challenges and opportunities of marine spacial planning for the ocean business community. Read More

Government of British Columbia releases BC Adapts series
The series of 12 short videos introduces practical measures to increase coastal resilience. Topics include coastal flood management, rainwater management, seasonal drought and water conservation. Watch the videos here

G7 Science and Technology Ministers’ Communiqué released
The communiqué follows the meeting of the G7 Science and Technology Ministers in Tsukuba, Japan on May 15-17, 2016. A significant area of focus in the report is "The Future of the Seas and Oceans" (section 3). Attachment 2 provides the specific recommendations from the G7 oceans expert workshop. Read More 

Marine environmental technology & deep-sea engineering faculty position
Candidates with excellent academic and scientific qualifica­tions in this area are invited to apply for this professorship at MARUM. Applications must include a curriculum vitae, educa­tional certificates and research and teaching concepts and are due by July 15. Read More

Call for proposals:
The Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) has an ‘Open Call Program available two times per year for potential research funding in the areas of marine renewable energy, petroleum geosciences and seismic & marine sound. Proposals will be accepted until July 15. Apply now
September 25 (Ottawa, ON): MEOPeer Training
September 26 - 27 (Ottawa, ON): Annual Scientific Meeting
September 28 (Ottawa, ON): Interdisciplinary Forum
July 18 – 20 (Brisbane, Australia): 4th International Conference on Oceanography & Marine Biology
July 30 – August 3 (St. John’s, NL): International Marine Conservation Congress
August 14 – 18 (Metchosin, BC): Northwest Aquatic & Marine Educators 2016 Conference
September 5-8 (Liverpool, UK): 7th Biennial Conference of
the Challenger Society for Marine Science

September 12-16 (St. Petersburg, Russia): 2016 uArctic Congress
September 19 – 23 (Monterey, CA): Oceans 16
September 20-23 (Sydney, Australia): 5th International Conference on Emerging Contaminants and Micropollutants in the Environment 
September 27-29 (Madrid, Spain): Meteorlogical Technology World Expo          
September 30 - October 1 (Halifax, NS): Sustainable Oceans Conference
MEOPAR researchers, projects and MEOPeers featured in the media.

Endangered right whale sought in Atlantic marine mammal study
Features the MEOPAR WHaLE project

Lennox Island losing land to climate change, coastal erosion
Features MEOPAR researcher Dr. Adam Fenech

Adam Fenech on P.E.I.'s rising sea levels
Features MEOPAR researcher Dr. Adam Fenech

Research could help in an oil spill
Features MEOPeer Chris L'Esperance

Lasers, vacuums used to study fog in Nova Scotia
Features MEOPAR researcher Dr. Rachel Chang

University of Victoria researchers invite ferry passengers to become citizen scientists
Features MEOPAR researcher Dr. Maycira Costa
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