Ocean Sciences Meeting opportunity: Pangeo: A Community Platform for Big-Data Geoscience

Pangeo is a community promoting open, reproducible, and scalable science; we develop tools, infrastructure, and educational materials to make science more efficient. This tutorial will introduce Pangeo’s open-source Python-based framework for highly scalable data-proximate analysis and visualization. The framework can be used on local machines, on high-performance computing systems and on any commercial Cloud (e.g. AWS, Google, Azure, OpenStack) using a web browser as the interface.  Participants will learn how to apply these tools to their science problems, how to use cloud computing, and how to optimize “analysis ready” data for for cloud.

Monday, 17 February 2020
15:30 – 16:00


Postdoctoral Position in Global Internal Wave Modeling – University of Michigan

The Ocean Modeling group in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan is searching for a postdoctoral research fellow to analyze global models of internal waves for applications to ocean mixing and ocean acoustics. The project is funded for three years and is part of a multi-institution Office of Naval Research (ONR) Task Force Ocean (TFO) grant “Modeling, characterizing, and predicting effects of internal gravity waves on acoustic propagation on basin to global scales”. The Michigan TFO grant is in collaboration with complementary grants at Florida State University (FSU), University of Southern Mississippi (USM), Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Applied Ocean Sciences (AOS), and Applied Research in Acoustics LLC (ARiA). Our TFO project is one of many TFO projects funded across many academic, governmental, and private institutions.
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Post-Doctoral Position, Tropical Ocean-Atmosphere Coupled Processes – Colorado State University

The Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University invites applicants for a postdoctoral fellow position to study Warm Pool ocean-atmosphere coupled processes under the direction of Dr. Charlotte DeMott starting in Summer 2020. The successful candidate will explore how processes in the upper ocean and lower atmosphere, and their scale interactions, regulate the exchange of energy across the air-sea interface, and how biases in the ocean may affect the atmosphere, and vice versa. Budgets of heat, moisture, and momentum using the DOE Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) are expected to form the basis of this exploration, followed by comparisons to relevant observations and reanalysis products to assess model performance. New diagnostic methods developed during this study may be applied to CMIP6 model output and potentially incorporated into the PCMDI model diagnostics package. The primary focus of this study is the Madden-Julian oscillation but the successful candidate may explore additional scales, regions, or phenomena of interest.
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Climate Center Director – Gulf of Maine Research Institute

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) pioneers collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges. Our scientists explore dynamic ocean systems from marine life to environmental conditions to coastal economies. We infuse our discoveries into the policy arena and design solutions with fishermen and seafood business to protect fishery resources, harvest them responsibly, and market them as premium quality food. We share our discoveries with the public and nurture a culture of leadership in communities that depend on the sea. Our education programs cultivate science literacy and build a foundation of collaborative problem-solving among our next generation of leaders, scientists, citizens, and stewards. Each year, we serve over 25,000 stakeholders from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia.

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s (GMRI) new Climate Center aspires to close the gap between advances in climate science and real-world decisions that support a healthy ocean, a diverse marine economy, and resilient coastal communities. Through this new interdisciplinary Center, our staff will demonstrate how to support coastal communities, fishermen, fish farmers, seafood businesses, and marine resource management agencies as they make a profound cognitive leap from reliance on past experiences and historical data to using models to plan future ocean activities and investments and implementation of strategic adaptation and mitigation solutions. The Center seeks to achieve both immediate impact in the Gulf of Maine bioregion and to transfer best-practices to other regions.

The Climate Center Director will have primary responsibility for leading, funding, and managing GMRI’s interdisciplinary climate center strategy and for refining it to meet future needs. They will partner with colleagues and stakeholders internally and externally to identify problems and opportunities to address. They will write funding proposals to support new projects and serve as project manager for cross-organizational initiatives and collaborations with external partners.

The Climate Center Director will be a seasoned, dynamic professional responsible for the programmatic and funding success of the Climate Center and will contribute to elevating GMRI’s global leadership in solving ocean-climate challenges.


The ideal candidate will:

  • Elevate GMRI as a leader in climate change knowledge and problem-solving related to marine resources and the marine economy;
  • Work with internal colleagues and external stakeholders to assess the needs of the Gulf of Maine bioregion and identify leadership opportunities to advance GMRI’s climate strategy and the Climate Center, including:
    • Support, facilitate, and integrate existing climate work at GMRI to maximize impacts;
    • Convene, engage, and facilitate stakeholders to explore, develop, and execute initiatives to meet the challenges climate change presents to the bioregion;
    • Identify and cultivate prospective funders and write proposals to fund new initiatives;
    • Manage complex, large scale, multi-stakeholder, transboundary projects; and,
    • Manage financial risk/opportunities across a mix of funded projects with a variety of partners.
  • Lead strategic communications to staff, board, external partners, stakeholders, and the media about climate initiatives and the evolution of the Center;
  • Develop and implement a strategy to document, evaluate, and publicize the effectiveness of the Center’s projects and products in supporting climate-informed decision-making
  • Seek out and operationalize strategic partner collaborations that augment and complement GMRI’s interdisciplinary capacity, extend the reach and impact of climate center initiatives, and ensure the transfer of knowledge and best practices to other markets and geographies.

Required Qualifications/Attributes

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Deep experience and understanding working in climate change science, policy, business and/or community planning, adaptation and mitigation;
  • Successful track record in fundraising from federal, state, corporate, foundation, and individual sources;
  • Knowledge, sophistication, and entrepreneurial spirit needed to drive early Center momentum;
  • Ability to lead collaborative project teams, including staff, stakeholders and other partners, over the span of various complicated projects and time spans;
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to translate complex scientific ideas to diverse internal staff, external stakeholders, and the media;
  • Comfort networking with diverse communities, including scientists, industry stakeholders, and business leaders and to work fluidly across sectors and disciplines.

Desired Attributes:

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated expertise and a track record of success in several of the relevant areas below and working familiarity with the remainder:

  • Familiarity with various marine resource application market spaces identified in GMRI’s strategic plan (fisheries management, aquaculture, seafood supply chain, fishing communities);
  • Understanding of marine ecology, economic markets, computer, and predictive modeling, and how the application of knowledge affects ocean policy, business decisions, and social capital;
  • Community leadership experience convening diverse stakeholders to solve complex problems;
  • Business/corporate experience related to sustainability and/or Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors for measuring the sustainability and societal impact of an investment or business; and,
  • Ability to ground the work of the Center in established theories around cognitive and social learning, climate communication, and decision science.

Other Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Advanced degree in a relevant field (e.g., environmental science and economics, climate science and policy, public or business administration, etc.);
  • Minimum of 12 years of relevant work experience;
  • Experience with complex organizational management structures;
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain effective teamwork with coworkers, partners, and stakeholders;
  • Experience working with public and corporate governance entities (e.g., local, state, interstate, federal, and/or international commissions, non-profit boards of directors, for-profit boards of directors);
  • Comfort understanding and using technology;
  • Curiosity and eagerness to be innovative, incorporate best practices and meet organizational needs.


Nominate women oceanographers for awards!

by Sonya Legg

I would like to encourage my fellow physical oceanographers to nominate their colleagues for the many relevant research awards listed below. The current award nomination season is now open and nominations are due March 15th for AGU union awards, April 15th for AGU Ocean Sciences section awards, and May 1st for AMS awards. Historically, women have received awards at a rate considerably less than their membership in these societies. In the past this was excused as a “pipeline problem”, i.e. we just have to wait for women to progress to senior levels in our field and awards will catch up. However, with women receiving PhDs in oceanography at the same rate as men for over 10 years (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-018-0116-6/figures/2), it is clear that the problem will not just solve itself – women are still under-represented even in early career awards. The AGU has taken a serious look at this problem and has determined that one of the main bottlenecks is the nomination process. Specifically, women are less likely to be nominated than men at the same career level. I’m hoping you will join me in helping to change this statistic by nominating your women colleagues at equal rates to men. I encourage you to especially consider nominating deserving women of minority ethnicity. For more information about AGU demographics and efforts to diversify awards see: https://www.agu.org/-/media/Files/Learn-About-AGU/2014-2019-Honors-Program-Diversity-Report.pdf Read more ›

Early Career Ocean Observatory Town Hall – Ocean Sciences 2020

2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting – Early Career Ocean Observatory Town Hall

The Ocean Observatories Initiative: a catalyst for early-career, interdisciplinary research

Tuesday, February 18 12:45-1:45 in San Diego Convention Center, 9, UL

This town hall is targeted towards building a community of practice centered around early career scientists using ocean observations. We invite anyone interested in becoming involved in developing collaborations, especially related to interdisciplinary topics.

The NSF-funded Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) is an excellent platform for ocean observing because of high temporal resolution with multiple data streams. This town hall will provide information on how participants can become involved. Possible topics based on attendee interest could include accessing and utilizing data, QA/QC of data, ideas for interdisciplinary research, building a community of practice, specific arrays, adding non-OOI assets to OOI, incorporating OOI data into proposals, and teaching with OOI data.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here by February 9th to help us estimate the lunch headcount and identify topics of interest.

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LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Reception at Ocean Sciences

1. There will be a rainbow reception at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Diego in a few weeks!
Where: At the conference center, on the West Terrace

What: Come share conversation and refreshments with fellow LGBTQIA+ Ocean Scientists and Engineers! At this informal event, we hope to get to know each other, build community, and get organized. Stop by anytime, there is no schedule! Allies: Please support us by spreading the word, encouraging your LGBTQIA+ colleagues to attend, and staying tuned for opportunities to get involved in the future. Contact ROSE.OSM2020@gmail.com with any questions. This event was made possible by the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion office at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Academic Programs and Diversity Initiatives at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Additional sponsors include the gAyGU chapter of NOGLSTP, and the ocean science and engineering departments of the University of Washington, Oregon State University, University of New Hampshire, and University of Rhode Island.

2. We’ve built new google mailing lists to get more organized and build an online community! Please join by following these links:  lgbtq_geoscience and lgbtq_oceanography if you are interested in staying in touch and receiving news about LGBTQIA+ events in the future.
3. AGU members can now join the LGBTQ+ Connect Community. You can choose how often (if at all) you receive information about postings. Join us there to contribute to the conversation about planning future meetups and network with others in the community.

Research Fellow, Offshore Renewable Energy – University of Southampton

Research Fellow in Offshore Renewable Energy (Computational and/or Fluid-Structure): Intelligent & Resilient Ocean Engineering

Civil, Maritime & Environmental Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017 Pro rata per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 1 year
Closing Date:  Wednesday 04 March 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1234520DA

Working under the supervision of Professor Susan Gourvenec and Associate Professor Gabriel Weymouth you will undertake research associated with the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Chair in Emerging Technologies in Intelligent & Resilient Ocean Engineering and The Alan Turing Institute. This project will investigate the efficacy of frequent but spatially sparse data on mooring lines to predict mooring line integrity that will enable targeted intervention and assessment of integrity for late life management of floating facilities. Read more ›

MPOWIR diversity and inclusion Town Hall – anonymous question submission

MPOWIR is hosting a Town Hall on Monday at 12:45 pm the Ocean Sciences Meeting focused on building an inclusive community and proactive ways to contribute at the individual level. As potentially sensitive topics may arise, we invite you to anonymously submit questions, comments, and advice ahead of the meeting.

Research positions, modeling of Southern Ocean climate – Los Alamos National Laboratory

The Fluid Dynamics and Solid Mechanics group (T-3) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking qualified applicants in the areas of Earth system model simulation and analysis with a specific focus in the area of Southern Ocean climate processes. Candidates with experience in modeling and analyzing coupled ocean, ice, and atmospheric processes in the Southern Ocean, or Antarctic ocean-and-ice-shelf interactions are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will contribute heavily to the development and application of the DOE’s new earth system model, E3SM, which is focused on addressing science questions related to DOE missions. Within E3SM, LANL oversees the ocean, sea ice, and land ice model components and contributes expertise on high-latitude climate processes, including coupled interactions between the ocean, atmosphere, sea ice, and land ice. Of particular interest for this position is an understanding for how coupled Southern Ocean climate processes influence current and future rates of Antarctic sub-ice shelf melting and linkages to global climate processes. The candidate will be expected to perform outstanding research in the field of Southern Ocean climate across a wide range of scales within the context of Earth system modeling. This position will be filled at the postdoc and/or Scientist 2 or 3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the level of a Scientist 2/3.

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