June 4th, 2018
MARACOOS would like to thank all who attended the 2019 Annual Meeting on May 14 in Baltimore, Maryland. Participants heard a panel discussion on offshore wind development in the Mid-Atlantic, a special session on improving hurricane intensity forecasting, and updates on the IOOS network.
The MARACOOS Board of Directors opened the event the preceding evening with a reception for networking discussions with meeting participants.
Carolyn Thoroughgood, MARACOOS Board Chair, opened the meeting and welcomed participants.
Meeting participants heard from Carl Gouldman, Executive Director of the U.S. IOOS Program. Gouldman gave several updates on the national IOOS network and referenced the MARACOOS-led efforts to improve hurricane intensity forecasting through glider data.
Debra Hernandez, Chair of the IOOS Association, updated meeting participants on the Congressional and federal advocacy efforts of the Association.
Following updates on the national system, MARACOOS Executive Director Gerhard Kuska gave an overview of unique aspects of the Mid-Atlantic. Kuska provided background information for the panel sessions on offshore wind and hurricanes later in the day.
Offshore wind development is a growing issue in the Mid-Atlantic. There are currently 15 offshore wind lease areas in the Mid-Atlantic. To help address competing interests in the Mid-Atlantic coastal waters, Josh Kohut, a member of the MARACOOS Engagement team, moderated a panel on offshore wind development. Panelists included Greg DiDomenico, Garden State Seafood Association; Wendy Gabriel, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service; Rick Lathrop, representing MARCO Data Portal; Angel McCoy, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management; Ruth Perry, representing Atlantic Shores; and Joy Weber, Ørsted.
DiDomenico noted that the introduction of wind development to the Mid-Atlantic coastal waters amounts to layering a new industry on top of the more mature fisheries industry. He emphasized the importance of thorough research in order to reconcile the needs of multiple industries and ongoing environmental changes. Weber recognized that offshore wind developers, including Ørsted, conduct intense monitoring to collect as much information as possible before installing a turbine.
At lunchtime, meeting participants heard remarks from keynote speaker RDML Timothy Gallaudet, Ph.D., USN Ret., Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Deputy NOAA Administrator. RDML Gallaudet discussed the importance of ocean observing to the coastal economy, and recognized the room for growth of the U.S. blue economy.
Scott Glenn, MARACOOS Board Vice Chair, moderated a panel on IOOS collaborations to improve hurricane intensity forecasting. Five IOOS Regional Association Executive Directors spoke on the panel: Julio Morell, CARICOOS; Barb Kirkpatrick, GCOOS; Debra Hernandez, SECOORA; Gerhard Kuska, MARACOOS, and Ru Morrison, NERACOOS. Tom Cuff, National Weather Service, listened to the panel discussion and gave summary remarks on how IOOS could partner with the National Weather Service.
The meeting wrapped up with a brief overview of the new MARACOOS website and the MARACOOS business meeting.
MARACOOS looks forward to future discussions with members, partners and stakeholders to continue serving the coastal ocean needs of the Mid-Atlantic. If you have any questions please contact Katie Liming at firstname.lastname@example.org.
View the meeting agenda: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ym8n1JsPvwUlN3xKoGxp7L4nv5WWNAD1/view?usp=sharing