[Coral-List] AOML's Integrated Coral Observing Network

Jim Hendee Jim.Hendee at noaa.gov
Thu Sep 22 15:36:21 EDT 2005


    To be consistent with the evolution in our program and its changing
directions, the coral research program at the Atlantic Oceanographic and
Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) will henceforth be titled the
Integrated Coral Observing Network (ICON), rather than the Coral Reef
Early Warning System (CREWS).  ICON is focusing upon: 

    * Integrating data from diverse independent sources into value-added
      products supporting research, modeling and management decisions
      with respect to Marine Protected Areas and other ecosystem
      approaches to management issues
    * Consistency with NOAA's Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)
      and Coral Reef Ecosystem Integrated Observing System (CREIOS)
      goals and objectives 
    * International partnerships to enhance the global ICON network
    * Facilitation of development and transition to operations of
      promising relevant in situ instrumentation (e.g., PAM-fluorometry,
      pCO2, acoustic and optical particle detection and size
      fractionation, and acoustic telemetry)
    * The hand-off of responsibility for the in situ coral reef station
      network infrastructure to a NOAA operational line

    An ICON Web site is being developed with artificial intelligence
capabilities under funding from NOAA's High Performance Computing and
Communications Office, and will be under development over the coming
Fiscal Year.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.


 James C. Hendee, Ph.D.
 Coral Health and Monitoring Program
 Ocean Chemistry Division
 Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
 U.S. Department of Commerce
 4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
 Miami, FL  33149-1026

 Voice:  (305) 361-4396
 Fax:    (305) 361-4447
 Email:  jim.hendee at noaa.gov
 Web:    http://www.coral.noaa.gov

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