During 2022 Caribbean Mapping expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, I was lucky enough to be chosen as an intern and gain experience in hydrography and seafloor mapping while contributing to the expedition mission. Our mission was to map waters outside of Puerto Rico.
During my time on the EX2202 I had several roles. Our primary focus on the expedition was to map predetermined lines outside of Puerto Rico. Collectively, we mapped an area twice the size of Puerto Rico around (18,000 km^2). While we were mapping my roles were to clean the data in Quimera. Throwing out obvious outliers was the main purpose in this role. Secondly, observing the Knudsen which measured the backscatter and revealed whether surface of the ocean floor was rocky or soft sediment. During the observation all we do is keep an eye on depth of the ocean and keep the Knudsen in range. Third, every day we had to perform a daily product. We took all the data collected that day and made sure it is properly stored in the right folders. There were multiple daily products which were backscatter, water column, and multibeam. Finally, we had to conduct XBTs. Every four hour we sent an XBT down hundreds of meters to collect data (temperature, salinity). The objective while conducting the XBT were to make sure we didn’t see anything abnormal occurring in the ocean.
NOAA CCME scholar Lily Walker and faculty members Dr. Paul Montagna and Dr. Michael Wetz were contributing authors on a paper titled A general pattern of trade-offs between ecosystem resistance and resilience to tropical cyclones. The paper, which included over 40 authors from various institutions, highlights a repeated pattern of trade-offs between resistance and resilience in tropical cyclones.
Tropical cyclones drive coastal ecosystem dynamics, and their frequency, intensity, and spatial distribution are predicted to shift with climate change. Patterns of resistance and resilience were synthesized for 4138 ecosystem time series from n = 26 storms occurring between 1985 and 2018 in the Northern Hemisphere to predict how coastal ecosystems will respond to future disturbance regimes. Data were grouped by ecosystems (fresh water, salt water, terrestrial, and wetland) and response categories (biogeochemistry, hydrography, mobile biota, sedentary fauna, and vascular plants). We observed a repeated pattern of trade-offs between resistance and resilience across analyses. These patterns are likely the outcomes of evolutionary adaptation, they conform to disturbance theories, and they indicate that consistent rules may govern ecosystem susceptibility to tropical cyclones.
The Monmouth University Institute for Global Understanding (IGU) and Urban Coast Institute (UCI) hosted the virtual panel discussion “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Ocean Justice” on March 9. The event was this year’s first installment of the Global Ocean Governance Lecture Series, which assembles international experts to discuss scientific and policy issues that hold important implications for coastal and marine ecosystems. The discussion was moderated by Professor Randall Abate, director of the IGU, and included the following presentations and speakers:
See the Monmouth University Institute website for more information - https://www.monmouth.edu/uci/2022/03/09/diversity-equity-inclusion-and-ocean-justice-webinar/
Phase One of the Forum was held virtually on April 8 - 9, 2021. Save the Date: Phase Two of the Forum will be held in-person on the campus of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida on April 6 - 8, 2022. Registration is now open and mandatory for all NOAA CCME Scholars.
The theme of the Forum is “Two Decades of Excellence: Nurturing Future Leaders in STEM” and is jointly sponsored by FAMU and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Education, Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI).
The focus of the Forum is expanding academic training in NOAA-mission sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, through partnership activities. The Forum will promote career opportunities for STEM graduates in the public, private, and academic sectors. Through a competitive process, NOAA-EPP’s funding supports development of a diverse STEM future workforce that directly supports NOAA’s mission and expands opportunities for innovation and U.S. global competitiveness.