Breaking Waves: Ocean News

03/20/2019 - 13:17
Craig Bennett, CEO of Friends of the Earth, says rich countries must act to make disasters such as the cyclone that hit Mozambique less likely. Meteorologist Bernadette Woods Placky describes how Climate Matters is helping to end the ‘TV news desert’ around global warming. Plus letters from Caroline Evans and Daniel Scharf The disaster to hit Mozambique is reported as one of the worst tropical cyclones to visit the southern hemisphere, with hundreds dead and hundreds of thousands more needing urgent assistance. I note the Guardian was the only major newspaper to lead with this story on Wednesday (Race to find survivors after deadly cyclone, 20 March). People suffering in Mozambique and neighbouring countries didn’t create the climate crisis, but they are dying from more intense weather events like Cyclone Idai. Continue reading...
03/20/2019 - 12:50
Ocean Leadership ~ Opportunity ID 19249 Opportunity URL https://npp.usra.edu/opportunities/details/?ro=19249 The Applied Sciences Manager at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center seeks a post-doc candidate in the area of water quality. The new candidate will work closely with AquaWatch, the water quality initiative by the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) as well as Goddard labs that process and validate aquatic satellite data and develop a near-real time information system to monitor water quality using current multi-spectral satellite data and future hyperspectral data from PACE and any field campaigns associated with a potential mission on Surface Biology and Geology, currently an architecture study. Prospective candidates will work closely with AquaWatch to grow Earth Observation-derived water quality products to support effective monitoring, management and decision-making. This effort will contribute to building and maintaining an operational, collaborative global water quality validation system using available in situ data from the international aquatic science community. Validation activities will include quality checks of inland and coastal water quality products derived from satellites, metrics of algorithm performance, and refining data products. Validation will also ensure the satellite-derived products meet scientific requirements for research and global applications, including the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, data from robust, long-term in situ aquatic databases such as SeaBASS (https://seabass.gsfc.nasa.gov) and LIMNADES (https://www.limnades.org/) will be incorporated along with new sources of data from developing countries and under-sampled regions. Another source of global in situ data is AERONET-OC, which contains globally distributed autonomous radiometer systems maintained at fixed coastal nearshore and inland sites. This validation effort will include building international partnerships (similar to the previous NASA SIMBIOS program) and exploiting networks such as AERONET-OC for product validation and water quality monitoring. Prospective candidates may also support capacity building in conjunction with NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) program, among others. Candidates should have experience in one or more of the following: aquatic remote sensing, bio-optical sampling, limnology, oceanography, environmental science, and/or data assimilation. Experience with NASA Earth science satellite missions or research activities is desirable. The post Post Doc in Global Water Quality, NASA (Apr. 15) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
03/20/2019 - 12:42
Ocean Leadership ~ COMPASS seeks motivated candidates for the position of Program Assistant. COMPASS champions, connects, and supports diverse science leaders for the well-being of people and nature. You can learn more about our mission and the change we seek in the world by visiting our website (www.COMPASSscicomm.org). Position Summary The Program Assistant (PA) is a part time (30 hours/week) position based in Silver Spring, MD. The PA will work with COMPASS staff involved in policy events and other engagement activities designed to bring scientists into direct dialogue with decision makers, primarily in the Washington, DC area. Events may include policy briefings, workshops, and meetings for as few as 2 and as many as 100 participants. This role will require the program assistant to manage logistics and implementation of COMPASS-led events, track and share policy news and events, and attend relevant policy events and seminars. Essential Duties & Responsibilities The PA will divide his or her time between: (a) Planning, logistical and administrative support for COMPASS policy engagement activities, including: Secure venue, catering, and other facility needs for events Secure lodging, travel, and other related logistical needs for participants and staff Ensure relevant documents and materials are completed, including providing layout, design, and final copy editing Manage on-site event logistics and needs. Record any minutes or notes if required Complete event follow up tasks, including processing expense reimbursement to the Director of Finance, data-entry, archiving materials and presentations, and other project-dependent tasks (b) Tracking daily policy-relevant news and events, and managing clips and a weekly events calendar (c) Attending policy-relevant events in person (e.g. briefings, hearings, local panels, seminars), as well as listening to event live-streams, and sharing back and synthesizing with the rest of the team (d) Utilizing social media and other forms of outreach to promote COMPASS policy-related events and activities (e) Supporting the creation of COMPASS policy products, such as presentations, papers, blogs, and other materials, by contributing research, editing, writing and/or design assistance (f) Providing administrative support for DC COMPASS staff, including making travel plans, handling expenses, and scheduling (g) Managing and maintaining the Silver Spring, MD office. This includes managing the facilities, furnishings, and machinery for an office of 3-5 staff, including liaising with landlord, vendors, and service providers (h) Trouble-shooting technology needs (i) Other support as needed Qualifications The ideal candidate must have: Desire to support the design and implementation of highly professional meetings, workshops, briefings, and other events Strong interest in and understanding of COMPASS science & policy priorities, which can evolve quickly Strong written and oral communication skills Strong organizational skills, ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines Ability to work in an environment that requires a proactive approach and fast turn-around times Collaborative work style that combines tenacity, creativity, flexibility, adaptability, and innovative thinking in order to quickly solve problems and achieve positive results Fluency in using Mac systems and programs High proficiency with office productivity software including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), iWork (Pages and Keynote), WordPress, creating and merging PDFs, and scheduling proficiency with Google Calendar and iCal Proficiency with online communication and file sharing tools including Skype, Zoom, Dropbox, Google Documents, and Evernote Understanding of relational databases; experience with Salesforce and/or Legistorm preferred Appreciation for COMPASS’ mission and desire to help scientists make their science matter In addition, the ideal candidate will have: Previous event coordination experience Graphic design experience (to support the layout and production of policy briefs) Experience using social media in a professional setting (Twitter/Facebook) Education and Experience Undergraduate degree required. Relevant experience in science, policy, and/or other non-profit preferred. Organizational Relationships This position reports to the Assistant Director of Policy Engagement, and will work closely with her on many projects. This position will also be accountable to other program staff for events and discrete tasks. The PA will also be expected to interact regularly with the rest of the COMPASS team. Physical Demands The job predominantly involves working at a desk as well as occasional local and domestic travel (car, plane, train, etc). Physical requirements while working in the office will include the ability to sit for long periods of time, perform extended computer-based research, keying data into The post Program Assistant, COMPASS (Mar. 29) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
03/20/2019 - 12:00
Australia has highest rate of mammal extinction in the world but government admits it ‘does not have data’ on plans The federal environment department has admitted it does not know whether recovery plans meant to prevent extinctions of threatened species are actually being implemented. Related: Wombats, sharks, possums, frogs: Australia's animals at risk of extinction – interactive Continue reading...
03/20/2019 - 09:46
Workers appeal for more helicopters as flood waters keep rising after Cyclone Idai Rescue teams in Mozambique are struggling to reach the thousands of people stranded on roofs and in trees and urgently need more helicopters and boats as post-cyclone flood waters continue to rise. Mozambique, which was hit by Cyclone Idai over the weekend, has declared a state of emergency and is appealing for international help. Continue reading...
03/20/2019 - 09:20
Research suggests that 'rogue' waves are occurring less often, but becoming more extreme. Scientists have, for the first time, used long-term data from a wide expanse of ocean to investigate how these rare, unexpected and hazardous ocean phenomena behave.
03/20/2019 - 07:01
Protest’s organisers say bank invested more $30bn in 15 fossil fuel projects from 2012-17 A UK-wide campaign is being launched to persuade one of the country’s biggest high street banks to stop investing billions of pounds in the fossil fuel industry. Activists from the Labour-supporting Momentum group will team up with the environmental group People and Planet to stage more than 40 “creative direct actions” at Barclays branches in town and cities across the UK later this month. Continue reading...
03/20/2019 - 06:00
Allegations that animals not fit for consumption are entering food chain raise doubts over Netherlands’ inspection regime An investigation into the Dutch food safety authority has been ordered by the minister of agriculture, Carola Schouten, following repeated allegations that sick cows are being slaughtered in the north of the Netherlands. A number of cases have been brought against cattle traders and slaughterhouses for transporting and offering sick cattle for slaughter in recent years, with several consequent convictions. Now the government is to review the Dutch food safety authority (Nederlandse Voedsel en Waren Autoriteit, NVWA). The NVWA is responsible for monitoring the slaughterhouses, but questions have been raised about its effectiveness since it was established in 2012. Continue reading...
03/20/2019 - 00:00
Commission set up by Scottish government recommends new powers to split monopolies Scottish land ownership rules must be radically reformed to reverse the concentration of the countryside in the hands of a small number of ultra-wealthy individuals and public bodies, a major review has warned. The study by the Scottish Land Commission, a government quango, says that in extreme cases where landowners abuse their power they could face compulsory purchase or community buyouts. Continue reading...
03/19/2019 - 20:34
Latest incident raises concerns about Brazil’s nuclear security in a state struggling with violent crime A convoy of trucks carrying nuclear fuel came under armed attack on a highway in Rio de Janeiro state on Tuesday as it drove past a community controlled by a drug gang. Gang members armed with rifles opened fire on the convoy, Rio’s O Globo newspaper said. Armed police escorting the convoy exchanged fire with armed gang members as the trucks carrying uranium continued to a nearby nuclear plant. The attack is the latest of several violent incidents in the area where Brazil has two nuclear reactors and has raised concerns about its nuclear security in a state struggling with high levels of violent crime. Continue reading...