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Modeling Community of Practice Call

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Dear Colleagues, [PLEASE SHARE WITH INTERESTED PARTNERS]

As the Gulf of Mexico community continues to advance our tools for data collection, interpretation, and analysis (monitoring community of practice), there may be value in establishing a network for information sharing among system modelers. In order to gauge interest in this concept, we are casting a wide net for anyone and everyone who is interested in the many aspects of modeling (data inputs to end users) participate on a teleconference to discuss the purpose, need, structure, and function of this group going forward.

Modeling Community of Practice Call: Monday May 21, 2pm eastern time
Conference Line: 888-670-3525; Guest Code: 2880645304#

Please email Libby Fetherston-Resch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in learning more about this group or this call.

After this preliminary conversation, we will convene a small workshop during the GOMA All-Hands Meeting and again at the 2019 GOMOSES Conference with the hope that many of you can participate in one or both of these conversations. You will find a draft purpose need statement below, and we look forward to getting your feedback on May 21.

Sincerely,

Greg Steyer, USGS 
Ehab Meselhe, The Water Institute of the Gulf
Libby Fetherston-Resch, Florida Institute of Oceanography
 

A Gulf Modeling Community of Practice DRAFT Purpose and Need Statement

This community will:

-Establish a platform to communicate major modeling activities in the Gulf region. This will enhance collaborations; avoid duplications or excessive overlap. The “platform” could be a website, special sessions at a regional conference, listserve, google site, github for specific models software repository, etc.

-Establish regular communications (e.g. quarterly/semi-annual webinars): to disseminate information on existing and/or imminent modeling activities funded in any of the Gulf States that could be of interest to other groups.

-Establish existing “needs” for modeling efforts.  Teams could be formed to address these needs with resource managers and target appropriate funding sources.

- Longer term strive for an inventory of modeling infrastructure - including modeling R&D, expertise, modeling capacities, and modeling data and delivery systems  that we can point to that hopefully enhances the availability, use and usability by partners.

- Consist of at least two people from each of the five Gulf States and the relevant federal agencies.

Ultimately, this group would connect to the larger GOM data and monitoring community of practice funded by the RESTORE Council, but would operate independently.

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Andy Shepard is former director and advisor for the Gulf of Mexico Research Collaborative (www.gomurc.org).  Previous experiences include: National Undersea Research Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, as Science Director, marine operations specialist, chief scientist on undersea expeditions, and Center Director (2004-2008); 2008-2011-- Associate Director, Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Fort Pierce, FL.  His research interests include: advanced undersea research technologies for ocean ecosystem studies; research, monitoring and management of benthic habitats and associated living resources; and assessment of fishing gear performance and environmental impacts.
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