A new report on tsunami preparedness chaired by John Orcutt for the National Research Council is available today. Tsunami Warning and Preparedness: An Assessment of the U.S. Tsunami Program and the Nation's Preparedness Efforts argues that the country is ill-prepared for tsunamis in the country. The Seattle Times reports that "the committee also called on NOAA's Tsunami Warning Centers in Hawaii and Alaska to better coordinate their efforts. The centers currently use different computer systems and different software, and are not able to back each other up, Orcutt said." A similar article appears in the Los Angeles Times.
The CI team has open positions at its UC San Diego location. These include: Real-Time Data Network Programmer (two positions); Data Architect; and Data Curator.
The University of California provides excellent benefits packages for all career employees. The UCSD campus is located in La Jolla, with easy access to the Pacific Ocean and to many areas of San Diego. We hope that you'll take the time to check out the available jobs, and apply if you're interested, or pass them on to your friends and colleagues.
UC San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that values a diverse workforce.
CI team members submitted four abstracts to this year's Fall AGU, which will be at its usual location in San Francisco from 12-17 December 2010. Two of the submissions will be posters, and will include a demo of the Xbox game under development, Deep-sea Extreme Environment Pilot (D.E.E.P), as well as a survey by the CI User Experience team to engage the Earth and ocean sciences community in providing feedback for the CI user interface and tools. You can view the abstracts in our library. We hope to see you there!
Dr. Tim Killeen, who leads NSF's Geosciences Directorate, gave a keynote at this year's TeraGrid conference on the role of cyberinfrastructure in the geosciences. Dr. Killeen presented an overview of the NSF's past, current and future investment in cyberinfrastructure, including a discussion of the OOI. You can read an abstract of his talk at the TeraGrid conference site, and an article about his talk that recently appeared in HPCwire.
The OOI CI now has access to 10 Gigabit per second (Gbps) connections to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). The OOI CI is based at UCSD, which is a member of the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives (CENIC). You can read the full press here.
Mark James joined the CI team this week as Operations Manager for the program. Mark has extensive operations and project management experience, and comes to us from the Center for Research and Biological Systems at UCSD, where he coordinated the cyberinfrastructure for six research organizations; this included electron microscopes, marine metagenomics, GIS brain atlasing, neurological vocabularies and lexicons, data federation, and cluster computing. Mark has a B.S. in Computer Science from Pennsylvania State University and an M.P.A. from the School of Public Administration at University of Southern California. Welcome to the OOI CI Mark!
The current issue of the online magazine Explorations published by Scripps Institution of Oceanography features the OOI in the article Wiring the Oceans: A new state-of-the-art global observatory currently under construction is about to launch ocean science light years ahead.
OOI CI Principal Investigator John Orcutt gave the talk "The U.S. NSF Ocean Observatories Initiative: A Modern Virtual Observatory" at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly meeting in Vienna, Austria. The talk was part of the session "Towards establishing permanent infrastructures for ocean observations: instrumentation, measurement strategies and methods for ocean observatories."
CI representative Susanne Jul and her team will be available throughout the upcoming Tempe Science Workshop to meet with scientists and end users to gather input on user interfaces for access to the CI. Look for the "Science of User Experience Design" poster and table to participate.
The broadband seafloor seismometer was successfully deployed on 7 April on the MARS observatory. The seismometer is streaming near real-time data; however, it is not synced to UTC due to timing problems. Engineers are troubleshooting the issue.
The MARS seismometer project is funded by the NSF as a testbed for the OOI CI. "ITR: Collaborative Research: Looking Ahead: Designing the Next Generation Cyber-infrastructure to Operate Interactive Ocean Observatories," or "LOOKING." NSF award 0427974.