NERACOOS News: November 2015
Take a look around and then please take this short survey, we'd love to know what you think! We will be testing and continuing to make improvements for the next two months for a launch in early 2016.

Please join us for our 2015 Annual Meeting, Monitoring for Changing Ecosystems, on December 10th at the Portsmouth Conference Center. NERACOOS will bring together experts from throughout the region to tell a story of how our ocean is changing. NERACOOS will explore their current and future role in monitoring these changes, specifically through ISMN and NECAN. Click here to register now!
Expanding Ocean Acidification Monitoring and Engagement

The efforts of NECAN (Northeast Coastal Ocean Acidification Network) to expand monitoring of ocean and coastal acidification (OCA) in the region are starting to pay off. Last month, NECAN members and steering committee representatives attended a press event at the Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) hosted by the EPA. The event highlighted the recent deployment of a unique monitoring system for OCA measurements at the SMCC dock, which was implemented by Joe Salisbury’s team at the University of New Hampshire.

Over the last several months NECAN has hosted Stakeholder Engagement workshops in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Canada. The latest workshop was held in early October in conjunction with the Canadian Fishermen’s Forum. This year’s forum focused on “working together to monitor our changing coasts and oceans.” The Forum brought together members of the fishing and aquaculture industry, academic and government scientists, and the public to discuss observations and collaborative research needed to anticipate and adapt to the environmental and economic impacts of a rapidly changing ecosystem. Meeting summary's and results from these workshops will be incorporated in the NECAN implementation plan in the coming months.

This summer NERACOOS partnered with New Hampshire EPSCoR and were lucky enough to receive two interns for the entire summer! Jen Halstead focused on NECAN (Northeast Coastal Acidification Network), while Shelby concentrated on ISMN (Integrated Sentinel Monitoring Network). Throughout the summer Jen and Shelby attended several workshops, and tirelessly worked to improve the monitoring inventory in the Northeast. On behalf of NERACOOS thank you Jen and Shelby for all your efforts and we wish you the best of luck at the University of New Hampshire. 
Integrated Nutrient Observatory Deployment Underway

Throughout the summer and fall of 2015, NERACOOS and its partners continued the initial deployment and testing of automated nutrient sensors. Scientists from UNH operated and tested nitrate and phosphate sensors on the Great Bay buoy and will continue to operate them until the Great Bay buoy is recovered for the winter in early December. In the spring of 2016, UNH plans to re-deploy this buoy with automated nitrate, phosphate and ammonium sensors.
The University of Maine deployed nitrate sensors on NERACOOS buoys E and I during a cruise in July and is currently deploying several nitrate sensors at multiple depths on buoys M and N during their fall buoy turn around cruise. The University of Connecticut is planning to deploy a nitrate, ammonium and phosphate sensor on the Western Sound buoy in the spring of 2016. You can receive updates on this project by signing up for our mailing list or by visiting the Integrated nutrient observatory page where we will post updates.
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