GENERAL PURPOSE OF REMAINING SUMMER MEETINGS
The US JGOFS Steering Committe has discussed various strategies for the Summer 2002 SMP meeting in Woods Hole (July), and the follow-on meetings in 2003 and 2004. At the Steering Committee meeting last October, there was considerable discussion about just what kind of format might best serve PI needs and also advance ocean carbon cycle science. Here we describe the general design of the remaining summer meetings. The general purpose of the remaining three meetings are briefly desribed as:
2002 ``transitional" meeting with both progress reporting by indiv idual PIs and broader synthesis across projectsFeedback from SMP PIs on the format of previous meetings has been generally favorable. Most PIs want some allotment of time to present results from their projects, and previous summer meetings have allowed time for one short oral presentation per project, as well as poster presentations.
2003 Focus on products, such as a set of community synthesis papers
2004 Final meeting, wrap-up of community synthesis efforts
However, the structure of the summer
meeting needs to evolve with the Project, and as the number of active projects
declines and the SMP winds down, the emphasis of the meetings needs to
shift in its balance from simply communication of project results toward
stronger interaction and cross-disciplinary synthesis. The proposed design
below, which for 2002 combines longer plenary talks, thematic discussions,
poster sessions and working group meetings, is one solution toward accomplishing
this. To remain forward-looking, we also present basic formats for the
2003 and 2004 meetings, although the structure of these meetings will certainly
need to remain flexible to accommodate evolution of the SMP.
To begin each morning and afternoon session, longer plenary talks will be arranged - probably around 8-9 total, to present ½-1 hour talks. Speakers will be drawn from both within and outside the SMP, and most will be selected based on the daily plenary themes. Four of these plenary talks would be used to kick off the Theme Discussions (see below).
Theme Discussions: We propose four themes be presented at the meeting. The proposed themes of the workshop will address some aspect of the ocean carbon cycle, and ideally will promote participation from multiple SMP projects. Some examples of such themes include:
welcome your suggestions and are looking for volunteers to organize sessions
AND for nominations of speakers to present broad, stimulating plenary talks.
Please send J Kleypas (email@example.com) feedback on:
1. which themes you would like to see discussed (either these or separate topics),
The bulk of each session will center on open floor discussion. To encourage participation, major points from the plenary and related talks will be developed based on input form the SMP PIs and will be advertised prior to the meeting.
The last day of the meeting will be devoted to discussion of SMP's efforts at the Final International JGOFS Meeting (May 2003), the design of the SMP 2003 summer meeting, community synthesis papers, and issues such as educational outreach and data management.
Posters: Posters will
replace the 15 minute talks of previous meetings. Two main poster sessions
will be held over two full afternoon periods. We will organize the posters
according to discipline, similarly to how talks were organized at the 2001
meeting (e.g. Euphotic Zone Production and Export; Basin-Scale Biogeochemical
Modeling; Global Scale Data Synthesis; etc.).
Working Group Meetings: Over the last two years, working groups have evolved to accommodate existing projects (CO2 Survey Data; OCMIP; Regional Test Beds); to lay the groundwork for upcoming SMP workshops (Marine Calcification); or to wrap-up results from previous SMP workshops (Midwater Processes). A few working groups also remain active in areas such as Food Webs, Continental Margins, and SMP Community Synthesis efforts.
Two afternoons will be devoted
to working group meetings. Unfortunately, some of these will run simultaneously,
but we will try to minimize coincident scheduling of those working groups
which require overlapping expertise.
Other: Those who have
attended meetings in Woods Hole in the summer know that an important limiting
resource is restaurants, and casual interaction can be cut short by the
hurry to beat the evening dinner queue. Last year we considered having
two banquet-style meals, since the cost of these is very compatible with
dinner per-diem costs. This slight change in the meeting design remains
an option. Volleyball, of course, will remain on the schedule, and
we will also consider a growing preference for croquet among the modelers.
Table 1. Format for 2002 SMP Summer Meeting.
|Theme 1||Theme 2||Theme 3||Theme 4|
|Plenary 1||Plenary 3||Plenary 5||Plenary 7||Plenary 9|
|open disc.||open disc.||open disc||open disc||final disc.|
|pm||Plenary 2||Plenary 4||Plenary 6||Plenary 8|
|Working Gp Mtgs||Poster Session||Working Gp Mtgs||Poster Session|
We anticipate that there will remain a few outstanding issues, such as data archiving, synthesis papers, etc., that will require final attention. The format for this meeting will be designed around these issues, but will certainly be less formal than previous meetings.