Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: Fund
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: Weingartner proposes to continue the 33 year hydrographic time series, maintain a mooring and provide daily wind estimates for the northern Gulf of Alaska. He will also measure fluorescence and light transmission to estimate the primary production. He suggests that it will only be the spring bloom estimates rather than the entire year due to potential biological fouling of the instruments. The GAK1 measurements are vital for the determination of ocean climate conditions. The proposal is well written and Weingartner is productive. The basic work should be funded. The inclusion of the daily wind field processing is questionable. Why would mariners be interested in today’s (prior) winds rather than the predictions that are provided by the NWS? Providing real time winds is not a primary function of this program or an academic institution. Also, why are nitrate sensors not included in the mooring? These should prove to be more valuable than quasi-real-time winds. The leverage provided for this project is excellent and the requested costs are modest. Why isn’t the request for multiple years rather than just one year? Recommend continued funding this project. This project has repeatedly proved its value to the scientific community in the Northern Gulf of Alaska. Recommend funding at this level for FY04, FY05 and FY06.
Science Director Recommendation: (Not Available)
Science Director Comments: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Recommendation: Fund
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund
Executive Director Comments: The project has proven to be a cost effective partnership to enhance the value of one of the oldest time series of marine environmental data in the North Pacific. Proposal is to be funded at this level with these objectives for three years, FY 2004 - 2006.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: This project was approved at the November 10, 2003 TC meeting for three years. Brett Huber, Project Manager, is getting a revised budget to include all years funded. An additional $4,905 was approved at the Feb. 9, 2004 TC meeting (equipment calculation error on 1st approved budget).