The NOPP Office was excited to announce the 2011 NOPP Excellence in Partnering Award winners in mid-August. Dr. Charles Fisher from Pennsylvania State University and Dr. James Brooks from TDI International, Inc. were recognized for their FY 2008 NOPP-funded project titled Exploration and Research of Northern Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Natural and Artificial Hard Bottom Habitats with Emphasis on Coral Communities: Reefs, Rigs, and Wrecks (also known as Lophelia II). The project was nominated by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), and includes partnerships with BOEM, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). More information on the award announcement can be found here. More information on the Lophelia II project can be found here and here. The NOPP Office will be presenting the awards to Dr. Fisher and Dr. Brooks during the MTS/IEEE Oceans ’12 Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia on October 15.
NOPP-funded PIs Shu-Chih Yang, Takemasa Miyoshi, and Eugenia Kalnay published their third article on Improving Tropical Cyclone Intensity Forecasting, titled “Accelerating the EnKF Spinup for Typhoon Assimilation and Prediction,” in Weather and Forecasting. More information on the publication announcement and the article can be found here and here.