MARGINS News Archive 2003













December 2003

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November 2003

November 13th, 2003: Ocean Noise and Marine Mammals
In order to provide unbiased information about the important issue of marine mammals and marine noise, the MARGINS Office will maintain a web page, posting links to relevant information on the issue of ocean noise and marine mammals.

November 5th, 2003: MARGINS Announces First Annual Student Prize — AGU 2003

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October 2003

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September 2003

September 9th, 2003: New meeting announcement, Fifth International Conference on Asian Marine Geology jointly with First Annual Meeting of IGCP-475 DeltaMAP, and APN Project on the Mega-Deltas of Asia, on the Meetings page.

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August 2003

August 29th, 2003: Important information for non-US participants in meetings and conferences in the US. Visa regulations have been updated, and stricter rules apply, even for travelers entering on a visa waiver program. This important information is posted on the new MARGINS US Visa Information webpage.

August 29th, 2003: The MARGINS AGU Fall Meeting Sessions List for 2003 has been updated with a number of new relevant sessions. Link on the Meetings pages.

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July 2003

July 30th, 2003: The recurrent MARGINS AGU Fall Meeting Sessions List for 2003 has been posted on the Meetings pages.

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June 2003

June 20th, 2003: The Spring 2003 issue of the MARGINS Newsletter, number 10, is off to the press. It is already available for download as a PDF file from the MARGINS Newsletter page. From the contents: ODP Leg 205 Costa Rica SubFac and SEIZE article, Marine Mammals and Acoustic Research update, MARGINS event response and the Anatahan eruption, Data Management, Funded Programs 2003, MARGINS Post-doctoral Fellows, and more...

June 9th, 2003: On June 4th, the Columbia Earth Institute and the MARGINS office posted a press release about the recent eruption of the Anatahan volcano in the Northern Mariana Islands, and the role of the MARGINS Office as a scientific event response center. Read the press release on the Earth Institute's web page or go directly to the press release.

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May 2003

May 21th, 2003: A special Anatahan Volcano website has been posted because of the recet eruption and on-going investigations by MARGINS teams. The photos of the eruption posted are spectacular; don't miss them. The webpages will be updated and expanded, so make sure to revisit them for updates.

May 20th, 2003: The MARGINS Meetings Webpage has a new design, and has been updated. Each meeting announcement is now a separate webpage, designed to be printed directly from the web browser.

May 12th, 2003: NOAA's Operational Siginficant Event Imagery webpage has posted satellite images of the eruption of the Anatahan volcano (see below). Two images are available, the first from May 10th (available in preview (65K) and standard (388K) sizes) and the second from May 13th (also available in preview (65K) and standard (682K) sizes). The links will open the images in separate browser windows.

May 12th, 2003: Anatahan volcano erupted at about 9:00 GMT on May 10. The eruption was observed from a small ship deploying seismographs for the MARGINS Mariana Subduction Factory imaging project. A helo sent out by the CNMI emergency management office reported an ash cloud reaching to about 40,000 ft. The eruption continued on May 12. The island had been visited by the team on May 6 and there were no indications of an eruption at that time. The island is currently uninhabited. According to the Smithsonian web site, the volcano has not previously erupted during historic times. The MARGINS Office will monitor the developments and post any news on this page.

May 9th, 2003: The MARGINS Office Administrator, Joan Basher, left the office today, to move across the Atlantic Ocean to Geneva, Switzerland.

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April 2003

April 29th, 2003: Calls for single or collaborative proposals to conduct scientific research associated with EarthScope and support activities that further the scientific and educational goals of EarthScope has been published on NSF's website. The deadline is July 16th, 2003. Further information is posted on this web page.

April 29th, 2003: The deadline for session proposals for the AGU Fall Meeting 2003 is May 20th.

April 5th, 2003: The information and links page about marine mammals and ocean noise has been removed from the MARGINS website. For the moment, the Office is unable to provide any information relating to this issue, and any questions should be directed to the Marine Mammals Protection and Earth Science Research web page at the website of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory's Office of Marine Affairs


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March 2003

March 25th, 2003: A special information page with information related to the issue of ocean noise and marine mammals has been posted on the MARGINS website. The page is permanently accessible from the Related Documents page.

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February 2003

February 28th, 2003: The MARGINS Meetings web page has been updated with three new meetings: OCEANS III MILLENNIUM in Alicante, Spain, and two JOI/USSSP sponsored workshops, Planning workshop for Future Scientific Drilling of the Indian Ocean Submarine Fans in Boulder, CO, and Interplay of Collisional Tectonics and Late Cenozoic Glacial Climate in Alaska and the Northeastern Pacific Ocean at the University of Texas at Austin.

February 27th, 2003: A report from last September's Oceanic Mantle Dynamics Workshop in Snowbird, Utah is now available for downloading as a pdf file at the OMD web site. This report, entitled "Ocean Mantle Dynamics Implementation Plan: Report of a Community Workshop", includes the following recommendations:

  • A decade-long program of focused, coordinated studies, centered around experiments made possible with a new generation of ocean bottom seismic instrumentation and incorporating constraints from petrology, geochemistry and geodynamic modeling, could make tremendous progress towards solving the outstanding questions of mantle dynamics
  • An Ocean Mantle Dynamics (OMD) program should have three major components:  (1) large, process-oriented, interdisciplinary OBS experiments and related shore-based studies to test current models of mantle circulation; (2) two leapfrogging regional arrays of OBS to fill in gaps in the global seismic network and improve resolution of global earth structure;, and (3) an offshore complement to USArray to study ocean-continent crustal and upper mantle structure
  • An OMD program should foster an interdisciplinary approach to addressing mantle dynamics problems involving seismologists, petrologists, geochemists, geophysicists, modelers, theoreticians and experimentalists from both the ocean and earth science communities

The science that can be done by an Oceanic Mantle Dynamics program, and the resources required, are described in the workshop report.

February 26th, 2003: The 136-page report from the R/V Ewing Mid-Life Refit Workshop, held at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory on October 22-23, 2002, is now available on-line as a downloadable PDF file.

February 12th, 2003: NSF Budget Proposal for FY 2004: Significant Increases But Shy of Doubling Path. The National Science Foundation (NSF) would receive $5.481 billion in President Bush's fiscal year (FY) 2004 budget request, a $453 million or 9% increase over the President's FY 2003 budget request and 14.8% greater than the level at which the agency is currently funded. The Geosciences Directorate would receive an increase of nearly 13% over current funding levels to $688 million. At first glance this year's budget request for GEO is 0.5% smaller than the President's FY 2003 budget request, but last year's proposed budget was artificially bloated by proposed program transfers from NOAA, the USGS, and EPA. Congress rejected the transfers, which would have totaled nearly $75 million. Without considering last year's proposed transfers, GEO's budget would receive an 11.5% increase over the FY 2003 request. Read the full story at the AGU Science Legislative Alert website.

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January 2003

January 20th, 2003: Whale beachings: Geotimes has an informative news article about the case of the beached Cuvier's beaked whales in Gulf of California. It is impartial, presents the facts and outlines some of the important implications and ramifications for the future of academic seismic and acoustic research. The death of the whales has been linked to seismic investigations within the RCL Focus Initiative of the MARGINS Program, and this news article (link will open in new window) summarizes the story and explains where matters stand at present.

January 15th, 2003: This year's first issue of EOS (vol. 84, no. 1, page 3) contains an article about the MARGINS-NSF-IFREE workshop on the Izu-Bonin-Mariana Subduction Factory, held in September 2002 in Honolulu, Hawaii


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