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NANOOS Workshop – May 5-7, Beaverton, OR A Pilot Coastal Ocean Observatory for the Estuaries and Shores of Oregon and Washington Partners: Oregon Department.

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1 NANOOS Workshop – May 5-7, Beaverton, OR A Pilot Coastal Ocean Observatory for the Estuaries and Shores of Oregon and Washington Partners: Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries Oregon Health & Science University * Oregon State University South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve University of Washington US Geological Survey Washington Department of Ecology PIs: A. Baptista*, J. Allan, A. Chawla, A. Devol, G. Gelfenbaum, M. Haller, G. Kaminsky, P. MacCready, J. Newton, T. Ozkan-Haller, G. Priest, S. Rumrill, Y. Zhang

2 NANOOS Governance proposals Estuaries and Shorelines Pilot proposal Shelf Pilot proposal Context: NANOOS approach to early funding in response to IOOS request

3 Goal The regional integration and expansion of existing but disparate observation and modeling capabilities for the estuaries and shores of Oregon (OR) and Washington (WA). NANOOS pilot: estuaries and shorelines

4 We will explore issues of governance and coordination, certification and quality control, maintenance, expandability, and data dissemination, while seeking an effective balance between (a) local and intra-regional innovation and customization and (b) inter-regional and national standardization and economies of scale. Scope NANOOS pilot: estuaries and shorelines vision: NANOOS PNW Networked OOS

5 Real-time observation network Modeling & forecasting... Scientific research and education programs Operational and management applications Information products Real-time observation network Modeling & forecasting... Scientific research and education programs Operational and management applications Information products NANOOS pilot: estuaries and shorelines Vision

6 Anchor observation systems NANOOS pilot: estuaries and shorelines

7 Plate 1: The Columbia River littoral cell stretches approximately 165 kilometers from Tillamook Head, Oregon to Point Grenville, Washington. The littoral cell is divided into four sub-cells, including the Clatsop Plains, Long Beach, Grayland Plains and North Beach. The sub-cells are separated by estuary entrances at the Columbia River, Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor and bounded by rocky headlands. Beach profiles are monitored at 47 sites throughout the littoral cell. Three- dimensional surface maps are collected at 16 sites. Nearshore bathymetry is collected annually along more than half of the littoral cell, nominally at kilometer-spaced transects and in more detail at selected surface map sites. The locations of long-term tide and wave gages are also shown. URL:

8 Plate 2: SSNERR maintains an observation network in South Slough, in the Coos Bay estuary. With 6 primary stations, the network includes both continuous and episodic sampling strategies, and covers a broad range of in-water physical and water quality parameters, as well as meteorological parameters. The network extends from the watershed to the ocean, with fixed stations are all within the South Slough. URL: Estuarine Water Parameters 1 – Winchester Arm 2 – Sengstacken Arm 3 – Valino Island 4 – Charleston Bridge 5 – Sloughside Pilings 6 – OIMB Boathouse Meteorological Station 6 – OIMB / ECOS Lab Estuarine Nutrients (automated sampler) 4 – Charleston Bridge Van Dorn Samples 1 – Winchester Arm 3 – Valino Island 4 – Charleston Bridge 6 – OIMB Boathouse South Slough NERR Pacific Ocean Coos Bay estuary Ocean transects

9 Plate 3: OHSUs CORIE observatory includes modeling, real-time observation, and information systems. While observations emphasize the Columbia River estuary and (to smaller extent) plume, the modeling system extends to most of the PNW coast, and the information system is not geographically constrained. CORIE products are diverse, and often web-based

10 I. Puget Sound III. Willapa Bay II. Grays Harbor Plate 4: The WDoE has since 1973 conducted water quality monitoring at stations in Puget Sound, Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay. UW maintains an ORCA (Oceanic Remote Chemical-optical Analyzer) profiler in Puget Sound URLs: ORCA site

11 Components of pilot project think initial focus … NANOOS pilot: estuaries and shorelines

12 five estuaries South Slough in Coos Bay, OR Columbia River, OR-WA Willapa Bay, WA Grays Harbor, WA Puget Sound, WA two littoral cells Columbia River, OR-WA Rockaway, OR. Observations NANOOS pilot: estuaries and shorelines

13 The modeling framework will extend to the entire PNW, with enhanced detail in the Columbia River and its littoral cell. Builds on existing modeling capabilities (CORIE, …) Modeling NANOOS pilot: estuaries and shorelines Add PS, SJF and SG

14 Vision: Data and communication system will provide quantifiably reliable information to the right user, at the right time, in the right format. Initially unify anchors sites under an existing data and communication system (CORIE), but expect to evolve towards national standards as soon as feasible and appropriate Data and communication system NANOOS pilot: estuaries and shorelines

15 The pilot will focus on providing data products needed to address three environmental issues that are critical to the sustainable development of the PNW; (a) estuarine water quality (b) estuarine ecosystem management and restoration (c) coastal storms and erosion Driving environmental issues NANOOS pilot: estuaries and shorelines

16 Initial user groups NANOOS pilot: estuaries and shorelines WDoE DOGAMI NOAA Fisheries NOAA Coastal Storms Initiative (CSI) USGS US Army Corps of Engineers OR Department of Land Conservation and Development Local action groups such as Puget Sound Action Team, Friends of Grays Harbor, Olympic Region Harmful Algal Bloom Working Group, and Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce US Fish & Wildlife Service Scientific community Education, K-lifelong IOOS

17 Pilot project is expected to start July, 2004 Duration: 20 months Award: $700K (plus some in-kind) Advisory boards: in formation will be coordinated with the evolution of NANOOS governance Quarterly workshops different scopes coordinate with NANOOS workshops NANOOS pilot: estuaries and shorelines


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