Spring 2009

ASC Droplets

Navigating Great Lakes Harbors on the Web

The Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) HarborView pilot project features an integrated, Web-based viewer that provides data on nearshore currents, winds, waves, and prevailing weather for more than 200 Great Lakes harbors. The project is designed to enhance commercial and recreational navigation on the Great Lakes by bringing together overviews of current conditions, information on features of interest in the region, and real-time views of the harbors themselves. Based on the interest shown in these products, the project may expand to include other harbors within the Great Lakes region. GLOS is the only freshwater component of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System, a nationwide federal initiative of NOAA.

Fred's Free Fish Fry

UW Sea Grant Aquaculture Specialist Fred Binkowski recently helped donate nearly 500 pounds of frozen yellow perch filets to the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee’s food bank, which gives free food to the hungry through a network of food pantries, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters. “This is the first time that Hunger Task Force has received a donation of fresh fish,” said Director Sherrie Tussler. “To several of our network pantries serving specific cultures, this gift is truly valuable.” Binkowski and his staff grew the fish from eggs to market size in the indoor aquaculture research center at the Great Lakes WATER Institute at UW-Milwaukee, where Binkowski studies faster, more cost-effective ways to raise the popular Wisconsin fish fry staple.

Lubchenco Named to Head NOAA

President Barack Obama has named Oregon State University Professor Jane Lubchenco, one of the nation’s most prominent marine biologists, to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Lubchenco’s area of expertise concerns the interactions between humans and the environment: biodiversity, climate change, sustainability science, ecosystem services, marine reserves, coastal marine ecosystems, and the state of the oceans and of the planet. Lubchenco also founded the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program, which aims to turn talented young scientists into effective communicators with the media and policymakers. Lubchenco is the first female administrator of NOAA (and U.S. under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere).

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