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April 28-29, Rutgers University, NJ

Meeting Goals

  • Bring together scientists and engineers: numerical modelers, data product providers, glider operators, system integrators and OOI architects.
  • Communicate OOI and OSSE status and design to numerical modeling community
  • Communicate existing Northeast numerical modeling and data product generation efforts to OOI community
  • Identify and define numerical models to be integrated with the OSSE
  • Refine the integration design and plan for the OOI CI OSSE project (Ocean System Simulation Experiment)


  • Date: April 28 and 29 full day. Meeting starts at 9am
  • Location: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Main campus (off College Farm Road). We meet at the University Inn Conference Center(see directions)
  • Lunches and refreshments for both meeting days plus dinner on Tuesday will be provided.


(Note: Links to presentations are embedded within the agenda)

Day 1 (Tuesday, April 28): Focus on the OOI and OSSE

Goals and themes of day 1: Context setting OOI and OSSE. What is the required mission planning and control framework? What is the relationship between ocean simulation and the platform traveling between those simulations? What existing infrastructure can be enhanced and tested using the CI tools in the coming year?  How will data flow between models and the observing network?

Time Presenter/Facilitator Topic
  Light refreshments and coffee
9:00am Oscar Schofield
Welcome and introductions.
Meeting goals and agenda.
Overview of Northeast observing network, numerical models and potentials for the OOI Cyberinfrastructure. MarCOOS status.
Overview of the OSSE project
9:20am Matthew Arrott Status of the Ocean Observatories Initiative. Goals, time line and significant design elements.
9:40am Michael Meisinger
OOI CI Pilot project: Data Distribution Network and Data Exchange. Towards a community accessible deployment of numerical data integration tools, available in a compute cloud based infrastructure. Chances and benefits for the numerical modeling community. Vision for the OOI CI.
David Thompson
OSSE technology: ASPEN - shore side schedule planning. ASPEN interfaces and OSSE integration
10:10am David Thompson
OSSE technology: CASPER - embedded, continuous planning and replanning. CASPER interfaces and OSSE integration
Arjuna Balasuriya
OSSE technology: MOOS-IvP - Glider navigation and behaviors. MOOS-IvP interfaces and OSSE integration
Yi Chao
OSSE Numerical Model Integration
Oscar Schofield
Charge for the breakout groups

11:15am Oscar Schofield Breakout Group 1: Numerical Models for the Northeast and integration with shore-side and on-board planning (numerical models, data distribution, ASPEN/CASPER)
11:15am Matthew Arrott
Breakout Group 2: Observing platform control and planning integration (MOOS-IvP, CASPER, ASPEN)
12:30pm   Lunch (possibility for working lunch if needed)
Continuation of both breakout groups
3:15pm   Break
3:30pm Group leads Report out breakout group results
4:00pm Oscar Schofield Reconcile and merge the two efforts into a coherent work package by larger group. Towards a defined OSSE schedule and plan, integrated with the Northeast numerical modeling community.
Feedback opportunity.
5:00pm   Meeting day 1 adjourns
5:30pm   COOL Cocktails
7:00pm   Dinner organized in New Brunswick

Day 2 (Wednesday, April 29): Numerical Model integration

Goals and themes for day 2: Modeling observing data coming off the OOI network?  Can we simulate ocean environment (one model) and use another model to try to characterize the first model? How might many different models be organized and made available? What models will be running in the coming year within MarCOOS?

Note: The numerical modeling group meets at the University Inn Conference center. Other specific breakout groups will be defined during day 1 of the meeting. Topics may include: Glider technology, glider simulator, glider operation, plan-behavior integration. Specific breakout groups can meet at the Rutgers COOL Room and in adjacent labs.

Time Presenter/Facilitator Topic
9:00am Oscar Schofield, Yi Chao
Goals for day 2. Context setting. Overview
9:15am Oscar Schofield, Yi Chao Models and timelines for Mid-Atlantic
Matthew Arrott
CI tools for models from OOI
Rich Signell
Model data interoperability for NOAA IOOS. Overview
Oscar Schofield, Yi Chao Work session: Numerical model integration and interoperability. The coupling of MarCOOS modeling to CI tools, checklist of what modelers need and how leverage off each other.
Live demo of JPL numerical model integration.
Oscar Schofield, Yi Chao Continuation of work session
Oscar Schofield, Yi Chao Continuation of work session
Oscar Schofield, Yi Chao Work sessions summary
04:30pm   Meeting adjourns


  • Matthew Arrott (CalIT, OOI CI program manager)
  • Arjuna Balasuriya (MIT, platform control behavior)
  • Lorraine Brasseur (OL, instruments, marine observatories)
  • Bronwyn Cahill (RU, ecosystem modeling)
  • Yi Chao (JPL, ocean models)
  • Avijit Gangopadhyay (U. Mass, ocean models)
  • Nickitas Georgas (Stevens, models)
  • Scott Glenn (RU, ocean networks & models)
  • Ruoying He (NCSU, ocean modeling)
  • Eoin Howlett (OpenDap, data base)
  • John Kerfoot (RU, glider scientist)
  • Josh Kohut (RU, glider & CODAR scientist)
  • Pierre Lermusiaux (MIT, platform control behavior)
  • Julia Levin (RU, ROMs models)
  • Michael Meisinger (CalIT, OOI CI software architect)
  • Al Plueddemann (WHOI, moorings, AUVs)
  • David Thompson (JPL, missing planning and control)
  • Andre Schmidt (U. Mass, ocean modelers)
  • Henrik Schmidt (MIT, platform control behavior)
  • Oscar Schofield (RU, OOI CI project scientist, meeting host)
  • Tim Scholz (WHOI, moorings, AUV)
  • Rich Signell (USGS, ocean modeling)
  • David Stuebe (ASA Science, data management)
  • Javier Zavala-Garay (RU, ROMs models)


Travel and Accommodation

Please make your own arrangements. For accommodations we have a list of suggested locations here.  If you would like help you can contact Debra Farruggia (debra AT on any recommendations or help.  For those who have not traveled to Rutgers, Newark airport is the closet, and you from there you can train to New Brunswick or rent a car. 

TRAVEL COSTS WILL BE REIMBURSED through Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  All OSSE meeting participants must provide a copy of their flight itinerary as well as original receipts for flights, hotels, and ground transportation.  If it costs more than $24.99, an original receipt is required.  MEALS will be reimbursed using perdiem method (Breakfast $10; Lunch $17, Dinner $30).  Please do not send meal receipts.  Meals which are provided by the meeting sponsor will not be reimbursed.  Please forward receipts to Karen at the contact information below.  The process usually takes approximately 10 days from the date receipts are received.  Please also indicate where you would like to have your check sent.

Karen Schwamb / Administrative Associate
Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
266 Woods Hole Rd., MS 7
Woods Hole, MA  02543
Telephone:  508-289-2675 / Fax:  508-457-2006

Meeting Location

The main meeting will take place at the Rutgers University Inn Conference Center(see directions).

Some breakout groups on the second day will meet at the Rutgers Marine Science Building in or around the COOL room. This is also where the cocktail hour will take place.


From Newark International Airport:

Exiting the airport, follow the signs for the New Jersey Turnpike. Take the NJ Turnpike South, follow directions below.
From the NJ Turnpike and Route 18 North

From Exit 9 of the NJ Turnpike follow Route 18 North towards New Brunswick, staying in the middle lanes. Pass the exit (two right lanes) for Route 1 North, and quickly get into the right lane, as you will need to exit immediately for Route 1 South. On Route 1 South, you will pass Sears and then a Rutgers sign. Take the first exit immediately after the Rutgers sign which is Ryders Lane towards New Brunswick, DO NOT GO UNDER THE OVERPASS. Proceed on Ryders Lane through one traffic light. A short distance after the light, you will pass Cobb Road on your right, and then two houses on your right. You will also notice that the road curves sharply to the left....DO NOT MAKE THAT CURVE! Our entrance is directly in front of you, immediately left of the large yellow/black arrow sign indicating a sharp curve to the left. Drive straight into our entrance and turn left into the parking lot.

From Route 1 South

Follow directions above from Route 1 South.

From Route 1 Nouth

Pass Route 130, you will see DeVry Institute on your right. Continue past the exit for College Farm Road (you will see Cook College on your left), the next exit will be for Ryders Lane (East Brunswick/Milltown) DO NOT TAKE THAT EXIT. Go under the overpass and take the Ryders Lane exit towards New Brunswick. Follow directions above from Ryders Lane.

From Route 78 and 287

Follow Route 78 to Route 287 South. Take Route 287 to Exit 9 (Highland Park). Make a right onto River Road. Follow about 3 miles to the Route 18 junction. Turn right onto Route 18 South, you will now be going over a bridge. Continue to the exit for Route 1 South, then follow the directions above from Route 1 South.

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