Currently Scheduled Workshops

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Date Time Name Room  
Monday 1/23 10am - 12pm Metadata for Models Club Room I  
Monday 1/23 8am - 12pm Communicating Ocean Sciences Workshop Multiple Rooms  
Tuesday 1/24 11:30am - 1pm 500 Women Scientists Meet Up (Pre-Event Survey) Resolution  
Tuesday 1/24 5:30pm - 7:30pm Ocean Science Educators Night Quadrant Room  
Wednesday 1/25 5pm - 8pm Optimizing Ocean Observing: An Instrumentation Workshop Easter Island Room  
Thursday 1/26 7pm - 9pm Arctic Research Planning Night Quarterdeck  
Friday 1/27 9am -12pm Arctic IERP and Collaboration Opportunities Aft Deck  
Friday 1/27 11am - 5:15pm Alaska Coastal Marine Institute Review Resolution Room  
Friday 1/27 8am - 2pm Blue King Crab Project (private) Whitby Room  
Friday 1/27 1pm - 5pm The US-Canada Transboundary Fish and Lower Trophic Survey Aft Deck  
Friday 1/27 8am - 12pm The Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network

Endeavor Room

Friday 1/27 8am - 11am Introduction to Metadata Workshop

Resolution Room

Friday 1/27 1pm - 5pm Cook Inlet Beluga Management, Research, and Partnership Opportunities Endeavor Room  

Workshop Descriptions

AOOS Film Contest Entries  |  Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Alaska Ocean Observing System has held its short film contest for the last three years and received lots of great films. Please stop by the Endeavor Room downstairs at the Captain Cook hotel any time Monday through Friday and catch some of these films. We will be showing a loop of films that have been entered in our contest.

Metadata for Models  |  Monday 10am - 12pm

The North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) and Axiom Data Science will host a metadata workshop at the 2017 Alaska Marine Science Symposium. The workshop will focus on developing a set of best practices for data management and documentation related to model-based research projects. This workshop aims to foster a discussion between modelers, funders, and data managers, with the goal of identifying best practices for a practical, implementable data management policy for modeling-based research projects. NPRB will present the goals and intent for data and metadata archival and sharing and outline scenarios for distinct categories of model-based projects. Axiom will present a general template for documenting and preserving the outputs from modeling-based projects. Participants are asked to actively contribute to the discussion and provide ideas and suggestions for establishing best practices and guidelines. Modelers and other domain experts are invited to attend. The topics covered at the workshop include: current approach to data and metadata review and archival for modeling practices, expected deliverables and preservation needs, documentation needs throughout the workflow, and the appropriate content and format for metadata.

Communicating Ocean Sciences Workshop  |  Monday 8am - 12pm

For the past ten years, the workshop event organizers have provided practical information, great speakers and information on current best practices in education, outreach and media. This year we will provide strategies for communicating science to Alaska school and community audiences in ways that it can be immediately used and applied. This will be followed by time in break-out sessions to delve into the practical “how tos” of these approaches to improve your efforts. The workshop is sponsored by the North Pacific Research Board, Alaska Sea Grant, Alaska Ocean Observing System, and the Alaska Fisheries Science Center.

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500 Women Scientists Meet Up  |  Tuesday 11:30am - 1pm

Thousands have signed the 500 Women Scientists open letter. We’re creating a network of support that is larger than we could have imagined. The goals for our meet up are to give female scientists the opportunities to network within their research fields, discuss common concerns facing women in science, and brainstorm strategies to make science more accessible. This is also a chance for current and prospective members of the 500 Women Scientists community to get an update on the organization’s goals and activities and provide feedback on how the organization should focus its efforts.

Ocean Science Educators Night  |  Tuesday 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Educators and scientists - Please join us from 5:30-7:30 ​pm in the Quadrant Room of the Captain Cook Hotel for the Ocean Science Week Educator Night, which will feature short presentations and Q&A with educators on connecting with scientists through Skype, Google hangout, and other methods. Find out more about K-12 educational resources relevant to Alaska's marine ecosystems. (Required session for AMSS professional development course for teachers)

Optimizing Ocean Observing: An Instrumentation Workshop  |  Wednesday 5pm – 8pm

RBR specializes in oceanographic quality CTD's, data loggers, and integration of various complementary sensor technologies. This workshop (typically 2-3hrs) will focus on some best practices, practical maintenance procedures, and a few tips and tricks to help get the most from your ocean observing equipment. In addition, we'll introduce some theory behind common sensor technologies and have some fun with the latest functionality in Ruskin; compatible with both Mac and PC's. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring laptops as Ruskin will be provided and heavily utilized throughout the afternoon. To learn more about RBR and download Ruskin prior to the workshop, feel free to visit RBR-GLOBAL.COM.

Arctic Research Planning Night  |  Thursday 7pm – 9pm

Fairweather Science is hosting the annual Arctic Research Planning Night at the Quarter Deck. This event is held to facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing among Arctic researchers. We welcome everyone interested in discussing Arctic research. As with previous years, please either send in advance or bring a thumb drive with a few slides that outlines your research plans for 2017 and beyond. Please include vessel, location of study, duration of cruise, objectives, types of data to be collected, available bunk space, and length of contract. Slides may be sent to Sheyna Wisdom at Fairweather Science ( No RSVP is required and it is an open invitation. Beer/wine and appetizers will be provided by Fairweather Science.

Introduction to Metadata Workshop  |  Friday 8am – 11am

This workshop will provide an introduction to metadata for documenting scientific data. The presentation will define the value of metadata, why federal agencies are required to create it, describe the role of metadata in data management and distribution, briefly explain the origin of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) metadata standard and the Biological Data Profile, give an update on the status of the suite of ISO standards (19115, etc.), illustrate ways in which a metadata program can be implemented, and how to search and submit records using the US Geological Survey’s Core Science Metadata Clearinghouse. The workshop will cover various tools available for metadata creation, look at the elements of the FGDC standard and some best practices in creating an FGDC-compliant metadata record. For more information, visit FGDC’s website,, or the USGS Core Science Metadata Clearinghouse website,

Arctic IERP and Collaboration Opportunities  |  Friday 9am – 12pm

Lead Principal Investigators for the Arctic Integrated Ecosystem Research Program will provide an overview of the scope of the program, including dates and locations of field work, and sampling plans. The Arctic IERP will conduct cruises in 2017, 2018, and 2019. The program includes a social science component as well. The majority of the workshop will be dedicated to discussion of collaboration opportunities. Several projects have already committed to collaborating, and new collaborators are welcome. Collaborators participate in annual PI meetings and share data via a private data portal. We hope that researchers who have plans to conduct work in the northern Bering or Chukchi Seas in coming years will participate in the workshop to discuss coordination and collaboration.

Alaska Coastal Marine Institute Review  |  Friday 11am – 5:15pm

This workshop presents updates on current environmental research funded through the CMI to inform management of petroleum resources in Alaska's Outer Continental Shelf regions. The CMI is a collaboration between the University of Alaska, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and the State of Alaska. This is the first year that CMI student funded research will also be presented. The public is encouraged to attend and participate in learning about ongoing research programming.

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The US-Canada Transboundary Fish and Lower Trophic Survey  |  Friday 1pm – 5pm

We present the final results of the first systematic survey of both the US and Canadian Beaufort shelf and slope to 1000 meter depths, including the Mackenzie Canyon. These results include distribution,abundance and community analysis of fish, epifauna, infauna and zooplankton, which along with diet and isotopes, provides new understanding of the Beaufort Sea foodweb. This new understanding provides the wider scientific community baseline data across multiple scales, within the Arctic, the Beaufort Region, sub regions, shelf communities, slope communities and is especially useful for documenting and understanding climate change, the biggest scientific issue of our era. BOEM will apply this new understanding to analyze potential effects, develop mitigation, regulate and monitor oil, gas and renewable energy in the federal waters of the Beaufort Sea.

The Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network  |  Friday 8am – 12pm

The agenda will be dependent upon network member participation, and we hope to at least get network member updates out to the group. There will be presentations about member organization’s stranding-related activities this past year.

Cook Inlet Beluga Management, Research, and Partnership Opportunities  |  Friday 1pm – 5pm

Does your work involve studying, monitoring, managing, permitting, or funding projects for Cook Inlet beluga whales?  Do you want to share your knowledge, collaborate with, or develop partnerships with others conducting similar activities? If so, consider participating in the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Management, Research, and Partnership Opportunities session during the 2017 Alaska Marine Science Symposium.  The tentative agenda includes conference-style presentations followed by a panel discussion to foster information sharing, collaboration, and improved partnership opportunities amongst groups.