1. Funding for an active research program is in place.
- The Marine Environmental Prediction System (MEPS), a $3.6M
infrastructure project funded by CFI and others, has been established.
- MEPS has three components: North Atlantic Ocean Basin, Eastern
Canadian Shelf, and Coastal Embayment (Lunenburg Bay). Infrastructure
for all components has been acquired and research is well underway. An
operational version of the shelf circulation forecast system Dalcoast
2 has been delivered to Dalhousie by Josko Bobanovic, and plans are
underway to link it to the Lunenburg Bay circulation model. Our web
page is scheduled to appear in early May.
- A recent award of $2.7M from the Canadian Foundation for Climate and
Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS) provides research funding and management
support for the Lunenburg coastal observation and prediction
project. This project greatly enhances collaboration with MSC and
DFO. Total funding for CMEP research now exceeds $7M.
- Three projects have been funded by the Canadian Foundation for
Climate and Atmospheric Sciences:
- "Development of a coupled atmosphere/ocean modeling system with
application to the extratropical transition of Atlantic
hurricanes" (R. Greatbatch (Dal), H. Ritchie (MSC) and J. Gyakum
(McGill), PIs; $206K for 2 years);
- "Assimilation of PALACE float data into a seasonal nowcast model of
the North Atlantic" (K. Thompson (Dal) and D. Wright (DFO), PIs, $225K
for 3 years); and
- "Interdisciplinary marine environmental prediction in the Atlantic
coastal region" (A. Hay and several others, $2.7M for 3 years).
Funding of the CFCAS proposal from Hay and colleagues represents a
significant boost for CMEP.
- Other projects use the CMEP infrastructure for part of the work and provide user fees:
- PARADIGM (PARtnership for ADvancing Interdisciplinary Global
Modeling), a consortium of North American scientists funded for a
five-year research program by the U.S. National Ocean Partnership
Program (Cullen.s component; $650K for 5 y); and
- NRC/NSERC/Satlantic Research Partnership project awarded to
J. Cullen and A. Cembella (NRC). ($1.2M, 5-year).