Dr. Coale, working with Mike Prince, with Jim Harvey as Co-Pi, has submitted a proposal to NSF for the construction of three Regional Class Research Vessels (RCRV) for delivery to the nation’s research fleet. The initial design refresh phase is projected to cost $2.7 million with the final project costs to be about $223 million. This represents the largest project MLML has yet attempted (even larger than the reconstruction of the labs).
On the science side of things: Dr. Coale has submitted another collaborative proposal to NSF to study the processes contributing to high concentrations of methyl mercury in fog, an observation that made the cover of Geophysical Research Letters, earlier this year. Working with scientists from UCSC, CSU Humboldt, SFSU, CSUMB and USGS, Coale and colleagues propose the analysis of mercury speciation throughout an array of fog monitoring stations situated in the foggy regions of the coast and deploy the Pt. Sur to sample fog in distinct regions of the coastal ocean to sleuth out the source of this neurotoxin. This will inform many other ongoing studies of mercury cycling now being performed by the MPSL group within the SF Bay/Delta Complex. Since fog is the major source of water to maritime chaparral, this study will also inform the bioaccumulation of mercury in central coast maritime habitats and their biota. Together with the RCRV proposal, Dr. Coale has over $261 million in current and pending support.
On the public front: Dr. Coale has been interviewed by a number of national and international radio and print journalists regarding the recent finding that an American Business man has conducted a 100 ton release of iron sulfate over 100,000 square kilometers, west of the British Columbian coast. You will be reading about this in the New York Times, Guardian, Washington Post, etc. An interview appears here: (http://www.cbc.ca/quirks/episode/2012/10/20/october-20-2012/index.html). Dr. Coale and the In Situ Iron Studies Consortium have been taking calls on this subject all week. ISIS is an international consortium dedicated to the transparent and international study of iron fertilization studies.
Public service: Dr. Coale was reelected to represent operating institutions on the UNOLS Council, he serves as a Trustee for the Ocean Science Trust, he serves on the Executive Committee of the ISIS Consortium, and the Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST), he serves on the Ocean Protection Council’s Science Advisory Team and acts as Chair of the MLML Marine Operations Committee.