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V.I. Mariners Invited to Ocean Observing System Workshop

Virgin Islands mariners - both commercial and recreational - are invited to familiarize themselves with the tools and services of the Caribbean Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing System (CarICOOS) at a training workshop at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at the MacLean Marine Science Center on the St. Thomas campus of the University of the Virgin Islands.

The workshop is designed to provide training in the skilled use of ocean observing tools offered by CariCOOS to local users - including navigators, pilots, and persons involved in search and rescue or in marine enforcement. Services and tools offered by CarICOOS include web displays of marine data, databases, links to satellite-derived data, and wind and current models of the Virgin Islands region. Other data and information sources will also be covered at the session. The presenters are Dr. Jorge Corredor and Prof. Julio Morell, CarICOOS co-principal investigators from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez.

CarICOOS is the the observing arm of the Caribbean Regional Association for Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing (CaRA). It is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which is designed to provide the nation with an improved understanding of climate and ecosystems. Overall goals of the system include sustaining living marine resources, improving public health and safety by reducing the impact of natural hazards and environmental change, and supporting marine commerce and transportation. Visit the CaRA web site at

For more information on the local training, contact Dr. Nasseer Idrisi, acting director UVI's Center for Marine and Environmental Studies at or call (340) 693-1380. Individuals who would like to participate are asked to register by calling Charmaine Joseph at (340) 693-1380 or sending a email to Roy Watlington at