University of Southern Mississippi Gulfcoast

Monday, 29 February 2016

Attire: Business or Business Casual


08:00 Transportation from Hotel to University of Southern Mississippi

08:10 Coffee, Tea, and Pastries

08:30 Opening, Welcome, and Logistics: Ms. Angela Strong and Ms. Natalie Guess


Introduction by Mr. Helmut H. Portmann, Director, National Data Buoy Center (NDBC)

8:40 Keynote Address - Mr. Joseph Pica, Director, Office of Observations,

US National Weather Service

Session I: JCOMM: Chaired by

Dr. William Burnett, Deputy Commander/Technical Director, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command



1.1 09:00 Ocean observations and JCOMM contribution to the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) framework implementation, Mr. Etienne Charpentier, JCOMM


1.2 09:30 JCOMM Wave Observation and Measurement, Ms. Champika Gallage, JCOMM


10:00 – 10:15 Break


1.3 10:15 JCOMM Pilot Project - Wave Measurement Evaluation and Testing (PP-WET), Mr. Val Swail, Environment Canada


1.4 10:45 Establishing and Maintaining a Regional Ocean Wave Observing System, Dr. Miguel F. Canals Silander, Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System


1.5 11:15 Group Discussion and Photo


11:45 – 12:30 Lunch, Individual Responsibility


Session II: Standards, Chaired by Dr. Chung-Chu Teng, Chief, Engineering Division,

Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS), NOAA



2.1 12:30 Ocean Waves: Basic Theory, Measurement and Best Practice, Dr. Chung-Chu Teng, NOAA CO-OPS


2.2 13:00 Considerations in Formulating a National Wave Observing Plan: A User’s Perspective, Dr. Robert Jensen, US Army Corps of Engineers


2.3 13:30 NDBC Data Management: Quality Control, Dissemination, and Archive of Wave Observations, Mr. Rex Hervey, NDBC


14:00 - 14:15 Break


2.4 14:15 Quality Assurance of Real-Time Oceanography Data (QARTOD), Mr. Richard Bouchard, NDBC (Mr. Mark Bushnell, CoastalObsTechServices LLC – unable to attend)


2.5 14:45 WIGOS Metadata Standards, Mr. Joe Swaykos, NDBC


2.6 15:15 Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA), Col. C. Reid Nichols (USMC-ret), SURA


2.7 15:45 Developing a Rogue Wave Probability Estimator, Dr. Mark Orzech, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center


2.8 16:15 RMIC Morocco Ahmed Cherifi


2.9 16:45 RMIC China Yu Jianqing


17:15 Transportation to hotel

University of Southern Mississippi Gulfcoast

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Morning and Noon Events

Attire: Business Casual


07:15 Transportation from Hotel to the University of Southern Mississippi

07:45 – 8:00: Coffee, Tea, Pastries


8:00 Welcoming Address, Dr. Kelly Lucas, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources

Session III: National Presentations, Chaired by Captain Joe Swaykos, (USN-ret), Chief, Mission Control Center Branch at NDBC



3.1 08:30 National Presentations WMO Region IV – 20-minute presentations.


3.1.1 08:30 Antigua/Barbuda, Donald Simon

3.1.2 08:50 Costa Rica, William Vargas Chinchilla

3.1.3 09:10 Curaçao, Pieter Haime

3.1.4 9:30 Dominican Republic, Jenvel Almonte

3.1.5 9:50 El Salvador, Saul Canjura Jimenez

3.1.6 10:10 Haiti, Jeantau Louis

3.1.7 10:30 Saint Lucia, Augustin Govinda (via  phone)

3.1.8 10:50 Canada, Laura Morieras

3.1.9 11:10 Brazil, LT Tobia Ferriera

3.1.10 11:30 Ecuador, Leonor Vera

3.1.11 11:50 South Africa, Shandu Buhle Goldman


12:10 – 13:30 Lunch, Individual Responsibility


Session IV: Technology, Chaired by Dr. Richard Crout, Chief, Ocean Sciences Branch, U.S.

Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center (NRLSSC)


4.1 13:30 NDBC Buoy Technology&Operations, Mr. Stephen Cucullu, Acting Chief, Operations Branch, NDBC


4.2 14:00 Fugro Geos, Mr. Rob Smith


4.3 14:30 Axys, Mr. Stephen Naeth


4.4 15:00 Ocean Power Technologies, Ms. Kate Edwards


15:30-15:45 Break


4.5 15:45 University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Stephan Howden


4.6 16:15 Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Tony de Paolo


4.7 16:45 WaveForce Technologies, Dr. Jeff Hanson


4.8 17:15 Seaview Systems, Mr. Tim Crandle


17:45 Transportation to Hotel


18:30: Evening Social at the Chandeleur Brewing Company (, Sponsored Marine Industry Science & Technology Cluster (MIST),

Infinity Science Center | John C. Stennis Space Center

Wednesday, 02 March 2016

Morning and Afternoon Events

Attire: Business Casual


08:00 – Transportation from Hotel to Infinity Science Center, Hancock County, Mississippi

08:30 – 08:45 Coffee and Tea

08:45 – Announcements


Session V: Calibration, Chaired by Dr. David W. Wang, Ocean Sciences Branch, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory,

Stennis Space Center (NRLSSC)



5.1 09:00 Theory and application of calibration techniques for NDBC wave measurement buoys, Mr. Richard Bouchard, NDBC, and Mr. Kenneth Steele, NDBC-retired


5.2 09:30 Wave Buoy Calibration at the Coastal Data Information Program CDIP), Les Hanson


10:00 – 10:15 Break


5.3 10:15 Wave Buoy Calibration at National Data Buoy Center (NDBC), Mr. Rodney Riley, Oceanography Engineer, NDBC


5.4 10:45 NDBC Mission Control Center (MCC), Mr. Robert Congilione


5.5 11:00 Closing Remarks, Mr. Helmut H. Portmann, Director, National Data Buoy Center (NDBC)


5.6 11:15 Wrap-up and discuss topics for future workshops, Mr. Joe Swaykos, NDBC


11:30 – 12:30 Lunch, Individual Responsibility



13:30 Transportation to Hotel