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Feb. 2, 2004 – There's a modeling workshop going on this week on the St. Thomas campus of the University of the Virgin Islands, and it's got nothing to do with fashions or competition for a crown.
UVI was selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to host the workshop on oceanographic modeling — the computer simulation of marine events such as hurricanes, currents and global climate changes. This particular workshop, according to NOAA's W. Douglas Wilson, is to forge a partnership for the development of such a modeling system in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.
The three-day gathering, which began on Monday, is called an IOCARIBE-GOOS Modeling Workshop.
IOCARIBE is the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions. UVI Professor Roy Watlington is one of three U.S. delegates to the agency. It is a major objective of the commission to establish a Global Ocean Observing System, or GOOS, for regional oceanographic monitoring in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.
Workshop participants represent NOAA, the U.S. Navy and various university oceanographic research centers. Experts from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Kingdom are in attendance.
The U.S. Department of State's "White Water to Blue Water" initiative through NOAA is sponsoring the workshop. The University of Puerto Rico Sea Grant Program is supporting the UVI Center for Marine and Environmental Studies in serving as local host.
For more information, send an e-mail to Roy A. Watlington or call him at 693-1391.

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