University Graduate Student One of Five in Nation to Have Proposal Funded by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

April 28, 2014

Emily Cira Cornell

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Emily Cira, a graduate student enrolled in the Coastal Marine System Science Ph.D. program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, was one of five recipients in the nation who was chosen to receive funding from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to attend a summer workshop. Cira’s proposal emphasizes use of remote sensing in coastal water quality applications. 

Cira was given funding from the Ocean Carbon Biogeochemistry Program at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to participate in a highly regarded, intensive two-week ocean remote sensing training course. The course will be held at Cornell University in Ithaca, N. Y., from Friday, May 30, through Friday, June 13.

Doctorate and post doctorates around the United States were eligible to apply for the funding. Applicants were required to write a competitive proposal describing their research and how it would benefit from taking the course.

The course was created in response to the broad needs of many biological oceanographers and marine biologists who have research projects that would benefit greatly from the addition of a satellite remote sensing perspective, but are prevented from using satellite data because they lack the training needed to make easy and effective use of freely available data sets.

The class is typically comprised of about 80 percent graduate students, 15 percent post-graduate professionals and 5 percent undergraduates. Participants come from universities, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/The National Aeronautics and Space Administration facilities and private companies. There is often fairly strong international representation as well.