Archives for May 2, 2016

Pipeline Safety Research Competitive Academic Agreement Program (CAAP)

see PIVOT notice

The pipeline infrastructure in the United States (U.S.) is the primary means of transporting natural gas and the majority of hazardous liquids from production basins and ports to areas of consumption. The importance of energy pipelines to the U.S. economy and our standard of living requires that these assets be safely maintained and appropriately expanded to sustain demand.

Research must play a larger role in finding the solutions to national, regional and local pipeline operational safety and environmental challenges. Some of these challenges involve operators’ having the best technology to efficiently and effectively meet or exceed federal and state regulatory requirements on the safety and integrity of pipelines. Other challenges include keeping critical industry consensus standards fresh with the latest knowledge and know-how so that people, property and the environment are protected.

The CAAP initiative is intended to spur innovation by enabling an academic research focus on high-risk and high pay-off solutions for the many pipeline safety challenges. It will potentially deliver solutions that can be “hand-offs” to PHMSA’s core research program of demonstration and deployment. The goal would be to validate proof of concept of a thesis or theory all the way to commercial penetration into the market.

Further, the pipeline industry and federal/state regulators are experiencing low numbers of applicants to entry level positions that are technically focused. As such, another goal of the CAAP program is to expose graduate and PhD research students to subject matter that is common to pipeline safety challenges and to illustrate how their engineering or technical disciplines are highly needed in the field. The ultimate benefit would be to cultivate new talent in all aspects of pipelining, similar to how programs at other Federal Agencies and non-profit organizations have encouraged talent to consider a career in a certain field.

National Phenology Network

see PIVOT notice listed under Gulf Coast CESU

The USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN) seeks to enhance scientific understanding of how climate variability is linked to phenology across broad spatial scales, and how temporal mismatches between plants and other organisms can drive population loss, cause rapid evolutionary shifts, and ultimately impact economies and human well-being. While hypothesized drivers of phenological shifts and mismatches, along with high spatially and temporally resolved climatic data are rapidly becoming available, access to large scale and integrated phenological data is now the major limitation to such analyses. Tools and resources for rapid integration of phenology resources are needed to overcome this limitation. This opportunity outlines the need for the development of a plant phenology ontology that can be used to create national to global integrated phenological datasets.

Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Program

The Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network is a national consortium of federal agencies, tribes, academic institutions, state and local governments, nongovernmental conservation organizations, and other partners working together to support informed public trust resource stewardship. The CESU Network includes 365 nonfederal partners and 15 federal agencies in seventeen CESUs representing biogeographic regions encompassing all 50 states and U.S. territories. The CESU Network is well positioned as a platform to support research, technical assistance, education and capacity building that is responsive to long-standing and contemporary science and resource management priorities.see overall site

Dr. Jill Findeis 215 Genry Hall University of Missouri Columbia, MO 65211 PHONE: (573) 882-7740 EMAIL:

Missouri S&T is under the Great Rivers CESU organized by Jill Findeis at MU.


although sometimes gets action under the very active Gulf Coast CESU.