As most of you should be aware, next month we will be having a very important strategic planning meeting for Global SocMon/SEM Pasifika. The three day meeting will be hosted at the NOAA Headquarters in Silver Spring. The meeting will be co-sponsored by the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), the Caribbean Regional SocMon Node. We hope to have good discussions and hopefully we can address some of the challenges and concerns that were highlighted in the survey that was sent to many of you last year. It will be cold so please remember to bring warm clothes, hats and gloves. The key word is “layers”, as in layers of clothes!