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From the Director:

Dear IOOS Community,

April is Citizen Science Month, and NOAA is celebrating the hundreds of thousands of volunteers that contribute millions of observations through projects supported all across our agency. Citizen scientists play a significant role in helping NOAA meet its mission of observing, predicting and understanding the environment and conserving and managing natural resources. Learn more about these vital efforts and how you can become involved. Follow NOAA Education’s Citizen Science Countdown

This month, NOAA also released the 2020 NOAA Science Report. The report "represents NOAA’s world-class scientific accomplishments and showcases its vibrant workforce." U.S. IOOS work is highlighted in the report including launching hurricane gliders to improve hurricane forecasts, U.S. MBON using eDNA to study marine life, and the development of a webcam coastal observing network pilot program supported by SECOORA.

The newly released NOAA Science Report highlights the ways these accomplishments — and many more — provide the foundation for vital services that Americans use every day. The report, which is broken into four sections, celebrates NOAA’s vital ocean, weather, water, and climate research, and how it works to protect lives and property, support a vibrant economy, and strengthen national security. Read the report here: 




From the U.S. IOOS Office:

  • 2021 NOAA Financial Assistance Workshop (Grants Management Workshop) - April 20-22, 2021:  Regional Association Directors and their grant/financial staff are invited to attend the 2021 NOAA Financial Assistance Workshop. This workshop will provide information on NOAA Grants Management Division post grant award processes. Attendees are welcome to participate virtually by webinar on April 20-22, 2021. 
  • IOOS is hiring!  We're looking for a physical scientist to:
    • Oversee multi-year and annual planning of national and regional ocean observation systems
    • Serve as a senior expert in oceanography and other physical sciences to provide an authoritative source of technical guidance to other functional specialists
    • Analyze, assess and present recommendations based on observing system requirements, gaps and resourcing needs
    • Coordinate collaboration between non-federal regional, intra-agency, and inter-agency ocean and coastal observing scientific and technology partners.

      This opportunity is only open until 4/21/21, so check out the details on USAJobs and apply

Observation Subsystem and Sensor Technologies:

  • Successful Repair of Nicholas Canyon HF Radar: Congratulations to the UCSB team, who have successfully repaired the Nicholas Canyon HFR that was damaged by the Woolsey Fire! See observations from the station here
  • SeaSonde Testing Underway: Large-scale testing of the GPS synchronization of SeaSonde radio broadcasts is underway on the U.S. West Coast. This testing is evaluating whether an unlimited number of HFRs can operate on the same frequency band using CODAR Ocean Sensors’ SHARE technology (GPS-enabled modulation multiplexing). The results of this testing are guiding our approach to meeting the FCC’s deadline to have all HFRs broadcasting within ITU-designated bands by next Spring. Thank you to all those participating in this testing!
    • TODAY! UG2 Industry Engagement Webinar – April 15th, 2-3:30pm Eastern/11-12:30pm Pacific Time: The webinar will include updates on community activities and presentations from glider industry representatives from Teledyne (Slocum) and Huntington Ingalls Industries (formerly Hydroid and developer of Seagliders). We look forward to hearing from our industry partners on their current and future efforts related to glider development and support. To help facilitate this opportunity, we are asking the community to submit any topics and or questions they would like addressed by the representatives prior to the webinar. 
    • REMINDER: UG2 Survey: The following survey is derived from the suggestions of the Coordinated Operations and Private Sector Engagement Steering Committee focus groups to facilitate further foster collaboration across the UG2 and glider community. Your inputs for the Coordinated Operations and Private Sector Engagement Survey are greatly needed and appreciated to help us foster collaboration through sharing of relevant information. To minimize double counting assets, please coordinate responses within your applicable projects leads and/or PI’s.  If you have not received the survey link please go to and click on  “Join UG2” to be put on dissemination of this and future surveys.
  • Animal Telemetry Network (ATN) (National Coordinator Bill Woodward, 

    • Collaborative MBON-ATN BioTrack Working Group holds first meeting: Sixteen members of our BioTrack Working Group met on April 7, 2021 and took the first step towards addressing our goal of establishing processes and metrics for analysis and visualization of marine animal tracking data for monitoring biodiversity that is useful for conservation and natural resource managers and other stakeholder groups. Our initial meetings are focusing on learning as much as possible about management/stakeholder activities and needs in the region. At this first meeting, Dr. Jennifer Cudney, a Fish Biologist with the Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Management Division of the NMFS Office of Sustainable Fisheries, provided the members with a comprehensive overview of the Atlantic HMS management needs with specific guidance on how animal tracking can support them. Next meeting (date TBD) will feature Dr. Chip Collier, Deputy Dir. for Science at the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC), who will discuss the management needs of SAFMC regarding biodiversity assessments and information that can be derived from animal tracking.   
  • The Global Biogeochemical-Argo Fleet: Knowledge to Action Workshop virtual sessions will be held over a series of Tuesdays in May (4, 11, 18, 25) and June (1). Sessions will explore the applications of a global data-stream from the Biogeochemical-Argo array in fisheries, carbon budget verification, and environmental forecasting. The impetus for the workshop is the G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative for better ocean observations to ensure sustainable use by future generations. The audience for the workshop is global, and to accommodate a global audience, the workshop sessions will be repeated twice each day at 0700 PDT Panel (1400 UTC) and 1600 PDT (2300 UTC). Many of the presentations will be pre-recorded and available a week before each session starts. For more information and to register for workshop sessions, please visit the workshop website:

Data Management and Cyberinfrastructure (DMAC) Subsystem and Tools Built on IOOS data (DMAC System Architect Micah Wengren and IOOS Data Management leads:, or the 'ioos_tech' listserve:

  • Successful: IOOS Biological Data Training Workshop: The inaugural IOOS Biological Data Training Workshop was held February 8-9, 2018 in Seattle, WA.  This workshop was co-sponsored with the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (U.S. Geological Survey, OBIS-USA) in coordination with IOC’s OceanTeacher Global Academy and OBIS international.  The workshop built on the successful partnership between IOOS and OBIS to develop a community of practice around the management and analysis of biological ocean observing data.  It provided hands-on training to partners from the IOOS Regional Associations, Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON),  National Centers for Environmental Information, Federal and State government agencies, Smithsonian Marine GEO, Ocean Tracking Network, Animal Telemetry Network, Ocean Networks Canada, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The objective of the workshop was to educate participants in the benefits, goals, technology and process to make biological data more widely accessible in standardized formats. Outcomes from the workshop include a collection of software and scripts available on a GitHub repository.  The training materials are available on the OceanTeacher website. (POC: Jennifer Bosch)
  • Save the Date! DMAC Annual Meeting:  This year’s meeting will take place Monday, May 21 to Wednesday, May 23 at the Silver Spring Civic Building in downtown Silver Spring.  Stay tuned for more information including hotel block information and a request for agenda topic ideas.  Please save those dates in your calendars and plan your travel to get together again this year in Silver Spring.
  • QARTOD (National Coordinator Mark Bushnell,
    • Another QC manual updated: A update to the Dissolved Nutrients QC manual has been completed and will soon be posted on the QARTOD web page. We thank the contributors and reviewers for their assistance!
    • Ocean Best Practices at AGU OSM: The OBP Town Hall at the Ocean Sciences Meeting was well attended, participants were engaged and asked good questions. The recorded questions, answers, and additional details are now being compiled. Extensive proceedings from the workshop held in November have been completed and will be posted at Preliminary discussions with IOOS RAs at the OSM suggest there are real opportunities for collaboration, contact Mark Bushnell for additional information.

Modeling and Analysis Subsystem (IOOS PO and IOOS Coastal and Ocean Modeling Testbed (COMT) POC – Tracy Fanara,   

  • No update.

Interagency and International Collaboration/News:

  • 2020 NOAA Science Report Released: Launching uncrewed systems to monitor climate and ecosystem changes in the U.S. Arctic, sequencing the genome for endangered marine species, and improving weather forecasts with advances in regional models — these are just a few of NOAA’s scientific achievements in 2020. The newly released NOAA Science Report highlights the ways these accomplishments — and many more — provide the foundation for vital services that Americans use every day. The report, which is broken into four sections, celebrates NOAA’s vital ocean, weather, water, and climate research, and how it works to protect lives and property, support a vibrant economy, and strengthen national security. Read the report here: 
  • Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI News) - Demo of Data Explorer 1.1 Video: Data Explorer continues to be refined in response to data users’ suggestions.  Upcoming updates and refinements are previewed in this 55-minute video.  The new, improved site will launch 5 May 2021.  Look for it!
  • NOAA Science Advisory Board Meetings: The NOAA Science Advisory Board will hold a special meeting on April 30th, 4pm-5pm ET. To register for the meeting and see the meeting agenda, please see Please also save the date for the NOAA SAB Summer Meeting July 20 and 22nd, 2021.  
  • NOAA Ocean Podcasts:
    • NOS Records Podcast on Lidar - A Laser is Worth a Thousand Words: Episode 45: NOS Communications Specialist Marissa Anderson interviewed Cartographer Maryellen Sault for this new NOS podcast on lidar: Lidar stands for light detection and ranging. We explore how this popular remote sensing method supports NOAA’s mission and enables scientists and mapping professionals to examine both natural and manmade environments with accuracy, precision, and flexibility. Listen to the podcast.
    • NOAA Custom Chart Tool - NOAA Ocean Podcast: Episode 46: NOAA is moving into the digital age by phasing out paper nautical charts over five years. In this episode, we talk with NOAA Corps Capt. EJ Van Den Ameele, chief of Coast Survey's marine chart division, to learn how this transition will affect mariners and why electronic charts offer many advantages over paper. And if you still need paper charts, Coast Survey has you covered. EJ discusses how an online tool called NOAA Custom Chart makes it easy to export printable charts for all maritime areas. 
  • NOAA Launches First National Rip Current Forecast Model: For the first time, NOAA is launching a national rip current forecast model, aimed at saving lives of beach-goers around the country. This new model can predict the hourly probability of rip currents along U.S. beaches up to six days out. NOAA’s National Ocean Service and National Weather Service collaboratively developed and implemented the model, which leverages wave and water level information from the recently upgraded National Weather Service’s Nearshore Wave Prediction System. Similar to predicting weather or precipitation, the model predicts the likelihood of dangerous seaward currents on a sliding scale - from 0 to 100%. Read more here: 
  • NOS Staff Presents at Port of the Future Conference: NOS representatives presented at the 2021 Port of the Future Virtual Conference, which focused on urgent and immediate issues facing ports of entry, regulators, and stakeholders. NOS’s presentation focused on supporting safety and efficiency at U.S. seaports through Precision Marine Navigation. The conference agenda also covered sustainability and alternative fuels; security challenges and solutions; digitalization and data sharing; decarbonization; and port resiliency. Participants in the conference included corporate leaders, trade/logistics professionals, government officials, and researchers. 
  • NGS Provides Update to United Nations Geodetic Working Group: The National Geodetic Survey (NGS) Geodesist who serves as the United States National Representative for the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM): Americas Working Group 4—the working group that deals with the Geodetic Reference Frame for the Americas (GRFA)—provided an update on the progress of establishing the GRFA at the request of the UN-GGIM directorate. On March 12, the virtual event took place during the 2021 annual meeting of the Pan American Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH) United States National Section. NGS presented during the US national section of PAIGH in the "UN-GGIM–Topics of Interest'' section. There were approximately 35 delegates in attendance.
  • Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors Roundtable - April 27, 2021 at 10:00am - 11:30am ET: The National Weather Service Director and the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador program invite you to participate in this event with the theme of "Weather-Ready Nation's Role in Advancing Social Equity." Please register here.
  • CO-OPS Tests Wind Power for Observation Stations: CO-OPS is testing the feasibility of expanding station designs to incorporate wind-generated power. CO-OPS currently uses commercial electric and/or solar photovoltaic systems for power at its National Water Level Observation Network (NWLON) and Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System stations. This new technology would be especially useful in areas that experience less sunlight, like the Pacific Northwest. The new technology is being tested at the Duck, North Carolina, NWLON station. If that test is successful, another test site will be added in the Pacific Northwest. CO-OPS maintains a permanent observing system of more than 200 water level gauges throughout the U.S. and its territories. NWLON is the source for accurate, real-time and historical water levels for governments, the commercial navigation sector, and recreational users.
  • Grants & Funding Opportunities:
  • American Lobster Research Program: This program will support research to address critical gaps in knowledge about how the American Lobster and its fishery are being impacted by environmental change. Applications are sought from research teams and encourage research partnerships between state agencies, academia, and/or industry stakeholders that address life-history parameters, including but not limited to impacts of ocean acidification; distribution and abundance, including but not limited to ecosystem shifts; species interactions; and/or bait alternatives in the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, and/or southern New England. Pending appropriation of funds, Sea Grant anticipates awarding between five to ten research projects totaling between $1 million and $2 million dollars in FY2021. Projects must have a maximum duration of two years. Eligible applicants are any individual; any public or private corporation, partnership, or other association or entity (including any Sea Grant College, Sea Grant Institute or other institution); or any State, political subdivision of a State, Tribal government or agency or officer thereof. Application due date: April 20, 2021. Read formal announcement on NOAA-OAR-SG-2021-2006808
  • NSF Convergence Accelerator Broad Agency Announcement: The NSF Convergence Accelerator program addresses national-scale societal challenges through use-inspired convergence research. Using a convergence approach and innovation processes like human-centered design, user discovery, and team science and integration of multidisciplinary research, the Convergence Accelerator program seeks to transition basic research and discovery into practice—to solve high-impact societal challenges aligned with specific research themes (tracks). NSF Convergence Accelerator tracks are chosen in concordance with the themes identified during the program’s ideation process that have the potential for significant national impact. The NSF Convergence Accelerator implements a two-phase program. Both phases are described in this solicitation and are covered by this single solicitation and corresponding Broad Agency Announcement. The purpose of this parallel activity is to provide increased opportunities for proposals that are led by non‑academic entities. Proposals that are led by Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), non-profits, independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations should respond to this solicitation. Proposals led by for‑profit or similar organizations should respond to the BAA. Phase I awardees receive significant resources to further develop their convergence research ideas and to identify important partnerships and resources to accelerate their projects, leading to deliverable research prototypes in Phase II. This solicitation for FY 2021 invites proposals for the following Track Topics: Networked Blue Economy and Trust & Authenticity in Communications Systems. Read more here: Letters of Intent are due May 5, 2021 and full proposals are due June 14, 2021. 

Delivering the Benefits:

  • CA Imaging FlowCytobot (IFCB) Network - SIO Training Workshop: As part of a California-wide automated early-warning system for coastal harmful algal blooms (HABs), 11 Imaging FlowCytobot (IFCB) units will be deployed on California piers, offshore moorings, and research cruises, for automated, real-time HAB monitoring in coastal waters. Training began in February at Scripps Institution of Oceanography with essential personnel and with McLane Laboratories, Inc., the IFCB manufacturer, to prepare for the deployment of the CA network. The CA IFCB Network will be the largest of its kind, to date, and is part of the NOAA NCCOS and IOOS Implementation Strategy for a National Harmful Algal Bloom Observing Network (NHABON). The CA IFCB Network leverages funding from the Ocean Protection Council, IOOS, NOAA ECOHAB, and the Orange County Sanitation District. 
  • NERACOOS offers quicker access to Mariner's Dashboard: After years of development and months of beta testing, the Mariners’ Dashboard, NERACOOS’s improved way to visualize regional ocean data, is live. The Mariners’ Dashboard interface is a distillation of the buoy map’s most loved components (according to users), integrated with favorite features from other areas of the site. Instead of visiting multiple pages, you can now find current conditions, observations, histories, and forecasts all within the dashboard. Starting on April 13th, the Buoy Map button on the NERACOOS homepage has been replaced with a Mariners’ Dashboard button; clicking on it now brings you to the Dashboard landing page, which displays an interactive map with a quick snapshot of notable observations from the region.
  • USF COMPS Maintaining Operations on the West Florida Shelf: In March 2021, the University of South Florida Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System (USF COMPS) headed to sea on the R/V Weatherbird to replace the C10 buoy off the coast of Sarasota, Florida. This buoy provides real time data on water velocity, wind speed, air temperature, water temperature, salinity, and more. Buoys are our real-time eyes on the water and keep mariners safe by providing the true local conditions, while also providing critical data for weather and circulation modeling. Read the full story (and watch the video!) on the SECOORA website.
  • AOOS UAF Glider: The UAF glider Shackelton was deployed for its second flight in Prince William Sound on March 23 where it will continue to collect oceanographic data and listen for herring tagged by the EVOSTC Herring Research and Monitoring Program. According to PI Seth Danielson, this is the last flight in PWS before the glider attempts to transverse the coastline into Resurrection Bay. Good luck Shackelton! You can follow the glider in real-time through the AOOS data portal at this link.
  • California HAB Bulletin: February 2021: The February CA HAB Bulletin is now live with the latest collection of model output, observations, and advisories! 


  • No update.


  • Webinar | 4th Grade Curriculum: Water Shapes our Planet and our Lives: Faculty from the University of Georgia (UGA) Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant (MAREX-GSG) will present “Water Shapes our Planet and our Lives,” a new, virtual curriculum that teaches water, weather and climate topics through the 21st century lens of climate change. The curriculum covers traditional science standards for upper elementary and middle school students (grades 4-6) and includes ocean and climate literacy to prepare youth to engage in climate change conversations. The curriculum contains a series of interactive lessons created using Pear Deck for Google Slides and video tutorials of hands-on activities that reinforce each lesson. A limited number of activity kits are available by request, and a final activity is available for educators to prompt their students to communicate about climate change and how it impacts animals on Earth.  See the SECOORA page for more info & registration.
  • Alaska Marine Policy Forum – April 21: Each month, the Alaska Ocean Observing System and Alaska Sea Grant host a one-hour conference call with participants across the state interested in marine policy in Alaska.  Join us to hear the latest about marine funding, legislation, and state and federal policy issues. Come prepared to share information you are aware of that’s important to other friends of Alaska. The April meeting  will be conducted via Zoom, with a telephone call-in option (1-866-832-7806, PIN 2671471). If you would like to speak on the call or have ideas for topics, please email Holly Kent.

Upcoming Meetings with IOOS Participation (Please check links as we move forward as things may change quickly for planned events):

  • GCOOS Spring Meeting, 18 May 2021, virtual: Please mark your calendars and save the date for the next GCOOS Spring Meeting. We’ll be meeting virtually this year and we’re still planning the agenda, so watch this space, as well as our website and Facebook page for details. The meeting is open to all who are interested in ocean observing in the Gulf of Mexico and will include updates from some of GCOOS’s principal investigators. Registration & agenda coming soon!
  • SECOORA Annual Meeting, 24 May 2021, Virtual: SECOORA will host their 2021 Annual Meeting virtually on May 24 from 1:00 – 2:30 ET. The meeting will include a Board and Members business meeting, election updates, and a report out on SECOORA’s revised Strategic Plan. A Board Executive Session will be held from 2:00 – 2:30 PM. Click here to reserve your spot
  • Capitol Hill Oceans Week, 8 June 2021: We are excited to share the Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2021 program with you! This year’s conference will focus on the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in sustaining a healthy ocean, coast and Great Lakes. The future of our waters depends on all people and the actions we take now will have sweeping long term impacts. Our success will require the experience, expertise, perspectives and values of the communities most affected by environmental change and quality. We invite you to take a look at the detailed conference description and themes at the CHOW 2021 webpage.  Registration is now open!
  • 2021 IOOS DMAC Meeting, 15 – 17 June 2021, Virtual: We are pleased to announce that the 2021 DMAC Meeting will take place virtually on the afternoons (1:00 - 5:00 PM ET) of Tuesday, June 15 through Thursday, June 17. Please save these dates in your calendars.  We will reach out for agenda input for presentation and breakout discussion topics soon. Further information on event logistics will be coming out soon as well. Questions or suggestions about the agenda should go to Mathew Biddle (, Micah Wengren (, Tiffany Vance ( and Kathy Bailey (
  • MTS 14th Buoy Workshop, 25 - 27 October 2021: The MTS 14th Buoy Workshop has been rescheduled for October 25 – 27, 2021 and will be held in Wilmington, North Carolina.  This year’s theme is Moored Systems for the Future. Areas and topics will include, but are not limited to: Ecosystems Monitoring, Long-Term Observing Systems, Reliability & Harsh Environments, Power Systems, Data, Sensors & Instrumentation, Mooring Design and Synergy.  Registration opens and the call for speakers begins April 15, 2021, and abstracts are due September 1, 2021. Please see the Buoy Workshop homepage for more information (


Other Upcoming Meetings:

  • ICOE 2021 - 28–30 April 2021, virtual: The International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE 2021) is taking place virtually 28-30 April 2021. In addition to unparalleled opportunities to network and learn from industry leaders from around the world, this event will provide a variety of forums for attendees to share advancements in ocean energy research and technology breakthroughs. Come discover how the ocean renewable energy industry is preparing to benefit the larger "Blue Economy" and the electrical grid, and identify the research needed to further advance the state of technology. Learn more here
  • SAVE THE DATE! 2021 Esri Imagery and Remote Sensing Educators Summit April 28–29, 2021, virtual: Join us at the second Esri Imagery and Remote Sensing Educators Summit. This summit is split into two half-day sessions where professionals in imagery, remote sensing, and higher education can learn together. During this summit, you will have the opportunity to collaborate, share results from their research, and discuss challenges. Registration is free, and we encourage all higher education instructors, research scientists, and others who engage with remote sensing technology to attend this inspiring summit. For more information: 
  • 9th EuroGOOS International Conference, 3–5 May 2021, virtual: The 9th EuroGOOS International Conference, Advances in Operational Oceanography: Expanding Europe’s Ocean Observing and Forecasting Capacity, will take place virtually on 3-5 May 2021. Held every three years, the conference aims to provide a review of present ocean monitoring and forecasting capacities and oceanographic services, and identify new science and technology priorities. The event brings together a wide range of developers and users of operational oceanography services, and provides a platform to exchange ideas, foster cooperation, and formulate coordinated solutions to ocean-related global challenges. See the conference website for more details, registration is now open.
  • 2021 Geospatial Summit, 4 – 5 May 2021, virtual: The 2021 Geospatial Summit will be completely virtual on May 4-5, 2021. Registration is not yet open, but all NGS News email subscribers will be notified when registration opens. This year’s event will provide updated information about the planned modernization of the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS). Additional information about the 2021 Geospatial Summit will be posted online. Email questions or comments to
  • Ocean Visions 2021 Summit, 18 – 20 May 2021, virtual & in-person: The Ocean Visions 2021 Summit will be hosted globally online across multiple time zones on May 18-21, 2021. Virtual Campuses - The Scripps Institution of Oceanography will serve as the virtual host together with virtual satellite campuses in Hobart (Australia), Cape Town (South Africa), Mindelo (Cabo Verde), and Kiel (Germany). Registration is Free but required to access the online portal. Register here
  • 2nd International Operational Satellite Oceanography Symposium, 25–27 May 2021, virtual: The Executive Steering Committee of the 2nd International Operational Satellite Oceanography Symposium, co-chaired by EUMETSAT and NOAA, is pleased to announce the next Symposium will be held virtually May 25-27, 2021.  See the conference page for more information.  
  • 2021 CDI Virtual Workshop: Designing Data-Intensive Science - May 25-27, 2021: The Community for Data Integration (CDI) workshop this year is being held May 25-28, 2021, online! The theme this year is “Designing Data-Intensive Science.” Every two years, we bring the CDI together to share our advances in working with scientific data. With an all-virtual event this year, we hope that a record number of people can participate. Registration is now open! Learn more here: 
  • EMODnet 2nd Open Conference and Jamboree,  14–18 June 2021, Oostende, Belgium and virtual: The second EMODnet Open Conference and Jamboree will be held the week of 14 June 2021. During the event, EMODnet partners, communicators and data providers and users will take stock of EMODnet achievements over the past 10 years, connect across stakeholder communities and set goals for the future. To start the week, the EMODnet Open Conference will focus on use cases and requirements for developing essential open marine data services for blue economy actors, the public sector, civil society and the research community. More details will follow soon.
  • SAVE THE DATE! 2021 Esri Ocean, Weather, and Climate GIS Forum,  3 – 4 November 2021: Join other leaders to learn about how organizations are applying GIS technology to solve their complex data integration problems. See how using GIS helps provide the framework for integrating your multiple disciplines and warfighting functions across the Joint All-Domain Command and Control. Submit papers, listen to plenary talks, and participate in breakout sessions with other leading marine, climate, and earth scientists. See the conference website for more details



  • 4th Grade Curriculum: Water Shapes our Planet and our Lives, 27 April 2021, 3:30pm ET: Faculty from the University of Georgia (UGA) Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant (MAREX-GSG) will present “Water Shapes our Planet and our Lives,” a new, virtual curriculum that teaches water, weather and climate topics through the 21st century lens of climate change. The curriculum covers traditional science standards for upper elementary and middle school students (grades 4-6) and includes ocean and climate literacy to prepare youth to engage in climate change conversations. See the SECOORA page for more info & registration
  • SERIES: National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series: The National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Seriesprovides educators with educational and scientific expertise, resources, and training to support ocean and climate literacy in the classroom. This series currently targets formal and informal educators, students (high school through college), as well as members of the community, including families. You can also visit the archives of the webinar series to catch up on presentations you may have missed here.
    • April 20: Driven Ashore and Gone to Pieces – Beach Wrecks of North Carolina
    • April 21: Whale Sharks of Hawaii
    • April 22: Kid Power – How North Carolina Kids Took on Marine Debris
  • SERIES: Engaging with the Blue Economy: The Ocean Exchange™ and the Marine Technology Society have teamed up to offer a joint webinar series, "Engaging with the Blue Economy." The webinar series will focus on all facets of the Blue Economy with the goal of recognizing the importance of the Ocean to our lives every day. The series kicked off on March 3, 2021 with speakers Claire Jolly (OECD) and Monica Grasso (NOAA), and continue on the first Wednesday of each month.  Click here for more information and registration
    • May 5: Aquaculture
    • June 2: Market Discussion
  • SERIES: Esri Applied Meteorology Using ArcGIS Webinar Series: GIS is a foundational tool for weather and climate research and analysis. With tools to ingest multi-dimensional weather and climate data, process and analyze, and attain informative forecast products for preparedness and adaptation, ArcGIS advances our understanding of the atmosphere to benefit science and society. In this free series, you will gain insight into how you can incorporate ArcGIS into your work from fellow scientists and GIS experts. Register here:
    • May 12, 2021, 8 am – 9 am PDT - Weather and Climate Data Dissemination
    • June 23, 2021, 8 am – 9 am PDT – Optimized Hydrologic Models Aid Forecasts and Projections for Improved Decision-Making
    • August 25, 2021, 8 am – 9 am PDT – Use Cloud-Based GIS Technology to Deliver Briefings to Build Resilient Communities
  • SERIES: BlueTech Global Connect: The BlueTech Global Connect (BGC) webinar series is designed to connect exciting BlueTech companies from around the world with potential advisors, investors and partners globally.  Please join us each month to hear and virtually meet 3 great BlueTech companies from various countries. 

Job & Internship Opportunities:

  • NEW! Physical Scientist, IOOS: We're looking for a someone to:
    • Oversee multi-year and annual planning of national and regional ocean observation systems
    • Serve as a senior expert in oceanography and other physical sciences to provide an authoritative source of technical guidance to other functional specialists
    • Analyze, assess and present recommendations based on observing system requirements, gaps and resourcing needs
    • Coordinate collaboration between non-federal regional, intra-agency, and inter-agency ocean and coastal observing scientific and technology partners.

This opportunity is only open until 4/21/21, so check out the details on USAJobs and apply!

  • Part-Time Contractor for Program Coordinator Services, SECOORA: The Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA), a regional non-profit organization based in Charleston, South Carolina, seeks a contractor to provide project management and coordinator services including 1) leading product development efforts; 2) managing SECOORA’s affiliate programs; and 3) coordinating special projects (outside of the 5-year IOOS cooperative agreement).  Applications due by April 21. Click here for a full description and how to apply
  • NEW! multiple positions, Sitka Tribe of Alaska: The Sitka Tribe of Alaska has two open positions which interface with ocean acidification and harmful algal blooms.
    • Lab Analyst: This individual is responsible for ensuring environmental samples are collected, processed, and analyzed correctly and in a timely manner for the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Environmental Research Lab (STAERL).
    • Lab Specialist: The Environmental Lab Specialist is responsible for assisting the Environmental Lab Manager with conducting laboratory analysis specific to marine biotoxins, contaminants, and ocean chemistry.

Postings close April 30. Please visit the Sitka Tribe of Alaska website for more information including full job descriptions.

  • Executive Director, GCOOS: The GCOOS Board of Directors is now undertaking a national search for its next leader to build on the momentum established during Dr. Kirkpatrick's tenure and guide the organization forward, and hopes to draw new leadership from one of the five Gulf states.  Dr. Kirkpatrick will continue to be involved in GCOOS, leading ongoing projects related to harmful algal blooms supported through federal grants, and in ensuring a smooth transition to its next leader.  Read more about this opportunity here
  • Laboratory Research Technician, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories: The candidate will work with a variety of MLML researchers, faculty, and operations staff to support and improve the data collection, compilation, and analysis capabilities of Moss Landing Marine Labs. Open until filledClick here for more details and how to apply

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