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From the Director:

Hello IOOS Community,

Make sure to read below to check the summary of the House hearing on reauthorizing the ICOOS Act -- many thanks to Admiral Gallaudet, and Molly McCammon for testifying in support of IOOS, Sea Grant, the NOAA Corps, and Digital Coast topics discussed during that hearing.

I also hope all are aware that National Hurricane Preparedness Week ended on May 11th and that means we should all be making sure we are prepared for hazards associated with strong tropical storms. Hurricane season begins today in the Eastern Pacific and June 1st in the Atlantic. Please see below for more information on resources from NOAA and FEMA on how to prepare and where to find up-to-date information during hurricane season.

IOOS is working to help improve hurricane intensity forecasts again this year. In partnership with the many others, NOAA and IOOS regional associations will deploy underwater gliders in the waters of the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic to better understand the ocean impact on hurricanes and ultimately improve our ability to predict their intensity.

I leave you today with a short oath (Game of Thrones fans will enjoy this) - imagine the vow below is being spoken by an underwater glider - 

Hurricanes are coming
Storms gather and now our watch begins…
Hear my words and bear witness to my vow

It shall not end until batteries fail
I bring ocean data through darkness
I am a watcher under waves
I am a drone that guards the realm
I bring our ocean to models for this season and seasons to come.

Best wishes,

From the U.S. IOOS Office:

  • Welcome Kelly Jaison: Kelly Jasion comes to IOOS as a financial management specialist formerly for the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO). There, she formulated and executed the budget for the NOAA Corps. She has over eight years of experience with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She previously worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service with the Capital Construction Fund Program which is designed to aid fishermen in improving their fishing fleet with before-tax, rather than after-tax dollars. Prior to her work in the federal sector, Kelly based her career in the private financial sector with Wells Fargo & Co. There she was a personal banker, customizing plans that met the financial goals and objectives of her clients. A New Jersey native, Kelly attended Rider University, a small business school located just outside Princeton, NJ, where she obtained her B.S in Management and International Business. She also has recently completed her MBA this past fall through University Maryland University College. Welcome aboard Kelly!

  • Marking 20 Years of IOOS! We will celebrate 20 years of IOOS in conjunction with the upcoming OceanObs’19 meeting in September in Honolulu, HI. In preparation for this celebration, we want to hear your memories of IOOS.  Has IOOS helped you, were you a part of building the System, or do you have photos, videos, or documents of the last 20 years that you can share with us? Please contact us at to share your memories or ask for more details on how to share information.

  • IOOS Federal Advisory Committee Update: The Spring meeting of the IOOS Federal Advisory Committee will be held June 3-4, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Details will be made available to the public. For more information, contact Becca Derex,

Observation Subsystem and Sensor Technologies:

  • Gliders (IOOS POC LCDR Benjamin LaCour,

    • 8th EGO Meeting & International Glider Workshop - May 21-23, 2019: The European (EGO) and US (UG2) autonomous underwater glider user groups are coming together to host the 8th EGO Meeting and International Glider Workshop at Rutgers University, New Jersey. The goal of the meeting is to strengthen international collaboration through community dialogue, exchanges of information, sharing of experiences, and development of best practices to support the glider community. This international meeting will offer a mix of presentations, panels, breakout groups, poster sessions, and open community dialog. It will provide a forum in which scientists, engineers, students and industry can exchange knowledge and experiences on the development of glider technology, the application of gliders in oceanographic research and the role of gliders in ocean observing systems. More info here:

  • Animal Telemetry Network (ATN) (National Coordinator Bill Woodward,
    • Spotlight on Marine Animal Telemetry and Biodiversity Observations in the NERACOOS Region: On May 6-7, 2019 regional 50+ public and private conservation and resource management stakeholders and marine biological researchers gathered together for the ATN-MBON-OTN Workshop at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. A big shoutout to Ru, Jackie and the planning committee team for pulling this together. A broad range of marine biological observation data needs and their applications, including public safety, were presented along with the extraordinary extent of ongoing telemetry assets and biological data collection activities in the region and the extent to which they are able to satisfy the needs. In the two breakout sessions, participants offered ideas on how existing and planned efforts could be leveraged to maximize investments in observing effort and data availability as well as how they might be integrated into the ambitious NERACOOS/Northeast ISMN (Integrated Sentinel Monitoring Network) plan framework. A workshop report will be prepared that will identify the needs, capabilities, challenges and conclusions generated at the meeting.
    • Canada’s Ocean Tracking Network News:
      • Canada's top funding agency invests in OTN: The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced $160 million for research labs in Canada on Monday. The funding comes from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Major Science Initiatives Fund (CFI-MSI), part of a historic $4 billion federal commitment to empowering science and research innovation in Canada, of which approximately approximately $2.3 million will support operations at the Ocean Tracking Network. Read more here.
    • 2019 OTN Symposium: Please save the date for the 2019 OTN Symposium immediately following the 5th ICFT in Arendal, Norway. The OTN Symposium will begin on the evening of June 28, accompanied by a full day of workshops, discussions and presentations on June 29. Topics and activities will include: Student presentations, next generation problem solving and integration, continuation of ideasOTN—synthesis and publication, technical best practices workshop, risk assessment and management opportunities, and developing and integrating key research themes. To RSVP for the OTN Symposium, please email OTN Special Projects Manager Amy Hill by June 1, 2019:
    • ICYMI: The OTN 10 Year Report highlights OTN Canada research and select global projects: The synthesis encapsulates eight years of training and infrastructure advancements that were made possible through the paired CFI-NSERC-SSHRC IJVP funding. This book highlights the Network's accomplishments, training and partnerships over its first decade under its core mandates to track, connect and transform. Explore the synthesis in full here.

Data Management and Communications (DMAC) Subsystem and Tools Built on IOOS data (DMAC listserv – contact Micah Wengren, DMAC System Architect,

  • 2019 DMAC Annual Meeting Recap: The 2019 DMAC Annual Meeting was held in Silver Spring April 30 to May 2.  Over 70 attendees registered for the three day meeting. The agenda and slides from the meeting are available here: Some highlights from the meeting and post-meeting actions include:

    • Beginnings of IOOS/CIOOS technical collaboration: 12 CIOOS representatives attended this year’s meeting.  A CIOOS update briefing and subsequent breakout discussion were held. Among other takeaways and actions, the group agreed to continue collaboration both through the existing ‘ioos_tech’ email list and a new Slack messaging channel called ‘OceanObservationData’ (  The group also discussed holding a workshop in the coming year or so to explore connections of CIOOS and US IOOS to the biological observing community.

    • ERDDAP in focus: Use of ERDDAP by both IOOS and CIOOS was apparent throughout the presentations and discussions that took place at the meeting.  Bob Simons, ERDDAP developer, attended the meeting and presented new features in the upcoming ERDDAP 2.0 release, and took questions as part of a ‘hands-on’ ERDDAP breakout discussion session.  Among other insights gained by participants during the ‘hands-on’ session, Vicky Rowley of SCCOOS was able to publish her HAB data on SCCOOS’ ERDDAP server on the spot with Bob’s help.

    • IOOS Biology data management: A breakout group met to discuss how to integrate biology into routine DMAC planning and system architecture.  The group suggested that we consider DMAC coordination around one or more data types to advance knowledge sharing and consistent approaches - examples of data types ripe for this coordination included HABs (for most or all RAs) and Sargassum (in regions where this is a local issue).  Efforts should center on biological parameters identified to be needed by the Regional Stakeholders and their associated data and metadata standards, and how to get those data to an ERDDAP server. The group also suggested developing use cases as a communication tool to bring to users to demonstrate the power of integrating biological data with animal movement and physical and chemical oceanographic parameters as well as exploring how we might take advantage of the work being done at NIMBioS (National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis) which fosters new collaborative, cross disciplinary efforts to investigate fundamental and applied questions in biology using appropriate mathematical and computational methods.

    • Data Format Discussions: A session was devoted to the new IOOS Metadata Profile 1.2, and a subsequent breakout discussion on approaches to observation data formatting brought to light several consensus approaches (no multi-platform datasets, optionally break out a single station by sensor depending on specific use case), and also many suggestions and ideas to solve similar problems (packaging datasets by sensors with common sampling frequencies vs incomplete multidimensional arrays - e.g. multiple water temp sensors at different depths, with different sampling frequencies).  

    • Cloud: Another focus area was on commercial cloud and the potential benefits and risks of adoption within the DMAC enterprise. Two presentations were given, one by GLOS on the status of their cloud migration, and one by RPS on some more general technical considerations in cloud adoption. These were followed by a breakout discussion where the group covered several topics of interest. The main focus was on data storage and options to defray associated hosting costs. Archival-class storage options were featured as an area of further investigation, and various options for leveraging their reduced-costs compared to faster storage were discussed. Data formats were covered including netCDF, Zarr and and the path forward, including the need to adapt Zarr for use in the Java language.  Logistical topics such as cloud billing/accounting and reconciling the unpredictable nature of cloud procurement with the grants process were addressed.

    • QARTOD and GitHub Code Management: Several sessions focused on IOOS’ suite of GitHub repositories, and how to clean up and better manage the IOOS GitHub organization generally and in preparation for the 2019 Code Sprint.  In particular, a session was devoted to a survey of QARTOD implementation status across the RAs, and the path forward for the Python based ‘qartod’ GitHub library. A fork of this repository has been developed by Axiom with added functionality and the long term plan should be for those RAs using Python for QARTOD to migrate to this fork, once merged back to the IOOS GitHub.  Another session focused on best practices for GitHub maintenance and determining a deprecation plan for IOOS’ many unused or underused GitHub repositories.

  • QARTOD (National Coordinator Mark Bushnell,

    • pH manual status: The draft pH manual has been distributed to U.S. IOOS Regional Associations and selected subject matter experts for the second review. After incorporating input from this review, the draft manual will be broadly distributed internationally for a third review. Contact us if you would like to receive a copy of the draft.
    • Ocean Best Practice System update: A recommendation from the March 2018 National Coastal Ecosystem Mooring Workshop called for a web-based discussion forum to enable “technical / operations staff and coastal ecosystems mooring operators to share lessons learned, exchange information, and build towards standardization”. Workshop steering committee members are now conversing with the OBPS working group to create the online forum within OBPS, in the hope that active conversations lead to best practices. Watch for the launch in the next few months.

Modeling and Analysis Subsystem (IOOS PO and IOOS Coastal and Ocean Modeling Testbed (COMT) POC – Derrick Snowden,  

  • COMT Annual Meeting: The COMT Annual Meeting is being scheduled for late October. The final dates will be announced soon.

Interagency and International Collaboration/News:

  • Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) (IOOS PO POC Gabrielle Canonico,

    • Last Call! MBON All Hands Meeting - May 24th, 2019: If you plan to attend the US MBON All Hands annual meeting on May 24 in Crystal City, VA, please remember to register here.  The meeting agenda includes updates on US MBON progress, global activities, data management, and partner agency and program activities.

    • See the shout out to the MBON team in the Monterey Bay Sanctuary National Marine Sanctuary 2018 Accomplishments Report: “New tools were developed by the Sanctuaries Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) demonstration project team to investigate the relationships between the ocean environment and animal communities of the sanctuary, and convey this information to a variety of users. Interactive infographics provide dynamic status and trend information and data-driven storytelling for resources managers, educators, and public constituents of the sanctuaries. For science teams and advisory groups that need additional detail and technical capabilities, MBON is developing curated data views and a data explorer. This suite of tools, available through the MBON Data Portal, improves access to observing data on critical parameters for understanding biodiversity in the sanctuary.  MBON leverages significant investment in ocean observing and data management and visualization to bring new tools to users that aid interpretation and understanding of data about living marine and coastal resources and support management decisions.” MBON is an interagency partnership supported through the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) with current funding from NOAA (US IOOS, Ocean Exploration and Research, and NMFS), NASA, and BOEM.
    • Florida Keys NMS, MBON, & Integrated Ecosystem Assessment Product Development Workshop: US IOOS, the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS), and OAR's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) hosted the ‘Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) & Integrated Ecosystem Assessment Product Development Workshop’ on 24-25 April at AOML in Miami, FL. This effort represents an active cross-NOAA collaboration (ONMS, IOOS, AOML, NMFS) and partnership with IOOS Regional Associations, State resource managers, academia and US MBON to develop web based conceptual models and infographics for multiple Sanctuary sites and Integrated Ecosystem Assessment programs, as well as early warning tools and dashboards to flag anomalous condition of concern to resource managers and researchers. The Miami workshop was designed to capture lessons learned from West Coast ONMS/California Current IEA process and products (including the Monterey Bay example reported above), and apply those lessons to development of tools and products for the Florida Keys IEA and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
  • OceanObs’19 Updates and Planning:

    • OceanObs’19: Registration Is Open! For more information on fees, deadlines, posters, and event registration, visit here.
  • Federal Funding Opportunity: NOAA OER Soliciting Ocean Exploration Proposals: The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) is soliciting ocean exploration proposals to address knowledge gaps and support growth in the Nation's Blue Economy and/or to contribute to Seabed 2030 goals. The deadline for the pre-proposal submission is May 24, 2019. The FFO announcement may also be found online at: Questions may be directed to Proposals are being requested on the following three topics:

    • 1. OCEAN EXPLORATION. Ocean exploration to inform management, sustainable use, and conservation of marine resources in poorly explored deep ocean areas of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone. Areas proposed for exploration and/or initial characterization must be at a minimum depth of 200 meters.

    • 2. MARINE ARCHAEOLOGY. Discovery and characterization of underwater cultural heritage representing past marine-based economic activities or early human occupation to inform decisions on preservation and seabed use, and to identify sources of potential environmental impacts. Marine archaeology proposals can be conducted in any water depth.

    • 3. TECHNOLOGY. Application of new or novel use of existing ocean technologies or innovative methods that increase the scope and efficiency of acquiring ocean exploration data and improve the usability of and access to ocean exploration data. Proposed technologies must be applicable to water depths of 200 meters or greater, though testing in shallower water or lab-based test facilities will be supported.


  • National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 5 - May 11) - Are you ready? As hurricane season in the Eastern Pacific (May 15 – November 30) and Atlantic (June 1 – November 30) approaches, you are encouraged to prepare for the hazards associated with tropical systems, including high winds, heavy rain, and storm surge. Throughout the hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Hurricane Center (NHC), provides up-to-date information at NHC also regularly provides updates via social media, on Twitter (@NWSNHC) and Facebook ( Additional forecast information is available through NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) website and on Twitter (@NWS). NWS also offers important preparedness information online at Each one of us plays a role in building a weather-ready nation. It starts with preparing your family for all types of disasters and encouraging your friends and family to take action. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides step-by-step guidance on how to prepare at . You can also follow FEMA on Twitter (@Ready) for the latest tips on hurricane safety and preparedness.


  • 2019 NOAA Emerging Technologies Workshop: NOAA will hold its third Emerging Technologies Workshop on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 25-26 at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP) in College Park, Maryland. Registration is now open and free, but on a first come, first serve basis. Click here to register now and learn more about this year’s workshop, focusing on the Blue Economy and Resilience to Extreme Weather and Water. Sponsored by the NOAA Observing Systems Council, NOAA Ocean and Coastal Council, NOAA Research Council, and the Weather Water and Climate Board, NOAA’s 2019 Emerging Technologies Workshop is a public showcase for innovative technologies designed to optimize NOAA’s observing capabilities and data synthesis. The workshop engages presenters from within NOAA as well as external researchers, analysts, and practitioners representing academia, private businesses, and other government agencies with technologies that have the potential to expand NOAA’s ability to observe the environment, improve efficiency, or reduce costs. Like previous workshops, this year’s event will focus on new and evolving technologies that are already being explored by users in NOAA, and in development by our partners and by industry. The report from the most recent workshop can be found here. We invite you to join us for this exciting opportunity to learn more about the emerging technologies that could be used to make NOAA’s observation enterprise more agile, effective, and efficient.

  • NOAA releases new edition of nautical chart symbol guide: Edition 13 of U.S. Chart No. 1 is now available to download for free on Coast Survey’s website. Paper copies may also be purchased from any of four NOAA Chart No. 1 publishing agents. This 130-page book describes the symbols, abbreviations, and terms used on paper NOAA nautical charts and for displaying NOAA electronic navigational chart (NOAA ENC®) data on Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS). The document also shows paper chart symbols used by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and symbols specified by the International Hydrographic Organization.
  • Kick-off EMODnet Open Sea Lab Hackathon II - 24 May 2019 (Brussels): Are you a Coder? Communicator? Data enthusiast? Entrepreneur? Or Creative mind with drive to develop solutions? Join us at the second EMODnet Open Sea Lab hackathon to address blue society challenges! During a three-day open data bootcamp (4-5-6 September), in the vibrant and historical city of Ghent (Belgium), teams will compete and bring their expertise to develop novel marine and maritime applications using EMODnet, ICES and Copernicus Marine’s wealth of marine data and services. The format and challenges of the Open Sea Lab II will be presented during a kick-off event on 24 May 2019 (14:00-17:00, Royal Museums Of Fine Arts, Brussels). This event will mark the official opening of the applications to participate in the hackathon 2019. All talks will be streamed live and made available online on the website afterwards. This is your chance to learn more about the hackathon and meet the organizers, some of the coaches and data providers! Find out more and register here:

Delivering the Benefits:

  • Bering Sea HF Radar Installation Planning – AOOS partner the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is moving forward from planning to implementation of the first trials of high frequency radar (HFR) deployments in the Bering Strait region. Equipment for the HFR power systems and the HFR instruments themselves were ordered this past winter and are now arriving and being assembled and tested at UAF’s College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. First data collections are scheduled to begin in May or early June in Shishmaref, depending on weather conditions. These instruments provide spatially extensive surface current observations, and will assist with oil spill cleanup planning and responses and search and rescue operations, and will provide critical scientific information on the currents that transport waters from the Bering Sea into the Arctic.

  • Satellite Data Protect Atlantic Sturgeon and Save Fishermen Effort: Researchers at the University of Delaware have created a text alert system to help fishermen avoid Atlantic Sturgeon in the Delaware Bay. The system predicts the location and depth of endangered Atlantic Sturgeon with 88% accuracy. Each prediction entered through the text alert system depends on MARACOOS satellite data. The researchers have entered their second study season following the initial roll out of the product, which initially relied on satellite data from MODIS-Aqua. The second season brings in satellite data from VIIRS, an additional MARACOOS data stream, which passes over the Delaware Bay at different times throughout the day. Gliders are used to verify the predictions derived from satellite data. Read more here.

  • New capability for PNW Surfers: Click-anywhere capability is now available on the NVS Surfers App! Just select a location on the map and instantly see all available conditions. Check it out in the app.


  • House Natural Resources Committee Hearing - May 8: The House Natural Resources Committee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife held a legislative hearing on May 8th on various proposed bills including H.R. 1314 “Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act Amendments of 2019.” DML Timothy Gallaudet, Ph.D., USN Ret. provided witness testimony at the hearing and Molly McCammon Executive Director Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) also provided testimony on a panel. For more information including transcripts of the testimonies, please see


  • Paper: Citizen-Science for the Future: Advisory Case Studies From Around the Globe: GCOOS Scientist & Education/Outreach Manager Chris Simoniello along with a global team published a new paper on worldwide citizen science efforts in Frontiers in Marine Science this month.  Check it out here.

  • Student-led app features NANOOS:  University of Washington graduate students Stephanie Thurner and Yaamini Venkataraman from the School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences created an app that uses shellfish grower and NANOOS buoy data served on NVS. The app is part of a one-day curriculum for middle school students allowing them to explore seasonal changes in water properties, like pH and temperature, to understand growing conditions. It was tested at Jane Addams Middle School with a very positive response. NANOOS DMAC Chair Emilio Mayorga and Outreach Specialist Rachel Wold supported this project.  View the app here.

  • Citizen Science Training in Hawaii: Join the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program and PacIOOS on Wednesday, May 29 from 5-7pm at the West Maui Senior Center for a special Citizen Scientists Training Session. Participants will learn more about rising sea levels, King Tides, and wave run-up. You will also find out how to help document associated impacts along the shoreline of West Maui. Become part of this crowd-sourced citizen science effort to capture impacts, changes, and inform the development of a new wave run-up forecast specifically for West Maui. For more, please see the post on the University of Hawaii SeaGrant facebook page.

  • CARICOOS connects lifeguards to real-time observations: The Ocean Rescue Caribbean Academy (ORCA), with the collaboration of Sea Grant Puerto Rico and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (UPRM), offered a training course to local lifeguards. During the training, conducted at the UPRM Natatorium, the lifeguards were taught about aquatic safety, rescue and survival techniques. CARICOOS was able to participate in such training to educate the participants about how to access and understand our near-real time ocean observations.Read more here.
  • GCOOS accepting applications for the first Howard Scholarship Award: The awardee will receive registration and travel support (a maximum of $1,500) to give an ocean data-related presentation at either the American Geophysical Union Meeting or 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting. Applicants must be from a GCOOS-member institution and be pursuing undergraduate, graduate or post-doctoral work that includes a strong element of collaboration. Learn more & get an application:
  • Webinar: How New Technology is Changing the Way We Study and Predict Extreme Storms: Hurricane gliders were the subject of NOAA's May Planet Stewards webinar and featured Rutgers' Dr. Travis Miles. The NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project (PSEP) [] provides formal and informal educators working with elementary through college aged students the knowledge and resources to build scientifically-literate individuals and communities who are prepared to respond to environmental challenges monitored by NOAA.  Missed the webinar? Catch up online here.
  • Webinar: An Overview of Hurricane Florence: SECOORA is kicking off hurricane season with an analysis of Hurricane Florence. Join us for a webinar, May 28 at 12 PM ET, with Steven Pfaff from NOAA’s National Weather Service Office, Wilmington, NC.  Learn more and register here.
  • Public Forum: Hurricanes and Climate: What does the data show?: Join SECOORA for a public forum in Wilmington, NC on June 17 to learn from experts on how they are using data, and ingenuity, to increase our understanding of hurricanes and the changing climate. Learn more here.
  • Workshop: Data Access for the Southeast US Coasts and Oceans: Join SECOORA on June 20 in Morehead City, NC for a free hands-on workshop. Participants will use the integrated Jupyter Notebooks to create reproducible workflows for analyzing a simple dataset from the SECOORA data portal to create publication-ready plots. Learn more and reserve your spot.
  • IOOS Enterprise in the News

Upcoming Meetings with IOOS Participation:



  • 8th EGO Meeting & International Glider Workshop, 21-23 May 2019, New Brunswick, NJ: The European (EGO) and US (UG2) autonomous underwater glider user groups are coming together to host the 8th EGO Meeting and International Glider Workshop at Rutgers University, New Jersey. Learn more here:


  • Save the Date! NASA Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting Team Meeting, 21–23 May 2019: The meeting will be held in the DC area, May 21-23, 2019.


  • Save the Date! Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) All Hands Meeting, 24 May 2019: The meeting will beheld in the DC area, May 24, 2019.



  • IOSTIA’s BlueTech Expo, 4–5 June 2019, Washington, DC: IOSTIA and Sea Technology Magazine will host an expanded BlueTech Expo in Washington, D.C. on June 4-5, 2019. Organized to coincide with Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW), this year's program will feature a one-day interactive technical program focused on new developments, innovative practices, regulatory & funding issues, and case studies of interest to both government and industry. Followed by a day of exhibits featuring industry’s leading providers and a special networking reception hosted by Oceanology International. For more information:


  • Save the Date! SECOORA 2019 Annual Meeting, 18–20 June 2019, Wilmington, NC: Please save the date for the SECOORA's 2019 Annual Meeting in Wilmington, NC. Participate in the ocean observing conversation and network with coastal ocean scientists from around the Southeast. Link:


  • NANOOS Annual Meeting, August 2019, Vancouver, WA: Details forthcoming.


  • OceanObs’19, 16–20 September 2019, Honolulu, HI: The OceanObs19 conference planning is well underway! The conference will take place September 16-20 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Check out the conference website for more details:

Other Upcoming Meetings:


  • Coastal Sediments 2019 (CS19), 27–31 May 2019 - Tampa, FL: Coastal Sediments 2019 (CS19) is the 9th Conference in the Coastal Sediments Series. CS19 will be held in Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL, with the theme of "Advancing Science & Engineering for Resilient Coastal Systems." Oral and poster presentations and accompanying papers will be selected from abstracts submitted on a variety of topics including special sessions.

  • Capitol Hill Ocean Week, 4–6 June 2019, Washington, DC: Join the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and visionaries in ocean and Great Lakes policy and conservation for two days of plenaries, panels, and networking.  Learn more and register here:


  • First International Operational Satellite Oceanography Symposium, 18–19 June 2019, Washington, DC: The First Operational Satellite Oceanography Symposium will take place from 18 to 19 June 2019 in the Washington, DC area. The symposium aims to enable the understanding the barriers (perceived or actual) and facilitate the widespread incorporation of satellite ocean observations into the value chain from data to useful information across the range of operational applications. In this symposium, an international community of satellite operators, information producers and users will exchange facts and ideas to 1) understand user needs and expectations, and 2) develop interoperability standards and establish best practices that will lead to more universal use of ocean satellite data. For further information see the meeting website for announcement flyer and return again later for further details: Email:


  • 2019 NOAA Environmental Data Management Workshop, September 4-5, 2019

Seattle, WA:  The NOAA Environmental Data Management Committee (EDMC) is pleased to announce the 9th annual NOAA Environmental Data Management Workshop (EDMW) that will be held September 4-5, 2019 in Seattle, WA. The theme for this year’s workshop is “Unleashing NOAA's Data as a Strategic Asset for Science, Service, Stewardship and Innovation.” The workshop will be hosted at the Motif Hotel in downtown Seattle. Please forward this announcement to NOAA colleagues that may be interested in attending or presenting. The 2019 NOAA EDM Workshop will include presentations and working sessions that focus on efforts to improve the collection, stewardship, interpretation, and delivery of NOAA data that enable the agency to carry out its mission and programs effectively. Attendees are primarily NOAA personnel, but we expect to have a few slots for external people. The formal approval process including the NOAA Group Travel Request will begin soon, as will other workshop planning activities including calls for sessions, papers, and registration. To receive future announcements on the 2019 EDM Workshop, please sign up for the 2019 EDMW Mailing List.

  • Save the Date! Pecora 21 & ISRSE 38, October 2019, Baltimore, MD: A joint symposium of the 21st William T. Pecora Memorial Remote Sensing Symposium and the 38th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment will convene in Baltimore, Maryland, USA from October 6 – 11, 2019. The organizers have released a call for special sessions and are inviting proposals for sessions that deal with issues and advances in the broader field of Earth observation.

Job & Internship Opportunities:

  • New Coordinator for the Southeast Disaster Recovery Partnership: In partnership with the SDRP Advisory Board, the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) is seeking qualified applicants or subcontracting organizations for the position of Coordinator of the Southeast Disaster Recovery Partnership (SDRP).  Read more and how to apply here. Closes May 24.

  • Research Specialist, Texas A&M: The Research Specialist will serve as a Data Scientist in the Coastal and Marine Geospatial Lab of the Harte Research Institute and will assist in the development of statistical models and programming modules to discover insights in coastal and oceanographic data through the use of statistical modeling, visualization techniques, and data mining algorithms.  This person will design, develop, test, deploy, and document software packages and interactive user interfaces deployed via the Internet. Read more and apply here.

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