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From the Director:

Hello IOOS Community,

Throughout 2021, I’m inviting voices from the IOOS Community to write guest introductions for our newsletter. This month, AOOS Executive Director Sheyna Wisdom introduces herself to the community and discusses plans for the coming year. 

— Carl

Hello to the IOOS community from Alaska,

Thanks to Carl and his team for the opportunity to introduce this edition of the Eyes on the Ocean. 

As the new Executive Director of AOOS (my first day was January 1), my first order of business is to express my sincere gratitude and honor for having been selected to take over the incredible body of work by my predecessor, Molly McCammon. Molly founded AOOS in 2003 and, with her team, has worked tirelessly to increase and improve ocean observing through collaboration and coordination. I am extremely grateful she will be staying on as a Senior Advisor for as long as she wants! Having been an environmental consultant in the private industry for the last 20 years, I bring a strong background of permitting, program management, and stakeholder outreach, as well as strong relationships with agencies, researchers, industry, communities, and indigenous partners. I look forward to working with existing AOOS partners and fostering relationships with new ones.

Along with our colleagues from the Regional Associations across the country, AOOS submitted our proposal for the next 5-year cooperative agreement with IOOS. To develop this strategic action plan, we reached out to stakeholders across Alaska to collect input on local and regional observing needs. This funding would augment our array of observing activities, including a new program on ocean sound and enhanced product and services delivery. 

Alaska’s coasts and oceans continue to change more rapidly than ever anticipated, highlighting the need for these essential observing data. Despite the challenges of equipment delays and travel restrictions from the global pandemic, AOOS worked with our scientists and coastal communities to keep assets operating. These dedicated partners were essential to keeping wave buoys, high frequency radars, and AIS weather stations operating and providing essential data to Alaskans. 

Some of the new assets funded by Congress will hopefully be deployed in the coming year, including the new underwater glider program to support the commercial fishing industry in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea. In 2020, we were able to redeploy one glider in the Chukchi Sea for a shorter flight and another was deployed in Prince William Sound to track tagged herring. 

Coordination and collaboration are critical to the success of ocean monitoring across our 10,690 km of coastline. With new funding, we were able to hire two full time coordinators: a Regional Ocean Data Sharing coordinator and an Alaska HAB coordinator.

I am so excited to begin my new adventure as Executive Director of AOOS! I look forward to working with all members of the IOOS community to continue to provide and improve practical products and services to stakeholders across Alaska and beyond.

Stay safe and healthy!

Sheyna Wisdom
Director, AOOS

From the U.S. IOOS Office:

  • IOOS Advisory Committee Public Meeting - March 17-19, 2021: The IOOS Advisory Committee public meeting will take place March 17-19 to advance their recommendations report to NOAA and the IOOC. The meeting notice has been published in the Federal Register here. If you would like to attend the meeting, please RSVP to Laura Gewain, For more information, please see the Advisory Committee website
  • U.S. IOOS to mentor during Google's Summer of Code: The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System has been accepted as a mentor organization for Google's 2021 Summer of Code (GSoC).  Established in 2005, GSoC invites students to propose programming projects to vetted open source organizations.  Accepted projects, to be announced in May, commence in June following a short introductory period for the student to get to know their mentors and the organization they’re partnered with.  GSoC students can make direct contributions and functionality enhancements to the software projects they work on, and may continue to stay involved as regular contributors after their GSoC projects are completed. IOOS has suggested several possible areas for proposals that include topics in machine learning, cloud storage, ERDDAP, and more.  Interested students can learn more on IOOS's organization page, and More information on IOOS’ open source oceanographic data software can be found on the IOOS GitHub site:
  • GCOOS is Seeking a New Executive Director: 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. Read more about the position and how to apply in the “Jobs & Internship Opportunities” section below.

Observation Subsystem and Sensor Technologies:

      • Farewell Ben LaCour: The Glider community will surely miss LCDR Ben LaCour as he moves on to his next assignment commanding a ship in the Gulf of Alaska. On March 4th the Hurricane Glider Team presented a special gift of a mounted glider wing that was flown in GoM hurricanes this past season.  We welcome Kathleen Bailey to this position and look forward to her leadership in moving glider operations forward. 
      • Underwater Glider User Group (UG2) Webinar: A special thanks to Dr Robert Woods and Dr Dan Rudnick for their technical talks in the Underwater Glider User Group (UG2) webinar on Feb 18th.  It was a great turnout with about 90 attendees. The webinar series will continue every two months so please mark your calendars for April 15th.  Topics and presenters will be announced soon.
      • Hurricane Glider Hotwash: On March 9th the Hurricane Glider Team conducted a hotwash with the Navy GOC.  The presentation revisited the 2020 season in terms of accomplishments.  Each of the IOOS region SME’s briefed their operational efforts which followed up with “What Went Well, What Did Not go Well, and What Can We Improve.”  It was well received and good dialog leading to a formal requirement to CNMOC is needed to establish the 2021 needs and to develop an official coordination guide to facilitate communication during the hurricane season.  Bill Lingsch and Kathy Bailey will work this through NOAA/Navy liaison Justin Keesee.
      • UG2 Steering Group Update: The UG2 Steering Group continues to work on action items for the four focus sub_groups: 1. Best Practices and Communication, 2. Training, 3. Private Sector Engagement, and 3. Coordinated Operations.  Data calls via surveys will be going out from leads to all UG2 members to help move these forward.  Please participate in these surveys to make these as informed and useful as possible.  The output will only be as good as the input!  Thanks in advance!
      • New Layers in ATN DAC Portal: Several select environmental layers have now been added to our ATN DAC Data Portal by Axiom. New layers are listed under the 'data layer' tab within the catalog. These data are available for visualization within the main map view (example) as well as for the creation of curated integrated data views and download (example). Added layers include: Global IOOS Sensors, OSTIA: Operational Sea Surface Temperature and Sea Ice Analysis and GHRSST Level 4 Mur Global Foundation Sea Surface Temperature and Sea Ice Analysis.

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

  • Submissions are sought for New Frontiers Special Issue on Democratizing Data: Environmental Data Access and its Future: A community goal is to have improved data access with the aim of democratizing data by removing gatekeepers so that data are unrestricted and available in a meaningful way to all. Improved access to data also supports data equity - “The term “data equity” captures a complex and multi-faceted set of ideas. It refers to the consideration, through an equity lens, of the ways in which data is collected, analyzed, interpreted, and distributed.” By making data more easily accessed and used we also make the ability to use data more equitable. Frontiers wants to gather a set of papers that bring together all aspects of the data access process with a focus on improving data access for a wide range of users. Details at Tiffany Vance [] is available to answer any questions about the special issue.   
  • ESIP Biological Data Standards Cluster Meeting: Hassan Moustahfid and Matt Biddle attended another ESIP Biological Data Standards Cluster meeting. The main objective of this call was to solicit feedback from the cluster for building a decision tree for biological data standards. The cluster did an exercise with a jamboard to 1. List existing biological data standards, 2. Decision to make when selecting a standard (e.g. interoperability, accessibility, archiving), 3. What type of data are there?  and 4. Anything we are missing that should be considered. This was definitely a good exercise, and the cluster team hopes to summarize this information to build a decision tree for biological data standards.
  • SAVE THE DATE! 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 (
  • WGMLEARN Working group on AI/ML for Marine Science: The working group is working on several reviews based on the Zotero library and it will be tagged according to each field (e.g. Flow Cytometry, Omics, Passive Acoustics, etc.) and AI/ML technique. More to come on this in the next few months. 
  • NOAA GPU AI Hackathon 2021: Hassan is putting together another Hackathon team from the EcoFOCI team at NOAA AFSC, UW and Prince William Sound Science Center (PWSSC), Lynker inc, Microsoft team, and NANOOS. This team will be focusing on classifying and identifying Zooplankton Images from 1. Prince William Sound Science Center (PWSSC) - Scripps Plankton Camera 2. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Continuous Particle Image Classification System, 3. University of Washington (UW) - Scripps Plankton Camera, and 4. Plankton Sorting and Identification Center (PSIC; Szczecin, Poland) - Microscope generated images. The primary goal will be to test a robust, operational artificial intelligence algorithm (developed by Microsoft) that classifies in situ generated plankton images accurately and the capability to run on NVIDIA multiGPUs. The application for this hackathon is due by June 2021.
  • Ocean Best Practice System Update: A new OBPS strategic plan for the period 2021 – 2025 and an implementation plan for the years 2021 – 2023 have been developed and submitted to the IOC. Contact for more information.
  • U.S. CLIVAR Ocean Uncertainty Quantification Working Group: Several members of the working group have initiated work on a glossary of UQ terms, which will be directed towards the oceanographic community. Contact any WG member (see if you wish to include terms specific to your area of study.

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

  • Seminar on Flower Garden Banks 2016 Mortality Event (March 23, 1pm EST): Matthieu Le Henaff, University of Miami, will present the results about the July 2016 Flower Garden Banks mortality event at the NOAA Weekly Coastal Ocean Modeling Science Seminar series ( hosted by Alex Kurapov, from the NOAA/NOS Coast Survey Development Lab (CSDL). The seminar will take place next Tuesday, March 23, at 1pm EST. It is entitled "Coral mortality event in the Flower Garden Banks of the Gulf of Mexico in July 2016: Local hypoxia due to cross-shelf transport of coastal flood waters?" Contact Alex Kurapov if you would like to join the seminar. Matthieu will present on the GCOOS- and MBON-supported work in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and discuss the results from the paper published in 2019 in Continental Shelf Research ( 

Interagency and International Collaboration/News:

  • OOI News: OOI Welcomes Data Discussions for NSF OED Synthesis Center Solicitation: The National Science Foundation recently issued a solicitation to create a Center for Advancement & Synthesis of Open Environmental Data & Sciences (NSF 21-549). The Center will be fueled by open and freely available environmental data, such as that provided by the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), the Long-Term Ecological Research Network (LTER) network, and others. The vision is that large, publicly accessible datasets will catalyze novel scientific questions in environmental biology and speed discovery through collaborations with scientists in other related disciplines.  It is also hoped that the Center will help democratize science and diversify the STEM workforce by catalyzing the use of the open data by everyone, from collaborative teams to individual students, researchers, educators, fishers, and policy makers. Read more here: 
  • Hydrographic Services Review Panel Hosts Biannual Meeting: NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) hosted its biannual meeting. NOAA staff, including senior leadership, provided updates in sessions on coastal resilience and ocean modeling. Benjamin Friedman, Deputy Under Secretary for Operations, performing the duties of Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, spoke about the new administration’s commitment to racial equity, inclusiveness, climate change, and scientific integrity. Program office directors discussed providing “seamless data” and implementing ocean and coastal mapping strategies. Representatives from the University of South Florida gave an update on their new cooperative grant with OCS to extend mapping capabilities and promote collaboration. The HSRP will also develop recommendations for NOAA leadership within a month.
  • Making Waves: Notable Women in Ocean Science: In recognition of Women’s History Month, the National Ocean Service is honoring a few notable women with careers tied to ocean science. While this list is by no means comprehensive, it pays homage to some of the women who defied social convention and paved the way for scientists, regardless of their gender, to protect, study, and explore the ocean and ocean life. Read more here: 
  • NGS Chairs Federal Geodetic Control Subcommittee Meeting: National Geodetic Survey (NGS) Director Juliana Blackwell chaired a meeting of the Federal Geodetic Control Subcommittee (FGCS) of the Federal Geographic Data Committee. FGCS coordinates the planning and execution of geodetic surveys, development of survey standards and specifications, and the exchange of geodetic survey data and technical information. This meeting included 28 participants from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, NOAA, the National Park Service, the Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). NGS provided an update on recent activities and modernization efforts. NGS and USGS presented on the Geospatial Data Act, International Organization for Standardization, and Open Geospatial Consortium standards.
  • NOAA Begins Sunset Plan for Paper Nautical Charts: NOAA will begin to implement its sunset plan for paper nautical charts this month, starting with the current paper chart 18665 of Lake Tahoe. After August, NOAA’s electronic navigational chart will be the only NOAA nautical chart of the area. These charts are easier to update and maintain, keeping mariners safer with up-to-date information on marine hazards. Cancellation of all traditional paper and associated raster chart products will be complete by January 2025. Paper nautical charts will still be available through the NOAA Custom Chart Tool, which allows users to customize coverage.
  • Update Announced for Fort Pulaski Water Level Station: Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) announced that the National Water Level Observation Network (NWLON) station in Fort Pulaski, Georgia, will receive a Continuous Global Navigation Satellite Systems (cGNSS) sensor. This upgrade is part of a larger upgrade plan for all U.S.-based Global Sea Level Observing System (GLOSS) tide gauge stations. The new cGNSS sensors allow for tide gauges to detect vertical movements in the land where the gauges are located, which can provide critical data to understand total sea level change in a region. This information is valuable to local decision-makers as well as the global community affected by sea level change. Researchers from around the world use GLOSS tide gauge data to study the effects of regional and global sea level. This station will also get a Microwave Water Level upgrade. Installation of both upgrades is planned for the end of Fiscal Year 2021.
  • 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
    • National Coastal Resilience Fund: The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in partnership with NOAA, released a request for proposals for the FY2021 National Coastal Resilience Fund. Funded projects will restore, increase, and strengthen natural infrastructure — the landscapes that help absorb the impacts of storms and floods — to ultimately protect coastal communities and enhance fish and wildlife habitat. This year the fund will invest approximately $33 million in these projects. A new category as of last year, Community Capacity Building and Planning, will support the development of prioritized coastal resilience plans and projects. Pre-proposals are due April 7. Click here for the complete request for proposals and information on the informational webinar

Delivering the Benefits:

  • Interactive Tsunami Evacuation Maps Now Show Fastest Street Paths to Safety on Oregon Coast: A new online feature in the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS) Visualization System (NVS) Tsunami Evacuation Zones viewer now integrates those results by providing a custom map view showing your quickest street route to safety outside the tsunami zone after a local Cascadia earthquake. The tool also shows the distance to safety and how fast you need to travel to escape the tsunami.  Read more about this valuable public safety feature here
  • 2019 Puget Sound Marine Waters Overview available: A comprehensive look at Puget Sound marine conditions for the year 2019 is now available. Physical, chemical, and biological information, ranging from large-scale climate variations to local biota monitoring, is summarized to provide a thorough overview of conditions in Puget Sound and the surrounding area during 2019. The report, which includes many contributions from NANOOS, is published by Puget Sound Partnership and UW’s Puget Sound Institute as part of the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program. 


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  • Winter is for glider prep!: How do you prep a glider for its spring missions?  Give it a winter once over, of course.  Technicians get a brand new underwater glider ready for deployment, testing the fins, propeller and more in this new video from GLOS.
  • SECOORA announces 2020 Data Challenge winner: SECOORA’s 2020 Data Challenge Winner, Douglas Cahl from the University of South Carolina, has developed a new online tool that identifies eddies from 6km resolution High Frequency radar (HF radar) current data. This new tool leverages HF radar’s unique data set to identify where eddies are located. Whether looking for the best fishing spot or researching ocean currents, this tool makes it so you do not have to be an expert to locate eddies.  Read more about Douglas' winning project here.
  • SCCOOS to host an Environmental Data Initiative Summer Fellow: SCCOOS is partnering with the The Environmental Data Initiative (EDI), a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), as one of 16 host sites for undergrad and graduate students who are interested in receiving training in ecological data management and gain hands-on experience through participation in data preparation and publishing with scientists and information managers from specific host research sites. See more details in the Jobs section below!
  • AOOS launches new website: Still located at, the revamped site includes information on our ongoing contributions to increasing and improving observations and data on the Arctic, Bering Sea, and Gulf of Alaska large marine ecosystems and on the structure and programs of AOOS.  In addition, it provides access to the AOOS Ocean Data Explorer, the largest publicly available assemblage of ocean and coastal data for the Alaska region, and some examples of how the data portal can be useful to different users. Please feel free to contact AOOS with feedback on the new site at
  • Nominations for the Boards of Directors Open:
    • The GCOOS Board of Directors invites nominations from colleagues interested in and committed to working within an organization dedicated to provide data, information and products to the Gulf of Mexico stakeholder community that includes the private sector, governmental agencies at all levels, academia and researchers, non-governmental organizations and the general public. The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. (CST), Friday, March 26, 2021, click here for more information about board service and how to nominate
    • MARACOOS is now accepting nominations for their Board of Directors. All current paid members of MARACOOS are eligible. The goal is to have a Board of Directors that reflects the diversity of the membership and the Mid-Atlantic region, in order to expand and diversify the ocean, and coastal workforces and to improve our ability to provide relevant ocean and coastal data, information products, and benefits to all Mid-Atlantic communities. Nominations will be accepted until March 31, 2021. Click here for more information and how to nominate

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

  • West Coast Inundation Workshop March 30, 31, April 1, 2021: More information can be found on the workshop website at The workshop will bring together academic and federal government researchers involved in coastal flooding observations, models, and predictive tools that serve coastal communities.  These include the OOS networks, USGS, NWS, NOAA OCM, NASA-JPL, and a number of university researchers. The goal is to share case studies, identify gaps, and promote collaborations to improve west coast forecasting and products. NOS AA Nicole LeBeouf and IOOS Director Carl Gouldman will provide remarks at the workshop.
  • 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
  • Save the Date! 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.
  • SAVE THE DATE! 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:

  • SAVE THE DATE! 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
  • 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.
  • SAVE THE DATE! 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
  • Registration and Call for Abstracts NOW OPEN! DEADLINE April 1, 2021 - 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 and submit abstracts here
  • SAVE THE DATE! 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



  • U.S. EPA: Managing Harmful Algal Blooms in Tribal Waters Webinar Series, 3/10, 3/16, 3/18, 1pm ET: In collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, EPA is hosting a three-part webinar series on the impacts of marine and freshwater harmful algal blooms (HABs) and their toxins in tribal communities. Click here for more info and registration
  • NEW! Making the Data Work for You, 23 March 2021, 12pm ET: Join SECOORA for a webinar titled “Making the Data Work for You” on March 23 at noon ET presented by Lauren Showalter and Brian Stone from Axiom Data Science. The team will discuss how the SECOORA data system is using data to meet the needs of users and how to make the data work for you.  Learn more and register here.
  • SERIES: Atlantic International Research Centre Networking Fridays: The AIR Centre hosts a series of Webinars that take place every Friday, from 1pm to 2 pm UTC. During these Networking Fridays, researchers, technology innovators, representatives of multilateral organizations, government officials, and social entrepreneurs will present to and discuss with the audience their current work and, most importantly, explore ways of future collaboration. More info here: 
    • March 19: Networking Friday with Kostantinos Topouzelis (UAEGEAN)
  • 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.
    • March 18: Aliens in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument: Some are Green, but None are Friendly
    • March 18: Women Making History: Jennifer Idol
    • March 23: Science of Conservation
    • March 24: Cephalopods of Hawaii
    • March 25: Women Making History: Alexandra Rose
    • March 25: Three Miles from Safety - USS Conestoga 100th Anniversary
    • April 21: Whale Sharks of Hawaii
  • 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
    • April 7: Mobile Power Generation – Yi Chao, Seatrec; Carrie Schmaus, Water Power Technologies Office; and Robert Cavagaro, Pacific Northwestern National Lab
    • May 5: Aquaculture
    • June 2: Market Discussion
  • SERIES: Engaging with the Blue Economy: The Ocean Exchange™ and MTS Introduce a new webinar series, “Engaging with the Blue Economy.”  Sessions to be held the first Wednesday of each month.
    • April 7, 11am - 12pm ET: Mobile Power Generation
    • May 5: Aquaculture
    • June 2: Market Discussion

Job & Internship Opportunities:

  • EDI Summer 2021 Fellowship Program, SCCOOS: Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System is now requesting applications from undergraduate, graduate and recently graduated students. Fellows will receive training in ecological data management and gain hands-on experience through participation in data preparation and publishing with scientists and information managers for specific host research sites. Apply by 3/22/2021. An informational webinar for interested students will be held on 16 March 2021. Find detailed information on the fellowship program and on how to apply on EDI's webpage
  • NEW! 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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