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From the Director:

Dear IOOS Community,

This week, we have a guest introduction for the newsletter from Clarissa Anderson, Executive Director of SCCOOS. Many thanks to Clarissa for providing her thoughts. Before I hand it over though, I’d like to send my congratulations to Dr. Jorge Brenner who has been selected as the new Executive Director of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS). Our office looks forward to working with Jorge and we’d like to send our gratitude to Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick for her many years of dedication and work at GCOOS. 



Dear IOOS Community,

As the dog days of summer wind down, and with them, the California upwelling season, the fire season on the West Coast is flaring up. We know wildfires are intensifying with each year, and we all recognize the role of global climate and coupled ocean-atmosphere processes on trends like this in the terrestrial sphere. Latitudinal differences in ocean heating and upwelling may also be linked to the meridional changes in fire potential across the West. All this complexity creates an environmental mise en scène that gives us whiplash when trying to decide what ocean observing to prioritize – from the physical to the organismal. With all this distraction, it is easy to overlook the human capital that makes the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) successful. An ongoing fire destroyed the entire forest around a colleague’s fourth-generation family cabin. Another SCCOOS PI has lost two homes to wildfire. At least one on our leadership team has lost family to COVID-19! Without the tireless scientists and engineers at SCCOOS, we would not be able to observe the ocean and produce the model forecasts that our community depends upon. I like to remind the world that “scientists are people too,” and without these resilient members of IOOS, I have no idea where we would be. As an RA director, I think one of my most important jobs is building and nurturing relationships with not only the decision-makers who rely on our data and products, but with the dedicated people who choose to advance ocean science and technology rather than apply their talents elsewhere.

Relationship-building is so fundamental to what we do that I see it play out every day in terms of the SCCOOS role in real-life events and emergencies. In a time-sensitive situation, first responders tend to lean on their intimate familiarity with a group like SCCOOS. When Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment was faced this month with a challenging episode concerning a discharge breach, the leadership immediately turned to SCCOOS because of history producing timely and impartial analysis of events with HF Radar data. California public health officials directly consult us for harmful algal bloom information as a result of consistent data delivery as well as  frequent collaboration that builds camaraderie.

Personal relationships confer a stronger ocean observing system. As we think about how to make the IOOS Enterprise better reflect our diverse communities, I urge us to make togetherness and conversation a central tenet of ocean observing. Hopefully soon the pandemic will release its grasp and allow those in-person interactions to flow.

Stay cool!

Clarissa Anderson

Executive Director, SCCOOS

From the U.S. IOOS Office:

  • News from the IOOS Association: 

    • IOOS Role in Detecting the Coastal Climate Signal: The IOOS Association just released a white paper on the “Detecting the Coastal Climate Signal: The IOOS Contribution” that documents the role that IOOS plays and can play in detecting the coastal climate signal and its manifestations (i.e. sea level, marine heat waves, harmful algal bloom, OA, habitat, etc). The paper includes high-level recommendations for how IOOS can meet community needs in a changing climate.

    • GCOOS names new Executive Director: Last week, the GCOOS Board of Directors announced that Dr. Jorge Brenner will succeed Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick as the new ED of GCOOS.  Brenner is an environmental scientist and sustainability manager focused on using science-based management for strategic planning and sustainability initiatives that result in biodiversity conservation. His priorities include applying climate-risk intelligence to conservation and management to ultimately develop robust solutions that reduce threats to people and nature. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Brenner to the IOOS team!

    • IOOS Association Announces Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Fellowship: The IOOS Association seeks a one-year, fixed-term Fellow to work with the national network of RAs and the IOOS Office to amplify regional work and identify opportunities to improve IOOS' ability to serve and engage underserved communities. Click here for more information. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to by September 10, 2021.

  • Enhancing Life through Science: Exploring Career Opportunities with NOAA: NOAA will hold a virtual hiring fair on Tuesday, August 31st, 2021 - 12:00pm-2:30pm EST. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) successfully achieves its wide range of environmental-focused missions through the support of a highly skilled, passionate, and diverse workforce. We invite you to explore opportunities within NOAA, and join us in enhancing life through science. Register to learn more about career opportunities and interact with senior leadership and HR professionals about employment with NOAA. Free and open to the general public. Register at the following link today to reserve your spot: 

Observation Subsystem and Sensor Technologies:

  • Surface Current Mapping: (IOOS Surface Currents Program Manager, Brian Zelenke,

    • No update.
    • OOI Data Users Town Hall: Special Glider Session: OOI is seeking input from its data users. All are welcome to attend and contribute to an OOI Data Users Town Hall: Special Glider Session.  The Town Hall will take place on August 24 AT 3 PM Eastern. Simply click here to register. Since Data Explorer’s inaugural launch in October 2020, OOI has been working with users of Data Explorer to learn what features worked for them, which could be improved, and what could be added to optimize users’ experiences. A version update (1.2) to the Data Explorer is now under development for release in early September. Among the new features include enhancements to the display and user interaction with underwater gliders. During the upcoming Data Users Town Hall, August 24 at 3 pm Eastern, the new beta features will be demonstrated with the goal of soliciting feedback and suggestions from glider experts to ensure the tool meets users’ needs.
  • Wildlife Data Standardization and Sharing: Environmental Data Transparency for New York State Offshore Wind Energy, a report prepared by the Biodiversity Research Institute for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, is now available for download at: This report, which identifies the ATN Data Assembly Center (DAC) as one of 15 databases that are recommended as primary or secondary repositories for different types of raw data generated by OSW developers and their contractors, is intended to facilitate transparency and sharing of non-proprietary environmental data for offshore wind energy development, including projects selling power to New York State, by reviewing key wildlife-focused databases to which data owners can submit their raw data or derived data products. The report also discusses database expansion efforts and makes suggestions for improving data centralization and standardization in the future. The overall goals are to make data as useful and accessible as possible for future analyses, and ensuring decision-makers have the best information available to manage this growing industry.
  • GOOS Webinar “Animal Borne Ocean Sensors – AniBOS: introducing a new Global Ocean Observing System Network”: The GOOS Webinar was presented August 11, 2021, by Dr. Clive R. McMahon, IMOS Animal Tagging, Sydney Institute of Marine Science and Fabien Roquet Department of Marine Sciences, University of Göteborg. Equipping marine animals with biological and physical sensors is a long-established approach for studying their behaviour, their ecology and their environment, and has been producing rich data streams for several decades. A new GOOS network, the Animal Borne Ocean Sensors (AniBOS), aims to coordinate the collection and delivery of marine data into the broader observing network. AniBOS provides a cost-effective capability to the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) to monitor essential ocean variables (EOV) and essential biodiversity variables (EBV) in data sparse areas, by providing inputs to estimates of global ocean indicators and quantifying seasonal and interannual variability of the upper ocean state. AniBOS augments considerably observations of temperature and salinity (TS) in the upper ocean provided by other platforms. These are urgently needed for an improved understanding of climate variability and ocean variability. These hydrographic observations also provide a wealth of data on animal movements and behaviour that directly link environmental state and animal performance. This knowledge is essential to develop evidence-based policy to protect the animals and their habitats from increasing human activities through improved understanding of their biology and spatial ecology and is a key objective of the GOOS EBVs. Formal recognition of the animal borne ocean sensors network within OCG GOOS improves our ability to observe and understand the oceans and the animals that live in them, thereby improving our understanding of global ocean and climate processes for societal benefit.  The webinar was recorded and can be accessed at: 
  • ATN-MBON-OTN Regional Workshops Synthesis of National & Regional Themes, Needs, Findings, & Recommendations now Available on IOOS Website: Between 2017 & 2019, the Animal Telemetry Network (ATN) and its partners convened a series of workshops around the U.S to bring together scientists, practitioners, and stakeholders to determine regional telemetry and biodiversity observation needs. The workshops sought to assess existing needs, capabilities, applications, challenges, and opportunities to better address stakeholder priorities.A report was prepared for each workshop which detailed findings and recommended strategies that IOOS and partners may employ with their stakeholders to expand and strengthen observations and improve data management coordination and capabilities. The key findings and recommendations published in the Regional Workshop Reports have been analyzed to identify commonalities across regions, and priorities for expanding national and regional capacities and coordination. The highlights have been synthesized at both the national and regional levels in a single document available on the IOOS website.  With sufficient support and resources, this information will assist the ATN, MBON, and OTN to execute their vision of an expanded and sustained U.S. Marine Life observation and data management capacity for the benefit of all stakeholders.  The report is available at: under the Documents Tab.

(DMAC System Architect Micah Wengren and IOOS Data Management leads:, or the 'ioos_tech' listserve:

  • IOOS EPP/MSI Undergraduate Intern Complete Program: Abigail Schulz, a scholar from the EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program, recently completed her summer internship for the program, under the direction of Hassan Moustahfid (IOOS) and Felimon Gayanilo (GCOOS). Her project, titled “Analyzing Coral Species using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning“, was presented at the EPP/MSI Symposium 6-7 August under the Healthy Oceans Category of the program. For that category her presentation was awarded second place, and given a monetary prize. She will continue to work on her project during her senior year of undergraduate school, and hopes to present her project again in the future with more results.

  • Last Call! Frontiers in Climate Special Issue Still Accepting Submissions:  Don’t forget you submission for a new Frontiers in Climate special issue on Democratizing Data: Environmental Data Access and its Future.  We currently have 12 submissions across a fascinating range of topics. Manuscripts are due 24 August (with some slight flexibility on the deadline).
    • Description: 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. 

    • We want 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. We propose the following structure:
      • data discoverability
      • data access
      • data and service equity
      • data usability
      • user interface/engagement/input
      • visualization tools
      • reproducibility and tracing - after access

    • We have defined the topic rather broadly.  Details at  

    • Tiffany Vance [] is happy to talk with anyone who has any questions about the special issue.

  • QARTOD (National Coordinator Mark Bushnell,

    • QARTOD Board Of Advisors Meeting: A QARTOD Board of Advisors quarterly meeting was held on 2 August. The primary topic of discussion was the proposed project expansion, to include QA/QC topics beyond the present focus on real-time QC. The expansion will make QARTOD relevant to a broader range of communities. We also discussed the update to the Manual for Real-Time Quality Control of High Frequency Radar Surface Current Data, and FY22 project plans.

    • Ocean Best Practice System Update: OBPS is currently engaged in enhancing the repository discovery capabilities, by improving both metadata input fields and search options. For example, users will be able to constrain a search to include only documents which have been endorsed by an entity. Please go to to send your suggestions or identify issues.

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

  • No update.

Interagency and International Collaboration/News:

  • UN Ocean Decade of Ocean Science For Sustainable Development Updates: 
    • Call for Nominations to the Ocean Decade Advisory Board: The Decade Advisory Board will be a multi-stakeholder advisory body that will assist the Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in performing its function as coordinator of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, 2021-2030 (the 'Ocean Decade'). The Board will report both to the IOC Governing Bodies and the IOC Executive Secretary. The Board’s advice to the IOC Governing Bodies will concern strategic elements of the Decade implementation, such as reviews of the Decade progress in moving towards the Decade societal outcomes and on the research work in the domains of Decade challenges, identifying gaps and opportunities, advising on data stewardship strategies, the development of resource mobilisation strategies, and supporting the development of a monitoring and evaluation framework of the Decade. The Board will also provide advice and operational support to the IOC Executive Secretary to facilitate the endorsement process of Decade Actions, specifically at the programme level. The Decade Advisory Board will comprise up to 15 expert members drawn from government, private sector, philanthropy, civil society, and the scientific community. They will serve in their individual capacity.  Five representatives of United Nations entities will also sit on the Board. Nominations are due 15 September 2021
  • NERACOOS and CIOOS Present Northwest Atlantic Seminar Series: The IOOS Northeastern  regional association, NERACOOS, and the Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System (CIOOS) Atlantic have teamed up to host a three-part webinar series featuring discussions with local experts on scientific, economic, and policy issues facing coastal communities spanning the Arctic to the Northeastern seaboard of the United States. The virtual seminar series will follow the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy as it travels through the Northwest Atlantic. Join regional experts as they discuss our changing ocean, shared challenges, and mutual solutions. Seminar dates are Sept 22nd, October 6th, and October 20th. Learn more and register here:
  • AquaDocs Launched: AquaDocs is the joint open access repository of the UNESCO/IOC International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) and the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC) with support from the FAO Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts. It is a thematic repository covering the natural marine, coastal, estuarine /brackish and fresh water environments and includes all aspects of the science, technology, management and conservation of these environments, their organisms and resources, and the economic, sociological and legal aspects. Learn more here: 
  • NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel Holds Public Meeting: NOAA's Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) will hold a virtual public meeting September 1-2, 2021. HSRP will receive updates on navigation and resource needs, geospatial, and positioning data, and mapping technology. The meeting will have two special sessions. One will highlight offshore wind energy and data sharing interests, and the other will cover ocean mapping at depths less than 40 meters, including using lidar, satellite derived bathymetry, and multi-beam hydrographic surveys. There will be updates on NOS programs, ocean and coastal mapping implementation plans for the National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, the Alaska coastal mapping strategy, and coastal resilience. HSRP advises the NOAA administrator on products and data related to navigation services, ocean and coastal mapping, observations and resilience, water levels, tides and currents, and geospatial, geodetic, and positioning data.
  • Delaware Bay Tidal Currents Survey Underway: NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) began field operations for a tidal current survey of the Delaware Bay and River. The survey, administered by the National Current Observation Program, uses 34 current meter stations measuring tidal currents every six minutes. This survey will update NOAA’s tidal current predictions. In July, 18 of the 34 stations were deployed. These included four conductivity (salinity), temperature, and depth (CTD) sensors. CTD sensors will help validate the Delaware Bay Operational Forecast System and provide U.S. Geological Survey partners with data for a new model of the Bay. Additional field work to redeploy and recover equipment will take place in September and November.
  • CO-OPS Releases Fall 2021 High Tide Bulletin: NOAA released the High Tide Bulletin for fall 2021. This bulletin provides critical data on when regions may experience higher than normal high tides between September and November 2021. This season's bulletin has been expanded to include an outlook for the Caribbean region. High tide flooding, worsened by continued sea level rise, can inundate busy streets and wash out beaches. More severe flooding may result during adverse weather conditions — heavy rains, strong wind, or big waves. The bulletin covers the following regions: Northeast, mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Gulf Coast, West Coast, Pacific Islands, Alaska, and the Caribbean Islands.
  • Global Surge and Tide Forecast System Upgraded: The Global Extratropical Surge and Tide Operational Forecast System (Global ESTOFS) upgrade to version two was implemented into operations on the National Weather Service’s Weather and Climate Operational Supercomputing System. Global ESTOFS provides model forecast guidance of the combined water level caused by storm surge and tides globally. Thanks to close collaboration with the University of Notre Dame, version two includes many enhancements to improve model performance, resolution, and coverage, including implementation of levees in Louisiana and improved spatial resolution for Puerto Rico.
  • NGS Presents Modernization Plan for the NOAA CORS Network: On August 12, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) CORS Branch Chief John Galetzka gave a webinar on NOAA’s Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) Network, which provides Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) data to support three-dimensional positioning, meteorology, space weather, and geophysical applications throughout the United States. The webinar gave an overview of the NOAA CORS Network—the people, agencies, and infrastructure behind it—and the efforts underway to improve and modernize it. More than 410 people attended the webinar and it was recorded and will be available online for other interested viewers.
  • Larger than Expected Dead Zone Measured in Gulf of Mexico: NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) supported scientists determined that this year’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” — an area of low oxygen that can kill fish and marine life — is approximately 6,334 square miles. That’s equivalent to more than 4 million acres of habitat potentially unavailable to fish and bottom species. This measurement brings the five-year average to 5,380 square miles, which is 2.8 times larger than the 2035 target set by the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force. The task force uses the annual hypoxic zone size determination as a key metric to measure progress toward achieving their target of 1,900 square miles or smaller by 2035. Scientists at Louisiana State University and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium led the annual research cruise and survey to measure the size of the dead zone.
  • Grants & Funding Opportunities:
    • Matching Fund Opportunity for Ocean and Coastal Mapping and Request for Partnership Proposals: This notice establishes selection criteria and requirements for the NOAA Rear Admiral Richard T. Brennan Ocean Mapping Matching Fund program, to be known as the Brennan Matching Fund. The purpose of this notice is to encourage non-Federal entities to partner with the NOAA National Ocean Service ocean and coastal mapping programs on jointly funded ocean and coastal surveys and related activities of mutual interest. NOAA would receive and match partner funds and rely on its existing contract arrangements to conduct the surveying and mapping activities in FY 2023. Proposals must be received via email by 5 p.m. ET on October 29, 2021. Applicants must submit via email any accompanying geographic information system (GIS) files, which are due no later than November 5, 2021. Read the full Notice of Funding Opportunity here.
    • FY2022-2023 Margaret A. Davidson Fellowship Request for Proposals: NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2022 - 2023 Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship request for proposals. This program offers graduate students admitted to or enrolled in a Master’s or Ph.D. program the opportunity to conduct estuarine research within a National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Davidson fellowship supports research projects that help scientists and communities understand the coastal challenges that will likely influence future policy and management strategies, and offers professional development opportunities geared to build the next generation of coastal professionals. NOAA is committed to reaching applicants from minority serving institutions, and to partnering with these universities for collaborative science initiatives and fellowship opportunities within the research reserves. NOAA will award one fellowship at each of the 29 reserves in the national system. Each two-year project will employ the tenets of collaborative research, including engaging end-users, incorporating multi-disciplinary perspectives, and ensuring outcomes are applicable to local coastal resource management needs and decision-making. The fellowship honors the legacy of Margaret A. Davidson, a true visionary and pioneer in the field of coastal resource management. Applications are due December 10th, 2021. A link to the request for proposals can be found here. Additional information about the program can be found on our website.

    • Understanding multi-stressor impacts on marine ecosystems under climate change: NOAA/NOS/National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)/Competitive Research Program (CRP), the NOAA Climate Program Office (CPO), and the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP), in partnership with the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) and the NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), are soliciting proposals to understand the combined impacts of multiple stressors on the function and health of marine ecosystems within the context of climate change. This information will be used to improve place-based management of marine protected areas and enable the proactive protection of these critical ecosystems under future climate scenarios. Applications are due January 18, 2022.  Click here for full details and how to apply

Delivering the Benefits:

  • Red Tide Respiratory Forecast is Now Operational: The Red Tide Respiratory Forecast — part of a suite of NOAA tools focused on predicting the movements and impacts of harmful algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico — has moved from “experimental” to “operational” or “sustained.” That means the Forecast, developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science in partnership with the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System, the state of Florida and others, is now fully supported and available to the public. Read more on this story here. 
  • New Regional Ocean Data Sharing Page: Southeast Sand Resources: SECOORA is the lead for a new data-sharing initiative with partners from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. This initiative is designed to increase collaboration around and access to critical ocean data. The initiative’s first project focused on sand management since sand is a valuable resource for local beaches and it provides valuable habitat for a range of species, both on land, and underwater. The ocean data sharing initiative page, Sand Management, provides an overview of the socio-economic and ecological value of sand resources as well as user-friendly access to existing sand data sources at the state, federal, and local scale. Read more here.
  • 2021 Tropical Hurricane Glider Mission Is Underway! CARICOOS, with support from NOAA-Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML), successfully deployed five (5) underwater gliders in mid-June 2021, four owned by NOAA-AOML and one by CARICOOS. Of those, three were deployed in the Caribbean Sea and two in the Atlantic Ocean. These underwater gliders will continually gather temperature and salinity profiles up to 1000 meters deep which will be utilized for improving hurricane intensity forecasts. These gliders are part of a larger fleet deployed throughout the western Atlantic Ocean with partners from the US NAVY, OCOVI, MARACOOS, SECOORA, GCOOS and Rutgers University. Read more here.
  • Arecibo Wave Data Buoy: A Multi-agency Collaboration to Expand Research in Energy and Energy-related Programs: On June 15, 2021, CARICOOS assisted the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the US Department of Energy with the deployment of a wave buoy off the coast of Arecibo to provide wave observations for Puerto Rico’s northern coast. The observations will be used to measure wave energy in coastal ocean waters and to validate high-resolution numerical wave models, thereby aiding the engineering, design, and optimization of economical wave energy conversion devices. Also, the buoy data has been welcomed by surfers and fishers, among others. Click here to view the data from Arecibo wave buoy.
  • Gulf of Alaska Ecosystem Observatory (GEO) Turnaround Success: The Long Term Ecosystem Research (LTER) cruise successfully recovered and re-deployed all of the moorings that make up the GEO. Real time data from GEO3 is now available. The GEO moorings provided a full year of acoustic data, sediment trap samples, and water samples. Other instruments are still being downloaded and data recovery assessed. All in all, the GEO has had a successful year at providing critical ecosystem information for the northern Gulf of Alaska. To learn more about this project, visit the AOOS GEO project page on the AOOS website.
  • The Mariculture Map is now live! AOOS is proud to host this web-based tool that was designed to assist in planning and siting for mariculture projects in Alaska.
  • California IFCB Network: Following the in-person IFCB training at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in March, an Ocean Protection Council-funded Imaging FlowCytobot was successfully deployed on the Del Mar mooring on 2-April and is collecting phytoplankton data in real-time. The Newport Beach Pier OPC-funded IFCB was also deployed on 9-July; SCCOOS anticipates real-time data will be available soon. Axiom Data Science is serving the IFCB data on a new data portal (coming soon!) and through a prototype national HAB Data Assembly Centerhosted by ADS as part of a SCCOOS and ADS led NOAA NCCOS project (PCMHAB20).
  • GLOS Announces mini-grantees: GLOS published summaries of all 25 projects funded through their Smart Great Lakes mini-grants. Projects feature an expanded network of partners and range from expanding the buoy network and year-round monitoring capabilities, to developing operational forecast models, to beginning science and policy collaborations with First Nations, Tribes, and Métis communities.
  • New papers & reports:


  • No update.


  • GLOS debuts “smart” project series: In support of the upcoming release of the Common Strategy for Smart Great Lakes, GLOS is sharing stories of current or possible future projects that help answer the question "What is smart?" The first five were just published, read them here.
  • Developing a Communications Strategy for Red Tide in Florida: Florida Sea Grant has been leading a project to develop a more strategic red tide communications plan that aligns the needs of agencies and resource managers with the needs of the end-users who benefit from the information. Accurate and effective communication is essential for ensuring public safety and protection of local economies. The team, led by Dr. Lisa Krimsky and including GCOOS Outreach and Education Manager Dr. Chris Simoniello, has been gathering information through a series of focus groups with Florida’s natural resource managers, public health officials, and members of the business, tourism and media communities. They’ve also surveyed Florida residents. Read more here.
  • SCCOOS and CDIP Partnering with Birch Aquarium Summer Camp Tours: Birch Aquarium is partnering with Level Up San Diego to provide a fun and engaging week of camp for youngsters affected by the loss of learning and socializing this past year. The camp is a five-day exploration-based experience for San Diego Unified School District’s middle school students focusing on Scripps Oceanography research, how humans are impacting the oceans, and developing solutions to protect our ocean planet. The Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP) and SCCOOS have been providing weekly summer tours of wave-buoy and HF radars and explaining how some of our ocean observing technology is used for marine operations, monitoring climate variations and change, coastal hazards, and ecosystems, fisheries, and water quality, in particular harmful algal blooms. 

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

  • Polar Data Forum IV, 20 - 24 September 2021, The Hague and virtual: Polar Data Forum IV will be co-hosted online by the Royal Belgian institute of Natural Sciences and the European Polar Board (EPB) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in The Hague (NL) from September 20th to 24th, 2021. This event will be co-organized with the Second Southern Ocean Regional Workshop for the UN Ocean Decade and Hackathon and focus on the polar oceans. It will combine a two-day conference style meeting (September 23-24) in support of information exchange, with the remainder of the week using a “hackathon” approach that will build on the development work done in previous meetings and workshops (September 20-22). The forum registration deadline is September 10. More information and a link to the abstract submission system (abstracts due July 4) are available on the conference website:  
  • MTS 14th Buoy Workshop, 25 - 27 October 2021, Wilmington, NC: 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.
  • SECOORA Annual Meeting, 2 - 3 December, St. Petersburg, FL: Join SECOORA for an in-person meeting on December 2-3, 2021 hosted in St. Petersburg, FL. The meeting will focus on Harmful Algal Blooms, DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), and new SECOORA observing projects. The deadline to register is November 15, 2021.  Click here for more information and to register for the free meeting
  • AMS Annual Meeting, 23-27 January 2022, Houston Texas: Abstract submission for the 102nd American Meteorological Society’s Annual Meeting, 23–27 January 2022, Houston, Texas is open. Submissions close 1 September 2021. See Contact Tiffany Vance for more details.  
    • Cloud Computing for Big Data in Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate (Joint with 21st Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Environmental Science, 12th Symposium on Advances in Modeling and Analysis Using Python, and  the Eighth Symposium on High Performance Computing for Weather, Water, and Climate)
    • Developing Cloud-based Tools for Data Analysis and Archiving  (Joint with 21st Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Environmental Science, 12th Symposium on Advances in Modeling and Analysis Using Python, and  the Eighth Symposium on High Performance Computing for Weather, Water, and Climate) 
    • FAIR and Open Data and Software within the Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences to Support  Replicable Research and Reusable Tools for Climate Analysis  (Joint with 25th Conference of  Atmospheric Librarians International and the 12th Symposium on Advances in Modeling and Analysis Using Python)
    • Meeting Data Stewardships Needs for Heterogeneous Earth and Atmospheric Science Data via the Exploitation of Emerging Technologies   (Joint with 25th Conference of Atmospheric Librarians International and the 21st Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Environmental Science).
    • Sessions in the 38th Environmental Information Processing Systems (EIPT) Conference that might be of particular interest include:
  • Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022, Feb 27 - March 4, Honolulu, HI: This year’s theme emphasizes the importance of working together. “Come Together and Connect,” focuses on strengthening the ocean sciences community through discussing both basic and applied research while making scientific and social connections. 
    • Description: Over the past century, a tremendous expansion in sampling and analysis of the ocean, made possible by persistent connectivity and automatic data processing, has facilitated broad progress in our understanding of ocean processes. Ship-based sampling, underwater gliders, Argo floats and moored platforms, to name a few, have all contributed to distributed monitoring of chemical, biological, and physical dynamics in the ocean.
    • Driven by advances in mobile, photovoltaic, and battery technology, along with the increasing availability of satellite communications, large-scale and persistent distributed sensing in our oceans and lakes has become increasingly tractable. Smart, connected devices, and the supporting processes to convert that data into information form the fabric of Marine IoT. Leveraging IoT technologies in the marine environment provides opportunities for new and innovative research, observing, and monitoring techniques that can provide end-users with the information they need faster than ever. Whether that’s through engaging interested members of the public through citizen science or incorporating smart technologies into research equipment, Marine IoT can provide important new data streams and connect us in ways that weren’t possible before. Further, developments in edge and cloud computing allow us to derive critical decision-support information from these new streams.
    • Join us to explore the role Marine IoT plays in understanding our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes. In this session, we aim to elevate perspectives from both instrument development, deployment, and data utilization. Thus, we invite submissions pertaining to distributed sensing technologies (e.g. low-cost buoys and other marine IoT), strategies for maintaining distributed observations, approaches for real-time data dissemination, and research methods pertinent to usage of distributed IoT data sets, particularly with high spatiotemporal coverage.
    • All accepted sessions will be available to view at the 2022 Ocean Sciences Meeting website later this month.  Please promote your session to your colleagues to encourage abstract submissions. Abstract submissions will officially open later this summer and will close 15 September 2021. Abstracts will not be accepted after this date.  
    • Description: One of the tenets of big data is the idea of the (2, 4, or 7) V’s - Volume, Velocity, Variety, Variability, Veracity, Visualization, and Value. With the increase in the volume and velocity of data, access becomes ever more challenging. Users have access to more types of data and they can become overwhelmed by the possibilities. In the past, data access has been confusing but now there is more user engagement in building friendlier and more usable interfaces. Discovery is now more flexible and all encompassing - for example using to enable data discovery and via Google search. This increased use of data is not limited to scientists and other professionals. Citizens use data more than they realize (maps, elevation charts, tides, etc.) so they are constantly accessing data from a variety of sources.
    • There remains a broader community goal 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.
    • We want 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. We propose the following structure:
      • data discoverability
      • data access
      • data and service equity
      • data usability
      • user interface/engagement/input
      • visualization tools
      • reproducibility and tracing - after access
    • All accepted sessions will be available to view at the 2022 Ocean Sciences Meeting website later this month.  Abstract submissions will officially open later this summer and will close 15 September 2021. Abstracts will not be accepted after this date.  
    • Tiffany Vance and Tim Kearns [GLOS] are co-organizers for a session at the 2022 Ocean Sciences meeting entitled “IoT and Distributed Sensing in Ocean Science and Research” under the Ocean Technologies and Observatories topic.  
    • Tiffany Vance is a co-organizer of a session at the 2022 Ocean Sciences meeting entitled “Democratizing Data: Environmental Data Access and its Future” in the Education & Outreach topic.


Other Upcoming Meetings:

  • 3rd NOAA Workshop on Leveraging AI in Environmental Sciences, 13 - 17 September 2021, Boulder, CO and Virtual: This hybrid workshop is a continuation of the NOAA series of workshops on “Leveraging AI in Environmental Sciences.” The third event continues the successes of previous workshops and encourages participation by scientists, program managers, and leaders from the public, academic and private sectors who work in AI and environmental sciences. The theme for this year’s workshop is “Transforming Weather, Climate Services, and Blue Economy with Artificial Intelligence.” As a hybrid event, in-person capacity at Boulder will be limited in accordance with the most recent public health guideline while the virtual event will be open broadly to the public.  The call for abstracts is open until 6/18/21.  Find all the details here.
  • Ocean Decade Laboratories: The Ocean Decade Laboratories are a creative, interactive platform to support action for the Ocean Decade around the globe. Each Laboratory focuses on one of the seven Outcomes of the Ocean Decade. Laboratory participants leverage the opportunity for exchange, collaboration and the creation of sustainable partnerships. Each Laboratory will comprise a ‘core event’ where globally recognised experts, including representatives of the endorsed Decade Actions, will incite discussion and exploration of the issues surrounding each Decade Outcome, and a series of interactive ‘satellite activities’ that will be hosted by partners.
    • The first Laboratory for an “Inspiring and Engaging Ocean” was held on 7 - 8 July and attracted over 700 participants who heard an innovative and diverse range of views from scientists, archaeologists, writers, artists and more on tangible ways that we can protect the ocean for future generations by ensuring that it is a source of wonder and inspiration that is fully understood and valued by communities and individuals around the world.
    • Calls for satellite activities for upcoming Laboratories are now open and make sure you join the next Laboratory on A Prediction Ocean on the 15-17 September 2021!
    • Find out more about the Laboratories!
      • 15 – 17 September 2021 - A Predicted Ocean
      • 17 – 19 November 2021 - A Clean Ocean
      • 23 – 24 February 2022- A Productive Ocean 
  • OCEANS 2021 - San Diego - Porto , 20 – 23 September 2021 (In person and Virtual): Global thought leaders and innovators in the areas of marine technology, engineering, science, research, and education will gather together to learn and experience cutting-edge technologies in the field of marine science, hear from industry experts and engineers regarding the latest research and innovations, discuss current environmental issues and policies affecting the field, and collaboratively work together to move the fields of marine technology and engineering forward. Registration is now open from the event home page
  • OBPS Community Workshop: An Ocean of Values, 20 - 24 September 2021, virtual: The Fifth Annual OBPS Community Workshop, "An Ocean of Values", will be held from the 20th to the 24th of September.  All members of the ocean community - including educators, scientists, citizens, artists, conservationists, cultural ambassadors, policy makers, and ocean explorers - are invited to co-develop this workshop by proposing sessions, tracks, or other contributions by the end of June. As an overarching theme, participants will be asked to help understand how to better represent and safely archive the methods, policies, guides, or standard specifications that bring value to their communities. The workshop will be facilitating value mapping activities across all groups, so we can better connect "how" things are done to "why" they are done as well as why they matter. Early Information and pre-registration are available here
  • Lakebed 2030, 29 Sept - 1 Oct 2021, virtual: Momentum continues to build behind Lakebed 2030, the initiative to map the Great Lakes at high-density. This past year, partners across sectors continued to connect around the goals of  mapping new areas, sharing data, and building a free, publicly accessible, highly detailed map. With only 5% of the lakefloor mapped at high-density, there is a lot of exciting work to be done. This year’s conference theme is “Let’s dive in!” and will help connect leaders dedicated to the Lakebed 2030 vision. Presentations will feature keynote speakers Geneviève Béchard and Nicole Raineault.  Conference organizers are seeking proposals for presentations and student lightning talks.  Abstracts are due by July 30, 2021.
  • CERF 2021, 1 – 4 & 8 – 11 November 2021, virtual: You and our colleagues will come together to network, celebrate our work, learn from each other, and grow within our amazing field as we endeavor to connect science and society in the collective goals of preserving coastal and estuarine habitats, resources, and heritage. Collaborate and discuss with more than 1,700 scientists and researchers from all over the world. Registration is now open from the event home page
  • 2021 Esri Ocean, Weather, and Climate GIS Forum,  3 – 4 November 2021: This forum brings together the growing community of weather, climate, and ocean science professionals to share advances in data collection, analysis, and our understanding of climate and ocean interactions. Join this community as it forges new and better concepts in ocean and atmospheric analytics and applications.
    • Call for Lightning Talks! 2021 Esri Ocean, Weather, and Climate GIS Forum November 3-4 2021: We are now accepting submissions for Lightning Talks. If you have used Esri GIS technology for collecting data, performing analysis, and advancing our understanding of climate and ocean interactions, we want to hear from you. Submit an abstract for the chance to share your extraordinary work with an audience of engaged peers. In these eight-minute presentations, you can earn recognition as a GIS thought leader and inspire the ocean, weather, and climate community to better conserve our natural world. The deadline for submissions is August 20, 2021 See the conference website for more details
    • Call for Maps! 2021 Esri Ocean, Weather, and Climate GIS Forum November 3-4: Contribute to the Virtual Map Gallery by showcasing your most successful GIS creations. Inspire your peers by illustrating how you are using Esri's powerful GIS capabilities to let others explore beautiful, innovative stories through your map. Deadline October 1, 2021.
  • 9th annual Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) Symposium, 15 - 16 November 2021, virtual: The 9th annual Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) Symposium will take place on November 15-16, 2021. This free online event will feature presentations, panels and workshops. The Symposium is an annual event that brings together researchers from across the globe to collaborate, develop strategies and seek new opportunities for the sustainable management of aquatic animals in changing ocean environments. It's open to Network members, early career researchers, and those interested in aquatic species research. Abstracts are currently being accepted through August 16. You can find further information on the symposium webpage. 
  • International Ocean Data Conference 2022: The Data We Need for the Ocean We Want, 14-16 February 2022, Sopot, Poland & virtual: The conference will be held as a hybrid event with a number of participants on-site while others will participate through video conference. The conference programme includes the following topic areas: Global Strategies and Policy, Implementing the Digital Commons, and Looking Forward. Learn more on the conference website
  • 5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5), 23 - 30 June 2022, Vancouver, Canada: From 23-30 June 2022, the world’s leading ocean conservation professionals will meet in Vancouver, Canada to chart a course towards protecting 30% of the global ocean by 2030. The call for proposals for the Congress program is open now until 20 September (23:59 PDT) 2021. For more information, see 



  • Behavior Change for Climate Action for the Oceans and Beyond, 26 August 2021, 1pm ET: More and more environmental practitioners are incorporating behavior change into their efforts to increase pro-environmental action, building off the success of the medical community in using behavior change to improve health. Cities, national governments, and utility agencies are some of the groups driving this trend. By increasing response efficacy (the belief that one can actually do something), we can help drive the behavior and social change needed to solve our climate crisis; response efficacy is one of the strongest influencing factors for public action. This webinar by The Center for Behavior and Climate (CBC) (Co-sponsors: OCTO (EBM Tools Network, The Skimmer, OpenChannels, MPA News, will teach you nine principles behind behavior change and how to apply these interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary principles to increase individual and collective climate action for the oceans and beyond. From tackling habits to worldview to social influences to framing, they will provide case studies showing the impact of each behavioral tool. Find out more and register here.
  • Women in the Blue Economy in the Mediterranean, 22 September 2021, Online: Union for the Mediterranean(UfM) and EMUNI University will organize the webinar “Women in blue economy in the Mediterranean”, which will take place online on 22 September from 9:30 to 12:30 CET. The event will be dedicated to highlighting women’s contribution and engagement as a fundamental vector in key blue economy sectors in the Mediterranean region, as well as to discuss – within a solution-oriented approach – the challenges hindering the full expression of their opportunities. Click here for more information and registration. 
  • SERIES: National Marine Sanctuaries Webinars: The National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series provides educators, students, and the interested public with educational and scientific expertise, resources and training to support ocean and climate literacy. This series generally targets formal and informal educators that are engaging students (elementary through college) in formal classroom settings, as well as members of the community in informal educational venues (e.g. after school programs, science centers, aquariums, etc.).
    • August 19, 2021 - 12 pm Hawaiʻi / 3 pm Pacific / 6 pm Eastern - The World Does Not Stand Still - Understanding the Impacts of Climate Change in Papahānaumokuākea. Register here
  • SERIES: EMB launches new webinar series: The European Marine Board is launching a new webinar series, #ThirdThursdayScience, which will focus on the science underpinning the research and policy recommendations in EMB publications. The free webinars will take place on the third Thursday of each month, and will run for one hour between 13:00 - 14:00 CEST. Webinars will also be live-streamed on YouTube and will be made available to re-watch later on the EMB YouTube Channel. Upcoming webinars:
    • 19 August: Navigating the Future V
    • 16 September: Involving Stakeholders in Co-creation of Ecosystem Services Research
    • 21 October: Deep Sea
  • 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:
    • August 25, 2021, 8 am – 9 am PDT – Use Cloud-Based GIS Technology to Deliver Briefings to Build Resilient Communities
  • SERIES: Mapping the Great Lakes: A virtual webinar series focused priorities for building a comprehensive detailed bathymetric map of the Great Lakes. The events will engage the audience with presentations and discussions from leading scientists and researchers on the technologies and issues impacting the Great Lakes ecosystems.  Click here for more info and registration
    • Sept 15: Archaeology/Geology, 12:30 – 2 PM EST
    • Sept 29 - Oct 1: Lakebed 2030 Conference, 1 – 5 PM EST
    • Nov. 18: Collaboration, 12:30 – 2 PM

Job & Internship Opportunities:

  • NEW! Modeling Data Analyst, CIGLR: The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR, at the University of Michigan is looking for you to work with the ecological and physical modeling teams at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (NOAA GLERL). Under the direction of the Project Principal Investigators, the Modeling Data Analyst will work with CIGLR and GLERL scientists to 1) develop experimental ecological forecasts linked to the hydrodynamic models of the Great Lakes Operational Forecast System, and 2) evaluate model performance through statistical comparison of modeled and observed water quality, biological, and physical variables. These models simulate and forecast harmful algal blooms, hypoxia, biogeochemical processes, and species interactions, among other ecological and limnological processes within the Great Lakes. Closes August 21. Click here for more info and how to apply.
  • NEW! Geodesist, National Geodetic Survey/NOAA: NGS is seeking a Geodesist to perform the following duties:
    • Manage all phases of the satellite orbit determination for the generation of the precise Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) orbital parameters to support the definition of Global Reference frame.
    • Serve as a subject matter expert in the development and maintenance of the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS).
    • Manage the analysis of metadata for orbital products to resolve problems and develop techniques to automate workflows and methods.
    • Maintain, develop, test, debug, and refine software to process GNSS observations for the production of GNSS satellite orbit ephemerides, and generate, disseminate, and improve operational GNSS orbital products.
    • Serve as a technical lead in the areas of GNSS and satellite positioning techniques, including conducting research on orbits, presenting scientific findings at national and international conferences, and publishing work in scientific journals.

Click here for more info and how to apply.

  • NEW! Food Web Laboratory Analyst, CIGLR: The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR, ) at the University of Michigan is looking for a candidate to join our research team working on food web ecology in the Great Lakes. The Food Web Laboratory Analyst will perform field sampling and laboratory analyses related to zooplankton, larval fish and Mysis ecology in the Great Lakes. Routine tasks assigned to you will include: (1) assisting aboard research cruises (net tows, sample processing, acoustics instrumentation), (2) sorting organisms within samples, (3) performing quantification of zooplankton, mussel veligers, and larval fish; (4) processing fisheries acoustics data, and 5) data analysis. The application deadline is September 2, 2021. Click here for more info and how to apply. 
  • NEW! Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Fellowship, IOOS Association: The IOOS Association seeks a one-year, fixed-term Fellow to work with the national network of RAs and the IOOS Office to amplify regional work and identify opportunities to improve IOOS' ability to serve and engage underserved communities. Click here for more information. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to by September 10, 2021.
  • Research Project Manager, FutureMARES: This position is responsible for the day-to-day management of FutureMARES, a large project funded by the EU. NIOZ is the scientific coordinator and will take over full, administrative coordination in autumn 2021. The position runs for the full duration of FutureMARES plus 2 months (i.e. until 20 November 2024). The project FutureMARES is an EU-funded research project examining the relations between climate change, marine biodiversity and ecosystem services. The deadline for applications is 17 September 2021. Click here for more info and how to apply.
  • NEW! 18 SEAS postdoctoral research fellow positions, University of Bergen, Norway: Shaping European Research Leaders for Marine Sustainability (SEAS) is a postdoctoral research fellowship programme for 37 fellows launched and managed by the University of Bergen. In this first call, open 1 August – 31 October 2021, they invite talented experienced researchers to apply for 18 fellowships. Successful candidates will be employed in 3-year fixed-term full-time postdoctoral research fellow positions at UiB. Individual contracts may, under certain conditions, be extended by up to one year if funded from other sources than the SEAS programme. Click here for more info and how to apply.
  • NEW! HFR Technician Wanted: As the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) expands its oceanographic high-frequency radar (HFR) network, USM’s School of Ocean Science and Engineering - Marine Science is looking for another HFR technician to help with all of the sites.  Open until filled.  If you or anyone you know is interested, click here for more information and to apply.  Questions regarding this position may be directed to Kevin M. Martin, M.S. at
  • NEW! Engagement & Research Associate, NERACOOS & New Hampshire Sea Grant: In partnership with New Hampshire Sea Grant, NERACOOS is co-hiring an Engagement and Research Associate. This position is based at NERACOOS. The successful candidate will work  with a regional team of engagement specialists, researchers, and stakeholders to identify shared goals, challenges, information gaps, and priorities that need to be addressed to enhance the blue economy of the Northeastern U.S., particularly as related to the development of ocean renewable energy (ORE). Click here for more info and how to apply. 
  • Scientific Director of the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) and Professor of Biology: The Faculty of Science at Dalhousie University invites applications for a tenured Full Professor of Biology to serve as the new Scientific Director of the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN, The primary faculty appointment will be in the Department of Biology with potential cross-appointments in other departments across the university. The Scientific Director serves as the primary OTN grant holder and will provide leadership for OTN strategic planning and facilitate and grow scientific activities, leveraging the assets of the network and seeking mutually beneficial partnerships and synergies with other science networks and groups. The Scientific Director also leads the internal OTN management team, and oversees the management of 22+ permanent staff, as well as rotating interns and co-op students working on operations and maintenance activities. Using the OTN platform, the Scientific Director will provide leadership for the engagement of the Canadian and international scientific community in related research work and oversee the funding and science planning associated with these programs, together with OTN’s Executive Director. Open now: the review process will commence on 15 Sept 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Click here for more info and how to apply

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