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From the Director:

Hello IOOS Community,

The IOOS Advisory Committee held its first in-person meeting in Washington, DC last week.  Following the charge from the Advisory Committee Chair, Scott Rayder, and opening remarks on the IOOS program from yours truly, Fern Gibbons, Senate Commerce Committee Staff member and Josie Quintrell, IOOS Association Director gave an overview of the congressional legislative process and a preview of the expected actions in the coming months. RDML Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., USN Ret., Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Deputy NOAA Administrator discussed NOAA’s new strategies in four key science and technology focus areas: UxS, AI, ‘Omics, and Cloud Computing. IOOC co-chairs David Legler (NOAA) and Laura Lorenzoni (NASA) shared their global perspectives and outcomes from the Ocean Obs’19 meeting and Deerin Babb-Brott (OSTP), Nicole LeBoeuf (NOAA/NOS), and John Haines (USGS) had a lively discussion with the committee about the executive branch perspectives. Lastly on day 1, Martin Yapur from NOAA NESDIS TIPIO reviewed NOAA’s approach to Observing System Requirements Management.  Day two of the meeting was dedicated to shaping the committee’s priorities for the foreseeable future. A more in depth story will be on the IOOS website soon and we will share the meeting report as soon as it is available. 

Best wishes,

From the U.S. IOOS Office:

  • NEPA Seminars at Alaska Marine Science Symposium: The Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) hosted multiple NEPA Seminars during AMSS Jan 27-31, 2020. The interactive sessions included presentations from the NOS and IOOS Environmental Compliance Coordinator and covered an overview of the NEPA Process, NEPA procedural requirements and implementing process, how Environmental Compliance differs from NEPA, and how to ensure project compliance. NOS/IOOS also had a chance to share the success of the environmental compliance program here at NOAA with other Federal agencies and informed the public of the NEPA process.

  • Save the Date! NOAA Open House - March 14: NOAA will open the doors to our Silver Spring, MD campus on March 14 for the annual NOAA Open House. This fun-filled day features activities and speakers that introduce NOAA’s science, service, and stewardship mission to the community. Chat with hurricane hunters, make fish prints, build a boat, and more! This year’s event is a special one as we celebrate NOAA’s 50th anniversary. Come and bring your family and friends. We will have activities suitable for ages 5 and up. The NOAA Open House is free and open to the public. 

Observation Subsystem and Sensor Technologies:

    • National Frequency Plan Update: Phone calls were conducted with CODAR Ocean Sensors and Helzel Messtechnik to lay out the route they will have to take to obtain certification from the FCC for their radar systems.  A call with University of Hawaii Generic Radar is scheduled in the coming weeks.

    • Hurricane Glider Meeting - April 7-9, 2020: NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) and IOOS are hosting a Hurricane Glider meeting on April 7th - 9th, 2020, at AOML in Miami, FL. The purpose of the meeting is to 1) Review the 2019 Hurricane Season's glider operations and coordinate efforts for 2020 2) Discuss the latest research findings and data efforts 3) Coordinate with partners and other observing platforms.

    • ATN Asset Inventory Available on ATN DAC Data Portal: Thanks to the tremendous work of Megan Treml (SECOORA), Axiom Data Science and our participating telemetry community partners, our ATN Satellite and Acoustic Asset Inventory is now visualized on our ATN DAC Data Portal ( It is easily accessible by clicking on one of the two Inventory thumbnail pictures on the opening page. The Inventory is a ‘live’ process and will be updated regularly.

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

  • Save the Date!  2020 DMAC Meeting: IOOS is pleased to announce that the 2020 DMAC Meeting will take place Tuesday, June 16 to Friday, June 19, in Silver Spring, Maryland. Further details forthcoming.
  • SAVE THE DATE: IOOS/ESIP Biological Data Standards Workshop, July 13, 2020, Burlington, VT:  This Biological Data Standards workshop, sponsored by the US Integrated Ocean Observing System (US IOOS) in partnership with ESIP, OBIS and BCO-DMO, invites participation from data providers and data managers across the marine community. See more in the “Upcoming Events with IOOS Participation” section below.
      • Comment Period for Updated Temperature and Salinity Manual Complete: We’ve completed the comment period for input on the updated Manual for Real-Time Quality Control of In-situ Temperature and Salinity Data, and expect to publish it within the next few days. It remains an incremental update with no substantial changes to the QC tests themselves. Many thanks to all who provided reviews and suggestions!
      • Ocean Best Practice System Update: The newly formed IOC OBPS Steering Group met for their second monthly virtual meeting, with all seven work package leads reporting progress on: 1) project management, 2) operations, 3) advanced technology, 4) publications, review and endorsement processes, 5) communications and outreach, 6) user communities, and 7) training and capacity development. System usage plots and graphs provided by Cristian Muñoz show all metrics continuing to rise as the oceanographic community becomes aware of the utility of the OBPS.

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

  • Modeling and Prediction Workshop - June 2020: A Workshop on Modeling, Prediction, and Sensor Networks for Coastal Flooding in the US East Coast will be held at George Mason University in Washington, D.C. June 8-9, 2020. The goal of the workshop is to bring together several groups that are working on quantitative frameworks for monitoring and predicting coastal flooding along the coasts of the US East Coast and draft a strategy for advancing an integrated modeling system for coastal flooding that includes the ocean, atmosphere, land, and urban infrastructure components. Our ultimate goal is to map the synergies for co-designing a US East Coast Flooding Monitoring and Prediction Knowledge to Action Network (Coastal-FMAP-KAN). Please register to the workshop mailing list:

Interagency and International Collaboration/News:

    • MBON team demonstrates how eDNA can support species surveys: A belated congratulations to MBON partners for publication of a December paper in Frontiers in Marine Science, “Marine Vertebrate Biodiversity and Distribution Within the Central California Current Using Environmental DNA (eDNA) Metabarcoding and Ecosystem Surveys” (Closek et al., doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00732).  The paper - funded by the Seaver Institute, IOOS and National Ocean Partnership Program (NOPP) MBON sponsors - uses eDNA samples to ‘characterize vertebrate biodiversity and distribution within National Marine Sanctuaries located in the California Current upwelling ecosystem’ and demonstrates that eDNA can be used to augment traditional surveys and inform about changes in biodiversity. The paper can be found here:

    • SCOR Announces new Executive Director: IOOS congratulates MBON and GOOS colleague Dr Patricia Miloslavich as the new Executive Director of Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR).  Patricia is a former President of the International Association of Biological Oceanography (IABO) and a marine biologist, and active in MBON through her former role with GOOS in developing essential marine biodiversity variables. SCOR, an international academic  organisation, is over 50 years old and helped the establishment of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission:

    • South Florida MBON plans new products and technology integration to support Florida Keys restoration: The South Florida MBON team, led by Frank Muller-Karger (University of South Florida), met 3-5 February 2020 in St. Petersburg, FL. Discussions focused on practical information about biodiversity in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, indicators supporting the Florida Keys Integrated Ecosystem Assessment, related efforts and interests of the State of Florida, and priority-setting for products over the next six months. Exciting new MBON products combine eDNA, fisheries data, artificial intelligence/machine learning, animal telemetry, underwater sound measurements, and satellite remote sensing to track how biodiversity is changing in response to changing conditions. With committed and active engagement of NOAA (ONMS, AOML), US IOOS, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, among others, these products are being developed to directly inform Sanctuary condition reports, IEA ecosystem status reports, and restoration monitoring. Learn more about the South Florida MBON and broader U.S. IOOS contributions to U.S. MBON at

    • IOOS ‘Omics Coordination: Guided by the recently released NOAA ‘Omics Strategy, the NOAA ‘Omics Taskforce is charged with developing the NOAA ‘Omics Implementation Plan.  As IOOS rep to the Taskforce, Gabrielle Canonico coordinated two webinars Feb 11 and 12 with AOML (Kelly Goodwin) to present the ‘omics strategy to IOOS and MBON partners active in this area (including across NOAA and academia). The webinars provided an opportunity and process for partners to provide input to the plan. Comments to the NOAA ‘omics implementation plan are due by the end of February.

  • Graduate Student Cruise Opportunities with OOI: Opportunities abound for graduate students to have hands-on experience aboard the Ocean Observatories Initiative deployment expeditions in 2020. The first opportunity is during the spring Endurance Array deployment aboard the R/V Sikuliaq. as part of the UNOLS Cruise Opportunity Program. The Endurance cruise will run from 31 March-15 April 2020, departing from and returning to Newport, Oregon. Applications to UNOLS are due by 28 February 2020. Read more here:

  • NOAA HSRP public meeting: The NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) Federal Advisory Committee will have a public meeting in Oahu, HI, April 28-30, 2020, to focus on Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific region. You are encouraged to attend in person, make comments in advance in writing or in person. There is a webinar for those not in the area. For more information, see 

  • OCS, U.S. Coast Guard Collaborate on Hurricane Preparedness: NOAA's OCS and the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG’s) Sector North Carolina signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to formalize hurricane response activities. North Carolina has been hit with three hurricanes (Matthew, Florence, and Dorian) in the past four years. Each of these events has required close collaboration between the two agencies to quickly reopen the state’s two main ports. Delays in shipping, even minor ones, cost the economy millions of dollars each year. Cooperation and preparation among Federal agencies will lessen these delays. The MOA establishes the roles and responsibilities of each organization and describes the necessary steps to prepare for future hurricanes. Actions include prestaging survey equipment near affected ports and having an OCS representative preapproved to embed with the USCG when a command center is established. Contact:

  • The Great Lakes Get a Digital Upgrade: NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey (OCS) has been working with local stakeholders and Canadian partners to update recommended routes and create Electronic Navigation Charts (ENCs) for the Great Lakes. These tasks are now complete for Lake Erie, and the data will be incorporated into the new version of U.S. Coast Pilot 6®. Recommended routes indicate the direction ships should travel within certain zones; they are vital for regulating traffic on busy, confined waterways and ensuring safe maritime trade. Creating ENCs—which will eventually replace paper charts—requires combining and adjusting existing paper chart data into ENC format. A group formed in 2018 has been tackling this project; some of the issues they faced included edge-matching inconsistencies, lack of GPS waypoints, missing routes on large-scale products, and missing information on the routes. Lake Erie is the first of the Great Lakes to be completed; the other four lakes will follow shortly. Contact:

  • NGS Meets with Gulf Coast Grant Partners: National Geodetic Survey (NGS) senior leadership met with grant partners in the Gulf Coast to discuss national priorities for geodetic research and the NGS vision for growing the community of practice in geodesy. Grantees participating in the meeting included the University of Southern Mississippi, Louisiana State University, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, University of Florida, and the Alabama Department of Transportation. NGS took this opportunity to discuss geodetic and remote sensing research interests for the Nation and the Gulf of Mexico. The partners presented their own cutting-edge applications of geodesy and demonstrated a crowd-sourced application for envisioning Gulf-coast geographic data. The exchange of ideas resulted in more than a dozen new opportunities for future research and plans to engage more youth and the public at large in the field of geographic positioning. Contact:

  • Coastal Inundation Dashboard Now Includes All Alaska Stations: Center for Operational Oceanographic Products And Services (CO-OPS) has now added all of its Alaska water level stations to the Coastal Inundation Dashboard. This online tool provides real-time and historical water level information. These data are essential for understanding near-term inundation risks, such as impacts from tropical cyclones, nor’easters and other strong extratropical cyclones, and longer-term risks, such as high tide flooding and sea level rise. This product uses National Weather Service (NWS) flood impact thresholds to determine if observed or forecasted water levels may result in minor, moderate, or major coastal flooding. CO-OPS is working with NWS Alaska Region to better understand if and when flooding may occur at these newly added locations. Decision-makers can use this information to prepare for coastal flooding and better understand the increased frequency of flooding as sea levels change. Contact:

  • NOAA Completes Tidal Current Survey of New York Harbor: NOAA recently concluded its Current Survey for New York Harbor. Tidal current predictions have ensured safe navigation of local waterways in this area since the middle of last century, back to 1855 in some locations. NOAA engaged regional partners to pin-point the best location for each instrument, and in 2019, deployed 36 temporary instruments in New York Harbor to assess tidal currents from the Hudson River to Sandy Hook Bay. Data collected are not only analyzed to update tidal current predictions, but also support NOAA’s Operational Forecast System (OFS) hydrodynamic models and Precision Navigation efforts; safeguarding navigation of New York Harbor ports and waterways into the future. Updated information will be available to mariners in the summer of 2020. All tidal current predictions can be accessed here. Read more here:

  • Guidelines Published for Nearshore Coastal Seafloor Mapping Using Aerial Drones: NOAA and its partners have published guidelines for using aerial drones to map the nearshore coastal seafloor. Several organizations need imagery, as well as elevation and depth data, to effectively manage our nation’s coastlines. However, many nearshore areas are expensive, challenging, and even dangerous to map with conventional technologies, resulting in information gaps along the coastline. Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) — also known as drones — outfitted with cameras and coupled with advanced photogrammetry techniques are a portable, efficient, and cost-effective method to fill these nearshore data gaps. The new guidelines provide the results and analyses from over 100 sUAS bathymetric mapping flights, evaluating the influence of airframes, sensors, environmental conditions, and processing procedures. Contact: 

  • Save the date! OTN 2020 Symposium: Please save the date for the 2020 Ocean Tracking Network Symposium taking place from June 2-5, in Halifax, N.S. The OTN Symposium will begin on the evening of June 2, accompanied by three full days of workshops, discussions and presentations from June 3-5. Topics and activities to include next-generation problem solving and integration, international and national telemetry collaborations, integrating different knowledge systems, cross-project synthesis and publication, best practices and lessons learned: data and field, student presentations, and poster sessions. 

  • Grants & Funding Opportunities:

    • 2020 American Lobster Research Program Funding Opportunity Now Open: This program will support research to address critical gaps in knowledge about how the American Lobster and its fishery is being impacted by environmental change. Pending appropriation of funds, Sea Grant anticipates awarding between five to ten research projects totaling between $1 million and $2 million dollars in FY2020. Projects must have a maximum duration of two years. Questions about the competition should be sent to Formal Notice of Funding Opportunity on Closes March 19, 2020.

    • Coral Restoration Projects in Honor of Dr. Ruth Gates: As part of our efforts to restore resilient coral ecosystems, NOAA is announcing the availability of approximately $500,000 in funding for coral restoration in 2020. The competition is in direct response to the recently completed National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study on Interventions to Increase the Resilience of Coral Reefs. This is the first competition under the new Ruth Gates Coral Restoration Innovation Grants. Proposals are due by 3/20/2020. More information and how to apply here.

    • DARPA BAA: This BAA invites proposers to submit innovative basic or applied research concepts in the following technical domains: Frontiers in Math, Computation & Design; Limits of Sensing & Sensors; Complex Social Systems; Anticipating Surprise. The research topics of interest within each domain are described in the BAA. Closes June 12, 2020.


Delivering the Benefits:

  • NANOOS NVS Tsunami App updated:  NANOOS has released a new version of the NVS Tsunami mobile appfor iOS and Android.  The new version includes bulletins from the NOAA/NWS U.S. Tsunami Warning System.  When offshore seismic events occur, corresponding bulletins will automatically display in the NVS Tsunami mobile app.  The location of the event will be displayed on the map, along with information about the event, and in the case of events that present a threat, instruction on what to do next.

  • New data for Columbia River boaters:  Based on boater input, a new river gauge asset has been added to NANOOS’s NVS Data Explorer and NVS Boaters applications. The addition of this asset, USGS 14144700 Columbia River at Vancouver, will provide near real-time current speed, river discharge, river stage height, and turbidity data to the large number of recreational boaters that ply the waters between I-5 and I-205 on the Columbia. Check it out here on the NVS Boaters application.

  • CARICOOS @ Glider School: CARICOOS technical team received a hands-on-learning training from NOAA-AOML personnel on how to refurbished and prepare underwater gliders. These will be deployed during the upcoming hurricane season to collect oceanographic data which will contribute to hurricane intensity forecasting studies.  Read more and see the pictures here!

  • New glider data in GCOOS’ GANDALF: At the request of glider operators, GCOOS’s glider tracking portal, GANDALF, includes the East Coast. They're currently tracking two University of South Florida gliders named Bass and Gansett.

  • Download GLOS 2019 Annual Impact Report: The Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) Annual Impact Report is now available to download. Read about some of the most important projects of 2019 including a bit about Smart Great Lakes, a HAB warning system, lakefloor mapping, high-frequency radar in the Straits of Mackinac, and more. 


  • ICOOS Act Update: No update.


  • 2020 IOOS/CARICOOS/OCOVI Vembu Subramanian Award winners announced: OCOVI announced the winners as Antonio Farchette, Sonora Meiling and Amber Packard and congratulated them on their success. All are graduate students in the University of the Virgin Islands’ Masters in Marine and Environmental Science program. Read the full press release here, and congratulations to the winners!

  • Student Opportunity: Examine How Temperature Affects Fish Movement Patterns in South Florida:SECOORA and the FACT Network are partnering to sponsor a graduate student to examine how temperature affects fish movement patterns in south Florida marine ecosystems.  Proposals are due April 8, 2020 and the award value is $12,800. Read more about this opportunity and how to submit here

  • Submissions open for the 2020 Vembu Subramanian Ocean Scholars Award: Apply today for the Vembu Subramanian Ocean Scholars award! Do not miss the opportunity to receive $2500 in travel support to present your research at a conference. Proposals are due April 8, 2020. Read more about this opportunity and how to submit here

  • Student Opportunity: STEM Experiences aboard ships: STEMSEAS aims to provide ship-based, 6-10 day exploratory experiences for undergraduates from diverse backgrounds aboard NSF-funded research vessels. Students will sail with experienced faculty mentors and engage in geoscience and oceanography activities (while also having fun)! Learn more and apply here

  • Webinar! Lakebed 2030, February 25: Lakebed 2030 is a regional initiative to map the Great Lakes at high-resolution. This webinar is put on by the Great Lakes Bottom Mapping Working Group and the Great Lakes Observing System.  For more information, agenda, and registration, click here

  • How Valuable Are Ocean Observing Data Portals?: GCOOS, along with the other 10 U.S. Regional Associations and the IOOS Association, are working to gain a better understanding of the value of the data and products they deliver to their communities and plan for improved services in the future. Working with the Center for the Blue Economy of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, GCOOS has created a survey focused on the Economic Value of Ocean Observing Systems and are asking for your input today. A survey will pop up if you visit or you can skip ahead and take the survey now.

  • Ocean Satellite Data Course in Puerto Rico: The NOAA CoastWatch Program in collaboration with CARICOOS and with the Department of Marine Sciences of UPR-Mayaguez hosted the NOAA CoastWatch Ocean Satellite Data Course in San Juan, PR from 5 – 7 February 2020.  Read all about it on CARICOOS’s site.

  • SECOORA preparing for the next 5-year proposal: SECOORA is preparing for the 2021 – 2026 U.S. IOOS proposal.  To that end, they are seeking volunteers for their review panel and LOIs from interested partners in the 5-year window.  See more on SECOORA’s website

  • MARACOOS launches Strategic Planning project:  MARACOOS has launched a strategic planning initiative to help guide our priorities and decision making for the next 5 years. They want to hear from you! To participate in this survey click here. The survey will be active until Friday, February 28.  If you have any questions, contact

Upcoming Meetings with IOOS Participation:

  • Ocean Sciences 2020 Meeting, 16 – 21 February 2020, San Diego, CA: The Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM) is the flagship conference for the ocean sciences and the larger ocean-connected community.  As we approach the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, beginning in 2021, it is increasingly important to gather as a scientific community to raise awareness of the truly global dimension of the ocean, address environmental challenges, and set forth on a path towards a resilient planet. More info here:

    • Special Panel Session: IOOS Data Visualization Panel: This session will explore how regional coastal and ocean data portals across the United States integrate quality data from a variety of federal and non-federal sources to deliver timely and reliable information to data product developers, government authorities, and stakeholders to improve understanding and aid decision making.

      • Session: OD51B: Integrating, Disseminating, and Visualizing Quality Data at the Regional Scale to Support Resilient Coastal Communities I Panel

      • Session Type: Oral

      • Date and Time: Friday, 21 February 2020; 08:00 - 10:00

      • Location: SDCC; 14B, Mezzanine

  • Save the date! 2020 IOOS Spring Meeting, 4 – 5 March 2020, Washington, DC: The IOOS Association, IOOS Regional Associations, and the IOOS Program Office will meet for their annual spring meeting March 4-5 in Washington, D.C. Check back for more information. Questions? Contact Katie Liming,

  • GCOOS Members Meeting, 2 April 2020, New Orleans, LA: Registration is now open for GCOOS’ annual Members Meeting in New Orleans. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Michelle Heupel, Director of Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System. View the preliminary agenda & register.

  • CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2020 MTS Buoy Workshop: The 2020 MTS Buoy Workshop will be held April 13-16, 2020 in Wilmington, NC. We gather to discuss updates on past and present projects (and future), offshore in the deep and shallow water environments, bays, estuaries, ports and harbors and what we expect for the future of buoy and mooring applications. 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 System, Reliability & Harsh Environments, Power Systems, Data, Sensors & Instrumentation, and Mooring Design.  Abstracts and exhibitor applications are due February 28. Early bird registration ends Friday, January 31 and regular registration is available through April 16. Registration and more details found here:

  • Save the Date! CARICOOS General Assembly, 28 April 2020, Ponce, PR: Registration and more information coming soon!

  • MARACOOS Annual Meeting, 14 May 2020, Baltimore, MD: The MARACOOS 2020 Annual Meeting is coming up on Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Baltimore, MD preceded by an evening networking reception on May 13. A major focus of this year’s meeting will be to seek your input and refinements to the MARACOOS Strategic Plan --- a Plan that will be under development with all of you in the Mid-Atlantic ocean and coastal community in the months leading up to the Annual Meeting.  Join individuals from the private sector, non-profit sector, academia, and government as we come together to discuss the goals and strategies for the future of ocean and coastal observing in the Mid-Atlantic region. Register for the meeting here

  • Save the Date!  SECOORA Annual Meeting, 18 – 19 May 2020, St. Petersburg, FL: More info coming soon!

  • IAGLR 2020: Focusing on the Future, 8 – 12 June 2020, Winnipeg, Manitoba: The International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) 63rd annual conference is accepting abstracts Friday, January 24. GLOS is leading the following sessions:

    • #25 The role of observations, base data and models in the new GLOS tech platform

    • #26 GLOS: Lakebed 2030 - building a better basemap

    • #27 Map the Great Lakes to understand underwater habitats

For more information and registration (when open) click here.

  • Save the Date!  2020 DMAC Meeting, 16 – 19 June 2020, Silver Spring, MD : IOOS is pleased to announce that the 2020 DMAC Meeting will take place Tuesday, June 16 to Friday, June 19, in Silver Spring, Maryland. Further details forthcoming.

  • SAVE THE DATE: IOOS/ESIP Biological Data Standards Workshop, July 13, 2020, Burlington, VT:  This Biological Data Standards workshop, sponsored by the US Integrated Ocean Observing System (US IOOS) in partnership with ESIP, OBIS and BCO-DMO, invites participation from data providers and data managers across the marine community. The workshop will be designed to alternate between working sessions with all participants and hands-on sessions on topics including: 

    • Data Standard and Stewardship Best practices 

    • Vocabularies and ontologies 

    • Shared technology, shared knowledge and knowledge transfer 

    • Development of methodologies 

    • More about the workshop: Hands-on work around data transformation and management processes Scientific observations of marine biodiversity and biology are essential for effective conservation of ocean species. These observations are collected at great cost, and are fundamental to advance scientific understanding of life in the sea. Marine ecological data are complex and heterogeneous, and there are unique methods and approaches to their collection, curation, sharing and distribution. To allow these observations to be reused for scientific, pedagogical and policy purposes, they need to be managed and well-described using standardized methods and formats. There is a pressing need in the marine community for standardized approaches to integrate biological data at local, regional, and global scales. This applies to observations spanning genetic to population data types, and across space and time. Major global databases such as OBIS and GBIF rely on Darwin Core, Ecological Metadata Language, and the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) to help manage taxonomic information. The observing community, focused on abiotic data collections, evolved to leverage netCDF and climate and forecast conventions, while the biological research and applications communities have traditionally operated outside of common standards; this landscape makes it difficult to assess the status and trends of critical indicators of living marine resources and ecosystem services. 


Other Upcoming Meetings:

  • International Indian Ocean Science Conference (IIOSC2020), 16 – 20 March 2020, Goa, India: More info available:  The International Indian Ocean Science Conference (IIOSC 2020) sponsored by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, will be held from 16-20 March 2019 in Dona Paula, Goa, India. The conference aims to not only act as a multi-disciplinary showcase of Indian Ocean oceanic and coupled climatic research in general, but will provide the opportunity to specifically present research resulting from the Second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2) (2015-2020) and so act as a platform for the recently proclaimed extension of IIOE-2 out to at least 2025.

  • Save the Date! 2020 OTN Symposium, 2 – 5 June 2020, Halifax, N.S.: The OTN Symposium will begin on the evening of June 2, accompanied by three full days of workshops, discussions and presentations from June 3-5. Registration and more details forthcoming.

  • Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2020: Biodiversity, 9 – 11 June, 2020, Washington, DC: More information and registration (when open) is available on the CHOW website.

  • EMODnet 2nd Open Conference and Jamboree - Save-the-date: 22-25 September 2020: Five years after the first edition, we are delighted to announce the organisation of the second EMODnet Open Conference (22-23 September 2020) and Jamboree (23-25 September 2020). 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.


Job & Internship Opportunities:

  • Executive Director, NERACOOS: The key roles of the Executive Director are to lead, manage, and inspire staff, principal investigators, partners, and board members to collectively sustain and improve a regional ocean observing system that is responsive to the information needs of the Northeast. The Executive Director is the principal spokesperson for the organization and will travel extensively to represent NERACOOS locally, nationally, and occasionally internationally, and to provide regional leadership and guidance.  Click here for more info and to apply:

  • 2021 Knauss Fellowship Opportunity now open: The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational and professional experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. Students should apply by February 21, 2020. Learn more about the Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.

  • Postdoc position: Biogeochemical Modeling in the Gulf of Alaska: Join the Hauri Lab’s Ocean Acidification and Inorganic carbon Dynamics Team at the International Arctic Research Center to study the influence of freshwater and large-scale climate drivers on the Gulf of Alaska inorganic carbon and nutrient dynamics. The position will involve analyzing a 40 year long hindcast simulation, improving the biogeochemical model based on new field observations, data-model comparison, and publishing. The collaborative and inclusive environment at the International Arctic Research Center and within Alaska’s EPSCoR project “Fire and Ice”, which funds this position, will create opportunities to establish a career building and interdisciplinary science network. Click here for more info and to apply! Review of applications will start March 15, 2020.

  • Biology and Ecosystems Data Analyst: The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) is recruiting a Data Analyst with a focus on biology and ecosystem data to assist in integration and management. The post will be based at MBARI, which is located in Moss Landing, CA and will work closely with the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) and the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS).  Read more and how to apply here

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