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From the Director:

Hello IOOS Community,

Congratulations to PacIOOS! On October 23, IOOS re-certified the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) as a Regional Information Coordination Entity (RICE) after careful and considerate review of PacIOOS' practices in regards to data collection, governance, and management. Certification recognizes an entity as meeting federal standards for data gathering and management and is key to the establishment of the full IOOS system, and mandated by the ICOOS Act.  Certification is valid for a period of five years and PacIOOS, the first Regional Association to be RICE certified, has demonstrated and maintained good standing as a RICE during this time and we commend them for this.  IOOS’ Regional Information Coordination Entities bring together local, state and regional ocean and coastal observing capabilities to save lives, safeguard property, and foster economic development. Certification means that these regional organizations are providing high-quality observations to National-level standards and extending the reach and ability of Federal programs.

Currently all 11 Regional Associations are RICE certified. PacIOOS paves the way for the first to be recertified and we look forward to the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS) undergoing this process in 2021.

Best wishes,

From the U.S. IOOS Office:

  • IOOS Association is Seeking Nominations for the 2021 Caraid Award: The IOOS Association created the Caraid Award in 2020 as an annual award to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to observing and understanding our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes through vision, leadership, friendship and collaboration. The word “Caraid” is a Scottish Gaelic word, meaning “care" or "love” and is pronounced like “courage.” These are the attributes - caring and the courage to do what matters - that makes IOOS work. The first recipient of the award was Dr. Ru Morrison whose Scottish heritage and collaborative nature inspired us to learn about Caraid, not only as a word, but also as an ethos he brings to all of his work. Nominations for the 2021 CARAID award are now open through December 11, 2020. Candidates can be an individual, a group, or an organization that has contributed to observing and understanding the oceans, coasts, and/or Great Lakes through collaboration, innovation, and/or a commitment to working with stakeholder. Click here to learn more and submit a nomination!

  • Ocean observing prize open for stage 2 competition: The U.S. Department of Energy and NOAA announced the opening of the DEVELOP competition within the Ocean Observing Prize, a multi-stage prize that challenges innovators to integrate marine renewable energy with ocean observation platforms. The DEVELOP Competition challenges problem solvers to develop technologies to help us better map, monitor, and understand the ocean, improving our ability to forecast hurricanes and providing an invaluable service to coastal communities. Offering $2.4 million in cash prizes, access to testing in tanks and at sea, and in-kind support, the DEVELOP Competition comprises three contests—Design, Build, and Splash. Now open, the Design Contest will remain open for 120 days, closing February 16. 

Observation Subsystem and Sensor Technologies:

    • HFR Community and Wind Turbine Interference Mitigation: In addition to answering questions submitted by the oceanographic high-frequency radar (HFR) community, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has replied with questions of their own.  A discussion of responses in the context of HFR WTRIM research & development is ongoing.  If you know someone who would like to join in this discussion to synergize oceanographic HFR and offshore wind energy operations, please contact Surface Currents Program Manager Brian Zelenke at

    • 11th ROWG Workshop - November 17–18, 2020: The 11th international oceanographic/liminographic Radiowave Operators Working Group (ROWG) workshop is going virtual for the first time and will be held 1400–1700 EST (1100–14:00 PST) on November 17–18, 2020.  Free registration is open at this link. A draft agenda for the meeting is now available here. It includes introductions, short presentations, and open discussions on a variety of technical topics related to oceanographic/liminographic HF radar.  Additionally, in lieu of the epic Icebreakers of the past, we are planning a group toast to honor Jack Harlan’s retirement.  The HF radar operator community looks forward to this opportunity to connect before the next in-person meeting and hopes to expand participation.  If you are new to the HF radar community, or perhaps time constraints and travel costs have not allowed you to participate in previous workshops, we welcome you to join us for this virtual event!  Anyone with suggestions to add to the meeting’s agenda is encouraged to e-mail Surface Currents Program Manager Brian Zelenke ( who will coordinate submissions received with the ROWG organizing committee (viz. [in alphabetical order] Tom Cook, Brian Emery, Lisa Hazard, Mike Muglia, Mark Otero, Hugh Roarty, Trip Taylor, Teresa Updyke, and Brian Zelenke).

    • Underwater Glider User Group (UG2) Update: The Underwater Glider User Group (UG2) is excited to be rolling out some new efforts in the coming months. If you would like to find out more about what we have planned or how to get involved, JOIN UG2 Today! UG2 is a great way to connect with other glider operators and users. It is a grassroots community where members connect to share experiences, tips, and help each other out. We will be kicking off a webinar series December 9th at 2pm EST. More info to come.

    • 2021 Glider Training: The University of Southern Mississippi is planning 2021 sessions for the undergraduate Unmanned Maritime Systems Certificate Tier 1 and Tier 2 programs. The Tier 1 course is scheduled for March 15-April 16 in-person in Gulfport, with a maximum capacity of 15 students. The Tier 2 course is scheduled for a glider field project in Gulfport in October and November with a maximum capacity of 10 students. (Dates to be designated, but will coincide with the second half of the fall semester.). The Tier 1 program is normally a prerequisite to the Tier 2. Read the curricula flyer here and read more about the program.

    • ATN Steering Group Meeting: Our next ATN Steering Group Meeting, SG-8 is being scheduled for early December 2020. This will be the first meeting run jointly by co-chairs Bill and Sam Simmons.

    • First AniBOS Network Meeting: The first organizational meeting of our international AniBOS network is scheduled for November 18 & 19. It will be a remote meeting bringing together the global AniBOS community. 

    • MBON and ATN Seek Data Contributors to Track Marine Megafauna Hotspots: A new collaborative project between the US Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) and the Animal Telemetry Network (ATN), called BioTrack, is seeking data contributors. This project aims to map and track hotspots of marine megafauna like sharks, whales, turtles, seabirds and others in order to assess where these species are overlapping and predict how they will change in the future. These hotspots are expected to change over time in response to environmental shifts, so it will be important to identify these critical areas and prioritize special protections.  This project is currently using satellite tracking data; if you would like to contribute data to the project please contact Chelsea Black at or visit to learn more.

    • MBON Hosts Global Webinar on Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network (MARINe) Monitoring: On October 26, MBON along with GOOS, OBIS, Ocean Best Practices System, and OceanObs RCN hosted Melissa Miner, University of California - Santa Cruz, for a webinar highlighting efforts and successes of the Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network (MARINe) program. MARINe is a simple and inexpensive, yet statistically sound approach to collecting long-term monitoring data. This approach has enabled the program to grow into a multi-organization consortium that monitors sites along the entire Pacific Coast of North America, from Alaska to Mexico. Key components to MARINe’s success will be highlighted, including: 1) collaboratively developed, standardized “core” protocols that can be layered with “supplemental” protocols to better capture regional differences, 2) a centralized database that ensures data accessibility and compatibility, 3) a website with data display capabilities that can be utilized by a broad range of users, including researchers, resource managers and the general public, and 4) a diverse funding model that can provide long-term sustainability.  The webinar was recorded and can be viewed here:

    • GOOS, MBON Colleagues in Japan Receive New Funding for Asia Pacific MBON: Masahiro Nakaoka (Hokkaido University),Takehisa Yamakita (JAMSTEC) and colleagues have just received funding for the 2020-2025 project “Evaluation of Marine Biodiversity in Coastal Areas of Southeast Asia: Improving Precision in Estimating Past Trajectory, Current Status and Future Forecast.” This funding will support the Asia Pacific MBON team’s work on seagrass and mangrove ecosystems in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines, and the hope is to link with other types of marine ecosystems and with scientists in other countries in Asia Pacific regions. For more information or to collaborate, contact

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

  • 2020 DMAC Virtual Meeting: The 2020 DMAC Virtual Annual Meeting was held Oct 13 - 15.  Agenda and presentations will be made available on the IOOS DMAC website soon:  IOOS received over 140 registrations for this year’s virtual meeting, and average daily attendance on the videoconference numbered 100, making this the largest DMAC meeting of all time!

  • October DMAC Tech Webinar: GLOS Marine IoT Framework & Architecture - October 29th, 2020: Please join us next Thursday October 29 for the Halloween edition of the DMAC Tech Webinar series!  We'll have a spooky presentation from the GLOS DMAC team of Sneha 'Boo' Bhadbhade and Tim 'Killer' Kearns on GLOS' adoption of AWS for data ingest, dissemination, and DMAC integrations. Please join us next Thursday at 3PM ET using the meeting connection information below.

  • TDWG 2020: Hassan attended TDWG 2020 and contributed to the discussion on biological data standards. Check some interesting talks here

    • Manual for Real-Time Quality Control of Water Level Data Update: We’ve started on the update to the Manual for Real-Time Quality Control of Water Level Data. This manual was selected for an update because of the importance of water level due to sea level rise, storm inundation, and the proliferation of contracted private sector deployments. See the present manual at and let us know how it might be improved.

    • Ocean Best Practice System: The OBPS steering group met last week to review the results of the annual workshop and develop strategies for the next three, five, and ten-year periods. An important component of these plans addresses how the OBPS will interact with the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development activities.  See the soon-to-be-issued November issue of the OBPS newsletter at for more details about the SG meetingAnother recent OBPS development is a collaborative effort with the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) Research Vessel Technical Enhancement Committee (RVTEC). The RVTEC meeting is this week (see and OBPS SG members will participate, with the goal of bridging these two communities to the mutual benefit of both.

    • U.S. CLIVAR Ocean Uncertainty Quantification Working Group: Efforts to create the OceanUQ website continue. It will include a compilation of resources for uncertainty quantification for physical ocean variables – a listing of guides, websites, and handbooks for best practices in quantifying uncertainty. If you have any interest in contributing or developing a UQ blog relevant to your work, contact any working group member. Until the OceanUQ site is launched, see

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

  • Mark Your Calendars - Ocean Visions 2021 Summit: The next Summit will be held on the campus of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography between May 18-20, 2021. We anticipate having three satellite campuses virtually linked in Australia, South Africa, and Germany. Details to follow. The summit is being planned as "in-person" on all campuses with the ability to also participate virtually thanks to our partner the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Please save the date and sign-up for updates, we will soon release a draft Program & Agenda and share the link on social media. Join the Ocean Visions Network here:  

Interagency and International Collaboration/News:

  • UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development: Call For Decade Actions No. 01/2020 Now Open! The vision of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development is ‘the science we need for the ocean we want’. To achieve the Ocean Decade vision, a wide range of partners will implement endorsed Decade Actions in the form of programmes, projects or activities over the next ten years. Proponents of endorsed Decade Actions will have the opportunity to join a highly visible, shared, global effort that builds on decades of achievement in ocean science. There will be opportunities to create new collaborations across disciplines, geographies and generations, as well as opportunities to access new sources of support. Via this first ‘Call for Decade Actions’, partners are invited to request endorsement under the Ocean Decade for transformative Decade Actions that contribute to the Ocean Decade vision. Interested parties should complete and submit the relevant online “Request for Endorsement” before 15 January 2021. This Call for Decade Actions is the first of series that will launched as part of the Ocean Decade and it focuses specifically on:
    • i. large-scale, multi-country, transformative Decade programmes; and
    • ii. large-scale contributions of in-kind or financial resources for Decade Actions or coordination costs.
  • DUE 8 NOVEMBER 2020: In order to plan for a dialogue and encourage cross-talk between Action proponents during the OceanObs RCN workshop sessions, we invite participants to send summaries of proposals for Programmes and Contributions for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development to the workshop organizers for postingand information of other proponents. Please submit these contributions via email to:carib@usf.eduandjay.pearlman@fourbridges.orgby DATE: 8 NOVEMBER 2020 and include the following information: 
    • Title of proposed Action (even if draft)
    • Short (1-2 paragraph) description of the Action
    • Planned start date and duration
    • Brief description of group proposing
    • Point of Contact
  • BACKGROUND: The first call for Actions to address the ‘challenges’ and ‘outcomes’ envisioned for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (Ocean Decade) was released 14 October 2020: (Deadline for proposals for Programmes and Contributions: 15 January 2021) These Actions should address the Ocean Decade Implementation Plan (Version 2): 
  • The United States National Ocean Mapping, Exploration, and Characterization Council (NOMEC Council) Seeks Public Input on Ocean Mapping, Exploration, and Characterization Efforts in the U.S. EEZ: The National Ocean Mapping, Exploration, and Characterization Council (NOMEC Council), a group of federal agencies established to carry out the National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the United States Exclusive Economic Zone, is requesting your input on developing an Implementation Plan and setting strategic priorities for the effort to map the entire U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) by 2040 and explore and characterize strategic areas. The public may provide written input by November 12 and participate in online sessions November 16 and 18. 
    • REQUEST FOR COMMENTS: The public is particularly encouraged to provide comments via email on the development of the NOMEC Implementation Plan and strategic priorities. Please submit comments and letters by email no later than Nov 12, 2020, to, with subject line "Public Comment on Implementation Plan for the National Strategy" for request #1 and subject line, "Public Comment on Exploration Priorities for the Implementation Plan" for request #2. All responses and questions can be addressed to Please reach out for additional information or questions regarding NOMEC.
  1. Implementing a National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the U.S. EEZ The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that the NOMEC Council requests input from all interested parties on the development of an Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the U.S. EEZ (“National Strategy”). Input should be provided by 12 November. 85 Fed. Reg. 64446(10/13/20) [].
  2. Strategic priorities for mapping, exploring, and characterizing the U.S. EEZ NOAA issued a second notice stating that the NOMEC Council requests input from all interested parties on the strategic priorities to be included in the Implementation Plan for the National Strategy. Input should be provided by 12 November. 85 Fed. Reg. 64448 (10/13/20) [].
  • NOAA Improves Marine Navigation Near Georgia and New Hampshire Naval Bases: Two new Physical Oceanographic Real-Time Systems, also known as PORTS®, are improving maritime safety near Kings Bay, Georgia, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, near two U.S. Navy installations. NOAA and the U.S. Navy partnered to install the first new PORTS in two years, the 34th and 35th in the nationwide network. The system nearNaval Submarine Base Kings Bay, the East Coast home to America’s Ohio-class submarines, is an integrated series of sensors which will provide critical real-time information on oceanographic and meteorological conditions. This will greatly increase the navigation safety of vessels entering and exiting the channels of the St. Marys River and the Cumberland Sound. The second site is near thePortsmouth Naval Shipyard, whose primary mission is the overhaul, repair and modernization of the Navy’s nuclear-powered attack submarine fleet. A new tide station on Seavey Island along the Piscataqua River will help protect shipyard personnel, critical facilities, and U.S. Navy submarines. Other local mariners and agencies will also have access to the real-time water level information, helping them better plan vessel transits and prevent mishaps. 
  • NOAA, Local Council to Improve Marine Navigation Near Valdez, Alaska: A new Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System, also known as PORTSⓇ, aims to improve maritime safety and efficiency off Valdez, Alaska. The Valdez PORTS will consist of an existing NOAA National Water Level Observation Network (NWLON) station at Valdez and two new meteorological-ocean buoys, operated and maintained by the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council (PWSRCAC), that measure tidal currents, wind, air temperature, water temperature and barometric pressure. The PWSRCAC is an AOOS partner and the data from these buoys is currently being streamed real-time through the AOOS data portal. AOOS is working with the council on plans to provide maintenance, upgrades, and additional sensors to the critical buoys in the near future.
  • NOAA Participates in Standard Ocean Mapping Protocol Symposium: Non-federal stakeholders were given the chance to evaluate and comment on the new Standard Ocean Mapping Protocol (SOMP) through a virtual symposium. The protocol will guide all mapping participants (federal, state, non-governmental), providing recommended standards, specifications, and best practices that will improve communication, reduce costs, and prevent unnecessary/repetitive efforts. SOMP is initially focused on ocean mapping at least 40 meters deep. The symposium was hosted by the Interagency Working Group on Ocean and Coastal Mapping, of which NOAA’s Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping Program is a member.
  • OCS Completes Hydrographic Survey Response to Hurricane Delta: Office of Coast Survey’s (OCS)navigation response teams (NRTs) completed hydrographic surveys in areas affected by Hurricane Delta at the request of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). These areas included portions of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway adjacent to the Calcasieu Ship Channel in Louisiana. With lessons learned from the response to Hurricane Laura — the first major hurricane of the 2020 season and the first hurricane response during a pandemic — the NRTs successfully collected and processed data in separate locations. NOAA ship Thomas Jefferson also supported the response effort by surveying the entrance to the channel and found a sunken barge three meters below the surface. All survey data was processed and delivered to USACE to ensure timely reopening of waterways.
  • NGS Collects Emergency Response Imagery for Damage Assessment of Hurricane Delta: From October 10–11, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) collected aerial damage assessment images in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta. NGS flight crews collected images in specific areas identified by NOAA in coordination with FEMA and other state and federal partners. The crew flew over more than 5,212 square kilometers during 12 hours and collected 9,741 images. NOAA’s aerial imagery aids safe navigation and captures damage to coastal areas caused by a storm. Aerial imagery is a crucial tool to determine the extent of the damage inflicted by flooding, and to assess the damage to major ports and waterways, coastlines, critical infrastructure, and coastal communities. This imagery provides a cost-effective way to better understand the damage sustained to both property and the environment.
  • FEMA Ends Policy Favoring Flood Walls Over Green Protections: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has taken a dramatic step to encourage communities to use environmentally friendly features such as wetlands for flood protection instead of building sea walls and levees. A new FEMA flood policyreleased last month is drawing praise because it will promote mitigation projects that provide environmental benefits in addition to flood protection. FEMA's policy boosts the nationwide push for "nature-based" flood control such as wetlands, open space and reefs over traditional flood barriers that are built to contain rivers and coastal storm surge and can disrupt the natural environment.Read more here
  • Due October 30th - Call for Nominations - Assessment and Advancement of Science in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's Environmental Studies Program: The Ocean Studies Board is seeking experts to serve on the Committee on Assessment and Advancement of Science in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's Environmental Studies Program. This committee will plan workshops and produce a report outlining how the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management can achieve "first in class" status for the use-inspired science program within their Environmental Studies Program. The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 30via the nomination form. Self-nominations are welcome. For more information and to submit a nomination,click here
  • Meet the New GOOS Steering Committee Co-Chair Anya Waite: Scientific Director and CEO of major Canadian ocean think-tank Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), Dr Anya Waite has been selected as co-chair of the GOOS Steering Committee by its members, joining co-chair Toste Tanhua. She is the first woman at the head of this body since its creation in 2011. Watch this 2 minute videowith Dr Anya Waite on her role as GOOS co-chair. Read more here. 
  • GOOS Observations Coordination Group Publishes Ocean Observing System Report Card 2020: The GOOS Observations Coordination Group launches a new Ocean Observing System report card and introduces the rebranding of JCOMMOPS as OceanOPS along with its first-ever 5-year Strategic Plan (2021-2025). The 2020 Ocean Observing System Report Card provides an update on the status of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), including the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on ocean observations and lessons learned, advances in observing measurements and initiatives, and the connection with ocean services resulting from the observations. Read more here and download the report card here
  • GOOS and the Ocean Decade: The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development is set to launch on 1 January 2021 with a mission “to catalyse transformative ocean science solutions for sustainable development, connecting people and our ocean.” An essential Ocean Decade infrastructure challenge, one of ten identified, is to “7: Ensure a sustainable ocean observing system across all ocean basins that delivers accessible, timely, and actionable data and information to all users.” GOOS plans to be a major contributor to the Decade, taking a central role in addressing Ocean Decade Challenge 7, and developing three transformative Ocean Decade programmes, united under the theme of integration: Integrated system design; Connecting to local communities; and Integrating observations into the coast. Teams from the GOOS Steering Committee are developing these concepts, and plan to open to community and partner input and co-design in the coming months. If you are interested, please contact us at
  • Grants & Funding Opportunities:
    • RFP to Enhance Regional Ocean Data Sharing: SECOORA is soliciting proposals that focus on geospatial data required by states and regional organizations in addressing coastal and ocean management issues. The funding for this award was appropriated by Congress to enhance capacity for sharing and integration of data from Federal and non-Federal sources to support regional coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes management priorities. Proposals are due October 30, 2020 at 5 PM ET. Total funds available are $180,000. SECOORA intends to award between 1 and 5 proposals.  Click here for more information and how to apply
    • RFP to fill regional product and observational gaps: SECOORA is soliciting proposals focused on filling product and/or observational gaps defined in the Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System Strategic Operational Plan 2020 – 2025.  This document presents the SECOORA priorities for contributing to our improved understanding, management, and stewardship of valuable coastal ocean resources. Proposals are due November 30, 2020 at 5 PM ET.  Access the Operational Plan and find out more about the RFP here
    • Knauss Fellowship Opportunity Now Open! The notice of federal funding opportunity for the 2022 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship is now open. The fellowship provides a one-year, paid experience for highly-qualified early career professionals to work on issues related to coastal, marine and Great Lakes science and policy in offices within the executive or legislative branch of government in Washington, D.C. Graduate students interested in marine science policy should explore the information about the fellowship as soon as possible and talk to their local Sea Grant program (or the National Sea Grant Office) at least one month prior to the February 19, 2021 deadline. Learn more about becoming a Knauss FellowandRead the official opportunity on
    • NOAA Sea Grant & Ocean Acidification Program Funding Opportunity: Shellfish Aquaculture Partnerships: The National Sea Grant Office and the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program are funding a joint competition to fund proposals that seek to establish, continue, and/or expand collaborations between researchers and the shellfish aquaculture industry. Specifically, applications to this competition should utilize new or existing research/industry partnerships to study how ocean and coastal acidification in combination with other stressors impacts shellfish aquaculture. Applications must include at least one researcher and one shellfish grower acting as co-Principal Investigators, and the proposed work must utilize a co-production of knowledge framework. Read the formal announcement on NOAA-OAR-SG-2021-2006704. An informational webinar will be held in November, date to be announced. Letters of Intent due December 15, 2020 via email ( Full proposals due March 16, 2021 via This information is also available at

Delivering the Benefits:

  • NOAA launches National Marine Ecosystem Status portal: NOAA's newest web portal is a remarkable tool showing "at-a-glance" the status of seven major US marine ecosystems across the U.S. as well as a national synthesis. The site provides a starting point for you to access and explore a multitude of NOAA (and IOOS Regional Association!) websites with information and data that NOAA collects on specific themes and regions. Check it out

  • Drones in the Coastal Zone now on demand: SECOORA’s Drones in the Coastal Zone workshop, held virtually earlier this month, reached capacity!  The content of the workshop is now available on YouTube in three parts.  Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3


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  • St. Petersburg Science Festival goes virtual: The 2020 St. Petersburg Science Festival went virtual. The festival is an annual regional celebration where families and the public explore hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math. Team IOOS, a joint effort between GCOOS and SECOORA, continued its 10-year tradition of collaborating at this event. Approximately 100 schools and over 3,300 students joined the live YouTube broadcast to learn about ocean observations, how IOOS supports safe and efficient maritime operations, and to practice deciphering the International Code of Signals. Dr. Chris Simoniello and Grant Craig, GCOOS, tag teamed with Abbey Wakely, SECOORA, to raise awareness about IOOS STEM resources and opportunities. Recorded sessions and accompanying activity sheets are available online!

  • NANOOS Presentation for NOAA West Watch: NOAA's most recent West Watch was held on 20 October 2020. The webinar summarized coastal environmental conditions and impacts in the Western Region. The webinar included contributed slides from the NANOOS, CeNCOOS, and SCCOOS regions, who regularly report on their local coastal ocean conditions. The next webinar date is 26 January 2021. Contact NANOOS if you want to participate or have any comments.

  • OA experiments can be done at home! The "For Educators" page on the Alaska OA Network website has links to curriculum, videos and experiments that can also be used by parents overseeing at-home learning. The curriculum is organized by concepts identified in the Common Core standards which are used by Alaska schools.  Looking for a quick OA demo? This video provides a short background on OA followed by a tabletop experiment showing how increased CO2 affects the pH of water. 

  • The Economic Value of MARACOOS - We need to hear from YOU! In partnership with the IOOS Association, we are looking for input on the value you see in MARACOOS data and services. It is important to note that MARACOOS is NOT considering charging for data, we are simply trying to capture the value of what we do. Please take the brief survey here: If you have any questions, please contact:

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

  • Last Chance! Global OCEANS 2020! 5–30 October 2020 (Virtual): Global OCEANS 2020: Singapore – U.S. Gulf Coast” is waiting for you. Singapore and Gulf Coast have come together to bring you more content than ever before with nearly an entire month of access! Virtual connection has never been easier, and at Global OCEANS 2020 you can connect with current experts and future thought leaders, cutting-edge technology providers, and patrons who are ready to partner with you to advance research and the overall industries of marine technology and engineering. For more information or registration click here

    • Moderator/Panelist: Dr. Larry McKinney, Harte Research Institute

    • Panelists: 

      • Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick, Gulf Coast Ocean Observing System (GCOOS)

      • Dr. Kelly Lucas, University of Southern Mississippi

      • Carl Goldman, IOOS

    • The Gulf of Mexico – A Case Study in Resilience, viewable on demand: The Gulf of Mexico is a place where the environment and economy both coexist and contend. This is possible because the Gulf is also a resilient large marine ecosystem and a living case study of absorbing our demands and like a stretched rubber band, rebounding from that exploitation. The Gulf is home to a diverse cadre of marine species.  From nearshore oyster beds to offshore billfish, the Gulf is teaming with life and many residents rely on this dynamic ecosystem for their livelihood.  Additionally, land-based and offshore aquaculture is gaining interest in the region, addressing the growing need for sources of high-protein food.  The Gulf is also plagued by recurring phenomena such as hypoxia and harmful algal blooms,  challenging both ecosystem and coastal community health and productivity. This track focuses on these issues and explores the drivers and pressures that buffet the resilient and productive Gulf. 

  • TMA BlueTech Week, 16–20 Nov, virtual: The overall theme this year is “AquaOptimism™, BlueTech & SDGs”.  BlueTech Week’s focus is on innovation, collaboration, globalization and sustainability as it brings together academia, government, and industry. The event showcases innovative companies from around the world bringing Ocean and Water solutions to a variety of markets.  Registration is now open.

    • Confirmed keynote speakers:

      • Monday: Craig McLean, Acting Chief Scientist, NOAA

      • Tuesday: Dr. James Green, Chief Scientist, NASA

      • Tuesday: Dr. Jim Delgado, SVP, SEARCH, Inc.

      • Wednesday: John Bell, Director, Healthy Planet, European Commission

      • Thursday: VADM Charles Ray, Vice Commandant, US Coast Guard

      • Friday: Dr. Rick Spinrad, Member, Ocean Studies Board

  • Virtual MARACOOS Annual Business Meeting - Monday November 16th - 1pm EST: Join us Monday, November 16th at 1:00pm for a virtual MARACOOS Annual Business Meeting. At this meeting we will do a brief year in review, and discuss plans for the the upcoming year. Login details will be available after registering with the link below. We look forward to "seeing" you on the webinar, and hope to be able to interact face-to-face soon! Register here:

  • NERACOOS Annual Meeting, 19 November 2020, Virtual: Happy belated 10th birthday to NERACOOS! Join in and celebrate NERACOOS, reflecting on the past, discussing the present, and looking to the future.  This year the NERACOOS Annual Meeting will be virtual so please save the afternoon of November 19th for the event. Information about meeting registration and attendance will be coming soon.

  • 2020 AGU Fall Meeting, Dec 7-11, 2020, Virtual: The 2020 AGU Fall Meetingwill take place Dec 7-11th. For the first time ever, the conference will be “mostly virtual” meaning much broader participation is possible than in past years. Please note that AGU’s abstract submission portal is now open and accepting submissions until Wednesday,July 29th, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT. Helpful links: AGU Fall Meeting Website: Information about abstract submission:

    • The NASA Capacity Building Program is chairing two sessions focused on different aspects of capacity development of Earth observation users. As we strive to build the community of practice around skill building and capacity building of Earth observations users, we hope you will join us for these virtual sessions. Please consider submitting an abstract to one (or both!) of our sessions. AGU’s abstract submission portal is now open and accepting submission until Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT.

      • Session SY001: Addressing the Need for Earth-Observation Capacity Development at the Local, National, Regional, and Global Scales

      • SY004: Best Practices and Lessons Learned for Conducting Virtual Capacity Building Activities

    • GEO at AGU Fall Meeting: As part of the upcoming 2020 AGU Fall Meeting themed “Shaping the Future of Science,” the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is supporting several key sessions and invites members from the AmeriGEO community to submit their abstracts to take part. Sessions focused on Earth observations (EO) and Capacity Development, COVID-19, the Sustainable Development Goals, and several being led by the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) may be of interest and we encourage you to explore the opportunities to support these sessions. Please see all the sessions and how to participate in the following link:

  • 3rd Alaska Coastal Mapping Summit - December 9-10: The 3rd Alaska Coastal Mapping Summit, a virtual event, will be held on December 9th & 10th from 9am-1pm each day.  The Alaska Coastal Mapping Strategy was released earlier this year, and it’s implementation plan is under development.  We want to build on our momentum and participation with agency updates, public comments, and give opportunity for project presentations and technical talks from our community. For more information contact Marta Kumle.

  • 101st AMS Annual Meeting, 10–14 January 2021, New Orleans, LA: Planning is underway for an AMS EPIC session at the AMS Annual Meeting - panel discussion and then paper session hosted by EIPT, R2O, Python, AI, and HPC communities of AMS.

    • Session Title: The Earth Prediction Innovation Center – Enabling a community-based approach to advance Numerical Weather Prediction

    • Session Description: Congress has mandated that NOAA establish an Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC) to accelerate community-developed scientific and technological advancements into the operational applications for Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP). The EPIC is responsible for enabling collaboration among scientists and engineers in areas important for improving operational weather prediction and for creating a community global weather research modeling system. Meeting the goals of EPIC will require the efforts of all segments of the weather enterprise. This session invites papers presenting progress to date in this initiative as well as papers presenting innovative technologies and capabilities with potential for adoption by EPIC to enable the collaborative community, establish the community modeling system, and advance operational NWP.

    • Dr. DaNa Carlis has agreed to be the EIPT participant in the panel discussion.

    • Abstract submissions for this session, and all AMS sessions are due 3 August.  The meeting is in early January 2021.  Originally scheduled to be in New Orleans, a decision on whether it will go virtual will be made soon.  

  • Oceanology International Americas, 15–17 February 2021, San Diego, CA: As part of the three-day conference program, OI Americaswill run a series of technical tracks exploring the latest developments in ocean technology and its application in support of scientific research, safe and sustainable use of the ocean and ocean resources and the protection of the marine and coastal environment. The technical track program will cover all stages of ocean technology innovation; connecting technology push with application pull. Scientists, technologists and engineers engaged in the ocean technology innovation chain, and those concerned with application of technologies in support of scientific understanding of the ocean, the use of the ocean and ocean resources and protection of the marine and coastal environment are invited to submit abstracts to the Oi Americas 2021 conference program covering one or more of the following topics:

    • Sensors and Instruments

    • Vessels, Vehicles and Platforms

    • Data Communications

    • Data Management

    • Data Analysis and Interpretation

    • End-use Case Studies

Other Upcoming Meetings:

  • GEO Week 2020 - November 2-6 - Online: Join us for a week-long showcase on the impact of open Earth observations. Last year, at the Canberra Ministerial Summit the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) hosted Ministers from GEO’s 111 Members to endorse a bold and ambitious approach to open data sharing to ensure that Earth observations benefit societies and economies. GEO Week 2020 will showcase the efforts to implement the Canberra Declaration by highlighting initiatives from GEO Members, Participating Organizations and Associates in a series of live discussions and interactive content. The GEO Highlights Report will be launched as an interactive website and PDF showcasing the impact of the GEO Work Programme with highlights from 2020. The event website is

  • Call for Posters - Research Data Alliance 16th Plenary Meeting: The RDA will hold a virtual plenary, VP16, scheduled to take place from 9-13 November 2020. The Call for Posters has been extended to 25 October, so be sure to submit your application soon. More info: 

  • Save The Date: Ocean Science Educators’ Retreat: The biennial Ocean Science Educators’ Retreat (OSER) will be held virtually on November 12-13, 2020. The topic for this year will focus on trends in (based on OSER survey data) and hindrances to women’s career endurance and progression in the academic ocean sciences. More information about the virtual meeting will be sent to COL members and invitees in the coming weeks.

  • WMO Data Conference, 16–18 November 2020, Virtual: The WMO Data Conference aims to develop a common understanding among entities from all sectors of society of the roles, requirements and arrangements for international exchange of observations and other data for monitoring and prediction of the Earth System environment, including weather, climate and water. The World Meteorological Organization and its predecessor, the International Meteorological Organization, have coordinated and regulated the free and unrestricted international exchange of observations and other meteorological data for the last 150 years. Building on this exchange, dramatic progress has been made in weather forecast and climate analysis capabilities over the last few decades. The Conference is expected to formulate recommendations to WMO and its partner organizations and stakeholders regarding current needs and modalities for data exchange and specifically regarding the ongoing WMO review of its data policies. Participants interested in contributing a paper should submit an abstract (max 250 words) to the by 23 August. For more information: 

  • SAVE THE DATE! 2nd International Operational Satellite Oceanography Symposium, 25–27 May 2021, Darmstadt, Germany: The Executive Steering Committee of the 2nd International Operational Satellite Oceanography Symposium, co-chaired by EUMETSAT and NOAA, is pleased to announce the next Symposium will be held in Darmstadt, Germany May 25-27, 2021.  The Committee will share more information, including the meeting website and the Programme Committee members in the coming months.  

  • EMODnet 2nd Open Conference and Jamboree - New Dates Announced: 14–18 June 2021: The second EMODnet Open Conference and Jamboree will be held the week of 14 June 2021. During the event, EMODnet partners, communicators and data providers and users will take stock of EMODnet achievements over the past 10 years, connect across stakeholder communities and set goals for the future. To start the week, the EMODnet Open Conference will focus on use cases and requirements for developing essential open marine data services for blue economy actors, the public sector, civil society and the research community. More details will follow soon.


  • Ocean World, Full Moon Watch Party (a free webinar for educators and parents), 30 October 2020, 4pm ET: Discover out of this world creatures and phenomena in the Earth’s deep ocean. Visit underwater volcanoes and thermal vents where temperatures range from extremely hot (400° C) to icy cold (1°C). Areas we never believed life could live, but does. Maybe life on Mars or Europa exists - just not in conditions that we have traditionally believed could support life. Join the NOAA/NASA science and exploration crews in the deep ocean as they work together to reveal how life can live outside of the goldilocks some of the harshest conditions on earth. Their mission is intensifying as we continue our search for other signs of life in the universe.  Learn more and register here

  • Atlantic International Research Centre Networking Fridays: The AIR Centre hosts a series of Webinars that take place every Friday, from 1pm to 2 pm UTC. During these Networking Fridays, researchers, technology innovators, representatives of multilateral organizations, government officials, and social entrepreneurs will present to and discuss with the audience their current work and, most importantly, explore ways of future collaboration. More info here: 

    • October 30: Thematic Special Session on African Marine & Coastal Operational Services: examples from around the continent

    • November 6: Zita Martins, IST, Portugal

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series: The National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series provides educators with educational and scientific expertise, resources, and training to support ocean and climate literacy in the classroom. This series currently targets formal and informal educators, students (high school through college), as well as members of the community, including families. You can also visit the archives of the webinar series to catch up on presentations you may have missed here.

    • November 2, 2020 - 10 am Hawaiʻi / 12 pm Pacific / 3 pm Eastern - What Has Happened at Hanauma Bay Without Direct Human Impact? Hanauma Bay located within the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is one of the most famous and popular visitor destinations in all of Hawaiʻi. During normal times, Hanauma Bay attracts over over three million visitors per year and suffers greatly from overuse. Hanauma is both a Nature Preserve and a Marine Life Conservation District (the first of several established in the State of Hawaiʻi). Visitors are required by law to refrain from mistreating marine animals or from touching and walking on the coral reefs. However, since March 2020, the Bay has been closed to all public uses. This has allowed researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology to study the impact of humans on the park’s diverse marine life. Join Sarah Severino as she discusses what researchers have learned so far and how this data can add to our knowledge of what happens to marine protected areas when human uses are taken out of the equation. Register for the webinar 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:

    • 11/19: Position Paper 25 on Marine Citizen Science

  • Water Quality Data for Everyone?, 23 November, 3pm CT: Mazarine Ventures and GLOS will partner on an open discussion event where GLOS CIO Tim Kearns will join in on this "repartee-style” event centered around imagining the impact of “a decentralized model for water quality testing, data, information and more.” For more information and to register, click here

  • NOAA Environmental Data (NED) Talks: Mark your calendar for NOAA's Datafest in September & October with a series of NED talks, available online. Check them out, and don't miss out on the #Datapalooza twitter chats.  Get all the details on the Datafest site

Job & Internship Opportunities:

  • NOAA's William M. Lapenta Student Internship Program opens next month: In recognition of the many contributions of Dr. William (Bill) Lapenta to advance NOAA science and services and his dedication to training the next generation of scientists, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) established the William M. Lapenta Student Internship Program in 2019. This paid summer internship opportunity builds on the highly successful National Weather Service (NWS) National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) Internship which Bill created in 2017. Applications doe summer 2021 open November 20 and close February 1.  For full details and how to apply, click here.

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