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From the Director:

Last week, many from the IOOS Community participated in the Marine Technology Society’s Global OCEANS 2021 conference which brings together ocean experts and innovators in marine technology to learn about the latest marine science research and technology innovations and discuss current environmental issues and policies for the industry. I’m pleased to announce our very own Mathew Biddle was awarded the Marine Technology Society Ocean News & Technology Young Professional Award for Advances in Development for his exceptional work of supporting the integration and management of marine life data for the US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Read more about Matt’s award and nomination below.

This week, I have another guest introduction for the newsletter. Kelli Paige, Chief Executive Officer of the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) talks on the progress of the Smart Great Lakes Initiative. Many thanks to Kelli for her contribution. 


Dear IOOS Community,

When we published the idea for Smart Great Lakes in our last five-year plan, we weren’t sure whether the idea would stick. Could we get a critical mass of organizations focused on applying technology to improve how we understand, use, conserve, and manage the lakes?

In support of the vision, we’d begun building a new data platform called Seagull in the hopes that it could be a sort of data backbone for Smart Great Lakes. (And we’re proud to say that we’re about to release the public beta version of the app.)

Our region had come together around huge goals before, like in 2010 with the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, but would the focus on applying technology be enough? It’d mean spending lots of time and resources on shared challenges, crossing borders, silos, and sectors, and even converting units from imperial to metric.

I’m excited to say that, so far the idea has a life of its own. The 2019-formed Smart Great Lakes Initiative is about to publish a “Common Strategy for Smart Great Lakes” that charts a practical course for how we can achieve the Smart Great Lakes vision. It sets 10 big goals for getting there. 

Not only will this help GLOS better serve the region, but it will serve as a common language for like-minded organizations who want to combine forces for years to come. 

The final Common Strategy will be available on on October 5. We invite you to take a look and join us in our efforts in achieving Smart Great Lakes.

Kelli Paige

Chief Executive Officer, GLOS

From the U.S. IOOS Office:

Observation Subsystem and Sensor Technologies:

Marine Life:

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:

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

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