Bi-Weekly IOOS® Z-Gram – 16 September 2016


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From the U.S. IOOS Office:

  • Dr. Sullivan announces GOA-ON Portal: Dr. Sullivan announced during Secretary Kerry's Our Ocean Conference, that the global data portal for GOA-ON, the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network, was up and operating.  This project started from an IOOS and NOAA OAP effort under a jointly funded IOOS-Ocean Technology Transition project with additional support from the University of Washington and is based on IOOS-NANOOS data management efforts.  It was extended to the vision of GOA-ON.  We thank the ingenuity of NANOOS and NOAA data and web folks: Troy Tanner, Emilio Mayorga, Don Setiawan, Cathy Cosca.  Please see, announcement at or go directly to the portal itself:  The GOA-ON data portal features some live data streams now, and these will grow as we work with partners.  It features some data synthesis products now, like of global aragonite saturation, which again, will grow in number as we work with colleagues.  Above all, the portal features metadata for all of the pictured assets, and a way to maintain our communication and connection via GOA-ON.   
  • Support STEM with cool products: Featuring the amazing artwork of Fred Terral in support of The Maritime Alliance – see the new venture between Terrain Collective Inc. and The Maritime Alliance
  • FFO published: Regional Vulnerability Assessments for Ocean Acidification: The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program is soliciting proposals for collaborative projects of up to 2 years in duration that synthesize ocean acidification information at a regional scale (e.g. Large Marine Ecosystem, large estuary or collection of small estuaries, and state or collection of states in US waters) to determine where societal vulnerabilities to ocean acidification exist or are emerging, in order to provide actionable information for marine resource decision makers.  Important dates:  Letters of Intent are due Nov 4th and full proposals are due January 13th.  Link to the FFO

Observation Subsystem and Sensor Technologies:

  • HF Radar/Radio: (IOOS national coordinator, Jack Harlan;
    • New diagnostic website:  Everything you ever wanted to know about your HFR site; includes US, Canada, and Mexican radars.  Beta Version: This is a work in progress, so please be patient with any site issues.
  • New "Burke-O-Lator"allows Ketchikan hatchery to monitor for OA: On Aug 29, the OceansAlaska shellfish hatchery in Ketchikan became the second hatchery in the state to monitor for ocean acidification.  The system, known as a “Burke-O-Lator”, tracks the suitability of ocean water to form calcium carbonates - the building blocks that shellfish use to form their shells. Seven of these systems dot the Pacific Northwest, providing continuous baseline data and allowing scientists and hatchery operators to better understand the parameters of the water flowing into the hatchery, and how it might impacts shellfish larvae. Read more. 
  • Gliders:
    • Challenger Mission Update: Glider Silbo just hit the 130 day mark and continues doing well across the North Atlantic. To uplift your day, check out the RU29 Cape Town recovery video.  The next leg being planned is the first leg in the Indian Ocean, going from Perth, Australia to Sri Lanka with our Australia’s IMOS as a partner.
    • Scientists use undersea drones to help predict hurricanes: A story about the Hurricane Sandy supplemental funding to deploy an array of observing technologies ahead of a storm.  This includes partners’ Woods Hole work on the federally funded program in conjunction with the University of Maine, the University of Maryland, Rutgers University and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.
  • Ocean Technology Transition
    • The Environmental Sample Processor "ESPeddie" deployed:  Deployed on the Northeast Enhanced Moored Observatory (NEMO mooring) ~ 15 miles off La Push, WA.  This is ESPeddie's first deployment, and is the second deployment of an ESP off the Washington coast for the U.S. IOOS OTT project "Detecting harmful algal blooms in the Pacific Northwest" (  ESPeddie is scheduled to take water samples three times per week at 14:00 PDT on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday.  The first sampling event will take place shortly after deployment, and the final sampling event is planned for October 18.  Each time a sampling event is scheduled, the ESP will look for both HAB species as well as DA.  Data from ESPeddie will be available in near-real time through NANOOS' Visualization System (NVS).  Once you enter the NVS application, zoom in to the fixed platforms that are located off La Push.  You will see an icon for the APL-UW Cha'Ba mooring.  Zoom in even further and you will see an icon for the APL-UW NEMO profiler (the name shows up if you mouse over the icon).  This is the platform that will have the ESP. Alternatively, you may use this link:  Click on the icon and the data for all of the parameters that are monitored by this mooring, including HAB species and DA, will appear.
    • First tollgate deployed:  IOOS, NOAA South West Fisheries Science Center and Scripps Institute teamed up to deploy a new buoy and mooring, buy and test a new WBAT acoustic sensor, and deploy these assets plus oceanographic sensors from our inventory (ADCP currents, temperature/salinity, oxygen, pH) on a Sproul cruise yesterday. The site is at the 43 Fathom Bank, some 30nm off of San Diego, and this mooring forms a nearly identical pair with our existing Del Mar mooring now. The WBAT does not yet provide data in real-time, but it's deployed separately next to the mooring and data will be recovered periodically.  View the oceanographic data from surface mooring in real-time.

Data Management and Communications (DMAC) Subsystem and Tools Built on IOOS data (DMAC list serve – contact Derrick or Rob -,

  • IOOS EDS Demo Video: Check it out.  It will soon be available via the IOOS website: High Res: (open link in firefox or IE), Low Res: (open link in firefox or IE)
  • DMAC Updates:
  • QARTOD (National Coordinator Mark Bushnel,
    • Phytoplankton QC Manual: Thank you! The 2 calls we held gave us sufficient content to proceed with the next draft of this manual.
  • ATN (National Coordinator Bill Woodward,
    • The IGFA Great Marlin Race, showcased the exciting citizen science that is being enabled through our IOOS/ATN, Stanford U. and International Game Fish Association (IGFA) partnership in support of "The Great Marlin Race;" this partnership is also being highlighted this week by Jason Schratwieser, Conservation Director-IGFA, in a paper at the International Billfish Symposium in Florida.
  • CO­OPS Releases New GIS Services: NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) released a new GIS Data Portal  on the Tides and Currents website, which enables users to use forma GIS services.  The new Open Geospatial Consortium compliant services distribute spatial data from present and historical oceanographic and meteorological stations.

Modeling and Analysis Subsystem:
(IOOS PO and IOOS Coastal and Ocean Modeling Testbed (COMT) POC – Becky Baltes,   

  • Supporting Hypoxia studies:  COMT was awarded $50K of end of year money that allows the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia project team to do extra analysis of the hypoxia activity in and near Flower Garden Banks. NCCOS lost their annual survey cruise in the area due to ship malfunction but they were able to transfer money to COMT to conduct additional modeling runs instead. They also conducted a few smaller observing surveys which will be shared with the COMT for analysis. This demonstrated a great partnership that was in part enabled by both offices being familiar with each other’s work through the Ecological Forecasting Roadmap work.
  • Support to the West Coast COMT effort: Upon short notice request from our West Coast COMT PI, the COMT Cyberinfrastructure team made a quick turn and added remote dopplerscatt data sets to the West Coast project viewer.  This is a new capacity for the COMT viewer but will enable the West Coast team to compare their results to real time observation data improving their development and analysis.  This came up in part due to our recent annual meeting where we re-familiarized the PIs with the capacity and resource available with all the CI tools.  The COMT provides a great opportunity for improved communications within and between project teams enabling better results.

Interagency and International Collaboration/News:

  • MBON:  With the impressive backdrop of NASA’s Hyperwall, listen to Dr. Sullivan’s talk at IUCN which featured the importance of Earth Observing to Sustainable Development goals, how the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) enables the use of Earth Observations and the exciting role of MBON in the GEOBON effort.
  • IOOC Glider Task Team Workshop: The Interagency Ocean Observation Committee's Glider Task Team has scheduled a new U.S. Underwater Glider Workshop for Jan. 18-19 at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The workshop will serve as a forum to strengthen coordination of underwater glider activities across the United States and beyond. In addition to keynotes and structured community discussions, the Glider Team will provide an opportunity for individuals or institutions to present their glider breakthroughs during a poster session. Limited travel funds are available for non-federal participants. The Glider Team is encouraging attendance by all operators, users, early-career scientists, program managers and other professionals that employ and/or utilize underwater profiling glider technologies. Fill out the RSVP form to participate 
  • CONGRATS to Canada’s Ocean Tracking Network (OTN):  OTN for received the American Fisheries Society (AFS) International Conservation Award at the American Fisheries Society 2016 Annual Meeting in Kansas City!

Delivering the Benefits:

  • CO­OPS Launches Innovative Water ­Level Information Products: The Fall 2016 High Tide Outlook is the first time CO­OPS is using an interactive map to show each region of the U.S. when they might expect higher or lower than normal tides during the perigean spring tide. This website helps explain when they will occur, why they might occur, and what the impacts might be. The map will be updated seasonally, with the next update expected in December for the winter months. The "after the storm" Highest Water Levels is an experimental graphic showing the highest water levels that occurred along the coast during Hurricane Hermine.
  • Marine Mammal Health Monitoring & Analysis Platform: GCOOS Systems Architect Felimon Gayanilo is designing the cyberinfrastructure for a new Marine Mammal Health Monitoring and Analysis Platform (MMHMAP) that will collect, curate and distribute data on marine mammal health that will give the public, scientists and resource managers the ability to detect potential public and animal health risk and prioritize management and conservation efforts. The development of a prototype of the primary user interface of an interactive mapping system of near-real time observations by Axiom Data Science will supplement the design activities. The MMHMAP project is being supported by the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission and NOAA for the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program (MMHSRP). This GCOOS and Axiom Data Science project will facilitate in the identification of functional requirements of the MMHMAP. Although the focus of the activities will be for the Gulf of Mexico, the final design should scale to the national level. The project is expected to be completed in May 2017 with a workshop that presents the results of the project to the Commission.


  • No update.


  • Ocean News and Technology journal published this week with two articles highlighting IOOS activities: First, on page 20 of this month's’ issue, this year’s Gliderpalooza is profiled as an IOOS coordinated glider deployment off the U.S. East coast. On page 31 of the same issue, the Worldwide Ocean Observing annual update includes IOOS biological activities including MBON and ATN as well as work of AOOS and SCCOOS. Due to the growing size of this annual update on world ocean observing, and the limited available space in Ocean News & Technology, the editors have had to break the update into 2 parts. Part 1, see page 31 of the September issue, incorporates The Americas and Europe. Part 2 – Asia and Oceana will be in the October issue. A copy of this month’s journal issue can be found here:
  • CO-­OPS’ nuisance flooding data in New York Times: The article, which was the lead story in the paper quotes Billy Sweet and uses CO-OPS’ datasets in the graphic. 

Upcoming Meetings with IOOS Participation:

  • Oceanology International Comes to North America:  The OI North America 2017 Conference, a 3-part program, will consist of a series of keynote end-user focused panel discussions, topical technical sessions and a full day dedicated to the Catch the Next Wave conference, all aiming to provide a better understanding of present and future requirements and opportunities of the Blue Economy. Abstracts are being sought now:

View the IOOS calendar:


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