February 2013

IOOS Association:

National and Regional
Coastal and
Ocean Observing News


Letter from the Director 

Dear Supporters of IOOS,
We are proud to announce that we have changed our name from the National Federation of Regional Associations of Coastal and Ocean Observing to IOOS Association.  The NFRA Board of Directors voted to change the organization's name in November 2012.  This more inclusive name reflects the connectivity between the regions and the federal components.  The name change should be perceived as an acknowledgement of the strength and diversity of the organization, capturing the importance of what our membership does with respect to the entire IOOS enterprise.

The organization will continue to operate under its normal structure.  You will see the name change reflected in the Website, marketing materials, and logos.  We will also be migrating to IOOS Association emails, so you can contact me at josie@ioosassociation.org and Michelle Hohensee, Program Coordinator at michelle@ioosassociation.org.

We hope that you share in our excitement about the progress and changes we are making as an organization. We look forward to a revitalized partnership and continued success.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me at josie@ioosassociation.org
Josie Quintrell
Executive Director, IOOS Association

IOOS Association Launches New Web Site

The IOOS Association has released a new Website, www.ioosassociation.org, designed with a fresh new look and user-friendly navigation.  This simplified web site provides quick and easy access into the IOOS Regions and the IOOS Program Office sites, which are chock full of information.  It also provides access to IOOS news and events.  We hope that you will enjoy browsing our new site and that it will serve as a valuable tool for increasing the visibility of the IOOS Enterprise.
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About IOOS Association
IOOS Association is a non-profit organization formed by the Regional Associations for Coastal and Ocean Observing in support of the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). 


Our mission is to:

  • Develop Regional Associations for coastal and ocean observing to deliver scientific data and information on the nation's oceans;
  • Promote the integration and coordination the regional systems into a integrated national system to enhance observational and predictive abilities in ocean science;
  • Develop regional programs through capacity building, exchange of technical information, and sharing of facilities and infrastructure; and
  • Educate the public about ocean observing and its importance to the nation.

Please contact Josie Quintrell, Executive Director, for more information.

Upcoming Events


RA/IOOS Spring Meeting

March 6-8, 2013

Washington, D.C.