Spring 2016
IOOS Spring Meeting
March 1-2, 2016
Pictured above are the meeting participants.
Image Credit: IOOS Association

In early March, all Regional Association Directors, IOOS Program Office staff and NOAA partners gathered in Silver Spring for the annual IOOS Program Management Meeting. This year's meeting focused on the "Closing the Gaps" campaign, a five-year effort to fill critical gaps in the nation's ocean, coastal and Great Lakes observing network. Joint presentations by RA Directors and NOAA partners discussed critical needs for observation and predictive capacity for navigation, resilience and water levels, and forecasting regional harmful algal blooms. Discussions highlighted on how NOAA and the regions can collaborate to address these growing needs. Read More >
IOOS Hill Day
March 3, 2016

Pictured above is GCOOS Board Member, Mike Spranger, with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz- FL.
Image Credit: Mike Spranger

Thank you to all the IOOS community members who met with over 70 congressional offices to answer questions about how IOOS is making a difference to people in their states and districts. Each office was briefed on the ICOOS Act reauthorization and appropriations. It was the most successful Congressional outreach event to date. 

The IOOS appropriation request for FY 17 focuses on filling critical gaps in the nation's only surface current monitoring program. The national networks of land-based high frequency radars monitoring the speed and direction of surface currents in real time. Read More >
Honorary Directors Meeting

Honorary Directors and IOOS RA Directors on a tour of NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Lab.
Image credit: IOOS Association 

IOOS Association hosted the first meeting of the Honorary Directors on January 26th in Seattle. Honorary Directors include Norman Dicks, Senior Policy Advisory, Van Ness Feldman, Former Congressman from Washington's 6th District; VADM Paul G. Gaffney, II USN (Ret.); Mary Glackin, Senior Vice President, Public/Private Partnerships, The Weather Channel and VADM Conrad Lautenbacher, USN (Ret.) - Chair of the IOOS Federal Advisory Committee. The Honorary Directors are providing advice on how the IOOS enterprise can fill the gaps in our nation's infrastructure and assist with preparing for the next administration. Please contact abbey@ioosassociation.org for more information.
Access to Ocean Acidification Data

IPACOA Explorer

IOOS, in collaboration with NOAA's Ocean Acidification Program (OAP), is making access to real-time ocean acidification data more accessible. A west coast data portal - The IOOS Pacific Region Ocean Acidification Data Portal (IPACOA) - is now being expanded to the entire nation thanks to support from both the IOOS Program Office and the OAP. Access to such information improves our ability to understand, predict and manage the impacts of changes in ocean chemistry from a wide variety of environments. Read More >
New Ocean Acidification Video

"A Climate Calamity: Acid in the Gulf"

NECAN (Northeast Coastal Acidification Network) and NERACOOS supported the release of "A Climate Calamity: Acid in the Gulf." The short animation describes how ocean acidification affects coastal waters and marine resources. Click here to watch the video.
Cleveland Water and Great Lakes Observing System Reach Agreement

Image Credit: Ed Verhamme, LimnoTech

A pair of observation buoys will be kept afloat. Cleveland Water has contracted with the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) to deploy and maintain the two monitors in the upcoming season in which algal blooms, among other things, need to be monitored for safe public water use. Read more >

About IOOS Association
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IOOS Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the nation's coastal, ocean and Great Lakes observing systems through the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Read More >
Upcoming Events
NOAA's Ecological Forecasting Roadmap Annual Meeting 
April 26-28, 2016

May 18-20, 2016

IOOS Data Management Meeting
June 2-3, 2016
Capitol Hill Ocean Week
June 7-9, 2016

IOOS Association Fall Meeting September 26-28, 2016

IOOS Federal Advisory
Committee Meeting 
October 11-12, 2016
Regional Associations
U.S. IOOS includes a network of eleven Regional Associations that operate coastal observing systems. The complexities of the coastal environment and the inherent variability in regional ecology call for partnerships that not only cut across federal agencies but also reach out to regional managers, academia, industry, non-governmental organizations and the general public. Please see the RA serving your region for more information.
IOOS Program Office
NOAA is the lead agency for IOOS. The IOOS Program Office is locate in the National Ocean Service and coordinates federal and regional activities. 
Interagency Ocean Observing Committee
The Interagency Ocean Observing Committee coordinates the activities of the 12 Federal Agencies and 19 bureaus. Read more >