July 2016
IOOS Regional Associations Successfully Compete for Five-Year Awards
Congratulations to the IOOS Regional Associations for successfully competing for five-year cooperative agreements. These cooperative agreements guide regional investment in coastal observing by addressing the societal themes of maritime navigations, water quality, ecology and fisheries, coastal hazards and monitoring variability. 

This year, over $29 million in grants were awarded to the 11 Regional Associations to support ocean, coastal and Great Lakes observing efforts throughout the United States, Caribbean and Pacific.  Read More >
Senate and House Mark Increase Regional IOOS Funding by $2m

Map of IOOS high-frequency radars that provide real-time surface currents. View data here.

Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committee included a $2 million increase in the IOOS Regional line to support filling critical gaps in the nation's only surface current mapping program. This national program uses land-based high-frequency radars to map surface currents in real-time. This information is used by the US Coast Guard to reduce the search areas by two-thirds, by NOAA Office of Response and Restoration for oil spill response, and by scientists to monitor the extent of harmful algal blooms.  Read more about the radar campaign >
GLOS Becomes Second RA to
be Certified

Congratulations the GLOS (Great Lakes Observing System) for becoming the second Regional Association to be certified as a Regional Information Coordinating Entity. GLOS accomplished this by demonstrating their governance and data management system comply to NOAA established national standards. Read More > 
IOOS Featured on Senate 
Ocean Panel

Pictured are Ru Morrison, NERACOOS Executive Director and Senator Shaheen of New Hampshire.
Image Credit: Josie Quintrell, IOOS Association

Dr. Ru Morrison, NERACOOS Executive Director, recently participated in a panel discussion with the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee on ocean issues.  

The panel discussed a range of ocean issues from overfishing, changing ecological conditions, extreme weather events and the impact on coastal communities. Dr. Ru Morrison explained IOOS supports the missions of NOAA and other Federal agencies - delivering information to those who need it, when they need it. Read More >
IOOS Regional Associations Partner on Resilience Projects
Image credit: NOAA
Four IOOS Regional Associations are collaborators on the Regional Coastal Resilience Grants awarded by NOAA's National Ocean Service this summer. The grants support regional approaches to using science-based solutions for addressing risks from coastal flooding, extreme weather events, and changing environmental conditions. PacIOOS, SECOORA, MARACOOS and NERACOOS will work with partners in their respective regions to develop new tools for communities.  Read More > 
MTS Journal on Ocean
Observing Systems

A number of IOOS authors contributed to the peer-reviewed Marine Technology Society Journal- Data Impacts and Lessons Learned from Ocean Observing Systems Worldwide. IOOS contributions included commentaries on observing in the Gulf of Mexico after the oil spill, data sharing agreements in the Artic, open data policy and observing in the Pacific Islands. A copy of the May Journal is available from MTS HERE (please note you have to be a member to view).
NANOOS Observing
Deployments in 2016

Deploying the environmental processor aboard R/V Thomas G. Thompson. (Credit: Stephanie Moore)

2016 has been a busy field year for NANOOS. A new buoy, Se'lhaem, was deployed in Bellingham Bay in Puget Sound on February 11th. The deployment was a collaborative effort with several NANOOS partners - the Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction, University of Washington, Northwest Indian College, Western Washington University and the Lummi Nation. NANOOS also deployed an environmental sample processor on the La Push buoy on the outer coast to assist with detecting and monitoring harmful algal blooms that impact the local shellfish industry.  Read More >
PacIOOS Displays Shark Research Data for the Public
Satellite detections of tiger sharks around Maui

Maui has experienced more shark bites than any other Hawaiian island. In an effort to understand the phenomenon, shark researchers Dr. Carl Meyer, Dr. Kim Holland and their student team from the University of Hawaii, tagged 41 tiger sharks off Maui and O'ahu to better understand their movement patterns. Using a combination of acoustic and satellite tagging technologies, they were able to track the movement of the tiger sharks. In an effort to keep the public informed of their work, they shared their data on the PacIOOS Voyager. Read More >
Funding Opportunity 2016 Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants FFO

Image Credit: NOAA

NOAA is announcing the availability of up to $8.5 million in Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency grant funding for project awards in 2016. Through this funding opportunity, NOAA is seeking project proposal from non-federal partners to implement habitat restoration actions that will restore coastal ecosystems and improve resiliency. The primary focus of this grant program is to develop healthy and sustainable coastal ecosystems through on-the-ground habitat restoration actions. Click here for more information and how to apply. Applications are due by August 16, 2016.
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
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 >
Other News
Job Announcement: Southeast Ocean and Coastal Acidification Network (SOCAN) Program Coordinator
Access Announcement
Job Announcement: CariCOOS Postdoctoral Researcher Access Announcement
MEOPAR (Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network) workshop report describes vision for ocean data management in Canada. Read More >