2016 IOOS Fall Meeting Selected Highlights

IOOS Program Office, Regional Associations and NOAA Partners gathered in Alaska for the IOOS Fall Meeting on September 26-27, 2016 in Anchorage, AK to continue the conversation on the Closing the Gaps Campaign. Discussion focused on ecological forecasting gaps, water level observation capacity, precision navigation, and data management. Partners of the AOOS (Alaska Ocean Observing System) demonstrated the use of ocean acidification sensors at a local shellfish hatchery and hosted a tour of NOAA's Kasitsna Bay Lab. Click here to access the meeting website and materials.

AOOS hosted the meeting for the regions. Pictured is Molly McCammon, AOOS Executive welcoming the participants. 

Mary Erickson from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) led a discussion on ecological forecasting gaps and how NOAA can work with IOOS Regional Associations to form an innovative partnership for transitioning experimental work into operational forecasts.  Many regions provided opportunities for collaboration and input on their limitations for transitioning. 

Darcy Dugan (AOOS) and Jan Newton (NANOOS) discussed coastal ocean acidification. Many regions, in partnership with the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program Office, sponsor regional networks that bring together managers, scientists and others.  Jan provided an update on the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network’s interactive data portal that data from 330 world-wide partners from 67 countries.

Gaps in the nation’s water level sensor network were the focus of a session led by Audra Luscher of NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services. Nic Kinsman of the Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Survey described alternative approaches (i.e. inexpensive sensors) to measure storm surges in remote areas. Audra worked with the individual regions to identify water level sensor gaps on regional maps. Pictured above, Ru Morrison (NERACOOS), Debra Hernandez (SECOORA) Barb Kirkpatrick (GCOOS) and Vembu Subramanian (SECOORA) identify priority water level gaps in the Atlantic Coast.

Rob Bochenek of Axiom Data Science hosted a reception at their Anchorage offices and provided an overview the data management services and products they provide for AOOS as well as CeNCOOS and SECOORA.   Axiom also works with the IOOS Program Office on the real-time sensor map.


Carl Gouldman, Derrick Snowden, Dave Easter and Terence Lynch from the IOOS Program Office updated on office activities, plans for the coming year, office transitions, emerging issues, certification, National Ocean Service milestone strategic plans and much more.

Continuing conversation from the IOOS Spring 2016 Meeting, Molly McCammon (AOOS) and Derrick Snowden (US IOOS) led a discussion on the future of Data Management and Communications.  Meeting attendees broke into regional groups to discuss guiding data management questions: what is the role of the IOOS program office, the role of the regional associations? What makes sense for our data storage and management moving forward?

Meeting attendees traveled to Seward, AK to learn about the historical cruise sensor sampling line nicknamed “the Seward line.” Pictured from left to right is Clarissa Anderson and Julie Thomas (SCCOOS); Carl Janzen (AOOS); Derrick Snowden (IOOS PO); and Ru Morrison (NERACOOS).

David Anderson (CeNCOOS) and Melissa Iwamoto (PacIOOS).

Pictured are the meeting attendees and AOOS Principal Investigators on the boat trip.

Meeting attendees also had the opportunity to tour the of Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery and mooring facility that included a demonstration of “Burkolator” ocean acidification monitoring system.