NERRS-IOOS Collaborative Coastal Observing Network


Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) and National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) received National Ocean Service (NOS) stimulus funding to meet over 2 workshops to identify how both programs can work together to support NOS and program goals.

NERRS-IOOS Working Lunch at CERF

The working lunch was a success as we were able to share the progress made with this initiative and identify what is already underway or could be underway between these two programs around the nation, and how it allows us to demonstrate to NOS and to our stakeholders the value of the programs and what is and can happen on the ground/regional level.

Take Away
We learned that despite many emerging biological parameters and novel sensors, temperature and salinity remain fundamental parameters we need to consistently measure and that link ocean observing systems together. Expansion of observations to capture offshore and/or alongshore gradients would be valuable, as would observations that target ocean acidification, HABs, metrics related to fisheries success, and water level dynamics related to the nearshore and relevant to navigation, safety and coastal communities. As observing systems grow in number and coverage, we need to ensure we streamline data accessibility by minimizing the number of different portals and maximize the transferability of data across platforms.

NERRS-IOOS CERF Session Working Lunch Presentations (pdf)

Other Materials
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NERRS-IOOS Phase I Workshop 

The east coast and gulf IOOS Regional Associations and NERRs were invited to the first workshop at the Guano-Tolomato Matanzas (GTM) National Estuarine Research Reserve in St. Augustine, Florida January 21-22, 2016. At this workshop, IOOS RA and NERRS representatives met to identify program commonalities and brainstorm on ways to develop an enhanced offshore-nearshore-inshore network to better understand the impacts of weather and climate on coastal ecosystems, including coastal communities. Below are some of the documents supporting and summaries of the workshop.  There are plans to schedule the next workshop in the early fall 2016 in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Sponsored by: NOAA NOS
Location: GTM – St. Augustine, FL
Date: January 21-22, 2016
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NERRS-IOOS Phase II Workshop

For the second of two NOS funded workshops between IOOS and NERRS - the east coast IOOS Regional Associations and NERRs representatives were invited to the Jacques Cousteau NERR in Tuckerton, NJ on September 13-14, 2016.  Stemming from the discussions from the Phase I workshop, participants of this Phase II workshop discussed the operating structure of this new NERRS-IOOS monitoring network as well as a project proposal to demonstrate the integration of observations collected with both programs to respond to extreme events. 

Building on the success of this demonstration project, participants also began planning the development of a decision support tool to aid in decisions surrounding the potential impacts of coastal inundation. Below are some of the documents supporting and summarizing the workshop, including a list of actions to move this network and its project plans forward into FY17.

Sponsored by: NOAA NOS
Location:  Jacques Cousteau NERR in Tuckerton, NJ
Date: September 13-14, 2016
Pre-Workshop Materials
Post-Workshop Materials

Final Workshop Documents

  • NOS NERRS-IOOS Collaborative Coastal Observing Network One-Pager (updated July 2017)
  • NERRS-IOOS Framework for a Collaborative Observing Network
    • This version represents the final iteration of a Framework document based on the results of the workshop and input from participants. It is currently our guiding document and describes the ways that the NERRS and IOOS programs can work collaboratively to characterize the inshore to the offshore coastal environment to address ecosystem changes, public health concerns, and inform management. It also describes existing collaborative partnerships. Looking forward, this Framework will help support the development of new tools that inform managers about recurring events like coastal storms, hypoxia, and coastal acidification.