Advocacy

The IOOS Association works on behalf of our regional and federal partners to ensure that users continue to have access to quality and timely information about our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes.

Reauthorization of the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observing System (ICOOS) Act of 2009

The ICOOS Act provides the foundation coordinating the observing efforts of the Federal agencies and the regional systems.  It establishes the standards and protocols for integrating Federal and non-federal data to provide users with seamless access to the most important information.  

Senate Bill – S 1425 -  The Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research Act

On January 8, 2018, the Senate passed the bill to reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System (ICOOS) Act by unanimous consent.

House Bill  HR 237 -  Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observing Act Amendments
Representative Don Young (R-AK) has introduced HR 237.  

Important Links:

  • ICOOS Act of 2009 (2009 | PDF)
  • S 1425 - The Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research Act (2018 | PDF )
    • For up-to-date status of Senate Bill, please see HERE
  • HR 237 -  Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observing Act Amendments (2018 | PDF)
    • For up-to-date status of House bill, please see HERE

 

The IOOS national and regional networks coordinate robust coastal ocean observing networks, but gaps remain. To fill these critical gaps, the IOOS Association leads the Closing the Gaps campaign.

Over the five year campaign, the IOOS Association hopes to double IOOS funding to $53m by 2022. These funds will help IOOS install and operate additional High-Frequency (HF) radars and underwater gliders. HF Radar and gliders collect data critical to safeguarding productive ecosystems, assisting with safe and efficient maritime transportation, and saving lives on the US oceans and coasts.

In March 2018, IOOS received $35 million from the Fiscal Year 18 Omnibus Appropriations Act, a $4.3 million increase from FY17. This support will allow the eleven IOOS regional observing system to fill critical gaps in the the HF Radar and underwater glider networks.