IOOS Association 2016 Fall Meeting

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 see the highlights.

Meeting Presentations

Meeting Overview

RA Directors Retreat - Knik River Lodge (29979 E Knik River Road Palmer, Alaska 99645) 

  • Saturday, September 24: RA Directors Travel to Anchorage, AK (Stay at Hotel Captain Cook)
  • Sunday, September 25: RA Director’s Travel to Knik River Lodge for Directors Only Retreat - Knik River Lodge  (Transportation Provided - Invoices will be sent directly to the RA Directors)

IOOS Association Meeting - AOOS Conference Room (1007 West 3rd Ave, Suite 100 Anchorage AK)

  • Monday, September 26: IOOS Association Meeting (Anchorage, AK)
  • Tuesday, September 27: IOOS Association Meeting Continued and Evening Reception (Anchorage, AK)

US IOOS Fall Meeting Materials

US IOOS Fall Meeting Agenda
US IOOS Fall Meeting Participant List
DMAC Homework
DMAC Roles and Responsibilities

RA DMAC Functions
Ecological Forecasting Gaps Session Background Material: Challenges of Transition 
IOOS PO Staff Activities and Projects FY2016/2017


IOOS Association Board Meeting Materials

FY 17 Proposed Operating Budget (to be sent via email)
Transition Document
IOOS Association June 21 Board Meeting Minutes
Conflict of Interest Policy
Annual Conflict of Interest Statement
Board Member List as of October 2016


US IOOS Fall Meeting Agenda (Final PDF)
Location: AOOS Conference Room (1007 West 3rd Ave, Suite 100, Anchorage, AK)

Monday September 26, 2016

9:30 AM

Welcome and Introductions
Molly McCammon, AOOS

  • Welcome to AOOS and Alaska
  • Introductions
  • Purpose, objectives and desired outcome of meeting
9:45 AM Ecological Forecasting Gaps: HABs, Hypoxia, Pathogens (Background Material: Challenges of Transition)
Mary Erickson, NCCOS and Barb Kirkpatrick, GCOOS 

9:45      Ecological Forecasting in NOS - Mary Erickson
10:05     Question and Answers
10:15     Working Session: How to transition operational forecasts from NOAA to regional partners    

  • Discussion Questions - Is this a feasible approach?  What do you see as the major challenges? Does your RA have the requisite capacity? What are the opportunities, the challenges? How do we create a path forward? 
  • Next Steps for the Gaps Campaign.  How do we move forward with filling the gaps in observations and the need for forecasting events?

​11:15    Wrap, Action Items, Timeline

11:30 AM Ecological Forecasting Gaps: Coastal Acidification
Jan Newton, NANOOS and Darcy Dugan, AOOS

11:30    IOOS Role in Coastal Acidification - Update
11:45    Working Session

  • Discussion: Regional observations, Ocean Tech Transfer funding, national OA data portal, regional networks 
  • Actions for Gaps Campaign

12:15    Wrap Up, Action Items, Timeline

12:30 PM Working Lunch (provided)
Ecological Data Gaps: Biology/Fisheries
Melissa Iwamoto, PacIOOS and Molly McCammon, AOOS
  • Informal discussion on the integration of fisheries data with IOOS.
  • Discussion questions - Regional successes?  Opportunities and challenges? Lessons learned that could help other RAs? 

1:45 PM

Water Level Gaps: Flooding, Sea Level Rise, and Lake Levels
Ru Morrison, NERACOOS, Audra Luscher, NOAA and Nic Kinsman, NOAA

1:45   Water Levels Gaps Update and Overview – Ru Morrison and Audra Luscher

  • Set the stage for building the water level observation capacity through partnerships: 
    • Filling the Gaps
    • Improve and expand partner water level observation capabilities, including low-cost gauging options 
    • Developing inundation products that ingest and display existing water level data
    • Local example: Alaska Integrated Water Level Sensor - Nic Kinsman 

2:15   Working Session: Determining Our Priorities

  • Participate in an interactive table top exercise with a regional map of water level gaps
    • Identify alignment of water level gaps in a region
    • Identify opportunities for collaborative work
    • Discuss messaging associate with “Fill the Gaps Campaign” for next 2-3 years
  • Explore opportunities for collaborate development of regional inundation product development
    • Consider opportunities and provide feedback on strawman “criteria” for determining regional priorities for product development 

3:15   Wrap Up, Action Items, Timeline

  •  Specific action for Gaps Campaign for next 2-3 years
3:30 PM Break
3:45 PM

National Products Demonstration and Discussion
Derrick Snowden, US IOOS and Rob Bochenek, Axiom

  • Environmental Data Server Model Viewer
  • Environmental Sensor Map
  • Questions and Discussion
    • What are the next steps?
    • What is the DMAC Team working on for the coming year?
4:30 PM Axiom Data Science - Office Tour
Axiom works on a variety of IOOS projects including providing data services for 3 RAs (AOOS, CeNCOOS and SECOORA), developing a national product for the IOOS Program Office, a special project for NERACOOS and developing a national AIS product for the NOAA Office of Coast Survey. Informal tour of their offices. Wine and beer provided.
5:45 PM Adjourn for the day
Dinner- On your own (suggestions will be provided)


Tuesday September 27, 2016

8:00 AM - 
9:30 AM          

IOOS Association Business Meeting - AOOS Conference Room
8:00    Roll Call
8:05    Adoption of Minutes
8:10    Adoption of FY 17 Operating Budget
Election of Honorary Directors for FY 17
8:20    FY 18 Advocacy Strategy
9:00    Transition Planning          

US IOOS Fall Meeting Continued

9:30 AM                                                       

Discussion with IOOS Program Office
Carl Gouldman, Derrick Snowden, Dave Easter, Terence Lynch - US IOOS PO
Update on Office activities, plans for the coming year, Office transitions, emerging issues,  NOS milestone strategic plans. 

9:30   Introduction & Overview – Carl Gouldman

  • IOOS Regions and IOOS Office interactions - “no surprises” philosophy
  • Administration Transition - IOOS Office and IOOS Regions 

10:00    IOOS Office Forward Look (FY16-17) – Derrick Snowden

  • Projects, milestones, and new staff

10:30    Strategic Alignment and Emerging Opportunities – Dave Easter

  • Strategic Alignment: IOOS within NOS / NOAA / DOC and IOOC –Carl Gouldman
  • Next Generation IOOS Strategic Plan -  Updating the IOOS Strategic Plan
  • The need and how we might accomplish (Ocean Obs 2019) - Carl Gouldman
  • IOOS Emerging Issues and Opportunities - Dave Easter
11:00 AM Report Out From the RA Director's Retreat
11:15 AM

Navigation Gaps: Next Generation Navigation
Julie Thomas, SCCOOS and Terence Lynch, Office of Coast Survey/ US IOOS PO

11:15    Building navigational capacity through partnerships: IOOS, OCS, CO-OPs 
11:25     Working Session

  • Challenge Questions: How do we address navigational gaps?  How can we collaborate with NOAA and other federal agencies to address needs?  What are specific action for Gaps Campaign for next 2-3 years?

12:00    Wrap Up, Action Items, Timeline

12:15 PM Lunch (provided)

1:00 PM

Data Management- Developing a Five-Year Vision
Molly McCammon, AOOS and Derrick Snowden, US IOOS

1:00    Overview: Update from March and Goals of the Session 
1:10    Discussion

  • Final review of the DMAC Vision Document. Next steps? 
  • Common DMAC capacity (30 min)
    • How do we track regional capacity to comply with IOOS standards and requirements - QARTOD, metadata, server uptime, data ingestion, implementation of open source software, and archiving?  What are the barriers to developing common capacity? 
    • Regional data ingestion. Are there common data sets that most RAs are interest in accessing? Review of top 5 priorities. 
    • Tracking use of data and data products. How do we know people are using and accessing data and data products? 
  • Looking Ahead:  Where do we want to be in 5 years?  (30 min) 
    To help frame this vision, please consider the following:  

    • Are there capacities we should be developing to enhance the ability of the IOOS enterprise to deliver data and information products to stakeholders?    For example, data integration across regions?  Access to Federal data sets?  Common products and visualizations?  Other? 
    • How do we develop that capacity?  

​2:20    Wrap Up, Action Items, Timeline

  • Next steps
2:30 PM Break
2:40 PM Technology Gaps: HFR, Moorings and Gliders

2:40    Overview
2:45    Updates on national planning efforts - issues, timing and next steps

  • HFR Update
    Derrick Snowden, US IOOS PO and Josie Quintrell, IOOS Association
  • Glider Plan Update
    Barb Kirkpatrick, GCOOS
  • Coastal Mooring Strategy
    Ru Morrison, NERACOOS, Jan Newton, NANOOS, Carol Janzen, AOOS, Derrick Snowden, US IOOS PO

3:15    Discussion

  • Can we develop integrated plans and maps that show the gaps in each region for identified key technologies?  
  • What are the compelling use case scenarios?

4:00    Wrap Up, Action Items and Timeline

4:00 PM Making It Happen
  • Developing the Gaps Campaign
  • Where do we go from here
    • Action Steps
    • Timeline
  • Communicating the Plan
    • Brochure, Meetings, Briefings
    • Timeline

5:00 PM


5:15-7:00 PM Evening Reception
Home Of Governor Bill Sheffield - 3125 Susitna View Court, Anchorage, AK 99512
Sponsored by AOOS and Axiom
Transportation, light apps and drinks provided.


Field Trips

Wednesday, September 28: Optional Day Field Trip #1 to Seward, AK
Behind the scenes tour of the Alaska SeaLife Center, tour of local shellfish hatchery that has deployed an ocean acidification sensor and boat tour with AOOS PIs in Kenai Fjords National Park.   Expected return to Anchorage by ~8 pm in time to catch late night flights.

Costs - $110 (To be paid to IOOS Association. Abbey Wakely will email invoices or you can pay that day. Checks can be addressed to IOOS Association)

Wildlife Cruise - $70 (discounted from $100)
SeaLife Center Tour - $20 (discounted price from $27. Children are FREE)
Boxed Lunch - $20


7:15       Meet in Hotel Captain Cook Lobby for Arranged Travel
7:30       Depart Hotel Captain Cook for 2.5 hour drive to Seward
10:00     Behind the Scenes Tour of the Alaska SeaLife Center
11:30     Tour of Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery and mooring facility, including demonstration of “Burkolator” ocean acidification monitoring system
12:30      Pick up boxed lunch - eat on dock or on boat
1:00        Arrive at Dock for Kenai Wildlife Cruise 
1:30        Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise
5:30        Depart for either Anchorage or Homer (Participants will decide if they want dinner in Seward before the depart or wait until they arrive at their destinations.)

Thursday and Friday, September 29 - 30: Optional Field Trip #2 Overnight to Homer, AK
Those attending this field trip will travel to Homer from Seward on 9/28 and visit NOAA’s Kasitsna Bay Lab on 9/29, returning to Anchorage on 9/30.
Costs:  Estimated costs TBD ~$320 for 2 nights lodging and water and air taxi ~$100, food separate.
Suggested Hotel:  Land’s End Resort


US IOOS Fall Meeting Hotel Information
The Hotel Captain Cook
939 W 5th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: 1-800-843-1950 or 907-276-6000
Check in time: 4:00pm
Check out time: 12:00pm

The hotel is a short 5 minute walk to the AOOS Meeting space (1007 W. 3rd Ave Suite 100, Anchorage, AK 99501). Click here to view a map.

Travel Information
Servicing Aiport: Ted Stevens International Airport
The cost of a taxi ride from the airport to downtown is approximately $17.00 to $22.00 (as of October 2011) and the ride takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

More details are coming soon. Please email Abbey Wakely,, if you have questions.