In September, the international, decadal conference OceanObs'19 was held for the first time ever in the United States. Approximately 1,500 attendees came to Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, to learn, share, and develop recommendations on how to grow and sustain global ocean observing capacity over the next decade.
U.S. IOOS and its Regional Associations were widely represented. In addition to the over 30 community white papers authored by IOOS community members, several Regional Association Executive Directors took the lead on significant portions of the conference.
Jan Newton, NANOOS, served on the organizing committee for OceanObs’19. Jan committed countless hours over the multi-year planning process to make the conference a success. She shared her expertise during multiple sessions, both in the conference plenary and in breakout sessions.
Melissa Iwamoto, PacIOOS, gave a plenary talk as part of the Successes and Opportunities for Ocean Observing panel, discussing a stakeholder-driven process to develop tailored data products.
Molly McCammon, AOOS, led a breakout session on Arctic Observing.
Barb Kirkpatrick, GCOOS, spoke on a panel at the evening reception Breaking Waves, Breaking Barriers that celebrated women’s instrumental role in ocean science.
Clarissa Andersen, SCCOOS, led the special session on Design and Implementation of a Global HAB Observing System and co-organized the special session on Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity.
The U.S. IOOS Office was the lead organizer of the NOAA convention booth at the conference. U.S. IOOS hosted 26 lightning talks from experts on ocean issues ranging from product demos such as the Marine Biodiversity Observing Network (MBON) portal, to talks on precision navigation and the blue economy.
On Friday, September 20, the IOOS community gathered to debrief from the conference and set goals to maintain momentum moving into the UN Decade of Ocean Science starting in 2020. View the report from the debrief here.