October 2020 IOOS Association News Updates

The IOOS Association has released the August 2020 Newsletter. Click below to see all the latest updates.


Regional Associations Respond to Marine Heat Waves

Marine heat waves — persistent and unusual warm temperatures — have once again been in the news this summer and fall, as a mass of warmer-than usual water stretched roughly from Alaska south to California. Observing systems provide long-term data and context for understanding and detecting changes like this in the marine and Great Lakes environments. 



2018 IOOS Fall Meeting – Selected Highlights

The eleven Regional Associations (RAs), members of their boards, and IOOS Program Office (IOOS PO) staff and partners gathered in Annapolis, MD for the IOOS Fall Meeting on September 18-20, 2018. Read more >

All IOOS Regional Associations Now NOAA Certified!

On Tuesday, August 28, 2018 NOAA announced the certification of all 11 IOOS Regional Associations. Congratulations to all!

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Senate Oceans Caucus Blue Economy Briefing

The IOOS Association and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, in conjunction with the Senate Oceans Caucus, co-hosted a briefing on the value of ocean data to the Blue Economy on July 11, 2018. Caucus Chairs Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) gave remarks on the importance of ocean and coastal data to their states’ economies. The panel included representatives of the maritime, energy, seafood and tourism industries.

2018 IOOS Fall Meeting

Please save the date for the 2018 IOOS Fall Meeting, September 18-20, 2018, in Annapolis, MD.

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Inaugural National Coastal Ecosystem Moorings Workshop

More than 30 experts from government, academia, and private industry came together March 20-22, 2018 in Seattle, Washington, for the inaugural National Coastal Ecosystem Moorings Workshop. Organized and hosted by the Alliance for Coastal Technologies (ACT) and sponsored by NOAA/U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), participants discussed configurations of ecosystem moorings, use requirements, current and emerging sensors, technical needs, deployment and maintenance, and the integration with other observing systems. 
Expanding the suite of existing water column ecosystem moorings in the coastal regions of the United States is one of the recommendations of the National Strategy for a Sustained Network of Coastal Moorings. Outcomes from this workshop will be discussed at OceanObs'19 and a report with workshop recommendations will be made available online in the near future. 


PacIOOS, SECOORA Buoy Deployments

The Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) deployed a new water quality buoy in Pelekane Bay, on the west side of Hawaiʻi Island. Several buoys in the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) network were damaged during the active 2017 hurricane season.

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GCOOS and NERACOOS Certified!

Congratulations to the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) and the Northeast Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (NERACOOS) on becoming certified as Regional Information Coordinating Entities (RICEs) under the ICOOS Act. GCOOS and NERACOOS celebrated this achievement with a signing ceremony at the 2018 IOOS Spring Meeting in Washington, DC.

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FY 18 IOOS Budget Increase

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act passed by Congress on March 22, 2018 included support for many ocean and coastal programs including IOOS.  IOOS regional systems were allocated $35 million, an increase of $4.3 million from FY 17. This support will allow the eleven IOOS regional observing system to fill critical gaps in the the High-Frequency (HF) Radar network and underwater gliders. 

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