Thank You Zdenka Willis

Zdenka Willis officially retired from U.S. IOOS and Federal service at the end of January 2017. She transformed U.S. IOOS from an emerging concept to a fully operational program that provides timely and reliable information to people around the nation and the world. She worked tirelessly to build partnerships with the Federal agencies, Regional Associations, private industry and international partners. No task was either too large or too small for her. It is hard to imagine U.S. IOOS without Zdenka; the program’s strength and vitality are the legacy she leaves. Zdenka will continue to follow her passion for the ocean, coasts and Great Lakes as an independent consultant. We thank her and wish her the best.

New U.S. IOOS Program Office Director

Congratulations to Carl Gouldman, the new U.S. IOOS Program Office Director. Carl brings a passion and depth of knowledge about U.S. IOOS. He has served as the Deputy Director since 2014 overseeing the daily operations of the many aspects of U.S. IOOS’s Program Office, including working with the 17 Federal agencies and the 11 Regional Associations. He holds a master’s degree in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Duke University. When he’s not working to ensure stakeholders have access to the best information possible, he enjoys fishing the coastal waters and spending time with his family.

Updated IOOS Association Website

We are proud to announce the launch of our new updated website! Our strategy is to make coastal observing information easily available and be a supporting resource for IOOS outreach, documents, news and more. Please “pardon our dust” as we are fine-tuning the details.

White House OSTP releases Animal Telemetry Network Implementation Plan

The The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released the U.S. Animal Telemetry Network Implementation Plan, a blueprint for coordinating aquatic animal telemetry research, operations and data management in the U.S. Read more on the IOOS website.

Congratulations to Emily Patrolia

Emily Patrolia, the Director of Government Relations for the MARACOOS, was selected as a legislative Knauss Fellowship for 2017. She will be working with the majority staff of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. IOOS Association looks forward to working with her on ICOOS Reauthorization.  For more information on the other Knaus Fellows please click here.

PacIOOS Job Opportunity

New job opening for JIMAR PacIOOS Data Applications Specialist. Apply before January 13, 2017 to support the data management functions for JIMAR (at NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center) and PacIOOS. Job duty tasks include: database support, coordinate data management tools and applications, and develop and implement new ways to make data easy-to-access. Click here to read more >

IOOS at the Maritime Alliance's BlueTech week

IOOS participated in the Maritime Alliance's BlueTech week and focused on “Case Studies of Collaboration”.  Read More >

Congratulations to MARACOOS!

MARACOOS is the third Regional Association to be certified by the IOOS Program Office as a Regional Information Coordinating Entity. Certification is a key milestone in the establishment of a full IOOS system. Certification means that MARACOOS is providing high-quality observations that meet national standards. MARACOOS joins PacIOOS and GLOS as certified RAs. All other RAs are preparing applications. Congratulations to MARACOOS on meeting this important goal.

IOOS Fall Meeting

This year, AOOS hosted the Annual Fall IOOS meeting in Anchorage to discuss how IOOS can better fill critical gaps in the nation’s observing network. Persistent gaps in observations is affecting our ability to respond to assess and minimize risk from flooding, safe navigation, harmful algal blooms, coastal acidification and hazards. Read More >

Senate Passes ICOOS Reauthorization

The Senate passes bill to reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System (ICOOS) Act. The ICOOS Act establishes U.S. a coordinated federal and non-federal approach to coastal ocean observing system. Read More >