2016 IOOS Spring Meeting Highlights

IOOS Program Office, Regional Associations and NOAA Partners gathered for the IOOS Spring Meeting on March 1-2, 2016 in Silver Spring, MD to discuss the Closing the Gaps Campaign and to collaborate with NOAA partners on address the needs of stakeholders for timely and reliable information. Click here to read the selected highlights from the meeting.

The Northeast Coastal Acidification Network

NECAN (Northeast Coastal Acidification Network) and NERACOOS supported the release of "A Climate Calamity: Acid in the Gulf." The short animation describes how ocean acidification affects coastal waters and marine resources. Click here to watch the video.


Ocean Enterprise Study Results

The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®), in partnership with The Maritime Alliance and ERISS Corporation, issued the first national-level assessment of the scale and scope of the "ocean enterprise." The new study shows that the ocean enterprise- the for-profit and not-for-profit firms that support ocean measurement, observation, and forecasting- accounts for $7 billion dollars of the U.S. economy annually and provides up to 30,000 jobs. Read more >

California's Coast in an El Niño Year

NOAA predicts a very strong El Niño through early 2016. CeNCOOS, Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System, unveiled a new data visualization tool for visitors to explore changing temperatures and compare them to previous years. Read More >

New PacIOOS Director

Please join IOOS Association in congratulating Melissa Iwamoto on her promotion to Director of PacIOOS (Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System), effective February 1, 2016. Melissa serves on the IOOS Association Executive Committee and has served as the Deputy Director of PacIOOS for sometime. To learn more about PacIOOS visit: 

Happy Holidays from the IOOS Association

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and joyous holiday season. It has been an honor to work with you in 2015 and look forward to continuing our partnership into the New Year. Thank you for all you do on behalf of our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes.Sincerely,Josie and Abbey

NERACOOS Recognized by Sea Grant

Ru Morrison and Cassie Stymiest of NERACOOS were recognized by the Northeast Sea Grant Consortium for their work on the North East Coastal Acidification Network (NECAN) that has brought together stakeholders, managers, scientist and others to understand how ocean acidification in the Northeast -  what is known, what is not known - and the implications for the ecosystem and industry. For more information, see

Coastal Developmental Engineer Job Posting for CDIP

The Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP) at the The University California, San Diego is searching for qualified applicants for their Coastal Developmental Engineer job posting. Click here to read more.

Reauthorization of the ICOOS Act of 2009

Reauthorization of the ICOOS Act of 2009 is moving forward in both the House and the Senate. The Senate bill, S 1886 - Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research Act - marked up in early December. The House version, HR 2744 - Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observing Act Amendments - has 26 cosponsors. For more information on ICOOS reauthorization, click here.

SCCOOS Recruits Public To Document El Niño

SCCOOS is calling on citizens who work or live along the coast to take photos this winter to document El Nino. Julie Thomas, SCCOOS Executive Director, is particularly interested in photos taken repeatedly of the same location over time. The collection of photos and data will be added to Scripps record books and used as a predictor for the effects of future high-tide and large wave combinations, as well as sea-level rise. Click here to read the news story >