AOOS Begins Animal Tagging Network in Alaska

We can learn a lot from animals, and AOOS is looking at adding animal telemetry observations into the AOOS data system. Focusing first on marine mammals, telemetry was initially used for studies of individual species. The data gathered, however, also samples the marine environment - so making this data more accessible can lead to greater ecosystem understanding. Because an animal's location can be related to oceanographic parameters (such as currents and up-welling zones or patches of ice), marine mammals can be another type of mobile "sensor". As has been demonstrated in other marine systems, we expect to gain insights into animal migration, distribution and interactions with their environment, and, ultimately greater use of marine mammals as mobile platforms for oceanographic studies. This approach could be especially useful in the ice-dominated Arctic where the vast scale, remoteness and extreme conditions often limit sampling. A steering committee is now designing a workshop to be held in spring 2013.

SECOORA Educates Public About HF Radar

On October 26th, 2012, George Voulgaris (University of South Carolina) presented at an IOOS/SECOORA supported High Frequency Radar (HFR) station located in Georgetown, SC to the DeBordieu Colony Community Association. The presentation was to inform community members about the mission of IOOS and SECOORA and to explain the HF Radar system, data collection and its use and value to the community. Voulgaris also discussed the utilization of these type of data for creating climatologies and for providing the information required by coastal communities in addressing smaller scale problems like coastal erosion. The George Town HFR station is on the Baruch W. Belle Foundation property located adjacent to Debordieu Colony. Residents and management of the community have been very helpful in providing access the site and individual residents have occasionally provided invaluable assistance in troubleshooting operational problems on site.

PacIOOS Released Voyager

PacIOOS released a new data visualization and exploration tool, the Voyager.  It is an interactive map interface for visualizing and downloading oceanographic observations, forecasts, and other geospatial data and information related to the marine environment and beyond.  See it here:

GCOOS Responds to Boater Needs

Boaters on the Gulf of Mexico need quick, ready access to weather and ocean conditions while they are on the water.  Responding to this need, GCOOS has launched a new web-based products that are easily accessed from mobile devices.  Log on to the GCOOS website to find wind forecasts, pop-up window with weather information along with the nautical chart station information and other information.

IOOS Summit - 11/13/12

The Interagency Ocean Observation Committee is excited to announce the upcoming IOOS Summit being held at the Hyatt Dulles November 13-16, 2012. The Ocean.US Workshop Proceedings in 2002 set the stage for the nation’s first Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Ten years later, IOOS has evolved significantly to meet the nation’s ocean observing needs. With the foundation of an integrated system now in place, the ocean observing community can begin developing a comprehensive ocean observing plan that addresses technical, scientific, and management components for the coming decade. For more information, visit the IOOS Website.