Thank you to all the IOOS community members who met with over 70 congressional offices to answer questions about how IOOS is making a difference to people in their states and districts. Each office was briefed on the ICOOS Act reauthorization and appropriations. It was the most successful Congressional outreach event to date.
The IOOS appropriation request for FY 17 focuses on filling critical gaps in the nation’s only surface current monitoring program. The national networks of land-based high frequency radars monitoring the speed and direction of surface currents in real time.
Surface current data is utilized in multiple applications. Coast Guards uses information to increase their response time for search and rescue calls. NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration utilizes it to respond to oil spills. The data is also ingested into models to help predict harmful algal blooms and transportation.
The IOOS Association is requesting $3.1m above the President’s budget for radars in 5 key areas - Gulf of Mexico, Northwest coast, Bering Strait, Straits of Mackinac and east coast of Florida – and for vital repairs to the regional network.