Senate Passes IOOS Reauthorization by Unanimous Consent
The Senate passed S. 914, the Coordinated Ocean Observations and Research Act of 2020, that would reauthorize the IOOS Program. We are thankful for the Senate's support and in particular the authorization levels that allow for a steady increase in funding to fill critical gaps and address stakeholder needs. The bill would also authorize the National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, AL.
The House already passed its version in a larger bill, but with the significant differences in the two bills, the most likely path to passage is if the House takes up the Senate version. We will be working with the House in the next few months in hopes of getting a final bill by the end of the 116th session.
IOOS up $1.5 Million in House Appropriations Bill
The Senate is expected to mark up their appropriations bills soon.
IOOS Regions Receive Over $40 Million to Support Observing Activities
NOAA’s U.S. IOOS Program Office has awarded over $40 million in grants to support ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes observing efforts on the 11 IOOS Regional Associations (RAs). The IOOS RAs serve the entire coastline of the United States and its territories, covering the Atlantic, Gulf, Caribbean, Pacific, and Great Lakes.
Find out more about IOOS in your regions here: http://www.ioosassociation.org
Dr. Ru Morrison Receives First Caraid Award
The IOOS Association is pleased to announce that the first recipient of the Caraid Award is Dr. Ru Morrison.
The Caraid Award recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to observing and understanding our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes through vision, leadership, friendship, and collaboration. The word “Caraid1” is a Scottish Gaelic word, meaning “care" or "love” and is pronounced like “courage.” These are the attributes - caring and the courage to do what matters - that make IOOS work. Fittingly, Ru was chosen as the first recipient of the award - he inspired us to learn about Caraid, not only as a word, but also as an ethos he brings to all of his work.
Ru is a founding member of the IOOS Association and the first Director of the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS). His vision, leadership, collaborative and can-do approach was instrumental in developing a thriving coastal observing system in the Northeast United States as well as inspiring action at the national and international levels. His commitment and passion for ensuring stakeholders have access to reliable and timely data and information is central to his successes. Like so much of what makes a difference, his values, dedication and passion are what bring him distinction and what inspires us to this day: the work was done with Caraid.
While Ru lives and works in the United States, he maintains his love and commitment to his Scottish homeland. He is Chief of the Clan Morrison and delights friends and colleagues when he wears his formal Scottish attire to events. Every summer, he returns with his family to their ancestral home on the North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. Caraid honors both Ru's collaborative spirit and his love for his homeland.
1. To hear the pronunciation: https://forvo.com/word/caraid/
Image: Ru Morrison at his Scottish home in North Uist.
Hurricane Gliders Aid Forecasts
Over 30 gliders are now deployed off the coasts of Puerto Rico, the Gulf of Mexico, and the eastern United States to collect data that scientists will use to improve the accuracy of hurricane forecast models. The IOOS regions, in partnership with NOAA and the Navy, are deploying underwater gliders to measure temperature and salinity, essential for improving hurricane forecast models.
- Hurricane Gliders Head to Sea to Improve Hurricane Forecasts
- How Gliders Contribute to Hurricane Preparedness
August 25 - 26: IOOS/OAR Pacific Region Workshop
September 2: AOOS Board Meeting
September 16 - 18: NASEM - Sustaining Ocean Observations: Phase 2 Workshop
September 30 - October 4: Coastal Summit - Restore America's Estuaries and Coastal States Organization
October 6 - 7: IOOS/OAR Great Lakes Region Workshop
October 13 - 15: IOOS/DMAC Meeting (Virtual)
October 19 - 24: SACNAS Conference
October 27 - 30: COL Industry Forum and Members and Board Meeting