Senate Passes IOOS Reauthorization by Unanimous Consent
The Senate passed S. 914, the Coordinated Ocean Observations and Research Act of 2020, which reauthorizes 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 also authorizes 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.
National Academies of Science Hosts Sustaining Ocean Observations Phase 2: Workshop
The National Academies of Science conducted Phase 2 of the Sustaining Ocean Observations activity with a virtual workshop that took place September 16 – 18, 2020. As a follow-up to the 2017 National Academies report, Sustaining Ocean Observations to Understand Future Changes in Earth's Climate, the workshop aimed to explore options for coordination and partnership among research institutions, federal agencies, the private sector, and others, as well as to determine how the community can overcome barriers and contribute to a strong collective impact through communication, governance, and funding. A report is expected to be published on the event website by the end of 2020.
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 is an annual award recognizing 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, a founding member of the Association, was chosen as the first recipient of the award. With his Scottish heritage and dedicatino to ocean observing, 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, and collaborative can-do approach was instrumental in developing a thriving coastal observing system in the northeastern United States, as well as inspiring action at the national and international levels. His commitment and passion for ensuring that 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 Isle of 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.
Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) Observing Network Pilot Projects
In FY20, Congress appropriated $1 million to pilot projects for a national HAB Observing Network (HABON). The five HAB Pilot projects at FY20 will provide a roadmap and lessons-learned for expanding into a sustained, national HAB network. The five projects receiving support include the Great Lakes (GLOS), the Gulf of Mexico (GCOOS), California (SCOOS and CeNCOOS), the Pacific Northwest (NANOOS), and Alaska (AOOS). The goal of the HABON is to ensure tha tobservations needed to support forecasts and warnings are sustained and that the nation has the information necessary to detect and respond to the growing threat of harmful algal blooms. For more information, click here.
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
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
In the Regions
Great Lakes: The Great Lakes Observing System's (GLOS) new robotic glider will travel miles underwater to collect data on organic matter, conductivity, oxygen content, and other data helpful in determining harmful algal blooms, hypoxia, and other events. Funds for the glider were provided by Congress as part of an effort to fill critical observing gaps. To watch a video and learn more, click here.
Southeast: Commercial fishermen are using Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association's (SECOORA) HF radar data to find fish. SECOORA Intern Natalie Murphy describes how Captain Dave Tilly uses sea surface current to develop models and better identify the Gulf Stream. For more information, click here.
Caribbean: NOAA's Ocean Acidification program is working with the Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System's (CARICOOS) to understand the impacts of ocean acidification on corals, fish, and the ecosystem. To learn more, watch this video to learn more.
October 13 - 15: IOOS/DMAC Meeting (Virtual)
October 19 - 24: SACNAS Conference
October 27 - 30: Members and Board Meeting (Please note: the COL Industry Forum has been postponed and the new date is TBA)
November 18-19: NERACOOS Annual Meeting