On October 23, the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) was recertified by the U.S. IOOS Office as a Regional Information Coordination Entity (RICE), meaning that, once again, PacIOOS meets strict national standards for data management and governance. The PacIOOS obtained its original certification in 2015, when it became the first RA to be certified. To ensure the RAs remain current and up-to-date, they are required to be recertified every 5 years. Congratulations to Melissa Iwamoto, Director of PacIOOS, and her team for ensuring stakeholders throughout the Pacific region have the best available data and information.
All 11 IOOS Regional Associations are certified by NOAA. Certification provides users with the confidence in the data served by IOOS, enhances efficient integration of federal and nonfederal data, enables researchers and others to fulfill data management requirements, and provides liability protection of the RA. For more information, click here.
Water level observations are essential to flooding and extreme storm preparation and response, ensuring safe navigation, managing sensitive resources, and much more. Delivering this information in Alaska, with over 6,000 miles of coastline and remote villages, is a significant challenge. AOOS is partnering with local, state, and federal agencies, as well as the private sector, in Alaska’s Water Level Watch, to fill critical gaps by testing new technologies that are suitable for remote locations. The collaboration team has worked with NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) on a tiered data policy
Sustained observations are important for understanding changes in our coastal oceans and Great Lakes. This climatology tool from NERACOOS compares current observations with historic averages. Here, the orange dots display the daily means for 2020 compared to the range of observations from 2001to 2019 in yellow, indicating that the Gulf of Maine water temperatures have been exceptionally warm this year.
On October 19th, the U.S. Department of Energy and NOAA announced the opening of the DEVELOP competition series within the Ocean Observing Prize. The DEVELOP Competition focuses on a single theme, hurricane monitoring, and challenges contestants to develop their ideas into a functioning prototype through three contests: DESIGN, BUILD, and SPLASH. The DESIGN contest of the competition is now open and will close on February 16th, 2021.
Dr. Jake Kritzer became the second Director of the Northeast Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (NERACOOS) in June of this year. Jake brings extensive expertise in fisheries science and policy. He graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Biology, earned a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from James Cook University in Australia, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Windsor in Canada. Jake is the author of more than 30 peer-reviewed publications, and senior editor of the milestone book, Marine Metapopulations. Over his career, Jake’s research has focused on spatial dimensions of marine ecology and management, and his recent policy work centered on building technical and management capacity in Chinese fisheries. He also holds adjunct professor appointments at the University of Maine and the University of Massachusetts. Jake lives in New Hampshire with his wife and daughter.
Yi Chao, founder of Seatrec, wrote a Forbes article about cross-organizational collaboration to improve hurricane forecasts. In the article, he notes that data from below the ocean's surface hinders our ability to forecast storm intensity and states that underwater robots are the key. The article references the partnership between NOAA, Navy, and IOOS to deploy 30 gliders this season, and calls for increased subsurface measurements. To read the full article, click here.
Save the date! UG2 coordinators will be hosting a Welcome Webinar on Dec 9th, 2PM-3:30PM EST (Link to GoToMeeting webinar). The Underwater Glider User Group (UG2) is a community-based coalition aimed at bolstering scientific collaboration and information/resource sharing for glider operators, data users, manufacturers, academia, and government agencies. The Welcome Webinar will provide an overview of the UG2 community goals and new website which has been built to support collaboration and information sharing. Other topics covered in the webinar will be: 1) NOAA Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division (AERD) Glider Operations; and 2) IOOS/Partners 2020 Hurricane Glider Efforts.To join the UG2 and stay up-to-date on glider news, sign up here!
Nominations for the 2021 Caraid Award are still open! Nominees can be an individual, group, or organization that has contributed to understanding the ocean coasts and/or Great Lakes through collaboration, innovation, and/or a commitment to working with stakeholders.