June 2021 IOOS Association News Updates

What's Up in Washington
Our annual funding request to Congress was $56.5 million. This included a $500,000 increase for each regional association, $8.5m to fill critical data gaps around the country, and $7.8m for special projects, including expanding the National Harmful Algal Bloom Observing Network pilot and growing innovation in ocean technology and modeling programs. 
The FY 22 President’s Budget, the details of which were released in early June, included an increase of $33.25 million over FY 21 enacted appropriations, of which $29 million would support the regional coastal observing systems operated by the 11 IOOS Regional Associations. 
If enacted, the budget would support:
  • $15m for Fostering Ecological Resilience Through Conservation Action
  • $10m for Advancing Coastal Modeling and Prediction
  • $4m for Coastal Moorings for Ecosystem Monitoring
Biden is requesting almost $7 billion for NOAA in the upcoming fiscal year, about $1.5 billion more than the previous year. The increased funds would support the agency in investing in ecological restoration and community resilience, achieving the Biden Administration’s offshore wind expansion goals, integrating equity across NOAA, investing in observational infrastructure, and measuring, predicting, and adapting to the impacts of climate change.
What happens next: Congress takes the President’s budget request into consideration, but at the end of the day, Congress holds the purse strings, and the appropriations committees have their own priorities. The House has begun consideration of their funding bills and will debate, or “mark up”, NOAA’s funding bill on July 12 and 15. The Senate Appropriations Committee is just finalizing taking input from each Senate office before they turn to writing their own funding bills. Another wrench in the system is the new Community Project Funding (or earmark) process. The House provided a list of all requests for earmarked funds, and the Senate will likely follow suit. 
On Wednesday, March 31, President Biden announced his American Jobs Plan, which is the first in his two-part Build Back Better campaign. The main focus of the plan is on job creation and traditional infrastructure with a major focus on climate change mitigation and resilience. We are working closely with our partners and champions in Congress to make sure oceans are not forgotten in any infrastructure package so that our nation can Build Back Bluer. Read the full article here.
Association News
In the Region
To learn more about MARACOOS HF Radar network, visit here or contact mary@maracoos.org. 
Caption: Gliders, like the one pictured here, “fly” through the water column to collect information that informs hurricane response; Image credit: Chad Lembke, USF CMS
Hurricane Season
Hurricane season began June 1, and NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center predicts a 60 percent chance of an above-normal season this year.
In the Caribbean, Atlantic, and the Gulf, the IOOS regions “fly” underwater gliders to collect observations on the heat content of the ocean, which drives the intensity of hurricanes. Gliders are autonomous underwater vehicles equipped with a range of sensors that can transmit data to shore in real-time. During a hurricane, gliders can monitor conditions without putting people in hazardous conditions to create a more complete picture of what is happening in the oceans.
In partnership with OAR and NWS, the IOOS regions are expected to fly over 20 gliders in 40 missions throughout the Atlantic Basin in the coming season. These missions will collect data on all the essential ocean features that are used in models to provide forecasts and warnings. 
Other News and Resources
The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development officially kicked off on World Ocean Day on June 8, 2021. The IOOS Association will be communicating about activities as a Decade Nexus Organization. Several IOOS partners have submitted Ocean Shot proposals. For a directory of Ocean Shot proposals, click here.
The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation held their annual Capitol Hill Ocean Week from June 8-10. It was a fantastic virtual discussion focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the ocean and Great Lakes conservation movement.
The Ocean Conservancy released a report last month titled the Challenges and Opportunities for Ocean Data to Advance Conservation and Management. The report outlines the current landscape of ocean data, impediments to optimizing the use of available ocean data in policy, and the various approaches to improve the management, archiving, dissemination, and application of those data toward the twin goals of supporting a healthy marine ecosystem and a sustainable ocean economy.
IOOS in the News
  • GLOS partners at the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research deployed a low-cost buoy to provide intel to the surf/paddling community.
  • Watch here.
  • NERACOOS is monitoring warming trends in the Gulf of Maine.
  • Read their article here.
Thank you to the IOOS Office for compiling this news list!