October 2021 IOOS Association News Updates

 
What's Up in Washington
INFRASTRUCTURE AND RECONCILIATION
Thanks to the hard work of our ocean champions on Capitol Hill, the recently passed bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) includes much needed support for our ocean and coastal information infrastructure. Just like bridges and roads, observing infrastructure that collects and disseminates data is critical infrastructure that is central to growing our nation’s blue economy.
 
Specifically, the bill includes $150 million for the Integrated Ocean Observing System over the next 2-5 years to address infrastructure needs throughout the country, enabling each of the 11 regions to expand the capacity for the growth of a localized blue economy and to assist communities prepare and respond to changing conditions. These investments help modernize aging infrastructure, address long standing community needs, and fund the repairs and spare parts necessary to ensure better dissemination of data and information in a changing environment. For example, this investment will allow IOOS to expand glider use for hurricane tracking, harmful algal blooms, hypoxia event detection, marine mammal monitoring, and maritime commerce.
 
In addition, the House recently released a new version of the Build Back Better Act, the other infrastructure package that is expected to pass with no Republican support. This bill also has significant support for oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes data observations. As of this writing, Congress is still negotiating details and the final framework of this package.
FY 22 APPROPRIATIONS
IOOS appreciates the Senate and House Appropriations committees for their support in Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) appropriations bills. The Senate committee included $47 million for IOOS Regional Observations, an increase of $6.5 million over the previous fiscal year. The House Appropriations Committee passed their version of the funding bill in the spring, and it included $50 million for the regions. These funds will continue to fill critical gaps in the observing system and specifically advance work on the harmful algal blooms observing system network. Once both bills pass their chambers, Congress will meet to reconcile their versions of the spending packages into a final spending bill.
 
We thank Congress for their continued support for oceans, coastal, and Great Lakes observations.
Association News
In addition the Board thanked outgoing Board members, Molly McCammon, David Martin, Carolyn Thoroughdgood, and Barb Kirlpatrick for their vision, leadership and dedication to IOOS.
Seeking Caraid Award Nominations
 
Nominations for the 2022 CARAID award are now open. Candidates can be an individual, a group, or an organization that has contributed to observing and understanding the oceans, coasts, and/or Great Lakes through collaboration, innovation, and/or a commitment to working with stakeholders. Nominations are due by December 10, 2021. Find out more here
The Caraid Award celebrates not what someone has accomplished but how they approached their work that inspired and created lasting results.
 
NOAA Awards $15.2M for Harmful Algal Bloom Research and Observations
 
NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) is allocating $12.4M for harmful algal bloom research in US coastal and Great Lakes waters, including $2.8M for NationalHarmful Algal Bloom Observing Network’s related activities. Eight IOOS Regional Associations will receive a combined $1.5M for two new and five continuing NHABON pilot programs to support detection, forecasting, and monitoring of HABs. An additional $1M will be used to establish an initial HABs monitoring and detection test bed in the Gulf of Mexico and $314K for a continuing Ocean Technology Transition (OTT) project to enable offshore harmful algal bloom sampling using an autonomous surface vehicle.
One of Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute's (MBARI) long-range autonomous underwater vehicles (LRAUV) makes its way through the green, algae-rich waters of Lake Erie to track the 2019 harmful algal bloom as part of a research collaboration with NOAA. Credit: Ben Yair Raanan, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).
HAB Observing Group December Webinar
 
Please join the HAB Observing Group for a webinar on Wednesday, December 1st at 3:00 ET focused on Emerging Data Science Tools for Managers and Scientists. 
 
HAB data portals are challenging as there are multiple HAB species, with different toxins and variable or no toxicity, and multiple ways to observe biomass and toxicity. This webinar will present three strategies for a HAB data portal - the WHOI HABHub, a community HAB Data Assembly Center (HABDAC) and the data portal for the HABScope. We hope this will be the beginning of a longer discussion about HAB data portals. The invited panelists are Dr. Rob Bochenek (Axiom Data Science), Dr. Mike Brosnahan (WHOI), and Bob Currier (GCOOS, Texas A&M). 
 
Please let us know of your interest in the December Webinar, as well as vote on your preferred topic for our March webinar, by filling out this form. For any questions and more information, please contact Maggie Chory (mchory@oceanleadership.org).
Thank You, Jane Candy, COL Intern 
Jane Candy interned for the Consortium for Ocean Leadership this summer. Her final project was on how ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes observing is critical to address climate change which you can find here. Thanks for contributing to advancing the IOOS mission!
 
IOOS In the News
NERACOOS Op-ed on the Importance of Ocean Infrastructure: NERACOOS op-ed featured in Cape Cod Times and Maritime Executive. Read more here and here
SCCOOS Responds to Southern California Oil Spill: The work of SCCOOS and Executive Director Clarissa Anderson have been featured in the LA Times and NBC San Diego. Read the LA Times article here and the NBC San Diego article here.
Op-ed on GLOS’ Smart Great Lakes Initiative: An op-ed led by Northwestern Professor Aaron Packman and Greater Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation Commissioner Kimberly Neely Du Buclet emphasize increasing innovation in smart technologies and sharing the resulting information among Great Lakes communities. Read more here.
GLOS Releases “Common Strategy for Smart Great Lakes”: The Smart Great Lakes Initiative (SGLi) released their landmark document, “Common Strategy for Smart Great Lakes.” The document charts a course for how the initiative will advance technology applications that improve our understanding of our relationship with the Great Lakes. Read more here.
The National Ocean Partnership Program (NOPP) is seeking funding proposals for the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON). Applicants are encouraged to visit marinebon.org and ioos.noaa.gov for more information.
 
Job Postings
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine (NASEM): Senior Program Officer Gulf Environmental Protection and Stewardship Program
 
Harte Research Institute: Endowed Chair in Socio-Economics
 
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration: Ocean Acidification Program Education and Outreach Coordinator
 
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Underwater Glider User Group - Program Specialist – Uncrewed Marine Systems
 
 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service (NOS): Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA) for Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management.
 
 
Memorial University Marine Institute: Vice President
 
New England Aquarium: Director of Ocean Policy
 
The Nature Conservancy (TNC): Senior Associate, Ocean Planning and Mapping