2019 IOOS Spring Meeting – Selected Highlights

The IOOS spring meeting in Washington DC provides an opportunity for the IOOS regions to meet with the IOOS Federal partners to discuss issues and identify opportunities.   


Nicole LeBoeuf, Acting Assistant Administrator of the National Ocean Service (NOS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Jeff Payne, NOS Acting Deputy Director, spoke with the IOOS regions about NOS priorities and how regional observations can help NOS achieve its mission and goals. Jeff discussed collaborations with the Office of Coastal Management, including the implementation of Executive Order 13840 on Ocean Policy and the importance of ocean and coastal data.


Nicole LeBoeuf, Acting Assistant Administrator for NOAA's National Ocean Service, answers questions at the IOOS Spring Meeting.



Nicole LeBoeuf, Acting Assistant Administrator of the National Ocean Service (NOS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), gave the first remarks of the day and identified emerging priorities in coastal and ocean observing. She and Jeff Payne, NOS Acting Deputy Director, updated meeting participants on the role of IOOS within NOS and with other programs, such as the Office of Coastal Management.



Meeting participants also celebrated the certification of the Central and Northern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS). This achievement marks the certification of all eleven RAs. Pictured above are Mary Miller, CeNCOOS Board Member, Henry Ruhl, Director of CeNCOOS and Carl Gouldman, Director of the IOOS Program Office.  Learn more about certification here.


Biology is a major focus of IOOS. Gabrielle Canonico, Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) Project Manager at U.S. IOOS and Josie Quintrell gave an update on IOOS activities in biological oceanography, a follow up from the IOOS Fall Meeting.

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are increasing in duration and intensity are a growing issues for all regions. The diversity in species, toxins, habitats, and impacts necessitates a regional approach to developing HAB observing networks. This led into a discussion on harmful algal bloom observing with the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS). Dr. Steve Thur, NCCOS Director, and colleagues updated IOOS members on needs for sustaining HABs observing and offered possible areas of collaboration with IOOS.




Dr. Marc Suddleson, Dr. Steve Thur, Lonnie Gonzales, and Dr. Rick Stumpf from NCCOS discuss the need for HABs observations.  


Dr. Frank Schwing, Director of the Science Information Division at the Office of Science and Technology in NOAA Fisheries, gave an overview of the need for observational data. He suggested some opportunities to share NOAA Fisheries data with the RAs and integrating regional interests.

In addition to discussions with invited guests from federal agencies, the IOOS Spring Meeting included several sessions dedicated to strengthening the national and regional networks. Meeting participants discussed future directions of the IOOS High-Frequency (HF) radar network and other topics to pursue with strategic planning.



Debra Hernandez, Executive Director of SECOORA, indicates her preferences during the brainstorming session on key issues.




The IOOS Association thanks all meeting participants for their attendance and contributions.


Contact Katie Liming (katie@ioosassociation.org) with any questions regarding the 2019 IOOS Spring Meeting.