Producing and Distributing Critical Data and Information on our Oceans, Coasts and Great Lakes 
The Latest News from the Nation's
Integrated Ocean Observing System Association
October 2019
Celebrating 20 Years of the Ocean, Coastal & Great Lakes Observing System
We recently marked the start of the 20 th  year of our nation’s Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) during OceanObs’19, an international conference held every 10 years that is dedicated to the growth and sustainability of the global ocean observing capacity. It was held for the first time ever in the U.S., in Hawaii.

There is much to celebrate about the first two decades of IOOS, a national-regional partnership operating in our oceans, along our coasts and in our Great Lakes that provides hundreds of thousands of data points every day along with forecasts necessary to keep humans safe, enhance our economy and protect our environment.

In many ways, IOOS and its network of 11 regional observing associations is the unseen backbone of our nation, affecting most aspects of Americans’ daily lives whether they know it or not.

It may seem obvious that the data we gather and the products we create are used by fishermen, shipping companies, aquaculture businesses, weather forecasters, public utilities, tourism operators, search-and-rescue teams and countless others. But i f you wear clothes, eat food or use a smart phone, information we gather has touched your life as well.

The IOOS Association was created to help educate and inform the public about the work done by the 11 Regional Associations under the U.S. IOOS banner and how the System supports societal needs. In this new monthly e-newsletter, we will share the stories of the people and the tools that make this amazing integrated observing system possible and how it improves all of our lives.

Be sure to page down and check out the special section just for IOOS Insiders!
Josie Quintrell
Executive Director
IOOS Association
Our 20th Year
The U.S. IOOS Office , IOOS Association and PacIOOS hosted an evening reception to celebrate IOOS' 20th anniversary.  

 Some 450 international, national and local partners gathered at the Waikīkī Aquarium.
The IOOS Association thanks these sponsors for their support during the first 20 years of the organization and looks forward to continued partnership: Sea-Bird Scientific, Shell, Teledyne Marine, Axiom, Kongsberg, Ocean Conservancy, RPS, CODAR, XPRIZE, Wildlife Computers and SECOORA.
Melissa Iwomato, Director of the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System and local host for the IOOS 20th Celebration toasts to the past, present and future of IOOS. 

Photos by Kate Culpepper, IOOS, and Manny "gOnzo" González, @gonzolenza @freesurfmag
Information Flow
Observing systems are our eyes on the oceans, coasts and Great Lakes and combine many components — from buoys and radars to humans — to gather data and create useful information products that help people make informed decisions. Regional systems, which are also repositories for long-term data showing environmental changes over time, meet the unique needs of their regional populations.
Certified & Reliable
All 11 IOOS Regional Associations are certified for meeting rigorous national standards for governance and data management. Certification demonstrates that the information provided by each Regional Association is of the same high quality as those served by the federal government. 
A National System
The 11 Regional Associations partner with countless academic, business, non-governmental and state and local resource management agencies to collect and disseminate data. Each Regional Association leverages a baseline of federal funding to seek additional grants and develop and implement partnerships that grow their impact in cost-effective ways.

The Regional Associations receive federal support through the U.S. IOOS program office, housed under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). With an annual budget of about $35 million, the U.S. IOOS supports our nation's ocean, coastal and Great Lakes waters, which account for $352 billion of our national GDP.
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IOOS Association Annual Meeting
It was great to see so many members of the IOOS community during the international OceanObs’19 conference in Honolulu giving presentations, participating in panel discussions and town halls and even helping to organize the conference to ensure its success. Everyone involved deserves a huge pat on the back for helping to make this decadal conference a success!
In conjunction with the conference, we held the IOOS Association Annual Meeting where the Board decided to create a new Ad Hoc Futures committee. The committee will explore opportunities for growth in the network and maintain the momentum of OceanObs’19 as we head into the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, which begins in 2021 and lasts through 2030. 
Marine Technology Society Town Hall on Ocean Observing
The Marine Technology Society is inviting industry members to a special town hall on the federal strategic vision for ocean observing.

This special session is part of the OCEANS’19 conference in Seattle, WA, Oct. 28-31, 2019. RSVP for the town hall here and register for the conference here .
How We Respond: The AAAS Series on Climate Change
The AAAS has developed a series about climate change called How We Respond: Communities and Scientists Taking Action on Climate Change.

This project includes a report and multimedia stories that highlight the ways U.S. communities are actively and effectively responding to climate change at the local, state and regional levels, and the critical role of science and scientists in their response.

A recent story "A Crippled Oregon Shellfish Hatchery Spawns Better Ocean Monitoring Systems" looked at problems with Oregon's shellfish hatcheries caused by ocean acidification and how the community worked with science to develop better ocean observing systems.
The IOOS Association is a nonprofit organization that supports the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (U.S. IOOS) and its mission to provide quality and timely information about our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes. The Association works with the 11 Regional Associations and 17 Federal partners to create a national network that meets the diverse needs of users across the nation and to educate the public about the system.
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