News
FY 18 IOOS Budget Increase
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act passed by Congress on March 22, 2018 included support for many ocean and coastal programs, including IOOS. IOOS regional systems were allocated $35 million, an increase of $4.3 million from FY 17. This support will allow the eleven IOOS regional observing system to fill critical gaps in the the High-Frequency (HF) Radar network and underwater gliders.   Read more >
House Reauthorization:
Co-Sponsors Needed!
Rep. Don Young (R-AK) introduced H.R. 237 “Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observing System Act Amendments of 2017." The Act would reauthorize the IOOS Program. Please encourage your Representatives to become a co-sponsor. They can contact Martha Newell at Congressman Young’s Office at martha.newell@mail.house.gov . S 1425 “Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research Act” passed the Senate in 2017. 
  
Please contact Josie Quintrell for more information.
Two More Regional
Associations Certified
Carl Gouldman (Director, US IOOS), Barb Kirkpatrick (Director, GCOOS), Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet (Assistant Secretary, NOAA), and Ru Morrison (Director, NERACOOS).
Image credit: US IOOS
Congratulations to the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) and the Northeast Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (NERACOOS) on becoming certified as Regional Information Coordinating Entities (RICEs) under the ICOOS Act! Read more >
2018 IOOS Spring Meeting Selected Highlights
Image Credit: US IOOS
The U.S. IOOS Program Office and the Regional Associations met on March 6-7, 2018 in Washington, DC to discuss IOOS involvement in the Blue Economy, performance metrics, the FY 19 Budget, and more. Read more >
IOOS Partners Appointed to
Hydrographic Services Review Panel
The long connection between IOOS and the Hyrdographic Services Review Panel (HSRP)continues with the appointment of Capt. Ed Page, Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) board member, and Julie Thomas, Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) Senior Advisor. Ed Kelly, Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS) board member, has been reappointed. The HSRP is a federal advisory committee to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on navigation-related products, data and services.   
 
As one of the many goals of IOOS is improving maritime safety and efficiency, we look forward to future cross-pollination and partnerships with the HSRP.
In the Regions...
PacIOOS, SECOORA Buoy Deployments
PacIOOS buoy in Pelekane Bay
Image credit: James Terhune
The Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) deployed a new water quality buoy in Pelekane Bay , on the west side of Hawaiʻi Island. The new buoy collects salinity, temperature, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, and chlorophyll in 15-min intervals.

Several buoys in the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) network operated by the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program (CORMP) were damaged in the active 2017 hurricane season.

SECOORA Data Challenge
The Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) is seeking proposal submissions for new data visualizations, mobile applications, products or data synthesis tools. These products or tools must use existing publicly available coastal and ocean data on the SECOORA Data Portal or Catalog ( portal.secoora.org ). Project proposals should support one or more theme areas: marine operations, coastal hazards, climate variability, and ecosystems: water quality and living marine resources. A $2500 award will be given in each category: undergraduate students, graduate students, and other. All proposals are due April 13, 2018. Read more >
NANOOS Maritime Community Apps
Rachel Wold speaks at Sauvie Island Yacht Club
Image credit: NANOOS
The Northeast Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS) showcased two of its data apps to the maritime community. NANOOS Outreach staff Marine Lebrec attended the annual Saltwater Sportsmen's Show on February 24-25 in Salem, Oregon. Marine gave a seminar to present the NVS Tuna Fishers App , and held a booth at the event allowing attendees to use NVS and provide valuable feedback.

NANOOS Outreach staff Rachel Wold was an invited guest speaker at both the Sauvie Island Yacht Club meeting on March 2 and the US Power Squadrons District 32 Spring Conference on March 3 in Portland, OR. At each meeting, she presented the NVS Boaters App and gave a live demo guided by questions from the audience, collecting comments and requests which will be used to enhance usability of the App.
Save the Date: 2018 IOOS Fall Meeting
Please mark your calendars for the 2018 IOOS Program Office and Regional Associations Fall Meeting on September 18-20, 2018 in Maryland. More information will be announced shortly.
Regional Associations Congressional Outreach
Over the course of the 2018 IOOS Spring Meeting, the IOOS Association and Regional Associations met with over 70 Congressional offices to educate policymakers on IOOS activities. The IOOS Association thanks the regions for all their outreach efforts!

Meetings and Events
April 18-20, 2018

April 23-24, 2018

PacIOOS Governing Council Executive Committee Meeting
April 25-26, 2018

MBON All-Hands Meeting
April 27, 2018

May 17-18, 2018

May 22-24, 2018
CARICOOS General Assembly
June 1, 2018

June 5-7, 2018

IOOS PO / RA Fall Meeting
September 18-20, 2018

October 22-25, 2018

December 8-13, 2018

About
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IOOS Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the nation's coastal, ocean and Great Lakes observing systems through the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).  Read More >  
NOAA is the lead agency for IOOS. The IOOS Program Office is locate in the NOAA National Ocean Service and coordinates federal and regional activities.  Read More >  
U.S. IOOS includes a network of 11 Regional Associations that operate coastal observing systems. 
Header courtesy of Chris Ostrander, PacIOOS