GCOOS is the Gulf of Mexico regional component of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Our mission is to provide timely, reliable and accurate information on the open and coastal ocean waters of the Gulf of Mexico to ensure a healthy, clean, productive ocean and resilient coastal zone.
October 2016 - In This Issue:
Our September board meeting went well and I'm pleased to announce the election of our newest Board Chairman, William Lingsch, Director of Ocean Science and Technology at Vencore Inc. Bill has a wealth of experience in the ocean observing community and we're glad to have him take on this new role. I'd also like to thank Dave Driver, of BP America, for his service as Chair. Dave's 25-plus years of providing physical oceanography science to the industry helped provide GCOOS with insights for the use and need of ocean observations.
During the meeting, we also heard updates from representatives of four of the five Gulf Centers of Excellence, which we were created following the DWH oil spill. Some are further along than others in implementing their science plans. While our meeting report isn't quite complete yet, we expect to have it posted on our website later this month and I'd invite you to take a look.

I'm also pleased to report that GCOOS has submitted its application for certification through the U.S. IOOS office and that the review is under way. I'd especially like to thank our DMAC Coordinator, Dr. Matthew Howard and our DMAC staff for developing the pieces on data standards. In many cases, Matt and his team lead the way for all of the OOSes nationwide and I'm glad to have them working with us.

Finally, I'd also like to welcome Justin A. Saarinen as our first official GCOOS Fellow. While Justin is our first Fellow, we hope he won't be the last. We'd like to host GCOOS Fellows in each of the five Gulf states, and I'm currently seeking partners in industry and academia to do so. If your business or university has opportunities to partner with GCOOS on fellowships or would like to discuss ways to partner, please email me.

P.S. We've added a section to our enewsletter this month. Good Reads are stories we've come across online that relate to the observing community worldwide or are closer to home and involve hot topics in the Gulf states.
Contact GCOOS
Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick , Executive Director

Dr. Matthew K. Howard
DMAC Coordinator

Dr. Chris Simoniello
Outreach and Education Coordinator

Dr. Shinichi Kobara
, Assistant Research Scientist, Product Developer

Felimon Gayanilo
, Systems Architect

Bob Currier
, Research Specialist, Product Developer

Stephanie Watson, Strategic Program Manager

Marion Stoessel, Senior Research Associate

Nadine Slimak, Public Relations & Content Marketing, Vetted Communications, LLC

Laura Caldwell, Staff Assistant
News from GCOOS HQ
GCOOS 2017-2022 Strategic Plan

GCOOS has released a new five-year Strategic Plan designed to provide a roadmap for developing ocean tools, technologies and applications that will improve ocean forecasts, as well as our ability to protect the environment and support human safety and the Gulf economy.

The new GCOOS Strategic Plan 2017-2022 was based in-part on the input given by more than 630 individuals from 297 distinct organizations since 2005 and developed by the GCOOS Board of Directors and staff members. The Plan was unveiled during GCOOS's recent board meeting and focuses on four key focus areas identified as most important by stakeholders and includes several themes that cut across each focus area.

"The next five years will be a critical period for the Gulf's observing system," said Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick, GCOOS Executive Director. "Since becoming the U.S. IOOS regional coordinating entity in 2005, we have made a lot of progress in developing a system that responds to stakeholder needs and truly helps support their activities in the Gulf -- everything from navigational safety for the shipping industry and recreational boaters, to identifying the movement of harmful algal blooms along our coasts so we can protect public health. But we saw during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that we have gaps in the system that need to be filled. This Plan identifies where resources are most needed to fill known gaps."
Pictures from the GCOOS Board Meeting

Front row, left to right: Joe Swaykos, Jean May-Brett, Alyssa Dausman, Sara Graves, Barb Kirkpatrick, Chris Simoniello, Stephan Howden, Pat Hogan.
Back row, left row: Dave Driver, Nancy Rabalais, Ruth Perry, Steve Buschang,
Mike Spranger, Jan van Smirren

Dave Driver and Barb Kirkpatrick
Josie Quintrell and Ruth Perry

Felimon Gayanilo, Porfirio Alvarez, Matt Howard,
Shinichi Kobara

Joe Swaykos, Sara Graves, Jean May-Brett and Mike Spranger
GCOOS Outreach & Education Council and The Crowd & The Cloud
Long-time GCOOS Outreach & Education Council (OEC) member Dr. Rusty Low, Senior Scientist with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, has been an integral part of GCOOS Citizen Science capacity-building efforts. Recently, she and colleague Dr. Becky Boger, of Brooklyn College, were funded by the National Science Foundation to implement crowd-sourcing techniques to aid in the development of digital recognition software to track the spread of Zika-carrying mosquito species in the Gulf.

GCOOS Outreach & Education Coordinator, Dr. Chris Simoniello, has been supporting the project to help spread the word about Citizen Science to a national audience. The Zika work will be included in a four-part Public Broadcasting Service series scheduled to premier in March/April 2017 called The Crowd & The Cloud. According to PBS, the series will be hosted by former NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati and each episode will "take viewers on a global tour of the projects and people on the front lines of this disruptive transformation in how science is done, and shows how anyone, anywhere can participate."

One of the goals outlined in the GCOOS Strategic Plan is to facilitate and engage citizen science groups throughout the Gulf of Mexico and we're pleased to be a part of this project. OEC members who attend the Council's annual meeting in November will gain firsthand knowledge about the project, learn how to distinguish among mosquito species and engage their constituents in this timely project.
Red Tide App Update
The research team developing a new app that will help forecast red tides in the Gulf of Mexico includes oceanographers, ecologists, computer application developers and public health experts. Pictured from left to right, front row; Andrew Reich, Florida Department of Health's Public Health Toxicology Administrator; Robert Currier, Research Specialist and Product Developer for the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System _GCOOS; Shelly Tomlinson, Oceanographer, NOAA National Ocean Service, Dr. Shobhana Gupta; AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, NASA Earth Science Division. From left to right, back row; Dr. Tracy Fanara, Manager of Mote Marine Laboratory's Environmental Health Program; Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick, GCOOS Executive Director, Dr. Richard Stumpf; Oceanographer with the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, NCCOS, and lead investigator on the project; Dr. Wayne Litaker, Coastal-Ecologist, NOAA-NCCOS and Sue Estes, Associate Program Manager, Public Health and Air Quality Applications, NASA, University of Alabama Huntsville.
We're continuing work on the NASA-funded project to improve red tide forecasting and the development of a smartphone application that can be used by people monitoring red tide conditions on local beaches. With red tides reported in both Southwest Florida and in Texas, we've undertaken some recent field-testing of different smartphone microscope set-ups that is helping to move project development along.

In September, Dr. Jinha Jung, Assistant Professor of Engineering at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, took two unmanned aerial vehicles ( UAVs) to the lower Texas coast. He's been testing the efficacy of using drones equipped with multi-spectral imaging technologies to determine whether they can be used to track red tide movements and concentrations. (Read more.)  

If you're looking for information on current bloom conditions, don't forget to check out the NOAA Harmful Algal Bloom Operational Forecast System (HAB-OFS)
where you can sign up for email updates. You can also find summaries of current condition reports. 

justinWelcome: New GCOOS Fellow
From left to right: Dr. Frank E. Muller-Karger, Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick and Justin A. Saarinen.
We'd like to welcome Ph.D. Candidate Justin A. Saarinen as our first GCOOS-RA Fellow. Saarinen, who received his BS and MS in geography from the University of Florida, is working with Dr. Frank Muller-Karger in the Institute for Marine Remote Sensing lab at the University of South Florida and is seeking his Ph.D. in marine science with a concentration in biological oceanography. He's been very active in GIS-based environmental modeling and instruction efforts with governmental, non-governmental agencies and academia.

Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick, GCOOS Executive Director, says supporting this fellowship is one way for the regional association to support the education of ocean scientists. "Fellowships are an important way for us to support the education of the next generation of scientists in the ocean-observing field who will help improve our capabilities to understand oceanic and coastal changes," she said. "We were able to partner with the University of South Florida on this fellowship and we hope to be able to expand this program to universities or colleges in each of the five Gulf states by partnering with other academic organizations as well as the private sector."

Says Saarinen: "In order to understand and communicate marine science better, we need good data to support it. So it seems like there is a real a synergistic relationship between ocean research and the observing community driven by the need for consistent improvement in collection methods and data storage that is both accessible and resilient. I believe that an important reason for the difference with what we currently understand about the ocean and its coasts from what we understood 50 years ago is from better observations. I don't believe there is a ceiling for improvement nor a decay in the return on investment for monitoring the ocean."

The IMaRS lab is currently leading a demonstration project for the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) and GCOOS serves as the data and communications manager for this portion of MBON. "I hope to be able to contribute some knowledge toward this effort," Saarinin says.

Partner News
IOOS Reauthorization Update
On Oct. 14, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., announced that the Senate passed his legislation to reauthorize the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). The bill, S.1886, was approved by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in December 2015. It is cosponsored by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

"I am pleased that the Senate took action on this proposal, working to improve weather forecasting, energy siting and production, and marine navigation safety," Wicker said. "This program not only benefits Mississippi's Gulf Coast, but it also plays a role in our national defense, search-and-rescue operations, and marine commerce -- impacting efforts to conduct critical scientific studies."

IOOS was first authorized in 2009 by the "Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing Act." The program is made up of a partnership of 17 federal agencies and 11 regional associations. It provides scientists and researchers with vital information about the nation's coasts and oceans, as well as the Great Lakes.

Over half of the marine data now assembled and disseminated by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Data Buoy Center -- located in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, and part of IOOS -- is from non-federal sources. Ocean modeling teams based at Stennis -- made up of the Navy, the GCOOS-RA, University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State University, NOAA, and others -- coordinate to develop the best physical and ecosystem models on the Gulf. The NOAA National Weather Service uses the Navy model results for their public safety hurricane forecasts.

On Sept. 28, the companion House bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans for consideration.
Glider Workshop
The Interagency Ocean Observation Committee's Glider Task Team has scheduled the U.S. Underwater Glider Workshop for Jan. 18-19, 2017, at the Stennis Space Center, Mississippi.

The workshop will serve as a forum to strengthen coordination of underwater glider activities across the United States and beyond. In addition to keynote speakers and structured community discussions, the workshop will provide an opportunity for individuals or institutions to present their glider breakthroughs during a poster session.

All operators, users, early-career scientists, program managers and other professionals who employ and/or utilize underwater profiling glider technologies are encouraged to attend. Limited travel funds are available for non-federal participants.
Workshop goals include:
  • Sharing experiences and exchanging information on major advances in glider capabilities, operations and data processing;
  • Demonstrating how gliders enable new scientific breakthroughs for ocean research and operations;
  • Identifying gaps and coordination opportunities for planning, operations and resources to enhance technologies for regional, national and global ocean observing needs;
  • Assessing best practices for observations, operations and data management applied across geographic and thematic boundaries;
  • Designing the scope and aims for a coordination mechanism, such as a Underwater Glider User-Group to advance the goals listed above.
2016 Gulf Research Program Fellows
The NAS Gulf Research Program recently announced the recipients of the 2016 Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowships and Science Policy Fellowships. This year's competitive awards recognize an exemplary set of young researchers and professionals.

Through these fellowships, the Gulf Research Program is helping to develop a future generation of leaders prepared to work at the intersections of oil system safety, environmental resources, and human health and think holistically about the complex, interdisciplinary challenges that the Gulf of Mexico and other coastal regions face.
New Associate Director at Texas Sea Grant
Heather Wade, a former coastal planning specialist for the Texas Sea Grant College Program who most recently was the Coastal State-Federal Relations Coordinator for the State of Oregon, has been named the new Associate Director of Texas Sea Grant.

Wade will lead the program's strategic planning, data management and federal reporting efforts, which will include data collection and analysis and database implementation. Welcome!
WaterSmart Video Series
Photo courtsey of TAMU.
The Texas Coastal Watershed Program (TCWP), a partnership of the Texas Sea Grant College Program at Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, recently released a series of videos to educate homeowners about low-maintenance, low-cost and low-impact landscaping techniques.
New BOEM Report: Pressure Wave and Acoustic Properties Generated by the Explosive Removal of Offshore Structures in the Gulf of Mexico
Photo Courtesy BOEM 
There are more than 2,325 structures on the Gulf's Outer Continental Shelf, according to the most recent BSEE data. Companies are obligated to decommission their offshore infrastructure from oil & gas drilling once their activities are completed. A new report from BOEM looks at the impacts of rig removal, especially as it relates to protected species.

The study's objective was to quantitatively measure the underwater pressure waves and acoustic proprieties generated by the detonation of explosives used to sever the connection between the Gulf's bottom and the rig so that BSEE and BOEM have scientifically valid data to update the ARA model so that the take harassment impact zones of protected species may be more accurately calculated.
Gulf Restoration News
GoMRI Results in Special Issue of Oceanography
Since the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative was created  following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to investigate the impacts of the oil, dispersed oil and dispersant on the affected coastal states and the Gulf's ecosystems, volumes of research have been undertaken by more than 3,000 GoMRI-funded researchers representing 278 institutions in 42 states and 17 countries. Collectively, they have produced approximately 800 peer-reviewed publications.

Now, a special issue of the Journal of Oceanography has been dedicated to reporting these efforts. The special issue -- a collaborative effort among scientists funded by GoMRI, the GoMRI Research Board, and the GoMRI management team -- highlights scientific advances from the program in 20 papers covering topics ranging from how the spill affected marine ecosystems and the fate of oil in the marine environment, to data management and education and outreach initiatives.
Gulf Spill Restoration Public Meeting
On Sept. 28, the Restoration Trustees held their first public meeting on Gulf restoration efforts since the settlement with BP in New Orleans. Nearly 100 people -- including state officials, local citizens, representatives from non-profit organizations and fishing groups. 
  • Interested in what happened? Fact sheets, presentation, transcripts of public comments and more are available online.
Tracking DWH Consequences
Over the last year or so, the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium has been learning how the Deepwater Horizon oil spill affected the health of coastal communities. Scientists have shown that the oil spill had negative impacts on the mental health of some Gulf Coast residents. The scientists also identified traits that made communities more resilient after the oil spill.

The Consortium recently held a seminar that brought experts from around the Gulf together to talk about the importance of capital, the difference between how communities react to natural and man-made disasters and how religion, social support, meaning in life and perceived resilience play into recovery.
  • Seminar presentations are online.
Louisiana Center for Excellence Update  
The Restore Act Center of Excellence for Louisiana recently closed nominations for a new External Review Board to provide technical feedback at key points in Center research activities. The Board's role will be to advise on the quality and importance of externally reviewed research proposals, support the development of a relevant, balanced and achievable Research Strategy to support implementation of Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan and to guide the long-term advancement of coastal research under the Center. Board members will provide independent and objective advice and guidance, but do not make funding or strategic decisions.

The Center of Excellence, in coordination with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) is also currently developing a Research Strategy to identify research needed to support implementation of Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan. This Research Strategy will guide competitive research funded as part of this program.
Restoration Resources
Restoration Funding Calendar
  • NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program hosts a three-year calendar that consolidates planned funding opportunities
By State:

Employment Opportunities
NASA's Science Mission Directorate -- Senior Support Scientist
The role of the Senior Support Scientist will be to conduct day-to-day management and/or support of the Citizen Science for Earth Systems (CSES) program in the Earth Science Division (ESD) of NASA's Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. This role supports the Earth Science Data Systems Program Executive in carrying out the CSES research program. CSES has solicited research proposals for both developing sensor technology for use in citizen science and proposals for carrying out Earth science research using citizen science approaches. The program is a multi-million dollar and multi-year endeavor, which cuts across many topics and focus areas within NASA's Earth Science strategy.
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  • Type in: 16001655 in the Job Number section and press "Search for Jobs"
Monmouth University -- Endowed Professor of Marine Science
The Monmouth University School of Science invites outstanding applicants for the position of Endowed Professor of Marine Science. This is a position at the Associate Professor or Professor level in the Department of Biology.  The incumbent will have a Ph.D. in Oceanography, Marine Biology, Marine Ecology or a related marine science discipline and will occupy a key research and teaching position associated with our B.S. in Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy.
Mississippi State University seeks Assistant Extension Professor
Mississippi State University seeks an Assistant Extension Professor at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, Miss. The candidate will develop Extension and research programs targeting marine fisheries issues and formation of close working relationships will all relevant stakeholders.
Funding Opportunities
GoMRI Call for Research Proposals
The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative has released a new call for research proposals, which will be the last round of funding by the organization to support research directed at improving our understanding of the effects of oil on the environment and people of the Gulf of Mexico region. The GoMRI program is scheduled to complete its work in 2020.

This request for proposals (RFP-VI) will provide about $32.5 million in funding for up to two years (2018-2019). GoMRI is anticipating that approximately 20 Individual Investigator/Collaborations and 10 Research Consortium awards will be made.

Areas of focus are:
  • Physical distribution, dispersion and dilution of petroleum (oil and gas), its constituents and associated contaminants (for example, dispersants) under the action of physical oceanographic processes, air-sea interactions and tropical storms.
  • Chemical evolution and biological degradation of the petroleum/dispersant system and subsequent interaction with coastal, open-ocean and deep-water ecosystems.
  • Environmental effects of the petroleum/dispersant system on the sea floor, water column, coastal waters, beach sediments, wetlands, marshes and organisms and the science of ecosystem recovery.
  • Technology developments for improved response, mitigation, detection, characterization and remediation associated with oil spills and gas releases.
  • Impact of oil spills on public health, including behavioral, socioeconomic, environmental risk assessment, community capacity and other population health considerations and issues.
  • Letters of intent are due by Nov. 14, 2016.
  • Full proposals must be received by March 3, 2017.
  • Awards to be announced in September 2017.
  • Start dates in January 2018.
GoMRI is a 10-year program established by a $500 million commitment from BP following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. An independent, 20-member Research Board provides direction and oversight for GoMRI. A competitive, merit review process modeled after that of the U.S. National Science Foundation identifies research programs and projects to be funded by GoMRI. Data from all GoMRI-funded research are made available to the public via a data management system, GRIIDC.
Gulf of Mexico Alliance Funding Announcement Summary
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance offers a
summary of funding announcements from
numerous sources on its website.

readGood Reads
Flooding, Erosion Risks Rise as Gulf of Mexico Waves Loom Larger
Nanci Bompey, writing for AGU Blogosphere: GeoSpace recently covered a new study looking at wave heights in the Gulf of Mexico and predicting what could happen over the next 30 years.

According to Bompey: "Waves in the northern Gulf of Mexico are higher than they were 30 years ago, contributing to a greater risk of coastal erosion and flooding in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, according to a new study. The significant wave height, or the average height of the largest one-third of waves, increased in the northern Gulf of Mexico by nearly 20 centimeters (eight inches) over the past three decades, according to the study's authors. This growth, combined with increases in sea level, boosted the risk of coastal erosion and flooding in the region by 30 percent since the 1980s, according to the new research.

If wave heights and sea levels continue to rise, the erosion and flooding risk in the region could increase by up to 300 percent over the next 30 years, according to the new study published in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union."
These photos show the changes that have occurred in the recent hurricane seasons to a developed section of Dauphin Island, a barrier island off the coast of Alabama.

The top image was taken in July 2001, before Hurricane Lili (2002). The middle photograph was taken on September 17, 2004, immediately after the passage of Hurricane Ivan. The bottom image was acquired on August 31, 2005, two days after Hurricane Katrina.

These photographs show overwash deposits extending roughly half way across the island after Ivan, while the post-Katrina photography shows overwash sand extending nearly the entire island width. A new study suggests that if wave heights and sea levels continue to rise, as they have been in recent decades, the erosion and flooding risk in the northern Gulf of Mexico could increase by up to 300 percent over the next 30 years.

Credit: USGS.
The $50 Billion Plan to Save Louisiana's Coast Gets a Rewrite
Mark Schleifstein writes on NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune about the future of Louisiana's coast as researchers rewrite the state's master plan for coastal restoration. The alarming prediction? The entire land bridge between New Orleans East and Slidell is gone, making Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne a single body of brackish water. To the west, the land bridge between LaPlace and Pontchatoula also has vanished, subsuming Lake Maurepas into an even bigger Pontchartrain.

Says Schleifstein: "That's the alarming prediction of a brightly stained map that researchers are shopping around Louisiana as they rewrite the state's master plan for coastal restoration and hurricane protection. The map is the latest estimate of what Louisiana will look like in 50 years if no further restoration efforts are undertaken and the worst estimates of sinking land and rising seas come to pass.

Indeed, in rewriting the master plan for 2017, state officials have quietly abandoned the 2012 version's prediction of "no net loss" by 2035. Previously they thought they could stabilize land loss in the next two decades, then begin adding land to the coast. Now, however, they say it will take much longer just to break even - if ever."
Scientists: World Likely Won't Avoid Dangerous Warming Mark
A recent article by Associated Press Science Writer Seth Borenstein covered the news that a top team of scientists was "telling world leaders to stop congratulating themselves on the Paris agreement to fight climate change because if more isn't done, global temperatures will likely hit dangerous warming levels in about 35 years."
Europe Collaborates to Coordinate Open Ocean Observatories
European scientists are joining forces to better understand oceanic change, by coordinating ocean data acquisition, analysis and response on scales ranging from the provincial to the global. European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water-column Observatory (EMSO) is a distributed research infrastructure, composed of fixed-point open ocean observatory nodes, whose aim is to provide coherent long-term data sets for research and monitoring. This will not only bring together countries and disciplines, but also allow the pooling of resources and coordination to assemble harmonized data into a comprehensive a regional ocean picture. This data will be made openly available to researchers and stakeholders worldwide.
Gaps in Ocean Observation & Seafloor Mapping Capabilities from the European Marine Board
As the world's oceans become increasingly exposed to rapidly growing pressures, long-term data sets are fundamental for monitoring these processes and understanding the complex and vast oceanic environment. In July 2016, the European Marine Board (EMB), a partnership of major national marine and oceanographic institutes in Europe, identified critical gaps within ocean observation and seafloor mapping capabilities. Their mission, along with many organizations and networks, is to unite existing ocean observing capacity and launch Europe into a time of ocean erudition. Since its establishment, the EMB has advocated for a more coordinated and effective European effort to monitor and understand the state and variability of Europe's regional seas and the global ocean. The European Global Ocean Observing System (EuroGOOS) and the EMB are working together to promote and facilitate an overarching framework for advancing ocean observation across Europe, referred to as the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS). This comprehensive framework will connect more effectively the currently fragmented and complex ocean observing capacity and act as a single, well-organized voice for Europe.
Events & Meetings

The Marine Technology Society is planning a joint Navy-Industry-University "Underwater Cables, Connectors and Imaging Systems" three-day working session. This workshop will take place Oct. 26-28, 2016 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and is organized by the MTS Cables and Connectors Committee and the MTS Underwater Imaging Committee.
More info

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality will be hosting its inaugural Restoration Summit on Nov. 15, 2016. The Summit will feature information and presentations on current projects as well as community engagement opportunities to gather input on Deepwater Horizon restoration efforts in Mississippi.

Registration is open for the 2016 Mississippi-Alabama Bays and Bayous Symposium Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Biloxi, Miss., at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center. The theme for the two-day symposium is "From Thoughts to Actions - Restoration on the Gulf Coast."
Marine Renewable Energy Committee releases agenda for November TechSurge
The MTS Marine Renewable Energy Committee released the full conference program for Production of Renewable Ocean Energy For Small Non Grid Connected Applications, the TechSurge event taking place in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on November 2-3.
Introductory Training in GIS Applications for Natural Resource Management, Dec. 12-15, Gainesville, Fla., by Florida Sea Grant and the University of Florida IFAS Extension. 3.5-day intensive workshop on ArcGIS 10.3.1

Rising Seas Summit, New Orleans, sponsored by the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), December 13-15. The summit brings together thought leaders, community and urban planners, engineers and policy experts to discuss different methods for adapting to sea level rise.

The American Meteorological Society will host its 97th Annual Meeting with the theme "Observations Lead the Way." Meeting in Seattle Jan. 22-26, 2017.

Other Gulf-Related Events
Have a meeting announcement? Please email details to Laura Caldwell at GCOOS.

Your input, guidance, support and membership are important to the development of data, products and services that you need. Contact the  GCOOS Business Office to become a GCOOS member and for more information. We welcome your feedback and ideas for relevant news items. Please email your feedback and ideas to Laura Caldwell.