What's Happening in HABs?
A crew deploys the NANOOS Environmental Sample Processor, an instrument used to monitor
Harmful Algal Blooms. Image credit: Stephanie Moore, NOAA/NWFSC
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) now affect most coastal areas of the country, but as the blooms vary from region to region, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The regional structure of IOOS allows each Regional Association (RA) to tailor its approach to the regional capacities, unique environmental conditions, the HAB taxa responsible for blooms, and the needs of stakeholders in the area. IOOS regions work with federal, tribal, state, academic and other partners to identify the observations, forecast models, data management, and communication needed to respond to HABs.

The IOOS Ocean Technology Transfer Project, a competitive grant program designed for emerging technologies, has deployed Environmental Sample Processors and Imaging Flow CytoBots in several regions. These new technologies promise to enhance detection of HABs in near real-time and to provide early warnings of harmful events. Read more >
All 11 Regional Associations Now Certified!
Executive Directors of the 11 Regional Associations pose with the U.S. IOOS Executive Director Carl Gouldman and Regions, Budget and Policy Division Chief Dave Easter.
Image credit: U.S. IOOS
Congratulations to the Central and Northern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS) on becoming certified as a Regional Information Coordinating Entity (RICE) under the ICOOS Act! All 11 IOOS Regional Associations are now certified. What is certification? >
IOOS Fall Meeting Selected Highlights
Fall Meeting participants listen during a presentation.
Image credit: IOOS Association
IOOS Regional Associations and the Program Office gathered in Annapolis, MD to discuss the IOOS niche in biological observations and future partnerships with NASA. R ead the highlights >
IOOS Federal Advisory Committee Meeting
Members of the U.S. IOOS Program Office and the IOOS Federal Advisory Committee
Image credit: U.S. IOOS
The IOOS Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) met in Juneau, Alaska on August 28-29, 2018. On August 28, the FAC and NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel met jointly to discuss topics of mutual interest, such as water level partnerships. At the FAC meeting, IOOS Program Office Director Carl Gouldman announced the certification of all 11 IOOS Regional Associations. The IOOS Association thanks the members rotating off the committee for their time and service and welcome all new members.
Regional Spotlight
SCCOOS Director Reports on
Ocean Temperature Record Highs
In August, Clarissa Anderson, Executive Director of the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS), appeared on news network HLN to explain possible causes for record ocean temperature highs off the coast of Southern California. Watch the video >
Meetings and Events
NERACOOS Annual Meeting
December 6, 2018

December 8-13, 2018

December 10-14, 2018

January 6-10, 2019

February 11-14, 2019

February 23- March 2, 2019

March 13-15, 2019

IOOS PO / RA Spring Meeting
March 19-21, 2019

April 23-25, 2019

April 30-May 2, 2018

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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