New U.S. IOOS Program Office Director
 Carl Gouldman, U.S. IOOS
Congratulations to Carl Gouldman, the new U.S. IOOS Program Office Director. Carl brings a passion and depth of knowledge about U.S. IOOS. He has served as the Deputy Director since 2014 overseeing the daily operations of the many aspects of U.S. IOOS’s Program Office, including working with the  17 Federal agencies and the 11 Regional Associations. He holds a master’s degree in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Duke University. When he’s not working to ensure stakeholders have access to the best information possible, he enjoys fishing the coastal waters and spending time with his family.
Thank You Zdenka Willis
 Zdenka Willis, U.S. IOOS
Zdenka Willis officially retired from U.S. IOOS and Federal service at the end of January 2017. She transformed U.S. IOOS from an emerging concept to a fully operational program that provides timely and reliable information to people around the nation and the world. She worked tirelessly to build partnerships  with the Federal agencies, Regional Associations, private industry and international partners. No task was either too large or too small for her. It is hard to imagine U.S. IOOS without Zdenka; the program’s strength and vitality are the legacy she leaves.

Zdenka will continue to follow her passion for the ocean, coasts and Great Lakes as an independent consultant. We thank her and wish her the best.

U.S. IOOS Loses a Special Friend
and Colleague
 Vembu Subramanian, SECOORA
It is with heavy hearts we report that our beloved friend and colleague, Vembu Subramanian, passed away on January 24, 2017. Vembu was the Deputy Director, RCOOS and DMAC Operations for SECOORA. While hired for his technical skill, Vembu's true strength was his interpersonal skills. To all in the U.S. IOOS community, he was the warm-hearted friend whose positive outlook, insightful suggestions and joy for life made any meeting with him special. Plans are underway to establish a student award/opportunity in his honor. SECOORA will announce more details as they become available, and you can be notified directly by signing up at Vembu's Fan Club by clicking HERE. We send our best wishes to his wife and family.
SCCOOS Receives Certification
Congratulations to the Southern Coastal California Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) on becoming the fourth Regional Association to be certified as a Regional Information Coordinating Entity under the ICOOS Act. This designation means SCCOOS provides high-quality observations that meet rigorous National-standards for data management and governance. They will now be covered by federal liability protection.  
Glider Workshop Highlights
Over 90 representatives of Federal agencies, scientists, operators and U.S. IOOS Regional Associations convened in Stennis, MS in January for a Glider Workshop. They discussed accomplishments and standards necessary for building a national network. The workshop was sponsored by the Interagency Ocean Observing Committee and included a tour of the Navy’s Glider Operations Center at the Naval Oceanographic Ocean, where they operate over 130 gliders.  A final report is expected in the spring.

CeNCOOS Seeks New Director
David Anderson, CeNCOOS Director. Photo credit: CeNCOOS
Please join IOOS Association in wishing David Anderson, former CeNCOOS Director, all the best in his next endeavor of pursuing his passion for climate  research. He led CeNCOOS for past two plus years and we will miss him as part of the U.S. IOOS family.

The CeNCOOS Director job position is open for applications. CeNCOOS is one of the three west coast regions that provides sustained and coordinated observations, forecasts, and integrated products to inform decision making. More Information >

National Coastal Mooring Strategy Released
Photo credit: NOAA/NDBC
The National Ocean Service and the National Weather Service have released The National Strategy for a Sustained Network of Coastal Moorings. The Strategy is the result of a focused effort by NOAA and non-Federal partners to define a framework for the planning and implementation of a sustained network of coastal moorings in U.S. waters. More Information >

U.S. IOOS Ocean Technology Transition Federal Funding Opportunity
The U.S. IOOS Program is seeking to fund projects that advance new or existing technology-based solutions that address long standing and emerging coastal observing, product development, and data management challenges. Deadline to apply for is March 20, 2017. More Information >

NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Federal Funding Opportunity
The NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants FFO will fund projects that build resilience, including activities that protect life and property, safeguard people and infrastructure, strengthen the economy, or conserve and restore coastal and marine resources.  Deadline to apply is March 15, 2017.

U.S. IOOS Spring Meeting 2017
The U.S. IOOS Program Office and the Regional Associations are meeting on March 14-15, 2017 to start a discussion on a U.S. IOOS strategic plan and host a facilitated session on U.S. IOOS Data Management and Communications. More Information >

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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. 
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