Director's Article
Upcoming Events & Program Updates
CCE-1 Mooring Rescued Days After Breaking from Anchor!
Global Drifter Program partners with NCBC to support US Navy-funded Deployments
New Releases: GLODAPv2.2020 & June Sea Ice Outlook
Call for Abstracts: GOMO-led AGU Sessions
ICYMI: GOMO Knauss Fellow Blog & IOC COVID Impacts Article
News from Around NOAA
New Publications
Director's Article

The past several weeks have brought on a flurry of activities that have kept most of us extremely busy. I am pleased to report that all of our awards and obligations of funding have left our office and are on their way to next steps of review and action by our grants management office. Yippee! Thanks for your continued cooperation in working with program managers to complete this important task.
We are now turning our attention to the final reviews of our GOMO strategic plan. We intend to use this plan as a guide for activities in FY21. In the new FY, we will also be facing an unparalleled set of restrictions and/or uncertainties surrounding research vessel operations. The NOAA fleet is preparing to get underway in the next several weeks. This is welcomed news! However, fleet operations will be limited by COVID-19, and will remain limited for the forseeable future to insure crew safety. OAR and the other parts of NOAA are reviewing all research vessel cruises planned for the remainder of FY20. Everyone will be revisiting requirements/plans for FY21 in order to develop a schedule that maximizes utilization of fleet resources and enables safe operations. We are already thinking creatively to best address our/GOMO's needs for research vessel support in FY21. We will share more when we can as the process evolves.
Stay safe!

-David Legler
Upcoming Events & Program Updates

  • 2020 NOAA Environmental Data Management Workshop: Aug. 17-21. This NOAA Workshop will be entirely online this year! Find all the latest schedule info is on the workshop website.

  • AGU Fall Meeting: Dec. 7-11, 2020. AGU will be virtual this year. The deadline to submit abstracts is July 29. Check out GOMO-led sessions in our article below!
Recent Meetings on GOMO's Strategic Objectives
On June 29, the Global Ocean Monitoring and Observing Program’s Advisory Committee (newly named the GOMO-Committee or GOMOC) met virtually for a two hour telecon. The objectives of the meeting were to 1) provide feedback on GOMO’s new Strategic Plan; and 2) discuss strategic objectives that intersect the coastal domain, as well as related NOAA/interagency programs. In addition to this meeting , GOMO leadership and Program Managers participated in the IOOS/OAR Workshop on June 30 and July 1, which included discussion how the two groups can work more collaboratively moving forward in topical areas of hurricanes and biology. GOMO's Strategic Plan is expected to be finalized and shared later this summer.
Global Ocean Monitoring and Observing News
On June 6, it was discovered that the GOMO and OAP co-funded  California Current Ecosystem (CCE-1)   surface mooring broke away from its anchor. This mooring is typically recovered and redeployed annually, but due to COVID-19 setbacks, it had exceeded its one year station. Since breaking from its anchor, the mooring drifted approximately 70 nautical miles to the south and 260 nautical miles offshore of San Diego. Working swiftly, Dr. Uwe Send and his team at Scripps Institution of Oceanography chartered the   M/V Merlin to mount a rescue mission to retrieve the buoy. By June 11, the buoy was safely onboard the ship and on the morning of June 12, the buoy and associated instrumentation were safely back in San Diego.  This is a significant achievement, even for non-COVID-19 times. For other mooring breakages, it can take months before a drifting buoy can be recovered. Read more here.
For many years, the   Global Drifter Program s (GDP) drifter operations center at NOAA/AOML has partnered with the National Weather Service’s   National Data Buoy Center   (NDBC) to coordinate drifter deployments during TAO and DART operations. These deployments help the operation center maintain a distributed global array of GDP drifters for improved weather prediction and ocean monitoring. Recently, GOMO and the GDP extended this collaboration to support deployment of US Navy-purchased commercial   Spotter drifters   alongside GDP drifters, on the upcoming NDBC TAO/DART mooring servicing cruise of the R/V Discovery. Read more here.
New Release: GLODAP v 2.2020
The Global Ocean Data Analysis Project ( GLODAP ) data product provides access to quality controlled surface to bottom ocean biogeochemical data, with an emphasis on seawater inorganic carbon. GLODAPv2.2020 is an update of the previous version, with 106 additional cruises, extension of time coverage until 2019, and the inclusion of available discrete fCO 2  values in the merged product files. GLODAPv2.2020 includes measurements from more than 1.2 million water samples from the global ocean collected on 946 cruises. The data for the 12 core variables have undergone extensive quality control, especially systematic evaluation of bias. The original data, their documentation and doi codes are available at the  Ocean Carbon Data System (OCADS) of NOAA NCEI . This site also provides access to the merged data product, which is provided as a single global file and as four regional ones. GOMO-funded PIs Rik Wanninkhof, Richard Feely and Brendan Carter contributed to this data product.
New Release: 2020 June Sea Ice Outlook Report
The 2020 June Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) report is now  available online . The Sea Ice Outlook provides an open process for those interested in Arctic sea ice to share predictions and ideas. PMEL's Jim Overland and Muyin Wang (UW/CICOES) were the technical lead for the June report and will continue to contribute to the other reports in July and August. The report provides pan-Arctic September minimum Outlooks (with a median Outlook of 4.33 million square kilometers), information on regional first ice-free date, sea ice probability, how observations are being used in forecasts, and several other analyses. There was more ice than normal in the Arctic during the winter and early spring, but then the Siberian heat wave hit and May-June had low ice extents similar to the last few years. 2020 will have low ice extents but not necessarily a record year. The Sea Ice Outlook Report is a product of the Sea Ice Prediction Network - Phase 2 (SIPN2).
Call for Abstracts: GOMO-led AGU Sessions
AGU Fall Meeting will take place online this year from December 7-11. Four sessions will be lead by the GOMO team and are accepting abstracts through July 29. Find out more here.

Treading water: Understanding Sea Level Rise and connections to coastal flooding and impacts. G OMO Program Manager, Emily Smith is lead convener for this session.

Connecting Dots: Arctic Sea Ice Forecasting and local community needs. GOMO Knauss Fellow, Ann-Christine Zinkann is the primary convener for this session. 

Towards improvement in process understanding and modeling of the Tropical Pacific. Lead conveners for these sessions are Sandy Lucas (Climate Program Office) and GOMO Knauss Fellow, Cheyenne Stienbarger.

Application of In Situ and Remote Sensing Technology to Understanding Tropical Pacific Climate Variability. Lead conveners for these sessions are Sandy Lucas (Climate Program Office) and GOMO Knauss Fellow, Cheyenne Stienbarger.
Call for Spotlight Presentations to NOAA Leadership
Are you looking for a way to build excitement and support for your research? Sign up to deliver a Spotlight Presentation at an upcoming Senior Management Meeting! During each weekly OAR Senior Management Meeting, there is an opportunity for scientists and program managers to showcase their research with a 10-15 minute, high level presentation. The NOAA Research Communications team offers help with a guided practice session. Please contact your program manager and/or our Communications Specialist,  Jessica Mkitarian  to sign up!
News from Around NOAA
GOMO Knauss Fellow, Cheyenne Stienbarger shares her story and "not linear" path to NOAA in Sea Grant's Knauss Fellow blog: You Can't Plan for a Change of Plans.
On June 23, the IOC released on article about the pandemic's impact on ocean observing: COVID-19 disruptions in ocean observations could threaten weather forecast and climate change predictions.
Recent Publications
James Overland, Richard Hall, Edward Hanna, Alexey Karpechko, Timo Vihma, Muyin Wang, and Xiangdong Zhang, The Polar Vortex and Extreme Weather: The Beast from the East in Winter 2018. Atmosphere 2020, Volume 11, Issue 6. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11060664
As always, for the GOMO Community, by the GOMO Community.  

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