Senate Oceans Caucus Blue Economy Briefing
Left to right: RDML Tim Gallaudet (NOAA), Joy Baker (Port of Nome), Dr. Ruth Mullins-Perry (Shell), Leigh Habegger (Seafood Harvesters of America), Zack Klyver (Bar Harbor Whale Watch)
Image credit: Consortium for Ocean Leadership
The IOOS Association and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, in conjunction with the Senate Oceans Caucus, co-hosted a briefing on the value of ocean data to the Blue Economy on July 11, 2018. Caucus Chairs Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) gave remarks on the importance of ocean and coastal data to their states’ economies. The panel included representatives of the maritime, energy, seafood and tourism industries. Read more >
Gliders Aid Atlantic Hurricane Season
This hurricane season, IOOS will partner with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Navy and several universities to launch 15 unmanned underwater vehicles known as gliders in the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Ten of the gliders will be provided by the U.S. Navy. The gliders will measure ocean temperature and salinity, which researchers hope will improve hurricane forecasting and modeling. Read article >
NANOOS Latest Regional Association to be Certified
Congratulations to the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems ( NANOOS ) on becoming certified as a Regional Information Coordinating Entity (RICE) under the ICOOS Act! Learn more about certification >
In the Regions...
RA Directors Making a Difference in DC
Advancing NOAA Science through Public and Private Partnerships
Kelli Paige, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Observing System ( GLOS ), presented at the 12th National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Day: Advancing NOAA Science through Public and Private Partnerships . She delivered three presentations discussing water quality issues in the Great Lakes and the partnerships that GLOS has facilitated.
Congressional Hearing:
Maritime Transportation in the Arctic: The Role of the United States
On June 7, 2018, Molly McCammon, Executive Director of the Alaska Ocean Observing System ( AOOS ), testified to the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Read more >
Congressional Briefing: Florida Red Tide
Dr. Barb Kirkpatrick, Executive Director of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System ( GCOOS ), spoke at a briefing on harmful algal blooms in Florida co-hosted by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Congressman Bill Posey (R-FL). Read more >
Regional Spotlight
New CARICOOS Beach App
In July, the Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System ( CARICOOS ) launched an app for beachgoers. The app, called Pa' la Playa, informs beachgoers of weather, surf and water quality conditions at over 100 beaches in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Pa' la Playa includes maps and photos and is available in the Apple App store and on Google Play.

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
IOOS Association
Executive Committee Meeting
August 15, 2018

IOOS Federal Advisory Committee Meeting
Juneau, Alaska
August 28-29, 2018

Juneau, Alaska
August 28-30, 2018

September 18-20, 2018

October 16-17, 2018

October 16-18, 2018
October 22-25, 2018

November 7-9, 2018

December 8-13, 2018

December 10-14, 2018

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

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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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