Program Update: Interagency Ocean Observation Committee – April 2015

2016-06-28T19:24:46+00:00 May 1, 2015|


The Interagency Ocean Observation Committee (IOOC) is currently supporting the following task teams and activities addressing critical needs for ocean observing systems:

  • The Biological Integration and Observation (BIO) Task Team surveyed federal agencies assessing their current status and future needs for monitoring living organisms in the ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes. Currently, the BIO Task Team is completing reports summarizing the results from both the survey and from the workshop and determining the best ways to recommend implementation of recommendations coming out of both efforts.
  • The IOOS Modeling Task Team is developing a strategy for enhancing ocean and coastal model capabilities. The Team is currently completing a draft of the strategy and will be formulating next steps for the IOOC to pursue in order to implement the highest priority recommendations.
  • The Animal Telemetry Network (ATN) Task Team is developing a report on how the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) can assimilate animal telemetry efforts into a system to deliver critical information on biological resources and ecosystem functions, as well as oceanographic data that will complement and enhance existing observing capability. The team is in the process of analyzing results of a survey, which provided information on tagging efforts and drivers across the regions.
  • Data Management and Communications (DMAC) projects will move forward through the development of variable/agency specific task teams to help examine and gather information on specific data integration challenges. Currently a team of DMAC liaisons to the IOOC are discussing developing data services focused on the Pacific temperature anomaly, which would coincide with NOAA -sponsored workshops.

Each task team is on track to deliver their final products in FY 2015/16, including roll-out plans to disseminate the results among regional, national, and international ocean observing partners. IOOC held a Full Member Meeting on April 20th, at which both the BIO TT and the Modeling TT reported out on their progress. The next full member meeting will be held in July 27, 2015.

More information about the IOOC can be accessed at, which contains updated information regarding commenting opportunities on committee activities, information on upcoming and past events, and relevant scientific, technical, and policy publications. If you have any questions, please visit the committee’s website or send an email to