Program Update: Interagency Ocean Observation Committee – January 2015

2016-06-28T19:24:58+00:00 January 30, 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 (TT) surveyed federal agencies assessing their current status and future needs for monitoring living organisms in the ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes. Subsequently, the team brought together 40 biological experts in a workshop to prioritize and propose a strategy for the biological variables. Currently, the BIO TT is completing reports summarizing the results from both the survey and from the workshop, coordinating both with the IOOS Program Office (IOOS PO) and partnering federal agencies to complete the analysis.
  • The IOOS Modeling TT is developing a strategy for ocean and coastal model capabilities over the next five to eight years. The lead writers on the TT met in person at Ocean Leadership in January and made major progress towards completing the strategy, which is on target to be completed in spring of 2015.
  • The Animal Telemetry Network (ATN) TT is developing recommendations for 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 ATN TT is holding regular calls and most sections have either been drafted or are in the process of being drafted.
  • The DMAC Liaison team of experts is currently working to determine the best project approach to leverage the IOOC federal coordination mechanism in aid of the IOOS PO DMAC Activities.       To date, the team has completed a research report focusing on a USACE case study, and is currently developing a similar case study on EPA data integration approaches.

Each task team is on track to deliver their final products in FY 2015/16, including rollout plans to disseminate the results among regional, national, and international ocean observing partners. The IOOC held a full Committee meeting on January 26, 2015, during which each team provided updates on progress.

IOOC staff continues to support the global distributed project office for the Tropical Pacific Observing System (TPOS) 2020 with the objective of achieving greater and continued efficiency, effectiveness, and improved governance. Currently, Ocean Leadership Staff have developed, structured, and continued to maintain the TPOS 2020 Website and document management system. Staff will be supporting TPOS 2020 project teams as they are fully stood up.

IOOC staff continues to update and improve content on the IOOC website, including maintaining an up-to-date news feed on interagency, international, and national ocean observing activities (See,

More information about the IOOC can be accessed on the website, 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