Program Update: Interagency Ocean Observation Committee – March 2015

2016-06-28T19:24:51+00:00 March 27, 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 TT is completing reports summarizing the results from both the survey and from the workshop.
  • The IOOS Modeling Task Team 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) Task Team 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 Team is currently collating sections with Ocean Leadership Staff support. The Team has also distributed a survey to the 21 ATN TT members in order to gather more detail on drivers behind ATN activities and to generate an analysis of current ATN activities among federal, state, and subject matter experts.

Each of the current task teams are 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 Staff are currently looking forward to a Full Member Meeting on April 20th, to be held at Ocean Leadership. Both the BIO TT and the Modeling TT will be reporting out on their final products at the April 20th Meeting.

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 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