Program Update: Interagency Ocean Observation Committee – May 2015

2016-06-28T19:24:42+00:00 May 29, 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. The team is also in the process of developing and proposing a workshop that would both consider current survey results and formulate an approach to future ATN survey efforts. Gathering data on the extent and use of the ATN is a vital part of communicating the importance of the network to the IOOS community and to the broader stakeholder community.
  • 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 is 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 rollout plans to disseminate the results among regional, national, and international ocean observing partners. The next full member meeting will be held in July 27, 2015. In addition to task team projects, IOOC staff has been working closely with SOST in order to develop guidelines and processes for IOOC report approval and publishing so that task team activities can be accurately conveyed to the broader ocean community.

Staff has also been completing document management tasks for the TPOS2020 project as task teams are spun up. This has involved a combination of working in WordPress and Google Drive environments.

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