Program Update: Interagency Ocean Observation Committee – November 2014

2016-06-28T19:25:05+00:00 December 5, 2014|


IOOS Modeling Task Team Sub-Groups are currently working to develop different components of what will ultimately be a coordinated strategy to network modeling activities among federal agencies.  Significant progress has been made in terms of outlining the content for the final strategy, developing an approach to collecting and maintaining information on current modeling activities at the federal and regional scales, and developing a vision statement for the strategy as a whole.

The Animal Telemetry Network (ATN) Task Team is holding regular calls to develop writing teams who will be drafting the implementation plan.  The team has developed a poster to describe the progress of the ATN and members of the Team participated in the International User Conference on Argos Wildlife Applications that was held on November 18-20 in Baltimore, Maryland.  Consortium for Ocean Leadership staff also attended the conference.

The Biological Integration and Observation Task Team (BIO-TT) is working to improve the availability of existing IOOS core biological variables and identify and prioritize additional cross-cutting biological and ecosystem observation needs. The BIO-TT held a workshop November 4-6 of 2014 at Ocean Leadership and is currently drafting a workshop report and final report for dissemination to the ocean observing community. The workshop report will include a set of recommendations, a set of prioritized biological variable needs, and diagrams of functional groups to help guide an overall understanding of common biological needs across regions that otherwise vary in terms of more specific observational needs.  The workshop report, combined with the federal survey report, will be framed so as to inform the community, build on existing variable assessment frameworks, and provide additional information to the IOOS Program Office about needs in the context of both federal agencies and the overall IOOS community.  These products will align closely with the kinds of variable prioritization activities engaged in at similar conferences (e.g. Expert Workshop for the GOOS Biology and Ecosystem, and GOOS Biochemistry Panels).

The DMAC Liaisons held a phone call with IOOC staff to discuss developing a test project.  During the call, Liaisons decided to provide a one-month timeline for the development of a product and IOOC staff are currently working on developing outcomes on that timeline.  Products may include IPython notebooks, research products, or proposals for further product development (e.g. additional IPython notebook tools, workshops, etc.).  Terms of Reference for the DMAC Liaison Structure are currently being finalized among co-chairs.  Projects will build on the existing management and project structure utilized by the IOOS Program Office for workflow related to the systems integration test.  The current project is focusing on data integration challenges posed in the context of the North Atlantic Comprehensive Study undertaken by USACE following Superstorm Sandy.  The next agency focus will likely be on EPA data integration issues, and Ocean Leadership staff have started to develop outreach to facilitate the development of a new project.

Ocean Leadership 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,  In addition, Ocean Leadership staff are now supporting the TPOS 2020 activities in coordination with A. McCurdy.  H. Dean is managing the structure and content provided on the TPOS 2020 website, which was well received during the first TPOS 2020 Steering Committee meeting. Continuing support will involve developing and structuring a website hosted by Ocean Leadership, developing content, managing documents, developing file organizational structure and visualizations for the website, attending webinars, and providing note taking services.

The next full IOOC meeting will be Monday January 26, 2014 at Consortium for Ocean Leadership.

More information about the IOOC can be accessed on the IOOC 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