A follow-on article to the 2010 National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP)-hosted workshop on Attaining an Operational Marine Biodiversity Observation Network was announced in April and will be published in BioScience in May. In the article, the authors use outcomes from the 2010 workshop synthesis report to develop recommendations that can be used to create a successful and comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (BON).
Proposals continue to be accepted for the NOPP funding announcement in partnership with the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, titled “Marine and Hydrokinetic Effects Assessment and Monitoring.” Full proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on May 16, 2013. The funding announcement can be found here.
The committees and subcommittees supported by the NOPP Office continued to meet regularly. The Interagency Working Group on Ocean Partnerships (IWG-OP), the IWG-OP’s Task Force on Ocean Exploration and Undersea Research Technology and Infrastructure, the Interagency Working Group on Facilities and Infrastructure (IWG-FI), and the IWG-FI’s Subcommittee on Unmanned Systems all met this month at Ocean Leadership.
The Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP) is next scheduled to meet on May 21-22, 2013 in Washington D.C. ORAP is pleased to welcome new members to the panel: Mr. Bill Dewey of Taylor Shellfish Company, Ms. Gail Scowcroft of the University of Rhode Island, and Mr. Bruce Tackett of Resource Access International. Additionally, Dr. Robert Duce, Chair of the Ocean Studies Board, will serve on the panel as the representative from the National Academies. ORAP membership is comprised of individuals from academia, ocean industries, and the National Academies to represent marine science, marine policy, and other related fields. The ORAP provides independent scientific advice and recommendations to the Federal Government on topics related to ocean research.
The Consortium for Ocean Leadership’s contract to host the NOPP Office ended as of April 29, 2013. Going forward, support of the NOPP-supported committees and activities will take place through the Office of Naval Research (ONR).