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From the Director:

Dear IOOS Community,

This week, the IOOS Association, the IOOS Regions, and the IOOS Office kicked off the IOOS Regional Spring Meeting. Agenda topics for the meeting include discussions focused on strengthening collaboration, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA), the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and FY22 budget, and the New Blue Economy.

National Ocean Service Assistant Administrator Nicole LeBoeuf took time out of her busy schedule to join the meeting and speak to the regions about NOS work on coastal inundation and resilience, acknowledging the important contribution of regional association data and expertise to the understanding and dissemination of sea level rise data. Nicole also talked about the work NOS and NOAA are doing to engage with and listen to a variety of stakeholders, including underrepresented groups. These efforts include climate equity roundtables, listening sessions, and seeking input as we create an NOS strategic plan. 

I’d like to thank Nicole for taking the time to speak with the regions and for her thoughtful contributions to the discussions. These meetings are an important opportunity to hone our successful collaboration and strengthen our partnerships. 

Thanks,
Carl

From the U.S. IOOS Office:

  • OSM Town Hall - Offshore Wind & the Blue Economy - Recording Now Available: IOOS Director Carl Gouldman participated in the OSM town hall on Offshore Wind & the Blue Economy: Opportunities for Advancing Ocean Science and Observations. The panel included speakers from BOEM, Fugro, OceanAero, and myself and I was pleased to participate in the discussion on exploring opportunities for ocean sciences and observation programs across the public and private sectors as this industry advances at regional scales nationally and globally. You can view a recording of the Town Hall https://osm2022.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/3/sessiongallery/schedule/items/976
  • From the IOOS Association: 
    • HAB Observing Group Webinar: The next HAB OG Webinar will be on March 16, 2022 from 3:00-4:15 PM EST and will focus on "Making Community Science Work". Our featured panelists, Dr. Steve Morton (NOAA NCCOS), Teri King (Washington Sea Grant), Chris Whitehead (Sitka Tribe) and Dr. George Bullerjahn (Bowling Green State University), will discuss the importance of community science for HABs, share examples of some successes and challenges of HAB community/citizen science, and address how an NHABON can assist with this process through data management and other efforts. We look forward to a great discussion. Please register for the webinar here!

Observation Subsystem and Sensor Technologies:

    • No update.
  • Gliders (IOOS POC Kathleen Bailey, kathleen.bailey@noaa.gov; Underwater Glider User Group (UG2) POC Bill Lingsch, bill.lingsch@noaa.gov); Click here to join UG2:
    • IOOS Office Meets with NAVO: Kathy Bailey and Bill Lingsch traveled to Stennis, MS to brief the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVO) on February 24.  In attendance were the top three leaders in NAVO - Capt Ken Wallace (Commanding Officer), Capt Dave Wolynski (Executive Officer) and Wade Ladner (Technical Director) - and the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (CNMOC) Maritime Operations Center Director, Capt Timothy Knapp (MOC-Director, in addition to other NAVO representatives.  IOOS RA representatives (SECOORA, CARICOOS, GCOOS, MARACOOS) joined on the phone and each provided a short overview of their regions’ successes with the Navy gliders, and then Dr. Scott Glenn described the impacts of their data on the NOAA ocean model.  In summary, the 14 Navy gliders that contributed to the NOAA hurricane intensity forecast improvement project had a significant impact on the hurricane glider operations and NOAA models this past season, especially since this was the first hurricane season in which the NOAA operational ocean model assimilated glider profiles.  Capt Wallace spoke for several minutes after the brief noting the value of this NOAA-Navy collaboration, and the NAVO was also impressed by the breadth of partnerships that make the hurricane glider efforts possible.  He also revealed the NOAA-Navy hurricane glider coordination was one of the highlights presented to the 4-star Admiral Mike Gilday (Chief of Naval Operations) during his NAVO visit in January.  The Navy has committed to working with NOAA in 2022 and beyond.  The NOAA-Navy collaboration in 2021 was supported with funding from the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations.

  • UG2 Updates:

    • UG2 2022 Glider Workshop: The UG2 Workshop Steering Group continues to plan for this workshop scheduled for September 20-22, 2022.  This in-person event will be held at the Botanical Gardens on the campus of University of Washington in Seattle, WA.  The committee is currently locking down hotels and working on a call for abstracts and posters.  Please mark your calendars and participate in this event to facilitate collaboration and sharing across the glider community.

    • The Underwater Glider that Could — and Did: GCOOS published an article (https://gcoos.org/glider-ng645) describing an exciting trek of a Navy Glider NG645 that traveled from the Gulf of Mexico in October 2021 to the South Atlantic in January 2022.  The glider was deployed off the coast of Louisiana in October by GCOOS partners, and was piloted by the Navy, using their automated piloting system that determines target waypoints based on model output.  The glider successfully avoided international EEZs, and traversed the Florida Straits where it caught and rode the Gulf Stream for recovery by SECOORA partners off the South Carolina coast.  This was the first time a glider was deployed for a cross-regional trek in this area as part of the hurricane glider project and as part of the NOAA-Navy glider collaboration.  In addition to GCOOS, SECOORA and the Navy, the glider’s mission team included the AOML (who conceived of the idea), the IOOS Office, and Woods Hole.

    • UG2 Glider Related Job Postings:  https://underwatergliders.org/index.php/opportunities/ 

Marine Life:

  • ATN Network Coordinator Detail Opportunity: The multi-agency U.S. Animal Telemetry Network (ATN) Program was established in early 2016 and has been led by Bill Woodward since that time from within the IOOS Program Office. Bill has announced that he will retire on June 30 of this year and will vacate the position of Network Coordinator at that time. IOOS is looking for someone with in-depth experience in marine animal telemetry to fill a detail opportunity, ideally for 12 months but negotiable, as the Network Coordinator for the ATN. This is a virtual opportunity and the work can be done remotely. The link to the opportunity description is: https://openopps.usajobs.gov/tasks/2989
  • Marine Biological Data Mobilization Workshop (March 14-15): The Marine Biological Data Mobilization Workshop will be a small hands-on, interactive virtual workshop focused on mobilizing marine biological observation datasets to the Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) by helping data providers standardize their data using Darwin Core including species observations from any type of sampling methodologies (e.g. visual surveys, net tows, microscopy, fish trawls, imaging, ‘omics, acoustics, telemetry). The workshop is jointly hosted by CIOOS, IOOS, MBON, OBIS-USA, and OTN and provides a Contribution to the UN Decade on Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and the Marine Life 2030 Decade Action. The materials and agenda for the Marine Biological Data Mobilization Workshop can be viewed at https://ioos.github.io/bio_mobilization_workshop/

Data Management and Cyberinfrastructure (DMAC) Subsystem and Tools Built on IOOS data (DMAC System Architect Micah Wengren and IOOS Data Management leads: data.ioos@noaa.gov, or the 'ioos_tech' listserve: https://groups.google.com/g/ioos_tech):

  • Registration Closes March 31st! IOOS Code Sprint 2022 (April 25 - 28): The IOOS Code Sprint is a 4-day hackathon style event on 25-28 April 2022, organized by the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) and the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Office. Over the course of the event, teams of developers, academic researchers, and community members will work on projects that address pressing data and information challenges. Projects will relate to the IOOS mission to produce, integrate, and communicate high quality ocean, coastal and Great Lakes information that meets the safety, economic, and stewardship needs of the Nation.
    • Registration is open for those who haven’t registered yet (closes on March 31).The event will be hybrid with an in-person event in Chicago, and the option for virtual participation for those who are unable to travel to be there in person.
    • Weekly coordination meetings will be every Friday at 2pm ET. The meetings are open to all who are interested in planning this year’s code sprint, please contact Mathew.Biddle@noaa.gov if you would like to join. 
    • See https://ioos.github.io/ioos-code-sprint/ for more information.
  • US IOOS Accepted as a Mentoring Organization for Google Summer of Code 2022! The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System has been accepted as a mentor organization for Google's 2022 Summer of Code (GSoC). Established in 2005, GSoC invites students to propose programming projects to vetted open source organizations.  Accepted projects, to be announced in May, commence in June following a short introductory period for the student to get to know their mentors and the organization they’re partnered with. GSoC students can make direct contributions and functionality enhancements to the software projects they work on, and may continue to stay involved as regular contributors after their GSoC projects are completed. IOOS has suggested several possible areas for proposals that include topics in cloud storage, visualizing sonar data, ERDDAP, and more. Interested students can learn more on IOOS's organization page, https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/programs/2022/organizations/ioos and https://github.com/ioos/gsoc/blob/main/2022/ideas-list.md. More information on IOOS’ open source oceanographic data software can be found on the IOOS GitHub site: https://github.com/ioos/
  • SAVE THE DATE! 2022 IOOS DMAC meeting: We are pleased to announce that the 2022 DMAC Meeting will take place virtually on the afternoons (1:00 - 5:00 PM ET) from Tuesday, June 14 through Thursday, June 16. Please save these dates in your calendars. We will be reaching out for agenda input for presentation and breakout discussion topics soon.Further information on event logistics will be coming out soon as well. Questions or suggestions about the agenda should go to Mathew Biddle (mathew.biddle@noaa.gov), Melissa Zweng (melissa.zweng@noaa.gov), Micah Wengren (micah.wengren@noaa.gov), Tiffany Vance (tiffany.c.vance@noaa.gov) and Kathy Bailey (kathleen.bailey@noaa.gov).
  • QARTOD (National Coordinator Mark Bushnell, mark.bushnell@noaa.gov):

    • QARTOD Manual Update: We’re working to update the QARTOD Manual for Real-Time Quality Control of High Frequency Radar Surface Current Data, which was first issued in 2016 (https://ioos.noaa.gov/ioos-in-action/manual-real-time-quality-control-high-frequency-radar-surface-current-data/). We plan to incorporate the QC work that’s recently been accomplished by several members of this community, add relevant definitions, verify & update web links, and include things that emerge during the community review. Comments and suggestions are welcomed from all HF radar operators and data users.

    • Ocean Best Practice System Update: Save the date - the OBPS has announced the Ocean Practices Workshop VI will take place virtually with plenaries 5, 6, and 19 October 2022 (each three hours long). Working Group sessions will meet in between, at times of their own choosing. The workshop will cover a broad range of topics proposed and selected by session leads and workshop coordinators. For the plenaries there are two general themes: 1) Guiding technology evolution and use, and 2) Capacity development/sharing, with an emphasis on developing countries. Please consider participating or proposing a theme or session for a Working Group, by filling out the short Interest to Participate form at https://forms.gle/kjMmEM3HcXWB2Dxs9. Direct questions to OBPS at info@oceanbestpractices.org.

Modeling and Analysis Subsystem (IOOS PO and IOOS Coastal and Ocean Modeling Testbed (COMT) POC – Tracy Fanara, Tracy.Fanara@noaa.gov):   

  • Modeling Talks at Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022: Tracy Fanara presented on the NOS Modeling Strategy at the Ocean Sciences Meeting and also presented as a panelist in the Coastal Coupling Community of Practice Town Hall. 

Interagency and International Collaboration/News:

  • Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) News:
    • WHOI's Jim Edson to Assume OOI Helm from John Trowbridge: The National Science Foundation has approved the appointment of Dr. James B. Edson as the new Principal Investigator of the Ocean Observatories Initiative Program Management Office (PMO). Edson will assume his responsibilities on March 1, taking over for Dr. John Trowbridge, who has led the PMO from October 2018. “John’s done an exceptional job leading OOI and leaves very big shoes to fill, and we are delighted to have Jim assume the reins and are confident in his ability to lead OOI through the leadership transition and beyond,” said Rick Murray, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Deputy Director and Vice President for Science and Engineering, who led the search for Trowbridge’s replacement. Read more here: https://oceanobservatories.org/2022/02/whois-jim-edson-to-replace-john-trowbridge-as-oois-principal-investigator/ 
    • Distributed Acoustic Sensing Lays Groundwork for Earthquake, Tsunami Warnings, and More: Researchers using the OOI Regional Cabled Array are at the forefront of testing Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) along the seafloor through funding from the National Science Foundation. Ocean-bottom DAS using submarine fiber optic cables promises to advance what we know about marine geology, offshore earthquakes, ocean currents, ocean waves, sediment transport, marine mammals, and a host of other activities that now can be measured by this revolutionary technique. Read more here: https://oceanobservatories.org/2022/02/distributed-acoustic-sensing-lays-groundwork-for-earthquake-tsunami-warnings-and-more/ 
    • Applications Open for June Northeast Pacific OOIFB Workshop: Observatories Initiative Facility Board (OOIFB) will host a workshop focusing on current and future science that can be addressed using data from OOI’s infrastructure in the Northeast Pacific and other regional observatory arrays. The workshop will be held at the OSU Portland Center in Portland, OR on June 7-9, 2022. For more information, see https://oceanobservatories.org/2022/02/applications-open-for-june-northeast-pacific-ooifb-workshop/  
  • Save the Date: NWS Partners Webinar - April 11, 2022: Please save the date for a National Weather Service Partners webinar on April 11, 2022 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET. More details will be forthcoming regarding the webinar registration and format. In the meantime, if you have any specific topics or questions for the NWS leadership team that you would like to provide in advance, please submit those here. Questions? E-mail andrea.bleistein@noaa.gov
  • Okeanos Explorer 2022 Caribbean Mapping: From March 10 - 28, 2022, NOAA Ocean Exploration will conduct an exploratory ocean mapping expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer focused on U.S. waters south of Puerto Rico generally deeper than 200 meters (656 feet). The first several days of the expedition will involve transit mapping as the ship departs Key West, Florida, and heads east towards primary survey grounds. For the remainder of the expedition, focused mapping operations will occur within U.S. waters south of Puerto Rico. Acoustic exploration mapping operations will be conducted 24 hours a day in permitted areas and will result in the collection of high-resolution data needed to fill critical mapping gaps in the region. This is the first of two mapping expeditions being led by NOAA Ocean Exploration in 2022 that will support the completion of deepwater mapping in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone around Puerto Rico. The mapping work conducted during the 2022 Caribbean Mapping expedition will result in high-resolution maps of the seafloor and provide acoustic backscatter data information about the seabed and water column. Read more here: https://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/explorations/ex2202/welcome.html 
  • Hydrographic Services Review Panel Holds Meeting: NOAA's Hydrographic Services Review Panel is holding a public meeting this week. The panel is a federal advisory committee that advises the NOAA administrator on products and data related to navigation services, ocean and coastal mapping, observations and resilience, water levels, tides and currents, and geospatial, geodetic, and positioning data. The meeting includes discussions on data sharing and licensing; air gap systems, bridge heights, and the National Spatial Reference System; and the transition to Electronic Navigational Charts.
  • NOAA releases 2022 hydrographic survey season plans: NOAA hydrographic survey ships and contractors are preparing for the 2022 hydrographic survey season. The ships collect map the seafloor to support nautical charting, modeling, and research, but also collect other environmental data to support a variety of ecosystem sciences. NOAA considers hydrographic survey requests from stakeholders such as marine pilots, local port authorities, the Coast Guard, and the boating community, and also considers other hydrographic and NOAA science priorities in determining where to survey and when. Read more here: https://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/updates/noaa-releases-2022-hydrographic-survey-season-plans/ 
  • BlueTopo™ Webpage Now Live: NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey’s new BlueTopo webpage provides information and access to a compilation of the nation's best available bathymetric data. BlueTopo is unique in its acute attention to datum control, ability to account for changes in data quality over time, and compilation according to data quality metrics. Primary sources of bathymetry include hydrographic surveys and topographic bathymetric lidar data from NOAA and the Army Corps of Engineers. BlueTopo is available to download through NOAA's big data project and will be available to view on nowCOAST™ in the near future.
  • New Story Map Looks Back on 2021 Hurricane Season: CO-OPS released a story map that looks back at the 2021 hurricane season’s most memorable storms, focusing specifically on three events: Tropical Storm Claudette and hurricanes Ida and Nicholas. This new story map incorporates CO-OPS’s water level data, NOAA satellite imagery, and storm surge footage to create an informative look at locations that experienced the highest water levels, including record or near-record levels at some stations. The 2021 hurricane season was the third busiest on record in the Atlantic Ocean, with 21 named storms. For each storm that impacted the U.S., CO-OPS tracked water levels in real time through its web mapping application, the Coastal Inundation Dashboard.
  • NGS Performs Maintenance, Site Survey in Miami: An NGS team conducted maintenance on the Miami Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) at a U.S. Coast Guard facility, completing a battery exchange and charge controller replacement. During the field visit, the team also completed routine maintenance on the choke ring antenna and solar panels. In addition, NGS personnel conducted a reconnaissance survey on a potential foundation CORS location near the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, which houses a Doppler Orbitography and Radiopositioning Integrated by Satellite (DORIS) beacon. The NOAA CORS Networkprovides Global Navigation Satellite System data that can be tied to nearby sensors — such as the DORIS beacon — and provided to the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service for incorporation into global reference frames.
  • Submit Nominations for membership of the World Climate Research Programme's Joint Scientific Committee (JSC). Deadline: 31 May 2022: WCRP is calling for (self-)nominations for membership of the World Climate Research Programme's Joint Scientific Committee (JSC), for a four-year term from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2026. The JSC provides scientific guidance for all aspects of WCRP, aligned to its Strategic Plan 2019-2028 and with the overall aims and interests of its sponsoring organizations: the World Meteorological Organization, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, and the International Science Council. Read more here: https://www.wcrp-climate.org/news/wcrp-news/1847-jsc-call-2022

Delivering the Benefits:

  • SECOORA Funds a New Water Level Network: SECOORA is funding a network of low-cost water level sensors across the southeast to develop the next generation of coastal observing systems at the scale where people live and make decisions. The program will provide water level data to coastal communities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida that face threats from high tide flooding, storm surge, and sea-level rise. Read more here. 
  • PacIOOS Wave Buoy Updates:
    • Mōkapu Wave Buoy Redeployed: The buoy off Mōkapu Point on the windward coast of Oʻahu is back online! Located nearly 3 miles offshore of Lanikai Beach, this buoy measures wave height, direction and period as well as sea surface temperature. Information from this buoy provides critical information for coastal hazard and low-lying inundation forecasts and offers real-time data to recreational ocean users. The Mōkapu Point wave buoy is owned and managed by PacIOOS. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) provided the initial funding to purchase this buoy.
    • Pauwela, Maui Wave Buoy Swapped, Data Public Again: The PacIOOS wave buoy off Pauwela, Maui was recently swapped and is, once again, providing wave height, direction and period as well as sea surface temperature. Located approximately 9 miles offshore of Kahului Harbor on the North Shore of Maui, data from this buoy promote safe transit entering and exiting the harbor, offers real-time data to recreational ocean users, and provides critical information for coastal hazard and low-lying inundation forecasts for north-facing shores. The Pauwela wave buoy is owned and managed by PacIOOS. The Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa provided the initial funding to purchase this buoy.
    • Ritidan, Guam Wave Buoy Redeployed: Offshore of Ritidian Point on the north shore of Guam, the PacIOOS wave buoy has been redeployed. Moored approximately 3.5 miles off shore in water 515 meters deep, this buoy measures wave height, direction and period as well as sea surface temperature. The Ritidian Point wave buoy is owned and managed by PacIOOS. The NOAA Coastal Storms Program (CSP) provided the initial funding to purchase this buoy.

Congressional:

  • No update.

Communications/Outreach/Education:

  • Alaska OAN hosts discussion series: The Alaska Ocean Acidification Network is hosting a Spring Discussion Series. There will be four sessions from March through May with the intention to address and explore topics within ocean acidification that are of most interest to Alaskans, discuss ideas and identify priorities, and document key issues and needs so they can be communicated to funding sources, policymakers and potential collaborators. These dialogue sessions are spaces to both learn and provide input. Click here to learn more.

Upcoming Meetings with IOOS Participation (Please check links as we move forward as things may change quickly for planned events):

  • NANOOS Community Workshop, 25 March 2022, VIRTUAL: The upcoming NANOOS Community Workshop, originally scheduled in-person at Astoria, has been re-designed to a half-day virtual event on March 25, 2022. This meeting is an opportunity to connect with old and new partners, solicit direct user feedback, and seek pathways to execute our vision together. We look forward to identifying ways to better serve your needs and make a broader impact across the region. Please find the agenda and register
  • FathomNet Workshop, 31 March - 1 April 2022, VIRTUAL: FathomNet is an open-source image database that can be used to train, test, and validate state-of-the-art artificial intelligence algorithms to help us understand our ocean and its inhabitants.  Join this 2-day workshop to learn more, including how you can contribute to and benefit from the FathomNet ecosystem, as well as how to get involved in the FathomNet community. Registration can be found here. 
  • Joint JCGM-WG1 and WMO ET-MU workshop on measurement uncertainty (5 - 6 April 2022): The Working group 1 of the Joint committee for guides in metrology (JCGM-WG1) and the Expert team on measurement uncertainty of the WMO (WMO ET-MU) will hold a joint workshop on measurement uncertainty in meteorology and climatology. The workshop will be held 5 and 6 April from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM CET. It will be a virtual workshop, online via Google Meet. The final programme and a link to connect will follow soon.
  • Alaska Forum on the Environment: Hands across the Bering Strait, 22 April 2022, Virtual: As seasonal sea ice diminishes and vessel traffic increases, the Bering Strait region’s natural resources, habitat, and people are at greater risk. This session will describe a collaboration between the Alaska Ocean Observing System and US and Russia World Wildlife Fund to develop an interactive, web-based tool that could be used by both US and Russian planners and responders for emergency incidents in the transboundary Bering Strait region. Case studies of Russian spills provide context for how spill response in Russia occurs, and how that compares with the US response system. If you are interested in US-Russia partnerships to address oil spill threats, then this session is for you! Learn more here. 
  • GLOSapalooza, 25 - 28 April 2022, Chicago & virtual: Glosapalooza is made up of four events held in Chicago and virtually:
    • GLOS Annual Meeting (open to all)
    • Seagull Launch Party (open to all, in-person only)
    • Building the Great Map—A Part of Lakebed 2030 (open to all)
    • IOOS Code Sprint 

Click here for registration and more information. 

  • 2022 DMAC Code Sprint, 26-28 April 2022, Chicago & virtual: The IOOS Code Sprint is just around the corner! As a reminder the IOOS Code Sprint is a 4-day hackathon style hybrid event on 25-28 April 2022, organized by the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) and the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Office. Over the course of the event, teams of developers, academic researchers, and community members will work on projects that address pressing data and information challenges. Projects will relate to the IOOS mission to produce, integrate, and communicate high quality ocean, coastal and Great Lakes information that meets the safety, economic, and stewardship needs of the Nation.
    • REGISTRATION: If you have not yet registered, and you would like to participate (either virtually or in-person), please complete this form by 31 March 2022. If you responded to the previous Code Sprint survey/registration and indicated that you were planning on attending, consider yourself registered. If you’re not sure or would like to change whether you’ll attend in-person or virtually, please let us know.
    • WEBSITE: We recently created the Code Sprint website. There, you can find more information on the tracks, the working agenda, and materials that will be useful in the run-up to the event. We will be updating the content there as the planning proceeds. After the event, this is where all the recordings and links to the materials will live.
    • TRACKS: Each track will be led by one or two people passionate about that area. Participants will be able to pick a track on Day 1 of the sprint (April 25) and even move between tracks throughout the event. If you have an interest in helping to lead one of these, please email Mathew Biddle mathew.biddle@noaa.gov or submit an issue here.
  • GlobalHAB Workshop: Modeling and Prediction of Harmful Algal Blooms, 9 - 13 May 2022, Glasgow, UK:This 4-day workshop will combine oral and poster presentations, round-table discussions, and tutorials in order to 1) increase awareness of the range of modelling and observational tools that are in our community toolbox (or should be); 2) help the HAB community speak with one voice regarding climate-change impacts on the global ocean; and 3) help scientists and technologists develop creative approaches to meeting the needs of coastal communities, governments, and industry worldwide. Sessions will include
    • Regional problem-solving: linking models, observations, and stakeholder needs
    • Emerging approaches and technologies: physical and ecological model methods and observational capacities that open up new directions in HAB prediction
    • Global patterns and global change: links between HABs and environmental drivers at large spatial scales and on long time horizons
    • Scalable solutions: applications of global models, remote sensing, and other communal resources to predicting HABs and managing their impacts in data- and resource-poor systems

A priority for this workshop is inclusivity and balance in terms of national origin and career stage. We are able to waive registration fees and cover travel costs for a number of participants in support of this goal. Since the workshop is focused on discussion and small-group, informal interaction, it will not be possible to join it remotely, but we hope to make a number of presentations and other resources freely available online afterwards.  Abstract submission is open now through November 14.  A companion webinar series is running monthly during the second half of 2021, please click here for information and free registration

  • SAVE THE DATE! 2022 IOOS DMAC Meeting, 14 - 16 June 2022: We are pleased to announce that the 2022 DMAC Meeting will take place virtually on the afternoons (1:00 - 5:00 PM ET) from Tuesday, June 14 through Thursday, June 16. Please save these dates in your calendars. We will reach out for agenda input for presentation and breakout discussion topics soon. Further information on event logistics will be coming out soon as well. Questions or suggestions about the agenda should go to Mathew Biddle (mathew.biddle@noaa.gov), Melissa Zweng (melissa.zweng@noaa.gov), Micah Wengren (micah.wengren@noaa.gov), Tiffany Vance (tiffany.c.vance@noaa.gov) and Kathy Bailey (kathleen.bailey@noaa.gov).
  • MTS 14th Buoy Workshop, September 19-22, 2022, Wilmington, NC: The MTS 14th Buoy Workshop has been rescheduled for October 25 – 27, 2021 and will be held in Wilmington, North Carolina.  This year’s theme is Moored Systems for the Future. Areas and topics will include, but are not limited to: Ecosystems Monitoring, Long-Term Observing Systems, Reliability & Harsh Environments, Power Systems, Data, Sensors & Instrumentation, Mooring Design and Synergy.  Registration opens and the call for speakers begins April 15, 2021, and abstracts are due September 1, 2021. Please see the Buoy Workshop homepage for more information.

Other Upcoming Meetings:

  • MTS TechSurge: Florida Estuary and Coastal Monitoring - Looking Ahead to 2030, 12-14 April 2022: Join us for a TechSurge event with focus on transformative solutions for integrated coastal monitoring systems for Florida's estuaries and nearshore coastal waters. We welcome your revolutionary new technologies and system designs or those that can be adapted for coastal monitoring from other uses for significant impact in this focus area. Help meet the grand challenges and opportunities and guide the development for the future. In addition, guidance and outcomes from this meeting will directly influence Indian River Lagoon monitoring network planning and may feed into the Ocean Decade Implementation Plan (2021-2030).
    • WHEN: April 12 - 14, 2022
    • WHERE: FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (FAU/HBOI), Fort Pierce, Florida
    • Registration Information - Registration will open Tuesday, October 12, 2021
    • More info: https://mtsociety.memberclicks.net/fl-techsurge 
  • 5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5), 23 - 30 June 2022, Vancouver, Canada: From 23-30 June 2022, the world’s leading ocean conservation professionals will meet in Vancouver, Canada to chart a course towards protecting 30% of the global ocean by 2030. The call for proposals for the Congress program is open now until 20 September (23:59 PDT) 2021. For more information, see https://www.impac5.ca/congress-details/program/proposals/ 
  • Open Science Conference on EBUS: Past, Present and Future’ and the Second International Conference on the Humboldt Current System - 19-23 September 2022: The Open Science Conference on Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems (EBUS): Past, Present and Future and the Second International Conference on the Humboldt Current System are planned for September 19 - 23 in Lima, Peru. The meeting will bring together PhD students, early career scientists and world experts to understand, review, and synthesize what is known about dynamics, sensitivity, vulnerability and resilience of Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems and their living resources to climate variability, change and extreme events. The international community (researchers, scientific programs or projects, etc.) is invited to submit session proposals for the programme of the conference. Deadline for submission: 15 December 2021. The announcement of the final sessions will be issued on February 1st, 2022.

Webinars:

  • SERIES: National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series: The National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Seriesprovides educators, students, and the interested public with educational and scientific expertise, resources and training to support ocean and climate literacy. This series generally targets formal and informal educators that are engaging students (elementary through college) in formal classroom settings, as well as members of the community in informal educational venues (e.g. after school programs, science centers, aquariums, etc.). However, the series is open to anyone interested in the topics listed below.
    • March 17 - 12 pm Hawai`i / 3 pm Pacific / 5 pm Central / 6 pm Eastern: Living Between a Rock and hard Place: Microbes in the Deep Sea and Potential Impacts of Deep-sea Mining. Register here
    • May 17 - 8 am Hawai`i / 11 am Pacific / 1 pm Central / 2 pm Eastern: Exploring Underwater Sound in our National Marine Sanctuaries. Register here
  • SERIES: BlueTech Global Connect: The BlueTech Global Connect webinar series is designed to connect exciting BlueTech companies from around the world with potential advisors, investors and partners globally.  Please join us each month to hear and virtually meet 3 great BlueTech companies from various countries. 
    • March 17: A Bright Blue Future: Environmental Services Pinpointing Solutions
    • April 21: Autonomous BlueTech Taking on the Dirty, Dangerous and Dull in the Ocean Space
  • SERIES: EMB Third Thursday Science: The European Marine Board’s webinar series, #ThirdThursdayScience, focuses on the science underpinning the research and policy recommendations in EMB publications. The free webinars will take place on the third Thursday of each month, and will run for one hour between 13:00 - 14:00 CEST. Webinars will also be live-streamed on YouTube and will be made available to re-watch later on the EMB YouTube Channel. Upcoming webinars:
    • 17 March: Decommissioning of offshore structures
    • 21 April: Outgoing EMB Young Ambassadors and their research
    • 19 May: Critical research needs for informing environmental management of deep-sea mining
  • SERIES: Southern Gulf of Mexico Marine Observations, Research and Technology: Opportunities for Gulf-wide Synergies and Cooperation, Thursdays at 12pm ET: During this webinar series, Mexican consortia will present their activities over the past six years in conducting basic and applied research in the Gulf of Mexico, discuss ongoing research, the scientific and technological capabilities they have in place, recent synthesis publications, and ideas for future collaboration in this large marine ecosystem. Click here for more info.Registration is required: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/2528469246623110160 
    • March 24: Numerical Modeling and Oil Spill Scenarios (CIGOM)
    • New Addition March 31: Gliders, HFR and Database Management System
    • April 7: Environmental Baseline and Marine Biogeochemistry (CIGOM)
    • April 21: Renewable Energies and Technological Developments (CEMIE & CIGOM)

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