- From the Director
- From the U.S. IOOS Office
- Observation Subsystem and Sensor Technologies
- Marine Life
- DMAC Subsystem and Tools Built on IOOS data
- Modeling and Analysis Subsystem
- Interagency and International Collaboration/News
- Delivering the Benefits
- Upcoming Meetings
- Grants and Funding Opportunities
- Job & Internship Opportunities
From the Director:
I am pleased to announce five new members to the IOOS Federal Advisory Committee. Dr. Spinrad has appointed Daniel Costa, Jason Biggs, Catherine Edwards, Eoin Howlett, and Julio Morell to serve on the committee. We are very excited to bring them onboard. You can read more about them and the experience they bring to the committee on the committee membership page.
I’d also like to thank three members who have completed their second term on the committee and have now rotated office. Many thanks to Jennifer Hagen, Tom Curtain, and Doug Vandemark for your six years of service on the IOOS Advisory Committee. Your expertise and invaluable contributions have set up the Committee for future success.
The IOOS Advisory Committee will meet for Day 2 of their meeting on Monday, December 6th. This meeting is open to the public. To register for the meeting and/or submit public comments, use this link: https://forms.gle/qrem9uwCcyjB1vHEA. We hope you can join us.
From the U.S. IOOS Office:
- IOOS Advisory Committee Public Meeting, November 29th and December 6th (Virtual): The next meeting of the IOOS Federal Advisory Committee will take place November 29th and December 6th, 2021. This meeting is open to the public. To register for the meeting and/or submit public comments, use this link or email Laura.Gewain@noaa.gov. Refer to the U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee website at https://ioos.noaa.gov/community/u-s-ioos-advisory-committee/ for the most up-to-date information including the agenda and dial-in information.
- HAB Observing Group Webinar: Emerging Data Science Tools for Managers and Scientists, 1 December 3-4 p.m. ET: The next HAB Observing Group webinar will be focused on HAB data tools and will present three strategies for a HAB data portal - the WHOI HABHub, a community HAB Data Assembly Center and the data portal for the HABScope. Our invited panelists are Dr. Rob Bochenek (Axiom Data Science), Dr. Mike Brosnahan(WHOI), and Bob Currier (GCOOS, Texas A&M). Please register for the event through this form, and connect via GoToMeeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/734749941 Learn more about the HAB Observing Group at the IOOS Association’s National HAB Observing Page.
- From the IOOS Association:
- IOOS DEIA Fellow for 2022: Ashley Peiffer has been selected as the IOOS DEIA Fellow for 2022. Ashley has a Masters from Oregon State University in Marine Resource Management where she focused on community engagement for fisheries in the Horn of Africa using quantitative data collection techniques, including work and study related to environmental justice. Prior to pursuing her Master’s degree, she was a Science Educator for the Peace Corps in Tanzania where she worked and lived in rural communities, developing close connections to community members and working with to build capacity through securing grants and other resources. Her passion, experience and skills are well suited for the Fellowship. She will start on Monday, January 3, 2022 and will be located in Corvallis OR. Welcome Ashley!
- Caraid Award nominations now open: The IOOS Association has opened the nomination process for outstanding contributions to coastal and ocean observing. The IOOS Association created the Caraid Award in 2020 as an annual award to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to observing and understanding our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes through vision, leadership, friendship and collaboration. Candidates can be an individual, a group, or an organization that has contributed to observing and understanding the oceans, coasts, and/or Great Lakes through collaboration, innovation, and/or a commitment to working with stakeholders. For more information and how to make your nomination, see the poster here.
Observation Subsystem and Sensor Technologies:
- Surface Current Mapping: (IOOS Surface Currents Program Manager, Brian Zelenke, firstname.lastname@example.org):
- Gliders (IOOS POC Kathleen Bailey, email@example.com; Underwater Glider User Group (UG2) POC Bill Lingsch, firstname.lastname@example.org); Click here to join UG2:
- UG2 Updates:
- UG2 Webinar Series #6: Glider Operations: Piloting Panel: The following glider pilots participated on a panel discussing their missions and experiences in piloting their gliders. The group geographically covered operations that included waters around Alaska, Great Lakes, Atlantic (from Canada to Florida), and Mediterranean Sea as well as automated piloting of gliders. The panel included:
- David Aragon, Rutgers University; Glider Technician and Operator/Pilot-Mid Atlantic Region
- Brita Irving, University of Alaska Fairbanks, International Arctic Research Center
- Catherine Edwards, University of Georgia, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography-South Atlantic Region
- Cailin Burmaster, Real-Time Aquatic Ecosystem Observation Network (RAEON), University of Windsor; ON AUV Technician
- Dan Hayes, Cyprus Subsea Consulting and Services C.S.C.S.; Managing Director
- Mélany Belzile, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Bedford Institute of Oceanography; Physical Scientist
If you were not able to attend you can go to watch the webinar in its entirety at: https://transcripts.gotomeeting.com/#/s/e43a7a4ec404883590f1cc4fa77838f3a444d946956fb0d06d5c5b0a95cc20e8 or you can go to https://underwatergliders.org/index.php/webinars-and-events/ to select and view this and all other previous webinars. Next scheduled webinar is December 16th with topic(s)) TBA. If you have a suggestion, please email email@example.com
- UG2 Membership: Membership continues to grow with 17 new members (since October webinar) now totaling 206 members.
- UG2 Glider Related Job Postings: https://underwatergliders.org/index.php/opportunities/
- Job Announcement: Rutgers University: Laboratory Researcher III for the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences: The Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (COOL) is a large field going research group. It conducts research around the world using novel autonomous technologies. These technologies provide large environmental data sets that are analyzed for a range of theoretical and applied data products. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Laboratory Researcher III for the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences.. The position supports The Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (COOL) mission in the field and in the laboratories on campus. The focus will be supporting externally funded research programs. For more information or to apply, please visit: https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/146711. Among the key duties of this position are the following:
- Maintains, prepares and deploys autonomous underwater gliders.
- Anchor field deployments of ocean gliders and other instruments in the ocean.
- Works on the Glider Team on maintaining all aspects of the glider AUV fleet to ensure continuous operability.
- Inspects, diagnoses and repairs all hardware issues related to AUVs including internal and external operational systems, emergency systems, all attached acoustic, optical and electrical instrumentation and internal electrical systems.
- Supports the deployment of profiling equipment used for the data quality control and assurance procedures required for glider operations.
- Conduct data analysis on oceanographic data collected at sea. The candidate will be able to use various software packages for the independent analysis of large data sets.
- The candidate will be proficient in the use of Python to allow for data synthesis of large environmental data sets.
- The candidate must be familiar with oceanographic equipment, autonomous underwater gliders, and Python. Preference is given to candidates who have experience in supporting large field expeditions. The candidate should have experience querying ocean models, ERDDAP, THREDDS, Flask, PHP, MySQL (or similar), and have worked with NetCDF datasets. MatLab experience is a plus.
- UG2 Updates:
- “Diverse integrated ecosystem approach overcomes pandemic-related fisheries monitoring challenges”: Congratulations to Santora et al. for a new paper in Nature Communications describing the power of the MBON approach and the use of new models (built during previous and current MBON grants) to overcome management challenges, including in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-26484-5.pdf
- Eleventh Meeting of the ATN Steering Group, SG-11, November 30, 2021: The ATN will convened the eleventh meeting of the ATN Steering Group (SG) virtually on November 30, 2021 from 1-5 PM. The ATN SG was established in 2016 to provide guidance and leadership on the development and implementation of the ATN and includes members from 9 federal agencies and 4 non-federal organizations.
- Funding Opportunity! FY2022 US Marine Life Observations: Coordinated Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) and Animal Telemetry Network (ATN) Activities to Ensure Resilient, Productive Ecosystems and Human Communities in the Face of Change: On behalf of the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP), NOAA and partner agencies, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), and the Office of Naval Research request proposals that: (1) build upon the foundation established by the US Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON), the US Animal Telemetry Network (ATN), and the US IOOS Regional Associations to work across sectors and disciplines towards an integrated, sustained marine life observing capability for the U.S. ocean, coasts and Great Lakes, from estuaries to the deep ocean; (2) advance technologies for efficient and/or automated collection of species and associated habitat observations; (3) enable open access to biodiversity data and information; and (4) utilize these observations, technologies, and data to address place-based (e.g., sanctuaries, reserves, protected areas, leasing blocks, etc) management, conservation and restoration needs. For more information and to apply: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=335886. The deadline for applications is December 17, 2021.
- SAVE THE DATE: 2022 DMAC Code Sprint April 26-28, Chicago: We're pleased to announce that IOOS plans to host the 2022 DMAC Code Sprint in Chicago with our partner GLOS! Save the dates of April 26 - 28, 2022 for the second DMAC community code sprint. We're tentatively planning to host an in person event in Chicago, with the option for virtual participation for those who are unable to travel to be there in person. We'll be reaching out in the near future with more details about meeting logistics, sprint/activity planning, technologies we hope to use for the virtual component of the sprint, and all the rest. If you have any suggestions or input about the sprint, please post them in the #dmac channel in the IOOS Slack - https://ioos.slack.com. Use this link to join our Slack workspace. As we did two years ago, we expect to use Slack heavily during the sprint.
- QARTOD (National Coordinator Mark Bushnell, firstname.lastname@example.org):
- QARTOD 2022-2026 Work Plan: We continue drafting the QARTOD 2022-2026 work plan. After incorporating feedback from the working group that was established for this effort, reviews and comments have been received from Board of Advisors members. The draft plan will be edited to address their suggestions, and that will be followed by a review invitation to a broader audience. We welcome your thoughts about our intentions to expand the scope of QARTOD to make it relevant to a broader range of communities.
- Ocean Best Practice System: To better inform users of the OBPS repository, documents can now be endorsed and a search filter will soon allow users to select only endorsed documents. See the GOOS Best Practice Endorsement Process (http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-926) to learn more, and consider endorsing documents that your institution values.
Modeling and Analysis Subsystem (IOOS PO and IOOS Coastal and Ocean Modeling Testbed (COMT) POC – Tracy Fanara, Tracy.Fanara@noaa.gov):
- No update.
Interagency and International Collaboration/News:
- UN Decade of Ocean Science For Sustainable Development Updates:
- Regional Kick-off Conference for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021–2030 for the Tropical Americas Region (16–17 December 2021): The Regional Kick-Off Conference, to Launch the Ocean Science Decade in the Tropical Americas will take place on Thursday and Friday December 16 and 17. On Thursday the 16th, participants will have an opportunity to learn about the proposed regional Actions and make further suggestions. On Friday the 17th, the activity will focus on highlighting emerging regional partnerships which will facilitate the implementation of the proposed actions. Register here: http://iocaribe.ioc-unesco.org/rkoc/regrkoc
- Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) News:
- OOI's Virtual Schedule at AGU: Plenty of opportunities exist to meet and engage with your OOI colleagues at the AGU Fall Meeting, even if you only plan to attend via your living room. We've planned a smashing series of sessions each day at an online virtual booth that will be open during exhibit hours. All are welcome to attend sessions. Simply register in advance to secure a spot. The sessions range from the climate implications of recent science findings in the North Atlantic to what we are learning about earthquakes and volcanoes in the Pacific. You can join in on an update on the Pioneer relocation plans, learn what's new in Data Explorer, and be introduced to OOI's new Data Center. We also are planning a hands-on interactive workshop working with OOI data in the cloud using Pangeo. We've also invited the lightning talk presenters at OOIFB's Town Hall to share their exciting findings with virtual booth visitors. Hope to see you many times over the course of AGU week- December 13-17. See session and register.
- US EPA Webinar - Promoting Community Resilience through Social Science - Dec 8, 2021 02:00 PM:Hurricanes, severe storms, and flooding cause billions of dollars of losses every year. Residents impacted by flooding look to return home as quickly as possible to assess any damage that may have occurred and to get back to their daily lives. These homes may contain dangers that residents need to understand how to navigate, including lead, asbestos, mold, toxic chemicals, and bacteria from the flood water. This webinar will discuss how researchers used social science practices from Human-Centered Design and disaster anthropology to develop a website containing short, how-to videos based on technical guidance on how members of the public can safely re-enter their home, remove contaminated materials, clean it out, and begin repairs. Register here.
- DARPA Forecasting Floats in Turbulence (FFT) Challenge: As part of the Ocean of Things program – which uses low-cost distributed drifters for maritime situational awareness – the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is hosting a challenge called Forecasting Floats in Turbulence, or FFT. The challenge is designed to spur development of algorithms to better predict where free-drifting floats will travel over time. Starting with a training data set, DARPA will provide 20-days’ worth of historical drift data from a field of commercially available Spotters produced by Sofar Ocean, a performer on Ocean of Things. With roughly 90 Spotters circulating in the Atlantic, and 20 days of data, participants will need to train their algorithm or technique to predict where these spotters will be in 10 days. DARPA will award a total of $50,000 in the FFT challenge: $25,000 for first place, $15,000 for second place, and $10,000 for third place. To learn more about the competition, see https://web.cvent.com/event/501b761d-7e68-4fc8-b0bb-53b8c7f79f34/summary
- New NOAA Story Map - A Window to the World: NOAA’s Barrow Atmospheric Baseline Observatory has a new look. Check out NOAA’s new story map, A Window on the World, to see Barrow's expanded leading-edge facilities. The story map provides an excellent picture of how Barrow’s work, 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, has been on the front lines of understanding our climate for nearly 50 years. At a time of rapid environmental change, Barrow’s work has never been more critical, with implications that have an immense global reach.
- NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Hits Milestone: On Nov. 1, NOAA Ocean Exploration achieved a milestone, mapping 2 million square kilometers of seafloor using multi-beam sonar from NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. That's more than 770,000 square miles and over 25% of the size of the contiguous U.S. NOAA Ocean Exploration is at the forefront of the deep-sea mapping community, providing insights into geological, biological, climatological and other processes to better understand, manage, and protect ocean ecosystems, species, and services. NOAA mapping is vital to U.S. ocean strategy, which calls for a complete map of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone by 2040.
- CO-OPS Releases Winter 2021 High Tide Bulletin: NOAA has released the High Tide Bulletin for winter 2021. This bulletin provides critical data on when regions may experience higher than normal high tides between December 2021 and February 2022. High tide flooding, worsened by continued sea level rise, can inundate busy streets and wash out beaches. More severe flooding may result during adverse weather conditions — heavy rains, strong wind, or big waves. The bulletin covers the following regions: Northeast, mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Gulf Coast, West Coast, Pacific Islands, Alaska, and the Caribbean Islands.
- CO-OPS Installs New Tide Gauge in American Samoa: CO-OPS and partners in American Samoa have installed an emergency water level station on Tutuila Island. The new station is located on a concrete pier at the Port of Pago Pago, well above the highest observed water level. A microwave water level sensor, solar power, and satellite communications equipment at this station will reduce gaps in data collection and dissemination. Data from this station will help track relative sea level rates and plan coastal resilience activities to protect from coastal hazards like tsunamis and cyclones. Multiple agencies and stakeholders use the data, including the local community; the government of American Samoa; the University of Hawaii Sea Level Center; and federal agencies, including NASA, the U.S. Geological Service, and NOAA’s National Tsunami Warning Center and National Weather Service.
- NGS Releases Beta Map with Multiple Geodetic Datasets: NGS released the Beta NGS Map, a geographic information system (GIS), that provides access to multiple datasets including: NGS Datasheets, Online Positioning User Service Shared Solutions, and the NOAA Continuously Operating Reference Stations Network. This mapping application is an interactive tool, allowing users to explore NOAA's extensive geodetic control network overlaying multiple layers and to change base maps, measure distances, use selection tools, and filter and export data in multiple formats. In addition to providing many new tools to interact with the web mapping application, these datasets are publicly available, allowing constituents to incorporate the data into their own mapping applications without having to regularly download and update the data. These datasets will be updated monthly.
- OCS Participates in Arctic Hydrographic Commission Meeting: OCS participated in the 11th meeting of the Arctic Regional Hydrographic Commission (ARHC). Canada chaired the meeting, which was attended by over 30 participants from Denmark, Finland, Italy, Iceland, Norway, the United States, and the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) Secretariat. Attendees discussed Arctic hydrography issues and updates since the ARHC last convened in 2020. Special topics at the meeting included ARHC implementation of the IHO Strategic Plan, Arctic Council and ARHC Joint Statement activities, NOAA custom charts, leveraging uncrewed survey vessels in the Arctic, and an update on approving revised ARHC statutes.
- UNESCO launches Ocean Science Roadmap for UNESCO Marine World Heritage: Climate change is altering our planet and the effects are felt from the highest mountains to the deepest part of the ocean. The latest report launched reveals that 75% of marine World Heritage sites lack the critical science to deal with the impact. While the world seeks to limit warming to 1.5°C, it is vital to take steps now to protect Earth's most exceptional places. Read the report here: https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000379847.locale=en
- Grants & Funding Opportunities:
- NEW! Section has been moved to the end of the newsletter.
Delivering the Benefits:
- SCCOOS Provides Critical Information to Inform Response Efforts to Huntington Beach Oil Spill: When disasters like the Huntington Beach oil spill in Southern California occur, Regional Associations like the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System monitor and publicize key information that can inform response efforts. In October, an estimated 25,000 gallons of oil were released from a displaced undersea pipeline off of Huntington Beach. With concerns over damage to regional ecosystems and beaches, as well as to disruptions in the operations at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, monitoring ocean conditions such as ocean surface currents, wave and swell forecasts, and wind conditions around the oil spill is of critical importance to promoting safety at sea and informed decision-making. Read this story and much more in the latest SCCOOS newsletter.
- New Quileute/UW Real-time Hypoxia-Monitoring Moorings: The Quileute Indian Tribe, UW-APL, and NANOOS collaborated on a project to improve responsiveness to and understanding of WA shelf hypoxia events, particularly in relation to the Quileute Treaty Dungeness crab fishery. The Quileute Indian Tribe has long recognized the need for real-time oxygen data to evaluate hypoxia and guide fishing and management decisions. Funds were made available to the tribe through the Fishery Disaster Relief Program for Tribal Fisheries under the Bi-partisan Budget Act of 2018 in response to a crab fishery disaster in 2015. Read this story and more in the NERACOOS Observer.
- The first buoy to transmit directly to Seagull is now live: Platform operators will soon have a simpler, stabler, more secure way to share data from their buoy or other observing platform with the rest of the observing community: by sending it directly to Seagull, currently in its beta testing phase. Part of the backend innovation that has GLOS and partners excited about this new platform is the ability to send data from a data logger, for example, on a buoy, to the Seagull cloud, without any processes in the middle. Read more here.
- Improving the Flood Response with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Satellite Imagery: Flooding is a frequently occurring natural disaster that causes extensive damages to life, infrastructure, and the environment. It is critical to understand where flooding is occurring and know the depth of flood water, especially after major weather events. A new project funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will use Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) imagery, satellite imagery, and machine learning methods to develop a more accurate and georeferenced 3D flood extent model. The project team includes members from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T), N.C. Department of Public Safety (NCDPS), NOAA National Weather Service, NOAA Southeast River Forecast Center, Axiom Data Science, and SECOORA. Read more here.
- PacIOOS Pago Pago High Sea Level Forecast Back Online: The PacIOOS Pago Pago High Sea Level Rise Forecast is not only back up and running, now that there is again real-time water level data coming from the NOAA water level station, but it is also improved with thresholds and examples of the impact of high sea level events. The Six-Day High Sea Level Forecast is a tool to predict higher than usual sea level at locations such as protected harbors and atoll lagoons. The forecast provides information that contributes to safe and reliable operations by harbor users, and provides a benefit to residential and commercial property owners in surrounding low-lying areas. To advance this forecast, the next step PacIOOS hopes to take is to translate this product into Samoan.
- WA Shelf Glider now live on NVS: The Washington Shelf Glider has returned to service under the leadership of PI Jack Barth (OSU), with a team including Charles Seaton (CRITFC), Joe Schumacker (Quinault Indian Nation), Anatoli Erofeev (OSU), and Stephen Pierce (OSU). July and September 2021 deployments are available on NVSand show the evolution of upwelling and near-bottom low-oxygen water through the 2021 “hypoxia season”. This glider will be deployed next in April 2022 and will travel further offshore to survey the deeper source waters anticipated to reach the coast during the following upwelling season. NANOOS Associate, Roxanne Carini, and DMAC Team, Troy Tanner and Alex Dioso, have worked together to create a new, automated pathway for the glider data to be plotted in NVS as soon as it is available during each deployment.
- New papers & reports:
- California HAB Bulletin: October 2021
- Experimental Weekly Sargassum Inundation Report (SIR v1.2) By the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the University of South Florida (USF) Status: Nov 2 – 8
- Experimental Weekly Sargassum Inundation Report (SIR v1.2) By the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the University of South Florida (USF) Status: Nov 9-15
- Infrastructure bill signed into law: On Monday November 15 President Biden signed into law the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The act provides $2.96 B in investments for NOAA, including $150 M to enhance observing systems that gather crucial data about our coastal, ocean and Great Lakes environment. Read the NOAA press release here.
- Lakebed 2030 presentations now available: Momentum continues to build behind Lakebed 2030, the initiative to map the Great Lakes at high-density. This past year, partners across sectors continued to connect around the goals of mapping new areas, sharing data, and building a free, publicly accessible, highly detailed map. Presentations from the fall Lakebed 2030 conference are now available online.
- Soon almost anyone’s boat will be able to map the lakes: To help complete an open, high-density map of the lakefloor as part of Lakebed 2030, the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) is developing a pipeline for a largely untapped source of lakefloor depth data: crowd-sourced bathymetry (CSB). CSB is collected by non-research vessels, using standard navigation instruments that measure lake depth while engaged in routine maritime operations, whether that’s going out on a fishing trip in Lake Ontario, or transporting cargo across Lake Superior. Read more here.
- IOOS Enterprise in the News:
- Making the Great Lakes Smarter (GLOS), The Ontario Educational Communications Authority (TVO), 11/16/2021
- Bioluminescent waves captured along North San Diego County coast (SCCOOS), ABC 10 News, 11/23/2021
Upcoming Meetings with IOOS Participation (Please check links as we move forward as things may change quickly for planned events):
- SECOORA Annual Meeting, 2 - 3 December 2021, St. Petersburg, FL & virtual: Join SECOORA for an in-person meeting on December 2-3, 2021 hosted in St. Petersburg, FL. The meeting will focus on Harmful Algal Blooms, DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), and new SECOORA observing projects. The deadline to register is November 15, 2021. Click here for more information and to register for the free meeting.
- SAVE THE DATE! NERACOOS Annual Meeting, 9 December 2021, virtual: This Annual Meeting is an opportunity to hear how NERACOOS has served users over the past year and a chance to weigh in on their path moving forward. Registration is now open.
- ESIP Virtual January Meeting (Jan 18-21). For over 20 years, ESIP meetings have brought together the most innovative thinkers and leaders around Earth science data, thus forming a community dedicated to making Earth science data more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and the public. The theme of this year’s meeting is "Data for All People: From Generation to Use and Understanding." More information about the meeting can be found here: https://2022esipjanuarymeeting.sched.com/info
- AMS Annual Meeting, 23-27 January 2022, Houston Texas: Abstract submission for the 102nd American Meteorological Society’s Annual Meeting, 23–27 January 2022, Houston, Texas is open. Submissions close 1 September 2021. See https://annual.ametsoc.org/index.cfm/2022/call-for-papers/. Contact Tiffany Vance for more details.
- Cloud Computing for Big Data in Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate (Joint with 21st Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Environmental Science, 12th Symposium on Advances in Modeling and Analysis Using Python, and the Eighth Symposium on High Performance Computing for Weather, Water, and Climate)
- Developing Cloud-based Tools for Data Analysis and Archiving (Joint with 21st Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Environmental Science, 12th Symposium on Advances in Modeling and Analysis Using Python, and the Eighth Symposium on High Performance Computing for Weather, Water, and Climate)
- FAIR and Open Data and Software within the Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences to Support Replicable Research and Reusable Tools for Climate Analysis (Joint with 25th Conference of Atmospheric Librarians International and the 12th Symposium on Advances in Modeling and Analysis Using Python)
- Meeting Data Stewardships Needs for Heterogeneous Earth and Atmospheric Science Data via the Exploitation of Emerging Technologies (Joint with 25th Conference of Atmospheric Librarians International and the 21st Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Environmental Science).
- Sessions in the 38th Environmental Information Processing Systems (EIPT) Conference that might be of particular interest include:
- Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022, Feb 27 - March 4, Virtual: This year’s theme emphasizes the importance of working together. “Come Together and Connect,” focuses on strengthening the ocean sciences community through discussing both basic and applied research while making scientific and social connections. https://www.aslo.org/osm2022/
- Session Title: ME13 Marine Life 2030: Advancing Earth Observations and the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) to Measure and Interpret Marine Biodiversity for Global Sustainability
- Session Organizers:
- Tiffany Vance and Tim Kearns [GLOS] are co-organizers for a session at the 2022 Ocean Sciences meeting entitled “IoT and Distributed Sensing in Ocean Science and Research” under the Ocean Technologies and Observatories topic.
- Tiffany Vance is a co-organizer of a session at the 2022 Ocean Sciences meeting entitled “Democratizing Data: Environmental Data Access and its Future” in the Education & Outreach topic.
- NANOOS Community Workshop - Save the Date - March 24-25, 2022: We are pleased to announce that NANOOS is planning a community workshop on March 24-25, 2022 in Astoria, OR. Please mark your calendars! Our goals are to galvanize Pacific Northwest users and stakeholders, connect with old and new partners, and forge new strategies. We want to hear directly from our users about what would strengthen NANOOS products and how to reach broader audiences. This is an opportunity to bring together industries, policymakers, scientists, data experts, tribes, and other interested parties in the region to interact with each other and refine the NANOOS vision. More details will be available soon, please let us know if you have any questions or workshop topic suggestions.
- SAVE THE DATE! 2022 GLOS Annual Meeting, 28 April 2022, Chicago & virtual: Join GLOS at the Pendry Hotel or virtually to hear the latest from GLOS staff, board, and IOOS leadership on what we have accomplished in the last year, and where we’re heading in the near future. Then, be part of the official Seagull launch party, when the platform will move out of its Beta phase and be ready for everyone to use region-wide! Registration and more information coming soon.
- 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.
- RESCHEDULED! 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:
- Save the Date - NOAA’s Science Advisory Board Meeting, 7 - 8 December 2021: The next meeting of the NOAA Science Advisory Board will be held on December 7 - 8, 2021. Meeting details and materials will be posted on the SAB website as they are finalized.
- Abstract Deadline Extended! International Ocean Data Conference 2022: The Data We Need for the Ocean We Want, 14-16 February 2022, Sopot, Poland & virtual: The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to 15 November 2021. The conference will be held as a hybrid event with a number of participants on-site while others will participate through video conference. The conference programme includes the following topic areas: Global Strategies and Policy, Implementing the Digital Commons, and Looking Forward. Learn more on the conference website.
- 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.
- US EPA Webinar - Promoting Community Resilience through Social Science - Dec 8, 2021 02:00 PM: Hurricanes, severe storms, and flooding cause billions of dollars of losses every year. Residents impacted by flooding look to return home as quickly as possible to assess any damage that may have occurred and to get back to their daily lives. These homes may contain dangers that residents need to understand how to navigate, including lead, asbestos, mold, toxic chemicals, and bacteria from the flood water. This webinar will discuss how researchers used social science practices from Human-Centered Design and disaster anthropology to develop a website containing short, how-to videos based on technical guidance on how members of the public can safely re-enter their home, remove contaminated materials, clean it out, and begin repairs. Register here.
- SERIES: National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series: The National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Seriesprovides educators with educational and scientific expertise, resources, and training to support ocean and climate literacy in the classroom. This series currently targets formal and informal educators, students (high school through college), as well as members of the community, including families. You can also visit the archives of the webinar series to catch up on presentations you may have missed here.
- December 9, 2021 - 1 pm Hawai`i / 3 pm Pacific / 6 pm Eastern - Telling the Story of Springer. Register here.
- December 14, 2021 - 8 am Hawai‘i / 10 am Pacific / 12 pm Central / 1 pm Eastern - Submerged North Carolina Webinar Series: American Indian Log Boats - Every Tree Tells a Story. Register here.
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:
- 16 December: Marine Geohazards in Europe
Grants and Funding Opportunities:
- FY2022-2023 Margaret A. Davidson Fellowship Request for Proposals: NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2022 - 2023 Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship request for proposals. This program offers graduate students admitted to or enrolled in a Master’s or Ph.D. program the opportunity to conduct estuarine research within a National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Davidson fellowship supports research projects that help scientists and communities understand the coastal challenges that will likely influence future policy and management strategies, and offers professional development opportunities geared to build the next generation of coastal professionals. NOAA is committed to reaching applicants from minority serving institutions, and to partnering with these universities for collaborative science initiatives and fellowship opportunities within the research reserves. NOAA will award one fellowship at each of the 29 reserves in the national system. Each two-year project will employ the tenets of collaborative research, including engaging end-users, incorporating multi-disciplinary perspectives, and ensuring outcomes are applicable to local coastal resource management needs and decision-making. The fellowship honors the legacy of Margaret A. Davidson, a true visionary and pioneer in the field of coastal resource management. Applications are due December 10th, 2021. A link to the request for proposals can be found here.aAdditional information about the program can be found on our website.
- Nancy Foster Scholarship Program: The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program provides support for master’s and doctoral degrees in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology—these may include but are not limited to ocean and/or coastal: engineering, social science, marine education, marine stewardship, cultural anthropology, and resource management disciplines—and particularly encourages women and members of minority groups to apply. The application period for the 2022 Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program has opened and complete applications are due December 14, 2021 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. The Notice of Funding Opportunity can be found here.
- FY2022 US Marine Life Observations: Coordinated Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) and Animal Telemetry Network (ATN) Activities to Ensure Resilient, Productive Ecosystems and Human Communities in the Face of Change: On behalf of the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP), NOAA and partner agencies, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), and the Office of Naval Research request proposals that: (1) build upon the foundation established by the US Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON), the US Animal Telemetry Network (ATN), and the US IOOS Regional Associations to work across sectors and disciplines towards an integrated, sustained marine life observing capability for the U.S. ocean, coasts and Great Lakes, from estuaries to the deep ocean; (2) advance technologies for efficient and/or automated collection of species and associated habitat observations; (3) enable open access to biodiversity data and information; and (4) utilize these observations, technologies, and data to address place-based (e.g., sanctuaries, reserves, protected areas, leasing blocks, etc) management, conservation and restoration needs. For more information and to apply: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=335886. The deadline for applications is December 17, 2021.
- NEW! Funding Opportunity from Oregon: The Oregon Ocean Science Trust (OOST), in consultation with the Oregon Coordinating Council on Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia (OAH Council), are pleased to announce the Request For Proposals (RFP) for strategic research, monitoring, and communications to address ocean acidification and hypoxia. Subsequent to the passage of a funding bill (HB 3114) by the Oregon Legislature, the State of Oregon has provided about $1,000,000 to priority actions from the Oregon Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Action Plan 2019-2025. Proposals are due by 21 December 2021. To review the request for proposals, including deadlines, forms, and other information, please visit https://www.oostoahrfp.com.
- Understanding multi-stressor impacts on marine ecosystems under climate change: NOAA/NOS/National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)/Competitive Research Program (CRP), the NOAA Climate Program Office (CPO), and the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP), in partnership with the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) and the NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), are soliciting proposals to understand the combined impacts of multiple stressors on the function and health of marine ecosystems within the context of climate change. This information will be used to improve place-based management of marine protected areas and enable the proactive protection of these critical ecosystems under future climate scenarios. Applications are due January 18, 2022. Click here for full details and how to apply.
- Integrated Research on Coastal and Ocean Acidification and Harmful Algal Blooms: and the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) are soliciting proposals for research that must address the interaction between coastal and ocean acidification and harmful algal blooms. Funding is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2022 Federal appropriations. It is anticipated that up to approximately $1,500,000 may be available in Fiscal Year 2022 for the first year for all projects combined. If funds become available for this program, 3-5 targeted projects are expected to be funded at the level of $300,00 to $500,000 per year per proposal (including ship time). Projects are expected not to exceed 3 years in duration. NCCOS/CRP will not accept any proposals submitted with an annual budget that is greater than $500,000 for any year. It is anticipated that projects funded under this announcement will have a September 1, 2022 start date. Applications close January 19, 2022. View the funding opportunity here.
- NEW! Pacific Islands Ocean Acidification Masters Student Fellowship: The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program is supporting a competitive graduate fellowship that will support students conducting research, in pursuit of a Masters degree, related to ocean acidification in the Pacific Islands region to help fill a critical gap in capacity for OA research and monitoring in the region. OAP is seeking to fund students who would contribute to the body of knowledge on regional vulnerabilities to OA and potential solutions to build greater resilience against the impacts of OA. Successful applicants will conduct research that addresses physical/chemical oceanographic, biological, and/or socioeconomic questions and concepts. This funding call is part of a broader initiative, which involves multiple international scientific networks and capacity building organizations. Subject to the availability of funding, OAP anticipates up to $300,000 USD total will be available to support approximately 3-6 graduate fellows, with each fellow funded at the approximate level of $20,000 - $32,000 USD per year for 2 years. The closing date for applications is March 10, 2022. View the funding opportunity here.
Job and Internship Opportunities:
- NEW! National Ocean Service, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Navigation, Observations and Positioning: For the first time, NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS) is recruiting for the position of Deputy Assistant Administrator for Navigation, Observations and Positioning to complement our existing leadership team. The DAA-NOP will have responsibility for establishing, managing, and providing strategic direction for the Navigation, Observations, and Position programs within NOS. The position is open until 12/27/2021. https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/622912000
- NEW! Assistant Professor – Hurricane Science Earth and Ocean Sciences, UNC Wilmington: The Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences announces a tenure-track assistant professor position in Hurricane Science and Associated Hazards to begin August 2022. We seek a natural scientist focused on tropical weather systems and their environmental impacts in the context of climate change, such as extreme precipitation and flooding, storm surge, coastal erosion, landslides, or impacts on infrastructure in populated areas. To complement our coastal plain location, preference will be given to candidates with experience analyzing Atlantic hurricanes and an appreciation for hurricane impacts on coastal and island environments. The ideal candidate will have experience teaching courses in weather and climate, a successful research record with evidence of mentoring students, and demonstrated interests in public outreach and science communication. We welcome applications from candidates who can incorporate an inclusive environmental and social justice narrative in their research and outreach activities. A PhD in the Earth and Ocean Sciences or a closely related discipline is required by the time of appointment. Closes January 4, 2022. For more information or to apply, please visit: https://jobs.uncw.edu/postings/22219
- NEW! Software Development Engineer I- Maritime: Join a dynamic team responsible for designing and developing the next generation of bathymetry-related software tools in ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Enterprise. This is a great opportunity to collaborate with subject matter experts to design world-class solutions that will enable surveyors, hydrographic offices, navies, and ports around the world. https://www.esri.com/careers/software-development-engineer-i-maritime-14160
- MTS Executive Director: Dr. Kathleen Herndon has been the MTS Executive Director for 3 years and her contract concludes in January 2022. As the Society continues to evolve, the MTS Board determined that the MTS ED needs significant marine technology experience and expertise to advance their goals. As of 10 November they have opened up the search for the new Executive Director. The position description and how to apply can be seen here: https://mtsociety.memberclicks.net/assets/MTS%20POSITION%20DESCRIPTION_final2021.pdf.
- Rutgers University: Laboratory Researcher III for the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences: The Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (COOL) is a large field-going research group. It conducts research around the world using novel autonomous technologies. These technologies provide large environmental data sets that are analyzed for a range of theoretical and applied data products. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Laboratory Researcher III for the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences.. The position supports The Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (COOL) mission in the field and in the laboratories on campus. The focus will be supporting externally funded research programs. For more information or to apply, please visit: https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/146711.
- Post Doctoral Associate in acoustic tracking research, University of Miami: The successful candidate will work on a collaborative IOOS/SECOORA-funded project to integrate acoustic animal tracking data into biodiversity monitoring and conservation. The project will support a growing initiative between the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) and Animal Telemetry Network (ATN) to integrate, store, process, visualize and share data on marine biodiversity hotspots based on animal tracking data that is useful for conservation and natural resource management. The researcher will be mentored by Dr. Neil Hammerschlag (University of Miami) and will benefit from collaborations among the animal tracking community, MBON investigators, and ATN staff. The candidate will also be welcomed as a core team member of the Shark Research and Conservation Program and Hammerschlag Laboratory at the University of Miami. Open until filled. Click here for more info and how to apply.
- Postdoctoral Research Fellow in bioinformatics and machine learning, Loyola Marymount University: A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available immediately with Demian Willette (Loyola Marymount University), in collaboration with Michael Vecchione (National Museum of Natural History) and Amina Jackson (Booz Allen). The postdoc will be based in the Vecchione Lab at the NMNH, Washington D.C. This position is part of a National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator project aimed at developing use-inspired solutions to societal challenges in ocean-related resources. For more information please reach out to project PI Dr. Demian Willette at email@example.com.
- Engagement & Research Associate, NERACOOS & New Hampshire Sea Grant: In partnership with New Hampshire Sea Grant, NERACOOS is co-hiring an Engagement and Research Associate. This position is based at NERACOOS. The successful candidate will work with a regional team of engagement specialists, researchers, and stakeholders to identify shared goals, challenges, information gaps, and priorities that need to be addressed to enhance the blue economy of the Northeastern U.S., particularly as related to the development of ocean renewable energy (ORE). Open until filled, application review begins on September 1. Click here for more info and how to apply.