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From the Director:

Dear IOOS Community,

This week we have a guest introduction from Jorge Brenner, Executive Director of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS). Before I hand it over to Jorge, I’d like to note that we are excited for the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022, which kicked off this week with workshops and town halls and continues next week with keynote talks, sessions, plenaries, and more. Today, I had the opportunity to participate in a 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. I’m looking forward to hearing some great talks over the next week as the meeting gets into full swing.

Thanks,
Carl


Dear IOOS Community,

Dear IOOS Community,

In the early days of ocean observing in the Gulf of Mexico, many organizations here were gathering ocean data. But — as in other ocean and Great Lakes regions — the data were gathered and hosted individually and there was no practical ability to share information in real-time or near-real time quickly or easily. GCOOS was created in 2005 to help remedy that situation as a data aggregator and data provider and to help drive data collection by understanding and responding to community data and product needs. Today, we’ve developed relationships throughout our region that have immeasurably improved ocean observing, not just here in the Gulf of Mexico but that have also contributed to a stronger nationwide IOOS.

Essentially, team building and collaboration has been baked into GCOOS’s very DNA.

And today, these collaborations are stronger than ever — and growing.

For instance, we recently celebrated the end of a 102-day, 3,842 km glider mission that involved a team from 10 organizations, including the U.S. Navy, IOOS and SECOORA. The glider, launched off New Orleans, traveled around the tip of Florida, through the Florida Strait and up the U.S. East Coast to South Carolina. It investigated ocean features like the Loop Current and Loop Current eddies and the Gulf Stream.

The dashboard where glider data is shared — nicknamed GANDALF — allowed anyone to track the glider’s mission all the way. But our dashboard does more than track Gulf glider platforms. Most recently, we’ve been working with members of AOOS in Alaska to track gliders they’re using in support of fisheries management, and working to integrate data from a new acoustic sensor package they’re using.

A bit closer to home, I’m really excited to share the details of our upcoming Spring Webinar Series, which is focused on the southern Gulf of Mexico. We’re partnering with Texas A&M University (TAMU), the Network-to-Network for the Gulf of Mexico (N2N-GoM) and the Society for Underwater Technology-US (SUT-US) to showcase advances in ocean observations, research and technology by members of the Gulf of Mexico Marine Science Research Consortium (CIGOM) and the Mexican Center for Marine Energy Innovation (CEMIE-Océano). 

The four webinars in the series are: 

  • March 3: “Gliders, HFR and Database Management System”
  • March 24: “Numerical Modeling and Oil Spill Scenarios”
  • April 7: “Environmental Baseline and Marine Biogeochemistry”
  • April 21: “Renewable Energies and Technological Developments”

We’re hoping that this series — “Southern Gulf of Mexico Marine Observations, Research and Technology: Opportunities for Gulf Wide Synergies and Cooperation” — will help jumpstart new ideas for collaborative efforts that go beyond our national borders in support of stronger ocean data to the benefit of ocean-side communities no matter where they are. I hope you can join us for the webinars!

Dr. Jorge Brenner

Executive Director, GCOOS

From the U.S. IOOS Office:

  • Advancing Sea Level Rise State of Science: On February 14, 2022, NOAA along with other interagency collaborators released the Sea Level Rise Technical Report providing the most up-to-date sea level rise projections available for all U.S. states and territories. The updated data offers projections out to the year 2150 and information to help communities and decision-makers assess potential changes in average tide heights and height-specific threshold frequencies as they strive to adapt to sea level rise. These new and updated projections fill in the gaps in information for some rural and underserved regions. The Technical Report is the latest product of the Interagency Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flood Hazard and Tool Task Force which includes NOAA, EPA, NASA, USGS, and USACE. Additional support was provided by the U.S. Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program. 
  • 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:

    • 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. No registration required.  Click here for more info.
      • March 3: Gliders, HFR, and Database Management System (CIGOM)

Marine Life - Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) (IOOS PO POC Gabrielle Canonico, Gabrielle.Canonico@noaa.gov) and Animal Telemetry Network (ATN) (National Coordinator Bill Woodward, Bill.Woodward@noaa.gov):

  • Atlantic Cooperative Telemetry (ACT) Network Meeting: The Spring virtual Meeting of the Atlantic Cooperative Telemetry (ACT) Network was held on February 7, 2022. Seventy-three attendees were welcomed by Matt Ogburn - ACT Network Coordinator, Mary Ford  - MARACOOS  and Bill Woodward – ATN Network Coordinator.  Kim Richie – ACT  Network Data Manager presented an update of the ACT-MATOS database which now contains 85 projects with data from 108 PI’s at 70 institutions representing 4,520 tags – 2446 of which  are still active.  The participants also enjoyed science talks from Mike O’Brien, Joy Young, Jake LaBelle, Joe Luczkovich and Greg Skomal. Members from around the network also provided general updates on acoustic arrays and tags being deployed within the year. The network launched its first annual ACT Network Conference Award for students, applications are due March 15.  The afternoon portion of the meeting included a study hall for members to get assistance with their data formatting, loading and processing into the ACT-MATOS database. See meeting summary at:  https://www.theactnetwork.com/news 
  • New Collaborative Paper by FACT and ACT Network Members Looking at YOY White Shark Movement and Habitat Use Patterns: Congratulations to Rebekah James and team for the recent publication of the paper ‘Overwinter habitat use of young-of-the-year white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) off the eastern United States’ in Fishery Bulletin (https://doi.org/10.7755/FB.120.1.6). This paper was based on Rebekah’s undergraduate honors thesis research from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a contribution from her recent NOAA fisheries Hollings internship (NOAA Hollings Scholar Takes a Bite out of White Shark Research | NOAA Fisheries).  
  • New ACT Network Conference Award for Students Launched this Week: Do you have a student studying telemetry and wanting to present at an upcoming conference? The Atlantic Cooperative Telemetry (ACT) network and MARACOOS seeks to expand opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, particularly those from underserved communities, to participate in scientific conferences relevant to marine and estuarine animal telemetry. Conference awards will be made to students who demonstrate a strong interest in marine and estuarine animal telemetry research and who plan to present research relevant to a MARACOOS focus area (Focus Areas – MARACOOS) at a scientific conference. For more information visit: ACT - Student Conference Award (theactnetwork.com). The deadline for applications is March 15, 2022.
  • Two New Satellite Telemetry Datasets Available for Download via the ATN Data Portal: A new juvenile white shark (10.24431/rw1k6c3) and steelhead kelts (10.24431/rw1k6c9) dataset have been released for public access at DataONE and are available for download via the ATN data portal. The ‘Project White Shark: Juvenile Satellite Biotelemetry’ dataset was contributed by researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the CSULB Shark Lab, and the project entitled ‘Ocean Migration and Behavior of Steelhead Kelts in the Northern Gulf of Alaska, Examined with Satellite Telemetry’ was contributed by researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. More information about these projects and access to these data are available from their ATN project pages: Project White Shark and Steelhead Kelts.   
  • OTN Virtual Study Hall: Tune into the Ocean Tracking Network’s weekly study hall, Thursdays 1-3 pm EST, to explore data analysis tools, methods and solutions with the OTN data team and peers from around the globe. Reach out to Caitlin Bate (@CaityBate) or Jon Pye (@j_pye) for the participation link, or send email to otndc@dal.ca.
  • Teachers – Looking for Some New STEM NGSS-Based Curriculum? The CSULB Shark Lab has developed a new K-12 virtual STEM program for educators. The curricula was developed by the Shark Lab science educator, Corina Silva and are broken down by age group: K-2nd grade, 3-5th grade, middle school (6-9th grad) and high school (10-12th grade). This new live education program uses sharks and technology, including telemetry as a way of getting students interested in STEM fields. Curricula content covers shark biology, technology used to study sharks, and how all of this can lead to varying careers in STEM fields. These NGSS-aligned programs will expose students to dynamic and interesting fields across disciplines and invoke excitement about marine science and beyond. Currently, these programs are offered virtually and free of charge. For more information visit: K-12 Education Programs - Shark Lab | California State University, Long Beach (csulb.edu).

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):

  • 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 Board of Advisory Update: The QARTOD Board of Advisors consists of individuals with diverse expertise and representing a variety of organizations. In 2021 the BOA elected to initiate four-year term limits, with the option to renew for one additional term. BOA Chair Julie Thomas, who served for many years for which we are grateful, stepped down at the start of 2022. At the February quarterly meeting the BOA unanimously elected Eugene Burger as the Chair. Eugene is the associate director for information technology at PMEL. He joined the QARTOD BOA in 2015. Congratulations Eugene! We also welcomed two new BOA members. Jim Behrens is the principal development engineer/manager at Scripps Coastal Data Information Program.  A specialist in oceanographic and geophysical instrumentation and field operations, he has logged over 1,000 days of sea time on research and exploration projects spanning the globe, plus two years of Antarctic deep field expeditions. Matt Biddle is with IOOS and works with the DMAC program. Matt specializes in data management of marine life observations, primarily from the MBON program, and long-term archival of IOOS in-situ oceanographic data at NCEI. Welcome aboard, Jim and Matt!

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: 
    • Save the Date! 4th Ocean Decade Laboratory - A Healthy and Resilient Ocean - 9 to 11 March 2022: From 9 to 11 March, our fourth Ocean Decade Laboratory will take place on the topic of the Ocean Decade Outcome “A Healthy and Resilient Ocean”. It will be hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in partnership with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO. The ocean’s health is in decline. Stakeholders will collaborate to identify the common themes and the regional differences regarding the needs of a future healthy and resilient ocean. They will suggest concepts and activities to generate the knowledge that is urgently required for creating tools for marine ecosystem management systems tasked with building resilience, monitoring thresholds and avoiding ecological tipping points. Join us and be part of the necessary change! Please register here to receive further information on the event. If you already participated in one of our previous Labs, you can log in here with the data used for registration.
  • Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) News:
    • 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/  
  • OCS Navigation Team Surveys Antarctica: A team from OCS’s Navigation Response Branch left Hawaii on November 24, 2021, aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star to survey specific areas of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. The mission included a port call in Wellington, New Zealand, to gather information and tidal data about McMurdo and Scott Base. The team arrived at McMurdo Station on January 11. They spent 83 days on this mission and arrived back in the U.S. on February 15, 2022, having successfully completed surveys in all priority areas. In addition to completing their initial survey areas for the project, they were able to collect additional survey data at the request of the USCG. The team gave a presentation on NOAA and hydrography while underway, which was the best attended info session aboard.
  • OCS Lab Awarded Funding to Enhance Storm Surge Forecast: The Coast Survey Development Lab’s Coastal Marine Modeling Branch received funding for a collaborative project with Louisiana State University. This project will work on improvements to the Coastal Emergency Risks Assessment (CERA) web application. CERA already displays Global Extratropical Surge and Tide Operational Forecast System water level forecast guidance in real time. This project will enhance the display interface and add three-dimensional layer components for the Atlantic region. These improvements will provide better decision-support tools before, during, and after coastal storms. The funding was provided by the Lagniappe Awards program, administered by the Office of Response and Restoration’s Disaster Preparedness Program.
  • NGS Chairs Federal Geodetic Control Subcommittee Meeting: NGS Director Juliana Blackwell chaired a meeting of the Federal Geodetic Control Subcommittee of the Federal Geographic Data Committee. The subcommittee coordinates the planning and execution of geodetic surveys, the development of survey standards and specifications, and the exchange of geodetic survey data and technical information. This meeting included 25 participants from the Department of Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and NOAA. BLM presented innovative opportunities for federal cost savings through the leasing of geospatial measuring equipment. A number of NGS presenters provided updates on recent activities and modernization efforts, including an update on the Geospatial Data Act, the GPS on Bench Marks program, and an overview of current and future plans for the NGS Online Positioning User Service.
  • CO-OPS Expands its Real-Time Current Buoy System: After several weeks of system integration, testing, and verification, CO-OPS delivered two new real-time current buoy (CURBY) systems to a field team in Seattle, Washington. The systems will be deployed in a current survey of the Columbia River. The CURBY systems allow CO-OPS to sample currents in locations without existing structures, or where the seafloor is unsuitable for a bottom-mounted platform. At least one of the new buoys will remain on the West Coast long term, providing greater geographical distribution of existing systems. In Fiscal Year 2021, two other new CURBY systems were delivered to a Gulf Coast team and to the Office of Response and Restoration. These newest CURBY systems bring the total number to seven.
  • Spring High Tide Bulletin Available - March to May 2022: There are some factors that cause the tides to be higher than what is "normally" seen from day to day. View NOAA’s bulletin to see when you may experience higher than normal high tides for the period of time between March and May 2022. https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/news/high-tide-bulletin/spring-2022/ 

Delivering the Benefits:

  • NG645 completes experimental east coast run: When the Slocum glider known as NG645 was deployed about 80 miles south of New Orleans on Oct. 10, 2021, it became one of the most closely watched ocean-observing instruments in the Gulf of Mexico. That’s because it was a small robot with a big mission: Investigate features of the Loop Current and Loop Current Eddies in the Gulf as part of the Hurricane Glider Project, then travel south into the Gulf Stream, go around the tip of Florida, through the Florida Straits and north to South Carolina — a trip of some 2,387 miles (3,842 km). Read more on this story here. 
  • How Bad is the Bloom? New Indexes Developed to Gauge Severity of Red Tides: Authors of a new paper recently published in the peer-review journal PLOS One looked at red tides along Florida’s west coast between 1953 and 2019 and used cell counts of the organism that causes red tide in the Gulf of Mexico — Karenia brevis — to develop a Bloom Severity Index. The authors also looked at respiratory irritation reports between 2006 and 2019 and used that information to develop a Respiratory Irritation Index. These indexes now offer a standardized and objective way to gauge how severe red tides are, which should help decision makers better evaluate the risks of red tides as blooms occur and respond in ways that lessen bloom impacts on public health and local economies. Read more here. 

 

Congressional:

  • No update.

Communications/Outreach/Education:

  • VIDEO: Understanding HABs in the Coastal Environment Part 3: Understanding HABs in the Coastal Environment: Featuring Guest Speaker: Clarissa Anderson, Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System. How HABs affect marine ecosystems and human health, an overview of coupled model and remote sensing tools for understanding HABs, an accuracy assessment, a demonstration of Clarissa Anderson’s California Harmful Algae Risk Mapping (C-HARM) System. Tune in here.
  • Catch up with NANOOS: Read about what NANOOS has been doing over the last six months with funds from our new 5-year award from NOAA, including data graphics and information directly from our investigators on observations, models, and data products in the report.
  • Catch up with GLOS: As Kelli Paige, GLOS CEO, says in her opening letter this year, it’s been a wild year, but despite everything, “the GLOS network has proved to be scrappy, resourceful, and collaborative and our growth and impact, even in these challenging times, has increased as a result.” Read about the progress made in 2021and the past five years, from mini-grants, to the first high-frequency radar in the Great Lakes, to the Seagull platform. 

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

  • 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
    • 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, 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
  • 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 (invite upon request)

Click here for registration and more information. 

  • SAVE THE DATE! 2020 DMAC Code Sprint, 26-28 April 2022, Chicago & virtual: 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. Use this link to join our Slack workspace.  As we did two years ago, we expect to use Slack heavily during the sprint. 
  • 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 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.
    • February 24, 2022 at 12 pm Hawai`i / 3 pm Pacific / 6 pm Eastern: Inspire your students to dive in as coral scientists-in-training! Introducing the Coral Check-up Lesson Series.
  • 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. No registration required.  Click here for more info.
    • March 3: Gliders, HFR, and Database Management System (CIGOM)
    • March 24: Numerical Modeling and Oil Spill Scenarios (CIGOM)
    • April 7: Environmental Baseline and Marine Biogeochemistry (CIGOM)
    • April 21: Renewable Energies and Technological Developments (CEMIE & CIGOM)
  • 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

Grants and Funding Opportunities:

  • Launch of Joint Call for Proposals on Underwater Noise in the Marine Environment: The call provides an excellent opportunity to address a systemic approach to ocean challenges, support policy and governance, and support experimental research activities on the emerging issue of the acoustic pollution of oceans and seas. The call is endorsed as a contribution to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, which means that selected projects will be endorsed as Decade Actions. The deadline for proposals is 28 February 2022. For more information, see https://www.oceandecade.org/news/launch-of-joint-call-for-proposals-on-underwater-noise-in-the-marine-environment/ 
  • NSF Diverse Ocean science Community through Collaboration program: In consultation with CSUMB’s Office of Inclusive Excellence, the NSF Diverse Ocean science Community through Collaboration program (DOCC) aims to provide a model for how Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and Tier 1 Research Institutions (R1s) can reframe how they collaborate and engage in research needed to address the challenges of 21st century ocean science. Closes March 7, 2022. Read more about this opportunity and how to apply here. 
  • 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:

  • Senior Environmental Specialist, World Bank Global Environment Facility: The GEF Secretariat is looking for a dynamic and experienced Senior Environmental Specialist, with a passion for oceans, transboundary marine and freshwater conservation and regional cooperative management contributing to sustainable use of shared water resources.  The chosen candidate will work towards the promotion of integrated and transformative approaches to reverse the environmental degradation of transboundary freshwater and marine natural resources, which will provide the necessary conditions to allow humanity and life on earth to keep evolving within the planetary boundaries. Closes 2/25/2022. Click here for more info and how to apply.

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