The Eyes on the Ocean™ Newsletter is an informal way of keeping you up-to-date on U.S. IOOS® activities.

Click here to subscribe a new address or if you no longer want to receive the newsletter.

 Want to read this edition in a browser or check out the archive?  Visit us online!

From the Director:

Dear IOOS Community,

This week, National Ocean Service (NOS) leadership announced the release of the NOS Strategic Plan for 2024-2028 and released a new Strategic Plan landing page. Implementation of the plan will streamline priorities in response to our nation’s growing need for ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes products and services. 

NOS has now charted a course for the future as we continue to help solve challenges, including mitigating community and economic vulnerability, changing ecosystems, and the ever-expanding need for authoritative environmental information. The plan includes four priority areas which lay out NOS strategies, objectives, and outcomes:

  • Increase Coastal Resilience in the U.S.
  • Make Equity Central to Our Mission
  • Accelerate Growth of the Ocean Enterprise and the Blue Economy
  • Conserve, Restore, and Connect Healthy Coastal and Marine Ecosystems. 

In 2022, IOOS, NOAA, and the Department of Commerce released new strategic plans, and this new NOS strategy adds a new dimension to incorporate. Alignment of these strategies helps ensure that we continue to work toward coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes data and information needs across the nation.  You can learn more about the NOS Strategic Plan here, and find the DOC and NOAA Strategic Plans on the IOOS Enterprise Strategic Plan landing page. And watch out for our annual refresh — coming soon!



From the U.S. IOOS Office:

  • New Ocean Technology Transition awardees for FY23: The U.S. IOOS Office announced six new Ocean Technology Transition awards for FY23. These awards propose new and efficient ways to gather more observations covering more of our coasts and waters, often at lower cost. Read about all six here.
  • IOOS Advisory Committee is Seeking New Members: NOAA is seeking new members for the IOOS Advisory Committee. The Notice of New Member Solicitation has been published in the Federal Register to fill 10 vacancies that will occur in September 2024. You can learn more about this solicitation here, and please refer to the federal register notice (FRN) for information on eligibility and requirements. Nominations should be submitted no later than January 2, 2024. Information on the committee and the current board members can be found here:
  • IOOS Advisory Committee Public Meeting - Dec 4-5, 2023: The IOOS Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting December 4th and 5th in College Park, MD. Information about the meeting has been published to the Federal Register Notice. The meeting will be held both virtually and in person and sessions will occur from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (EST) on December 4, 2023 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST) on December 5, 2023. Written public comments should be received by the Designated Federal Official by November 27, 2023. Register for the meeting here:​CebvvQ28rUW2itWeA.
  • From the IOOS Association: 
    • No update.

Observation Subsystem and Sensor Technologies:

  • Surface Current Mapping
    • 13th Radiowave Oceanographers Working Group Meeting - Pre-register now! Using the form here, you are invited to pre-register and help shape the agenda of the 13th Radiowave Oceanographers Working Group hybrid meeting (ROWG-13), tentatively scheduled for May 21–23, 2024 at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Hardy Hall in Long Beach, MS.  Operators of HF-radars worldwide are welcome to attend ROWG-13.  Registration and attendance of ROWG-13 is free; your only costs will be for your own travel, lodging, and meals.  In line with the ROWG Charter, the focus of this meeting will be on the installation, operation, and maintenance of oceanographic and liminographic HF-radar sensors.  For more information, please see the pre-registration form.
    • HFR Restored in Ocracoke, North Carolina: Congratulations to the SECOORA HFR teams at ECU and UNC on their restoration of the “OCRA” CODAR SeaSonde® station at Ocracoke, North Carolina!  OCRA was originally established as part of the NSF-funded PEACH (Processes driving Exchange At Cape Hatteras) project by SkIO’s Dana Savidge, but was destroyed during Hurricane Dorian in August 2019.  With NOAA IOOS funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and SECOORA, along with contributions of spare parts from ECU, OCRA is back in operation telemetering its data in near real-time to the IOOS HFR National Network.  In addition to supporting U.S. IOOS applications of HFR like USCG search-and-rescue, data from OCRA are being used to inform several funded efforts like the NASA Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) calibration and validation project and an NSF-funded investigation to better understand meander scale and long-term Gulf Stream variability in the Cape Hatteras region, to ultimately provide Gulf Stream nowcast/hindcasts.
  • Gliders 
    • CARICOOS recovers hurricane season gliders: CARICOOS is planning to execute the recovery of sea gliders as the hurricane season comes to an end. Seagliders are autonomous underwater vehicles used for oceanographic research, and they are often deployed to collect data on various ocean parameters. Recovering sea Gliders is an important part of their operation, as it allows for data retrieval, maintenance, and reprogramming if necessary. This data can be crucial for understanding ocean conditions, which is particularly relevant during and after hurricane season to monitor any changes or impacts on the marine environment.
  • Buoys & Moorings
    • New buoys installed along Florida coast: SECOORA funded the installation of three buoys off the East Coast of Florida by Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Harbor Branch and in partnership with the Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program (CORMP) at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) - one wave buoy and one met buoy in Ponce de Leon Inlet and one met buoy in Fort Pierce Inlet.
    • New Quinault Indian Nation Wave Buoy Deployed: On 6 October 2023, the Quinault Indian Nation (QIN) deployed a wave buoy off Point Grenville, WA, as a test through the Backyard Buoys project. Conditions were generally calm with 4-5 foot swell, as Joe Schumacker, QIN Marine Resources Scientist, Liesl Danyluk, APL-UW Field Engineer, and two QIN fishermen deployed a Sofar Spotter buoy over the side of a Quinault Indian Nation crabbing vessel, the F/V Seeker. This site was chosen by the QIN to provide wave information for tribal and non-tribal vessels using the remote area, and for Quinault tribal members using small boats and canoes to check surf conditions off the reservation when deciding to use the coastal waters for recreational, subsistence, and commercial uses.  More info on NANOOS’ website.
    • Quileute Tribe Wave Buoy Withstands High Seas: The Quileute Tribe’s wave buoy test deployment, off La Push, WA, withstood over 23-foot seas during a powerful cyclone that hit the PNW coast 25-26 September 2023. The buoy’s anchor did drag about 200 yards to the north, but performed remarkably given the conditions. This is one of the key reasons that the Backyard Buoys project is conducting test deployments with the partner Indigenous communities, so that the mooring configuration can be evaluated and revised to withstand the full range of conditions while reliably delivering data to the people who need it. See a screenshot of the data on the NANOOS website.
    • Tanapag and Palau Wave Buoys Redeployed: The Tanapag Wave Buoy was redeployed on October 5. Moored approximately 5 miles off the west coast of Saipan, CNMI, this buoy measures both wave direction and wave energy. The buoy was redeployed in time to record data from Typhoon Bolaven passing between Rota and Tinian as a category 1 typhoon. Wave height logged by the buoy for October 11, ChST shows a peak wave height of 16.21 feet! The Palau Wave Buoy was redeployed on October 17. This buoy was initially deployed in June 2022 as part of an international collaboration led by the Palau National Weather Service Office (NWSO), with PacIOOS as a technical partner. The buoy measures both wave direction and energy, as well as sea surface currents, air and sea surface temperatures. 
  • Harmful Algal Blooms 
    • Daily Real-Time Observations Help Improve Domoic Acid Forecasts: Learn how a team led by John Mickett (UW) and Stephanie Moore (NOAA) are getting real-time data on the phytoplankton toxin, domoic acid, that disrupts shellfish harvest and threatens marine mammal and human health. Participation by tribes, industry, academia, and federal partners has honed its success to making a difference to preparedness through NCOOS and IOOS funding working within NANOOS to disseminate the information. 
    • NHABON Webinars: 
      • Save the Date! NHABON Webinar #10 - Sargassum Observing: Please join us for our next webinar on Sargassum Observing December 13, 2023 at 3-4pm ET. 
  • Marine Life
    • MBON launches BioSound webpages: The Marine Biodiversity Observation Network BioSound working group brings together scientists and stakeholders interested in producing acoustic-based data products to support marine biodiversity monitoring and conservation. For more information about BioSound please see the group's new web page at To join this collaborative initiative, please contact working group co-lead Dr. Neil Hammerschlag (, or Liz Ferguson (
    • New Leadership for the U.S. Animal Telemetry Network (ATN):  Welcome to Dr. Michelle Lander, a Fishery Biologist with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, WA. Dr. Lander has taken over from Dr. Tobey Curtis as the acting Network Coordinator for the ATN, providing continuity of ATN leadership by filling the position on a temporary basis for the next 4-6 months. Many thanks to Dr. Curtis for his dedication and his support of the ATN during his 1-year detail. 

Data Management and Cyberinfrastructure (DMAC) Subsystem and Tools Built on IOOS Data:

  • American Samoa Sea Level Rise Viewer Launched: A new interactive sea level rise viewer for the Territory of American Samoa was released to the public, enabling the community to visualize how the shoreline is likely to change from coastal flooding, sea level rise, hurricane storm surge and high tides. The visualization tool will be an essential component in future planning to assess the short and long-term impacts of rising seas and to minimize the risks to coastal communities, infrastructure and the environment. The sea-level rise viewer is already being used to inform the design of the new Pago Pago airport terminal buildings. To read the full article, click here.
  • GCOOS Developing CETACEAN Data Platform: GCOOS has completed a needs assessment to guide and prioritize the data and visualization tools desired by restoration managers and is now seeking and collecting all available population, environmental and anthropogenic stressor data identified in the needs assessment. The data will be standardized and quality-assured then distributed through a project website of the tabulated results. When applicable, the platform will include links to visualize the data in the repository via GIS infrastructure. If you have relevant data to share to this project or have any questions, please contact the CETACEAN project manager Grant Craig
    • No update.
  • Artificial Intelligence
    • 5th NOAA AI Workshop - Recordings Now Available: All recordings for the 5th NOAA AI Workshop sessions including live demos are added to the workshop schedule page ( If you see any issues with the recording, please contact
    • NOAA Uses Artificial Intelligence to Translate Forecasts, Warnings into Spanish and Chinese: NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) has provided manual translations of weather forecasts and warnings in Spanish for the past 30 years, but now the agency has a new tool to be more accurate, efficient and equitable. Through a series of pilot projects over the past few years, NWS forecasters have been training artificial intelligence (AI) software for weather, water and climate terminology in Spanish and Simplified Chinese, the most common languages in the United States after English. NWS will add Samoan and Vietnamese next, and more languages in the future. Read more here: 

Modeling and Analysis Subsystem:   

  • FY2024 Coastal and Ocean Modeling Testbed Project: The COMT aims to support projects that facilitate and accelerate the transition of models and model based technologies from research environments toward operational readiness. The U.S. IOOS Program is seeking to fund projects which advance new or existing solutions that address long standing and emerging coastal modeling and forecast product development challenges. 


Around the Regions:

  • International Joint Commission recognizes GLOS Director Jennifer Boehme: On October 17, 2023, Jennifer Boehme, the CEO of the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS), was recognized by the International Joint Commission (IJC) at their Fall Semi-annual Meeting in Ottawa, ON, for her contributions to the IJC and the broader Great Lakes community. Jennifer also engaged in the meeting of the IJC’s Health Professional Advisory Board (HPAB) that week. During this event, she presented a range of synergies that exist between GLOS, HPAB, and IJC interests, underscoring the importance of collaborative efforts in addressing complex environmental issues.
  • GCOOS Fall Meeting wrap up: The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) recently hosted its annual Fall Meeting, focusing discussions on emerging issues related to long-term climate change, including marine heat waves and the development of renewable wind energy platforms in the Gulf. Read the full story here. 
  • NERACOOS Inflation Reduction Act Request for Ideas: The Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) seeks input from our community of users and partners on how best to invest new funding from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) being administered by the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Some of this funding will be allocated to projects defined and executed within the Northeast region, from Long Island Sound through the Gulf of Maine, and some will be dedicated to projects in partnership with fellow IOOS Regional Associations (RAs). Do you have an idea or need for consideration? If so, we want to hear from you! Please submit via form by Friday, November 17th.
  • GCOOS solicits input on science-based climate services: GCOOS is working to establish a framework for Coastal Climate Services to aid in the delivery of science-based, usable climate services for Gulf of Mexico States.The survey seeks input that will help us understand the needs and perspectives of end-users and support plans and the implementation of measures to enhance coastal community resilience and minimize risks in the face of climate variability. Advancing this whole-of-government endeavor will also foster socio-economic growth within the Gulf of Mexico region. Click here to take the survey now. Responses will be confidential. Responses requested by Nov. 30, 2023.


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility:

  • Trent University hosts Indigenous Great Lakes Network meeting: On October 16 and 17, over sixty people from 26 Tribes, Nations and Indigenous communities gathered on Chippewas of Rama First Nation territory to discuss community research priorities and the potential of an Indigenous Great Lakes Network. Hosted by Trent University’s Indigenous Environmental Institute, and sponsored by GLOS and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, participants connected through ceremony, small groups and shared meals. This meeting is the culmination of interviews, surveys and online workshops developed and executed by Trent University over the past two years. 

Interagency and International Collaboration/News:

  • UN Decade of Ocean Science For Sustainable Development Updates: 
    • Call for Decade Actions No. 06/2023 is open! Programmes and projects are solicited through regular Calls for Decade Actions every 6 months throughout the Decade. The Call for Decade Actions No. 06/2023 is now open for submissions. Co-design of Decade Programmes and Expressions of Interest for Decade Programmes are due 10 December 2023. Applications for Ocean Decade Projects are due 31 January 2024. Learn more here: 
    • 2024 Ocean Decade Conference: Launch of calls for posters and oral presentations: Calls for posters and oral presentations for the 2024 Ocean Decade Conference are now open! Hosted by Spain and co-organized with UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO) in its role as the coordinating agency of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), the 2024 Ocean Decade Conference will take place on 10-12 April 2024, the culmination of an Ocean Decade Week running from 8-12 April in the coastal city of Barcelona. This three-day, in-person event will be a key moment for a wide range of stakeholders to take stock of the achievements of the first three years of the Ocean Decade and formulate a shared vision for the years ahead. The applicants selected under these parallel calls will be given space to illustrate their contribution to achieving ‘the science we need for the ocean we want’. See more information for the call for posters here. To apply to present an oral presentation, read more here
    • Take part in COP28! Submit your event in the Ocean Decade + OceanX Pavilion: OceanX and UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission in its role as coordinator of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) are co-hosting a pavilion in the Blue Zone of the UNFCCC COP28 between 2 and 12 December 2023. Learn more and submit your event here
  • Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) News:
    • Release of the 2023 Ocean Observing System Report Card: GOOS has just published its flagship annual Report Card on the status of the observing system and how its ocean observing networks meet urgent societal needs, including tracking marine heatwaves, advancing safety of life at sea, and ensuring seagrass ecosystems continue to support coastal life. In 2023, the GOOS Ocean Observing System Report Card showcases achievements and challenges in continuing to integrate physical, biogeochemical and biological observations to provide a global view of the status of the observing system and the ocean we observe. Read more here.
    • Feature Story - The “three horsemen” of climate-linked biodiversity loss: why improving ocean observing is crucial for life below water: Record-breaking ocean temperatures in the North Atlantic resulted in several intense marine heatwaves in the Northern Hemisphere last summer - but heat is only one of numerous stressors that challenge life under water. While the ocean is becoming warmer, more acidic, and less oxygenated, how can we monitor and protect the marine biodiversity we depend upon? Dive into our feature story with Prof. Stephen Widdicombe from Plymouth Marine Laboratory and learn how global ocean observing and data sharing initiatives can help preserve marine life for generations to come. Read more here
    • GOOS Holds First Global VIrtual National Focal Point Forum: The first “all-hands-on-deck” virtual GOOS National Focal Point (NFP) forum was held on 25 October 2023, drawing together 65 participants from around the globe as a first step in developing stronger links between GOOS and national observing systems, to support national coordination, priorities, communications and reporting. The community of GOOS National Focal Points heard from five different national ocean observing initiatives and discussed communications and evolution of the NFP coordination role. It was an opportunity to establish two-way communication between GOOS and its NFPs. An executive summary of the meeting will be available in the coming weeks. To learn more about GOOS NFPs or nominate one, follow the information here.
  • Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) News:
    • OOI's Regional Cabled Array Expansion: With support from the US National Science Foundation, the Ocean Observatories Initiative’s Regional Cabled Array (RCA) will be expanded to include an Offshore Subduction Zone Observatory on the Cascadia margin. This new addition to the RCA will produce real-time data to help answer fundamental questions about how subduction zone faults work and can enhance existing systems for earthquake and tsunami warning. The University of Washington will lead a team that includes Scripps Institution of Oceanography to implement the Creating an Offshore Subduction Zone Observatory in Cascadia (COZSO) to add geohazard sensing instruments to OOIs existing cabled array. Read more here.
    • NSF Announces Grants Related to OOI Education; Funding Opportunities Remain: The Ocean Sciences Division (OCE) of the National Science Foundation recently announced two awards related to Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) education: a renewal of the OOI Data Labs with Rutgers University and a microcredentialing program at the Marine Technology Society (MTS). The Data Labs project offers opportunities for OOI data users’ participation, and the MTS project will provide a widely available microcredential badging opportunity within a few years. Read more here
  • Currents, Waves and Turbulence Measurement Workshop in March: The CWTM Workshop, now in its thirteenth edition, has a rich history of providing a dynamic platform for the global ocean community. This event serves as a catalyst for technical information exchange and fosters collaboration among experts passionate about measuring current, waves, and turbulence. The mission is to advance the field of Current, Wave, and Turbulence Measurement and Applications by showcasing cutting-edge research and innovations. The call for papers closes this Saturday!
  • U.S. Department of Energy Announces $36 Million to Advance Marine Carbon Dioxide Removal Techniques and Slash Harmful Greenhouse Gas Pollution: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $36 million for 11 projects across 8 states to accelerate the development of marine carbon dioxide removal (mCDR) capture and storage technologies. Funded through DOE’s Sensing Exports of Anthropogenic Carbon through Ocean Observation (SEA-CO2) program, these projects will support novel efforts to measure, report, and validate mCDR and identify cost-effective and energy efficient carbon removal solutions. Advancing innovative approaches like mCDR to slash greenhouse gas pollution is critical to the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to tackle the climate crisis and achieve a net-zero emissions economy by 2050. Read more here
  • CO-OPS Holds High Tide Flooding Briefings Around the Country: NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) held regional high tide flooding congressional briefings to highlight their value to the nation following the release of NOAA’s enhanced suite of high tide flooding products. CO-OPS held briefings for the Gulf, Southeast, and Pacific regions during September and October. CO-OPS highlighted outlooks specific to each region and led real-time demonstrations to show how communities can use the outlooks to plan for flooding impacts. A regional stakeholder also joined each briefing to discuss coastal flooding issues in their region and how they use CO-OPS data in their work. The stakeholders included a floodplain administrator from Florida, a professor from North Carolina who leads research on water quality of tidal floodwaters, and a meteorologist from the National Weather Service Pacific Region headquarters.
  • NGS Collects Images for Mississippi River Navigation: The National Geodetic Survey (NGS) provided input for the U.S. Coast Guard on determining water depths and safer navigation routes for the Mississippi River, which is experiencing all-time low water levels that are affecting barge traffic. In some cases, these low water levels require changes to one-way barge operations to avoid groundings. NGS has previous experience using a government-owned software package called RiverEye that uses highly overlapped satellite or aircraft imagery to determine current speeds and can infer water depth. NGS is collecting imagery to support this effort and working with the vendor to process the imagery as a demonstration of this capability.
  • NGS Awards $4 Million for Geodesy Research and Education: NGS awarded approximately $4 million in grant funding to Oregon State University, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Michigan State University, and the Ohio State University. The grants will fund research into geodesy’s emerging problems and support a community of practice to address the nationwide geodesist deficiency. Enhancing and expanding the geodetic courses at these institutions will provide opportunities for students to research and develop tools and models that advance modernization of the National Spatial Reference System. These awards are the first year of five-year projects launching at these universities. The four institutions could potentially receive $20 million over five years.
  • Surge and Tide Operational Forecast System Updated: The Coast Survey Development Laboratory upgraded the Surge and Tide Operational Forecast System, or STOFS, to version 2.1.0. NOAA's STOFS-2D-Global provides users with analyses of near-present conditions and forecast guidance of global water level conditions. The new release enhances model performance, resolution, and coverage. The laboratory upgraded the global component — including a station bias correction and improvements to topography/bathymetry, mesh, and atmospheric forcing. Atmospheric forcing is an air–sea interaction that forces air to rise. The laboratory made upgrades to the three-dimensional component for the Atlantic basin, to include major improvements to the mesh in watersheds, usage of satellite altimetry data, and referencing the model to the geoid.
  • CO-OPS Engages Users at Northeast Water Level Workshop: CO-OPS attended the Water Level Monitoring in the Northeast Workshop in Durham, New Hampshire. On day one, CO-OPS demonstrated sensor types from across its network as part of the technology showcase. On day two, presentations featured local and regional use cases and breakout sessions to identify water level data needs, sensor location gaps, and strategies for future collaboration. CO-OPS also participated in a panel on national water level monitoring capabilities alongside the National Weather Service and the U.S. Geological Survey and engaged key stakeholders about water level sensor selection and placement priorities. The workshop was hosted by the Northeast Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems and the Northeast Regional Ocean Council to convene northeastern water level practitioners and improve understanding of water level monitoring technologies, practices, and regional data gaps. The event helped identify training needs for entities collecting water level data to support decision-making.
  • Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Gains a CO-OPS Water Level Station: CO-OPS has installed a new water level station in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in partnership with the U.S. Navy. The station is located near NOAA’s Inouye Regional Center and uses microwave water level, wind, barometer, and air temperature sensors. During the installation, the CO-OPS field crew also performed geodetic leveling, took global positioning system observations, and laid five new benchmarks. Benchmarks are critical for verifying there is no vertical movement at a station; they also ensure that collected data comes from a stable sensor. This allows CO-OPS to generate data products with the highest confidence and accuracy possible. The Hawaii station will be integrated into the new Pearl Harbor Physical Oceanographic Real-time System to deliver observations and predictions for oceanographic conditions in the area. Information from the new station will improve navigation safety, support efficient naval operations, and advance CO-OPS’s mission to provide reliable real-time data to the public, scientific, and maritime communities.


Click here to subscribe a new address or if you no longer want to receive the newsletter. Want to read this edition in a browser or check out the archive? Visit us online! 

Comments, questions, or suggestions? Please contact us at

NEW! Click here for upcoming meetings, webinars, funding opportunities, and job postings! NEW!


Do you have suggestions for new things you would like to see in the Eyes on the Ocean IOOS Newsletter? Contact us at:

Find out what's happening around NOAA's National Ocean Service: check out the NOS Assistant Administrator Weekly Newsletter.

Manage Subscriptions