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From the Director:

Dear IOOS Community,

As we head into November, we have some important meetings coming up for the IOOS community. Next week, the IOOS Association, IOOS Regional Associations, and the IOOS Office will meet for the annual Fall meeting. The meeting is an opportunity to bring together RA Directors, Operations Managers, Outreach Coordinators, and IOOS Office staff to learn from each other and identify opportunities for coordination and efficiency to ensure the nation has the coastal observations needed to support our changing ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes. We look forward to hearing about recent successes, getting back together in person, and discussing near and long term priorities for the future.

In addition, our next public meeting of the IOOS Federal Advisory Committee will be November 30th, December 1st, December 6th, and December 7th, 2022. The meeting will focus on finalizing phase one recommendations and beginning work on the phase two recommendations from the committee work plan. If you are interested in attending the meeting, please register here: The agenda and materials for the meeting will be posted at


From the U.S. IOOS Office:

  • Welcome Zack Baize! Zack Baize is currently on rotation to the IOOS New Blue Economy team from the Department of Energy where he serves as Laboratory Commercialization Manager for the DOE Office of Technology Transitions. He has over 15 years of experience working in the energy and environmental space, including 10 years working on economic analysis and technology transfer with federally funded research and technologies. He comes from a long line of Navy and Coast Guard service members and loves sailing the Chesapeake and Gulf of Mexico, so working with NOAA seems like a natural fit! Prior to his work with the federal government Zack worked with renewable energy companies and service providers and several NGOs. He has a degree in political science and economics from the University of Kentucky and a degree in Energy and Environmental Economics from the University of Oxford. 
  • MTS/GOOS Dialogues with Industry - Records and Report #1 Now Available: Recordings from the first and second MTS/GOOS Dialogues with Industry are now available on the MTS Website. In addition, the report from the first dialogue is also available. The goal of these dialogues is to develop actionable recommendations, through interaction between new and established companies, academia, and government, on how the public and private sectors can evolve an expanded and multi-sectoral Global Ocean Observing System, to meet the needs of science, society and the Blue Economy. Dialogue 3 - “User driven ocean information services: Core and downstream services” - is scheduled for December 7, 2022, 9:00 am - 11:30 am (EST), 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm (CET). For more information and to register, please visit
  • From the IOOS Association: 
    • The IOOS Fall Meeting - November 8-10: IOOS Fall Meeting will be hosted by CARICOOS in San Juan, Puerto Rico on November 8-10, 2022. 


Observation Subsystem and Sensor Technologies:

  • Surface Current Mapping
    • New paper integrates biologging and HFR: A new paper by Fahlbusch et al., "Blue Whales Increase Feeding Rates at Fine-Scale Ocean Features", has been published by The Royal Society here that demonstrates the "I" in IOOS:  surface current data from the IOOS Surface Currents Program HFR National Network are being used to better understand blue whales feeding behavior along the West Coast.  This study leverages advances in biologging (i.e., high-resolution tags) and HFR to provide insight at scales that were previously difficult to measure.  This work expands upon existing techniques (e.g., satellite altimetry) to highlight the efficacy of using HFR to identify sub-mesoscale features, which can be used to predict heterogeneously distributed prey resources and critical habitat in near real time.  The heavy use of fine-scale, dynamic features by foraging blue whales underscores the need to take dynamic habitat features into account when designating critical habitat and may help inform strategies to mitigate the impacts of human activities for the species.
    • HFR position coming soon at UH: The Radio Oceanography laboratory at the University of Hawaii anticipates opening a position of HF radar specialist at the M.Sc. or Ph.D. level, to assist with the operation and maintenance of the IOOS HF radar network in Hawaii. This new position will augment the current team of the laboratory, which consists of Pierre Flament and Ian Fernandez. At least 5 years experience with phased array radars is desirable, including HF radar electronics, field operations, post-processing, data analysis and publications. This is a preliminary unofficial announcement. The actual recruitment will be through the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii at a later date, and will be posted to the ROW and ROWG mailing lists. Anyone interested should contact Pierre Flament so that he can describe the position in more details and discuss one's background, experience and career objectives.


  • Gliders 
    • Successful WA Shelf glider deployment and QIN tribal school workshop:  As a collaboration between the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC), Oregon State University (OSU), and the Quinault Indian Nation (QIN) the Washington Shelf glider was deployed Sep 1-16 with live updated plotting on NANOOS Visualization System. The data revealed information on hypoxia that is important for tribal crabbing. Additionally, Jack Barth (OSU) coordinated with Joe Schumacker (QIN) to visit the Taholah school to interact with QIN students. Jack brought the glider just recovered along, giving an interactive talk on gliders, data, and NANOOS.
  • UG2 Updates:


  • Buoys & Moorings
    • Great Lakes buoys are coming out of the water for the season: To keep buoys safe from ice and winter storms, operators are venturing out on the lake to retrieve buoys, pulling them back to garages and laboratories all over the region. As they notify GLOS, staff mark them as “Recovered” in Seagull.
    • Nearshore Sensor Deployed in Awak, U, Pohnpei: As part of the PacIOOS Water Quality Sensor Partnership Program, the Micronesia Conservation Trust deployed a nearshore sensor in the inshore waters of Awak, U, Pohnpei. Data collected will help determine suitable sites for a proposed aquaculture site, as well as inform an integrated sustainable land use plan and a saltwater intrusion monitoring project. For a duration of 16 months, PacIOOS' nearshore sensor will be rotating to four proposed locations within the Awak area, collecting data on water temperature, salinity, turbidity, chlorophyll-a, and depth in 15-minute intervals. Data will be made available on the PacIOOS website.


  • Harmful Algal Blooms 
    • IOOS, NCCOS announce $18.9 M in HAB awards: NOAA announced $18.9 million in funding for harmful algal bloom research projects and monitoring activities throughout U.S. coastal and Great Lakes waters.  For the first time, awards have been distributed to all 11 IOOS regions.  Investments in these projects represent a coordinated effort between NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System Office to advance our nation's ability to observe, monitor, forecast and manage blooms. NOAA's Ocean Acidification Program, under NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, has also partnered with NCCOS to advance understanding of interactions between acidification and HABs in coastal waters and the Great Lakes. Read more here.
    • New Freshwater-to-Marine HAB Monitoring Strategy: An NCCOS-sponsored study developed an integrative harmful algal bloom (HAB) monitoring strategy to inform HAB management and mitigation efforts across interconnected freshwater and marine bodies of water. Marine and estuarine waters can be impacted by HABs that occur in the coastal ocean, as well as those originating from inland watersheds. However, most HAB monitoring and management designs do not consider hydrological connections or the transport of toxins. This new publication recommends three approaches based on published studies, new datasets, and existing monitoring efforts. These recommendations include designing cohesive HAB monitoring programs across physical and organizational boundaries, implementing sampling approaches to understand the transportation of HAB toxins through interconnected bodies of water and the food web, and assessing the presence of multiple HAB toxins. Using case studies from California, the publication illustrates the implementation of each of these recommendations and highlights their applicability to other regions.
    • Tracking Seaweed Blooms with the Sargassum Watch System: Large mats of Sargassum have been washing ashore in the Southeast U.S., Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean islands. The Sargassum Watch System (SaWS), developed by Dr. Chuanmin Hu and his team at the University of South Florida, is a tool to forecast and monitor Sargassum trajectory and location. Read more here.


  • Marine Life
    • New Paper: Habitat compression indices for monitoring ocean conditions and ecosystem impacts within coastal upwelling systems: MBON colleagues recently published a study on habitat compression and how it relates to biodiversity, ecosystem function and informing fishery/ecosystem management challenges. All of the data is served via ERDDAP and via the Integrated Ecosystem Assessment. The paper is available at An exciting aspect of this study is how the habitat compression index may be easily calculated and extended to other systems where monitoring cool thermal habitat is critical, with or without ocean models - the use of satellite observations alone are critical to this work, and they are an important backstop when the models are not available.
    • NOAA Ecosystem Indicators Working Group: The working group has been working extensively on the rollout plan for the release of the 2022 Status of U.S. Marine and Great Lakes Ecosystems highlighting NOAA’s continued effort to advance ecosystem-based management.
    • NERACOOS awarded funds for Integrated Sentinel Monitoring Network project: The NOAA Climate Program Office has awarded NERACOOS and partners more than $500,000 in funding to model the interactions between two small-yet-mighty species, and how their presence (or absence) could affect biodiversity in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (SBNMS). Read more here. 

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

  • CalOOS Data Portal Demo Recording: SCCOOS and CeNCOOS were excited by the amount of interest in the CalOOS Data Portal and encourage users to explore the portal and its features and continue to provide feedback to better meet user needs. In case you missed it the full recording is available on the SCCOOS YouTube page.
  • GLOS-funded crowdsourced bathymetry is now live on a public database: In 2021, GLOS funded a project to create small “Mussel Kits” that could turn ordinary fish finders or other echo sounders aboard everyday vessels into basic lakebed surveyors. These palm-sized devices allowed the participating vessels to contribute crowdsourced bathymetry (CSB) data to a centralized database, eventually contributing to the shared Great Lakes lakebed map. Read more here. 
    • OOI Launches QARTOD to Improve Data Quality: As part of the ongoing OOI effort to improve data quality, OOI is implementing the Quality Assurance of Real-Time Oceanographic Data (QARTOD) on an instrument-by-instrument basis. Led by the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System, the QARTOD effort draws on the broad oceanographic observing community to provide manuals for different instrument classes (e.g. salinity, pH, or waves), which outline best practices and identify tests for evaluating data quality. A common code-base is available on GitHub and actively maintained by IOOS partner Axiom Data Science. OOI has committed to implementing available QARTOD tests where appropriate. QARTOD is well-documented and actively maintained with an engaged user-base across multiple data collection and repository programs. It has a publicly available code-base with standardized tests and flag definitions that result in simplified, easy-to-interpret results. However, some instruments deployed by OOI, such as seismic sensors, hydrophones, and multispectral sensors, are not well-suited towards QARTOD.  For instruments for which there is no existing QARTOD manual, such as seawater pCO2, OOI is implementing “QARTOD-like” quality control. Read more here: 

Modeling and Analysis Subsystem:   

  • NextGen Coastal Meeting: The National Water Center and the NOS Modeling Portfolio Manager have organized a workshop hosted by the NWC, to take place November 15th and 16th. This is a technical meeting for PIs to hear about the updates to the National Water Model, to gain insight into the future Next Gen NWM, and to open discussion with NWC about using NWM data for boundary conditions and coupling the NWM with coastal models. This meeting was created in response to feedback from the Coastal and Ocean Modeling Testbed annual meeting. If you are interested, please contact:
  • Stakeholders' Model Behavior in the OA Thresholds Project: Ocean acidification could result in an increasingly acidic Gulf of Maine. What if we could predict when ocean conditions were going to become more acidic? What if we knew when and where it could happen? Then we might be able to prepare and maybe even limit damage. The Ocean Acidification Thresholds project took on those “what ifs” by developing a regional model showing changes in ocean chemistry and biology, talking to users who would be affected by OA, and learning what kinds of model-provided information would be most useful to them. Read more here.
  • Predicting High Cross-Currents Near South Florida Ports Using Machine Learning: Major ocean currents can generate hazardous cross-currents near some ports. At the South Florida ports of Miami, Everglades, and Palm Beach, high cross-currents occur irregularly. Cross-currents can persist for hours to days as they meander in the Florida Current / Gulf Stream and shift their position westward onto the port access channels. This project developed a prototype Machine Learning algorithm to predict the probability of high cross-currents near the Port of Miami – one of the busiest ports in the Southeast. Read more here.
  • CIMAS Postdoctoral Position: IOOS continues to encourage applicants for an open CIMAS postdoc position that will contribute to the NOAA hurricane intensity forecast improvements effort. This is a 2-year position physically located at College Park, MD in the NOAA National Weather Service National Centers for Environmental Prediction Environmental Modeling Center.  The candidate would work with multiple federal and academic partners, and there would be great networking opportunities.   The work focuses on Atlantic upper ocean observations and ocean model data assimilation.  This position does not require expertise in building or running models or data assimilation schemes, but it does require deep understanding of how the models work and excellent data analysis skills. Candidates must be a U.S. citizen or Green Card holder in order to gain access to NWS systems.  The project is coordinated by the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, the National Ocean Service and the NWS.  Additional details and a list of responsibilities are included in the position description: 

Around the Regions:

  • NANOOS Director wins Lockheed Martin Award for Ocean Science and Engineering: Big shout-out to NANOOS Executive Director, Dr. Jan Newton, as one of this year’s Marine Technology Society’s award recipients. She was awarded the Lockheed Martin Award for Ocean Science and Engineering Award for “demonstrating the highest degree of technical accomplishment in the field of marine science, engineering, or technology.” Her ability to relentlessly search for solutions to problems and find innovative ways to improve ocean observing in the Pacific Northwest (and beyond) is an amazing example of the types of scientific and technical contributions we make at IOOS. 
  • Enhancing Oceanographic Services for Palau: Under a project administered by the United Nations Environment Programme, with funding from the Green Climate Fund, PacIOOS is partnering with the Palau National Weather Service Office and researchers from the UH Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology to enhance oceanographic services for Palau. The goal of the project is to improve weather and wave forecasts to help ensure that island communities are safe, well-informed, and resilient. This includes developing a high-resolution atmospheric forecast; a high-resolution wave forecast; a high-resolution ocean circulation forecast; and wave run-up forecasts. The newly developed tools and technologies will equip village chiefs, government officials, planners, coastal managers, boat operators, and community members with critical information to enhance decision-making, preparedness, and public safety.
  • Eyes on Ian: Data Resources: Hurricane Ian made landfall in Southwest Florida on September 28 as a Category 4 storm with over 150 mph sustained wind speeds. After crossing Florida, Hurricane Ian re-intensified to a Category 1 storm along the South Atlantic Bight and made a second U.S. landfall in South Carolina on September 30. SECOORA’s observing network of technology and people collected data throughout the storm.  Highlights of data collected can be found at this link.
  • NERACOOS releases new strategic plan: The new NERACOOS 2022-2025 Strategic Plan has been released. This plan braids together stakeholder feedback, the guidance of the Board of Directors, and the vision of NERACOOS staff. These diverse perspectives allowed NERACOOS to evaluate how the system’s scope and capabilities have evolved, resulting in a Strategic Plan that balances essential ethos with contemporary demands. The plan is available on the NERACOOS website.
  • SCCOOS at HAB Symposium: SCCOOS Executive Director, Dr. Clarissa Anderson, moderated the "Partnering to Implement a National HAB Observing Network (NHABON)" panel at the 11th U.S. Harmful Algae Symposium in Albany, N.Y. Clarissa kicked off the session with a brief overview of the National HAB Observing Network and then posed questions to the four panelists including Ana Airviente, GLOS Chief Technology Officer, Thomas Farrugia, AOOS HAB Coordinator, Beckye Stanton, OEHHA Toxicologist, and Mike Brosnahan, WHOI Assistant Scientist. 
  • Catch up on the KNOM Ocean Knowledge Radio Show: Are you caught up on the Ocean Knowledge radio show?  AOOS’s Megan Onders has been hosting the show, featuring news about the ocean and empowering people with knowledge of the ecological and geopolitical changes to the ocean, since September. While a podcast is in the works, you can listen to the shows on the AOOS website. Episode 3 features Vera Metcalf, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and Carl Gouldman discussing ecological and geo-political changes; and episode 4 was broadcast from the Harpa conference center in Reykjavik at the Arctic Circle Assembly.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility:

  • Backyard Buoys funded for Phase II of NSF Convergence Accelerator:  NSF chose to continue funding “Backyard Buoys”, a collaboration between three IOOS Regional Associations (NANOOS, AOOS, PacIOOS), Indigenous and education partners in each region, and our industry partner, Sofar.  In the PNW, our partners are the Quileute Tribe, Quinault Indian Nation, and Western Washington University.  Here is a link to the NSF press release. 
  • Commerce Department Launches its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Strategic Plan: On October 27th, the Commerce Department released a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Strategic Plan FY22-24. It provides our roadmap for elevating and institutionalizing DEIA principles across the enterprise with the objective of creating a workforce and a workplace that benefits all employees. When the Department’s workforce embraces DEIA tenets, employees will succeed and thrive. Read more here: 
  • 2023 DEIA Ocean Exploration Education Grant: NOAA Ocean Exploration and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation  are proud to announce that the request for proposals for this year’s Ocean Exploration Education Grants to support diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) efforts related to ocean literacy and workforce development is now open. View the details here.

Interagency and International Collaboration/News:

  • UN Decade of Ocean Science For Sustainable Development Updates 
    • Fourth Call for Decade Actions Now Open: The Call for Decade Actions No. 04/2022 is now open and will remain open from 15 October 2022 to 31 January 2023. It will solicit Decade Programmes that can contribute to Challenge 6 – Coastal Resilience, with a focus on green and grey resilience and multi-hazard early warning systems, and Challenge 8 – Digital Representation of the Ocean, with a focus on critical datasets, interoperable digital infrastructure, capacity development and applications, tools and services to meet the Ocean Decade Challenges. Twenty-five endorsed Decade Programmes will also solicit Projects. The Call documentation is available on the Global Stakeholder Forum.
    • Save the Date! OceanPrediction UN Decade Collaborative Centre Kick-Off - January 11th and 12th 2023: Hosted on a collaborative platform, the OceanPrediction official launch will be an interactive event centered on community building and connection of different sectors and activities. The agenda will comprise live conferences, roundtables, regional discussions, but also permanently opened halls with virtual booths showcasing different operational ocean forecasting systems around the world, UN Decade programmes, and success stories from the ocean forecasting community. Networking features such as chats, business cards, posts, or surveys will furthermore allow OceanPrediction to start connecting our community. We expect a wide audience, from scientists to users and decision makers, or persons with an interest on the topic.
  • Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) News:
    • Recovery of Pioneer Array in November: On November 9, 2022, a team of 18 scientists and engineers will leave the dock at Woods Hole, MA aboard the R/V Neil Armstrong on an historic expedition. It will be the nineteenth, and last, expedition to the Coastal Pioneer Array on the New England Shelf (NES). This is because the team will be recovering, but not redeploying the NES Pioneer array as in prior years. Designed to be relocatable, the array will be moved to a new location in theSouthern Mid-Atlantic Bight in early 2024. The ocean observing data collected since 2016 at the NES site, about 75 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, has provided valuable insights into changing ocean conditions at the Atlantic continental shelf and upper slope.  The New England Shelf Pioneer data will remain available to the community for continued analysis. Read more here: 
  • WATCH NOW: NOAA Assistant Administrators Look at the Year Ahead 2023; Second Annual NELS Panel Discussion: This 90-min panel is an opportunity for the NOAA Assistant Administrators (AA) leadership to come together to share, to inform, and to engage with the NOAA staff and the Public on what is being planned for the year ahead in support of NOAA’s mission. Watch the video here.
  • National Sea Grant Advisory Board Seeking Nominations for New Members: We are currently accepting nominations for the National Sea Grant Advisory Board.  To be considered, please submit the name of the nominee, a CV, resume or detailed bio, and their area of expertise. Also please let us know whether or not you have talked to the candidate to learn if they have any interest in joining the Advisory Board. While nominations are always accepted, to be considered for current openings, please submit your nomination no later than January 31, 2023. Please submit candidate nominations to Susan Holmes via email: Our current needs include expertise in federal, state and/or local government, fisheries management, water resource management, social and behavioral sciences, climate, weather and/or meteorology, engineering, and risk management. We are also looking for regional expertise in the insular Pacific and U.S. Caribbean and continue to have a gap in private sector representation.   
  • Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Activities Report Published: On Friday October 28th, OSTP officially released the Sixth Report on Federally Funded Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Activities. The FY18/19 biennial report is now published on the White House's website here.
  • Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program: The NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is seeking applications for the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program from individuals, particularly women and minorities, who due to financial constraints, may not otherwise be able to pursue an advanced degree (Masters or Ph.D.) 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. Learn more.
  • Ocean Odyssey Educators Guide: The National Ocean Service partnered with K2 Studios to create eight elementary school level lesson plans inspired by the IMAX film Ocean Odyssey. The lesson plans present many Ocean Service mission priorities and link back to NOAA websites. Check out the lessons and share them with your kids' teachers. You and your kids can also view a special extended preview of the film online. Read more here: 
  • OCS Presents Precision Navigation Data at Pilots Convention: NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey (OCS) staff attended the American Pilots’ Association 2022 Biennial Convention in Charleston, South Carolina, to demonstrate new data sets and tools for navigation. Navigation Services Division Chief Julia Powell presented on NOAA's Precision Marine Navigation Program, which seamlessly integrates all of NOAA’s marine navigation data services into a centralized location, and introduced Darren Wright as the new Precision Marine Navigation Program manager. The pair, along with the local navigation manager, fielded questions on specific charting issues and what to expect as OCS transitions its navigation services to the S-100 Universal Hydrographic Data Model — the framework for standardizing digital maritime data products and services.
  • NGS Collects Emergency Response Imagery for Hurricane Ian: From September 29 to October 3, NGS collected aerial images in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. The crew flew more than 16,322 square kilometers during 54.6 hours and collected 13,172 images. Imagery was collected in specific areas identified by NOAA and assigned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in coordination with impacted states and other federal agencies. NOAA’s aerial imagery aids safe navigation and captures damage to coastal areas caused by a storm. Aerial imagery is a crucial tool to determine the extent of damage inflicted by flooding, and to compare baseline coastal areas to assess damage to major ports and waterways, coastlines, critical infrastructure, and coastal communities. NGS delivers the imagery through this website that supports the general public needs as well as advanced applications. This imagery provides a cost-effective way to better understand the damage sustained to both property and the environment.
  • Story Map Highlights Hurricane Ian’s Extreme Water Levels: Last month, Hurricane Ian made landfall near Cayo Costa, Florida, and again near Georgetown, South Carolina. CO-OPS water level stations along the coast captured significant water levels at many locations. Observations provided by these stations are critical for monitoring elevated water levels along the coast in real time and are used by National Weather Service hurricane specialists to validate storm surge forecasts. Hazards during this storm included wind gusts exceeding 120 mph, high storm surge, and strong stormwater runoff. The storm ultimately destroyed the pier that housed the water level station in Naples, Florida. CO-OPS field teams are onsite in Florida this week to assess damages, make minor repairs, conduct stability levels, and survey nearby high-water marks. Visualize the path of Hurricane Ian and water level impacts in this story map that CO-OPS compiled in the wake of the storm.

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