As the ocean observing community moves forward into the next phase of IOOS, federal agencies remain committed to cooperating among themselves and with partners throughout the ocean community. Coordination among the federal agency partners will remain the responsibility of the (IWGOO) along with NOAA as the designated lead federal agency for IOOS. The IWGOO is a formal chartered body, and will see IOOS through this transition period. The IWGOO decided that some Ocean.US activities would continue under the leadership of the IWGOO. This proposal requests funds for partial support for the Interagency Working Group on Ocean Observations (IWGOO) Support Office hosted at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
Interagency collaboration is essential to achieve ocean science and technology priorities and, in particular, for planning and coordination of an ocean observation system. The IWGOO support office provides administrative assistance the federal agencies on all of the IOOS planning activities. A balanced, highly-functioning IWGOO that works through collaboration supports efforts to integrate coastal and ocean observing assets, establishes effective mechanisms for Integrated Ocean Observing System budget planning and transfer of resources, creates links with other environmental observing efforts, provides integrated coastal and ocean data, facilitates the delivery of applications and decision-support tools, advances research, incorporates new technology into operations, integrates IOOS into education and workforce training, and coordinates ocean observing priorities. An IWGOO that is able to effectively support these goals will make meaningful contributions to broader societal goals related to climate, maritime operations, natural hazards, national security, public health, ecosystems, and natural resources.
The Support Office of the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee (IOOC) provides coordination and program management for assisting with meeting requirements outlined in the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observing System (ICOOS) Act of 2009 and the White House National Ocean Policy and recommendations from the U.S. IOOS Summit. The IOOC promotes coordination among federal agencies, departments, and offices enabling many things to be done that no single agency can approach. Ocean scientists, engineers, and decision-makers struggle to synchronize their ocean observing efforts. Due to the transboundary nature of the ocean, close coordination with global earth observing systems is a committee priority. By linking global, national, and regional ocean observations, the IOOC enables powerful new scientific approaches for understanding, predicting, and managing our ocean resources while promoting of collaboration among Federal agencies and non-Federal IOOS partners. This award provided program management and meeting support services for the IOOC. In FY 2014, the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee (IOOC) established and funded new expert task teams addressing critical needs for ocean observing systems. The Biological Integration and Observation Task Team surveyed federal agencies assessing their current status and future needs for monitoring living organisms in the ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes. The Modeling Task Team is developing a strategy for ocean and coastal model capabilities over the next five to eight years. The Animal Telemetry Task Network Task Team is developing recommendations for how the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) can assimilate animal telemetry efforts into a system to deliver critical information on biological resources and ecosystem functions, as well as oceanographic data that will complement and enhance existing observing capability. Each task team will deliver their final data and information products in FY 2015/16, including roll-out plans to disseminate the results among regional, national, and international ocean observing partners. An IOOC Post-Summit Task Team was also established to oversee progress on Summit recommendations for which the IOOC is responsible andcoordinate with other entities (IOOS Office, IOOS Advisory Committee, and IOOS Association) addressing other Summit Recommendations. The Summit was held during the week of November 13, 2012 approximately 200 representatives of the U.S. IOOS community convened in Herndon, VA to develop a strategy for the next decade. The workshop participants reviewed the progress of the last decade and identified opportunities for the coming ten years. The Post-Summit Task Team refined and clarified actions to be taken to address the IOOS Summit recommendations; identified candidate Summit recommendations for IOOC collaboration; coordinated with other expert task teams and IOOC partners to determine progress and success; and developed proposed strategies for addressing all Summit Recommendations. Finally, the Data Management and Communications (DMAC) Steering Team governance structure was officially reformed at the July IOOC meeting. The new structure involves appoints three-to-five DMAC liaisons that provide strategic guidance to the IOOC and recommend the formation of ad-hoc teams to address specific data management challenges. The proposed projects will likely build on the existing management and project structure utilized by the IOOS Program Office for workflow related to the Systems Integration Test. The IOOC was also tasked with completing numerous actions under the Implementation Plan of the National Ocean Policy. The IOOC Support Office provided coordination and project management for the completion of these actions. IOOC staff updated materials and the format of the committeeâ€™s website to better communicate past and ongoing IOOC activities as well as news items related to interagency ocean and coastal observations and data integration efforts. For more details on the accomplishments above and other information about the IOOC, please visit - www.iooc.us/.