Biological Integration and Observation (BIO) Task Team

Biological and Ecosystem Observations within United States Waters Reports I and II Released

The Biological and Ecosystem Observations within United States Waters I: A Survey of Federal Agencies and the  Biological and Ecosystem Observations within United States Waters II: A Workshop Report to Inform Priorities for the United States Integrated Ocean Observing System were released in December 2016.

IOOC Biological Integration and Observation Task Team (BIO-TT)

SCOPE OF WORK

The primary goals are:

  1. to improve the availability of observations on the currently identified IOOS core biological variables:
    1. phytoplankton species
    2. phytoplankton abundance
    3. zooplankton species
    4. zooplankton abundance
    5. fish species
    6. fish abundance
  2. to identify, and prioritize additional cross-cutting federal agency biological and ecosystem observation needs. To meet these goals, the IOOC BIO-TT will collaborate with the IOOS Program Office, the Regional Associations and other federal interagency working groups as necessary.

The BIO Task Team will accomplish these goals by surveying federal agencies for existing core variable datasets (including whether they are fully integrated under IOOS) and for their priority biological and ecosystem observational needs. The team will also work with the IOOS Program Office, federal partners, and the Regional Associations to develop and host a workshop to analyze the survey findings, explore best available science of biological and ecosystem observing, and then determine implementation strategies for biological and ecosystem observation needs identified from the survey and workshop. The team’s efforts will result in an inventory of existing sources of core variables, including recognized data standards, and identification of plans and partners to facilitate integration into IOOS in the future.

Details on the U.S. IOOS Biological Observations Data Project, (IOOS BDP):

For further information about contributing data to IOOS:

For further information about the history of the core biological variables:

 

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