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U.S. IOOS Summit Report Now Available

2012_Summit_Report_NR4_Page_01This publication – U.S. IOOS Summit Report – shows that now, more than ever, the United States requires a sustained and integrated ocean observing system, based on consensus of regional, national, and global ocean experts with the launch of this new report on how a strengthened U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) can better protect life and property, sustain a growing economic vitality, safeguard ecosystems, and advance quality of life for all people. Download the report here or visit for more information. 

IOOC Pacific Northwest Workshop

A workshop bringing together users and providers of marine information to explore how monitoring and forecasting the ocean, coast and estuaries can best deliver safety, economic and environmental benefits to industries, government and citizens of the Pacific Northwest.

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MARACOOS 2011 Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (MARACOOS) is pleased to convene its Annual Meeting from December 15-16, 2011 in Washington, D.C. to highlight the partnerships that have been and will continue to be vital to safeguard lives, enhance water quality and public health, improve flood warnings, protect fish stocks from overfishing while enhancing the fishing experience, save shipping time and fuel costs, as well as to spawn new businesses—ultimately improving the economic, environmental, and general well-being of residents and visitors in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

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Notice of Availability for Public Comment on the Interagency Ocean Observing Committee Draft Certification Criteria for Non-Federal Asset Integration Into IOOS

The National Science Foundation published this notice on behalf of the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee (IOOC) to announce a 60-day public comment period for non-federal asset certification criteria. This draft certification criteria will be used to establish eligibility for non-federal assets to be integrated into the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observation System (IOOS) and to ensure compliance with all applicable standards and protocols. This criteria was developed in response to a requirement in the Integrated Coastal Ocean Observation System Act of 2009 (33 U.S.C. 3601–3610) and is applicable to all non-federal assets as defined in the Act, including Regional Information Coordination Entities (RICEs).

Submitting Comments

Reviewers should use the documents below. The report is being provided in two formats: 1.) Word Version and 2.) PDF Version. The Word Version is available if reviewers prefer to submit comments in track changes.

Memo to Reviewers

IOOS Certification Criteria (Word)

IOOS Certification Criteria (PDF)

Written, faxed, or emailed comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. eastern standard time on January 6, 2012.  Comments can be emailed to IOOC Support Office, submitted in writing to the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Attention: IOOC Support Office, 1201 New York Ave., N.W., 4th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005 or faxed to 202-332-8887 with Attention: IOOC Support Office.

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