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2011 U.S. IOOS Report to Congress Now Available

As required by the ICOOS Act of 2009, the IOOS Program Office has completed the first biennial U.S. IOOS Report to Congress (2011). Per the Act, the final report was transmitted to Congress by the National Ocean Council – Deputy level on November 10, 2011.

Please find the final report attached on this email. The report can also be accessed from the website at:

Please feel free to distribute to your colleagues. Questions may be directed to Jessica Snowden (, 301-427-2453).

NOAA’s CO-OPS in conjunction with the U.S. IOOS Office offer new data “Collections” service for greater interoperability, accessibility and efficiency.

The IOOC would like to highlight that the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) now offers retrieval of its latest observations and time series data as a Collection from multiple stations versus a single station as a new tool in the US IOOS Data Management and Communications (DMAC) toolbox.

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RICE Working Group Meeting

The Regional Integrated Certification Entities (RICE) Working Group will be holding its first meeting at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership on March 2, 2011. The group will develop the governance criteria for RICEs to become certified within the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). These criteria and other requirements, will enable regions to receive liability coverage for their data, products, etc. associated with IOOS. The RICE Working Group is composed of small team of federal officials from different agencies that will submit their final recommendations to the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee.