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Military Aims to Adopt Data Standards to Facilitate Seamless Use of Ocean and Weather Data

The U.S. military and militaries across the globe are aiming to improve data standards in part so that models and simulations can integrate the flow of real world maps, sensor data, ocean data and weather data.  Currently roadblocks can result from multiple formats, poor correlation of source data, and different data dictionaries and grammars.  

Currently, the Data Management and Communications (DMAC) staff within the IOOS PO are actively working to implementing OGC standards for ocean and coastal data in a variety of ways, and IOOC actively supports these efforts through the DMAC inter-agency team.

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Workforce Development May be Key to Improving Gulf Coast Communities

A new Study is demonstrating that the $18.7 billion settlement over the BP oil spill could be a catalyst for the Gulf region, but only if it is invested in educating an updated workforce capable of sustaining economic improvements after the settlement dollars go dry.  Currently, only 26% of adults in southeast Louisiana have a bachelor’s degree, 3% lower than the national average.  And, the state is 40th in the nation in terms of academic science and engineering research and development.  While money invested directly in coastal restoration could be good in the short run, long term improvements in the coastal economy and environment may depend more on long term investments in human resource infrastructure.

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Ocean Networks Canada to Provide Observation Infrastructure

The Canadian federal government has invested over $30 million into ocean observing infrastructure, in part to help develop valuable ocean resources.  The information that will be provided via the Smart Oceans project will support the development of pipelines linking Alberta oil sands to the Pacific coast.  The information will also provide data needed to ensure marine safety and mitigate environmental impacts of increased marine traffic.  

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Interagency Effort Leads to Deployment of PowerBuoy off of NY

Through cooperation with New York District Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and the U.S. Coast Guard, Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) will be deploying it’s PB40 PowerBuoy 30 nautical miles southeast of New York City Harbor,  The buoy will provide data to potential customers about the potential for marine hydrokinetic power generation in the area, as well as ocean observing, oil and gas, security, and offshore wind.  The U.S. Department of Energy and the European Union were also key partners in the buoy deployment.  OPT will continue to work with national collaborators moving forward.

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UK Environmental Agency Releases LIDAR Data for Commercial Use

The UK Environmental Agency will be releasing 17 years of LIDAR data on England, including coastal areas.  The Agency has used this data to create flood models and analyze land use changes.  In 2013, the Agency made the data freely available for non-commercial use, but following floods in 2014, decided to make the data free and available for commercial use as well starting September 2015.  

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