The BIO-ICE Task Team was established in July 2020 and will sunset in January 2022.
The goal of this IOOC task team is to advance the integration of biological observations from local, regional and federal sources using best practices to inform national needs and ultimately feed seamlessly into the Global Ocean Observing System, as appropriate. To accomplish this goal the task team will focus on marine mammals and corals, to:
1) Reconcile the IOOS core biological variables with GOOS Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs) and the Group on Earth Observations’ Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs), identifying where there are clear synergies in terms of spatial and temporal observing requirements and existing observation infrastructure and delivery including best practices/standards.
2) Identify and improve pathways for data flow for observations of these variables from both the Regional Associations and Federal sources into IOOS. Focus will be on identifying and implementing best practices surrounding standardized data collection and delivery adhering to the FAIR and CARE data principles, as appropriate.
The task team will leverage existing infrastructure and information to improve the integration of fit-for-purpose marine mammal and coral observations from local, regional and federal sources using standardized best practices. This will inform national needs, feed seamlessly into the Global Ocean Observing System, and provide a roadmap for IOOS to improve delivery of its other core biological variables consistent with national and global requirements. Deliverables include but may not be limited to:
1) Summary of the synergies between core and essential variables for marine mammals and corals in terms of spatial and temporal observing requirements and existing observation infrastructure and delivery.
2) Identification/development and publication of best practices to deliver fit-for-purpose observations and information for these variables, and submission of existing or new materials to the IOC Ocean Best Practices Repository.
3) Evaluation report on how well the variables are being implemented (observation to information delivery to meet requirements) as the task team sunsets.