The BIO-TT was established in 2013 and sunset in 2015.
The primary goals of the IOOC Biological Integration and Observation Task Team (BIO-TT) were to improve the availability of observations on the five previously identified IOOS core biological variables (core biological variables: phytoplankton species, zooplankton species, zooplankton abundance, fish species and fish abundance), as well as to identify and prioritize additional cross-cutting federal agency biological and ecosystem observation needs. To meet these goals, the IOOC BIO-TT collaborated with the IOOS Program Office, the Regional Associations, and other federal interagency working groups as needed. The BIO-TT completed the following tasks to enable the overarching goals identified.
1) To improve the availability of existing IOOS core biological variables, the BIO-TT:
To identify, and prioritize additional cross-cutting biological and ecosystem observation needs, the BIO-TT:
The BIO-TT was established in 2013 and sunsetted in 2015. The task team developed two reports, per their goals, which were approved and released by the NSTC in December 2016:
With the completion of the reports, the task team developed an activity summary and list of overarching recommendations to the IOOC and IOOS. A major recommendation from the task team was that the IOOC adopt the full list of 11 new variables (phytoplankton abundance, species and abundance of corals, invertebrates, marine mammals, microbes (including microbial activity), sea birds, sea turtles, and submerged aquatic vegetation, biological vital rates, nekton diet, and sound) as core variables of IOOS.
The 11 variables were adopted into IOOS to support the existing core biological variables. The full list of all 34 IOOS core variables, sectioned as Physics, Biogeochemistry, and Biology and Ecosystems.