The Glider Task Team was established in July 2015 and was sunset in July 2017.
The primary goals of the IOOC Glider Task Team were to enable increased engagement with the glider community and to advance the coordinated use of glider observing systems to meet global, national, and regional sub-surface observing requirements. To meet these goals, the Glider Task Team collaborated with the IOOS Program Office, the Regional Associations, and other federal interagency working groups identified to gather information and develop a strategy with recommended actions for increased collaboration and engagement. The Task Team completed the following tasks to enable the overarching goals identified.
The Glider Task Team was established in July 2015 and was sunset in July 2017. During its active years, the team hosted the 2017 U.S. Underwater Glider Workshop at the INFINITY Science Center in Mississippi to review glider observing gaps and activities from the initial community surveys. The workshop resulted in a report which included recommendations for coordination activities, glider operations, best practices, and a proposed Underwater Glider User Group (UG2).
Following the recommendations in the workshop report, a small subset of the Glider Task Team established the initial form of the Underwater Glider User Group (UG2) with the overarching mission to create a community that facilitates sharing and cooperation in the following areas:
To bolster the UG2, the IOOC supported a follow-up event to enable stronger community coordination. The 8th EGO Meeting and International Glider Workshop, held May 21-23, 2019, was planned to enhance international collaboration through community dialogue, exchanges of information, sharing of experiences, and development of best practices to support the glider community.
To expand and strengthen the current iteration of UG2, representatives from the IOOS Program Office and sunset Glider Task Team are working on the following: