The next U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee meeting is on Feb 6, 2013. Federal Register Notice and Meeting Agenda are now available.
U.S. IOOS Summit 2012 - details are at: IOOS Summit 2012.
U.S. IOOS Assessment of Partner Assets 2012 briefing is now available. For details please scroll down the Implementation tab below.
Effective and consistent collaboration among federal and regional agencies and organizations is essential to the planning, development and implementation of an effective U.S. IOOS.
In February 2007, Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of NOAA, established a program to serve as the overall coordinator of NOAA’s IOOS activities and to provide a consistent management function. The U.S. IOOS Program's mission is to "lead the integration of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes observing capabilities, in collaboration with Federal and non-Federal partners, to maximize access to data and generation of information products, inform decision making, and promote economic, environmental, and social benefits to our nation and the world."
The U.S. IOOS Program works closely with the eleven regional associations to establish core capabilities that meet both national requirements and regional user needs. For more information on the regional component, click here.
President Barack Obama signed the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009 (ICOOS Act) into law.
On March 30, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009 (ICOOS Act) into law. This statute authorizes the establishment of a National Integrated Ocean Observing System (System) and codifies a governance structure within which the System will operate.
The Act explicitly vests authority in NOAA as the lead federal agency for implementation and administration of the System and charges NOAA to establish a U.S. IOOS Program Office. In addition, NOAA is required to carry out its responsibilities in consultation with federal agency and regional partners.
The ICOOS Act includes specific tasks and requirements to be executed. Among the long list of activities are the preparation of System plans and budgets, the development of certification standards for non-federal assets, identification of gaps in observing coverage or needs for capital improvements, creating a merit-based competitive funding process, developing a national data management and communications system, establishing a System Advisory Committee, drafting a public-private use policy process, completing an independent cost estimate, writing a biennial congressional report and many others.
Along with NOAA, the ICOOS Act identifies two interagency bodies to carry out these tasks and requirements. The two entities below are given the responsibility to oversee the coordination and administration of the System:
The National Ocean Research Leadership Council (NORLC) - The NORLC was created by Congress as a part of the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) in Fiscal Year 1998 (Public Law 105-85). The National Ocean Council Deputy-level Committee has assumed the duties of the statutorily mandated NORLC.
Details on tasks and requirements included in the ICOOS Act and the progress the IOOS community is making toward accomplishing these tasks Go to the "Implementation" Tab or ICOOS Act Tasks and Progress Report
While the ICOOS Act officially names the NORLC as the primary body responsible for IOOS policy coordination and oversight, that National Ocean Council is currently carrying out this role through the Deputy-level Committee. The NORLC, or the NOC in this case, is charged with approving and adopting comprehensive IOOS budgets, and ensuring IOOS is well coordinated with other domestic and international earth observing activities like GOOS, the Global Ocean Observing System (http://www.ioc-goos.org/ )and GEOSS, the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) (http://www.earthobservations.org/geoss.shtml). In addition, this body is required to promote intramural and extramural research and development, as well as a process to transition developing technology methods into IOOS System operations.
The Interagency Ocean Observing Committee (IOOC) is currently managed by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. More information about the IOOC can be located at http://www.iooc.us/"
The ICOOS Act requires NOAA, as the lead Federal agency for implementing IOOS, to report annually to the Interagency Ocean Observing Committee. The report highlights accomplishments from the past year, and touches on goals for the upcoming year.
The NOPP is a collaboration of federal agencies working to provide leadership and coordination of national oceanographic research and education initiatives. The IWG-OP provides direction to the NOPP office, and advises and assists the Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (SOST) on matters related to ocean partnership programs, including continuation and expansion of partnership efforts established through the NOPP.
IOOS has consulted regularly with the IWG-OP since 2009 to coordinate planning and interagency contributions to its funding announcements, to advise and co-sponsor community-wide discussions on development of a Marine Biodiversity Observing Network, and to gather input on directions for marine sensor technology developments. In July 2010, NOAA published the first NOPP-IOOS funding announcement, which was viewed by partner agencies as an opportunity to enhance the regional coastal and ocean component of IOOS and to address areas of mutual interest, including evaluation of sensors for monitoring coastal and ocean environments; study of marine animal interactions with offshore renewable energy devices; and improved production, stewardship, and coastal application of sea surface temperature data. (http://www.nopp.org/ and http://www.nopp.org/committees/iwg-op/ )
The ICOOS Act also requires the NOAA Administrator to establish a System advisory committee (the U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee) to provide advice to the Administrator and to the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee, which is responsible for planning for the integrated design, operation, maintenance, enhancement, and expansion of the System.
Implementation of the U.S. IOOS is a coordinated effort between federal and non-federal entities. All the federal agencies that contribute resources to the collection and distribution of observing data, and develop products to meet the nation’s needs are involved in making U.S. IOOS successful. Likewise, the non-federal partners, such as the Regional Associations, play an important role in the planning and execution of U.S. IOOS.
The U.S. IOOS Program developed a web-based tool to provide a transparent mechanism for sharing information about how the community is implementing the ICOOS Act of 2009. This online progress report is available to the public on the U.S. IOOS website (www.ioos.gov) and includes a color-coded rating system characterizing the status of the required tasks included in the ICOOS Act. The ICOOS Act assigns these tasks to different entities, including the interagency-led IOOC, NOAA as the lead federal agency, and external partners, including the RAs, identified as RICEs. These groups are identified in the progress report and the tasks that are assigned to them in the ICOOS Act are defined in more detail through indicated web links. The progress report will be updated periodically to ensure the information presented is up to date and a current reflection of efforts made to build a sustainable, robust U.S. IOOS.
Details on tasks and requirements included in the ICOOS Act and the progress the IOOS community is making toward accomplishing these tasks are available through at: ICOOS Act Tasks and Progress Report
As required by the ICOOS Act, NOAA as the Lead Federal Agency for U.S. IOOS provided the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee, IOOC with a "State of U.S. IOOS":
State of U.S. IOOS Briefing (pptx)
In 2011, following the publication of Version 1.0 of the U.S. IOOS Blueprint for Full Capability, the U.S. IOOS Program Office conducted a comprehensive assessment of its Federal and Regional partners in order to gauge partners' present and future contributions to U.S. IOOS functionality. The assessment cataloged partner assets -- including observing, DMAC, research & development, and training & education assets -- as well as partner capabilities in each of the 37 Blueprint-identified U.S. IOOS core functional activities, which describe U.S. IOOS Program coordination and management products and services called for by statute and/or formal U.S. IOOS requirements documentation. U.S. IOOS partners' successful participation in the assessment has allowed the U.S. IOOS Program Office to determine how best to engage these partners in support of U.S. IOOS implementation.
U.S. IOOS Assessment Results Briefing:
The Integrated Coastal Ocean Observation System Act (ICOOS Act) authorized the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee (IOOC) to develop and approve certification criteria that establish eligibility and standards for the integration of non-federal assets and Regional Information Coordination Entities (RICEs) into the U. S. IOOS. These criteria assure the necessary policies, standards, data, information, and services associated with U.S. IOOS are appropriately established, coordinated, overseen and enforced.
When certified, a RICE is incorporated into the U.S. IOOS and for the purposes of determining liability arising from the dissemination and use of observation data, may qualify for the status afforded to federal agencies through the Federal Tort Claims Act.
An open and continuous exchange of information among the various IOOS partners and user groups is critical to ensure successful implementation of U.S. IOOS contributions.
Zdenka Willis, Director of the NOAA IOOS Program, circulates informal "Z-Grams" to update partners on the semi-monthly progress of a variety of Program activities. Read Updates
The U.S. IOOS Summit was held at the Hyatt Dulles November 13-16, 2012. The Ocean.US Workshop Proceedings in 2002 set the stage for the nation’s first Integrated Ocean Observing System.
For details please go to: IOOS Summit 2012 webpage.
Ver 1.0 (pdf, Nov 2010)