The next IOOS Advisory Committee Meeting will be held November 3-4, 2015 at the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, USVI. More information will be added as it becomes available.
























Past Public Meetings

This section is dedicated to archiving past meetings information and documents.



April 29-30, 2015 Meeting, Washington, D.C.


Meeting Materials

Federal Register Notice of Meeting

Agenda (pdf)

Minutes (pdf)


Meeting Presentations




October 2-3, 2014 Meeting, Great Lakes Region

Federal Register Notice Of Open Meeting (Duluth, MN)


Meeting Materials

Agenda (pdf)

Minutes (pdf)


Meeting Presentations



September 24, 2014 Federal Register Notice

Notice Of Member Solicitation For The United States Integrated Ocean Observing System Advisory Committee



September 1, 2014 New IOOS Advisory Committee Chair

Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D. appointed as new Chair for IOOS Advisory Committee



April 15-16, 2014 Meeting, Washington, DC.

Meeting Materials

Taking Action Where We Live” - Coastal Wrapper 

Agenda (pdf)

Meeting Minutes (pdf)

Federal Register Notice Of Open Meeting (Washington, DC.)


Meeting Presentations



September 24, 2013 (virtual meeting)

Agenda (pdf)

Meeting Minutes (pdf)

Federal Register Notice Of Open Meeting (Via Webinar And Teleconference)

Meeting Presentations



February 6, 2013 Meeting, Denver, CO

Meeting Minutes (pdf)

Meeting Materials

Meeting Agenda (pdf)

Framing Vision for IOOS Business Model(s) & FAC Roles (pdf)

US IOOS Independent Cost Estimate: Summary Information (ppt)

Framing the Vision for IOOS Business Model(s) & FAC Roles (pdf)

150 Day Statement (pdf)

Meeting Summaries, ICOOS Act Implementation – Congressional Update Meetings, December 10 – 17, 2012 (pdf)


First Meeting, August 29-30, 2012, Washington, D.C.

IOOS Advisory Committee members are sworn in by Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction

IOOS Advisory Committee members are sworn in by Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction

Meeting materials, presentations and minutes are now available.

Meeting Materials

Meeting Presentations


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U.S. IOOS Federal Advisory Committee Members

The IOOS Program is happy to announce the members of the new U.S. IOOS Federal Advisory Committee:

U.S. IOOS Federal Advisory Ex-Officio Members

  • David Legler, Chief, Climate Observation Division at NOAA
  • Linda Lillycrop, Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) 
  • Brian Melzian, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)



Committee Member Bios

Dr. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr. (Chair)

Retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., serves as Chief Executive Officer and Director for GeoOptics, Inc., a startup company with the goal of launching and operating the first commercial Radio Occultation (RO) satellite constellation designed to collect and offer weather data and associated services as a commercial enterprise. Most recently, as Vice President, Science Programs, Applied Technology Group (ATG) of CSC Corporation he was engaged in business development activities to expand opportunities in science and technical support operations. He previously served as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans & Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for seven years. Prior to that, he was President and CEO of the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE), now known as the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Notable navy assignments included Commander US Third Fleet, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Resources, Warfare Requirements and Assessments), Director of J-8 (Resources) on the Joint Staff., Commander Naval Station Norfolk, the Navy’s largest naval station, Commanding Officer of USS HEWITT (DD-966), Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group Five, and Commander, Naval Forces, Riyadh during Operation Desert Storm. He holds Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University in Applied Mathematics and is a graduate of the US Naval Academy (Class of 1964).

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Mr. Thomas Gulbransen (Vice Chair)

Mr. Gulbransen serves as Senior Scientist in Battelle Memorial Institute’s Stony Brook, NY office. He has over 28 years of experience serving federal, state, local and industrial clientele. His primary responsibility is to lead environmental projects by assembling hybrid teams who develop structured, manageable investigations by translating clients’ needs into data quality objectives that can be fulfilled through fieldwork or defensible mining of legacy information systems. Previously, Mr. Gulbransen served as Product Manager and Senior Analyst for Battelle’s Environmental Management Information Systems group where he combined his environmental science training with state-of-the-art decision support system expertise. He holds a Master of Science in Marine Environmental Science from State University of New York, and a Certificate of Special Studies in Management and Administration from Harvard University.

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Dr. CJ Beegle-Kraus

Dr. Beegle-Krause is a Senior Researcher at SINTEF's Environmental Modeling group in Trondheim, Norway. She specializes in oil spill modeling, and her research focuses on leveraging science into Decision Support. In 2010, she was one of the four oil trajectory modelers for NOAA during the Deepwater Horizon MC 252 oil spill. Dr. Beegle-Krause has received numerous awards and citations for her oil spill trajectory modeling work, as well as multiple “Special Act of Service” awards from within NOAA. She holds a Bachelor's in Biology from Caltech, a Master of Science in Physical Oceanography from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a Doctorate in Physical Oceanography from the University of Washington.

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Mr. Terence Browne

Mr. Browne currently serves as the Director of Underwater Technologies and as the International Division Manager for Collins Engineers, Inc., an underwater and water resource engineering consultancy. Mr. Browne is a registered Professional Engineer in several states across the nation and he has been diving for over 27 years in U.S. Territory Waters including the Atlantic Ocean, North Pacific Ocean, South Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea. Furthermore, his international experience includes ocean, coastal, underwater, and marine engineering activities in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.  Mr. Browne obtained his Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Marquette University, as well as his Surface-Supplied-Air Commercial Diver Certification by the Association of Diving Contractors International.

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Dr. Ann Jochens

Dr. Jochens is presently Regional Coordinator for the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) and is a research scientist focusing on the development of coastal ocean observing systems, including processes at the boundary of coastal and open oceans in the Gulf of Mexico. She is a member of numerous professional societies and has served as a member of groups such as: NOAA’s Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Gulf of Mexico Team; NOAA's Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Monitoring Implementation Plan Steering Committee; NOAA's Gulf Hypoxia Stakeholder Committee; Harmful Algal Bloom Working Group, Water Quality Priority Issue Team, Gulf of Mexico Alliance; and has chaired multiple sessions at MTS-IEEE conferences. She has extensive experience in maintenance and enhancement of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association, as well as work to enhance the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Data Portal, building it toward a Regional Operations Center.  Dr. Jochens has a Juris Doctor with background specialty in Ocean Law from the University of Oregon, and a Master of Science and doctorate in oceanography from Texas A&M University.

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Dr. J. Val Klump

Dr. Klump is currently the Director of the Great Lakes WATER Institute at the University of Wisconsin‐Milwaukee. He is an active participant in the Great Lakes Observing System, whose research focuses on implementation of Great Lakes Observing System Real‐time Buoy and Vessel of Opportunity Underway Observing Systems. Dr. Klump has experience on numerous professional societies and committees, including serving on the Science and Technology Advisory Committee of the Green Bay Remedial Action Plan (Vice Chair) and as a member of the U.S.‐Canadian International Joint Commission, Council of Great Lakes Research Managers. He is also a board member of the University of Toledo, Lake Erie Center Advisory Board, sits on the NOAA Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) planning group, and was a past member of the Great Lakes Observing System Enterprise Architecture Expert Advisory Panel. Dr. Klump holds a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center and a doctorate in Chemical Oceanography from the University of North Carolina.

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Dr. Lynn Leonard

Dr. Leonard is presently the Chair of the Department of Geography and Geology, University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). Prior to becoming Chair, she was Director of the Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program (UNCW). Her area of interest focuses on sediment dynamics and surficial hydrodynamics in an open marine marsh. She has extensive experience implementing the observing and data management subsystems in support of the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA). She is a member of multiple professional associations, and has received numerous awards and honors in her field. Several of Dr. Leonard’s other relevant activities include participating on the NOAA IOOS Metrics Development working team, chairing the UNCW Climate Change Working Group, sitting on the SECOORA Board of Directors and acting as SECOORA Board Liaison to their Stakeholder Council.   Dr. Leonard holds a Master of Science in Geology from Duke University and a Doctorate in Marine Science from the University of South Florida.

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Mr. Justin Manley

Mr. Manley is presently the Senior Director of Business Development for Teledyne Benthos.  He is responsible for managing and advancing a diverse product line including deep ocean floatation and instrument housings, geophysical survey systems, remotely operated vehicles, undersea locators, acoustic releases and the industry leading telesonar acoustic modems. Prior to joining Telednye, he worked for Liquid Robotics where he was Senior Director of Scientific and Commercial Business. He was responsible for developing new commercial and scientific programs based around their patented Wave Glider. Between 2002 and 2009 Mr. Manley provided marine technology consulting services, primarily to the Federal Government. As Lead Ocean Engineer at Mitretek Systems and subsequently Senior Research Scientist and Research Leader at Battelle, he supported NOAA, particularly its Office of Ocean Exploration and Research. He was the founding Chair of the NOAA-wide AUV Working Group and led that team in its efforts to increase awareness and application of AUVs in the agency. Mr. Manley is a Senior Member of IEEE and co-chairs the Unmanned Maritime Vehicles (UMV) committee of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Oceanic Engineering Society. Mr. Manley has served as the Editor of the Marine Technology Society (MTS) Journal. He is currently the Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for MTS. Mr. Manley holds a Master of Science in Ocean Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Dr. LaVerne Ragster

Dr. Ragster currently serves the University of the Virgin Islands as Professor of Marine Biology in the Eastern Caribbean Center. Her areas of professional focus are impacts of climate change on public health issues and assisting institutions and governments to identify and implement appropriate natural resource management responses to climate variability and change in tropical communities. Dr. Ragster served as President of the University of the Virgin Islands from August 2002 through July 2009. During her tenure as President, Dr. Ragster’s leadership and commitment to excellence was recognized by those both at home and abroad, including being named Person of the Year by Rotary in the Virgin Islands and being honored by the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund with an Award of Excellence. Dr. Ragster has served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Environment Program, and as a member of the National Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee. During her career, she has focused on the role of natural resources in resource management and development, produced programs for the training of faculty and resource managers, and developed curriculum materials to teach natural resource management at the university level in the Caribbean. Dr. Ragster holds a Master of Science degree in Biology from San Diego State University, and a Doctorate in Biology from the University of California, San Diego.

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Mr. Anthony MacDonald

Mr. MacDonald is currently Director of the Urban Coast Institute at Monmouth University. The Institute is a University-based think tank that serves as a forum for addressing key coastal and ocean policy challenges at the state, regional and national level; supporting interdisciplinary science and research that supports coastal and ocean decision-making and a better informed public; and, builds on the University’s emerging strengths in environmental, and watershed management and socio-economic studies related to coasts and oceans. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Coastal States Organization, where he influenced Congressional consideration of and funding for important coastal and marine legislation and regulations, as well as influenced national policy through coordination of state comments on the report of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the President’s U.S. Ocean Action Plan. Mr. Macdonald also represented state interests on the Department of Transportation’s Interagency Task Force on the Future of the Marine Transportation System, and worked to develop a policy framework for offshore marine aquaculture.  Mr. Macdonald also worked as Special Counsel and Director of Environmental Affairs for the American Association of Port Authorities. Mr. Macdonald holds a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law.

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Mr. Chris Ostrander

Mr. Ostrander is a scientist and administrator with more than a decade of experience conducting environmental research, managing science and research programs, and developing and leading collaborative enterprises to better understand the ocean and its impact on the safety, economy, and health of coastal populations. 

Mr. Ostrander has conducted oceanographic, marine biology, and aquatic toxicology research in the Bahamas, the Great Plains of the United States, California, Hawaii, and numerous locations in the central, western, and south Pacific.   He has published over twenty peer-reviewed articles, technical reports, and other articles and given over fifty invited talks covering topics as diverse as economic theory, armed conflict, oceanography, physics, and information management.  Mr. Ostrander studied cultural geography and armed conflict at the United States Military Academy at West Point, political theory at the Johns Hopkins University, and physical oceanography at the University of Hawaii.   He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 2001, after serving with decoration and distinction.  Most recently, Mr. Ostrander served as the inaugural Director of the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS). 

Mr. Ostrander currently serves on the Boards of the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS), the National Federation of Regional Associations for Coastal and Ocean Observing, the Pacific Islands Global Ocean Observing System, as well as the Federal Advisory Committee for the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).  He has served as an advisor to numerous academic, federal, state, and community organizations, including the Office of the Governor of Guam, the Hawaii Office of Planning, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, the Papahanaumokuakea National Marine Monument, the NOAA Coastal Storms Program, and the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council.

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Dr. Emily Pidgeon

Dr. Pidgeon is currently the Director of the Marine Climate Change Program for Conservation International (CI).  During her tenure with CI she has lead development, implementation and management of a marine climate change conservation program for a large non-governmental organization. She was responsible for institutional policy on ocean and climate change which provides a foundation for organizational advising and support of national governments in their in-country adaptation policy and in their policy approaches to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and other multi-lateral negotiations. Dr. Pidgeon was the technical advisor for a diverse international marine conservation team, providing technical expertise and consultation on a broad spectrum of ocean science and engineering to conservation field programs and partners globally including the tourism, oil and gas, and cruise line industries. She has also lead and supported diverse fundraising efforts from sources including international development agencies (Global Environment Fund, U.S. Agency for International Development), government, foundations and individuals. Prior to CI, Dr. Pidgeon worked at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where her research focused on internal tides in the ocean, integrated into a long term field study of the coastal shelf environments on the Pacific coast of North America. She is a member of several professional societies. Dr. Pidgeon holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering and Water Resources and a Doctorate in Civil & Environmental Engineering both from Stanford University.

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Dr. Eric Terrill

Dr. Terrill is the Director of the Coastal Observing Research and Development Center at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His areas of interest are on applied ocean sciences and technology development, air-sea interaction processes, and acoustical oceanography. In addition to his role as Director, Dr. Terrill has served as a member on the National Science Foundation Ocean Research Interactive Observatory Networks workshop steering committee and the State of California Coastal Ocean Currents Monitoring Program, executive committee. He was the technical director for the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS). He was co-principal investigator for federal and state funding for the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System, and scientific liaison to local agencies and conservancies in assisting with local coastal environmental issues. Dr. Terrill has been a member of the Acoustical Oceanography Technical committee for the Acoustical Society of America, and grant reviewer for ocean energy related proposals to the California Energy Small Grant Program. Dr. Terrill has a doctorate in physical oceanography and applied ocean sciences from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.

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Ex-Officio Member Bios

Dr. David Legler

Dr. David M. Legler currently serves as a Chief of NOAA’s Climate Observations Division. The Division is leading NOAA’s efforts to develop and sustain a global observing system for climate. Before coming to NOAA, Dr Legler directed the US Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR – a program of the World Climate Research Program) Office in Washington, DC for over 10 years where he coordinated scientific and programmatic activities addressing a wide range of topics including the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC). Formerly a research associate and Deputy Director of the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS) at Florida State University, he has published on topics such as ocean remote sensing, air-sea interaction, and the impacts of ENSO on North American climate and subsequent effects on US  agriculture and water resources. Dr. Legler has served on a number of international committees for CLIVAR, WOCE, Oceanobs09, and GODAE addressing issues of climate, ocean observations and data management, and data assimilation.

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Administrative Information

Administrative Call, February 6, 2014

IOOS AC Administrative Call,
February 6, 2014, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST

-  Meeting minutes (pdf)



Administrative Call, May 24, 2013

IOOS AC Administrative Call,
May 24, 2013, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST

-  Meeting minutes (pdf)



Administrative Call, May 16, 2013


IOOS AC Administrative Call,
May 16, 2013, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST

-  Meeting minutes (pdf)


On call: R. Spinrad (Chair), T. Gulbransen (Vice-Chair), C. Beegle-Krause, A. Jochens, V. Klump, L. Leonard, T. MacDonald, J. Manley, C. Ostrander, B. Melzian (Ex Officio, via phone)
Absent: T. Browne, E. Pidgeon, L. Ragster, E. Terrill, D. Legler (Ex Officio), L. Lillycrop (Ex Officio)


Chair began call at 3:05 pm.

“IOOS Vision”: Discussion of public comments and plans to finalize

The Committee discussed each of the four sets of public comments (Chris Mooers, F. Aikman, T. Malone, and the IOOS Association). Public comments are not addressed one-by-one, by commenter, as the Committee agreed they all seemed to move the draft in the same direction. In summary, the Committee agreed on the following changes to the statement based on public comments:

  • Add more definition for IOOS, including mention of predictions.
  • None of the comments took issue with the vision statement itself. Rewording supporting language should allow AC to address most concerns (see following notes).
  • C. Beegle-Krause suggested considering the three steps of IOOS; observations, analysis, and predictions.
  • Avoid jargon.
  • Focus on the “bigger picture” IOOS; keep in mind the IOOS enterprise is still working against the public notion that IOOS is a NOAA budget line only.
  • Ensure Vision reflects Regional IOOS as well.
  • T. Gulbransen noted that the statement should include a place where users could envision the creation of new, valuable products (value-added opportunity). He will offer language to this effect.
  • R. Spinrad will revise the bullet, “IOOS’s criticality” to address concerns from the IOOS Association.
  •  C. Ostrander offered to incorporate IOOS Association track changes as well as capturing the above thoughts with help from Exec Sec.
  • Exec Sec will incorporate all revisions and provide them back to the full Committee.
  • Once “Vision” is finalized, the statement will be transmitted to the IOOC and the NOAA Administrator along with a cover letter.
  • The Committee should use the final statement to engage participants in upcoming meetings.

August 2013 Meeting Planning: Discussion of logistics and agenda topic

Z. Willis began by informing the Committee of current NOAA travel restrictions for FACs. In person FAC meetings are not allowed, with limited exception. The DFO put forward an exception request to hold the August meeting in person, and is waiting for a response from the NOS Assistant Administrator. If the Committee is not permitted to meet in person, the DFO and Chair will consider alternatives.

The Committee decided to continue developing the meeting agenda around business models. To that end, the Chair tasked the Committee with the assignment of identifying business models for consideration by mid-June. Once a list of models is compiled, the Committee will consider how to reach out to specific investors, also taking into consideration the format of the next Committee meeting which should be known by then. Examples of business models to consider are In-Q-Tel and the X Prize Foundation.  R Spinrad suggested the Committee may want to consider inviting Paul Bunje (X Prize Senior Director, Prize Development, Ocean Health) to talk to the Committee. The Committee agreed, and R Spinrad offered to develop formal invitation for P Bunje if the Committee is able to hold an in person meeting. The Committee also agreed that the IOOC should be invited to hear this ongoing dialog, as a means to help the Committee assess whether their work is advancing the mission of IOOS.


Chair adjourned the call at 4:30 pm EDT.

Report out of actions and assignments

# Action


Due Date



Revise “IOOS Vision” based on Committee’s discussion of public comments.


R: R Spinrad,
T Gulbransen,
C Ostrander, Exec Sec






Transmit final “IOOS Vision” with cover letter to NOAA Administrator and IOOC.


R: Chair







Invite IOOC to participate in ongoing business model dialog.


R: Exec Sec






Provide business model examples to Exec Sec.








If in person meeting is permitted, invite Paul Bunje of X Prize to speak.


R: Chair


ASAP with
in person meeting approval




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IOOS Background Documents

Building Consensus: Toward An Integrated and Sustained Ocean Observing System (pdf)

An Integrated and Sustained Ocean Observing System (IOOS) For the United States: Design and Implementation (pdf)

The First U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Development Plan (pdf)

Integrated Global Observing Strategy (IGOS) Coastal Theme Report (pdf)

U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System: A Blueprint for Full Capability (pdf)

Estimating the Economic Benefits of Regional Ocean Observing Systems (pdf)

U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee Foundational Documents

U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee Charter (pdf)

U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee Balance Plan (pdf)

U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee Bylaws (pdf)


U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee Statement for U.S. IOOS Vision

Committee Recommendation (pdf)


Past Federal Register Notices

Federal Register Notice Of Open Meeting (Washington, DC.)

Notice Of Open Meeting (Via Webinar And Teleconference)

Notice of Availability for Public Comment on the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System Advisory Committee; Committee Proposed Draft “IOOS Vision” (pdf)

IOOS Vision (draft) (pdf)

Federal Register Notice Published Announcing U.S Advisory Committee Open Meeting



To submit comments email:

Alternate Designated Federal Official:
Jessica Snowden
1100 Wayne Ave., Ste. 1237
Silver Spring, MD 20910
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Fax: (301) 427-2073
Email: Jessica.snowden@noaa.gov