April 5-6, 2016 Meeting, Washington, D.C.

The IOOS Advisory Committee meeting was held April 5-6, 2016 at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Washington, D.C.

Meeting Materials

Federal Register Notice of Meeting

Agenda (pdf)


Meeting Presentations

  • OEAB Overview - VADM (ret.) Paul G. Gaffney, Chair (pdf)

  • BOEM Overview - Dr. William Brown, Chief Environmental Officer and Dr. Walter Johnson, Chief, Branch of Physical and Chemical Sciences, Environmental Sciences Division (pdf)

  • Big Data Brief - Thomas B. Curtin, IOOS Advisory Committee member (pdf)

  • IOOS Association Update - Josie Quintrell, Director (pdf)






















Past Public Meetings

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



November 3-4, 2015 Meeting, St. Thomas, USVI

The IOOS Advisory Committee fall 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.

Meeting Materials

Agenda (pdf)

Federal Register Notice of Open Meeting - IOOS Advisory Committee - November 3-4, 2015, St. Thomas, USVI


Meeting Presentations


September 22, 2015 Meeting

The next IOOS Advisory Committee public meeting will be held via teleconference and webinar on Tuesday September 22, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT. For more information or to register, please refer to the Federal Register Notice.

Additional materials will be posted as they become available.


Meeting Materials

Agenda (pdf)

Draft letter for support of ICOOS Act Reauthorization (pdf)

Draft IOOS AC certification letter (pdf)

Draft IOOS AC letter on role of IOOS in Resilience (pdf)

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

Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., Ph.D. (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 Navys 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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Thomas Gulbransen (Vice Chair)

Mr. Gulbransen serves as Senior Scientist for Battelle Memorial Institute’s Infrastructure & Environment business in Stony Brook, NY office. His 32 years of experience include assessment, restoration and remediation services to federal, state, local, industrial and international clientele. His primary responsibilities are as Chief Scientist, Technical Director or Project Manager for water quality investigations and Environmental Informatics projects. These roles are guided by translating clients’ needs into data quality objectives that guide fieldwork, systems development plans or defensible mining of legacy information systems. His experience leading large scale projects, built through collaboration with academia, federal agencies, NGOs and commercial vendors, offers the IOOS AC an industry perspective relevant to promoting IOOS partnerships. He has served in various municipal capacities in elected office, on boards dedicated to environmental stewardship, and as an officer in a volunteer Fire/EMS Department. Mr. Gulbransen 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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Ann Jochens, Ph.D.

Dr. Jochens is a Research Scientist and Lecturer in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. She retired in 2014 as the Executive Director of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS). Her experience includes teaching environmental science and policy; development of integrated coastal ocean observing systems through industry/government/academic partnerships; management of multi-institutional, multi-year, interdisciplinary oceanographic research projects; integration of physical and biogeochemical measurements for analysis of circulation and property transports through the Gulf of Mexico ecosystems; and environmental, safety, permitting, regulatory analysis in the mining and oil and gas industries.

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, and Nutrient/Hypoxia Team of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance; and has chaired multiple sessions at MTS-IEEE conferences. She has extensive experience in maintenance and enhancement of the GCOOS Regional Association, as well as work to enhance the  GCOOS Data Portal. Dr. Jochens has a Doctor of Jurisprudence with a background specialty in Ocean Law from the University of Oregon, and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in oceanography from Texas A&M University.


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J. Val Klump, Ph.D.

Dr. Klump is currently the Senior Director, Professor and Associate Dean of Research for the School of Freshwater Science at the Great Lakes WATER Institute, 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, Science Advisory Board. He also is a board member of Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, member of the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystem Research (CILER) Management Council, 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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Justin Manley

Justin Manley is an innovative technologist and executive with experience in startup, public corporation, academic, and public sectors. He is a recognized leader in unmanned systems development and operations. He was a principal in the development of unmanned marine vehicles at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1993 to 2002. Between 2002 and 2009 Mr. Manley provided marine technology consulting services, primarily to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where he was the founding Chair of the NOAA-wide AUV Working Group. In 2009 Mr. Manley transitioned to the private sector, joining Liquid Robotics during its startup phase. There he was responsible for developing new commercial and scientific programs based on the Wave Glider. In 2011 Mr. Manley joined Teledyne Benthos as Senior Director of Business Development where he managed a diverse product portfolio and led the development of a networked systems strategy across Teledyne Marine Systems (Benthos, Webb Research, Gavia, and SeaBotix).

Drawn back to entrepreneurial endeavors Mr. Manley founded Just Innovation LLC in mid-2015. He supports clients from startups to multi-national corporations with core technical specializations in unmanned vehicles, robotics, sensors, and undersea systems. Mr. Manley offers clients support with strategy and innovation, business and product development, evangelism, and marketing. Just Innovation LLC is also active in unmanned systems technology development and is commercializing concepts for secure unmanned aircraft “drone" communications and operations.

Mr. Manley is extensively involved in the marine technology profession through a variety of leadership roles. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for the Marine Technology Society, and a member of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Advisory Committee. He is also dedicated to innovation, serving as an advisor to startup companies and a judge for the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE.

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LaVerne E. Ragster, Ph.D.

Dr. LaVerne Ragster is a retired Professor of Marine Biology and President Emerita of the University of the Virgin Islands. She has conducted research and training in the areas of algal physiology and natural resource management, presented and published in the areas of plant physiology, natural resource management and training, and obtained training and practical experience in institutional and leadership development over a 34 year span. Her service experience includes participation on the Congressional Black Caucus Brain Trust on Environmental Justice, the National Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee and National Ocean Observing Systems Advisory Committee. Projects in the Eastern Caribbean involved the United Nations Environmental Program and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. Service on boards includes the Island Resources Foundation, VI Waste Management Authority and the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (2010-2015).  Current scholarly work at the UVI Caribbean Exploratory (NIMHD) Research Center addresses climate change adaptation and linkages to public health in the Caribbean. 

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Tony 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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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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Doug Vandemark, Ph.D.

Dr. Vandemark currently serves the University of New Hampshire as Research Professor in Earth Sciences and Director of the Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory within the Institute for the Study of Earth. His research activities lie in the study of ocean and atmosphere boundary layer interactions and how to remotely measure near-surface ocean properties including wind, waves, salinity, and mass flux using satellite radar and radiometer systems.  He is active in research using numerous NASA, NOAA, and ESA ocean observing satellite sensors and serves as a Principal Investigator on NASA's Ocean Surface Topography and Ocean Vector Wind Science Teams. He has been involved in coastal ocean observing activities in the Gulf of Maine since 2002, including work with ocean wave and carbon dioxide measurements.  He is a senior member of the IEEE, and serves or has served on NASA Physical Oceanography Data Archive advisory group, the strategic planning team for the Northeast Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS), the Executive Committee for UNH/EOS, and research grant review panels for many agencies.  Dr. Vandemark holds a B.Sc. in Physics from Hope College, an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and a Doctorate in Oceanography from the University of New Hampshire.

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Tony Koslow, Ph.D.

Tony Koslow is presently Research Oceanographer (emeritus) at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, SD. He received his PhD in Biological Oceanography from Scripps in 1980 and returned there in 2007 as Director of the Scripps California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI) program, the world’s foremost multidisciplinary ocean observation program, a partnership between Scripps, NOAA, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Dr. Koslow stepped down from that position in 2013 to focus on his research on climate impacts on marine ecosystems and to work for an improved national and global network of ecological time series for the oceans.

Dr. Koslow’s first position following his Ph.D. was as Assistant Professor of Fisheries Oceanography at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. In 1989, he moved to Hobart, Australia to lead the deepwater fisheries and ecology group at the CSIRO, Australia’s premier research organization. In 2002, he moved to CSIRO’s Perth laboratory to set up a pelagic ecology ocean observing program on Australia’s west coast. Dr. Koslow has published more than 75 peer-reviewed scientific papers. In 2007, he published the award-winning The Silent Deep: The Discovery, Ecology, and Conservation of the Deep Sea.

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Thomas B. Curtin, Ph.D.

Thomas Curtin is currently a Senior Principal Research Scientist at the Applied Physics Laboratory/UW, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Adaptive Systems and CEO of Agrowbot Farms. He has served as Chief Scientist at the NATO Undersea Research Centre in La Spezia Italy (2008-11) as Chief Knowledge Officer at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (2007-08), as Program Manager at the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) (1984-2007), as Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University (1979-84), and as an oceanographer at the Fisheries Research Institute in Penang, Malaysia (1969-71).  At ONR, he managed programs in Physical Oceanography, Arctic Sciences, Ocean Modeling and Prediction and Undersea Autonomous Operations.

Thomas Curtin received the B.S. degree in Physics from Boston College, the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physical Oceanography from Oregon State University and the University of Miami, respectively, and the M.B.A. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been editor of IEEE and AGU special issue journals and an Ocean Engineering Handbook (Springer), has authored 35 peer-reviewed papers, 21 technical reports and 2 patents. He has been Chief Scientist on 25 oceanographic cruises in mid-latitude and equatorial Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Arctic Ocean, the Ross Sea in Antarctica, and the South China Sea. He has been awarded the U.S. Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, the U.S. Navy Superior Civilian Service Medal, the U.S. Navy Unit Commendation and the U.S. Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal.

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Ex-Officio Member Bios

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)


Elevating IOOS to a National Endeavor

Committee Recommendation (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



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