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)





















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 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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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. 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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Mr. Justin Manley

Justin Manley has been working with marine technology and robotics since 1990. 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). Returning to the startup community Mr. Manley joined Juliet Marine Systems (JMS) as Vice President of Business Development and Marketing in 2015. At JMS he leads the commercialization of advanced technologies including high-speed SWATH vessels and active drag reduction techniques.

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 dedictaed to innovation, serving as an advisor to startup companies and a judge for the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE.

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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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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)


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



To submit comments email:

Alternate Designated Federal Official:
Jessica Snowden
1100 Wayne Ave., Ste. 1237
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (30) 427-2453
Fax: (301) 427-2073
Email: Jessica.snowden@noaa.gov