The GCOOS Board of Directors met in St. Petersburg, FL., in September and had the opportunity to hear updates about work conducted by GCOOS staff and PIs to expand and enhance ocean-observing capabilities in the Gulf.

View the full meeting minutes & PDFS of the powerpoints presented by the speakers.

Some highlights of note:

  • The grant proposals for regional association funding are currently being reviewed by IOOS, according to Director Josie Quintrell, who attended the meeting. RAs should be notified about funding levels in January 2016, though that timeline depends on Congress passing a budget soon. (Read more about the plan.)
  • GCOOS’ Data Management team has provided a new series of web pages and services for Gulf glider operations (GANDALF). Gliders supported include those from GERG/TAMU, USF, Mote and others. See it in action.
  • The GOMA-funded Hypoxia-Nutrient (H-N) portal is being populated and undergoing testing.
  • The GCOOS Citizen-Science Portal is being adjusted based on beta testing by the Outreach and Education Council and should soon be live. GCOOS hopes to expand its connections with citizen-science groups in the future and provide an important home for the data they collect throughout the Gulf.
(from left to right) Dr. Mark Luther, USF; Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick, GCOOS, Paul Matthews on behalf of U.S. Rep. David Jolly, Jeff Hoberg, on behalf of U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, Josie Quintrell, IOOS at the GCOOS board meeting in September.

(from left to right) Dr. Mark Luther, USF; Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick, GCOOS, Paul Matthews on behalf of U.S. Rep. David Jolly, Jeff Hoberg, on behalf of U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, Josie Quintrell, IOOS at the GCOOS board meeting in September.

Invited speakers & their topics during the meeting included:

  • Bill Hogarth, FIO, RESTORE funding update
  • Steve Giordano, NOAA Southeast Regional Fisheries, Council Monitoring & Assessment Program Development
  • Chris Elfring, National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS), The Gulf Research Program.
  • Vembu Subramanian, SECOORA Board of Directors, provided an update
  • Justin Saarinen, New College research scientist and geography instructor, using data products in his classes
  • Susan Lowerre-Barbieri, FWC research scientist, iTAG update
  • Frank Muller-Karger, Marine Biodiversity Observation Network
  • Kristy Tavano, Coordinator of the Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative, ecosystem monitoring and the GCOOS Build Out Plan
  • Chad Lembke, USF, Gulf Glider Task Team
  • Mark Luther, USF, update on all USF projects
  • Jordan Beckler, Mote Marine Laboratory, HAB Observations Optical Plankton Discriminator
  • AJ Martignette, Sanibel Captiva Conservation Association, new data products aimed at the public