Posted: 28 January 2016
Updated: 17 May 2016

GCOOS-RA Annual Board and Members Meeting
March 30 – April 1, 2016
New Orleans, LA

The 22nd Meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association (GCOOS-RA) and Board of Directors (BOD) was held on 30 March-1 April 2016 in New Orleans, LA. The attendees and their GCOOS-RA roles are listed in Appendix A. The agenda is given in Appendix B.

30 March and 1 April 2016: Closed Meeting of the GCOOS-RA Board of Directors


Dr. Barb Kirkpatrick, GCOOS Executive Director, and Dave Driver, Chairman of the GCOOS Board of Directors (BoD), welcomed participants. Introductions were made and the agenda was adopted by a quorum of the BoD. A brief overview of the days’ activities was made, with emphasis on the goal of developing a Strategic Plan, a document required by the NOAA IOOS Program Office as part of the Regional Association certification process.

GCOOS Strategic Plan Development

Mel Briscoe, former Director, National Ocean Service Global Ocean Observing System Project Office, reviewed the goals and objectives of GCOOS Strategic Plan development. The plan is needed for internal planning purposes and to meet IOOS Program Office requirements for Regional Association certification. The goal of the session was to clarify the work to be done, by whom, when and identify priorities, actions/outcomes and metrics to be used to assess. The RA goal is to complete a draft plan by July 15, 2016 in preparation for an August submission to the IOOS Program Office.

To begin the process, Briscoe conducted an exercise to get the group thinking about the organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT Analysis). From this, priority items were identified and a strawman outline of strategic plan content was developed. Discussions about goals and objectives, observations, models and products, and outreach and education ensued. For the strength analysis, the GCOOS Buildout Plan, the outreach and education network across the Gulf, and the organization’s membership were the top three areas identified.


To strengthen the Strategic Plan, writing teams were encouraged to specify how each product or data stream would impact each stakeholder sector. For example, accurate bathymetry may have one impact on the water level community and another for the boating community. From this information, GCOOS can create Impact vs. Effort graphs to determine how to allocate limited resources and get the highest impact.


During the lunch break, a small team worked to develop a succinct mission statement to distill the essence of GCOOS. There was consensus for the draft statement: Gulf of Mexico coastal and ocean information on demand that benefits people, ecosystems and the economy.


The strategic plan should define success. For the main goals within each of three focus areas, specific objectives and metrics will be developed for all categories in the plan. One challenge is to use structured sequence thinking to articulate how the system will be managed as a whole with all the diversity of the components. The OODA (observe, orient, decide, act) decision cycle was used as an example of how to approach the decision-making process. Topical focus areas identified for GCOOS were public health, marine operations, healthy ecosystems and coastal hazards. Crosscutting themes were outreach and education and long-term changes.


Critical success elements are pervasive through multiple focus areas. Data Management (DM) was used as an example. There is a minimum threshold level that funders need to know is required in order to sustain the GCOOS operation and an elevated level of DM where we can achieve more impacts with additional funding. Both extremes are important to describe in the plan.


Participants were divided into three groups based on the focus areas of public health, healthy ecosystems and coastal hazards. Marine operations was left for later discussion. Members were tasked with identifying existing and new goals, and specifying objectives for each. Metrics about success and impacts to stakeholders were also identified. The strategic plan should not only include items GCOOS will undertake, but those deemed important for stakeholders to do.

Elements of a clearly structured plan will include: 1) Topical focus areas aligned to priority drivers; 2) Long-term objectives for each focus area; 3) Shorter-term goals for each objective; 4) Specific actions, with names of people and due dates, to achieve each goal; and 5) Metrics.


Public Health Carol Dorsey, Chair, GCOOS Public Health and Safety Task Team, summarized the issues identified by the public health and safety team. These included rip currents, the need for physical state forecasts for beach-goers, pathogens and seafood safety, especially as this relates to mercury and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Coastal Hazards Chris Simoniello, GCOOS Outreach and Education Manager, summarized coastal hazard issues identified by the group. Two goals with objectives and actions were discussed. Goal 1 is to assist the mitigation of coastal hazards with improved real time and forecasting information. Goal 2 is to increase the amount of legacy data used in GCOOS products and on the data portal.

Healthy Ecosystems Mike Spranger, GCOOS Board member, summarized topics discussed by the Healthy Ecosystems team. Three objectives were identified: 1) Provide real time monitoring of nitrogen and phosphorus contaminants; 2) Improve monitoring technologies; and 3) Preserve and restore healthy marine ecosystems.

Briscoe commented that the cross-cutting themes of long-term changes and O/E need to be included throughout all sections of the strategic plan and that language terms should be defined in a glossary. Impact vs. difficulty of actions should also be included to help the BoD prioritize funding.


Outreach and education is a cross-cutting theme that needs to be carefully timed for various components. For example, O/E and communications are the advertising arm, raising awareness and generating excitement at the front end of the development process and evaluation at the back end. Engaging with potential stakeholders by getting on their agendas is a good practice to stimulate dialogue about how proposed products would benefit them. Impact/difficulty analysis can be helpful with sequencing because often, developing one product first can accelerate success of other products.

Briscoe wrapped up the session by providing an outline and guidance on background and content information to include in the strategic plan. Elements included the Goals and Objectives that will explain how the Regional Information Coordination Entity (RICE) will address the focus areas and cross-cutting themes; an Operational Plan for the observing system articulating desired outcomes, methods to deliver the outcomes and operations and maintenance of the system; a Strategy describing the plan to sustain and enhance the system, with emphasis on Data Management and Communications; and a Budget Plan containing cost estimates for various components of the operational observing system.



The open session of the 22nd meeting of the GCOOS-RA was held on March 31, 2016. Following a welcome by Kirkpatrick and Driver, participants were invited to introduce themselves. The agenda was adopted by a motion by Spranger, second by Graves and all in favor.


Results of the GCOOS Board elections were shared and Dr. Ruth Perry, Shell Upstream America, is the newest member of the team. Alan Hart, Continental Shelf Associates, was thanked for his service. Jan van Smirren (industry), Pat Hogan (government), Stephan Howden (academic) and Charlene Bohanon (outreach and education) will all retain their positions. Kirkpatrick acknowledged the newest individual members to the GCOOS-RA. These included Richard Allard, Naval Research Laboratory, Darren Heinrichs, Texas A&M University, John Lever, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Jeffery P. Morin, RPS Evans Hamilton, and Rafael Ramos, Woods Hole Group. Voting members include Beth Sauffer, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Cameron Hunt, Metanomy, Inc., Keith Laakkonen, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), Ayesha Gray, Grand Bay NERR, and Worth Nowlin, individual contributor.


Kirkpatrick summarized GCOOS-RA successes of the past year stating that hard copies of the document were sent to each Board member and others can access on the website. A summary of projects and activities can also be found in the GCOOS 10-Year Report. The group was pleased to hear that the GCOOS five-year renewal grant was the highest rated proposal of 11 submitted to the IOOS Program Office and received a modest increase from the previous award, from $1.6M to $1.75M. In addition to RA administration, management, Data Management and Outreach and Education, there are subawards to 11 investigators from five states and support for the GCOOS councils, committees and task teams.

Bill Lingsch is the new Chair for the Products and Services Advisory Committee, with Shin Kobara providing staff support. Current thinking is to pursue a theme-based approach, starting with Emergency Management, ports and maritime operations, and/or fisheries, pending input from council members.

Nadine Slimak, GCOOS Communications lead, provided an update. The E-newsletter has a new design, table of contents, director’s message and improved ‘open’ rate with an increase in subscriptions. Among the highlights was inclusion in a White House press release for work related to the Hypoxia-Nutrient Data Portal and Citizen Science, and a Deepwater Horizon anniversary article. Matt Howard, DMAC Coordinator, is currently working on a report for the National Research Council that involves approaches to monitor and assess Gulf restoration activities. The report is in review, with an anticipated release data in late August.


Discussions with Chris Elfring focused on The Ocean Conservancy Gap Analysis report, specifically the part that emphasizes the lack of offshore and deepwater observations in the Gulf. Driver and Hogan said that the GOMRI research board has an observing system committee that is trying to identify GOMRI’s role in ocean observing. In a press release on the fifth anniversary of the DWH spill, the need for high frequency radar was emphasized. On June 22, 2016, GCOOS, NAS, GOMRI and others will meet to discuss offshore and deepwater ocean monitoring. Driver, van Smirren, Kirkpatrick, Howard, Dausman and Graves will be attending. Results from these discussions will be considered for the GCOOS strategic plan being developed as part of the IOOS certification process. The NOAA CO-OPS effort for precision navigation in the Gulf should also be reviewed.


Josie Qunitrell, Executive Director, IOOS Association, provided an update on the President’s budget, the ICOOS Reauthorization Act, preparing for a new administration and the new Closing the Gaps Campaign. She reminded the group that because IOOS received no new money, the GCOOS funding increase meant other RAs received less than previous years. Current federal IOOS funding is level at $24.5 M from dedicated regional IOOS and NOS line funding. Another $7 M is supporting marine sensor innovation grants, and modeling test bed and sensor verification. The IOOS Program Office budget is $6.5M.

The Closing the Gaps campaign is a 5-year approach focused on user-identified issues and demands. The targeted, scalable campaign aims to spell out to funders exactly what the return on investment will be. Topics include water level, resilience, precision navigation, HABS and ocean acidification. The FY 17 request is $3.1M to install 12 HFR systems. The request benefits five RAs. Another $1M is being sought from NOAA for operations and maintenance. Senators Wicker and Cantwell are strong supporters. Spranger commented that the bipartisan Closing the Gaps campaign resonated will with Congress and that this year was his best visit to the Hill because of the cohesive RA message.

The GCOOS-RA was encouraged to publicize projects/PIs to key GCOOS House members when IOOS awards are announced, including comments from users saying why this matters. Depending on whether a Democratic or Republican administration is in office in 2017 will influence perception on key issues. For example, a Clinton administration might have more interest in resilience while a Trump administration might emphasize marine navigation as a key economic driver. NOAA has been working to standardize how ports data are shared and the next focus area is the Mississippi River where opportunities for GCOOS collaborations should be explored. Swaykos commented that the port in Gulfport, MS, is undergoing tremendous expansion and there is a $65M aquarium being built. What opportunities are there for GCOOS to partner?


Dave Easter informed the group that the next cycle of IOOS five-year awards starts June 1, 2016. On the subject of IOOS certification, he reminded the writing team to include definitions for terms like cooperative agreement. Unlike a simple grant, the agreement ensures a strong partnership with NOAA. Among the benefits of certification are formal recognition as an integral part of the ICOOS Act; provision for NOAA civil liability coverage; and as RAs have worked through the certification process, benefits related to documenting best practices and extensive partnerships. Following Easter’s presentation, there was discussion about the report The Ocean Enterprise: A study of U.S. business activity in ocean measurement, observation and forecasting, prepared by ERISS Corporation, The Maritime Alliance, for IOOS in February 2016. There was group consensus that Congressional leaders have been stunned to learn that no RESTORE money has gone into observations, despite the obvious need. Even for instruments that are deployed, lack of funds to support operations and maintenance remains an issue. A long-term plan to sustain assets is needed.


Laurie Jugan, speaking on behalf of Joe Graben, provided a summary of MIST Cluster activities. Based at Stennis, MS, the 20-year old non-profit focuses on technology transfer and economic development among organizations that have in common the asset of water as their core mission. Emphasis is on linking small business to opportunities in the federal system. The organization recognizes that going forward, industry partners are needed to expand the ocean observing enterprise. Jugan applauded GCOOS for its strong industry engagement and suggested ways MIST can collaborate to identify new partners from their data base of more than 5,000 companies. She suggested GCOOS emphasize its Data Portal and program benefits at the August Oceans in Action panel, including making more people aware of GCOOS potential as a data resource for RESTORE and other monitoring efforts. Dave Easter commented that NCEI recently hired Matt Vital to help regions archive IOOS data. The goal is to achieve machine-to-machine capabilities.


Tim Osborne, NOAA OCS and CO-OPS provided an update on Coastal Observations and Trends in the Northern Gulf. Osborne focused on the benefits of operational real-time systems to ports and the goal of managing risk and trying to avoid catastrophic impacts to coastal areas and people. GCOOS work was acknowledged as critically important because some ports with small margins for error require precision navigation. The challenge is expected to increase because in the highly engineered environment of the northern Gulf coast, Campanella (2007) forecasted that approximately 85% of the area will be below sea level by the end of the century.

Potential collaborations with GCOOS were discussed. Areas where contributions to coastal inundation issues could be made included: water level, wave states, elevation maps (there are currently no static benchmarks in southern Louisiana), master water level benchmarks, geodetic leveling and elevation related to tidal heights. More hurricane hardened stations that will work through severe events are also needed. During active flood events, the Army Core of Engineers only has the capability for 30 minute updates. There is need for operational decision-support products that provide on the order of 6 minute updates. Osborne summarized the economic implications of increasing WL using the transportation system to Grand Isle and Port Fourchon as an example. Costly elevations to the road system are needed, but to be meaningful, they need to be based on water level forecasts on the order of 5 yrs. In this part of Louisiana, 10 parishes are expected to be at or below sea level by the end of the century. With people moving away, there are less taxes to pay for levees and a potential death spiral for the area is developing.

Despite demonstrated need now and during the DWH oil spill for improved high frequency radar and met ocean information along the coast, long-term infrastructure to deal with events is still not funded. Osborne is working with GCOOS to get NGOFS coastal/shelf models used more widely for water level forecasts and is seeking feedback from the GCOOS Modeling Task Team on how the product can be improved.


Rebecca Green, Environmental Studies Section, BOEM, provided an update on the Gulf of Mexico Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (GOMMAPPS; e.g., marine mammals, sea turtles and seabirds). Products of interest to BOEM include: visual line transect survey data; biopsy samples; tag data (satellite and acoustic); passive acoustics from towed arrays; environmental data; habitat modeling; and seasonal, spatially explicit density maps. All need to go into public archives. GOMMAPPS is in the first year of planning with the first surveys anticipated to take place spring 2017 through 2019. The final project synthesis is planned for 2020. Data Management for the project is being shared with partners that include NODC, OBIS SEAMAP, NCEI and GCOOS. GCOOS might also have a role in some product development. GOMAPP is a five-year project, funded at $7.5 M and with significant leveraging from other programs.


Porfirio Alvarez provided an update on Mexico’s observing system. They have had three meetings per year. Projects underway include the following: 1) A study with NASA to look at the massive Sargassum problem; 2) An Offshore Engineering System program at the University of Juarez; and 3) A five-year, $100M Ministry of Energy-funded project to set up a HFR network. Work is in progress to identify partners and potential locations for the radars. The University of Tobasco is providing strong support for the project. The need for a HFR hub in the southern Gulf, one that engages all Mexican institutions working in the southern Gulf, was identified. Upcoming meetings include working with GOMA on coastal resilience issues and a September 28-20, 2016, meeting with the NAS Gulf Research Program.


Andrew Hinkebein, a staffer from the office of Senator Roger Wicker, provided comments on the work GCOOS is doing to improve coastal resilience and maritime safety. The Senator has been a huge supporter of ocean observing in the Gulf in general, and Mississippi, in particular. He has worked with Senator Cantwell on the budget committee to support the reauthorization of the ICOOS Act.


Following lunch, updates on GCOOS sub-systems and funded projects were given.

Data and Products Status and Plans

Matt Howard provided a summary of recent DM-related activities. Significant time has been spent moving data and products to new servers. Included in the discussion were the Hypoxia-Nutrient data portal which has approximately 20 million records from 80 data providers; the developing Marine Biodiversity Observation Network site; glider data and pilot support tools; the integrated tracking of aquatic animals in the Gulf (iTAG) portal; historical data archive; the Citizen Science portal; updated river discharge information; and updates on long-term NCEI archiving and model data viewer developments. Pat Hogan, NRL, uses a 32-model ensemble with a one week forecast for the public and an eight week forecast for CASE members. The model output is requested by many. Network Common Data Form (netCDF) is required. GCOOS should determine what outreach activities might support the model data viewer. Howard concluded by informing the group that the Texas OneGulf Center of Excellence has nine member institutions and RESTORE funding is estimated to be $750K to $1M per year for 15 years.

Outreach and Education Status and Plans

Chris Simoniello provided a summary of recent O/E-related activities. Highlights included GCOOS being named a 2015-16 Pinellas Education Foundation Business Partner of the Year finalist and Bay Point Elementary Business Partner of the Year. Formal classroom activities included teaching more than 20 GK-8 lessons, hosting week-long activities for the Great American Teach-In; being invited to the NOAA Climate Stewards program to develop and implement climate-related curriculum for GK-5 students; and conducting hands-on activities to extend Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) research. Informal outreach activities included participating in the White House Open Science and Innovation Forum, which led to GCOOS inclusion in a White House press release on water resources; developing and hosting activities for five science festivals in three states with more than 20,0000 people reached; establishing the GCOOS-RA as a NOAA Weather Ready Nation Ambassador program; supporting activities of the GCOOS Public Health and Safety Task Team to build a region-wide Beach Conditions reporting tool; exploring opportunities for outreach collaborations with Texas OneGulf partners; and pursuing Citizen Science expansion via collaborations with OEC member Rusty Low, NASA Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and one of the Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program developers. A summary of the 2015 GCOOS Outreach and Education Council meeting was also provided (report available at

Public Relations and Marketing Update

GCOOS contractor and Communications Lead Nadine Slimak with Vetted Communications, LLC, gave an overview of public relations and content marketing and how they are being applied to GCOOS needs and priorities with the goal of increasing public understanding about the organization and its mission. The key to increasing public knowledge of GCOOS is being able to share news and information about GCOOS’ work and about the efforts being undertaken by its principal investigators and members. She provided an update on efforts to date, including a new 10-year report about GCOOS, a new video providing an overview of GCOOS’s mission, updates to its enewsletter platform and status on social media – particularly Facebook. She put a call out for information to GCOOS members and PIs, specifically seeking information on:

  • Research results, especially peer-reviewed & published
  • New findings; surprising or unexpected findings
  • Development of new technology
  • Instrument deployments
  • Information or technology that solves a problem
  • New research projects & the questions they are designed to answer

She also requested any images and videos. Information can be sent directly to Nadine at She can also be reached at 239.339.7914.


University of Southern Mississippi

Landry Bernard, on behalf of Stephan Howden, provided an update on USM HFR status. There was interest at USM for GCOOS to help determine how to identify and interview mariners who are using their oceanography and metocean data. Following a question about QARTOD, Howard said he will design a questionnaire for data providers to determine to what extent they are aware of the QARTOD manuals and to what level they are in compliance with recommendations in the manual. The exercise will also be useful to obtain information about how the manuals could be improved.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Gary Jeffress provided a succinct summary about how GCOOS funds have been used. The TAMU-CC subcontract supported a backup server, housed in Laredo, TX, and IT staff time toward development of the server.

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Lei Hu, like USM, requested information from GCOOS on data standard guidelines and updates. A request was made for the GCOOS-RA to organize a meeting for local data node leads. It would be helpful to share updates, learn from other nodes, and identify shared issues and possible solutions for communication issues. A specific example was given regarding issues DISL is experiencing since switching from cell phone to radio communications; there is radio interference and the source has yet to be identified. Hu also inquired whether GCOOS could provide technical support for instruments and servers. Howard will follow up to see what is needed.


Public Health and Safety Task Team

Carol Dorsey, Chair, PHSTT, provided an update on activities of this team. There have been several conference calls over the past few months. Current members include Andy Reich, Thomas Soniat, John Paul, Hugh MacIntyre, Edward Laws, Crystal Johnson, Kelly Goodwin, Lora Fleming, Bruce Champion, Russ Beard and Lorraine Backer. Simoniello provides GCOOS staff support. Three main activities the group is engaged in are restructuring of the public health section of the GCOOS website; updating content on the website; and development of a Gulf Beaches Conditions tool. The team will be working with Bill Kramer, EPA, and Bob Currier, GCOOS, to see how the EPA BEACON site can be adapted for a Gulf-wide beach conditions tool for both the public and decision makers. Laura Bowie, GOMA Executive Director, invited GCOOS to share progress on this tool at the GOMA tools meeting in June.

Gulf Glider Task Team

Kirkpatrick, on behalf of Chair, Chad Lembke, gave a brief update on GGTT activities. The GANDALF tool designed to handle glider mission data is helping to form the Gulf glider community by enabling visualizations of multiple missions on the same webpages. There has been a lot of positive feedback from those flying missions sharing their data via the site. As a result of strengthening relationships, Mote Marine Lab, USF and TAMU are holding an informal meeting at an upcoming GOMRI conference to discuss how Gulf glider missions can be better coordinated and supplies can be shared.

Howard wrapped up the session by leading discussions on potential resources to build ocean observing system capacity in the Gulf. There is a lot of aging infrastructure and little commitment of RESTORE funds for ocean observing. The community needs to have discussions how to work through the states to push for coordinated observing infrastructure. Most likely, state managers will apply for this money and the observing community needs to help them make a case for why it is so critical and also help with their data management plans. Dausman suggested the group discuss things in an economic framework, similar to the IOOS Association campaign approach. Tight messaging that is to the point is the ideal approach. For example, recently, several lives were lost at sea and had specific data sets been available, the search footprints could have been significantly reduced. These cases need to be made more widely known. Although each state has its own process for prioritizing projects, all will require highly specific, clearly articulated requests. Kathleen O’Keefe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, informed the group that Florida is mainly working on storm water projects and that NGOs can apply to states for funding, but that it will go directly to the state. Bowie suggested working on economic, tourism and navigation arguments, emphasizing GCOOS strengths in data management. For example, oyster restoration is likely to include metocean sensors and buoys so contacting potential partners would be wise. Dausman said Craig Conzelmann, Gulf Restoration Council Data and Applications Coordinator, is available to assist potential fundees with DM issues.

Following discussions, Kirkpatrick and Driver thanked participants for their time and the meeting was adjourned.


Appendix A: Attendees

Name Affiliation
Porfirio Alvarez Consortium of Marine Research Institutions of the Gulf of Mexico
Landry Bernard University of Southern Mississippi
Charlene Bohanon Galveston Bay Foundation
Julie Bosch National Centers for Environmental Information
Laura Bowie Gulf of Mexico Alliance
Mel Briscoe OceanGeeks, LLC
Steven Buschang Texas General Land Office
Alyssa Dausman Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
Carol Dorsey Alabama Public Health Laboratory
David Driver BP America, Inc.
Dave Easter NOAA
Sara Graves University of Huntsville
Rebecca Green Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Al Hart Continental Shelf Associates
Debra Hernandez SECOORA
Andrew Hinkebein Senator Wicker’s Office
Pat Hogan Naval Research Laboratory
Matt Howard TAMU – GCOOS DMAC Lead
Lei Hu Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Gary Jeffress TAMU – Corpus Christi
Laurie Jugan MSET/MIST
Barb Kirkpatrick GCOOS Executive Director
Bill Lingsch Vencore Services and Solutions, Inc.
Mark Luther Tampa Bay PORTS/USF
Susan Martin GCOOS Staff
Terry McPherson LMI
Kathleen O’Keife Florida Fish and Wildlife
Tim Osborne NOAA
Dwayne Porter University of South Carolina
Josie Quintrell IOOS Association
Nancy Rabalais LUMCON
James Rizzo Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science
Chris Simoniello GCOOS Outreach & Education
Nadine Slimak Vetted Communications
Tom Soniat University of New Orleans
Mike Spranger University of Florida
Joe Swaykos NOAA National Data Buoy Center


Appendix B: Agenda
31 March 2016

8:30 Check-in, coffee, light refreshments
9:00 Welcome and Introductions
9:10 Remarks from the President and Chair of the Board
9:15 Adoption of Agenda
9:20 Overview of key accomplishments during the last year – Barb Kirkpatrick
10:00 President’s budget, Closing the Gaps campaign – Josie Quintrell, IOOS Association
10:15 BREAK
10:30 Update from the IOOS Program Office – Dave Easter
10:45 Mississippi Enterprise for Technology – Laurie Jugan
11:00 NOAA Office of the Coast Survey – Tim Osborne, NOAA OCS and CO-OPS
11:15 Gulf of Mexico Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species – Rebecca Green, BOEM
11:30 Project update: Mexican Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observing System – Porfirio Alvarez
11:45 Invite representatives from Senatorial or Congressional offices to make comments
Noon Lunch provided by GCOOS
1:00 GCOOS Data and Products – status and plans – Matthew Howard
1:30 GCOOS Outreach and Education – status and plans – Chris Simoniello
2:00 GCOOS Communications – status and plans – Nadine Slimak
2:30 BREAK
3:00 Reports from local subcontractors:
* Stephan Howden, USM
* Gary Jeffress, TAMU CC
* Lei Hu, DISL
3:30 Reorganization and composition of Task Teams and Councils
4:15 Discussion of day’s presentations
5:00 Meeting Adjourned