Define the interests and potential roles of the private sector in the regional/coastal ocean component of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).


  1. Introduce the U.S. IOOS and specifically the plans for Southeast Atlantic-Coastal Ocean Observing System (SEA-COOS) and Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS), including
    • observing system elements and networks
    • modeling systems and products
    • data management
    • governance
    • outreach (communications, training, etc.)
  2. Identify the basis for public/private/academic sector interactions in the context of U.S. IOOS, including
    • modes of cooperation
    • business opportunities
    • potential areas of conflict
  3. Develop plan-of-action, including
    • public relations
    • demonstration project initiation
    • follow-on communications
    • plans for advocacy





Tuesday March 2, 2004


Opening Remarks
1.0 Background I
1.1 Common IOOS benefits…a personal view (Steve Lyons)
2.0 General Planning for the Global Ocean Observing System
2.1 Global Ocean Observing System; An overview (Worth Nowlin)
2.2 Status & Plans for Implementing the ‘Initial‘ U.S. IOOS (Thomas Malone)
2.3 The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Plan for Data Management and Communications (DMAC) (Landry Bernard)
2.4 Ocean.US Surface Current Initiative (SCI) (Frank Kelly)
2.5 General question and answer period
3.0 Regional Ocean Observing Systems
3.1 A National Federation of Regional Associations (David Martin)
3.2 Evolution of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems in the Southeast: Towards a Regional Association Framework (Harvey Seim and Rick DeVoe)
3.3 Development of a Gulf of Mexico Ocean Oberving System (GCOOS) (Robert “Buzz” Martin)
3.4 Discussion period, with focus on the National Backbone of IOOS
4.0 Public-Private-Academic Interactions
[Talks to expose the issues as background to industry-specific talks and discussion group activities.]
4.1 The roles of Researchers within the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (Worth Nowlin)
4.2 Public sector interactions with IOOS (George Robertson)
4.3 Data Product Providers’ Interaction with IOOS (Jim Feeney)
4.4 Can the private sector help fund the academic and public sectors? (Jay Titlow)
4.5 The Tampa Bay Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System-Success Stories (Mark Luther)
4.6 Private Sector Concerns (Ken Schaudt)
1.0 Background II
1.2 The Dawn of the Age of Mass Oceanography (Charlie Colgan)

Wednesday, March 3, 2004

5.0 Industry Views by Sector
[Speakers should include views on modes of cooperation (e.g., what does private sector need? and what can it contribute?), business opportunities, and potential areas of conflict.]
5.1 Oil industry cooperation with IOOS (Cortis Cooper)
5.2 Commercial fishing and aquaculture (Gary Graham)
5.3 Offshore forecasting and ship routing (Bob Cohen)
5.4 Marine meteorology and media (Steve Lyons)
5.5 Contributions and Concerns of Commercial Fishing Consulting Services (Mitch Roffer)
5.6 Environmental study companies, including spill response (Eric Anderson)
5.7 Commercial shipping (Bikramjit Kanjilal)
5.8 Offshore communications (Andrew Clark)
5.9 Observing system companies (Ralph Rayner)
5.10 Role of the private sector in providing satellite remote sensing information (Buzz Bernstein)
5.11 Insurance/reinsurance industry (Tony Knap)
6.0 General Issues of the Private Sector
Plenary review and discussion of compilation of a survey of attendees dealing with the following questions:
6.1 General opportunities and concerns

  • What opportunities does the IOOS offer the private sector? How might they be realized?
  • What are the limitations to private sector involvement? How might they be decreased through modifications at this planning stage?
  • What is needed to foster the vigorous development of the coastal/marine environmental industry?
6.2 Modes of private sector involvementTo what extent does industry wish to be involved:

  • In planning?
  • In governance?
  • In supplying hardware and software?
  • In operating hardware and software?
  • In use of data and products?
  • In provision of private data for use in the IOOS?
  • In provision and sale of goods and services used in the private sector to various user groups?
  • In testing hardware and software?
  • In evaluating test and operational products?
  • In outreach?
  • In hiring graduate students and graduates?
  • As research partners?
  • As active advocates?
7.0 Looking to the Future
Parallel Discussion Groups
The following issues will be addressed by parallel discussion groups, each considering the same issues and each preparing presentations for later presentation:
7.1 Develop detailed statements on sharing of data and products provided by the private sector for the system, as well as system generated and value added products/data to be provided by the private sector to user groups.
7.2 Develop plans for demonstration projects
7.3 Recommend levels of advocacy by private sector
7.4 Develop plans for future communications (e.g., web site, meetings, other) which should reach, inform, and involve a broader segment of industry
Presentations from each working group:

Working Group A Working Group B Working Group C Working Group D Working Group E

Thursday March 4, 2004

Plenary Session
7.5 Discussion of results of group discussions. This will result in a white paper expressing consensus on private sector roles and views.
Plenary: Plan of Action
Minutes of Plenary Session (PDF)