Posted: 12 January 2015
Updated: 28 April 2015

GCOOS-RA Annual Board and Members Meeting
March 11-12, 2015
New Orleans, LA

On March 11-12, 2015, 58 GCOOS-RA Board members and organizational members participated in the 2015 Annual GCOOS-RA Board and Members meeting at the Pavillon Hotel, New Orleans. This annual meeting also marked the 10th Anniversary of the GCOOS-RA. The full attendance list and agenda are available in Appendices A and B, respectively.

Dave Driver (BP), GCOOS President, welcomed all participants to the meeting. He noted the special 10th Anniversary and gave special thanks to the original GCOOS-RA Board Members from 2005 still engaged in the GCOOS-RA: Worth Nowlin, Nancy Rabalais, Mike Spranger, and Mark Luther.

The agenda was adopted.

Barb Kirkpatrick, GCOOS-RA Executive Director, gave a presentation on key accomplishments. In her talk, she highlighted the following:

  • The GCOOS Build-out Plan is a major accomplishment and it is a living document that will continue to be updated with new priorities and information.
  • The GCOOS-RA hosted three webinars recently, including topics such as High Frequency Radar (HFR) (white paper), gliders (recording available), and the NOAA Ecological Forecasting Roadmap (presentations available),
  • The GCOOS-RA has a media contacts database and has subscribed to a Newswire service with 20,0000 subscribers,
  • Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR) is a new member of the GCOOS-RA (story),
  • Data Management and Communications priorities, including the citizen science data portal and the 52N SOS web service for data access is operational (endorsed by U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System or IOOS),
  • Outreach activities such as the Florida wetlands field trip (story),
  • Integrated Tagging of Acoustic Animals (iTag) – acoustic fish tagging visualization tool (story),
  • Matt Howard selected for the National Research Council Environmental Monitoring Team (National recognition), and
  • New projects, including the Texas One Gulf RESTORE Center of Excellence, the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (University of South Florida, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute), the Imaging Flow Cytobot (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Northeast Regional Ocean Observing System, Texas A&M University), iTag, and a NASA Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences project to improve Harmful Algal Bloom forecasting to the individual beach level.

Zdenka Willis, U.S. IOOS Program Office Director, gave a presentation on GCOOS-RA highlights over the last 10 years, as well as a national ocean observing update. In her presentation, Willis noted the importance of communicating, leveraging resources, and continuing to develop and implement the GCOOS Build-out Plan, particularly with respect to Post-Deepwater Horizon activities. Willis also discussed:

  • The relative stability of national funding for IOOS via the Integrated Coastal Ocean Observation Systems Act.
  • An overview of the IOOS Program Office, with linkages to the Marine Technology Society, and the Maritime Alliance
  • The importance of using the SOS web services, the IOOS data catalog, the Quality Assurance for Real-time Oceanographic Data effort, and the IOOS Animal Telemetry Network (ATN).
  • The critical nature of “bringing resources together” (e.g., national plans for ATN, gliders, HFR, wave measurements)
  • The concept of integrated ports projects using Physical Oceanographic Real-Time Systems (PORTS) and HFR. This could be done in Gulf, but requires HFR and PORTS in one area. Related to this is the National Weather Service’s Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS), which will be in every coastal Weather Field Office by the end of March 2015.
  • The increased use of gliders.
  • Ocean technology transfer, including ACT activities with nutrient sensors and the Coastal Ocean Modeling Testbed with sensor innovation projects ($2.1 million in 5 grants) in other regions – Cytobot on wave glider in the Gulf of Maine, “Burk-o-lator”, shark tagging in the Pacific Islands)
  • Shell will contribute $4 M to the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network in the Arctic, Chukchi Sea
  • The advantage of GCOOS-RA and CIIMAR’s formal coordination
  • RA certification underway – not connected to funding. The Pacific Regional Association, PacIOOS, is testing the process (certification required under ICOOS Act). This is the first certification program in the U.S. Government.
  • Federal Funding Opportunities out for the next 5-year RA grant and sensor innovation
  • Ocean Enterprise Study of U.S. Businesses – 1st year report includes > 600 private sector firms; most companies < 10 employees, with 83% providers of buoys, gadget, service. Another 9% are intermediaries (e.g., Roffer). New survey going out to the companies – jobs, employment, who are we selling to, market going up or down, and challenges.
  • ICOOS Act up to re-authorization. Critical. Individual citizens should contact their Congressional delegation.

Kirkpatrick then gave a brief overview from the IOOS Association, which included a mention of “wrapper documents” or PDFs that can be publicized in various ways.

Kirkpatrick gave an overview on CariCOOS on behalf of Julio Morrell (unable to attend). She demonstrated their splash pages and there was some discussion of the need to re-engage with Cuban researchers.

Dr. Patricia Muñoz Sevilla presented on the Mexican Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing System. Dr. Pina is the head of the University and CIIMAR coalition. They are coordinating with Indonesia, France, and the EU. The Mexican observing efforts include 3 HFR on the Baja Peninsula with a pilot project on HFR and Space. The Mexican Navy will host a meeting in Veracruz in June 2015, if GCOOS-RA participants would like to attend.

Craig Kohler, NOAA National Data Buoy Center (NDBC), presented on the Self-Contained Ocean Observing Payload (SCOOP) modular buoy. NDBC got funding through Sandy to do much of this work. The modular buoy will include a main “smart module”, a module for 3rd party sensors, as well as metocean sensors, cameras, and Automatic Identification System (AIS). Some of these buoys are deployed as part of a “hurricane array” in the Gulf and in the Atlantic.

Brad Ferguson, Senator Wicker’s office in Gulfport, spoke briefly. He noted that Senator Wicker interested in re-authorization of ICOOS bill and is working with Senator Cantwell. Senator Wicker is also interested in efficient data collection and making it available for public use, blue technology interests, and more research to help the Gulf. The Senator is willing to help, as appropriate. Ferguson noted that it’s important to keep in regular touch with the local offices of the Congressional delegation, in addition to the DC visits.

Laura Bowie, Executive Director of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA), spoke about GOMA’s recent re-organization of Priority Issue Teams and activities. Action Plan III is planned for Fall 2015. The Deepwater Horizon Project Tracker is an information base on projects being funded through different post-Deepwater Horizon funding sources. It will be unveiled sometime in April 2015.

Chris D’Elia from Louisiana State University talked about the Gulf of Mexico Universities Research Collaborative (GOMURC), of which he is Chair. GOMURC is a unified university spokesgroup, with priorities of communication, advocacy and coordination. Their five principles include: peer review, baseline data, RESTORE Act programs working together, analyzing and interpreting and developing good models, and supporting higher education to prepare the next generation. GOMURC has developed a white paper on Gulf observing, building off of existing programs and assets.

Stephan Howden (University of Southern Mississippi) presented on the Mississippi RESTORE activities on behalf of Monty Graham. The State of Mississippi submitted three priority projects to the RESTORE Council, including:

  1. Strategic Land protection
  2. Beneficial use of dredged materials
  3. MSEP – river to sound modeling

Mississippi also has a RESTORE portal, which is accepting project concepts (over 2000 have been received to date). MS is also soon to release the final RFP for the MS RESTORE Center of Excellence. UMS and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium have coordinated to purchase the R/V Point Sur from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. The vessel will be stationed in Gulfport, MS. The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative has funded the COastal River-Dominated Ecosystems (CONCORDE) Consortium, which will include an AUV Jubilee in the Northern Gulf in July, among many other components.

John Valentine (Dauphin Island Sea Lab) discussed the 22-member marine consortium in Alabama. He noted that AL has its own post-DWH decision process, which is very political. Watershed-based projects with statewide relevance will be high priorities. AL is working on the RESTORE Center of Excellence Procedures now. An RFP will be released at the end of April or beginning of May. Decisions will be made over the summer, with MS-AL Sea Grant running their grants competition. Performance metrics will be an integral part of their program.

John Porthouse (National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, NFWF) presented his thoughts on the NFWF Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund and the GCOOS Build-out Plan. His observations included the following:

  • Notes on Plea Agreements: NFWF must implement projects (as opposed to programs or staff time) in the 5 Gulf states that benefit resources impacted by the oil spill. Resources include habitats (marshes, beach/dune/barrier island, and coastal bays and estuaries) and living coastal and marine resources (gulf coast birds, reef fish, oysters, seat turtles, and marine mammals). Must also consult with state resource agencies, USFWS, and NOAA. Consultation with States is key, as they have taken the lead in identifying projects for our consideration.
  • Opportunities to work with GCOOS appear to be abundant, as we fund data collection efforts at the engineering and design phase and also during the implementation of project monitoring plans. Monitoring plans include project sites and reference sites, both pre- and post-implementation. In developing these monitoring plans, we encourage recipients to leverage existing data collection efforts, and explore ways that implementing new monitoring activities can support implementation of planned monitoring networks. Development and implementation of monitoring plans are allowable costs with GEBF funding.
  • Specific opportunities from the BOP:
    • Bathymetry and Topography – Many smaller efforts, but also some large data collection effort in Louisiana (East Timbalier and Caminada) and Alabama (Dauphin Island).
    • Enhanced water level network – BOP identifies a need in all five states, opportunity to discuss siting for maximum utility for restoration efforts.
    • PORTS Network – BOP identifies Pascagoula as a need, and the State is also looking hard at this area for restoration work.
    • Ecosystem monitoring – Collaborative forum is essential and NFWF would look forward to active participation. Data collection efforts we have funded in the past, either as projects to improve management of trust resources or as part of monitoring, include: reef fish monitoring and associated environmental parameters in MS, AL, and FL; benthic habitat mapping on the shelf in FL; sea grass and marsh mapping in AL (current) and FL (Pending). These and similar efforts are likely to be funded in the future.
    • Estuarine hypoxia monitoring – water quality is a priority for several states, and may include specific goals to reduce anthropogenically-enhanced hypoxia in coastal bays and estuaries (as oppose dot on the shelf).
    • River discharge – AL and MS have identified coastal watershed restoration as priority efforts, and some limited data collection may be included as appropriate in the future.
    • Data management and communication – NFWF requires that data be collected using best practices and be made publicly available, but we do not direct any specific protocols of data archives/portals. Opportunity to work together to streamline and coordinate across or within states to reduce the proliferation of sites and make data accessibility easier for the public.

Becky Allee discussed the NOAA RESTORE Science Program, which currently has $20M. The Science Plan, built on existing documents with the theme of coupled social and ecological systems, for this program will be finalized in April. This program is not a strictly competitive research program. Currently, proposals are being evaluated for $2-2.5M for up to 7 projects for 1-2 years now. 200-300k each. Baseline data are important in first FFO, which will be awarded in late May/June. Performance metrics will be incorporated. The program includes an advisory group. The program is interested in having a 2-way information exchange with the GCOOS-RA Board, to integrate requirements and needs.

Rick Raynie (LA Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority) presented on their monitoring programs, which they are integrating under the System Wide Assessment and Monitoring Program (SWAMP). The program includes standardized methodology for all monitoring associated with the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan (coastal restoration and hurricane protection). The Program will be revised, as required in keeping with revisions to the Master Plan. CPRA is looking to leverage other monitoring activities and help support adaptive management on a system-wide level. Data is needed to help support model development. The SWAMP categories include: physical terrain, weather and climate, currents and waves, water quality, biotic integration, coastal protection and socioeconomics. The program is currently moving into the operational phase with the Barataria-Terrebonne activities Project (integrating existing monitoring stations with models to detect changes).

Raynie compared the GCOOS Build-out Plan with SWAMP. SWAMP is a smaller scale. Boundary conditions for models and similar parameters are common needs for both. Key leveraging opportunities between the two activities include:

  1. Surface currents and waves
  2. Enhanced National Water Level Observation Network – Barataria – water quality stations, add some to open water level stations and a CORS station here to tie in to the CORS monuments. Only tide gauge station in the area is at Grand Isle.
  3. Mapping bathymetry and topography – use USACE NOM for LIDAR, working on specific coastal areas, barrier island bathymetry, program but very little inshore bathymetry. Try to piece datasets together.
  4. Coordinate consistency in data quality standards, standard operating procedures
  5. Leverage sharing technical expertise

Landry Bernard (GCOOS-RA Associate Executive Director) moderated a discussion of presenters. Questions/comments included:

  • Which states have established Centers of Excellence (many still pending Treasury approval and RFP process)?
  • Is there a role for the MS National Ocean Applications Research Center at Stennis?
  • How to seamlessly integrate state and offshore efforts?
  • How to get a HFR/PORTS NWS AWIPS project in the Gulf, with the huge Port economic presence in the Gulf? Are there existing leveraging opportunities?
  • SWAMP relying on different funding sources – not just State, but NFWF, RESTORE, maybe others. Hope to implement Barataria pilot by the end of the year.
  • HFR not specifically included in the SWAMP plan.
  • In business plan, GCOOS-RA should clarify what roles the organization can take.
  • Common themes: Cooperate, leverage, complement

Julie Bosch (National Center of Environmental Information or NCEI Stennis, formerly the NOAA National Coastal Data Development Center) discussed how NCEI combines NCDDC and other data centers. A long-term plan exists for this transition. All current projects are still ongoing. There is an overall need for end-to-end data management. Some online metadata training is available for Gulf restoration partners.

The GCOOS-RA took a break and celebrated the 10th Anniversary with cake, photos, and trivia.

Following the break, founding members made statements about the GCOOS-RA. Nancy Rabalais noted that she has had a great experience and she carries the GCOOS-RA banner forward to a lot of other activities. Mike Spranger discussed his history with SEACOOS and the GCOOS-RA, including his hiring of Chris Simoniello as Education Coordinator. He noted that GCOOS-RA is the leader in ocean observing education and outreach. Mark Luther was happy to be back with GCOOS-RA and felt the group has done a great deal with little resources. Worth Nowlin talked about the history of the GCOOS-RA as a data acquisition program. He noted that the GCOOS Build-out Plan needs to be better interpreted for stakeholder groups and that its elements should be prioritized. He said GCOOS-RA should have clear statements that the first and funded priorities are the aggregation and dissemination of data sets and outreach and education. Zdenka Willis thanked all the founding members and attributed the successes to continued support and vision.

Congressman Garett Graves joined the meeting, introduced by Nancy Rabalais. Congressman Graves is on several important committees in the House of Representatives, including the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Transportation, the Subcommittee on Natural Resources and others. The Congressman made several points about the national importance of the Gulf of Mexico, including oil and gas production being more than on federal lands elsewhere combined ($5-7B/year), some of the largest ports, global maritime commerce access to the Mississippi River – a national highway, and fisheries. Congressman Graves also noted the need to understand how to balance and integrate the ecological and economic elements of the system, the importance of water research and coastal science on managing active deltas, and the need to employ metrics to measure if the investments in coastal protection and restoration are achieving the intended benefits. The Congressman also noted that the ocean is not yet a mainstream issue in Congress; it is more of an environmental issue and that he wants to be a resource for the Gulf community.

Subaward reports followed and included ideas for the future:

  • Nan Walker, Louisiana State University – satellite products – more animations, coastal views readily available to people with interpretations (e.g., how to track water masses), video tour of webpage, inclusion of products for other areas of Gulf Coast and Mexico, overlays with in situ data, development of an image annotator/publisher, other ideas from the GCOOS-RA products list.
  • Bob Leben, Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR) – altimetry satellite products – more animations, additions of NASA/NOAA images, use of historical data from over 3 decades, loop current metrics, loop current eddy climatologies, Yucatan Channel transport, apps for Gulf of Mexico operations, and document stories of oil and gas offshore industry using the altimetry data.
  • Evan Turner, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi – models – continued work on Easy Modeler 2.1.5, e.g., connecting technologies to field observation
  • Jim Rizzo, Conrad Blucher Institute – Texas Coastal Ocean Observations Network (TCOON – can help collect baseline data using the NOAA methodology, looking at employing unmanned aerial systems to help measure water levels and sea level, can help with tidal datum establishment, surveys, emergency needs, and more.

Day 1 of the Meeting ended here.

On Day 2, Dave Driver welcomed participants back to the meeting.

Rex Caffey (LSU) presented on the LSU/BOEM Economic Impact of GCOOS Study. He noted some changes in personnel had set the project back about 6 months but that he, Megan Miliken (BOEM), and Landry Bernard (GCOOS-RA) were getting the project back on track, with the help of a resource economist at Mississippi State University. The project will include the potential impact of the Build-out activities and outreach materials. The project will employ a nested survey methodology of consumers/prosumers/and professional users, contingent valuation and choice models, with current and future value to users. The survey will need to pass review by the Office of Management and Budget. Zdenka Willis offered IOOS office help with this and also mentioned the IOOS ocean enterprise study as an opportunity for collaboration.

Barb Kirkpatrick (GCOOS-RA Executive Director) re-iterated key accomplishments from GCOOS over the last year from Day 1. She also described the President’s budget, which includes a $21M increase for ocean acidification and a $45 M increase for coastal resilience. She noted that the Alliance for Coastal Technologies will hold a surface/shallow water monitoring workshop (ASVs) in Fall 2015. Mark Luther will send the group more information about this workshop. Kirkpatrick gave an overview of the next six months:

  • Year 5 descope of current IOOS grant to $1.6M from $4M proposed
  • IOOS grant renewal deadline is Aug. 31 for next 5 years
  • Certification application
  • Support senior staff goals/activities
  • Outreach and Education over 10 years

GCOOS-RA Committee and Task Team Reports followed.

Admiral Ken Barbor (University of Southern Mississippi) discussed the Products and Services Advisory Committee. He described a majority of committee members wanted to stay on the committee. This list will need to be updated (NCDDC will need a replacement). The Committee wants to focus on model improvements, water quality, and maybe invasive species (e.g., lionfish). The committee will coordinate more closely with the Outreach and Education Council.

Chris Simoniello, GCOOS-RA Outreach and Education Lead, discussed the Council’s activities. Many of the members are long-standing. Work includes: Eco Hero Game (Marine Biodiversity Observation Network), webinars, publications (e.g., Benefits of Ocean Observing Chapter), iTag, Ranger Rick issue, many other projects under development. Simoniello noted the need for help in packaging data sets and lessons for publication and distribution, as well as the need to help find replacements for MS and AL members. A Council meeting will be held in August 2015. Simoniello and others will develop a 10-year report on the impacts of Outreach and Education in GCOOS-RA. The IOOS Office will use some of this material in a report to Congress.

Alyssa Dausman (USGS) presented on the GCOOS-RA Membership Committee. She asked some thought-provoking questions, including:

  • Should the GCOOS-RA have a membership fee?
  • What is our metric of membership success? An increase in numbers? A few, more engaged members?
  • Should this committee become an elections committee?

Discussion included suggestions such as levels of membership, defining what it means to be a member (For example, who is a member? What are the roles and responsibilities, Do a Membership FAQs), and for what purposes do other RAs use their dues (cushions, lobbying, existing assets).

Worth and Susan presented GCOOS-RA election results. Congratulations and thanks to:

  • Terry McPherson and Bill Lingsch re-elected for the private sector
  • Alyssa Dausman elected for the government sector. Thanks to Jennifer for her years of service. Jennifer will remain on the Board until August
  • Gary Jeffress, elected as an academic sector representative.
  • Mike Spranger re-elected for outreach sector.
  • Robert Sullivan has resigned from Board in the outreach sector, due to too many commitments. The Board can fill vacancy or leave vacant.
  • Worth Nowlin is resigning from the Board, effective August.

Mike Spranger (University of Florida) gave a presentation on the Government Task Team. He noted that new members are needed, a vote is needed on membership, and the new list should be posted to the website. He described a one pager on the impacts of education and recent visits to DC last week, with Barb Kirkpatrick. Due to advocacy restrictions on the GCOOS-RA, it is important that interested citizens contact their Congressional delegation directly. Spranger re-iterated the need to keep in touch with legislators and the need for a 30-second video.

Chad Lembke (University of South Florida) presented on the Gulf Glider Task Team. He presented some new member names, which were approved by the Board and will be updated on the website. The goal of the team is to coordinate and promote collaboration with gliders in the Gulf and move toward systematic continuous observations for use in models and more. Landry Bernard is helping connect the work to different RFPs. The Task Team held a glider webinar with strong participation. Many glider activities are being funded through GoMRI or are being proposed to the next GOMRI round. Several team members are preparing data for IOOS Glider Data Assembly Center or DAC (now at MARACOOS) to get to GTS (closed club, critical to modeling). More focus will soon be on QA/QC. The team is addressing: upcoming RFPs, finding more users, targeted leveraging (e.g., GOMRI ships of opportunity, FIO ships, LUMCON ships, International Seakeepers Society), AUV Jubilee (USM), IOOS renewal – collaboration with SECOORA and Mexico.

Carol Dorsey (State of Alabama Public Health) presented for the Public Health and Safety Task Team. She noted the needs to: update the team, get input on remote sensing section of HABIOS plan and provide any updates to the plan, find support for continuous collaboration and maintenance to ensure data used for public health and safety is solid. The HABIOS plan will be finished within the next two months.

Pat Hogan (Naval Research Lab) presented for the Modeling Task Team. He described the Deep C-Viewer and how the JIP CASE has agreed to fund continued work with the model viewer. He also described the modeling updates to the Build-out Plan, which includes a very targeted review of modeling needs. Hogan is also on the IOOS Modeling Team. The GCOOS-RA Modeling Task Team will coordinate with Matt Howard to update the modeling pages on the GCOOS-RA website.

Matt Howard (GCOOS-RA and TAMU) updated participants on the Data Management and Communications committee. He described coordination with the GOMRI GRIIDC data management (Jim Gibeaut and Felimon Gayanilo). Howard also described updates to the GCOOS Data Portal, the GOMA-funded Hypoxia-Nutrient Data Portal and the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network.

Barb Kirkpatrick discussed the Integrated Tagging of Aquatic Animals in the Gulf (iTAG) project. One workshop was help in June 2014. The project dovetails with the IOOS biological data efforts, including the Animal Telemetry Network. Bob Currier is designing a data portal, built with vision of having fully populated fish tagging inventory in the Gulf of Mexico. The GCOOS-RA will coordinate with CIIMAR, CariCOOS, and SECOORA to ensure collaboration with Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Southeast.

Proceedings from the closed Board of Directors meeting are included in a separate document for internal use.


Appendix A

Name Affiliation
Becky Allee NOAA
Steve Ashby Northern Gulf Institute
Alexis Baldera Ocean Conservancy
Ken Barbor University of Southern Mississippi
Landry Bernard GCOOS Staff, Associate Executive Director
Julie Bosch NOAA
Laura Bowie Gulf of Mexico Alliance
Steve Buschang GCOOS-RA Board Member, Texas General Land Office
Rex Caffey Louisiana State University
Chris D’Elia GOMURC
Alyssa Dausmann GCOOS Membership Committee, U.S. Geological Survey
Carol Dorsey GCOOS-RA Board Member, Alabama Public Health Laboratory
David Driver GCOOS-RA Board Member, BP
Robin Ellis Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
Brad Ferguson Senator Wicker’s office
Steve Giardino National Marine Fisheries Service
Jim Gibeaut Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
Sara Graves GCOOS-RA Board Member, University of Alabama – Huntsville
Rebecca Green BOEM
Chip Groat Water Institute of the Gulf
Al Hart GCOOS-RA Board Member, Continental Shelf Associates
Andrew Hinkebein Senator Wicker’s office
Pat Hogan GCOOS-RA Board Member, Naval Research Laboratory
Matthew Howard GCOOS-RA Staff, DMAC Manager
Stephan Howden GCOOS-RA Board Member, University of Southern Mississippi
Lei Hu Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory
Barb Kirkpatrick GCOOS-RA Staff, Executive Director
Gary Kirkpatrick Mote Marine Laboratory
Craig Kohler NOAA
Bob Leben University of Colorado
Chad Lembke Gulf Glider Task Team
Dianne Lindstedt Louisiana State University
Bill Lingsch GCOOS-RA Board Member, Vencore Solutions
Matt Love Ocean Conservancy
Mark Luther University of South Florida
Susan Martin GCOOS-RA Staff
Terry McPherson GCOOS-RA Board Member, LMI
Robert Moorhead Mississippi State University
Jane Moorhead Mississippi State University
Patricia Muñoz Mexico
Worth Nowlin GCOOS-RA Board Member, Texas A&M University Emeritus
Jon Porthouse National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Nancy Rabalais GCOOS-RA Board Member, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium
Rick Raynie LA Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
James Rizzo Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
Pat Roscigno GCOOS-RA Board Member, BOEM
Chris Simoniello GCOOS-RA Staff, Outreach & Education Coordinator
Tom Soniat University of New Orleans
Mike Spranger GCOOS-RA Board Member, University of Florida
Joe Swaykos GCOOS-RA Board Member, NOAA National Data Buoy Center
Steve Truchon Shell
Evan Turner Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
John Valentine Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory
Chris Verlinde Outreach & Education Council
Nan Walker Louisiana State University
Stephanie Watson GCOOS-RA Staff, Communications
Zdenka Willis NOAA IOOS Office
Jennifer Wozencraft GCOOS-RA Board of Directors, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Appendix B

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

8:00 – 8:30 Check in and Light Breakfast
8:30 – 8:40 Welcome and Introductions
8:40 – 8:50 Remarks from the President and Chair of the Board
8:50 – 8:55 Adoption of Agenda
8:55 – 9:15 Overview of key accomplishments during the last year with questions and discussion by members
9:15 – 10:00 Presentation by Zdenka Willis of the U.S. IOOS Office
10:00 – 10:15 Presentation from the IOOS Association – Josie Quintrell
10:15 – 10:30 BREAK
10:30 – 10:45 CaRA – Julio Morell, Executive Director
10:45 – 11:00 Project update: Mexican Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observing System – Dr. Patricia Muñoz Sevilla
11:00 – 11:15 NDBC Modular Buoy system – Craig Kohler, NOAA
11:15 – 11:45 Representatives from Senatorial or Congressional offices to make comments
Lunch (provided by GCOOS)
1:00 – 2:20 Gulf Coast Restoration Activities
1:00 – 1:10 Laura Bowie, GOMA
1:10 – 1:20 Chris D’Elia, GOMURC
1:20 – 1:30 Chip Groat, The Water Institute of the Gulf
1:30 – 1:40 Stephan Howden, USM
1:40 – 1:50 John Valentine, DISL
1:50 – 2:00 Jon Porthouse, NFWF
2:00 – 2:10 Becky Allee, NOAA RESTORE
2:10 – 2:20 Richard Raynie, LA Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
2:20 – 2:45 Discussion moderated by Landry Bernard
2:45 – 2:50 Report on National Environmental Information Center reorganization – Russ Beard
2:50 – 3:15 BREAK with GCOOS 10th Anniversary Cake
3:15 – 3:30 Remarks from Legacy Board members

Reports from subcontractors
3:30 – 3:40 Nan Walker, LSU
3:40 – 3:50 Bob Leben, University of Colorado
3:50 – 4:00 Evan Turner for Paul Montagna, TAMU Corpus Christi
4:00 – 5:00 Discussion of day one presentations, assembly of action items, needed modifications to agenda

Thursday, 12 March 2015

8:00 – 8:30 Light Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome and introduction of new attendees
8:45 – 9:15 LSU/BOEM economic study – Rex Caffey
9:15 – 9:45 Report from Executive Director
9:45 – 10:25 Reports from GCOOS Councils, Committee, and Task Team
9:45 – 9:55 Products and Services Advisory Council (Barbor)
9:55 – 10:05 Outreach and Education Council (Simoniello)
10:05 – 10:15 Membership Committee (Dausman)
10:15 – 10:25 Government Relations Task Team (Spranger)
10:25 – 10:40 BREAK
10:40 – 11:10 Reports from GCOOS Councils, Committee, and Task Team (continued)
10:40 – 10:50 Gulf Glider Task Team (Lembke)
10:50 – 11:00 Public Health and Safety Task Team (Dorsey)
11:00 – 11:10 Modeling Task Team (Hogan)
11:10 – 11:25 Status of joint projects with GOMA, E.g., nutrient-hypoxia data portal – Howard
11:25 – 11:40 MBON (Marine Biodiversity Observation Network) project – Howard
11:40 – 11:55 iTag (Integrated Tracking of Aquatic Organisms in the Gulf of Mexico) – Kirkpatrick
11:55 – 12:30 Discussion of collaborative projects with Mexican colleagues, CariCOOS, and SECOORA
Lunch (provided by GCOOS)